Health Alert: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Campus Health and Safety Level: Level Three

Michigan Tech will return to campus for fall 2020. We have successfully completed our Return to Campus Plan and transitioned to the Health and Safety Levels system that we will maintain from the fall semester forward.

Visit the MTU Flex website for the latest updates on our plans and preparations for the 2020-21 academic year.

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

Michigan Tech is planning to welcome students, faculty, and staff back to campus for the start of the 2020-21 academic year. We are ready to pivot between face-to-face and remote instruction when necessary.

We are developing a comprehensive, strategic health screening process to detect, monitor, and trace any potential COVID-19 presence on campus. Behavior on campus will be guided by our Health and Safety Levels, which are based on the COVID-19 public health situation on campus and in the community, the fall academic calendar, and the strength of the local health care system.

Visit the MTU Flex website the latest updates on our plans.


If you have questions, please email

COVID-19 Symptoms

According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. People with the symptoms listed below may have COVID-19. Persons are not permitted on campus if in the last 24 hours they experienced any of the following symptoms for a reason not attributable to a known condition other than COVID-19:

  • Fever (100.4 F or higher) or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Employees and students who meet this criteria will be asked to obtain a COVID-19 test or contact their medical provider for advice. MTU follows CDC guidance regarding when it is safe to return to campus.

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).

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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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.