Wellness Center

March 5 - Important Update: Spring Athletics, Testing Changes, and On-Campus Activities

SUMMARY

–Ursinus is moving forward with spring intercollegiate athletic competitions.

–All Wednesday testing will now occur on Mondays for the remainder of the year; Thursday testing does not change.

–A document for planning possible COVID-compliant on-campus activities will be made available to the campus community next week.

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Dear Campus Community,

Earlier today, the Centennial Conference Presidents Council announced that it has charted a path forward for intercollegiate competition during the spring season for member institutions willing and able to participate.

Above all else, Ursinus College prioritizes the health and well-being of its campus community, including student-athletes. We remain confident in our current campus-wide mitigation efforts and believe that we are in a good position to join several fellow Centennial Conference institutions in intercollegiate play this spring. Competitions will be scheduled primarily for the weekends and, currently, no spectators are permitted to attend the athletic events. Furthermore, we will implement increased testing and additional modifications to game-day procedures–protocols which will apply to student-athletes, coaches, officials, and game-day staff at institutions choosing to compete. These important measures exceed the NCAA guidelines for spring sports.

At Ursinus, in addition to the very aggressive weekly testing regimen we have in place, we now plan to test all student-athletes twice per week once competition begins. We will also test our student-athletes on the day before each competition. Given its importance to the overall health of the campus, we will adjust our weekly testing schedule for the remainder of the semester:

–Thursday testing from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. will remain for all students.

–We are moving our Wednesday tests to Mondays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning March 8.

The Monday tests are primarily reserved for student-athletes, faculty, and staff, though we will continue to accommodate students with extenuating circumstances.

Beyond intercollegiate athletics, we recognize the desire for students to participate in activities outside the classroom this spring. Our student affairs division, in tandem with both the task force and the office of college events and signature programs, is finalizing a new activity request planning document. It will be made available next week for student organizations as well as academic departments and offices interested in hosting on-campus activities. The document requires everyone to observe all current COVID guidelines and mitigation measures when considering an activity. Please check the “What’s Up, Ursinus?” Instagram account (@whatsup_ursinus) for more details next week.

We are monitoring the athletics landscape and are in constant communication with our peers in Division III and across the country. We also remain in regular communication with health officials from our county and the state. Please understand that all plans are subject to change based on the realities of the pandemic. We also acknowledge that, while there are many differing approaches to intercollegiate play this spring, our common bond is the safety of our student-athletes and all members of our campus community.

Thank you for your continued commitment to “defending our den.” Go Bears!

Sincerely,

President Brock Blomberg