We know that this has been a rough and challenging semester.
We know that gathering and socializing is a valued part of the college experience.
We know that Halloween is a treasured day of having fun with your friends.
And we know that COVID-19 can spread through high-risk activities, such as parties, large gatherings, and when people do not physically distance or wear protective face coverings.
Taken together, students’ traditional celebrations of Halloween this year have the risk of spreading the virus, and we cannot let our guard down just because it is Halloween.
We have all worked so hard to protect our community, and with Thanksgiving right around the corner, we must continue to take precautions for special events like Halloween. As a result, we are reaching out to ask you to not engage in any risky behaviors this weekend. There will be a time when we can gather and now is not that time. We would also like to remind you of the existing policies regarding social gatherings, as well as the sanctions stipulated by the Chancellor.
Also important is the issue of cultural respect in the observance of Halloween traditions. As a community that values inclusion and is committed to promoting antiracism, we ask you to be thoughtful in your selection of costumes and holiday decor. Items that promote stereotypes or misrepresentations, trivialize the experience of a group of people, or objectify certain people's bodies can be incredibly hurtful.
Please keep in mind that Halloween is also an exciting time for children who are affected by the pandemic and must adhere to safety guidelines. Let’s work together to be good neighbors. If you live off-campus and expect trick-or-treaters, please review New York State’s Halloween guidance.
Thank you for your vigilance in staying safe thus far.
David E. Rogers, Ph.D. | President
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