Health and Safety Resources
February 3, 2021
Dear Great Dane:
Welcome to the Spring 2021 semester. As we prepare for a very busy few months, I am writing to thank you for your efforts in helping to keep our campus and community healthy and safe and remind you about some important tips to help you get through the winter period.
During the winter months, when we are indoors much of the time, it is especially important for all of us to follow COVID-19 public health guidelines that include wearing masks, physically distancing, and washing our hands frequently to reduce potential coronavirus spread related to being in confined spaces. Additionally, please be particularly aware of your environment when socializing, as data indicates a strong link between social events involving alcohol use and transmission of the coronavirus.
Below are resources designed to help you navigate the challenges associated with this pandemic and keep you and those around you healthy, safe and accountable:
Don’t Burst Your Bubble – Create small groups who choose safety guidelines they will follow.
Have You Had the COVID Talk? – Asking others in your social circle about COVID-19 and strategies to address situations that may be uncomfortable or awkward within your relationships.
Ways to Be Safer When Socializing During a Pandemic – Familiarize yourself with strategies to address unique challenges around socializing that exist in a pandemic.
STEP UP to Protect the Greatness — Five simple steps you can take as an empowered bystander to help you and others stay healthy and safe during the pandemic.
Though you may feel that you alone cannot make a difference, your actions do matter and contribute to a collective cultural shift toward increased health and safety. I hope that you will join the majority of Great Danes who indicated in our student survey last semester that they are following COVID-19 public health guidelines. Check out the survey numbers from our “Great Danes Make Great Choices” campaign.
If you have any questions about staying safe during a pandemic, please contact us at [email protected] For up-to-date information from the University regarding COVID-19, please go to UAlbany's COVID-19 website.
Best wishes for a healthy, safe and successful semester.
M. Dolores Cimini, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Behavioral Health and Applied Research