These Michigan colleges shut down because of coronavirus concerns

An empty classroom on Wednesday at Michigan State University, the first to shut down. Several other state universities followed suit, including Oakland University, the University of Michigan campuses and Central Michigan University. (Bridge photo by Dale Young)

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Michigan State University

  • On March 10, state officials announced the first confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Michigan. On March 11, MSU learned of a probable case linked to our campus, which the Ingham County Health Department is currently investigating and monitoring.
  • Effective at noon March 11, MSU is suspending face-to-face instruction in classroom settings and moving to virtual instruction. We are continuing to work with faculty and staff on laboratory and performance classes, and the university will provide additional guidance. This suspension of in-person classes will last until April 20.   
  • During this time period, students doing purely remote work can return to their permanent place of residence, and we strongly encourage this because there are advantages for social distancing. But for those not able to go home, we will continue to fully support students in our residence halls and dining facilities.
  • There will be more communications in the coming days regarding university employees, remote and telecommuting options.
  • The campus will remain open during this period. However, the university is evaluating large events already scheduled. We will provide more information soon and urge everyone to consider the health implications of large gatherings and evaluate the essential nature of the events. We will not be scheduling new events with more than 100 individuals in a confined space during this time period unless there are special circumstances.
  • MSU has been preparing for pivoting the campus to online learning should that decision be required. The resource to support educators in moving courses to online instruction is keepteaching.msu.edu. This website will grow over time as we discover additional needs and create content to address them.
  • A second website is under development for all other employees at MSU that will support business units in remote workplace policies, tips and resources.  We plan to have more information to share in the coming days.
  • MSU previously suspended all nonessential MSU-sponsored travel to mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Italy. For those who are returning from travel in these areas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you monitor your health daily and stay home to avoid contact with others for 14 days.
  • Effective March 10, all university-sponsored international travel is suspended. This includes new travel as well as any currently booked trips between now and April 20. If you are currently in an international location not impacted by a CDC advisory, you are not required to return home. We plan to reevaluate these guidelines and share updates as more information becomes available. 
  • We are also suspending non-essential domestic travel until April 20. There will be waivers available, and each situation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by college and major administrative units.  
  • Many students have returned to campus this week from spring break travels. If you traveled to a high-risk area for the novel coronavirus, we expect that you are following CDC and U.S. Border Patrol guidelines for self-isolation for 14 days. We prefer that students complete any self-isolation at their permanent homes, but the university is prepared to assist those who do not have that option. Please contact MSU Live On at 517-884-1783 to discuss available options.
  • Faculty and staff who have traveled to affected areas should work with their supervisor for medical accommodations, including working remotely. Additionally, Residential and Hospitality Services will make room and board accommodations available for faculty or staff who need separate housing to complete their self-isolation. Those needing special accommodations should contact MSU Live On at 517-884-1783.

Michigan Tech

Dear members of the Michigan Tech community,

The health, safety, and security of our campus is of utmost importance and a tenet on which we pride ourselves as an institution. Therefore, Michigan Tech is taking the following preventative actions to mitigate the impacts associated with the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus on our campus and in our community. Please keep in mind this is a fluid situation and circumstances can change rapidly. The most up-to-date information is available at mtu.edu/covid-19.

  1. We are suspending all face-to-face instruction, effective Monday, March 16, 2020. Dining services and residential housing will remain open and operational. Additional details are provided below.
  2. We have instituted tighter travel restrictions, which are outlined in greater detail below.
  3. As a precaution, the University is encouraging at-risk employees to contact Human Resources to discuss potential accommodations for working remotely. 
  4. Organizers should reconsider hosting any large group gatherings of 25 people or more scheduled between March 16, 2020 and April 17, 2020. See below for more details.

Classes

We are suspending face-to-face instruction for all classes and moving to virtual instruction, effective Monday, March 16, 2020 and through at least Friday, April 17, 2020. All instructors will contact their students no later than Wednesday, March 18, 2020, to provide further information about course delivery. 

While completing classes virtually, students may return to campus or stay at their permanent place of residence. On campus, appropriate social distancing and enhanced preventative public health and hygiene measures will be expected. Our priority, as always, is our community’s health and safety.

We urge all students to make the choice that is best for their own personal situation. However, high-risk populations are encouraged not to return to campus. 

Travel

Effective immediately, any student or employee who has completed travel to either a Level 2 or Level 3 country OR believe they may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus will not be allowed to return to campus for a 14-day period. The 14-day period shall commence on the last date of travel from the Level 2 or Level 3 country or from the last date of potential exposure. The current list of Level 2 or Level 3 countries may be found at mtu.edu/covid-19. 

Employees and students who have traveled to a Level 2 or Level 3 country or have reason to believe they have been exposed should immediately contact the University via email at covid-19@mtu.edu. This will assist Michigan Tech and state health officials in taking measures to help prevent the spread of the virus and maintain the health and safety of the University community. 

All international university sponsored travel scheduled to depart between now and April 17, 2020 is effectively canceled. We also urge all University employees to reconsider any University-sponsored domestic travel scheduled between now and April 17, 2020. Information regarding these updated travel policies will be available later today on the mtu.edu/covid-19 website. 

Events

Organizers are asked to reevaluate all face-to-face, on-campus group gatherings of 25 people or more planned during the months of March and April and to strongly weigh the options of canceling, postponing, or virtualizing their event. No new events will be scheduled on campus through April 17, 2020. Pursuant to CDC guidelines, we encourage all high-risk populations to avoid large group gatherings whenever possible. 

Opportunities for faculty and staff to work remotely:

The University is finalizing plans that provide faculty and staff opportunities to work remotely, where appropriate, during this time. Managers are expected to be flexible in allowing high-risk employees who are able to work from home to do so. More information about working remotely, employee-leave management, and associated workplace issues will be available later today on the mtu.edu/covid-19 website. 

As the situation develops, we will continue to update our policies, procedures, and protocols to mitigate the effects of the virus on the MTU community. To get more information and view all updates from Michigan Tech, visit mtu.edu/covid-19. If you have additional questions, you may email covid-19@mtu.edu

University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Flint)

To All Members of the U-M Community:

Most university operations will remain unchanged, with four exceptions that take effect Thursday, March 12, for all three of our campuses:

We are canceling all classes tomorrow and Friday. Classes will resume Monday (March 16) delivered remotely in alternative formats – and not meeting in person – through April 21, the last day of classes this semester. 

Faculty and instructors should let students know how this transition will be handled for each of their classes. The two days of cancellations give faculty time to transition to alternative formats. The provost’s offices on each of our campuses have been making arrangements in our schools and colleges to facilitate these transitions. 

We are canceling all U-M events and events organized by others on our campuses that would convene 100 people or more from Thursday, March 12 until at least April 21. 

This cancellation includes Honors Convocation on March 15. Organizers of other large events may seek to conduct their event virtually. We ask organizers to inform their audiences and participants of changes as soon as possible. The University will endeavor to reschedule any affected third-party events as practical. Individual units may change smaller events at their discretion, and all may consider virtual options. 

Michigan Athletics is working to limit spectators at its on-campus competitions to parents and media to avoid high-density audiences. We encourage students to limit large social gatherings. 

We are continuing to monitor the impact of the virus and will provide updates on major end-of-semester events, including commencements, when more information is available. 

We are suspending all U-M international travel until at least April 21, with rare exceptions requiring approval. Domestic travel for university business is strongly discouraged

Rare exceptions for international travel deemed essential may be granted if approved by a designated administrator. We encourage domestic travelers to seek virtual methods of convening for university business. The university also discourages personal domestic and international travel. 

All U-M education abroad programs will be altered or suspended. 

COVID-19 is becoming frequent in many places, and we want to be sure our students can get medical care that meets their needs, as more countries’ health care systems are facing greater pressure. Students in each education abroad program will have unique needs and considerations as we make plans to bring them home. We are working through those, including safety, location, ability to travel, and disruption to academic progress. We will work with the students to assist them with arrangements and academic accommodations, including credit for their coursework. 

We are also canceling U-M education abroad programs scheduled for the spring semester, and will decide about programs that start July 1 or thereafter in the coming weeks when we have better information. This follows previous cancellation of all university-related travel to and education abroad programs in countries with a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Level 3 Travel Warning. Level 3 countries currently include: China, South Korea, Iran and Italy. We continue to closely monitor conditions overseas. 

The actions we are taking follow recommendations from health and safety professionals working on all three of our campuses and at Michigan Medicine. Their work has been ongoing for several weeks in close coordination with public health officials at the federal, state and local levels, along with other universities.  

Additional actions and resources

The university remains open:

  • For students who choose to remain on campus, Michigan Dining and U-M Housing will remain operational. We are working to make changes to minimize risk for students in our dining halls.  
  • The Office of the Vice President for Research has partnered with teams across campus to develop a guidance document with information and resources so faculty and staff can best manage their ongoing research and scholarship activities. Please refer back to this webpage frequently for evolving guidance on your research operations. research.umich.edu/covid-19
  • During spring break, the University Health Service on the Ann Arbor campus implemented changes to manage traffic through the building and maintain an environment as safe as possible. This work frees up additional capacity to see patients needing treatment for respiratory symptoms. 
  • Michigan Medicine is prepared to care for patients diagnosed with COVID-19, putting protections in place for patients and employees. They have activated our emergency response protocols, proactively ordered supplies and initiated plans for handling potential patients. 
  • We have created a Remote Resources Guide to assist students, faculty and staff with working or engaging remotely, and the Ann Arbor Provost’s Office has additional information on remote instruction.
  • We have heard concerns from members of our community who have chronic health conditions, and will work to assist with accommodations for classes or work arrangements. Students needing additional assistance should contact the Dean of Students office, and employees should contact their unit supervisor. 

Western Michigan University

Dear Campus Community,

After consulting with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, other Michigan university officials and the local health department earlier today about COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus), Western Michigan University will begin delivering instruction through distance education on Monday, March 16, through Friday, April 3, effective for all locations. The University will continue monitoring this fluid situation and determine by Friday, March 27, if that time frame needs to be extended.

In-person instruction will be suspended on Thursday and Friday, March 12 and 13, to provide faculty the opportunity to begin moving course content online so that students may successfully complete the semester. More direction will be provided to faculty later today, and students can anticipate more guidance in the coming days. We are grateful to our faculty and staff members who are preparing to deliver services to our students at a distance, including advising and other related student services.

This measure is being taken to ensure continued campus safety and help slow the spread of the illness, which helps ease demand on health care systems now and in the coming days and weeks. There remain no known cases of COVID-19 on campus. Earlier today, the Kalamazoo County Health Department indicated in a press release that there are no local cases, but cautioned that could change at any time.

Unless otherwise specified, all WMU sites remain open and services will continue to be provided. Effective Monday, March 16, events that anticipate an attendance of more than 100 will be canceled.

For those living on campus, residence and dining halls will remain open and fully operational.

Wayne State University

As you have heard by now, Michigan health officials have confirmed that two people in Michigan have tested positive for COVID-19. One of the patients is from Oakland County and the other is from Wayne County.

This is not an unexpected development and, as we have communicated, we have been preparing for this scenario. Wayne State University, like other institutions, has an important role to play in containing the spread of this virus. To date, we have chosen a proactive approach to help ensure the safety of our campus community.

The Presidential Coronavirus Committee met today to discuss this new development and to make recommendations to keep the campus community safe. Our decisions are as follows:

  1. Wayne State University will extend its spring break for students and cancel all classes until Monday, March 23, 2020.
  2. To plan for our shift to online instruction, a subcommittee of the larger committee, led by Provost Whitfield, has been analyzing alternative modes of instruction and limiting face-to-face instruction. There remain a number of issues under consideration, including training of faculty and working to accommodate the unique needs of students who have limited access to technology off campus. We will be sharing instructions with the campus within the next 24-48 hours.
  3. Campus housing remains open, but we strongly encourage students who do not need to be on campus to return to their permanent place of residence, if possible. For those unable to go home to an off-campus location, we will continue to fully support students in our campus housing and dining facilities.
  4. Dining will resume normal hours starting Monday, March 16, 2020. Safe dining practices, including social distancing, are recommended, and guidance will be posted at all entrances to Gold 'n' Greens, Towers Café, retail locations around campus and in the Student Center. Campus Dining will be encouraging students to opt for to-go/takeout options, and are making the necessary preparations to accommodate this shift.
  5. The campus will remain open. If you have questions regarding your ability to work from home, please work directly with your supervisor. Human Resources will be providing further guidelines in the coming days on other necessary policy adjustments. Employees who are ill, especially if they exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, are instructed to stay home.
  6. All events with 100 people or more will be canceled to adhere to the CDC's recommendation for social distancing. Deans and vice presidents may consider exceptions, but safety must remain our top priority. Events with less than 100 people are also discouraged. Communications regarding the upcoming commencement ceremonies will be forthcoming.
  7. The health schools/colleges (medicine, pharmacy and health sciences, nursing, and social work) have unique student instruction situations (e.g., clinical rotations). The deans of these schools and colleges will be communicating further instructions based on the guidance of their accrediting agencies.
  8. Effective today, all university-sponsored international air travel is prohibited.

Central Michigan University

As the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues, our top priority continues to be the health and safety of the CMU community. There are currently no known cases of COVID-19 at CMU, but as announced early this morning, there are now two confirmed cases in Michigan.

Out of an abundance of caution, and to prevent and contain the spread of the coronavirus, all CMU classes will move online after spring break through March 20. This means students should not return to campus following spring break. All face-to-face classes at our main campus in Mount Pleasant — and at all of CMU’s satellite campuses throughout the U.S. with the exception of those on military bases — will move to an online format. A decision regarding classes for the following week will be made by Thursday, March 19, at 4 p.m.

The Emergency Management team, composed of leaders and subject matter experts throughout campus, is collaborating daily, focusing on preparedness and response. We continue to follow guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and our state and local health authorities.

The campus will remain open, and business operations will continue with appropriate measures to protect the health of the university community. We will continue to post updates on the coronavirus updates webpage. Below is information related to residence halls, campus events, staffing considerations, travel and more.

Students and families

  • Residence halls will remain closed for all but international students and student-athletes until Sunday, March 22, at 9 a.m. However, the East Community (Celani, Emmons, Fabiano, Herrig, Saxe and Woldt Halls), Graduate Housing, Northwest Apartments and Kewadin Village, will remain open for students already on campus. Limited food service will be provided; more information about food service can be found on this website.
  • Students needing to retrieve essential items from their residence hall rooms may stop by their Residence Hall Director’s office on Sunday, March 15, or Monday, March 16, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. to make arrangements to access their room; they will not be allowed to spend the night in their living unit, however. Students with any additional questions should call the Office of Residence Life at 989-774-3111.

Faculty and staff

  • Faculty will receive a letter shortly from Provost Mary C. Schutten, providing additional information and guidance for moving their classes to an online format. We are evaluating classroom experiences such as labs and performance classes, and the university will provide specific guidance in the coming days. Guidelines will be reviewed daily and updates and/or modifications will be shared as more information becomes available.
  • As campus remains open and operations will continue, staff are expected to report to work.
  • Additional information about COVID-19 reporting, guidance for managers and supervisors, employee-leave management, and associated workplace issues — including telecommuting options — will be sent in the coming days.

Events and services

  • All CMU-sponsored events or gatherings of more than 50 people are canceled through March 31 — this includes registered student organizations. Athletic events will follow NCAA and Mid-American Conference (MAC) guidelines.
  • No new events will be scheduled on campus through March 31.
  • Additional information on campus services through March 23:
  • The Student Activity Center is closed.
  • Park Library remains open.
  • The Counseling Center remains open and also provides online counseling services.

Travel

  • University-sponsored domestic travel through March 31 is canceled. Discretion should be used in booking further travel.
  • The restrictions of university-sponsored travel to China, Italy, Iran and South Korea, previously announced on March 3, remain in effect.
  • We continue to strongly recommend and encourage you to be cautious about your personal travel choices, particularly for international travel.

As noted above, this situation is evolving every day, and all CMU guidelines are subject to change as we learn more. I appreciate your understanding and continued cooperation as we make necessary decisions to keep everyone safe.

Eastern Michigan University

Today we made several important decisions regarding University operations in light of the ongoing spread of COVID-19 (new coronavirus) and Governor Whitmer’s declaration of a state of emergency in the State of Michigan. There remain no known cases at this time of COVID-19 on our campus or among the Eastern Michigan University community.

Out of an abundance of caution, we are announcing the following actions:

Classes and instruction

  • Effective tomorrow, March 12, we are suspending face-to-face instruction in lectures, seminars and other similar classroom settings. The suspension of on campus/in person classes will last through Tuesday, March 31 -- with on campus/in person classes tentatively set to resume on April 1. This decision and timing will be reevaluated on an ongoing basis and may be modified as more information becomes available.
  • Current classes that are presented in an online format will continue as scheduled.
  • The University is working to move on-campus classes to a virtual/online instruction format. On Monday, March 16, the University will transition classes to a virtual/online format. Instructors will contact their students with the online class plan.
  • We are working with faculty and staff who conduct performance and laboratory classes to determine the best approach for those classes, and will provide further guidance next week. This is an evolving process and I ask for your patience as we work through these items. 
  • Halle Library will remain open with reduced hours beginning on Monday.

Residence halls

  • While completing classes virtually, students are encouraged to return to their permanent place of residence due to public health recommendations for social distancing.
  • For students who choose to continue living on campus or are not able to return home, the University’s residence halls and dining facilities will remain open. Students who stay on campus must register online by Saturday, March 14, so the University can appropriately prepare and staff residence halls and dining facilities.
  • We urge all students to make the choice that is best for their own personal situations.
  • Everyone is encouraged to practice appropriate social distancing and enhanced preventative public health and hygiene measures, as we have previously shared in our campus communications.  

Employees

  • Certain designated personnel, as notified by their supervisors, may be required to work in the period between Thursday, March 11 and Sunday, March 15. All other employees should plan not to work and remain at home Thursday through Sunday to allow for greater attention to campus-wide cleaning initiatives and transition to online instruction.
  • As of Monday, March 15, all employees, other than certain designated personnel notified by their supervisors, will be expected to work remotely through March 31. Employees can return to campus to retrieve computers and necessary materials on Monday, March 15.

Events

  • Governor Whitmer today announced recommendations to cancel large events or gatherings of people.
  • Following that recommendation, all University events are canceled through the end of March. This includes tomorrow's (March 12) ribbon cutting for the new Campus Wellness Center and weekend events.
  • We have suspended scheduling any new events for the immediate future. Of course, we will continue to reassess this decision as the situation unfolds.

Travel

  • All University-related travel to international destinations is now suspended. This is a change to our previous announcement suspending only travel to countries with Level Three and Level Four travel advisories.
  • All non-essential University travel to domestic locations is also suspended. Any domestic travel requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Office of the Provost and the CFO.

I understand many of you will have questions about these actions and decisions. We are not going to have an answer right away for all questions, but you can be assured we are working through these issues as quickly as we can.

Every step we take and decision we make is focused on this overarching priority: protecting the health and safety of our campus community and guests to our campus.  

The decision to move to online instruction was made with great consideration. The objective is to minimize gatherings of large groups and avoid extended time in close proximity with one another in classrooms, dining halls, and residential buildings. Our actions are consistent with the recommendations of local, state and federal health officials on how to limit the spread of COVID-19.

There is no question that moving to online delivery of a broad array of classes and programs is a challenging undertaking. Our teams have been preparing for this possibility and we have confidence we will be ready to expand our online offerings on Monday, March 16, as noted above. That doesn’t mean all will be smooth sailing. This is a complex process -- changes and modifications to these plans as likely as we proceed. Your understanding and cooperation as we work through these matters is greatly appreciated.  

We continue to be in very close and regular contact with public health officials at the County and State, and are closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control guidance on the evolving situation. We will reevaluate our actions on an ongoing basis and share updates or modifications as more information becomes available. 

The COVID-19 situation is evolving daily. This is a difficult time for us all and for many around the world, but we will work together and get through it. Please keep those affected by the virus in your thoughts, as well as those students, faculty and staff who may have loved ones in states or nations where the outbreak is more severe. 

Oakland University

FUTURE CLASSES AND INSTRUCTION

  • In-person instruction will be suspended at 5 p.m. today and will be replaced by remote learning, effective on Monday, March 16.
  • All courses currently delivered online will continue as scheduled.
  • Remote learning will continue through the end of the semester (April 25).
  • Students in labs and clinical programs will be contacted directly by their department. We are working with faculty and staff on laboratory and performance classes, and will provide additional information in the upcoming week.
  • Students with limited or no available internet access should contact the Office of the Provost at provost@oakland.edu.

STUDENT SERVICES

  • During this period, the on-campus residence halls and apartments will remain open. If you have questions, please contact housing@oakland.edu
  • We will continue to provide dining services.
  • We strongly encourage the practice of social distancing, self-monitoring for COVID-19, and taking preventive health measures as promoted by the CDC.
  • Counseling services will be provided at Graham Counseling Center.
  • Health and medical services are available through the Graham Health Center.

TRAVEL

  • The university is suspending all university-sponsored domestic and international air travel effective immediately until further notice.
  • A faculty or staff member who believes that they have an important business reason to travel by air can request a waiver through the appropriate vice president. But, please be advised that such waivers will be rare.
  • Nonessential travel by other means (bus, van, car) is strongly discouraged.
  • The university strongly advises to avoid personal travel to areas with documented cases of the COVID-19 virus. If you do travel, you might be required to be quarantined.

EVENTS

  • We are suspending all university-sponsored events, effective immediately through April 25, including those hosted by registered student organizations and involving external visitors.
  • For purposes of this suspension, gatherings of 50 or more attendees will be postponed or canceled.
  • Where possible, organizers are encouraged to explore ways of conducting the event through live streaming or other technologies.
  • A faculty or staff member who believes that they have an essential business reason to hold an event can request a waiver through the appropriate vice president, but such waivers will be rare.
  • A final decision regarding holding Commencement ceremonies will be made at a later date. At that time, communications (email, webpage posts) will be distributed.

SUMMER STUDY ABROAD

  • At this point, all summer study abroad programs are under review, and are not canceled.
  • If a decision is made to cancel, students will be reimbursed by the University for any expenses that are not reimbursable from other sources.
  • Students should check with their academic advisor about alternative coursework for the summer.

RESEARCH AND GRADUATE STAFF

  • Research activities will continue at this time.
  • If you are engaged in research, please watch for follow-up communications.

STAFF (SICK TIME, WORK FROM HOME)

  • All other campus operations will continue at this time and campus will remain open.
  • As a reminder, Oakland University has a flexible-work arrangement procedure, which may be utilized when approved by a supervisor. Here’s the link: https://www.oakland.edu/fwa/staff/
  • The university highly recommends students, staff and faculty actively self-monitor for symptoms related to COVID-19.

Saginaw Valley State University

We care about you, and your health and well-being. The State of Michigan has confirmed two individuals have contracted the COVID-19 virus. We are monitoring the latest guidance from the state and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

The SVSU leadership team meets daily to discuss the status of this outbreak and SVSU’s operations. The team had a conference call with the Saginaw County Health Department this morning and is communicating with the department frequently. At this time, the risk for contracting the virus in our area is low, but this is a rapidly developing situation. Please remember that race or ethnicity has no bearing on the likelihood of becoming sick or transmitting disease.

Effective today (March 11), SVSU is suspending all university-sponsored international travel through at least June 30. We strongly advise faculty, staff and students to avoid personal international travel, as well.

We strongly discourage SVSU-sponsored domestic travel by faculty, staff and students, as well. Faculty, staff and students should consult with their supervisor prior to any trips. We may further restrict domestic travel with little advance notice, as circumstances warrant.

We are suspending face-to-face instruction for lecture and discussion classes and moving to online or remote instruction, effective Monday, March 16 and through at least Friday, April 17. All instructors will contact their students no later than Wednesday, March 18 to provide further information about course delivery. We are continuing to work with faculty and staff on laboratory and performance classes, and the university will provide additional guidance.

We will re-evaluate the need for remote learning before April 15 and will provide further information at that time. During this time period, students doing purely remote work can return to their permanent place of residence but for students who remain on campus, we will maintain operations in our residence halls and dining services. For campus dining, we will be taking steps to increase “grab and go” options and reduce communal dining.

Academic and student support services, as well as business operations, will remain open.

At this time, SVSU is evaluating the upcoming public events we are scheduled to host. We are planning to hold events scheduled for this weekend and will make a decision regarding future events later this week. We will continue our enhanced cleaning and sanitation procedures, and we will encourage our visitors to practice good hygiene, as we all should be doing, and to consider their personal health in connection with the implications of large gatherings. Again, this could change with little advance notice.

Lake Superior State University

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, we are suspending all face-to-face instruction through at least Friday, April 17, 2020, and are moving to an online/virtual learning environment.

The possibility of resuming classes is subject to ongoing evaluation by the University.  The Provost, Dr. Lynn Gillette, will provide specific information to faculty members about instructional delivery later today.  Students should be in contact with their instructors regarding course delivery.  Also, all students, faculty, and staff should check their LSSU email accounts regularly for updates.

Residence halls and dining services will remain in operation.

Recreational use of the Norris Center is suspended until Friday, April 17, 2020.

Administrative offices and services on campus will continue normal operations.  All employees of the University should report for work.  As a precaution, the University is encouraging higher-risk employees to contact the Director of Human Resources to discuss potential accommodations for working remotely.

Effective immediately, March 11, 2020, through at least Friday, April 17, 2020, all international and domestic University-sponsored or endorsed travel by students, faculty, and staff is suspended, regardless of the funding source.  Athletics events will follow NCAA and GLIAC guidelines and recommendations.  Any essential travel must be approved by the Emergency Response Taskforce.

Visitors to Campus

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, we are regrettably unable to welcome visitors to campus until at least Friday, April 17, 2020. Daily campus tours, information sessions, open houses, and visits are canceled. All conferences and events with attendees that are not LSSU faculty, students, or staff are canceled or postponed. We ask students to refrain from inviting personal guests to campus during this time, with the exception of family members assisting with travel arrangements.

Employees with Symptoms or Potential Exposure

If you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, please stay home and contact the Director of Human Resources VIA PHONE at (906) 635-2213 for information about next steps. If you have symptoms of Coronavirus, please contact the LSSU Healthcare Center VIA PHONE at (906) 635-2110 or War Memorial Hospital at (906) 635-4460, for information on next steps.

Students with Symptoms or Potential Exposure

If you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, please stay home and contact the Dean of Student Affairs VIA PHONE at (906) 635-2236 for information about next steps. If you have symptoms of Coronavirus, please contact the LSSU Healthcare Center VIA PHONE at (906) 635-2110 or War Memorial Hospital at (906) 635-4460, for information on next steps.

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Jerm
Wed, 03/11/2020 - 5:47pm

If the schools were at all concerned about preventing the spread of the virus, they would have done this back in January before everyone already got the virus. It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when the symptoms will show.

Anonymous
Thu, 03/12/2020 - 3:07pm

How can you blame the schools with such poor leadership from the president? Not many people in this country have even been tested for COVID19 to the present day! You literally have to beg to be tested, even when you have all the symptoms, if you haven't traveled to the specific suspect countries, as though there has ever been any serious attempt at containment.

Hank Cetola
Thu, 03/12/2020 - 8:32am

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Annmarie
Tue, 04/21/2020 - 3:48pm

I'm not ure exactly why but thi blog iss loading very <br>
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skow for me. Is anyone else having this issue or is it a issue on my end?<br>
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I'll chdck back lwter on and see if the problem still exists.<br>
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Annmarie
Tue, 04/21/2020 - 3:48pm

I'm not sure exactly why but this blog is loading very slow for me.<br>
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Is anyone else having this issue or is it a issue oon my end?<br>
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I'll check back later on and see if the problem still exists.<br>
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Also visit my homepage ... <a href="https://www.gillmeister-software.com/">Sort lists online</a>