SCSU town hall: Jan. 19; SCSU to be a vaccination site

SCSU held another town hall on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 12:15 p.m.

Speakers at the town hall included Robbyn Wacker, SCSU President; Brent Nielsen, Medical Director; Jenn Furan-Super, Director of Emergency Preparedness; Clare Rahm, Student Life and Development Interim Vice President; and Daniel Gregory, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Health Matters

There is another testing event  Thursday, Jan. 21 in Atwood from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..

The SCSU Medical Clinic has been approved to be a vaccine distribution site. Each vaccine requires two doses that are three or four weeks a part. All MDH guidance will be followed once the clinic is able to administer vaccines.

As of today, it is still unknown when SCSU will get the vaccine, how many doses will be allocated to SCSU, nor which vaccine will be distributed to SCSU.

Faculty and staff will be given more information when they are eligible to receive the vaccination.

The vaccine is not mandatory in Minnesota at this time.

Campus Operations

The campus is still in a “Lay Low” period through Jan. 24; campus is not hosting large in-person events and is encouraging virtual gatherings.

Campus has re-opened to the community for sporting events and rentals. Huskies Athletics is still not allowing spectators at events.

The plan for spring break has not been finalized, but Wacker commented that it is likely the University will ask students to behave similarly to the request before the Thanksgiving and winter holiday breaks.

Student Life and Development

Students are not required to report a positive test, but are able to do so on the self report website. Rahm reminded students there are many resources available for students who become positive, including the Medical Clinic on campus.

The University has a housing appeals group that is considering any request for students to not complete a housing contract for this academic year. Students will need to present documented changes to receive a refund or may be able to apply for their payment to be deferred to the fall semester. Students can contact Residential Life if they have questions regarding housing.

Academic Affairs

The schedule for fall semester classes will be available in the next few weeks. Gregory shared that the plan is for more classes to be in person in the fall, though it is very unlikely that campus will return to fully normal operations this fall.

Cancelling spring break was considered, but it was decided the academic calendar will remain the same as originally designed.

More information was shared during the town hall. Only new information was shared in this recap. For all information, please check out the previous town hall recaps at universitychron.com

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Anna Panek

Anna is a junior at St. Cloud State University and is double majoring in Math Education and Spanish Education, with a minor in Special Education. She is the Managing Editor for the University Chronicle this year. When she is not at campus attending class, working as a learning assistant or math tutor, or writing for the University Chronicle, she enjoys volunteering, reading, being overly competitive at board games, and telling horribly funny puns.

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