Dear Marquette students,
I want to extend a warm welcome as we embark on a new academic year. Whether it is your first semester or last, I think it is important to recognize that the start of this year will be the most unique in Marquette’s 139-year history.
Throughout the summer, hundreds of faculty and staff worked tirelessly to develop a Recovery Plan for reopening campus. This plan includes significant changes to the way we take classes, live in residence halls, and interact socially so that we can help protect the health and safety of our community. We’re asking you to do your part by taking and following the Marquette University Community Pledge.
We all need to understand the seriousness with which you, and every member of the Marquette community, must take our public health and safety requirements. We’re seeing at college campuses across the country that mistakes by a few are having large impacts on many. Disregard for wearing face masks and maintaining proper physical distance, as well as hosting large social gatherings off campus, can have enormous impacts, including compromising others’ health. These behaviors could potentially lead to a shift back to completely remote education. One person’s decision to ignore their responsibility can be the reason for an entire class missing its senior year.
I am confident that each of you will take seriously your responsibility to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect your fellow students and our dedicated faculty and staff who are devoted to your success. I encourage you to participate in less risky outdoor activities and university-sponsored events that maintain social distancing.
I believe that each of you are willing to personally sacrifice for the well-being of our university. Remember, YOU make the difference.
Best wishes on a successful and safe semester,
Dr. Michael R. Lovell
Look for university-sponsored events and activities at these websites (some sites are still being updated for the start of the academic year):