Titans Caring for Titans

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We find ourselves at a pivotal point in history as our communities, states, countries, and world still experience a pandemic. Even with promising news of viable vaccines, Illinois Wesleyan University students, faculty, and staff play a critical role continuing to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and in protecting the health and safety of our campus community and the greater Bloomington-Normal area. 

By taking the pledge to keep Illinois Wesleyan University in good health, I accept responsibility for myself and my actions and will do my best to prevent the spread of COVID-19. I am aware the success of this plan rests largely on each member of the Titan community living up to this pledge, and I commit to doing my part. I am aware that the decisions I make will affect many others.

Protect Myself 

I will...

  • Adhere to the University’s COVID-19 PCR testing protocols and policies on isolation and quarantine
  • Conduct daily self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19 and report to Arnold Health Services (students) or a healthcare professional (faculty and staff) if I experience a fever of 100.4 F or higher, dry cough, difficulty breathing, muscle aches, abdominal discomfort, or new loss of taste or smell.
  • Wash my hands regularly with soap and water or use hand sanitizer and avoid touching my face and eyes.
  • Wear my washable cloth face mask while around others in indoor and outdoor spaces including class, campus activities, work, and meetings.
  • Keep my clothing, belongings, personal spaces, and shared common spaces clean.

Protect My Fellow Titans 

I will...

  • Observe physical distancing (at least 6 feet) between myself and others.
  • Stay at home if I feel ill or believe I have been exposed to someone who might have COVID-19.
  • Remind other Titans about social distancing practices and wearing their face mask at all times while in public. This will require courage, tact and a commitment to self-advocacy.
  • Not assume that others are comfortable meeting in person, riding together in cars, visiting public places etc. and will ask for and respect their preference. 
  • Not allow social gatherings to exceed current guidance for all Illinois Wesleyan students (both on-campus and off-campus) in my particular residential environment.

Protect the Community 

I will…

  • Limit leaving the Titan community (e.g., visiting family/friends on weekends) to decrease my chances of coming into contact with individuals infected with COVID-19. 
  • Participate in testing and honestly engage in contact tracing when required to help preserve the health of IWU and the local community.
  • Avoid businesses and gatherings in which mask wearing and physical distancing are not required and follow local and state guidelines when engaging in activities off-campus.
  • Limit non-IWU guests at off-campus residences in order to protect those individuals and our community.
  • Uphold expectations of the Office of Residential Life and Office of Student Involvement that only current IWU students are allowed as guests in fraternity houses, residence halls, university-owned apartments, and the Marriott Hotel in Uptown Normal
  • Follow all health and safety directives provided by leadership at IWU.
  • Be positive, attentive, and helpful to anyone who might need support.
  • Be flexible with our current circumstances, understanding that none of us has experienced a pandemic and we are all doing our best. 

Accountability

We have much to be proud of as Titans with regards to our successes in slowing the transmission of COVID-19 among our students during the fall 2020 semester. However, failure on the part of some to comply with the Titan Pledge and social events that violated guidelines during the previous term resulted in some transmission that could have been avoided. As students at Illinois Wesleyan, we must remain vigilant, and we can do better for ourselves, our fellow Titans, and our greater community. 

With that in mind, I acknowledge my role as an Illinois Wesleyan student to follow the tenets of the Titan Pledge. Failure to comply with the expectations of our community in the Spring 2021 academic term may result in punitive sanctions, in addition to the educational elements employed in Fall 2020. I acknowledge that these sanctions may include but are not limited to monetary fines, restriction from campus grounds or activities — including in-person classes, forfeiture of tuition and fees, probation, suspension in abeyance, suspension, or expulsion.