Message to GVSU Community from President Mantella, March 6, 2020

Dear Grand Valley Campus Community,

Welcome back. I hope you had a meaningful and restful Spring Break. I want to update you on what we as a university community are doing regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus). Safeguarding our community’s health and well-being is of paramount importance as is the provision of timely information on these rapidly evolving circumstances. There are no confirmed cases in Michigan or on campus, thus activities will begin as usual on Monday morning.

MONITORING: The university’s Incident Management Team has been meeting regularly, communicating daily with federal, state, and local public health officials, and planning for a campus response in case circumstances change. A website has been created to share information and updates: This website is your best source of information and I urge you to consult it regularly.

TRAVEL: If you have been traveling abroad, be aware that the Centers for Disease Control recommends anyone who has visited any of the four countries under a Warning Level 3 Health Notice (China, Iran, Italy and South Korea) practice social distancing for 14 days after returning to the U.S. Information on how to do this, as well as other health protocols, can be reviewed on GVSU’s coronavirus webpage.

Students who have traveled to any of these affected areas should notify the Dean of Students Office at 616-331-3585 and, if living on campus, Housing and Residence Life at 616-331-2120. Faculty and staff members who have traveled to any of these affected areas should notify their direct supervisor as they would if reporting an illness.

WELLNESS: During this period of uncertainty, I ask that we keep each other in mind. That means frequent hand washing, seeking medical attention if you develop a fever, and taking care to respect those around you by avoiding actions that might spread illness. Again, the best source of information on healthy behavior will be found on our webpage.

Your health and our campus safety is my highest priority. We are taking prudent, evidenced-based steps in dealing with what we know now, while planning for adjustments in our activity if and when warranted.


President Philomena V. Mantella

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