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Stay Safe Pledge

Stay Safe. Stay Healthy. Do Your Part.

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In this extraordinary time of a pandemic, we are responsible for ourselves and each other. We will work together. We will rise to the occasion. We will take necessary steps to keep each other safe. And we will not put ourselves or others at risk.

As we plan to reopen this spring semester, we all will continue to embrace and adapt to new practices for our living, learning and working environment. At the core of these practices is protecting the health and safety of every campus community member. To do so, all members of the Orange community are expected to take an active role in promoting the safety, health and well-being of every campus community member. That means abiding by all health and safety directives from federal, state, local and University officials through the Spring 2021 semester and beyond, and encouraging others to do the same. We will all do our part to keep ourselves, our peers, our colleagues and all Syracuse University community members safe.

As a member of the Orange community, I am committed to keeping myself and the Orange community healthy and safe from the spread of COVID-19. I pledge to take the following actions:

How to Keep Myself Safe

  • Maintain 6 feet of distance from others.
  • Get a flu vaccine prior to the start of the Spring 2021 semester.
  • Limit gatherings to 10 people while the University remains in an Orange Zone.
  • Wash my hands regularly and clean any surfaces I touch.
  • Monitor my health for symptoms of COVID-19; complete the daily health screening and notify the Barnes Center if I exhibit symptoms.

How to Keep the Orange Community Safe

  • Wear a mask while on campus.
  • Wear a mask while off campus whenever I am around people I don’t live with.
  • Do not travel outside of Central New York for the duration of the Spring 2021 semester, unless travel is deemed by the University to be essential.*
  • Do not host visitors from outside of Central New York.** 
  • Adhere to all directives and University guidance if I need to be quarantined or isolated.
  • Don’t attend in-person classes or participate in activities if exhibiting any symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, are awaiting test results, or test positive for the virus.
  • Participate in return to campus testing as well as any testing required throughout the academic year.
  • Immediately notify the Barnes Center of a positive Covid-19 test result if receiving a test not provided by the University.
  • Immediately and honestly participate in contact tracing.
  • Encourage others to follow these terms.
  • Follow all health and safety directives from University officials.
  • Follow directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State, and/or local authorities that become public during the semester.

The safety of our community is a shared responsibility, and my actions can put myself and others at risk. I understand that whether or not I take this pledge, failure to comply with these directives may result in a referral to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (OSRR) for violation of the Code of Student Conduct, which governs individual and group behavior on and off campus. Sanctions for violating the pledge may be found on the OSRR website

We recognize that some students with disabilities, in order to live and learn safely, may need to modify some aspects of this pledge. Students who believe they may not be able to adhere to these protocols for disability-related reasons should contact the Center for Disability Resources to request a reasonable accommodation/modification. Email: disabilityresources@syr.edu Phone: 315.443.4498.

*Essential travel is defined by the University as travel for family, medical and personal emergencies. Essential travel must be registered on the University’s travel registry. Visit our FAQ page for more information.

**Central New York is defined as Onondaga, Cayuga, Cortland, Madison and Oswego counties. Visit our FAQ page for more information. 

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