Coronavirus Campus Communication 8/18/2021 – Official Message from the Office of the President
Dear Students, Colleagues, and Friends:
We are now at the 14-day mark until Academic Year 2021-2022 kicks off at Ramapo College! We continue to make preparations in line with our priorities, and I want to take this time to recognize the hard work of so many people in keeping our community healthy throughout this pandemic.
Living in a COVID-informed era has emphasized that conditions are impermanent and yet, with ample reserves of empathy, resilience, and adaptability, our capacity to learn from and cope with change grows.
I appreciate how seriously we have taken our social responsibility to one another. Despite the inevitable challenges that will surely come our way this fall, I am confident that, as a team, we will learn from them, we will pivot, and our success will continue. Our Pandemic Assessment Team (PAT) actively monitors conditions and guidance and advances practices to facilitate a healthy, safe and vibrant community. Just two days ago, our Fall 2021 operations plan, Moving Forward, was revised to reflect PAT’s input and, as a result, face coverings are temporarily required indoors on our campus regardless of vaccination status.
In addition, we have extended our vaccination mandate for students with an on-campus presence to our faculty and staff in the American Federation of Teachers. Further, our on-campus COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic has increased its dates of operation and will be open on August 19, September 9, 20, and 30, and October 11 and 21.
Like any good team, our community’s success relies on practice, a willingness to learn, and a purpose that unites us. As members of Ramapo College, we are a team that must practice daily our health and safety protocols. As a team, we must be vigilant, learn as much as we can, and even be empowered to call an audible when necessary. Moreover, we must all contribute actively to a culture of dignity and respect (both on and off of the field) that leaves no one behind and, in doing so, lifts our entire community up and keeps us safely Moving Forward.
Please, enjoy this brief video; and take a moment to consider the power and the responsibility we all have to keep our community healthy, well, and safe.
Thank you, and together, let’s be bold, be kind, and be good teammates.