Expectations of Students

For the health concerns of many members of the Husky family and their extended networks of friends and family, we ask you to commit to the following actions primarily for the protection of others:

  1. Testing, contact tracing, and quarantining: I agree that I will be tested for COVID-19 if the HBU Associate Provost for Student Life or other university administrator determines that it is reasonable to do so and requests me to do so. I agree that I will cooperate and share information with HBU if my test is positive and they need my help to trace others who may have been exposed. If I test positive for COVID-19, I agree to follow HBU’s guidance for isolation and/or quarantining.
  2. Personal hygiene: I will wash my hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer for at least 20 seconds frequently throughout the day. I will use proper respiratory etiquette (coughing or sneezing into a tissue or my upper arm).
  3. Social distancing: As much as possible, I will remain six feet from other people on campus, except when I am in my room or suite with the people who live in that room or suite or I am engaged in other activities authorized by the university (athletics, certain academic activities).
  4. Wearing a mask: I will wear a mask whenever I enter a building and while I am in a public space inside a building, including in classrooms. When outdoors, I will have a mask easily accessible and will wear it when social distancing is not possible.
  5. Sanitizing common areas: I will sanitize common areas after I use them, such as the faucet in the restroom, exercise equipment in the Bradshaw Fitness Center, a computer in a computer lab, or my desk in a classroom. (Sanitizing wipes or spray bottles and paper towels will be provided at many places around campus.)
  6. Off-campus: I will engage in these behaviors both on and off campus as much as possible.
  7. Graceful cooperation and accountability: I will cooperate as gracefully as possible with HBU faculty, staff and students when the inevitable conflicts emerge over these expectations and the best ways to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. I will hold others accountable for following these expectations with a similar grace and love as is embodied in the example of Christ.

These commitments are motivated by our Christian calling to love our neighbor. In addition, we hope that many of these actions will lower the risk of a widespread outbreak of COVID-19 on campus, an outbreak that could involve isolating or quarantining many of us for 14 days or even, in drastic circumstances, the closing of our face-to-face operations again. We also recognize that the circumstances and information could change during the academic year, and we may need to alter or revise our current plans to reflect that new information. We all need to work together and hold each other accountable to minimize the risk of COVID-19 threatening the lives of others or interrupting our living and learning together on campus this year.

Maintaining social distancing remains very important right now, and students are encouraged to take responsibility to ensure they are doing all they can to limit spread of the virus at all times. This includes living in the residence halls, eating in the dining hall, walking on campus, attending campus events (e.g. sports, theater etc.) and participating in class work. The CDC currently recommends people wear cloth face coverings to cover their nose and mouth while in community settings. We will require students and campus visitors to follow this guideline in public spaces on campus, including all indoor spaces (except when eating).