Campus Update - COVID-19

October 30, 2020

Although quite different from prior years given all of the COVID-related safety protocols that our faculty, staff and students have been asked to follow, overall the semester is going well.  I recognize there have been a few hitches, and there are some ongoing frustrations, mainly stemming from challenges associated with the safety restrictions made necessary by the pandemic.  Nevertheless, I want to thank every member of the Southeastern family for their efforts so far and going forward.

Like many of you, I have read what seems like a lifetime’s worth of information about infectious diseases, viruses, vaccine development and public health protocols.  Many days it all seems more confusing than informative, but there are some clear themes that emerge from all of the noise.

Specifically, the basic protective measures that we have been asking people to adhere to clearly appear to have an impact on the spread of the virus.  The good news is that these are not complicated measures.  Wash your hands frequently.  Distance yourself from others – at least six feet if at all possible.  Wear your face mask when inside buildings or in the presence of others.   Avoid crowded spaces, especially indoors where ventilation is poor.

Additionally, a daily self-check for symptoms is essential.  Members of the campus community who exhibit any of the well-publicized COVID-19 symptoms should isolate, seek medical care/advice and comply with campus reporting protocols.

Student Protocol

Faculty/Staff Protocol

Although we have seen very good results with safety measures and protocols being followed on campus, our greatest concern about the potential spread of COVID-19 among faculty, staff and students is with off-campus events and activities.  The strong desire to socialize with friends and family is understandable, and I know we are all growing weary of the public health guidance.  Unfortunately, interactions between people provide opportunities for the virus to spread. 

I implore everyone to routinely practice the basic safety protocols, both on and off campus.  For the most part, these are relatively minor inconveniences that, nevertheless, have the potential to produce significant benefits for us all.  If we employ these basic measures to help control spread of the virus, we can enjoy many aspects of our normal lives and support much of the economy on which we all depend.

I am convinced COVID-19 will not be such a prominent part of our lives forever.  Vaccines and promising therapeutic treatments are coming, but in the meantime, through these basic safety protocols, we have the ability to maintain reasonable control of our lives, rather than allowing the virus to take control.

I ask that each and every Southeastern family member continue to do their part to help control the spread of COVID-19.

Stay safe and healthy, and LION UP!


John L. Crain