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.
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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
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
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
Additional frequently asked questions are organized by audience:
- Information for Faculty
- Information for Staff
- Information for Students
- Information for the Community
What steps is the University taking to address COVID-19?
Information on Michigan Tech's plans for fall 2020 is available on the MTU Flex website.
What additional cleaning measures is the University undertaking?
In the spring, essential critical infrastructure workers who remained on campus received training from our environmental health and safety officer with guidance from the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department.
During the fall semester, a specific plan will be put in place for public spaces, water fountains, and other high-contact areas. Building custodians will be spending less time in departmental spaces so that they can redirect their effort to more frequent sanitizing of high-frequency touchpoints such as water fountains, doorknobs, light switches, elevator buttons and handles.
Custodians will visit offices on a weekly basis for vacuuming and maintenance checks. University Departments will need to do their part by bringing their trash and recycling to common designated area(s) within their building and regularly wiping high-frequency touchpoints within their individual offices, office suites, kitchenettes, and break rooms.
I'm concerned that I may have been exposed to COVID-19. What should I do?
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).
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.
What is the Husky Emergency Assistance Program?
The Husky Emergency Assistance Fund has been established to help members of the Michigan Tech campus community (students and employees) who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of crises such as the COVID-19 situation. To learn more visit Husky Emergency Assistance Fund or call 906-487-1567.
Where can I find credible information about COVID-19, its symptoms, and how to prevent its spread?
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have a dedicated COVID-19 website and provide regular updates on all aspects of the disease including the facts about COVID-19. You may also want to review the information provided by the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health.
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Through our own language and conduct, we must demonstrate that health and tolerance are compatible values. Both are central elements of educational excellence.
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