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2021-22 ACADEMIC YEAR

COVID-19 Mitigation Team

Primary responsibilities include coordinating University mitigation efforts, planning for worst case scenarios, coordinating response to asymptomatic testing results, and keeping a pulse on the high level impacts of COVID-19 on the campus community. The group includes: 

  • Sarah Steinkamp, President's Office
  • Stevie Baker-Watson, Health and Wellness
  • Sharon Crary, Faculty Governance Representative
  • Julia Proctor, Health and Wellness
  • Dorian Shager, Student Affairs
  • Scott Spiegelberg, Academic Affairs
  • Mariel Wilderson, Communications and Marketing

Summer 2021 

DePauw Restart Team 

The DePauw Re-start Team, acting under the coordination of the Chief of Staff, will deliberate and make recommendations to President White regarding the Re-start of campus in the summer and fall of 2021, especially the health and safety policies that impact the campus. More specifically, the groups will meet throughout June and July to complete the following: 

  • Develop a back-to-campus plan for re-starting the fall term as a thriving residential community.

  • Review relevant CDC guidelines to determine effective health and safety guidelines for DePauw in the '21-'22 school year.

  • Collaborate with students/ student groups about fall planning.

  • Establish norms and practices that detail, testing, distancing, masking, vaccinating, quarantining, and Isolating. 

  • Eliminate outdated, confusing, and irrelevant COVID-19 policies, practices.

  • Articulate the guidelines that support the back-to-campus plan for re-starting the fall term as a thriving residential community.

  • Establish a clear, comprehensive, and concise re-start communication plan. 

  • Determine emergency slowing/ stopping mechanism if COVID spread becomes an issue on campus. 

 

2020-21 Academic Year

COVID-19 Operations Task Force 

The COVID-19 Operations Task Force [the C19 Ops Task Force] will be appointed by and report to Cabinet as the University’s lead team to develop and implement operating plans for the 2020-21 academic year in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Julia Sutherlin, in a newly appointed position to steward the Task Force, will chair the C19 Ops Task Force. The work of the C19 Ops Task Force will be grounded in the health and safety of DePauw’s students and employees and will be informed by guidance from national, state and local health officials, sound medical information and best practices in higher education learned through professional resources given the best interests of the students and employees of DePauw. The C19 Ops Task Force will work in a highly collaborative nature, across divisions within the institution, engaging student leaders and connecting with the leaders of the fraternity and sorority housing corporations. DePauw's Faculty Governance system will have input into the faculty committees that will contribute to this work, especially with regard to academic planning.

Fall Term Operations Shift

As we begin the fall term, the COVID-19 Task Force will move into more direct operational mode with members who are focused on “boots on the ground” efforts for the fall term. The responsibilities include:

  • Monitoring the pandemic situation locally and nationally 

  • Maintaining data about the virus’ impact on the campus

  • Oversight for the case response protocols

  • Tracking usage of isolation spaces (and quarantine spaces, as needed)

  • Provide ongoing education to the campus community about the virus (symptoms, signs and preventing spread)

  • Ensure that all events continue to meet health and safety guidance

Pods and Leaders

  • Chair: Julia Proctor
  • Health and Safety: Stevie Baker-Watson
  • Housing Pod: Kevin Hamilton
  • COVID Education Pod: Sharon Crary
  • Student Leader: Dorian Shager (convener) 
  • Events: Steven Linville
  • Facilities Management: Warren Whitesell

Mitigation and Preparation Pod

Primary responsibilities will include coordinating University mitigation efforts, planning for worst case scenarios, coordinating response to asymptomatic testing results, and keeping a pulse on the high level impacts of COVID-19 on the campus community. Includes members from Health and Safety, President's Office, Student Academic Life, and the Faculty.