COVID-19 Updates 4/24/20

April 24, 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: 

Governor Extends “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Order: Governor Whitmer announced today an extension, with some exceptions, of the “stay home, stay safe” executive order until May 15. While this is good news to start alleviating some of the economic hardships in our state, it also indicates it is not yet safe for all of us to return to work on campus. The health and safety of our students and employees remain paramount in our planning and decision making. Our campus is located in Wayne County, the epicenter of the outbreak in Michigan and one of the most affected regions in the nation. When public health parameters indicate an appropriate abatement of infection, in coordination with President Schlissel, we will initiate a reopening of campus. At this time we will continue to work from home. 

Those employees who can report to work, in accordance with the new order such as our grounds employees, will be contacted regarding their return. 

All employees that enter a campus building must wear a nose and mouth covering, per the latest order.

Budget and Continuity of Operations: This week President Schlissel shared a communication with all three campuses outlining guiding principles and actions taken to preserve financial resources as the university manages the ramifications from the COVID-19 pandemic. A follow-on communication from the chancellor to the Dearborn community outlined the cost-saving measures we identified in preparation for the financial uncertainty that lies ahead. We appreciate those who have volunteered to take temporary salary reductions as part of the effort to allow university budget continuity, including the senior officers, deans and other campus leaders. Some faculty members have also volunteered to take temporary salary reductions. We thank them for their generosity and commitment to our future success.

Virtual Commencement: We will officially celebrate the Spring 2020 Class this Sunday. Students will receive a congratulatory video message on the day we would have celebrated in person. This video will be posted to the Celebrating Grads website on Sunday morning. The site has also been populated with many student profiles, videos and stories about our accomplished students who have persevered through these challenging times. Students have been encouraged to share photos and videos from their virtual commencement celebrations. Please do visit this site to show your support to our graduates.

“Art in a Time of Pandemic” Photo Contest: The Art Collections and Exhibit Department/Stamelos Gallery Center is hosting a campus-wide photography contest. This is a great opportunity to document this historic time, in a personal way. Photo submissions are due Friday, May 15 at 5:00 p.m.

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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