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Dear Adelphi community,

As we begin week three of the fall semester, we can be reassured by the measures that our community has taken to keep our faculty, staff and students safe. The personal responsibility and behaviors displayed by each of you are helping to protect each other’s health, safety and well-being.

As we see other colleges in the nation closing their campuses due to uncontrolled outbreaks, we want to thank all of you for acting with thoughtfulness, both on and off campus.

We are happy to share with you some significant successes noted so far, including:

  • Nearly 700 students have moved into our residence halls successfully and safely, abiding by all health guidance and testing requirements.
  • More than 1,800 COVID-19 tests have been administered since the start of the semester to residents, commuters, staff and faculty.
  • Positive cases have been held to a count of six—five commuter students and one residential student.
  • A large number of free flu vaccines continue to be administered to members of our campus community throughout the month of September. As previously shared, in conjunction with CVS Pharmacy, we will be providing free flu vaccines for all Adelphi University students, faculty and staff on Thursday, September 17, and Tuesday, September 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on William J. Bonomo Memorial Field. Vaccines will be administered on an ongoing basis in the order of arrival; no appointment is necessary.

We are also pleased to share the launch of our public COVID-19 Dashboard, housed on our campus restart website. You can view real-time results of our symptom screening and testing protocols, monitored daily by Adelphi’s public health and safety officials.

While you may be tempted to let down your guard, we remind you of the critical importance of continuing to abide by all personal protective equipment (PPE), social distancing and other safety protocols as described on adelphi.edu/restart.

Additionally, you must continue to follow all restrictions for social gatherings, abiding by state mandates for group size (less than 50), face coverings, reduced density and social distancing. While Adelphi recommends limiting group gatherings to no more than 10 individuals to protect the health and well-being of our community, our public health and safety teams are happy to help coordinate permissions for safe gatherings for up to 50 people.

Any community members can report violations of the Code of Conduct online, and direct questions about the Code to our staff at divisionofstudentaffairs@adelphi.edu. Violations may also be reported immediately to the COVID hotline at 516.877.3012 or to healthandwellness@adelphi.edu.

We recognize that this continues to be a challenging time. If you need support or guidance, we are here for you. Across the University, Adelphi’s faculty and staff can provide you with advisement, counseling, mentoring, support, engagement, career advice, technology assistance and more. Please take advantage of all the resources we’ve compiled for you.

Panthers, whether you are staff or faculty members or students, we hope you’re already feeling confident and successful in all your in-person, virtual and hybrid classes and activities. Your best intentions and cautious behavior—critical to our success this semester—have been noticed. Keep it up as we continue forging through this unprecedented time together.

Thank you for continuing to protect Adelphi and each other.

Gene Palma
Chief Administrative Officer and Associate Vice President

R. Sentwali Bakari, PhD
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Executive Leadership

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