Support was the guiding principle behind Lee and Burns’ leadership, especially as the details of O-Week fluctuated since March when students, faculty and staff were moved off campus. In addition to the usual planning that takes place each year, coordinators were responsible for ensuring university-enforced health guidelines from Rice's "Do Your Part" campaign were followed during the week’s events, including social distancing, mask-wearing and hand-washing.
New logistical plans were also needed to incorporate the unique changes necessary to make sure students felt safe on campus. “Coordinating is a very difficult thing to do,” Burns said, “but you typically have the previous years to fall back on. You have all of the documents related to the events — their shopping lists and the logistic spreadsheets. But this year, so much of that doesn’t work.”