Wente, Kopstain launch COVID-19 Safety Protocols Working Group

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente and Vice Chancellor for Administration Eric Kopstain have announced the launch of a new working group to focus on reviewing the university’s current COVID-19 protocols in light of changing CDC guidelines with a goal of making recommendations on any potential updates for the summer and fall 2021 semesters.

“Over the past year, we have experienced a vastly changing landscape with regard to the spread and prevention of COVID-19. Throughout, we have been committed to making decisions based on data and taking thoughtful actions in response,” Wente said. “This working group will take that same approach to make recommendations in regards to whether and how our protocols should evolve.”

Faculty and staff will comprise the new working group, which will be co-chaired by Cleo Rucker, incoming chief human resources officer, and Tracey George, vice provost for faculty affairs.

“The formation of this working group is especially important in regard to guidelines for vaccinated individuals as more members of our campus community receive the COVID-19 vaccine,” Kopstain said. “This group’s analysis will provide us with any guiding principles to consider when evaluating future recommended changes to university protocols.”

The group will provide recommendations to university leadership by May 15.

For the full list of members of the COVID-19 Safety Protocols Working Group, visit the Office of the Provost committees webpage.

To stay informed on updates and announcements from the university related to COVID-19, please visit