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Over winter break, the University made multiple updates to its COVID-19 policies, including upgrading its masking requirements, implementing twice-weekly COVID-19 testing and reducing isolation periods to five days for those asymptomatic on the fifth day. Recently, the University announced that affiliates must also test negative for COVID-19 in order to leave isolation on the fifth day.
The University announced on plans to create an on-campus ice rink on Dec. 2. The ice rink, which will be available from Jan. 14 to Feb. 27, will be free for all participants.
In an interview with The News-Letter on Dec. 1, University President Ronald J. Daniels discussed democracy and governance at the University, the future of the Johns Hopkins Police Department (JHPD) and expectations for future COVID-19 policies on campus.
The University announced last month that the deadline for submitting proof of flu vaccination would be extended to Dec. 3. Prior to the extension, affiliates had until Nov. 19 to upload proof of their vaccination to the Hopkins Vaccine Management System (VMS). This is the second year the University has mandated flu vaccinations. This year, nationwide nursing shortages have made flu vaccinations more difficult to obtain around the country.
Members of Hopkins leadership held a town hall discussing University finances on Nov. 16. The town hall, moderated by Professor of Epidemiology and Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Stephen Gange, centered around the University’s Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) financial report.
When the University implemented austerity measures at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, faculty, staff and students pushed back. In light of the recent financial report showing the University finished fiscal year 2021 with an operating budget surplus of over $212 million, these affiliates argue that the constraints proved too harsh and unwarranted. In April 2020, Hopkins estimated projected losses of $100 million in fiscal year 2020 and $375 million for fiscal year 2021.
As a part of COVID-19 precautions, the University has increased grab-and-go meals from dining halls and indoor events. In interviews with The News-Letter, University constituents discussed how the pandemic has affected sustainability measures on campus.
Student climate activist group Refuel Our Future filed a complaint against Hopkins with Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh on Oct. 26, citing University violations of its responsibilities as a charitable nonprofit by continuing to hold investments in fossil fuels.
Housing Operations clarified its visitation policy for Hopkins students and overnight guests for on-campus housing in an email broadcast on Oct. 22.
The University resumed efforts to conceptualize the widely opposed Johns Hopkins Police Department (JHPD) earlier this week to skepticism from students. On Monday, the new Vice President for Public Safety Branville Bard Jr. invited the Hopkins community to share feedback about the future police force.
Former deputy secretary of state to Hillary Clinton James Steinberg will assume the position of dean of the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Nov. 1. He currently serves as the university professor of social science, international affairs and law at the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
Demolition of the Mattin Center has begun, making room for the construction of the new student center, which is expected to be completed by fall 2024. The Mattin Center had been home to the University’s arts scene since 2001, hosting Swirnow Theater, the Digital Media Center, music and dance spaces, art studios and more. The resources that were once housed in Mattin Center have been scattered across Homewood Campus.