The Cistern Standard: CofC’s Employee Recognition Program

Here at the College of Charleston, we live by a certain standard: The Cistern Standard.

The Cistern Standard is the College’s new employee recognition program that acknowledges and spotlights faculty and staff who embody the College’s core values ​​- integrity; academic excellence; liberal arts education; diversity, equity and inclusion; student centeredness; innovation; and public mission – demonstrating them through their behavior and actions. And, as an employee-driven initiative, the program gives CofC employees the opportunity to recognize their colleagues from across campus – with any title and from any department – all on their own.

“We have been working on this for a long time, and we are so excited to finally be able to launch the program,” says Ed Pope, vice president of human resources, adding that – while the Office of Human Resources is responsible for the administration of the program – The Cistern Standard was developed in partnership with Subcommittee 5 of the Strategic Plan Pillar 3 (employee experience and success) Committee and the Staff Advisory Committee to the President (SAC). “We wanted it to be an employee-driven way for people to recognize their peers, and to reinforce the Strategic Plan and the College’s core values, encouraging those behaviors in others and themselves.”

Using the Employee Recognition Form located on the HR website, faculty and staff may recognize one another for one of the College’s seven core values ​​detailed below.

INTEGRITY

We take accountability for our actions and adhere to the highest ethical standards in all our professional obligations and personal responsibilities. We demonstrate respect for self, others and place. Examples of observations include:

  • Thoroughly following designated office or institutional standards
  • Demonstrating reliability and trustworthiness by respecting colleagues and College facilities
  • Showing respect to others with whom you are interacting, even during difficult situations or conversations
  • Consistently striving to produce high-quality work
  • When made aware of errors, accepting responsibility and demonstrating a commitment to improving
  • Challenging biases and / or countering discrimination with care
  • Consistently demonstrating respect for the personal boundaries of others
  • Consistently mentoring colleagues

Academic Excellence

academic excellence badgeWe show commitment to a dynamic intellectual community, high academic standards, strong academic programs and exceptional teacher-scholars. We exhibit behavior that engages students and promotes lifelong learning. Examples of observations include:

  • Offering time to mentor or advise students
  • Engaging students outside the classroom via extracurricular programming, student research and quality advising
  • Ensuring that classrooms and laboratories are consistently cleaned, stocked and equipped so students can learn
  • Promoting the College’s academic programs
  • Consistently mentoring colleagues or encouraging lifelong learning in colleagues
  • Inviting a professor to a team lunch
  • Encouraging team members to take advantage of professional development opportunities and / or college courses
  • Partaking in our Employee Tuition Assistance Program
  • Participating in multiple learning opportunities on or off campus each semester, including LinkedIn Learning courses, DiversityEDU or other certificate-earning programs
  • Applying culturally responsive practices to support a variety of learning preferences

Liberal Arts Education

liberal arts badgeWe encourage intellectual curiosity and foster each student’s ability to think creatively and analyze, synthesize, apply and communicate knowledge from many sources. We inspire others to offer different viewpoints and input when applicable. Examples of observations include:

  • Consistently encouraging and supporting different viewpoints
  • Creating opportunities for different areas to collaborate to expand viewpoints
  • Encouraging extracurricular and interdisciplinary student engagement through advising, mentorship and opportunities to actively engage in research
  • Inviting cross-campus perspectives to present at departmental / divisional meetings to open dialogue about another part of campus
  • Going to a roundtable discussion on campus
  • Taking the initiative to learn a new skill from another colleague

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

diversity equity inclusion badgeWe create and nurture a diverse and inclusive community demonstrated through thoughts, words and actions. We value and respect the unique perspectives, backgrounds and experiences every individual has to offer. Examples of observations include:

  • Demonstrating respect for all colleagues through actions
  • Creating opportunities for welcoming and including others
  • Helping promote DEI events / webinars / opportunities with campus colleagues; suggesting topics for DEI-focused programs to own department
  • Integrating classroom opportunities via assignments, discussions, etc., that support respectful and open discussions about race, intersectionality and associated inequities
  • Creating an office environment that cultivates a sense of belonging
  • Consistently seeking input from multiple backgrounds / perspectives on important matters
  • Partnering with historically underrepresented groups to identify and close equity gaps
  • Seeking out and / or supporting the work, art and businesses of historically underrepresented groups
  • Exercising humility about historic and ongoing oppression or creating spaces to discuss race, intersectionality and associated inequities
  • Consistently demonstrating respect for staff and faculty self-identification and / or self-expression (ie, use of preferred pronouns, correctly pronouncing others’ names, etc.)

Student Centeredness

student centered badgeWe illustrate dedication to nurturing thriving scholar-citizens through the intellectual, ethical and social development of each individual student. We exhibit behavior that conveys commitment to student success. Examples of observations include:

  • Focusing on students’ needs through exemplary customer service
  • Providing enthusiasm daily to their position
  • Volunteering for move-in week or other campus opportunities to interact with students
  • Responding to students’ needs via conscientious advising
  • Providing research opportunities for students
  • Often going beyond expectations to support student learning or personal needs
  • Consistently engaging with students via extracurricular activities, such as student clubs, honor societies, etc.
  • Consistently receiving positive feedback from students about their role on campus
  • Striving to build new or revise existing programs or supports around student input
  • Diligently working to improve the experiences of students from historically underrepresented groups
  • Consistently demonstrating respect for student self-identification and / or self-expression

Innovation

innovation badgeWe act with an entrepreneurial spirit to imagine and implement creative, bold and sustainable solutions in our pursuit of excellence and continuous improvement. Examples of observations include:

  • Taking positive approaches to meeting the needs of the students, staff, faculty or CofC community
  • Facilities Management employee recommending new way of managing inventory for their work unit that increases efficiency
  • Prioritizing the growth and wellbeing of members in the CofC community
  • Leading or mentoring colleagues to support the betterment of the College, the community and the individuals
  • Coordinating small groups of CofC volunteers for community engagement / or recruiting some volunteers for a community project on behalf of the College
  • Building upon or scaling existing community relationships to welcome and include historically underrepresented community leaders
  • Building sustainable partnerships or enhancing existing partnerships between campus members and community organizations
  • Collaborating with groups or organizations that effectively support a variety of social justice issues

Public Mission

public mission badge

We take action in meeting the educational and professional needs of our community, our state, our nation and the world. Examples of observations include:

  • Creating or sharing a creative solution to a department, facility, technology or College problem
  • Identifying and proposing a cost saving solution
  • Proposing how two departments or two divisions can team up to save resources on a project
  • Creating new and / or expanding on existing initiatives that reinforce a more inclusive and welcoming campus community
The Cistern Standard Pennant with Pins

Each recognized employee will receive a pennant and a pin representing their corresponding core value. As they are recognized for other core values, they will receive other pins.

For each core value an employee is recognized for, they will receive a digital certificate and badge and a pin representing the corresponding value, which they can affix onto The Cistern Standard pennant. Recognized employees will also be announced in the faculty / staff e-newsletter, on the Faculty & Staff News page of The College Todayin digital displays across campus and in HR Minute Messages.

When an employee is recognized for two core values, they will receive a T-shirt; when they receive recognition for four of the core values, they will receive a voucher for the College of Charleston Bookstore; and, when they’ve received recognition for all seven core values, they will receive a glass award and an official certificate.

“It’s a way to give employees the power to promote the positive in one another – and we can’t wait to celebrate that positivity with the rest of campus,” says Pope, noting that administrators from each department and office are asked to pick up The Cistern Standard pennants for their faculty and staff members from the HR office, located in the Lightsey Center basement (160 Calhoun St.). “And it’s extra special because it comes to them from their colleagues.”

“The hope is that this will make people more aware of the good things we’re all doing every day in our work – and that they will take the time to show their appreciation for each other,” agrees Becky McManusdirector of employee development and employee relations in the Office of Human Resources, noting that – while the program does not include student employees at this time – all temporary, full-time and part-time faculty and staff may recognize one another and be recognized .

And it’s easy to do: Simply fill out the Employee Recognition Form for someone – or many people – who are living up to the Cistern Standard!

Reminder: Please make sure that your department administrator heads over to the HR office in the Lightsey Center basement to pick up The Cistern Standard pennants for all employees in your unit!

‘Only dead fish go with the flow’: Terry Whitehead bows out of Hamilton politics

After 19 years on Hamilton city council, Terry Whitehead has opted to sit the next election out, citing his deteriorating health and other personal challenges.

His longtime role as west Mountain representative has made for a “humbling responsibility,” Whitehead said in a news release Friday.

“Throughout this time, I’ve done my utmost to represent the concerns of residents here and across the city; to hold council and staff accountable by asking tough questions and seeking clarity on issues many would rather have swept under the rug. “

But the past two years “brought new and greater challenges” than he expected.

“Family illnesses, the loss of loved ones, and my own declining health – all exacerbated by the trials we faced together during the pandemic,” the statement read.

“The toll it took has been lasting to say the least, which is why I know it’s time for me to take a step back, and not seek re-election as your councilor this upcoming election. At this point, for myself and my loved ones there can be no other choice. “

Whitehead – who served most of his time in Ward 8 and then Ward 14 after boundaries were redrawn – was known for his combative demeanor during his time on council.

Last year, he spent months on sick leave for an illness he described as affecting his cognitive skills but didn’t share a diagnosis.

Whitehead has spoken of an “incurable problem” that led to mental-health issues, including depression and anxiety.

In November, the city’s integrity commissioner docked him 30 days of pay after a probe found he bullied and harassed staff, which involved, in particular, an “aggressive barrage of rapid-fire questions” directed at the transportation operations director during a public meeting.

Council also agreed to limit Whitehead’s communication to the city’s most senior staff and bar him from serving as chair or vice-chair of committees.

The integrity commissioner sanctioned him again in June, this time docking 45 days of pay after an investigation found he harassed staff and a fellow councilor.

That report focused on Whitehead’s interaction with the city clerk, a phone message left with the head of human resources and a chat message to Coun. Judi Partridge during a remote council meeting.

In both cases, he rejected the commissioner’s conclusions and argued he’d been unfairly targeted.

“They took me when I was in my most vulnerable situation, health wise, and they made it far worse,” he told The Spectator. “And they keep piling on.”

Whitehead, however, displayed increasingly disruptive behavior this year, interrupting city officials, clashing with them and launching into angry rants.

Coun. John-Paul Danko declared one protracted, vitriol-filled meeting an “embarrassment” calling his Mountain colleague’s behavior “toxic to our municipality.”

Most recently, council asked staff to draft a “safety plan” to guard against unwanted interactions with Whitehead.

In his statement Friday, he suggested he could have taken an easier path.

“Tempting and vastly more comfortable though it would have been to keep my head down and appease the loudest and most demanding voices or special interests, that’s never been who I am.

“It’s never been politics as usual for me. I often found myself at odds with the status quo, not making decisions to be popular on council but because I truly believed they would be the right choices for us all. “

Whitehead told Ward 14 constituents he’s “genuinely proud” of their accomplishments: the Chedoke Twin Pad Arena; William Connell Park and its “Winter Wonderland”; a golf program for youth; a rental housing pilot.

“Serving as your councilor has been the greatest honor I could imagine,” he added, pointing out his high accessibility to constituents during nearly monthly meet-and-greets at Westcliffe Mall.

Seven Ward 14 candidates registered by Friday’s deadline to run in the Oct. 24 election: Kojo Damptey, Brian Lewis, Colleen Wicken, Michael Spadafora, Christine Seketa, Don Ross and Christopher Poole.

“This is a pivotal time for our ward and our city,“ Whitehead added in his statement, “and the next council has some big decisions to make. Only dead fish go with the flow, and we need a councilor willing and capable of swimming against the current to represent the priorities of our ward. “

He thanked constituents for their support. “As I head into a period of healing and rest for myself, I look forward to seeing what the next chapter holds for our ward and our city!”

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The Recorder – Business Briefs: Aug. 19, 2022

Published: 8/18/2022 2:12:34 PM

Westover Job Corps reps holding info session

GREENFIELD – Sarah Zafiris and Sharna Pearson of Westover Job Corps will be at the Greenfield Public Library on Monday, Aug. 22, from 10 am to noon to answer questions and provide information about their programs.

Westover Job Corps is a tuition-free training and education program that connects eligible young men and women ages 16 to 24 with the skills and educational opportunities they need to build careers.

Stop & Shop holding career fair

GREENFIELD – Stop & Shop’s western Massachusetts stores will host a one-day, all-store career fair on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 am to 2 pm

On-the-spot interviews will be held to fill the more than 100 roles, including union positions in the bakery, deli, grocery, seafood and produce departments. According to a Stop & Shop press release, there are also unionized openings on the overnight crew, as well as for cashiers, porters, baggers and home shoppers.

The part-time positions start at $ 15 per hour and provide up to 28 hours of work each week. Part-time employees receive competitive pay, paid training, flexible schedules, a company discount, paid time off and career advancement opportunities, the release states. Cashiers and baggers must be at least 16 years old; all other positions require applicants to be 18 years of age or older.

“Many members of Stop & Shop’s leadership team started as part-time associates. The roles we offer at Stop & Shop are more than jobs; they are growth opportunities, ”Stop & Shop’s Human Resources Director Julie Pinard said in the release.

Interested applicants who cannot make the one-day career fair can also apply online in advance at stopandshop.com/our-careers.

Girl Scouts introducing new Raspberry Rally cookie

The Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts have announced that the new Raspberry Rally cookie will join the Girl Scouts’ nationwide lineup for the 2023 cookie sales season.

The thin, crispy cookie is a “sister” cookie to the beloved Thin Mints, infused with raspberry flavor instead of mint and dipped in the same chocolate coating. According to a Girl Scouts press release, this new cookie will be the first in the Girl Scout cookie lineup to be exclusively offered for online sales and direct shipment only, enhancing girls’ e-commerce sales and entrepreneurial skills.

Proceeds raised from in-person and online cookie orders directly benefit local councils and troops, the release states. Girl Scouts learn leadership, problem solving and community building through the cookie program while gaining a better understanding of the world of business, money management and entrepreneurship. Cookie business badges range from goal setting to learning effective in-person and online sales pitches, using market research, creating business plans and implementing digital marketing campaigns.

“Every purchase of Raspberry Rally, and the whole portfolio of iconic cookies, during cookie season fuels local Girl Scouts’ adventures throughout the year,” Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts CEO Pattie Hallberg said in the release. “Girls decide how to use their portion of the proceeds for unforgettable leadership experiences and community projects. From traveling locally and overseas to investing in non-profit organizations in their cities and towns, Girl Scouts build a better future for themselves, our community and the world. ”

The Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts will kick off cookie season on Jan. 20. Visit girlscoutcookies.org to sign up to be notified when Raspberry Rally and other Girl Scout cookies are on sale.

Elon University / Today at Elon / Important information about the monkeypox virus

Elon’s Infectious Disease Response Team shared the following message on Monday, Aug. 15, about how the university is monitoring the spread of monkeypox and preparing for the possibility of a confirmed case on campus.

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

While COVID-19 continues to be the most pressing community health concern we are addressing as we move into the fall semester, we are monitoring the emergence of the monkeypox virus as a growing concern. Officials with the World Health Organization and the United States federal government have activated alert levels that enable coordinated international and national response to the outbreak.

While the monkeypox virus is a serious public health threat, we encourage members of the university community to remain calm, learn about the virus, and follow the guidance of public health officials at the federal, state, and local levels. The Elon University Infectious Disease Response Team has been monitoring the situation and is working with health officials to develop operational plans and protocols for the university, should they become necessary.

A university website has been created to educate the Elon community about the monkeypox virus, including transmission, symptoms, treatment, and steps each of us can take to avoid contracting the virus. The site includes information about the current status of monkeypox in North Carolina and the United States, and we note that the current threat to the general population is low.

The emergence of the current monkeypox outbreak, so closely on the heels of the novel COVID-19 virus, may heighten anxiety for many. Key differences make monkeypox a less serious threat than COVID-19. Among the key distinctions:

  • Monkeypox is spread primarily through skin-to-skin contact and is less contagious than COVID-19.
  • Outbreaks of monkeypox are easier to contain than COVID-19 since spreading the infection requires close contact with infectious particles, not casual contact, and people with monkeypox are generally not contagious until after symptoms appear.
  • Existing vaccines are already available, have already been previously tested, and provide some protection against monkeypox.
  • Monkeypox is typically a mild and self-limiting condition; it is rarely fatal.

Please visit the university website and educate yourself about monkeypox. As a university, we have learned a great deal about managing community health concerns through our recent experiences with the mumps and COVID-19. These lessons will serve us well, should monkeypox affect the university community.

As we have with previous infectious disease concerns, we will remain adaptive and responsive as conditions evolve. Elon’s Infectious Disease Response Team is meeting regularly, working closely with local and state health officials, and leading efforts to support the university community. Information and updates will continue to be available throughout the semester.

Sincerely,

Members of the Elon University Infectious Disease Response Team

  • Ginette Archinal, co-chair – University Physician / Medical Director
  • Jana Lynn Patterson, co-chair – Associate Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students
  • Steve Bailey, liaison to Academic Council – Professor of Physical Therapy Education
  • Owen Covington – Assistant Vice President for News and Information
  • Doug Dotson – Assistant Chief of Campus Safety and Police
  • Stacie Dooley – Assistant Dean of Career & Student Development, Elon Law
  • Val Drummond – Director of Risk Management
  • Raymond Fletcher – Assistant Director of Facilities Management
  • Whitney Gregory – Assistant Dean of Students
  • Kathy Harrison – Faculty / Staff Health & Wellness Clinic Manager
  • Aneshia Jerralds – Associate Director of Residence Life for Operations and Facilities
  • Paul Miller – Associate Provost for Academic Excellence and Operations
  • Shannon Moylan – Director of Environmental Services
  • Stephanie Page, liaison to Staff Advisory Council – Director of Human Resources Operations
  • Madelyn Pastrana – Community Health Manager
  • Carrie Ryan – Assistant Vice President for Auxiliary Services
  • Jeffrey Scheible – Associate Athletics Director for Compliance and Administration
  • Stephanie Vaughn – Student Health Services Practice Manager

Five stories to watch in the city of Ottawa this week

Premier Doug Ford is in Ottawa to address municipal leaders, the deadline is approaching to register for the 2022 municipal election and 32 new bus drivers hit the road.

CTVNewsOttawa.ca looks at five stories to watch in Ottawa this week.

MUNICIPAL LEADERS IN OTTAWA

More than 1,700 municipal leaders will be in Ottawa this week for the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s conference.

The AMO conference is a chance for municipal officials to work together on solutions to the challenges facing municipalities across Ontario, to learn and to create new opportunities that benefit our communities.

Premier Doug Ford will address municipal leaders on Monday, followed by Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark on Tuesday and Health Minister Sylvia Jones on Wednesday. The conference comes just days after Clark introduced legislation for “strong mayor” powers for the mayors of Ottawa and Toronto, including giving the mayor the responsibility of preparing and tabling a municipal budget each year and veto powers to override council on matters of “provincial priority . “

On Monday, Mayor Jim Watson will help welcome delegates to Ottawa, the final time he will speak at the AMO conference.

The conference runs until Wednesday at the Shaw Center and Westin Hotel.

FINAL DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR 2022 MUNICIPAL ELECTION

The deadline to register to run for mayor, councilor and school board trustee is 2 pm on Friday.

As of Friday, 13 candidates registered to run for Mayor of Ottawa, while 80 candidates are registered to run in one of 24 wards across the city.

There will be at least 10 new councilors in Ottawa after the municipal election. Councilors Jean Cloutier, Diane Deans, Keith Egli, Jan Harder, Mathieu Fleury, Carol Anne Meehan, Scott Moffatt and Eli El-Chantiry are not seeking re-election, while Somerset Coun. Catherine McKenney is running for mayor. Ottawa will also have a new councilor after the election representing a new ward.

Mayor Jim Watson is not seeking re-election.

There were 114 candidates registered to run in the 2018 election, 132 candidates in 2014 and 130 candidates in 2010.

Election Day is Monday, Oct. 24.

COVID-19 IN OTTAWA

All eyes will be on the COVID-19 situation this week as the start of the school year approaches.

Ottawa Public Health says while key COVID-19 indicators are showing a decrease, “the levels of COVID-19 in our community are still high.”

As of Friday, 26 Ottawa residents were admitted to hospital with an active COVID-19 infection, while there were 51 ongoing outbreaks in long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals.

NEW OC TRANSPO BUS DRIVERS

OC Transpo is hoping 32 new bus drivers hitting the road on Monday will help provide more reliable bus service this summer and heading into the fall.

Hundreds of bus trips a day have been canceled this month as the transit service deals with a shortage of bus drivers caused by summer vacations, higher-than-usual sick leave absences and vacancies.

Director of Transit Service Delivery and Rail Operations Troy Charter told CTV News Ottawa that 4.5 per cent of trips were canceled last week.

Charter says OC Transpo has implemented a “robust recruitment campaign” to increase the number of bus operators available for service “as quickly as possible, and, in turn, provide more reliable bus service.”

“Fifty-eight bus operators started with us earlier this year and another 32 are starting on Monday,” Charter said.

An OC Transpo bus turns onto Elgin St. from Wellington St. in downtown Ottawa, Ont. in this undated photo. (Photo by Shubham Sharan on Unsplash)

HELP WANTED AT THE OTTAWA AIRPORT

The “Help Wanted” sign is hanging at the Ottawa International Airport.

The Airport Authority is hosting a job fair at the Infinity Conference Center on Wednesday looking for applicants.

According to the Ottawa International Airport website, there are more than 20 available positions available including:

  • Human Resources professionals
  • Skilled trades
  • Information Technology
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Airport Operations Coordination Center (AOCC) positions (likely Gate Coordinators and Security Coordinators)
  • Seasonal Heavy Equipment Operators
  • On-Call Snow Removal Operators

Potential candidates will also be able to get information about working for airlines, passenger security screening and Customs and Immigration.

For more information, visit the Ottawa International Airport website.

The Ottawa airport on Thursday, March 10, 2022. (Katie Griffin / CTV News Ottawa)

EVENTS HAPPENING IN OTTAWA THIS WEEK

Tuesday

A mayoral debate on the environment will be held at Barrhaven Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, beginning at 6 pm

Friday

The Ottawa Redblacks host Edmonton Friday night at TD Place. Kick off is 7 pm

Update: Fall 2022 COVID-19 Guidelines

As we all prepare for the start of the 2022-23 academic year later this month, the University of Delaware continues to take the necessary steps to help protect the health and safety of everyone in our community. While campus measures implemented throughout the COVID-19 pandemic have enabled the UD community’s return to a more normal rhythm, the virus still has the potential to disrupt our campus experience, especially as more transmissible variants emerge. We must remain vigilant as our society learns to live with COVID-19.

To this end, the University has established several protocols for the fall semester. More detailed information follows this summary:

  • Vaccinations – All UD students must be up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations or request an exemption. Faculty and staff are highly encouraged to be up to date on vaccinations, as well.
  • Testing – Individuals are strongly encouraged to be tested 24 hours before their arrival on campus. There is no mandatory testing planned on campus this fall, but Curative PCR and at-home testing will be widely available on and near campus.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 – You must isolate yourself for five days, then wear a mask for five days. On-campus students are encouraged to isolate at their home residence, if possible.
  • If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19 – You must wear a mask for 10 days, get tested five days after exposure, and monitor for symptoms for 10 days.
  • Face masks – Currently, masks are not required in most indoor settings on campus. Masking guidance for the fall semester will be issued before the first day of classes.

See below for specific information about these health and safety measures, which may be adjusted based on case rates on campus and in our community. Changes to these protocols will be communicated through the LiveSafe app, University emails and udel.edu/coronavirus.

VACCINATIONS

  • All students are required to have up-to-date COVID-19 vaccinations (primary series plus one booster, when eligible) or request an exemption. All UD faculty and staff are highly encouraged to do so, as well.
  • Students who have an approved exemption from 2021-22 do not have to submit a new request for 2022-23.
  • Individuals who are immunocompromised should consult their healthcare provider for additional booster recommendations.
  • Submit COVID-19 vaccine documentation through the UD Health Portal.
  • UD will host a COVID-19 vaccine / booster clinic on campus on Friday, Sept. 9, in Pencader Dining Hall. Those interested can register here.
  • COVID-19 vaccines / boosters are also available at many community and pharmacy sites. Register here for an appointment.

TESTING

  • Individuals, especially students living on campus, are strongly encouraged to obtain a COVID-19 test 24 hours prior to their arrival on campus for the fall semester. If you test positive, you must isolate for five days before coming to campus.
  • Beginning Monday, Aug. 29, PCR testing will be available through Curative from 10 am to 5 pm Mondays through Saturdays on the North Green. Appointments are strongly encouraged, and registration information will be made available before Aug. 29.
  • Weekly COVID-19 testing is no longer required for students who have an approved exemption to the vaccine requirement.
  • At-home antigen test kits will continue to be available on campus. Also, students can obtain at-home tests from COVID.gov before arriving on campus, as the tests cannot be delivered to campus housing units.
  • Symptomatic testing is available to students through Student Health Services. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 302-831-2226.
  • Numerous community and pharmacy COVID-19 testing sites remain available, as well.

POSITIVE TESTING

  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 at any point during the semester should upload their test results to the UD Health Portal and follow the isolation guidelines below.
  • Employees who test positive and need to isolate should follow UD’s Employee COVID-19 Leave Policy and submit documentation to Human Resources via the HR portal.
  • In accordance with guidance from the CDC and Delaware Division of Public Health, individuals who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate for five full days, plus wear a mask for five additional days. Use the CDC’s Isolation Calendar Calculator for assistance.
  • Students who need to isolate should communicate with their professors regarding academic work.
  • Students in the residence halls will be expected to isolate at their home residence. If going home is not an option for you, please contact your Resident Advisor to explore whether on-campus isolation housing is available.

EXPOSURE TO COVID-19

  • Individuals who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 no longer need to quarantine, based on new CDC guidance. All individuals with a COVID-19 exposure, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask for 10 days, get tested five days after their exposure, and monitor for symptoms for 10 days.

MASKING

  • High-quality masks are effective in reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus through airborne droplets, especially indoors. Because students live and socialize in close quarters on a university campus, masks can be a particularly useful tool in the fight against COVID-19.
  • Currently, with reduced density on the UD campus, masks are encouraged but not required in most indoor settings. Masks continued to be required in UD healthcare settings and clinical areas, COVID-19 testing locations and the Children’s Campus. Some individuals may wish to wear a mask to protect themselves and others around them.
  • As the fall semester approaches and more people arrive on campus, the University will closely monitor conditions and pivot as needed based on CDC guidelines and other factors such as fluctuations in campus density and so forth.
  • Also, masks are required for people who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 10 days or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • KN95 and surgical masks are available on campus.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

As always, individuals are reminded to wash or sanitize their hands frequently, stay home if they are sick, and follow appropriate guidelines for isolation and / or quarantine. By taking these actions and working together, we can ensure a safe and enjoyable academic year at the University of Delaware.

Thank you.

Pets In Need staff won’t face trial in puppy-deaths case | News

Three women who faced misdemeanor charges related to the deaths of seven puppies in a hot van last summer were granted acceptance into a court diversion program and won’t face trial, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Brian Buckelew ruled on Tuesday.

Pets In Need employees Patricia Santana Valencia, shelter operations manager; Margaret Evans, former behavior manager; and Ingrid Hartmann, former human resources manager, transported more than 20 dogs and seven 12-week-old puppies in a transporter vehicle from a Central Valley animal shelter to the Palo Alto shelter in 90-degree temperatures on Aug. 2, 2021. They discovered the seven puppies had died between the time they were last checked at a Los Banos rest stop in Merced County and when they arrived at the Palo Alto facility at 3281 E. Bayshore Road. The trio faced misdemeanor charges of failure to give proper care and attention to an animal and inhumane transport of an animal.

In a heartfelt and sympathetic statement, Buckelew said he would grant the judicial diversion, which amounts to six months when Valencia and Evans must not have any new law violations and must perform 50 hours of community service. For Hartmann, who was the human resources manager and was brought along for an orientation ride, the judge granted six months of no new law violations, but no community service.

Buckelew said he “chewed through” the case and thanked all involved for their professionalism. He considered the multiple letters of support for all three defendants, noting that he received 17 letters on behalf of Evans detailing the highest degree of compassion, care and honor that she brought to the job, letters that Buckelew said he found “moving.”

Valencia, he noted, also received multiple letters of support from veterinarians and many professionals who worked with her over the course of 20 years. The letters described her di lei “exemplary” work di lei and pointed out that she saved the lives of 8,152 cats and dogs over the years and had no prior negative events of this kind, Buckelew said.

Calling the duties of those who volunteer or seek professionally to protect the welfare of pets and animals “work of the highest calling,” the deaths of the seven puppies was “a tragedy everyone wishes didn’t happen.”

Instead, he likened the incident to a mishap where someone falls asleep at the wheel and causes a crash. It was possibly “avoidable, but not negligent,” he said.

Given the women’s long histories in animal rescue, he said they wouldn’t have allowed the dogs to be intentionally harmed.

“If there was even a hint” of knowing what they were doing would result in the puppies’ deaths, he would not grant diversion, he said.

The diversion statute “recognizes that human beings are imperfect,” he said. “Sometimes, an accident is an accident,” he said.

Buckelew also was swayed by reports that although the temperature in the van was undeniably hot, the puppies might have already been ill because some had reportedly vomited prior to transport. Video showed them happily playing in a pen in the backyard of a Chowchilla volunteer’s home before they were transported by the volunteer to meet the Pets In Need employees and their van.

The case also received a large amount of negative media attention, which he hoped “doesn’t send a chill through this public service.”

In an Aug. 1 email to the judge, attorney Charles J. Smith said a Palo Alto Daily Post story in late July “contained inaccurate information yet again.” News stories claimed the back of the van had no air conditioning while the women rode in the air-conditioned cabin in the front, which he said is false.

Pets In Need’s Mercedes-Benz transporter van had a factory-installed air-conditioning system in proper working order that was a “single zone AC” system. There were two optional air-conditioning units available for the rear cargo area, but the transporter didn’t have that option installed.

The transporter has no separation between the cabin and the cargo area that would cut off air flow, but he acknowledged “undoubtedly, the single-zone system was burdened with all the dogs and the three women on a brutally hot day,” he wrote.

A standard not met in veterinary best practices manuals for the transport of animals was the requirement of a thermometer in the transport area of ​​all vehicles, he said. Pets In Need has since remedied the problem, he said. The organization also followed the recommendation that the animals receive water every four hours; the trip took less than two hours and the puppies were checked in Los Banos, he noted.

“Ms. Evans and Ms. Santanavalencia, the two employees experienced in transport fully accept responsibility for this tragedy and have second-guessed and ‘Monday-morning quarterbacked’ the decisions they made that day. They have to live with the fact that they could have, and should have done better. The tragedy was avoidable. But the tragedy was not intentional based on conduct that these two women knew or should have known endangered the puppies’ lives. It cannot be ignored, and must be emphasized, that they were rescuing these puppies so they wouldn’t be euthanized at kill shelters in the Valley but, instead, find loving homes as loving pets. The last thing they ever wanted was to act negligently, unconcerned or uncaringly and allow their neglect or lack of care or concern to be the cause of the deaths of beautiful animals that they have devoted their lives to for many years, “he wrote.

Valencia, who was present at the hearing, wept after the judge’s decision. She declined further comment outside of the courtroom. The women will return to court on Nov. 3 regarding the diversion program.