July 22, 2022
To: College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Undergraduate Students
From: University Dean of Student Affairs Donna Eddleman and Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Steve Wuhs
Subject: Message from the Dean
There is an energy building on campus as we prepare to welcome both new students and returning students to campus. Early arrivals start moving in on August 10, so it won’t be long now!
Leading up to the start of Fall semester, we write to share some updates as well as expectations, both of which we hope you will find helpful.
For those of you who have not heard, Anderson Hall will be closed for renovations this year, so first-year student communities will be housed in East, North and Williams Halls. Assuming there are no unexpected delays in construction, Anderson should be available for occupancy in Fall 2023, and yes, it will be air-conditioned!
As a way of better supporting the needs of commuter students, and to increase awareness of the many campus locations where students can gather, this summer, Student Affairs, in collaboration with Facilities Management, inventoried lounge spaces across campus, added some microwaves and installed additional lockers on the first floor of the Hunsaker Building. Thanks to Director of Spatial Technology Nathan Strout, we will soon have a campus lounge map (available on the Redlands App) to make it easy to find a space where you can eat, relax, and store your “stuff.”
TimelyCare: your student fees at work!
Last year, the University of Redlands entered a relationship with TimelyCare, a provider of online mental health counseling services. Utilization of the service, feedback from users, as well as financial support from the Associated Students of the University of Redlands (ASUR) led to a renewal of the contract, making TimelyCare available to all of you for the 2022-2023 academic year. The cost for this service, $13/student for the year is an example of how your annual student fee is used to support your student experience. You can learn more about TimelyCare here.
We never could have imagined when we closed campus in response to COVID-19 in March of 2020 that we would still be managing COVID 2.5 years later. Due to the recent increase in COVID cases and the uncertainty that surrounds current and future variants, we need every student to take a rapid test within forty-eight hours of returning to campus, to limit risk of illness across campus. Should you test positive, we ask that you complete the COVID-19 reporting form, and not return to campus until you have tested negative.
Please be reminded we expect students and employees to be “fully vaccinated” which at the University of Redlands is defined as having received a vaccine primary series (1 or 2 shots) as well as the associated booster. If you have not uploaded proof of compliance, or submitted an exemption request, please do so today. In addition, please arrive on campus with masks since it may be the case that, informed by health authorities’ guidance, you will need to wear masks in your classes, on campus, and/or in the broader community. Fortunately, we have been successful in managing COVID-19 cases on campus, and are prepared to do so again, as needed.
New Student Orientation (NSO):
New students, your Orientation Leader (OL), an upper-class student who will guide and support you through the orientation process and beyond, will be reaching out in the coming days to introduce themself to you and to answer any questions you may have. Watch your Redlands email account regularly to stay connected and informed leading up to the start of the semester.
We look forward to seeing you soon and wish you the very best as you enjoy the remaining days of summer.
Be safe. Be well.
University Dean of Student Affairs
College of Arts and Science