Students Creating Community & Culture (SC3)

The Students Creating Community & Culture (SC3) workgroup (formerly the Student Campus Culture Workgroup) has developed a campaign to create a peer to peer culture of safety, wellness, inclusivity, respect, and accountability. The campaign will promote proper and frequent PPE usage and social distancing to encourage GVSU students to take responsibility for their actions and strive to protect the overall GV community.

PURPOSE

  • Discuss concerns, policies, and health and safety measures
  • Current focus is primarily on COVID-19, but potential to transition to other areas in need of attention

GOAL

  • To create a culture of safety, wellness, inclusivity, respect, and accountability – for students, by students
  • To make information easier to understand

Who We Are

STUDENT LEADERS

  • Tommy Capers - SASC GA, CSAL Masters Student, former GV Track student-athlete 
  • Emmy Dyer - GVSU Rowing Team, International Business & General Marketing, Spanish
  • Derrick Egli - Student Athlete Advisory Council Vice President, Advertising/Public Relations and Marketing
  • Ryleigh Emelander - Health Communications Assistant (RecWell), MPH Candidate 
  • Grace McMahon - Student Senate, Biomedical Sciences and Chemistry
  • Nick Moran - Lanthorn Editor-in-Chief, External Vice President of Grand Valley Esports, Multimedia Journalism and Communication Studies
  • Camilla Russo - President of Residence Housing Association, Vice President of GVSU Model United Nations, Lead Fellow Candidate for Cook Leadership Academy, Writing Consultant for Fred Meijer Center for Writing & Michigan Authors, Student Ambassador in the Office of the President, Political Science, Applied Statistics
  • Sonal Subhash Mandale - RecWell Peer Wellness Educator, MPH Masters Student, International Student
  • Phillip Todd - OSCCR Grad, BMS, CSAL Masters Student

STAFF


COVID Cliff Notes

We’re breaking down messages from the Office of the President, Virus Action Team, and Office of the Provost into just a few bullet points.

From the Office of the President

  • Virus Action Team
  • Partnership with Spectrum Health 
    • Beginning August 17, Spectrum Health will operate a 24/7 COVID call center for GVSU
    • Spectrum Health staff will follow-up on self-assessment flags, including testing for individuals with symptoms or exposure
    • Spectrum Health will provide daily check-ins following positive tests
  • Follow the “Lakers Together Protecting Each Other” campaign practices
  • Fill out the self-assessment
    • Required seven days a week, each day before noon, whether you are coming to campus or not to more completely track the virus, and your compliance will be monitored
    • Not completing the self-assessment would be considered a violation of university policy and would be actionable
  • Everyone is encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 before returning to campus
    • Testing can be arranged through your health care provider or you can consult the State of Michigan testing site finder with a “no cost” filter
  • Randomized testing of 1,500 people on campus will begin two weeks after the start of classes and continue throughout the semester
  • The best source for up-to-date information on the Fall Semester is Lakers Together Fall 2020
  • If needed, we will switch to all remote education

From the Virus Action Team

  • Expanded information about tracking, technology, testing, tracing, isolation and quarantine is available on the Lakers Together website under Testing and Tracing
  • You are expected to fill out the self-assessment everyday, whether you are coming to campus or not
    • Students coming to campus for class or work must complete the online self-assessment form prior to arrival on campus
    • It will provide you with resources if you have symptoms
  • Random testing
    • Nobody will be expected to submit a random test against their wishes, however, testing helps determine the extent to which COVID-19 is present in our community
    • Answers to several questions about the testing plan can be found on the Testing and Tracing web page
  • Spectrum Health 24/7 call number: (833) 734-0020
  • For questions about GVSU COVID-19 response policies or plans, email virusactionteam@gvsu.edu

From the Virus Action Team

  • View the COVID-19 Dashboard
  • For selected and randomized testing:
    • Participants will provide a self-administered lower nostril specimen; after being processed in a lab, results will be available through MyChart from Spectrum Health 
  • View the COVID-19 Indicators & Priority Metrics for Operational Guidance for information about the four-level system of alerts
  • Fill out the self-assessment everyday, whether you are coming to campus or not
  • Please review the mask policy
    • Face coverings that cover the mouth and nose are required indoors
    • Face coverings are required outdoors when social distancing is not possible

From the Virus Action Team

  • GVSU does not actually have the most cases out of all the public universities in Michigan; we have just been testing more individuals
  • More efficient COVID-19 testing
    • A second lab was added; turnaround of results within 24 hours
    • Spectrum Health has identified and fixed an issue with MyChart which will make testing faster
  • Ridership on the Rapid is 70% less than last year’s level and three more buses were added to allow for better social distancing
  • Lakers Together Call Center
    • (616) 311-INFO (4636)
    • Operates 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends
    • Personal health concerns should go to the GVSU/Spectrum 24-hour call center at (833) 734-0020
  • Daily self-assessment (for everyone, everyday)
    • You can get a daily reminder to take the assessment, and you can put a short-cut on your smartphone to make it more convenient

From the Office of the President

  • “Staying in Place” order issued for September 17 - October 1; this is enforceable under law
  • Students must remain in their on-campus and off-campus housing, except to:
    • Attend in-person classes
    • Use food services
    • Get groceries
    • Get medicine or medical care
    • Participate in worship or religious practices
    • Attend intercollegiate medically supervised athletic practices
    • Go to work
  • Support systems are available
  • University’s Call Center: (616) 331-INFO (4636) 
  • Personal health-related questions can be directed to the GVSU/Spectrum 24-hour call center at (833) 734-0020
  • You can also direct questions to virusactionteam@gvsu.edu

From the  Virus Action Team

  • Number of COVID-19 cases continues to decline (view dashboard)
  • Randomized and selected testing - if invited, please schedule an appointment 
  • If you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, schedule your test through Spectrum Health by logging into MyChart or calling the GVSU/Spectrum Health COVID Resource Center at (833) 734-0020
  • COVID-19 self-assessment should be completed every day; incentive information can be found through Financial Aid
  • After Thanksgiving
    • Individual faculty members will have specific instructions on whether your class will transition to remote or have to continue in-person
    • All exams will be online
    • Housing will remain open for residential students
    • GVSU will issue credits for unused housing, dining, and/or parking

From the Office of the President

  • “Stay in Place” order expired October 1st
  • New “Staying Safe” order in effect until October 16, 2020
    • For all gatherings indoors and outdoors, face coverings are required and social distancing guidelines must be followed, unless it’s for classes or university-organized academic activities
    • Up to 4 guests can visit student living units and residences
    • Up to 4 people can gather together in indoor common areas on the Allendale Campus
    • Up to 10 people can gather in groups outside
  • Support systems are in place to help students with technology, food, mental health issues, and more

From the Virus Action Team

  • “Staying Safe” order will continue until October 16, 2020
  • New COVID-19 tracking tool is entirely voluntary and strongly encouraged to use
    • To join the GVSU community on NOVID, download the app at www.novid.org or in your app store and under “Settings” enter “GVSU” as the community.
    • Students enrolled this Fall semester and who join Grand Valley’s NOVID community are eligible to be entered into a drawing to be awarded one of four $500 grants. For details on this and more information on the app, visit: www.gvsu.edu/novid
  • Fill out the self-assessment everyday, you may be eligible to receive $200 toward the Winter 2021 semester
  • Winter 2021 semester update
    • Classes begin Tuesday, January 19, 2021
    • Spring Break has been eliminated
    • The semester ends on May 1, 2021
    • Courses will be fully online, hybrid, or face-to-face
  • The Lakers Together website is updated continually

From the Virus Action Team

  • Allendale students remain under the “Staying Safe” order through October 16, 2020
  • GVSU policies regarding face coverings, events, and social distancing remain in effect until further notice; Lakers Together website for more info
  • COVID-19 Testing
    • Beginning Monday, October 12, COVID-19 testing will be in the Thornapple Room in the Kirkhof Center instead of the Fieldhouse in Allendale; the Pew Grand Rapids Campus testing location remains at DEV 105E
    • Individuals who are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19 are required to schedule an appointment for testing
  • Students are encouraged to get their flu shots.
  • Students are encouraged to join the GVSU community on NOVID; download the app at www.novid.org or in your app store and under “Settings” enter “GVSU” as the community
    • Students enrolled this Fall semester and who join Grand Valley’s NOVID community are entered into a drawing to be awarded one of four $500 grants. For more about app and drawing, visit: www.gvsu.edu/novid
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From the Office of the President

From the Virus Action Team

  • If you were asked to take the anonymous survey about the GVSU COVID-19 Testing Program, participate for a chance to win a $25 Starbucks gift card. 
  • Learn how to protect yourself and others; getting your flu shot is encouraged.
  • GVSU face covering policy now requires masks to be worn indoors and outdoors when not alone. 
  • If you have been exposed to COVID-19, tested positive, or are experiencing symptoms, use this flowchart to determine which steps to take next.
  • The CDC has modified COVID-19 exposure criteria.
    • Being within 6 ft for 15 cumulative minutes in a 24-hour time period, regardless of PPE. 

From the Virus Action Team

  • Number of positive cases in our campus community remains low, but we must continue to follow preventative measures
  • Please complete the self-assessment daily
  • There will be a flu clinic the week of November 16; vaccinations for students will be free

    From the Virus Action Team

    • On Wednesday, November 4, beginning at noon, the GVSU alert level will change to  High/Level 3 due to a significant increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases. 
      • Increased limitation to in-door and out-door activities
      • Food options will return to primarily grab-and-go
      • Limit everyday activities (to attend classes, get food or medicine, go to work, engage in physical activity)
      • GVSU’s testing program will expand

    From the Office of the President

    • COVID-19 cases are increasing
    • Limit your face-to-face interactions to only those that are critical (getting food or medicine, attending class, going to work, exercising)
    • Continue to follow all public health recommendations (wear a mask, social distance, and wash your hands)
    • Follow guidance from the Virus Action Team

    From the Virus Action Team

    • Alarming increase in COVID-19 cases
    • We must wear face coverings, social distance, avoid large gatherings, and wash our hands
    • Complete the daily self-assessment
    • With Thanksgiving break approaching, we must strictly adhere to public health recommendations
    • COVID-19 testing:
      • Surveillance testing is available for those who come to campus at least one day per week (until November 19); the university will pay for one test per person
      • Those eligible for testing who do NOT have symptoms or who have not had direct exposure to someone with COVID will have received an email with a link to schedule an appointment
      • Spectrum Health testing site at the Commons on the Allendale Campus for people who have symptoms or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19
      • Appointments can be scheduled through MyChart or by calling the GVSU Spectrum Health COVID Resource Line at (833) 734-0020
    • Sign up to get a FREE flu shot at Allendale or Pew Grand Rapids campuses for the week of November 16
    • Post-Thanksgiving: testing on campus will resume November 30
      • Invitations will be emailed
    • Refrain from personal travel to areas identified as being at higher risk for COVID-19 transmission; more information can be found in the GVSU Personal Travel Policy

    From the Office of the President

    • MDHHS has issued a statewide public health order
      • View the infographic to see what it affects
      • Beginning Wednesday, all face-to-face classes will convert to remote delivery
        • There are some exceptions for health professions or education courses; additional information will be sent directly from faculty or advisors
      • Research activities will continue with proper safety protocols
      • Student work remains possible
      • The university will remain open
    • COVID-19 testing
      • The university will pay for one test per person; for students who come to campus at least one day per week (through November 19)
      • Eligible people who do NOT have symptoms or who have not had direct exposure received an email with a link to schedule an appointment for testing
      • People who have symptoms or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 can schedule testing appointments through MyChart or by calling the GVSU Spectrum Health COVID Resource Line at (833) 734-0020
    • The GVSU COVID call center (616) 331-4636 remains in operation weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m
    • Personal health concerns should be directed to the GVSU/Spectrum Health 24-hour call center (833) 734-0020

    From the Virus Action Team

    • GVSU Surveillance Testing Program (which is for those who do NOT have COVID-19 symptoms or exposure) will resume the week of November 30
      • Emails will be sent on November 24 to invite students to get tested if they are returning to campus
    • The GVSU/Spectrum Health testing site (for those who do have COVID-19 symptoms or exposure) will remain open next week by appointment; schedule through MyChart or call (833) 734-0020
    • If you are currently quarantining or isolating, you must continue to quarantine or isolate until you are released by the health department or GVSU
    • Fill out the self-assessment daily
    • Follow CDC guidelines

    Messaging Campaigns

    SC3 Campaign

    Objective: To create a culture of safety, wellness, inclusivity, respect, and accountability – for students, by students.

    Designed and developed by SC3 members with production help from University Communications.

    Created by University Communications with collaboration and review from SC3.

    Designed and developed by SC3 members with production help from University Communications.

    Off-Campus Messaging

    Objective: Encourage preventive health behaviors amongst GVSU student population to increase safety in time of COVID-19.

    SC3 Apartment Community Flyer


    Flyer

    SC3 Yard Sign


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    DSA Departments Share

    Objective: Division of Student Affairs (DSA) departments will share content that aligns with SC3 messages through Fall 2020.