Health Alert: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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COVID-19 Stay at Home Protocol

Effective immediately, the COVID-19 Stay at Home Protocol replaces all other Michigan Tech COVID-19 Protocols except the COVID-19 Pandemic Leave Protocol, which remains in effect.

Effective Date

March 24, 2020

Expiration Date

April 13, 2020

I. Purpose

On March 23, 2020, Governor Whitmer ordered everyone in Michigan to stay at home with only specific exceptions to prevent further spread of COVID-19 (Executive Order 2020-21, the “Michigan Stay Home, Stay Safe Order”). This protocol is put in place in order to comply with the Governor’s order and assist in the statewide and nationwide effort to prevent and limit the spread of COVID-19, including among the University community and our local community.

II. Remote Work Required

Except as specifically addressed herein, all University employees who are able to perform their work remotely are required to do so, except when on approved leave or sick leave. See the COVID-19 Pandemic Leave Protocol for details on leave related to COVID-19.

III. No Visitors Permitted on Campus

For the duration of the Michigan Stay Home, Stay Safe Order, no visitors are permitted on campus except Tech Trails members, who may utilize the Tech Trails so long as social distancing of at least six feet is maintained from anyone not of their household.

IV. Employees and Students Permitted on Campus

Only employees and students described in this section may be on campus for the duration of the Michigan Stay Home, Stay Safe Order.

  1. Students residing in residential housing.
    Under the Michigan Stay Home, Stay Safe Order, students are permitted to move out of the residence halls while the order is in effect.
    1. In order to aid in facilitating move-outs, each student may be assisted by no more than two individuals who are not in the same residential housing facility as the student.
    2. The individuals assisting with move-out may not have a temperature of 100.4°F or higher, cough, trouble breathing, or otherwise feel ill.
    3. The individuals assisting with move-out must adhere to social distancing at all times, except while jointly carrying a heavy object.
  2. Employees of the Department of Public Safety and Police Services.
  3. Employees of Residential Housing who are identified by the Vice President for Student Affairs as personnel necessary to support the health, safety, and welfare of students remaining in residential housing at this time.
  4. Faculty identified by the Provost as requiring access to campus to allow the University to facilitate distance learning.
  5. Faculty, staff, and graduate students identified by the Vice President of Research as requiring access to campus to conduct minimum basic operations, including to maintain the value of inventory and equipment.
  6. Facilities and Dining Services personnel identified by the Senior Vice President of Administration as requiring access to campus to perform minimum basic operations, including those necessary to support the residential housing facilities.
  7. Information Technology personnel identified by the Chief Information Officer as requiring access to campus to conduct minimum basic operations.
  8. Human Resources and Financial Services personnel identified by the Senior Vice President of Administration who are unable to fully perform essential tasks remotely and whose presence on campus is required to conduct minimum basic operations.
  9. Communications, Admissions, and Financial Aid personnel identified by the Vice President of University Relations and Enrollment who are required to access campus to enable the University to conduct minimum basic operations.
  10. Contractors identified by the Senior Vice President of Administration as requiring access to campus to enable the University to conduct minimum basic operations.

V. Restrictions on Students and Employees on Campus 

  1. Students and employees permitted on campus under the terms of this protocol may not gather in groups of more than 10 people within one shared space. In addition, individuals on campus must maintain at least six feet of distance between themselves and others.
  2. The six-foot restriction does not apply within students’ individual rooms, but is encouraged to the extent possible. Occupancy may not exceed the number of students currently assigned to a room.
  3. Consistent with the Michigan Stay Home, Stay Safe Order, students who remain living on campus are not permitted to visit residence halls other than their own.

VI. Travel Restrictions

  1. University Travel Restrictions
    1. No University Travel is permitted to any international locations.
    2. No University Travel is permitted to domestic locations unless it is permitted under the Michigan Stay Home, Stay Safe Order. Requests for approval for domestic University Travel during the duration of the Michigan Stay Home, Stay Safe Order should be sent to the Office of General Counsel at hereid@mtu.edu
  2. Personal Travel Reporting
    Students, faculty, and staff who are in residential housing or are permitted on campus under this protocol and who traveled to or from international locations in the last 14 days are required to self-report their travel. Reporting may be completed online or by contacting the Office of the General Counsel at 906-487-2229.

VII. Reporting Contacts and Precautionary Measures

  1. Reporting Known or Suspected Contact
    Students, faculty, and staff who are in residential housing or are permitted on campus under this protocol who interacted with a person known or suspected to have COVID-19 within the last 14 days are required to self-report their contact. Reporting may be completed online or by contacting the Office of the General Counsel at 906-487-2229.
  2. 14-day Campus Prohibition
    Students, faculty, and staff who either suspect they have been exposed to COVID-19 or return from international travel are prohibited from returning to campus for 14 days after their return to the United States or the end of their suspected exposure, whichever is later. We encourage these individuals to self-isolate during this 14-day period. These individuals may not return to campus prior to the expiration of the 14-day window.
  3. Self-Monitoring
    Students, faculty, and staff who do not need to report travel or contact under the guidelines above, but who have traveled on cruise ships or to other locations where COVID-19 is present in the last 14 days, are asked to self-monitor.
  4. Individuals Exhibiting Symptoms

    No one is permitted on campus, even if otherwise permitted by this protocol, if they exhibit the following or have close contact with someone who exhibits the following: 


    1. Temperature of 100.4°F or higher; or
    2. Atypical cough; or
    3. Atypical shortness of breath. 

    Individuals who are symptomatic themselves must remain off campus for 3 days after all symptoms have concluded and 7 days after symptoms began or they tested positive for COVID-19.  Individuals who have been in close contact with someone who is symptomatic or has tested positive for COVID-19 must remain off campus for 14 days after their last contact with the individual or until they test negative for COVID-19. 

VIII. Obtaining Medical Assistance and Informing Campus

If you develop a fever, atypical cough, or atypical shortness of breath and you believe it is possible you have contracted COVID-19, please immediately contact UP Health System Portage (906-483-1000) or Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital (906-337-6500). Please call ahead and tell them about your symptoms. In addition, email covid-19@mtu.edu to let us know you have developed symptoms.

Contacts

Sarah Schulte, General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Trustees

History

Amended: April 3, 2020, in accordance with Executive Order 2020-36 

Effective: March 24, 2020