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October 12, 2020 - Message to ACU Community

Dear ACU Community,

As you may know, we made the decision last Friday to cancel this week’s Homecoming football game. This was important as we work to lower the number of COVD-19 cases on our campus. I’m sure some of you are disappointed, and so am I. Homecoming is always such a special time at ACU, and has so many exciting activities surrounding it. However, I believe this is the best decision for the health and safety of everyone.

Several Homecoming events will continue virtually, and you can learn more about how to participate in them here. 

Overall, we need your cooperation while we take additional steps to tighten processes and increase the focus of efforts intended to help reverse the recent significant upward trend in COVID-19 cases.

In line with the Homecoming decision, we have created an additional review process with extra measures to ensure safety for all on-campus (not including classes or chapels) and off-campus events in which 25 or more people are involved. Factors in the review process include the nature of the event (academic, spiritual-focused, athletics, social), the venue, the level of social interaction and measures for physical distancing, and any other appropriate considerations. Previously approved events for more than 25 will be reviewed, and the sponsor will be contacted to confirm the event and communicate any necessary changes.

Additionally, we have made some changes to food delivery at the Bean. We’re offering more “to go” options, increasing the spacing of indoor seating, and adding outdoor seating near the McGlothlin Campus Center. Of course, we announced a two-week suspension of intramural sports, as well as pledging and rushing activities, last Friday. As we move toward the end of the semester, we’ll continue to make any adjustments needed to protect the health and well-being of our campus community because that’s our highest priority.

Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep us face to face this fall. It’s important that we all continue to wear our face masks, stay 6 feet apart, wash our hands often, limit travel, and stay in our residence if we are sick.

Stay well!