Take Care of One Another
By taking seriously our shared responsibilities to protect ourselves and colleagues given the health risks posed by COVID-19, we demonstrate our respect for our community members and honor the work they seek to accomplish. Staying home when sick, maintaining our distance whenever possible, wearing a face covering, and washing our hands are acts of kindness, and kindness is key to our return-to-campus plans. This is a stressful time for everyone, and implementing all these new rules will take time to internalize while also likely changing over time, so please practice patience and flexibility.
Finally, as in all times, remember that we are a diverse and inclusive campus where everyone belongs. That means existing policies covering workplace accommodations and resources, such as the Disability and Learning Resource Center, are still operative, even if we have to engage them in new formats while fulfilling our shared responsibilities. Likewise, ostracizing any member of our campus community is neither fair nor helpful. Such action contradicts our longstanding policy of nondiscrimination toward students, faculty, staff, and visitors, and SAIC will not tolerate unlawful acts or harassment based on race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, age, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender-related identity, marital status, parental status, military or former military status, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law. It is imperative to keep in mind that viruses are no one's fault.
The way in which we steward one another’s well-being will not only ensure the sense of belonging we foster for everyone at SAIC, it will help minimize the risk of contracting COVID-19 and will contribute positively to our well-being.