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The latest communications sent to the seminary community regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus are posted below.


May 9, 2022: Message from President Brian Blount

Last week, we had a wonderful Sprunt Lecture series.  The lectures and sermons were engaging, and we had good participation both in-person and online.  Unfortunately, though, a number of folks who were at Sprunts have subsequently tested positive for Covid.  Those who have tested positive are following seminary protocols and are isolating from campus as they recuperate.  I am encouraged to hear that those impacted are thus far not experiencing excessive illness.  The vaccinations, while unfortunately allowing breakthrough cases, also appear to be successfully mitigating against severe illness.  Because we have had these breakthrough cases, though, and because some folks who were infected have shown little or no symptoms, but are yet capable of transmitting the virus still, we have had some lingering cases which probably trace back to Sprunts.  Appropriate counsel has been shared that we want—this week—to disrupt any further spread that might be linked back to Sprunts in order that everyone is healthy for graduation.  I agree with that counsel and therefore, after consulting with my executive staff, make the following temporary emendations to our Covid protocols.

  • Beginning at 2 p.m. May 09 the Richmond campus will go fully remote.  All classes and activities should transition from in-person to ZOOM.  Activities that cannot transition to ZOOM should be canceled or postponed.  The Library will move to remote access.  I will send further information about how one may interact with the library this afternoon.
  • This remote period will last until the end of the workday on Friday, May 13.
  • In order to ensure that we reduce as much Covid risk as possible, so as to ensure that everyone is good to go for graduation on May 21, face masks will be required for all indoor gatherings.  This does mean that face masks will be required for a memorial service for May 14 in Watts Chapel, as well as baccalaureate and graduation.

 

I realize that there is anxiety on campus, as in the world around us, about the right way to approach virus mitigation.  I have tried to put all that aside in this case and focus on one primary objective:  to have everyone healthy for in-person graduation.

Thank you for your patience and grace as we toward this important goal.

While most faculty and staff will be working remotely this week, some will need to be around on campus from time to time to do things like deliver the mail, pay the bills, receive gifts from donors, etc.  Some library staff will also be around as necessary to ensure that services are available.  Here is the information pertaining to Morton Library.

  • Morton Library will be closed from 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 9 to 8:00 a.m. on Monday, May 16, but librarians will be working remotely.
  • Touchless Pickup Service – Holds placed by 8:00 a.m. each week day (Tues – Fri) will be available for pickup at Morton Library’s main entrance at 12:00 noon and 3:00 p.m.
  • Electronic Resources are available through the Library Catalog, through the Online Databases page, and through Research Guides including Digital Reference Sources at UPSem and Finding and Using eBooks.
  • Ask a Librarian – Schedule a one-on-one online appointment with a librarian for research or technical help.
  • For questions about holds, physical pickups, or one’s library account, contact Lisa Janes at ljanes@upsem.edu.
  • For problems accessing or using electronic resources, contact Ryan Douthat at rdouthat@upsem.edu.