COVID-19 updates 05/01/2020

May 1, 2020

As the situation with the coronavirus continues to evolve, we remain committed to sharing information and updates to help you stay healthy and safe while we work towards a continuity of student learning and university operations. 


Dear Colleagues,

As the situation with the coronavirus continues to evolve, we remain committed to sharing information and updates to help you stay healthy and safe while we work towards a continuity of student learning and university operations. 

This week’s communication includes:

All On-campus Events and Gatherings are Canceled through August 22: Since teaching will continue to remain remote through the end of the Summer II term and a plan to safely transition back to campus remains under development, university leadership determined it is in the best interest of the health and safety of the campus community to cancel all on-campus events/gatherings through August 22. This decision will allow staff responsible for scheduling, planning and servicing events to better plan their work. A decision regarding campus events and large gatherings scheduled for after August 22 will be shared by June 30. 

New Policy for Reporting Faculty/Staff COVID-19 Cases: A revised policy has been put into place to track COVID-19 cases related to the university. The policy requires faculty/staff to report COVID-19 illness to their supervisor and to Occupational Health Services. Human Resources and our university operations manager will contact supervisors to initiate the appropriate safety and HR-related procedures. Please familiarize yourself with this new reporting policy by reviewing the “Work” section on the FAQ web page.   

Face Coverings and Campus Visits: Yesterday, Laura Drabczyk shared a communication with the campus regarding a new policy for face coverings if you must visit campus. This policy is in accordance with the executive order issued by Governor Whitmer. This is also a reminder that you should remain at home and only come to campus if absolutely necessary. 

Virtual Town Hall: University leadership is planning for a Virtual Town Hall, for faculty and staff, the week of May 11. This will be your opportunity to hear about early fall semester planning, work being done to keep the campus community safe and to engage in a question and answer session. An email will be sent next week with Zoom webinar registration information. 

This continues to be a challenging time for everyone. The university maintains its commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of our campus community. The precautions we take now will help minimize exposure to COVID-19, keep us healthy and allow campus to reopen sooner.

With all best wishes for your continued good health, 

Domenico Grasso 
Chancellor 

Sue Alcock 
Provost 

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