As a student who lives off campus, we recognize that you face unique challenges.
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August 27, 2020
Dear Students,

Thank you for a successful and safe start to the semester. As a student who lives off campus, we recognize that you face unique challenges. However, just like our residential students, you play an essential role in safeguarding our fellow ’Canes and the greater community.

Recently, our robust testing, tracing, and tracking efforts have identified small—but not insignificant—numbers of positive COVID-19 cases among our off-campus students.

Particularly at this time, we want to address those of you who may live or regularly interact with your families, friends, and South Florida neighbors who are outside of our immediate campus community.

As you consider how you can do your part to ensure a successful semester and to keep those close to you safe, please keep these principles in mind:
  • Your actions, and the actions of others around you, have a significant impact on the University’s ability to maintain a safe environment for everyone.
  • Remember that your family and friends are depending on you to help protect them, especially loved ones who are most at risk for developing COVID-19 related complications.
  • Whether at home or in a social setting, continue to practice safe behaviors: wear a protective face covering properly, practice good hand hygiene, and maintain safe physical distancing.
  • Use your judgement and avoid participating in gatherings or events where others are not practicing safe behaviors. Even if physical distancing can be maintained, gatherings must be limited to no more than 10 people, all of whom should be wearing face coverings.
  • Stay home if you do not feel well.
  • Follow safety guidelines if someone you live with is not feeling well or has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Use the Daily Symptom Checker, which provides vital information that helps us identify possible community spread.
We know that slowing the spread of COVID-19 is a challenge, but it starts with each of us being accountable—in the classroom, around campus, in our homes and our communities.

We are all counting on you—and we are in this together.
Jeffrey L. Duerk signature
Jeffrey L. Duerk, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Patricia A. Whitely signature
Patricia A. Whitely. Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
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