Despite the challenges posed by an unprecedented global pandemic, the fall semester saw inspired and inspiring action across campus. Since fully returning to campus, a sense of joy has seemingly permeated the College thanks to a comprehensive and intentional approach to community. Thanks to the 99.6% vaccination rate for students, classes have re-commenced in the classroom, with universal masking indoors. In the fall, Customs looked much more traditional, after the virtual orientation provided last year and a successful fall Plenary was held, reaffirming student agency.
With the Omicron COVID-19 variant, the spring semester has begun with some stricter policies and protocols, which have ensured that positive rates have remained relatively low. With new booster requirements, universal masking in KN95 masks or better, and close adherence to the recommendations of our infectious disease advisors we are satisfied with our position as national outliers, across the Tri-Co, in terms of our low transmission rates. It's clear the community cares about moving forward safely and compassionately.