Lawrence Campus Community Pledge

Updated 8/9/2021

Ensuring the health and safety of the Lawrence University community and beyond only works when we all do our part, together. 

I understand and accept that there are risks inherent in being physically present in a campus community as we emerge from a global pandemic, but by taking care of others and myself, I can contribute to public health and safety.

To do so, I will meet the following expectations: 

  1. Students must receive all mandatory immunizations listed below or have documentation of an exemption on file. Exemption reasons include medical and religious/personal conviction.
    1. Be fully vaccinated for COVID 19 before arriving on campus and participate in boosters as recommended by CDC.(1) 
    2. Receive annual influenza vaccine.(2) 
    3. Have received immunization for Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR), Hepatitis B, and Tetanus. 
  1. Wash my hands frequently with soap and warm water, or hand sanitizer. 
  1. Participate in testing as required. 
  1. Participate in contact tracing and follow isolation and quarantine expectations immediately. 
  1. Exercise responsible and safety-minded judgment whenever off campus, and take recommended precautions to make all travel safe and responsible
  1. Monitor myself daily using the Daily COVID-19 Self-Observation Questionnaire and take symptoms seriously. Contact the resources below immediately if any of the symptoms identified by the CDC are observed.(3) 
    1. Do not wait for a positive test, self-isolate to protect others. If a student, assume primary responsibility for keeping appropriate family members apprised of your health status and progress on campus. 
    2. Students should contact Wellness Services during business hours, Campus Safety or RHD on call. 
    3. Employees should contact a healthcare provider. 
  1.  Masks are required in all indoor public spaces.  (4)   
  1. Adhere to all residential expectations below: 
    1. Residence rooms will have a capacity of “assigned occupancy +3” (singles may have 4 people at one time, doubles may have 5 people at one time, quads may have 7 people) 
    2. Anyone not currently living or working on the Lawrence campus will not be allowed in residence halls, group houses, or lofts. 
    3. All common areas in residence halls/houses/lofts (kitchens, lounges, laundry rooms, hallways, lobbies, etc.) will have posted capacities that will need to be adhered to, in addition to masks being required in these spaces.  
  1. Remind other Lawrence community members of our shared responsibilities to follow the Lawrence Community Pledge. 
  1. I understand that the above requirements to be on campus may be modified based on transmission and infections rates and I will adhere to all subsequent changes. 
    1. Current conditions can be found here. 

If you are unwilling to comply with this pledge (including its noted exceptions), we look forward to welcoming you to campus at a time when you will comply or when conditions no longer merit these measures.

Affirm the Pledge.


[1] Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine will also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. Wellness Services will assist students to obtain the vaccine if needed. A waiver must be signed if unable to be vaccinated.

[2] Influenza vaccinations can lessen the impact of COVID-19 by helping health professionals identify unvaccinated respiratory illness sooner. Lawrence University will make influenza vaccinations available to all students and employees at no personal cost. Unless given a waiver for religious or medical reasons, students on campus will be required to get an influenza vaccination. (Influenza vaccinations are strongly recommended for employees.) 

[3] Centers for Disease Control have identified these as symptoms associated with COVID-19: fever or chills; dry cough; shortness of breath/difficulty breathing; unusual fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; sore throat; new loss of taste or smell; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; diarrhea. Students should promptly call Wellness Services at 920-832-6574 if experiencing any of these symptoms. Employees should self-quarantine, seek medical attention, and notify Human Resources. 

[4] COVID-19 infection is transmitted predominately by inhalation of respiratory droplets generated when people cough, sneeze, sing, talk, or breathe, much like other respiratory illnesses. Centers for Disease Control recommends the use of masks, especially for those unvaccinated, to prevent transmission.