We’ve officially started the new academic year, however this one is completely different to one any of us could have expected this time year with a global pandemic to contend with.
With many of you having arrived in Exeter already with more students planning to come in the weeks and months to follow, we know there is a lot of excitement about meeting new people, catching up with friends and getting involved with everything on offer at University. It’s so important that we all work together to ensure that we can do all of these things safely and within the guidelines.
We’re ultimately all responsible for our actions, and unfortunately if cases continue rising then we could see even further restrictions on what is able to happen on campus, including extending the postponement of society activity and reducing of in-person contact hours or face-to-face teaching.
Coronavirus rules are unfortunately here to stay for a while, and whilst it might be tempting to try and ignore them and go to parties and meet up with large groups, doing this will only extend the length of time we’re restricted to certain things.
What can you do to help?
- Follow the University’s coming to campus guidelines. These are being updated regularly, and it is essential that you have read and understand them before coming to campus.
- Follow the Safe Community Charter.
- Wear a mask. As outlined in the coming to campus guidelines, it’s mandatory to wear a face covering in particular areas and buildings on campus. This includes shops and the library.
- Respect the government guidelines. We appreciate it can be frustrating, but it’s important you follow them. It’s possible you can even be fined for not following some as well.
- Get involved with online events. We’d love to be doing in-person events, but we’re currently not able to. Societies are running events online however, so there’s plenty to get involved with.
For more information, please visit our coronavirus hub.