Incident Management Team update: Dining changes, registration paused to ready for fall

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Campus Dining has made some changes for the 2020/21 academic year, adhering to CDC and state guidelines and local health department recommendations.

Campus Dining will close the following locations: Fresh Food Company on the upper level in the Commons, Engrained inside The Blue Connection, the Faculty Dining Room on the lower level of the Kirkhof Center, and Corner Store inside AuSable Hall.

The Market inside Kleiner will open earlier to serve breakfast and remain open until midnight. Panda Express in the Kirkhof Center, Fuel in the lower Commons and Starbucks inside the Marketplace will have expanded hours.

Many dining locations will reduce seating density based on social distancing guidelines; all locations will serve “to-go” containers. Campus Dining will add dining room attendants specifically focused on cleaning and sanitizing tables and chairs throughout service times; an overnight cleaning group will also clean and sanitize in each location.

For more information on more changes and locations and hours, visit www.gvsu.edu/campusdine

As the university works to complete course changes for Fall 2020, registration for returning students and new students who have already registered has been paused temporarily beginning July 2. Registration will be open beginning July 13.

First-year students and new transfer students with advising and registration appointments will continue to be able to register during their appointment. The pause in registration has no impact on a student's current schedule, financial aid, housing or billing. 

The temporary pause in registration will help students have a smoother registration process since changes for Fall 2020 will be in Banner. Support will be available for students to change their schedules. 

If students need help adding, dropping or withdrawing from a Summer 2020 course, contact Records at regdept@gvsu.edu or (616) 331-3327. More information (including a video) will be coming in mid-July.

IMT members meet regularly to plan for any necessary actions surrounding COVID-19. The team makes recommendations to the Senior Leadership Team, using public health and CDC guidance.

The IMT is made up of representatives from various campus departments, including the Grand Valley Police Department, Office of the Vice Provost for Health, Facilities Services, Housing and Residence Life, Human Resources, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and University Communications. An expanded group of more than 35 people meets weekly.

Members of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) include GVSU's senior director for health, the director of Recreation and Student Wellness Initiatives, the GVPD emergency manager and members from the Family Health Center and the Campus Health Center.

Members of TAG act as subject matter experts on disease, illness, and infections. The group serves as a resource to research and advise the IMT regarding varying aspects of the current emergency facing the university. 

For more information on GVSU's return to campus procedures, visit www.gvsu.edu/lakerstogether.