COVID-19 Updates, Reminders and Self-Compassion During Finals

December 17, 2021

Dear Students,

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact us all, and given the rise in cases on campus and in New York City mentioned in yesterday’s message, we must adjust, again, out of an abundance of caution. Although we remain in the yellow zone, we want to limit COVID-19’s spread and impact. I appreciate your flexibility and diligence, and your work to support each other during this stressful time of year. 

What You Can Do About Rising COVID-19 Cases

Data show that the vast majority of transmission happens in social settings when masks are not worn. One of the most important things you can do is wear a face covering in all public settings and social gatherings, regardless of participants’ vaccination status.

Additionally, the University is expanding the vaccine mandate to include a booster shot. Please get yours as soon as possible if you have not already done so. 

Finally, it is strongly recommended that you get tested before you leave for the holidays and again before you return to campus. 

Care and Rest

Please continue to practice self-care as we go through this next phase of the pandemic. Even brief periods of rest can help restore balance in your day. Consider taking four minutes for this guided exercise on self-compassion from Counseling and Psychological Services’ Dr. Aisha Holder.

I wish you all well as you wrap up your work this semester and look ahead to the winter break.

Take care,

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