Return to Living and Learning Task Force

The Return to Living and Learning Task Force (RLL) is a subcommittee of the Fall 2020 Academic Affairs Task Force and coordinates closely with the other task force subcommittees. The scope of the RLL focuses on the student experience and includes developing plans for the academic experience, residential experience, commuter and transfer experience, dining, campus activities, new student onboarding, public health messaging, and policy/enforcement/crisis response/student support. Teams of staff have been formed around these scope areas to develop plans for returning to living and learning on campus and faculty and students have provided input and feedback on these plans. The plan components include:

    • Prevention strategies based on state/county stage/phase two
    • Guidance regarding stage/phase two re: vulnerable individuals, gathering sizes and distancing, and employer guidance
    • High risk areas that may be involved in planning
    • Communication of expectations (audience, message, mechanism)
    • Enforcement of expectations
    • Technology considerations
    • Resource considerations (e.g., staff/students, funding, space, etc.)
    • Equity, inclusion, and accessibility considerations
    • Timeline of key planning milestones

This document articulates the assumptions and guiding principles for the work of the RLL,  describes the scope of the task force, and the planning status as of June 17, 2020.

Assumptions and Guiding Principles

  1. The Principles for Decision Making in Challenging Times and Student Success Framework and Outcomes documents will guide planning.
  2. Federal, State, and County direction for Phase/Stage Two and the ACHA Considerations document will guide planning through the Fall 2020 semester.
  3. Our current plan for resident students is to have single and double occupancy per bedroom with priority for on campus housing given to first and second year students. We are also creating a scenario for single occupancy in all residence hall rooms.
  4. General public health and sanitation standards will be established by the Return to Work group which will guide implementation efforts by the RLL. 
  5. The F20 Communication Team will manage all communication coming from the RLL,  Return to Work group, and Fall 2020 Academic Affairs Task Force to faculty, staff, and students (new and returning). 
  6. Each group denoted below will develop scenario plans for the following scenario criteria using the template provided:
    1. Scenario 1 assumes we will be on campus for the Fall semester. A variation for the following maximum group sizes allowed should be included (10, 25, 50, and 250)
    2. Scenario 2 assumes we will be remote for the Fall semester

Task Force Team

  • Cynthia Avery, Assistant Vice President, Student Life
  • Ariela Canizal, Assistant Director for Community & Leadership Development
  • Tyler Crisman, Director of Residential Education
  • #Neena Din, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences and Adjunct Faculty, Biology
  • Amanda Etter, Director, Military & Veterans Programs
  • Luke LaCroix, Assistant Dean of Students
  • Margaret Leary, Assistant Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Programs
  • Sue Lowery (Biology, College)*
  • Alyson Ma (Economics, SB)
  • Marie Minnick, Assistant Dean of Students
  • Charles Ramos, Dining Services Director
  • Allie Ross, Assistant Director of Student Onboarding 
  • Mandy Womack, Assistant Dean of Students

bold: Team point of contact
# Dual membership
* Senator

RLL Scope and Planning Status

  • Academic Experience
  • Residential Experience
  • Commuter and Transfer Experience
  • Policy, Enforcement, Crisis Response, and Student Support
  • Dining
  • Campus Activities
  • Onboarding
  • Public Health Messaging