If students are found to be not complying with the agreement, serious cases could be reported to the curriculum. However, less serious cases are planned for the COVID-19 Community Court (CCC), which is run by students. If students who do not wear a mask, become socially untangled or even go to a dormitory that is not their own, the student could be enrolled in the CCC. “It`s very similar to the alcohol amnesty policy and I`m pretty sure it`s only the extension of the amnesty for alcohol-related incidents, to apply also to the Culture of Care agreement,” said French, a junior. “And I think that was the plan, I just think a lot of people weren`t quite clear,” Over the past week and a half, I`ve seen the harsh realities of Rice`s failure. Before Week O, I was worried about the quality of the food under the model of the tomb and the go, which I knew was coming. I didn`t understand the seriousness of the situation. Fortunately, I have no dietary restrictions. Even if I do, I leave most meals hungry. The food served to us is pathetic in terms of options and quality. This sentiment is shared by my colleagues, who are also fortunate that we do not have dietary restrictions — we are not hungry long after meals, because we do not eat the options that are available to us.
We agree, but we are not satisfied with the situation. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for students who have vegetarian, vegan or other dietary restrictions. The possibilities for these students are really minimal – to reach the recommended 2000 calories, these students would be forced to take extreme measures, such as eating 20 cookies a day. During one of our daily team debriefings, I learned that students with these limitations were skipping meals because they knew they would eat nothing if they went to the waiter. They were new students. New students supposed to be at the center of week O. “This is the new students” is the only mantra that is pierced in the minds of all those connected to O-Week. This seems to be no longer the case in 2020. These are not new students.
They are not students. The university has demonstrated this in its total inability to meet the basic needs of students. This is not about students. The idea that the administration wants us to be able to maintain the spirit of the culture of care, but that we cannot even feed ourselves properly, is the ultimate failure of the culture of care. The university shows that it does not take care of us. Shouldn`t they be brought to justice? We recognize that these difficult and unprecedented times require changes in the way we conduct our academic activities and our own lives, in order to preserve the values we still hold dear. Rice`s values remain constant, but these values require temporary adaptations of the way we work together, which are necessary to best protect all students, teachers, staff, visitors and the largest community in Houston. To provide everyone on campus with a fair and just environment, to improve safety, we all need to agree – and be sure that everyone else on campus has agreed – to follow certain driving policies.
Please note that these policies may be changed or clarified at any time if changes are required in health boards or in our experience. Rice students agree to monitor their own behaviour to meet these expectations and will respond to the university`s instructions for community safety.