Addressing Unsafe Behaviour: A Message from President Groarke
I expect that you have already heard about an unsanctioned outdoor party off-campus at which a group of Trent’s Peterborough students were videotaped disregarding the University’s protocols on safety measures during COVID – in close contact, without masks or physical distancing.
The video has been widely circulated and has raised concerns that have been expressed on social media, in television news, and in a number of newspapers. It is disappointing that a group of students has put their safety and that of others at risk, and tarnished our reputation in this way – and in doing so, the reputation of their own alma mater.
As an earlier message from the University and the Trent Central Student Association noted, COVID-19 is a virus that spreads easily in large, close groups and we all bear a responsibility to take measures to prevent its spread. The University will be taking extra measures to ensure that students abide by the University’s COVID protocols.
I do want to thank the great majority of our students for taking the precautions outlined in the required training module we have prepared. If you have attended a gathering of the kind in question, or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID, we urge you to take the time to get tested in Peterborough or Durham. You can self-monitor for COVID symptoms using the provincial self-assessment tool.
At this time, there are no confirmed cases at Trent University. The risk on our campuses remains low and the advice from Public Health remains the same: practice good hand and respiratory hygiene, wash your hands frequently, follow physical distancing guidelines, wear a face mask when this is not possible, self-monitor for symptoms and stay home if you are sick.
We are fortunate to be situated in communities which have a relatively low number of active cases of COVID, but conditions could change. As an institution, we have established strong partnerships with our local health units and law enforcement, and will work with these partners to ensure everyone’s health and safety. If you see unsafe behaviour that concerns you, please talk to your college principal, Student Affairs, manager or department chair, or call the Security line at (705) 748-1328 or emergencies (705) 748-1333.
I am counting on the Trent community to do the right thing as we manage our way through the current pandemic.
Posted on September 15, 2020