Health Alert: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

President Koubek's Message to Faculty, Staff, and Students

COVID-19 has certainly changed our campus in an unprecedented way, at an unprecedented pace. And, while I believe our combined efforts are helping to “flatten the curve,” we must continue to remain vigilant in protecting ourselves, our health care providers, and those most vulnerable in our community from the effects of this virus—even if it means taking extraordinary precautions. Included are a few updates for our students and employees in this regard. Read more.

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An outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus named "2019 Novel Coronavirus" or "COVID-19" is affecting a large number of countries around the world, including the United States. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring developments and travel advisories are in place.

Michigan Tech Updates

The University is working closely with the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department and following the guidance of the CDC in monitoring COVID-19 developments. We have a pandemic preparedness plan in place, and six University task forces have convened to prepare for and respond to implications and impacts for the campus community.

COVID-19 protocols are in place and updates and frequently asked questions are organized by audience:


If you have questions, please email

COVID-19 Symptoms

The following symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

As a precaution, please follow these recommended guidelines from the CDC if you are not feeling well. Most importantly, if you are feeling ill, please seek medical care right away. Call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms before going to the emergency room at UP Health System Portage (906-483-1000), Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital (906-337-6500), or Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center-Houghton Clinic (906-483-1860, located in the SDC).

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Additionally, all students and employees are asked to remain away from campus for 14 days if you have a fever and any one of the following:

We are working collectively to maximize the available services on campus for employees and students who choose to be present during this time, while remaining consistent with CDC guidance and the State Executive Orders. Your strict adherence to these guidelines will help us accomplish that goal.

Travel Advisories

For the most up-to-date travel advisories please visit CDC's Information for Travel and the US Department of State Travel Advisories. If your travel could have exposed you to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), or if you think you have been exposed in other ways, please fill out Michigan Tech's returning travelers form.

Returning Travelers Form

Michigan Tech Travel Restrictions

Effective March 23, there is a need for additional guidance regarding travel by students, faculty, and staff in order to protect the safety of the Michigan Tech community and the local community, while continuing to advance the University's mission.

COVID-19 Stay at Home Protocol

Frequently Asked Questions

Additional frequently asked questions are organized by audience:

General FAQs


Ethnic harassment or bullying exacerbates hatred, harms individuals, and is never justified, no matter the circumstances. These behaviors cultivate misunderstanding and fear, and hurt all of us.

Michigan Tech does not tolerate discrimination or harassment. As a University, we strive to ensure that all students, faculty, and staff are able to study, work, teach, and learn in an environment that is healthy, safe, and free from bias or discrimination.

Through our own language and conduct, we must demonstrate that health and tolerance are compatible values. Both are central elements of educational excellence.

For more information or assistance, contact the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at or 906-487-2920, or Institutional Equity at or 906-487-3310. You can also report a concern.