Spring semester is officially underway! Whether you’re on campus or learning remotely, we’re happy you’re part of our community and looking forward to a successful semester.
That being said, I recognize this semester presents many of the same challenges we faced in the fall. Those of you who are unable to return to campus will be navigating another semester of remote learning, and are likely missing your classmates and CWRU community. I understand your frustration, and I’m looking forward to when we can safely welcome you back to campus.
Those of you who have returned to campus may appreciate the familiar learning environment, but are once again facing the challenges of adjusting to new campus norms of masks, social distancing and many other health protocols. I recognize these things are neither easy nor convenient, but I appreciate all that you are doing for yourself and for the Case Western Reserve community.
Whether coming to campus for classes or learning remotely, all of you have had to manage significant additional burdens as a result of the pandemic. I want to remind you of our new mental health resource we launched in January called CWRU Care—a 24/7 mental telehealth care service that undergraduate, graduate and professional students can access from wherever they are. If you feel you may be in need of support, please don’t hesitate to set up an appointment. In addition to CWRU Care, on-campus students can still receive immediate assistance from University Health & Counseling Services’ 24/7 on-call counselor at 216.368.5872.
I also want to remind those who are physically visiting campus to continue to be diligent about completing your daily health assessment, as well as your weekly surveillance testing. Your participation is essential in keeping our faculty, staff and students healthy and here. The beginning of the semester is also a great time to reacquaint yourself with our Community Commitment to think for the good of your health, your neighbor and your community.
Keep up the excellent work, and if there is anything we can do to help you succeed through the rest of the semester, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Louis W. Stark
Vice President for Student Affairs