COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Because it is a novel coronavirus, health experts and government officials are continuing to learn more about it and how it spreads. We know that it is transmitted person-to-person by those in close contact, including by some who display no symptoms. This means that any gathering of people, including at Pace University, carries risk of virus transmission.
The University has developed and implemented new protocols, policies, rules, and regulations (together, “Guidelines”) that comply with all regulations from New York State and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and are informed by recommendations from the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in New York and the American College Health Association, among other groups. They are intended to mitigate the risk of transmission. However, the University cannot guarantee that the source and risk of infection or transmission of the virus can be controlled or eliminated.
A critical component of the University’s efforts to protect students, employees, and others in the University community is acceptance of a shared commitment by all members of that community, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors, to adhere and comply with the Guidelines, and to act prudently, safely, and in accordance with public health directives. Because of this shared responsibility, failure to comply with University Guidelines and/or government directives aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19, including for wearing face coverings and observing social distance, may be a basis for disciplinary action in accordance with applicable University policies.