Message to Students from President Underwood

August 21, 2020

Mercer Students,

I want to personally express my gratitude to you for your impressive efforts to comply with the University’s health and safety guidelines throughout this first week of classes. You have worn masks when required by our mask policy, and often when not necessarily required, in order to provide an example to others. Physical distancing is, of course, even more challenging because our natural human condition is to be together. But it is important that we continue working on maintaining as much distance as is feasible in particular circumstances, especially when we are not wearing masks (such as when dining or exercising). Hundreds of you have already signed up for the #CampusClear app that prompts you to monitor your symptoms each morning. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to also download this useful tool to your smartphone. Temperature check stations are located throughout campus and I have seen many of you regularly using these stations. Thank you.

This weekend some of you will return to your homes and may visit with friends from outside Mercer. Please be especially vigilant to take the same precautions to protect your health while away from campus. Likewise, I know that others of you will be celebrating your return to school and completion of your first week of classes. Our collective success in ensuring a healthy environment to work, study and play depends on us being responsible during these times of celebration to continue following health guidelines, which I am confident we will be able to accomplish.

I’m very much looking forward to a great semester.

Bill Underwood