Notice of Risk Related to COVID-19

BRIDGEWATER STATE UNIVERSITY

COVID-19, a highly infectious, life-threatening disease, has been declared to be a global pandemic. There currently is no known treatment, cure, or vaccine for COVID-19. The disease may be contracted through contact with infected persons who may be symptomatic, asymptomatic or from contact with the virus left on surfaces.

In accordance with the recommendations and guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), the university has taken steps to limit the spread of COVID-19, but the health and safety of the community depends upon all its members accepting the shared risk associated with the disease.

There are inherent risks associated with participating in university required, sanctioned or voluntary activities on or off campus. It is not possible for the university to limit all potential sources of COVID-19 infection. Individuals must rely on their own judgment in assessing the safety of, or risks associated with, participating in university activities.

Further, campus community members must understand that campus safety in respect to COVID-19 is a shared risk and that everyone must do their part to contribute to the health and safety of the community.

To that end, the university has implemented certain policies and procedures intended to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19. The university may update or revise these protocols at any time in response to new information, recommendations or guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH).

Members of the university community are expected to comply with all mandates of the CDC, MDPH, and associated policies mandated by the university such as wearing face coverings, adopting good hygienic practices and cleaning protocols, physical distancing, monitoring of symptoms, and self-reporting of symptoms or a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

Please consult the Bridgewater State University COVID-19 website for additional information.

Working together, we can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 while ensuring a rich academic experience for every member of the university community.

8/2020