Accountability, Resources, #KeeptheCompact Student Stories, Gratitude

September 25, 2020

Dear Students,

I want you to know how grateful I am for all you’re doing to follow the Columbia Community Health Compact. It is important we all do our part to Keep Our Community Healthy, and you should be proud of the difference you’re making. I also want to share this message from GSAS student Charlene Lau about why working together to #KeeptheCompact is vital to protecting our Columbia community. You can also find other students sharing their stories on the University Life website.

Those of you who haven’t had a chance to do so, please review the Student Accountability Plan and tips for socializing safely. If you ever have a concern regarding a community member upholding the Compact, you can use these “stepping in” tips to have a dialogue with them, speak with a staff or faculty member for support, or use the “report an incident” link at the top of University Life’s website.

As a reminder, every Columbia community member must complete the daily ReopenCU attestation to gain access to campus buildings, including signing the Columbia Community Health Compact on the app and completing gateway testing and training. If you have completed all of the requirements and have trouble with the app, please reach out to the CUIT help desk.

As we approach the weekend, I hope you can relax and reflect on the progress you’ve made this semester by finding moments of enjoyment, connecting with friends, and practicing self-care. And, please don’t hesitate to reach out for support if you need it; we’re here to assist you, and these resources are available to you:

Follow University Life on InstagramTwitter and Facebook as we continually elevate student voices on how to #KeeptheCompact! If you’d like to add your voice, please fill out this form to let us know. We always welcome your tips, questions and suggestions — you can write to us at [email protected].

Take care,

Joseph Defraine Greenwell, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Office of University Life
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