Cover your face
Always wear a mask on campus
February 3, 2021
As you saw in the community message this morning, we have detected a cluster of COVID-19 among our undergraduate students, and our preliminary investigation suggests that the cases are associated with off-campus gatherings last weekend. We write to stress how important it is that you understand and comply with all state, city, and JHU COVID-19 policies, procedures, and public health guidance, and to say thank you to those of you who have been steadfast in doing so.
As a result of the cluster, students are asked to adhere to the following:
Non-residential undergraduates who don’t fall into one of the above categories should continue their standard mandatory twice weekly testing. It is imperative that every student remain vigilant in following public health guidance and the university operating procedures during the pandemic, so we can keep our community safe and continue the semester with students on campus.
The Student Conduct Code, the Room and Board Contract and Addendum, combined with the Return to Campus Guidance make clear the behaviors that may warrant corrective actions, both on an individual and organizational level. To highlight a few:
Please ensure you are familiar with Student Conduct’s Reinforcement of University COVID Guidelines for Students and please, do your part to be informed and model smart decisions. Pay attention to and follow the signage you see on campus and recognize the responsibility you have to adhere to the City of Baltimore’s public health guidance as well.
Do not confuse your negative COVID-19 test with immunity. Your test is capturing a moment in time and does not in any way suggest that you can’t be infected as soon as you leave the testing center or that you may not already be infected and the virus just hasn’t progressed enough to show up in a test result. You must continue to practice social distancing, hand washing, and masking.
Should you encounter noncompliance, there are a variety of ways to report. You may notify the university by submitting anonymous concerns via the JHU hotline at 844-SPEAK2US; through an online reporting form; or by contacting Health, Safety and Environment at HSEinfo@jhmi.edu or 410-516-8798. For live, immediate response, also consider using the LiveSafe app to report things directly to Campus Safety & Security (with options for anonymous reporting).
Last week, the JHU Social Compact launched and we hope that you all have seen it, read it, and plan to join us in committing to staying safe together. We urge you to demonstrate and amplify the leadership skills we know you possess to ensure everyone in your community, including your neighbors, is safe.
Thank you for your attention to this important matter.
Alanna Shanahan, Vice Provost for Student Affairs
Help us protect each other
Always wear a mask on campus
Wash or sanitize hands often and don't touch your face
Keep six feet between you and others
Self-isolate and call 833-546-7546 right away