Message from the Dean

February 23, 2022

To:  College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Undergraduate Students 
From: University Dean of Student Affairs Donna Eddleman
Subject:  Message from the Dean

As Spring Break nears, I write to share some COVID-19 reminders (I know, not again!) and a couple of brief thoughts: 

Spring Break COVID Testing 

Our case numbers have declined significantly since classes began in January.  The 130-plus student cases kept the Student COVID Case Team (SCCT) very busy.  To all of them, as well as our campus partners, I extend my thanks and appreciation.   

While numbers have declined locally, regionally and nationally, there is still a need for caution, which is why we are asking that all students test pre and post-spring break to keep you, and those you spend time with, safe and healthy. Please do upload pre and post-test results and know random giveaways will continue.    

Boosters Required 

To be Fully Vaccinated, a requirement to be enrolled at the University of Redlands, you must upload proof of a booster shot (UR Ready>Upload Proof of Booster) within three weeks of becoming booster eligible, thank you if you've already uploaded proof.  Last week, those eligible for a booster were told they needed to upload proof of their booster shot using the Redlands App (UR Ready>Upload Proof of Booster) by February 21, 2022. Over Spring Break, eligible but non-compliant students will have a hold placed on their record which will impact their ability to register for classes.  Please make note of when you are eligible to receive your booster (See Booster Guidance) and make an appointment to receive the booster within three weeks of eligibility.  If you have had COVID-19, CDC does not require boosters be delayed; therefore, if you want an exception to the University's published timeline, you must request an exemption, to include medical documentation of the need to delay inoculation.

Diversity in Action 

If you have Netflix, I strongly encourage you to watch the six-part documentary, “Who Killed Malcolm X.”  Why?  In the summer of 2020,  University of Redlands leadership established the weeklong Diversity in Action residency to introduce ideas, perspectives, and experiences that challenge and inspire the University community. Scholar and activist Abdur-Rahman Muhammad, featured in the documentary, is the University of Redlands inaugural Diversity in Action resident who will be on campus the week of March 7, and will be the Redlands Forum speaker on Wednesday, March 9, at 7pm in the Memorial Chapel, so mark your calendars! 

Make Time for You 

Finally, we have been through a lot together, and finding our way has been hard at times.  Next week, as you press pause on your academic journey, please make the time to take care of yourself. Take a walk.  Call a friend you haven’t talked to in a while.  Quiet your mind. Step away from technology for a day, or two, or three.  Sleep well.  Eat healthy.  Surround yourself with good people. 

Take care, safe travels, make memories.