Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Subject: A Note to Students
As you head out of LUMS to reflect ore deeply on health, safety and social distancing, we ask you to prepare for what will likely become a new normal. We are sharing a few thoughts topmost on our minds today, but it’s likely that our thinking and actions will evolve as circumstances change around us. We will be in regular communication with you and encourage you to share your concerns.
Who has symptoms?
Please read the guidelines on the LUMS website. If you feel the slightest bit ill, call a medical expert. This is not the time to persevere and downplay your symptoms because adverse health effects can multiply exponentially. When you return, trained personnel will assess and direct you to medical assistance through our dedicated Hotline (042-3560 8500 or 2543/8500). The pandemic must be taken seriously, and you definitely have a role to play.
Does the 4-Feet rule apply at LUMS?
Yes! the virus travels in tiny droplets, saliva and mucus, which typically spread 3 to 5 feet. At LUMS (and outside) please be mindful of this common-sense rule. Some students have unfairly ostracized their peers who tested negative after returning from Turkey, but thought it was fine to join parties and raves. Others are congregating at restaurants and hanging out with friends. It is not OK to join any event, meeting, outing, or visit – This is a time to self-isolate as much as possible.
What am I to do until April 6?
This is an extended spring break to prepare and successfully complete the term. Finish your readings, review your notes and get ready to be assessed! The only thing we recommend you do in excess is to learn! In addition, you will likely have more time to access some of the world’s best courses which have become free (see for e.g. Coursera). What about that novel you’ve been meaning to read? Or earning a digital badge (for e.g. at edX)? Meanwhile, we are currently planning effective assessments so you can complete your courses.
Until you return on April 6, LUMS is open for staff and faculty with stringent measures in place to protect the health and safety of all.
We will continue to provide periodic updates. Let us remind ourselves that we are a privileged few in Pakistan. How we respond to this pandemic through acts of leadership, fellowship and generosity will mark our way forward. This is the LUMS way. It is how we will continue to excel.
Arshad and Kamran
Dr. Arshad Ahmad
Dr. Kamran Asdar Ali
Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences