Below is a copy of the Bee Promise, a pledge that ALL St. Ambrose University students and employees are expected to make and follow. A link to complete the promise was sent via email and posted to MySAU Portal.
As Ambrosians, we have a responsibility to care for each other and support the health and wellbeing of our entire community. Never has this responsibility been so important.
As we return to campus this fall, we must follow the rules and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and regional health experts. Doing so can protect ourselves, and each other – students, university employees, and particularly the most vulnerable among us – against the spread of COVID-19. The fall semester will be unlike any we've experienced. Today, it is essential and mandatory, that every Ambrosian commit to the following:
- I will wear a self-supplied face covering in public, including during classes, in common areas, and at events;
- I will practice social distancing in group settings;
- I will adhere to university-established 'traffic patterns' while moving around campus;
- I will monitor my health daily using the university-provided COVID-19 symptom tracker and report my temperature prior to reporting to class or work on campus;
- I will stay home if I feel ill or have been exposed to someone who feels ill or tested positive for COVID-19;
- I will clean and disinfect all personal spaces on a daily basis, including my room/office space and shared bathroom;
- I will self-quarantine if I am exposed to COVID-19 or show symptoms, per the recommendations of a health professional;
- I will submit to testing on the recommendation of my health professional and complete all recommendations for follow-up;
- As a student, I will contact the Dean of Students Office and/or Health Services with questions and for additional support. As an employee, I will contact Human Resources or my health professional.
In addition, students, faculty and staff who have traveled to high-risk areas this summer should self-quarantine at home for 14 days prior to returning to campus.
While we cannot guarantee these measures will be fully effective, each is a step recommended by health experts to mitigate the spread of the virus. Students, faculty, and staff who blatantly disregard their pledge will face consequences as outlined in University policies.
I understand that I may receive updates and/or changes to policies and procedures.
Student Disciplinary Policy
It is imperative that we work together to ensure we get through this pandemic successfully with the utmost integrity and respect for one another's health and wellbeing.
Adapt and Thrive
Students choose SAU to build on and achieve their goals. They seek to explore the world, be creative, and become leaders who willingly support their peers and communities. Indeed, those are the traits that will lead us through this semester, successfully.
Jake Rossmiller '22
Rising to a challenge is something Jake embraces. Like all students challenged right now with navigating a semester unlike any other, Jake continues to rise. His equipment: a mask. His runway: a respectful six-foot distance. His goal: for everyone to thrive on-campus, together.
Ambrosians are leaders and we are called to lead right now. To show, through action, how deeply we care about each other. We will support and protect everyone around us.
Meghan Curran '21
More than anything, Meghan wants to spend her senior year on campus, and here she is. Taking classes, spending time with friends, planning activities that bring Ambrosians together, even if they are socially distanced and masked. Yes, it is different than last year, but Meghan knows the actions she takes today are so important to tomorrow.
Ambrosians are resilient contenders. Despite this pandemic, we will move forward while also keeping our eye on the prize: the chance to enjoy spring semester in a much more 'normal' way.
Fritz's face covering is a statement that demonstrates how much he cares. "It is selfless, allowing our fellow Ambrosians to feel safe on campus and feel welcome on campus because everyone is doing their best to ensure that we get through this together," he says.
"This shows the true spirit of what it means to be an American, what it means to be an Ambrosian, what it means to be your brother's keeper, your sister's keeper, and ensuring that our community as a whole is successful and can thrive."