Staff, Faculty Invited to Symposium to Learn about Changes to Student Services, Spaces, Activities Due to COVID-19

Staff and faculty are invited to attend a virtual event to learn about what student services, resources, spaces and activities will look like for the Fall 2020 semester as new health and safety guidelines are in place for COVID-19.

The “Fall 2020: What to Expect for Student Engagement Symposium” will be held Wednesday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration is required. Those interested in attending must register by the end of the day on Monday, July 27. Live closed captioning will be provided.

The event will be recorded and available later for viewing.

The symposium will provide staff and faculty with information on changes to student-facing services pertaining to COVID-19 and the expectations for creating a safe and healthy community.

The symposium was organized by the training group members of the Student Engagement and Experience subcommittee, one of nine subcommittees formed as part of the Fall 2020 Open Working Group to ensure a safe and smooth return to residential instruction for the entire campus community.

The subcommittee is led by Amanda Nicholson, interim deputy senior vice president in the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience, and Rob Hradsky, vice president for the student experience, with Meredith Davis, associate vice president for student engagement, and Cory Wallack, Barnes Center at The Arch executive director.

Representatives from student-facing units and services will take part in the symposium, including the Barnes Center at The Arch, Food Services, the Office of Student Living, the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, and the Office of Student Activities.

“The ultimate goal of the symposium is for people to get a glimpse into the shift of services, programs, resources and spaces available for students as we prepare for the Fall 2020 semester in this time of COVID-19,” Davis says. “The subcommittee has been working since the spring on the policies, spaces and training necessary to bring students back together safely and still have a valuable on-campus student experience.”

The symposium topics are:

  • 10 a.m.: Health Guidelines and Testing for Students
  • 10:30 a.m.: Student Events and Programs
    • Student Centers
    • Student Activities
    • Fraternity and Sorority Affairs
    • The Student Dining Experience
  • 11 a.m.: Health Services and Recreation
  • 11:30 a.m.: Residential Experience
  • Noon: Social Compact/ Dean of Students Office

Each session will last thirty minutes, with time for questions and answers from participants.