March 12, 2021
Dear Fellow Wildcats,
The traditional week-long spring break at UNH will not occur this year in order to reduce travel and the spread of the coronavirus. Instead, we have built into this semester’s schedule two non-instructional days when there will be no classes. The first non-instructional day will be on Friday, March 19. As you plan your break from studies, check out “Wildcat Wellness Weekend,” where you can participate in a wide range of programs to support your wellness and self-care. As this is a very stressful time for all of us, investing time to relax, socialize, or try something new is essential to navigate the rest of the semester. We encourage you to invest in yourself by taking the time to check out and register for some of the activities offered at https://campusrec.unh.edu/special-events.
To ensure a safe campus, it is incumbent upon us to make wise choices as we approach next week. The university’s goal for the remainder of the semester is to continue to have low COVID positive rates. We can achieve this goal provided the UNH community works together to achieve 100 percent compliance with our health and safety protocols. #UNH Together – Do your part!
- We encourage you to stay local, and please do not travel outside of the New England area. Your continued access to campus resources, university-sponsored events, and activities throughout the spring semester depends on your ability to stay compliant with UNH testing protocols and maintain a valid Wildcat Pass.
- Remember to submit a formal request for a one-time testing exception if you will be away from campus and are unable to adhere to your regular testing schedule. (form)
- Please continue to exercise caution and follow the UNH Health and Safety Protocols.
- Adhere to the New Hampshire DHHS COVID-19 Travel Guidance if you travel.
During this time of disruption caused by the pandemic, many college communities are faced with challenges and uncertainty and find that depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts are on the rise among college students. More than ever, students need the assistance of their entire campus community to provide caring, compassionate support to help them cope with everyday mental health challenges and seek immediate assistance when needed and without embarrassment. If you need support, know that you are not alone. Many students report that they would reach out to campus professionals such as professors (24 percent) and academic advisors (23 percent) (Healthy Minds Study, 2019).
If you need mental health support, please call PACS at 862-2090 or Wellness coaching at Health & Wellness at 862-9355. Find them online at: www.unh.edu/pacs/
Take care and enjoy your spring semester. Let us all continue our commitment to living and working on a respectful, safe and healthy UNH campus.
Kenneth M. Holmes
Senior Vice Provost for Student Life