Winter Quarter 2022 Updates

As you have seen in the most recent communication from the University, the start of the Winter Quarter has been moved to January 10, 2022 and in-person instruction will resume January 24, 2022. As you plan your RSO activities for the quarter we wanted to issue you updated guidance and offer our continued support.

RSO activity from January 10 – January 23 is encouraged to take place virtually when possible. If you believe your RSO has a compelling reason to host in-person activity during this time, please contact your RSO advisor for approval and planning support. During this period, any in-person activity will be subject to additional guidance including the restriction of food and un-masking for any reason. RSO reservations in Student Centers spaces will be placed on a hold status and not confirmed until approvals to meet in-person are secured.

Beginning January 24 and until further notice, the following guidelines will be in place for in-person RSO activities.

  • All gatherings will be limited to fewer than 100 people, including event organizers.
  • Serving food or drinks is prohibited during any gathering.
  • All attendees and organizers must be masked at all times.
  • Event organizers must designate a COVID monitor to ensure that these guidelines are followed.
  • Event organizers must submit a Blueprint Event Request form if your activity:
    • Is being held in a location outside of Student Centers spaces;
    • Includes minors; or
    • Is being held in spaces that hold more than 100 attendees, including Mandel Hall, FXK Theatre, Hutchinson Commons, Cloister Club, Ida Noyes Library & Lounge, Max P Cinema, and the Ida Noyes Third-Floor Theater.

Please keep in mind that these restrictions may change as we monitor the spread of COVID.

If your RSO has a reservation for a date after January 24 and the event complies with the latest guidelines, Student Centers event planners will be in touch to confirm the booking. If your RSO has a reservation that does not meet the latest guidelines, your RSO advisor and an event planner will be in touch to discuss alternatives, including rescheduling the event for a later date.

The guidance above reflects a necessary shift to combat the recent surge in COVID cases. We are hopeful that with your cooperation, we will be able to continue our in-person events during Winter Quarter.

We know and appreciate that the RSO community has demonstrated strength and a commitment to maintaining a safe environment throughout the pandemic, and we expect that you will continue to do so despite these challenges. The Center for Leadership and Involvement and Student Centers staff are ready to support RSOs in making your activities successful.

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