On campus we continue to report no new positive COVID cases thank to everyone’s diligence in following the national and local measures.

The Swiss government has implemented new restrictions following the emergence of a new variant of concern, and has updated the list of countries with a variant of concern to include Belgium, Botswana, Eswatini, Hong Kong, Israel, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Czech Republic, Egypt, Malawi, Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Effective Friday, November 26 at 20:00 all travelers entering Switzerland from these countries must present a negative test result and quarantine for 10 days. This also applies to vaccinated and recovered persons.

This is a fast-breaking situation, and so please carefully assess your independent travel destinations and stay updated on any newly developing restrictions before your return. Remember that when returning to Switzerland you must complete an entry form, and when in doubt you can easily consult the Travelcheck to review your entry conditions. We will be in touch with the community at regular intervals during the break as well, so please remember to check your FUS email account regularly.

In light of the increased risk, please continue to wear a mask, wash your hands, and physically distance yourself from others. This includes when you are ordering food at the dining hall and entering all buildings, both academic and residential. 

Students, you are in the homestretch! During this last week of classes make sure to get plenty of rest and exercise when you can. (Stealing a hint from SGA and the FUS Psychology Society: and hug a dog when one becomes available!) Final exams begin on Monday, December 6. You can do this!

Do remember that you are expected to attend your final exams at their scheduled times as they are part of the contact hours that allow us to give you credit for these courses. Thus, plan your departures accordingly.

Please take the time to complete your course evaluations and contribute your input to the VIEW to help define Franklin's Institutional Values before the end of the semester.

Come tell Dean Deborah and I what you think as well at Coffee with the Deans, December 2 at 14.00/2.00pm in the Grotto.

Also, yesterday was the first day of Advent and of Hanukkah, and last weekend celebrated the ascension of Abdu'l-Bahá. SGA will have a Menorah lighting during the SGA holiday party on December 2 in Holman Hall. 

Finally, we hope you will be able to join us for the 2021 First Year Seminar Showcase on Friday, December 3 at 17:00 in the Nielsen Auditorium to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2025. Please note that access to the showcase will only be permitted to individuals with a valid Covid Certificate QR code.