Message to students from President Mantella March 23, 2020
Governor Whitmer this morning issued an executive order directing Michiganders to stay at home beginning at midnight tonight through April 13. The Governor estimates an unprecedented public health risk if we don’t flatten the curve of the spread of COVID-19 now. For this reason we must all adhere to her order and do our part. Let me reiterate again, your health and safety and that of our faculty, staff, and community are my highest priority.
I want to reassure you that although more staff will be working remotely in the days ahead, we are prepared for this and will continue to fully support remote learning, as planned. Students and faculty have risen to the occasion as only GVSU can do. We will remain connected and engaged through our virtual learning. University services are only a phone call or email away, in addition to many available online.
Because the executive order takes effect tonight, move-out from campus housing will end at midnight and won’t resume until April 14 at the earliest. Belongings not removed can be left in your assigned room for the time being. Please consult the email that those living on campus received from Housing and Residence Life earlier today. In a university message you received last week, you were advised about refunds for housing and unused dining and parking services. We will be processing these transactions soon which will show up on your student account.
This is a difficult time for all of us. If you have any personal circumstances causing disruption in your learning, reach out directly to your faculty members or advisor. If something arises that we have not anticipated, please reach out to the appropriate university office, or to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. You remain in my heart and prayers, as we weather together as one Laker community in these unprecedented and stressful times.
Philomena V. Mantella, President
Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order