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Welcome Students,

As we head into fall semester 2020, you will notice the coronavirus pandemic has affected our entire community in many ways. But, it cannot quell our Aggie Family spirit. I am inspired by the ways we have all adapted to the many changes necessary to accommodate safety precautions in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection.

I am excited to have students return to every one of our Utah State University campuses. We want to help you thrive as you pursue educational and social opportunities. To better understand your responsibilities in this endeavor, please learn about the USU student guidelines for well-being. Also, I ask that you take the USU Protection Pledge to minimize the risk of COVID-19. To stay up-to-date on information and resources regarding the pandemic, visit USU’s COVID-19 webpage often or check for news updates on Utah State Today.

As we move into the semester, I ask that you follow the four prevention principles:

  1. Wear a face covering. USU has a policy on face coverings, and everyone must “mask up” in buildings and even outside if social distancing is difficult.
  2. Practice social distancing. Stay 6 feet from individuals from other households to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
  3. Practice prevention hygiene. Continue to wash your hands often, cover coughs and sneezes, and keep your study and living spaces clean and disinfected.
  4. Stay home when sick or exposed. The symptoms of COVID-19 are varied and can range from severe to non-existent (asymptomatic).

COVID-19 often does not affect younger adults to the degree it impacts older adults and those in high-risk categories. Although you may not get sick if infected, there are those around you who are undoubtedly at a higher risk such as some of your fellow students, local community members, and USU’s faculty and staff. Following the four prevention principles will contribute to the well-being of these high-risk people.

As you know, the university will use multiple course delivery methods this fall. More information is available about these methods at USU Ready, a website developed to help students and faculty find the resources needed for a successful fall semester.

No matter how you are learning, our faculty and staff have dedicated their time to creating courses that meet the high-quality standards of USU’s land-grant heritage. The university is currently celebrating the 25th anniversary of USU Online, which has brought digital education via the internet to more than 150,000 students from all 29 of Utah’s counties, all 50 states and 55 countries. We are confident in USU’s ability to educate students in a technology-enhanced learning environment.

Finally, please remember to take time for yourself and to enjoy the things that bring you joy (while wearing a mask and practicing social distancing). Discover what it means for you to be an Aggie. The connections and experiences you have at Utah State will forever impact your life. We are excited to have you here!

Wishing you all the best for a healthy, productive year at Utah State University.

Sincerely,

Noelle E. Cockett
President
Utah State University

Noelle Cockett and Cándida Montilla de Medina

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