The following update from Chancellor Carol Christ was shared in Friday’s Response & Recovery newsletter:
Following up on our campus message last week, I want to clarify what to expect when we resume in-person instruction on Monday, Jan. 31.
While the omicron wave is expected to peak in January, it is not expected to substantially subside prior to Jan. 31. This means that we expect high numbers of students, staff and faculty who are not able to come to campus for COVID-19 related reasons. The two-week period of remote instruction will be used to plan for how best to operate the campus with reduced staffing.
Due to anticipated staffing shortages, you should expect reduced service levels and longer wait times when accessing campus services. Please be patient and understanding during this challenging time.
Instructors, we ask that you extend grace to students who may be facing challenges at home and be as accommodating as possible. Students, we in turn ask that you recognize the burden this places on instructors and staff and extend grace as well. For everyone, please practice empathy and compassion as we navigate the next several weeks together.
The omicron wave may look very different than past surges we’ve experienced but our principles are the same. We’ll continue to take sensible precautions and follow the advice of our campus public health experts while preserving our core function as an in-person university and furthering our mission.