July 30: Hawk Hill Ready: The iCARE Pledge

TO: Students and Parents
FROM: Cary Anderson, Ed.D., Associate Provost and Vice President of Student Life; Nicole Stokes, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
RE: Hawk Hill Ready: The iCARE Pledge
DATE: July 30, 2020 at 4:00 PM

In just a few short weeks, we’ll all be heading to Hawk Hill for the start of the fall semester. Whether it’s your first year at Saint Joseph’s or your last, we know you’re excited to meet new friends, visit your favorite spots on campus, and get back into a routine. It’s important during this time of transition that we all closely follow guidelines established in the University’s Health and Safety Plan and commit to proactively educating ourselves to keep our community as safe as possible during the ongoing pandemic.

To help reinforce this plan, the University formed a Culture of Care Committee to establish a plan for how we can care for one another during this time, while ensuring you and your classmates have the most robust college experience possible. We are relying on each and every one of you to abide by these health and safety guidelines. The pandemic is a public health crisis that affects our entire community — from our students and faculty to our neighbors and loved ones. By practicing care and respect for yourself, you are also taking personal responsibility for keeping those around you as safe and healthy as possible. As we’re sure you know, scientific evidence from the CDC suggests that individuals can spread COVID-19 to others without experiencing any symptoms.

To ensure everyone understands the University’s expectations, the committee created an iCARE pledge, which you’ll find in your action items when you log into the Nest, beginning Monday, August 10, 2020.

The iCARE Pledge

As a member of the Saint Joseph’s University community, which stands with and for others, I pledge to:

  • invite all to demonstrate character and caring in the Ignatian tradition of cura personalis.
  • Clean and disinfect my hands, work area and living spaces frequently.
  • Accept the responsibility to physically distance on and off campus.
  • Remind myself and others to mask up for the protection of our community.
  • Expect my Saint Joseph’s community to do the same for me.



Please note that this pledge is mandatory for all students, faculty and staff, and you will not be able to access some features of the Nest after Thursday, August 20 until you sign it. We take the safety of our community very seriously and we expect you to do the same. Anyone who repeatedly disregards the University’s health and safety guidelines will be subject to the student community standards process or employee progressive disciplinary process.

We also invite you and the members of our community to become iCARE ambassadors and share why it’s important to you to act with and for others. You can elect to become an ambassador by emailing social@sju.edu with a photo of yourself in your mask along with a statement of why you care. Please be sure to include your name, major and graduation year. We’ll spotlight all ambassadors on our social media channels, along with a number of health and safety reminders, GIFs and graphics. Be sure to follow #MaskUpSJU for the latest posts.

Although we can’t eliminate the risk of COVID-19 exposure and infection, if we all work together, we can make our campus safer so that we can continue to learn together on campus. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Hawk Hill Ready staff.

We look forward to seeing you on Hawk Hill — from six feet away, of course.