Provost and Executive Vice President update faculty and staff on student study spaces

Feb. 5, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

Our undergraduates are back on campus, and after countless hours of dedicated preparation by members of our faculty and staff, we are ready to begin the Spring 2021 semester on Monday.

To enable the needs of our students to find adequate study spaces while maintaining safe, socially distanced protocols protecting our community, undergraduates will be given access to a limited number of academic buildings for the coming term.

Beginning Monday, undergraduates may study in select lobbies, atria, common spaces and classrooms within select buildings:

  • Aaron Burr
  • East Pyne
  • Friend Center
  • Frist Campus Center
  • Julis Romo Rabinowitz/Louis A. Simpson 
  • Lewis Arts complex
  • Lewis Library
  • McDonnell
  • Robertson
  • Woolworth

Within these buildings, common areas and select classrooms will be open with COVID modifications and signage indicating availability in place. Changes to the list of buildings and spaces will be posted on the University’s COVID website throughout the semester.

Undergraduates may access these buildings with their PUID cards between 6:45 a.m. and midnight each day. Graduate students may also use these spaces, and their other access to campus buildings remains unchanged. 

Also effective Monday, the Library is expanding its study-browse service to all undergraduates on campus. The service allows students and faculty with active PUIDs to reserve a seat or browse the stacks at campus Library locations through a reservation system.

We are reinforcing with undergraduates that they are expected to abide by the Social Contract as well as signs directing them to wear masks, heed capacity limits, practice physical distancing and follow cleaning protocols. 

The Department of Public Safety, Venue Services staff and participants in a new Community Advocates Program will monitor building usage closely. We will evaluate usage and behavior in these spaces and evaluate whether more — or fewer — spaces should be made available. Undergraduate students will be informed that violations of the Social Contract could result in revocation of their access to these academic buildings.

If you have questions, please send email to the COVID Connector hotline or call the hotline at 609-258-7000 during University business hours, 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

This new semester is a challenging time, but it’s also an exciting one in which we are working together in the face of a global pandemic to continue the University’s teaching and research mission. Our thanks to all for continuing to care for one another and for making this extraordinary effort possible.