Updates & Reminders for Spring Semester

To Our Undergraduates:

We are now 11 days from the start of the spring semester. More than 2,000 of you will be moving into university housing starting Saturday, with several hundred others in residences close enough to come to campus for classes and other activities. 

No matter where you are when classes begin, you are part of the Case Western Reserve community. Our faculty and staff are here to inspire and engage you however they can—and we know firsthand how committed you are to supporting one another (as well as the greater Cleveland community).

While we very much look forward to the day when all of you can be together again on our campus, COVID-19 remains a global threat. We ask our entire community to continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control’s guidance regarding wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, and practicing hand hygiene.

In addition, we encourage all of you to attend to your mental health as well. This wellness page provides multiple suggestions and resources; Counseling Services offers individual and group sessions, and the university has added CWRU Cares, which offers virtual mental health visits for those on campus as well as outside Ohio.

We will provide additional academic information about the spring semester when Feb. 1 draws closer, but for now we want to review points relevant to those who will be on campus in the coming days:

COVID-19 Website: You now can find all university information related to COVID-19 in a single location, case.edu/covid19.

COVID-19 Testing: Any student moving into university housing must be tested before accessing a residential space. Any student who will be on campus on or before Feb. 1 is required to be tested between Monday, Jan. 25, and Friday, Jan. 29. Thereafter, each student on campus for any period of time in a given week must receive a test that week. You can learn more information and schedule an appointment on the testing page of our COVID-19 site.

COVID-19 Vaccinations: The university has worked with government officials and hospital partners to secure vaccines for those eligible to receive doses per the state’s guidance. We will update you regarding vaccine availability as more information becomes available.

Daily Attestations: You must complete the university health attestation daily.

Visitor Policy: Only those students assigned to live in a residential building (and designated support staff) are permitted; exceptions must be requested and approved in writing. Overnight visitors are prohibited, and students may not be in the rooms or suites other than the ones to which they are assigned.

Gathering Risks: A significant portion of the fall’s COVID-19 cases involved small numbers of people (even just three to five) coming together to eat, watch television or movies, or participate in other seemingly innocuous activities. Because of COVID-19’s high airborne transmission rates—especially indoors—maintaining distance and keeping on masks are imperative, regardless of setting. 

COVID-19 Care Reports: If you or another student need support or witness other students failing to adhere to COVID-19 protocols, please complete a COVID-19 CARE Report so that staff can provide assistance. 

Jan. 23-31: Those living on campus must remain in their rooms or suites at all times other than to get food, do laundry, or walk or perform other physical activity outside. The only exception to this practice is that students working (via co-op or other employment) or conducting/assisting with research are permitted to be outside their campus housing for those purposes.  

We look forward to seeing you—in person and on Zoom—very soon.

Lou Stark
Vice President for Student Affairs

Sara Lee, MD
Executive Director of University Health and Counseling