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Guiding Principles

All members of the Monarch community have a shared responsibility to practice health and safety guidelines established by the Commonwealth of Virginia, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Old Dominion University.


Commit to consistently review and follow all guidance from the CDC and the VDH to support ODU's responsibility to promote a safe workplace.


Understand that we are in this together. Leaders, managers, supervisors, and frontline employees all have a personal responsibility to respect and follow guidance set forth to promote a safe workplace.


We are our Monarch's Keeper. If you are aware of potentially irresponsible behaviors or practices, say something. We are better positioned to address health or safety concerns if they are appropriately reported. Specifically, all faculty and staff shall abide by the Governor's Executive Order 63 and related orders requiring face coverings and similar personal protective equipment and CDC physical distancing guidelines. You should first report observed non-compliance to your supervisor, who will be responsible for notifying Jared Hoernig, associate director of emergency management and the University's contact with the Virginia Department of Health. He will report to the VDH any egregious and/or gross noncompliance with this and related Executive Actions. We are committed to #ReignResponsibly.


How Monarchs Reign Responsibly:

Practice the 3 Ws:




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