COVID-19 measures and RSO Activities

March 16, 2020

As you are aware, the University will be moving to remote learning for the Spring Quarter and is requesting that students vacate University Housing by Sunday, March 22, if they are able.

We do not take these important measures lightly. We have an obligation to our colleagues, neighbors, and city to take all the reasonable steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease. Social distancing must be an organizing principle of life during this period.

Therefore, I am writing to let you know that as a precautionary measure all RSO activity will be suspended effective immediately, through the end of the Spring Quarter. This includes on-campus events and services, hosting or attending off-campus programs, RSO travel, financial transactions, and other RSO-specific programs and initiatives. 

RSOs should refrain from initiating any new purchases or transfers, effectively immediately. All outstanding reimbursements and vendor payments should be submitted between now and March 22. If you have questions regarding the status of any financial transactions, please reach out to your RSO advisor directly. You can find their information on Blueprint.

We know there are several important RSO processes that occur during the Spring Quarter, and we will update you as soon as possible once these processes have been adjusted to accommodate our new circumstances.  These processes will include, but are not limited to, Student Government Elections, RSO Annual Allocations, Student Engagement Fund applications, RSO Room Lottery, Mandel Hall requests, and office and storage space applications. 

The Center for Leadership & Involvement (CLI) staff will be developing additional online resources and tools to help in your leadership transitions and preparing your 2020-2021 goals. As a reminder, your Blueprint continues to be a resource for consistent remote management of your RSO. 

We want to assure you that CLI staff will continue working and will be available for any questions or concerns that you may have. Your RSO advisor is available to help you think through the impacts these measures may have on the success of your RSO.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to them for assistance. We recognize this is a difficult and challenging time and thank you for your cooperation.

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