Gusties ROAR Pledge

Respect Others, Act Responsibly

Gusties ROAR with lion image

Even as many COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, Gusties still need to ROAR (Respect Others, Act Responsibly) to help prevent the spread within our community. Expectations may change based on guidance from the MN Department of Health and/or CDC.

Gusties will...

  • Respect that people are at different levels of comfort related to COVID safety.
  • Respect that there are many reasons why a person may choose not to be vaccinated and will not make assumptions or judge for a personal vaccine decision.
  • Maintain physical distancing based on their comfort level and respect the physical distance others wish to maintain.
  • Be strongly encouraged to wear a face covering and support others in wearing a face covering:
    • If they are sick.
    • If they are immunocompromised or you live with someone who is immunocompromised.
    • If they are unvaccinated.
    • If they want to increase their chance of being healthy because you are planning to visit an elderly relative, they are traveling, they have a performance coming up soon, they have a competition coming up soon.
    • If they are concerned about getting COVID-19.
  • Practice good hand hygiene, sanitizing personal objects, and limiting sharing.
  • Check each day for symptoms.
  • Report any COVID-19 symptoms/exposure, if they are not vaccinated.
  • Report if they test positive for COVID-19 (even if they are vaccinated)
  • Go into quarantine and isolation if they have symptoms or an exposure to COVID-19 and are not vaccinated.
  • Go into isolation if tested positive (even if they are fully vaccinated). 
Additional Information

Gusties need to ROAR—all day, every day, on campus and off campus. If you see a Gustie who is not doing their part, you can help by kindly reminding them to help keep the community safe.

Bias and Discriminatory Behaviors

The COVID-19 outbreak has provoked cognitive bias and discriminatory behaviors against people of certain ethnic backgrounds as well as anyone perceived to have been in contact with the virus. We know that the virus does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or physical ability. Respect for each individual is central to how we conduct our work and build relationships within our community. Acts of bias, hate, discrimination, or any other behavior that fails to respect the dignity of another individual or group will not be tolerated. 

When Gusties do not ROAR 

It is expected that all students and employees will follow COVID safety expectations. 

It is the responsibility of all students and employees to make daily choices necessary to protect themselves and our community. It is also the responsibility of all students and employees to model and to respectfully remind others of the COVID safety expectations. In addition, the Gusties ROAR team of student employees will be around campus with regular reminders of the new community expectations.

Because the wellbeing of the community is at risk, any student or employee who chooses to not abide by the COVID safety expectations may be in violation of College policy. Students may report an alleged violation to the Dean of Students Office or for employees through Human Resources or the Provost Office. 

COVID Bystander Tips - Speaking up to others

The Gustavus COVID-19 safety expectations require a major change of behavior for all members of the campus community. The safety of the community to reduce the spread of the virus relies on people making safe choices and on people encouraging and reminding people to remember and follow the safety measures.
Here are resources to better prepare you to speak up to others.