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As Sun Devils, we take care of ourselves, each other and our community. Whether you are new to ASU or are returning to campus, we know campus life looks different and we wanted to thank you for doing your part to slow the spread of COVID-19 to keep our community healthy and well. It is normal to feel unsure about what to do to best support our community, but by continuing to educate yourself and following public health recommendations, you can contribute to the community of care we are constantly striving for. Live Well. Be Well.
Continue to educate yourself on COVID-19 by seeking out information about the virus and what we all can do to prevent it from spreading. Consider viewing the ASU Community of Care: Coming to Campus video series to learn more. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides accurate and updated information about COVID-19 in the United States and The World Health Organization provides additional information about COVID-19 on a global level. ASU also has a COVID-19 FAQs webpage and publishes updates regularly that impact the campus community. If you come across information that you are unsure of, please refrain from sharing it on social media or other platforms. Stopping the spread of COVID-19 also means stopping the spread of misinformation that can be harmful to the health of the community.
This is a challenging time for individuals and communities, and it is important to know what resources are available to support the physical and mental well-being of all members of our Sun Devil Family. ASU Health Services is currently offering in-person and Telehealth appointments, both of which can be scheduled through My Health Portal. ASU Counseling Services offers mental health support to students and the ASU Employee Assistance Office provides counseling and wellness workshops to faculty and staff. Students can also participate in Devils 4 Devils peer-led support circles, which is an online platform for students to support and connect with each other while practicing physical distancing.
By now you have probably heard or read about the many preventative measures that can help to slow the spread of COVID-19. Prevention is key to protecting yourself, your peers and those who are most vulnerable in our community, such as those with underlying health conditions and older adults, particularly those age 65 and over.
Distance yourself 6 feet apart from others whenever possible. 6 feet is about the length of a bicycle.
Face coverings are required in all ASU buildings and outdoor spaces where distancing is not possible. Sun Devils wear face coverings not only for ourselves, but for each other.
Wash hands frequently and always before eating. Cover coughs and sneezes. Maintain a clean environment by frequently disinfecting workspaces and frequently touched items like phones and computers.
Stay home when feeling ill and self-isolate if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Staying home is the right thing to do and ASU will support you for it.
Take a moment to review the educational messages below from the Community of Care: Coming to Campus campaign to learn about everyday actions we can all take to slow the spread of COVID-19. If you see a message that you’d like to print or share on social media, you are welcome to download it. If you would like to inquire about ordering materials for your organization or department, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you arrive at ASU, either for the first time or after months of being away, you may be looking to meet new people and reconnect with friends. We know this can be hard while public health experts are still encouraging physical distancing.
If you have roommates or housemates, it is incredibly important to work together to keep your household healthy and safe. The decisions you make will have an impact, both positive and negative, on your household as a whole. By protecting your “Quaran-team,” you will also be protecting other members of our community who you may come into contact with.
While on campus and in the surrounding community, you might notice some people not following public health guidelines. This might feel frustrating for you, especially if they are someone who is in your family or social circle. It is important to engage in polite conversation to encourage them to make decisions that support public health and safety.
Boundaries help nurture our relationships. They are part of the soil in which our relationships can bloom. Whether it be with family, friends, peers, or partners, boundaries work to ensure that all parties are heard and respected. While it is always important to check-in with our own, and other's boundaries, these times are a reminder of just how vital those conversations are. Boundaries cannot be assumed as we cannot simply guess another's boundaries. Thus, the only way to know, is to ask.
Not only should you set boundaries for yourself, but it is important that you respect the boundaries that others set for themselves. While many areas of the country are beginning to open and are returning to in-person social interactions, everyone will have varying levels of comfort on how they choose to be social. If someone wants to remain physically distant while you are choosing to interact in-person in your relationships, respect their decision to do so.
During this challenging time, it is important to remain social, connected, and emotionally together even if the physical distance between us has to be increased for a while. Remaining socially connected can help cultivate your well-being and contribute to your academic, personal, and professional success.
Devils 4 Devils is a student-led community for training, outreach and engagement for shaping an empathic environment at ASU. This student organization and community initiative is dedicated to the inclusion of all students and improving the social emotional well-being of the communities we serve. Attending a Devils 4 Devils support circle, designed to connect students over common interests, is one way you can feel socially connected while remaining physically distant.
As we continue to be physically distant from one another, you might encounter a situation where someone is standing too close for comfort. This may contribute to distress or anxiety, especially if that person is coughing or sneezing near you. If you are in this situation, it is important to remember that while you personally might be able to move, it is also acceptable for you to politely let them know that they are standing too close.
All ASU community members are instrumental in creating a healthy campus community at all times, but especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, there is a lot of false and inaccurate information out there regarding COVID-19. This may cause you to feel distrust or overwhelmed when trying to determine what information is accurate. Prior to sharing information on social media, or through other avenues, we encourage you to look into the news source to see if they are citing credible sources. The Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention (CDC) is constantly updating guidelines as new research emerges on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Commit to following CDC Recommendations to help slow the spread:
The health of our community is greatly impacted by the individual actions of all our community members. Thank you for continually wearing a mask or face covering; we know it can be uncomfortable at times. By doing so, you are making an individual choice which illustrates your compassion for our entire community and supports our community’s overall well-being and health.
Though it may seem small, consistently and properly wearing a mask or face covering makes a big difference in keeping our community happy, healthy and safe for all Sun Devils. We never know who may be more vulnerable in our community and it is important that we all take precautions to keep each other safe.