Presidental Message | Working Together to Keep Our Community Safe

November 14, 2020
A Message from the President

Presidential Message | Working Together to Keep Our Community Safe

Dear RVU Family,

The University and the CRT’s shared focus is to do our best to ensure the safety, well-being and health of our RVU community.

During the pandemic, members of our community have demonstrated resilience, unwavering focus on our mission, and the well-being of members of our community and those patients we serve (most notable within the RVU Health Center, SU Veterans Home, Sky Ridge Medical Center and various other clinics and healthcare institutions).

COVID-19 remains a difficult virus to manage and surges are occurring in both Colorado and Utah as well as around the world. Recently, we were made aware of concerns expressed by colleagues regarding fellow employees, residents or visitors on campus not wearing masks or following social distancing protocol. With the holiday season quickly approaching, we need an even greater effort from each of you to ensure the ongoing safety of everyone in our community and without our family and circle of friends.

As a reminder, listed below are expectations for all employees to implement to help keep our workplace safe: 

  • Do not come to campus if you are not feeling well; go home if you feel sick.
  • Wash your hands often, properly and for the recommended 20 seconds.
  • Practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet apart when moving throughout the workplace.
  • Wear a mask in public areas, common areas, and where social distancing is difficult to maintain.
  • Be professional and considerate of your co‐workers. Practicing professionalism by not embarrassing others and compromising other’s integrity (such as when an individual is unable to wear a face mask in public for personal health reasons or returns to campus after recovering from COVID‐19 symptoms).
  • When you see someone not following our safety protocols ask them to “Please” comply and “Thank” them when they comply. If the employee does not comply, please report the conduct to your manager.
  • If you are not in compliance and someone asks you for cooperation to be in compliance, “Thank” them and correct the conduct immediately.
  • Call, email, message, or video conference as much as possible rather than meet face to face.
  • Be conscious and understanding of your co‐workers who may be dealing with child care issues, illness or loss of loved ones, financial insecurity, and other issues.
  • Adhere to the protocols and guidance, including completion of the daily self‐screening protocol. Remember to self‐report to the CRT if you have tested positive for COVID‐19 or believe you have it, have been exposed to someone who is positive for COVID-19, or come into contact with those who are presumed to have COVID‐19 and are awaiting test results.

Your role as a RVU employee is to model and practice healthy habits to help maintain a safe work and learning environment for the University community. If you do not understand what is expected, I encourage you to seek out your direct supervisor or a RVU Human Resources representative. Although we are all learning and things change rapidly, in circumstances where employees are in clear violation of these workplace guidelines and policies, RVU may revoke access to campus, and/or take other disciplinary actions.

Thank you for your ongoing vigilance and dedication to the safety of our community.



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