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COVID-19 August 21 Student Update

New and Returning Students

As you continue your journey to arrive here on campus in a short time, there are a few reminders important enough to send you a specific message. Most of these are reminders or convenient places to see the adjustments to a typical semester all in one place. Please scroll through and review these items before you arrive on-campus. 

Recommended ADDITIONAL items to bring:

  • A personal water bottle – we’re asking water fountains on campus to be used only for filling your own personal water bottle.
  • A folding/camp chair – being outdoors is better than being indoors right now (and there are limits on sizes of gatherings indoors). We think you’ll appreciate having one of these around quite a bit when the weather’s nice.
  • Extra masks – we’ll provide you with one SAU version, but it’s a good idea to have more so you can exchange between washing.

Not essential, but might be helpful to consider:

  • Thermometer – there will be one per floor and several around campus, but feel free to bring your own.
  • Hand Sanitizer and Wipes – to supplement what you can find and use around campus.
  • Bug Spray or Sun Screen – since we might be meeting and gathering outdoors more than usual.

Move-In needs to be staggered, so please review your correct time to check-in during Welcome Weekend and plan your move-in as directed on our website.

Below is a chart of the free COVID testing available to you, connected with the time you’re scheduled to move in.

COVID Testing Dates/Times

Friday, August 289 – 11 amNew Residential Students – Group 1 (Odd # Rooms)
11 am – 1 pmNew Residential Students – Group 2 (Even # Rooms)
3 – 3:30 pmNew Commuter Students
Saturday, August 291 – 3 pmReturning Residential Students – Group 3 (Odd # Rooms)
Sunday, August 301 – 3 pmReturning Residential Students – Group 4 (Even # Rooms)
Monday, August 311 – 3 pmReturning Commuter Students – All Remaining Students not already tested

Finally, we want to direct you to a document that has many of the details of the adjustments to this semester in three categories: Health and Wellness, Community Life, and Academic Excellence. Please review this document to get insight into what life in the residence hall, in the classroom, and on the field will look like…knowing that we will be making adjustments as we go along. As conditions improve, things might change to something more preferable. If conditions decline, they might be more restrictive.

Bottom line: our goal is to consider others in our personal actions and keep our campus safe so that we can stay together, living and learning on-campus, on-ground, in face-to-face classes.

We’re excited to see you soon! Blessings on your journey to arrive at SAU in a few days!

Corey R. Ross | Vice President for Student Development and Success
Spring Arbor University | 106 E Main St | Spring Arbor, MI  49283
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