A Message from the VP for Student Affairs

About Lou Stark
Vice President for CWRU Student Affairs, Lou Stark

We find ourselves in the midst of unique and challenging circumstances. Our spring semester looks a lot different than any of us imagined it would, and we’re all facing new obstacles as we move forward. I know these are difficult times, which can create or increase stress and anxiety, and I hope that you and your families are taking care of yourselves and doing your best to stay well.

Though COVID-19 has caused a lot of uncertainty in our day-to-day lives, having accurate and detailed information can often help relieve the stress of the unknown. I want to remind you about our COVID-19 Updates page, which includes all the most recent communications from the university, FAQs and tips for staying well during these challenging times.

Even though many of you may not physically be on campus at this time, we are fully committed to your well-being and success. If you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed, you can still contact University Counseling Services at 216.368.5872 to speak to someone.

As always, continue the following practices to protect yourself and others from getting sick:

  • wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • practice social distancing;
  • avoid close contact with other people who are ill;
  • cough into your elbow; 
  • regularly clean door handles and other surfaces with disinfectant spray or wipes; and
  • stay home if sick.

All of us in student affairs understand that you’ll be missing many of the social aspects of spring semester and some of our most treasured university traditions. We’ll be doing our best to continue to provide virtual programming when we can to keep our CWRU community connected, engaged and provide support when you need it. If you have questions about specific groups or events you’re involved in, please don’t hesitate to reach out to a student affairs staff member who oversees that area for more information.

I want you to know that everyone in the university community is thinking of you, and is here to help you in any way we can—your navigators especially can be of great help during this time, and we encourage you to contact them if you have questions.

If there is anything we can do to help you succeed through the rest of this semester, please let us know.

Sincerely yours,

Louis W. Stark
Vice President for Student Affairs