Message to Faculty/Staff from President Mantella, April 10, 2020
Dear Faculty and Staff,
My goal through this period of uncertainty is to communicate information you need to give you as complete a picture as possible of university operations. As always, the health and safety of our campus community is my priority. Senior leadership and the Incident Management Team meet and collaborate daily on the issues that affect our critical staff and students on campus and those who are working and teaching remotely.
There are many questions, including when will we reopen campus and when will we be working on-site again. We take direction from federal and state government regulations and the CDC guidelines. We heard yesterday afternoon from Gov. Whitmer that the state’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order will continue until the end of the month. The university will continue to have only infrastructure employees report to campus during this time. Everyone else will continue to work remotely until at least May 1.
Currently, if you should need to come to campus for a critical purpose, please communicate with your supervisor. These trips should be rare, quick and you should follow the safety protocols. These include taking your temperature before you come, wearing a mask and keeping a social distance of at least six feet from others.
The events surrounding the pandemic will dictate when we are able to reopen campus to all employees and to in-person learning. Although the timing is still uncertain, the IMT is developing a plan to reopen campus in stages over a period of weeks. We want to assure you that all employees will receive at least a week’s notice, more if possible, before they would be expected to work on campus again. We are aware that some individual employees may have special circumstances. If so, please discuss them with your appointing officer.
We are doing our best to mitigate the virus, protect our university community, and allow you to plan ahead. We will get through this time and come back stronger.
Philomena V. Mantella, President