Student COVID-19 Safety Pledge and Expectations
In preparation for your return to campus, the University of Redlands has been working to keep you and the rest of our community healthy and safe. In addition to installing plexiglass barriers, changing air filtration units, and taking other actions, the University needs your help to support the health and well-being of ourselves and our families.
Being a part of the University of Redlands community is a privilege that has always carried with it additional responsibilities, including caring for oneself and making good decisions to care for the wellbeing of others. In light of the additional risk to all persons posed by COVID-19, the responsibilities each of us has to the community have increased. These are explained in the University of Redlands COVID-19 Safety Pledge and Expectations document, which you should read carefully.
What we pledge to do
- Read and fully understand the University’s expectations of me regarding safety and risk-reduction procedures.
- Practice the wearing of a face covering and being physically distanced when sharing space with others.
- Begin mitigating risks by quarantining for 14 days before coming to campus and during my travel to campus.
- Comply with initial quarantine and testing expectations at the start of the semester, as well as ongoing testing and self-assessment requirements.
- Minimize transmission by limiting “close contact” to no more than three (3) persons outside of my household (“close contact” means sharing space without a face covering or physical distancing).
- Not invite or allow unauthorized guests into any campus buildings. University of Redlands COVID-19 Safety Pledge and Expectations 2
- Immediately self-isolate, report to the University, and seek prompt testing/treatment if I become ill, notice symptoms, or know I have been exposed.
- Participate in contact tracing, quarantine or isolation, and follow all medical and University recommendations for my care/safety and the safety of others as requested.
- Avoid creating or spreading rumors to respect privacy and ensure care and resources can get to those who need it.
- Take proactive steps for my own care before arriving, like bringing only essential items with me to campus, and having a plan for what medical providers I would visit should I become ill.
- Be an active bystander and respectfully speak up or contact University authorities when I see anyone endangering themselves or others.
Tips before coming to campus
- Bring sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, gloves, and prescriptions and over the counter medications you may need.
- Bring a lawn chair, camping chair, or other gear that will make you more comfortable, because more activities will likely take place outdoors. Also, bring sunscreen. If you prefer to have a lawn chair shipped to the University, you may mail it within two weeks before your arrival to campus to [your name] 1231 E. Colton Ave., Redlands, CA 92374
- Take precautions and quarantine for 14 days before traveling to campus. During your travel, be vigilant in your compliance with CDC guidance to minimize risk to yourself and the University community by limiting your exposure to the virus, by remaining masked and physically distanced and not having close contact with other persons.
- If you notice any symptoms before arrival, do not come to campus. Instead, quarantine and report your symptoms to the University and someone will contact you to determine next steps.
- Talk and make plans with family beforehand
- Locate care providers that accept your health insurance.
- Make plans and talk as a family about traveling during the semester. Students are expected to only travel if absolutely necessary and to be responsible when they do. If you have vulnerable people in your home, it may put them at risk if you visit home during the semester. Family coming to visit you could put them or our campus at risk. There will be no non-university guests allowed in any campus building, and we also recommend exercising caution in having loved ones visit you in outdoor campus spaces.
- Have a plan to return home should an unexpected and immediate departure from campus become necessary for any reason.
- Residential students should be thoughtful and minimize the items brought to campus. This may result in not having all our usual comforts but is important in order to be prepared for a quick departure if the need should arise. Also, time to move-in to your residence will be shorter and you will only be permitted to have one person accompany you in the community to help move in. Please pay close attention to the move-in guidance you receive from the Residence Life and Housing, including how to reserve, in advance your two-hour move-in window.
- Talk with any suite or apartment-mate(s) before arriving about guests in the space, “close contacts,” and other strategies you will utilize to keep one another safe.
- All students will need to complete required online training about these expectations before coming to campus. In addition, we recommend all students continue to educate themselves on COVID-19. Be critical consumers of information. Consider these sources as a place to start: