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Eastern Fall Reopening

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Update to Campus Community

August 3, 2020

Dear Colleagues:

I hope that you are all doing well and are enjoying the summer. I cannot believe it is August already!

Over the past several months, the staff in the Facilities Department, the Office of Housing and Residential Life, and other Eastern personnel have been busy preparing the campus for the fall semester and the return of our students. As part of those preparations, the University has implemented a variety of policies, procedures, and protocols to provide for a safe campus environment this fall.

Maintaining the health and safety of the Eastern community will always be my top priority. I know I can count on each of you for cooperation and support as we work together to safely manage the COVID-19 pandemic on our campus. We share the responsibility to follow the proper procedures and we need to encourage our students to do the same. Together we can ensure the well-being of the campus community.

By now all of us are familiar with the CDC’s three main COVID-19 health protocols: everyone — faculty, staff, students, visitors and vendors — must wear a face mask while on campus; practice physical distancing guidelines (by maintaining at least six feet of space); and frequently wash their hands. More than 6,000 signs have been posted to remind the campus community of these and other health and safety protocols.

To provide you with additional information, I am attaching a detailed description of key elements of our reopening plans, which are important for you to be familiar with as an Eastern employee. You can also find that information on our website at

I am also attaching a separate FAQ document that Provost Salka has sent to the faculty, focused on reopening plans for our academic activities. (This document can also be found at

Following these policies and procedures will be critical to our success in safely managing the campus environment this fall. These documents should be helpful references and will be updated as necessary.

Again, thank you for your hard work, professionalism, and good will in working together to provide our students with the quality public liberal arts education they deserve. The faculty, campus police, facilities staff, and countless others are to be commended for their tireless efforts. To each of you, thank you for all you do to support the University and our students. I appreciate your personal contributions more than these words can express.

Thank you,

Elsa M. Núñez

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