Health and Safety Levels—September 2021 Update

The Return to Campus—Health and Safety Levels Protocol—September 2021 Update replaces the Health and Safety Levels Protocol—August 2021 Update.

Effective Date

September 18, 2021

Expiration Date

Until Rescinded

I. Purpose

The Michigan Technological University Health and Safety Levels Protocol has been updated. Carefully maintaining employee and student presence on campus aligns with Michigan Tech’s educational mission and is essential for the economic health of the University, our employees, and the region.

II. Overview

The Health and Safety Levels are designed to provide Michigan Tech with the agility to respond to COVID-19 on campus and in the local community in real time with scientifically informed, practical, and targeted steps.

The COVID-19 Health and Safety Levels provide flexibility, to the extent reasonably possible, for those who are at higher risk for complications from the virus or who have an immediate household member in that category. At the same time, the Health and Safety Levels permit students and employees to be on campus with mitigation efforts tailored to real-time metrics, such as the presence of the virus in the campus community; the presence of the virus in the local community; the health care capacity in the local community; and relevant local, state, and federal guidance and orders.

III. Current Health and Safety Level

The current Health and Safety Level can be found on the MTU Flex website. Changes in Health and Safety Level are announced via email and text message and on the University’s website.

IV. Table of Health and Safety Levels

Below is a table that outlines the applicable mitigation efforts for each Health and Safety Level. Please note that all of these mitigation efforts are subject to change to align with scientific developments and local, state, and federal guidance and orders. Additional mitigation efforts are outlined in section V, below.

Health and Safety Levels
  Level One Level Two Level Three Level Four Level Five
Instruction Face-to-face. Face-to-face. Face-to-face or mixed modality, depending on circumstances. Mixed modality. Remote.
Face Coverings Not required, but are permitted. Required indoors for vaccinated and unvaccinated, consistent with CDC recommendations, with the exception of the SDC and Gates Tennis Center, where face coverings remain recommended for all. Required indoors for vaccinated and unvaccinated, consistent with CDC recommendations.

Required indoors for vaccinated and unvaccinated, consistent with CDC recommendations.

Required indoors for vaccinated and unvaccinated, consistent with CDC recommendations. May be required outdoors at gatherings, depending on circumstances.
Testing No on-campus testing. Follow recommendations from your health care provider or the Health Department. Symptomatic and asymptomatic. Symptomatic and asymptomatic. Symptomatic and asymptomatic. Symptomatic and asymptomatic.
Contact Tracing Health Department. Health Department. Health Department. Health Department. Health Department.
Employee Presence on Campus Normal operations. Normal operations. Normal operations. Unit-based decisions. Limited personnel on campus.
Building Status Usual. Usual. Usual. Usual. Usual with some spaces hibernated.
Common Areas Open. Open. Mostly open. Mostly closed. Closed.
Group Gathering Sizes No restrictions. Consistent with current State rules. Consistent with current State rules. Consistent with current State rules. None.
Visitors Permitted. Permitted. Permitted. Those consistent with University mission only—must symptom monitor and follow protocols. Only essential contractors with VP permission—must symptom monitor and follow protocols.
Travel Restrictions

Travel requires standard approval procedures and may require quarantine upon return, depending on presence of virus in location traveled to and on carrier used. Quarantine requirement may not be known in advance.

Travel Restrictions Note: Michigan Tech follows current CDC guidance regarding international travel.
Additional Resources:

Travel requires standard approval procedures and may require quarantine upon return, depending on presence of virus in location traveled to and on carrier used. Quarantine requirement may not be known in advance.

Travel Restrictions Note:

Michigan Tech follows current CDC guidance regarding international travel.
Additional Resources:

Travel requires standard approval procedures and may require quarantine upon return, depending on presence of virus in location traveled to and on carrier used. Quarantine requirement may not be known in advance.

Travel Restrictions Note:

Michigan Tech follows current CDC guidance regarding international travel.
Additional Resources:

Only essential travel permitted, requiring VP approval. International and domestic travel may require quarantine upon return, depending on presence of virus in location traveled to and on carrier used. Quarantine requirement may not be known in advance.

Travel Restrictions Note:

Michigan Tech follows current CDC guidance regarding international travel.
Additional Resources:

No University sponsored travel.

Travel Restrictions Note:

Michigan Tech follows current CDC guidance regarding international travel.
Additional Resources:

V. Additional Health and Safety Guidelines

  1. Vaccination

    In accordance with the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force requirements, all employees must be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022.

    Michigan Tech does not require students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. However, Michigan Tech strongly urges members of the community to receive the vaccine in order to help ensure the health and safety of our campus.

  2. Quarantine Guidelines
    The following guidelines must be followed by all students, employees, and visitors to campus who test positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19.

    Quarantine Guidelines
      Unvaccinated Vaccinated
    If you test positive for COVID-19

    Isolate

    Until cleared by the health department (usually 10 days, but may vary).

    If you are exposed to COVID-19 and have no symptoms

    Quarantine

    Until cleared by the health department (usually 14 days, but may vary).

    Get Tested

    3-5 days after date of exposure. Wear a mask in public for 14 days or until negative test result. Quarantine not required.

    If you are exposed to COVID-19 and have ANY symptoms of COVID-19

    Get Tested and Isolate

    If positive, isolate until cleared by health department (usually 10 days).


    If negative, quarantine until cleared by health department (usually 14 days).


    If you do not get tested, you may return to campus when 24 hours with no fever, other COVID-19 symptoms (if any) are improving, AND it has been 10 days since symptoms first appeared.

    Get Tested and Isolate

    If positive, isolate until cleared by health department (usually 10 days).


    If negative, please do not come to campus while sick. You may return to campus when 24 hours with no fever, other symptoms of COVID-19 (if any) are improving, AND you are feeling well enough to come to campus.


    If you do not get tested, you may return to campus when 24 hours with no fever, other COVID-19 symptoms (if any) are improving, AND it has been 10 days since symptoms first appeared.

    If you have ANY symptoms of COVID-19 and no known exposure

    Get Tested and Isolate

    If positive, isolate until cleared by health department (usually 10 days).


    If negative, please do not come to campus while sick. You may return to campus when 24 hours with no fever, other symptoms of COVID-19 (if any) are improving, AND you are feeling well enough to come to campus.


    If you do not get tested, you may return to campus when 24 hours with no fever, other COVID-19 symptoms (if any) are improving, AND it has been 10 days since symptoms first appeared.

  3. Symptom Tracking.
    1. When in Health and Safety Levels One and Two, students and employees are not required to monitor their symptoms daily prior to coming to campus, but it remains recommended that individuals are cognizant of their own symptoms. A useful monitoring tool, if desired, is available from the CDC.
    2. Depending on State rules and requirements, students, employees, and visitors may be required to monitor their symptoms daily prior to coming to campus when in Health and Safety Levels Three and Four in order to protect the health and safety of the campus community.
    1.  
  4. Testing Program.
    In fall 2021, Michigan Tech offers free on-demand testing to all students, employees, and their minor children. Testing details are available on the MTU Flex website. Due to HIPAA restrictions, testing is not offered to student or employee spouses or children 18 or older.
  5. Wastewater Monitoring Program.
    During the 2020-21 academic year and the fall 2021 semester, Jennifer Becker, associate professor in Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering; Eric Seagren, professor in Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering; and Caryn Heldt, professor in Chemical Engineering, lead a wastewater monitoring program that provides monitoring of COVID-19 wastewater at various points throughout campus. The data from the Wastewater Monitoring Program is combined with testing data to monitor the overall presence of COVID-19 on campus and to adjust mitigation measures, as needed, in response.
  6. Contact Tracing and Notification.
    1. Permission to contact trace and notify close contacts.
      Any person who comes to campus agrees to comply with all terms of this protocol and, in the event that they test positive for COVID-19, agrees to share their test result with the University and to cooperate with the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) to trace their close contacts. The WUPHD will not share the name of the person who tested positive.
    2. Case investigation and contact tracing.
      1. Every individual who tests positive for COVID-19 will be interviewed by the WUPHD to determine their activities and the individuals they were in close contact with in the 48 hours prior to becoming symptomatic or, if asymptomatic, in the 48 hours prior to testing. This is called case investigation.   
      2. Michigan Tech commits that it will not impose disciplinary measures on students or employees as a result of information revealed about activities—either your own or those of others—for the purpose of contact tracing
      3. Every employee and student who tests positive for COVID-19 and has been on campus or at a Michigan Tech–affiliated event in the 48 hours prior to becoming symptomatic or, if asymptomatic, in the 48 hours prior to testing must report their positive test result through the MTU Flex Portal or by contacting the Dean of Students Office at deanofstudents@mtu.edu (students) or Human Resources at 906-487-2280 (employees).  
      4. Every close contact of a person who tests positive will be contacted by the state health department and receive instructions regarding quarantine, if appropriate. Michigan Tech does not receive information regarding close contacts from the WUPHD. Employees should contact their supervisor and Human Resources to make appropriate arrangements if they are placed in quarantine. Students placed in quarantine should contact their instructors directly and, if additional assistance is needed, contact the Dean of Students Office.
      5. If an employee tests positive, other employees working in the same physical area will be notified that another individual working in the same area tested positive. The name of the individual who tests positive will not be provided for privacy reasons. These other employees are not required to quarantine unless they are an unvaccinated close contact. Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) will evaluate each occurrence of a positive employee on campus and work with Facilities to ensure appropriate cleaning is performed.  
      6. In the event that the WUPHD determines that there may have been community exposure in a location and sufficient notifications cannot be made individually, additional information will be provided to the University community regarding potential community exposure locations.
  7. Isolation and Quarantine.
    1. Isolation.
      Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate until cleared by the WUPHD to return to the community. If you are in isolation, you should stay away from other people, including in your own household—stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom, if possible. If you are in residential housing and do not have your own bedroom, you will be moved to an isolation space and provided meals and other essentials. These spaces may also be made available to off-campus students with roommates who are unable to effectively isolate, if space is available.
    2. Quarantine.

      Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. Close contacts of a person who tests positive for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine for 14 days from the date of their last exposure to the positive person, unless fully vaccinated and without symptoms. If you are in quarantine, you should watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19. If you are in residential housing, you will be contacted with instructions regarding how and where to quarantine and will be provided meals and other essentials. If you have questions, please contact housing@mtu.edu.

    3. Remote options while in isolation or quarantine.
      1. If available, students may continue instruction remotely while in isolation or quarantine. Not all courses will be available remotely, and faculty may work with students in different ways during this time. Students in isolation or quarantine remain responsible for completing their work under the usual deadlines. If a student is too ill to complete their schoolwork, the student should contact the Dean of Students Office at deanofstudents@mtu.edu for assistance in making appropriate arrangements with faculty.
      2. Employees who are able to work remotely may do so while in isolation or quarantine with supervisor approval. Employees should reach out to their supervisor to make appropriate arrangements for remote work and set expectations regarding remote work.  
      3. Employees who are not able to work remotely while in isolation or quarantine should contact Human Resources at 906-487-2280 for further guidance.
  8. Face Coverings Required.
    At Health and Safety Level One, face coverings are not required, but are permitted. At Health and Safety Level Two, face coverings are required indoors in shared spaces for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, with the exception of the SDC and Gates Tennis Center, where face coverings remain recommended for all. When in Health and Safety Levels Three, Four, and Five, all individuals on campus are required to wear a face covering while in campus buildings unless working alone in their own office with the door closed. At Level Five, individuals may be required to wear a face covering outdoors depending on the circumstances. Additional information regarding MTU’s face covering requirement can be found on the MTU Flex website.
    1. While the University is at Health and Safety Levels Two through Five, in no instance will face-to-face instruction occur if everyone in the room is not wearing a face covering. Faculty will be informed if a student has an accommodation for a specific kind of face covering. If a student comes to class without a face covering, the faculty member will remind the student that a face covering must be worn. If the student refuses, the faculty member will ask the student to leave the classroom. If the student still refuses to wear a face covering and refuses to leave the classroom, the instructor is not permitted to hold class. If this situation arises, the instructor must refer the matter to the Office of Academic and Community Conduct.
    2. Regardless of Health and Safety Level, instructors may wear specially designed face shields while teaching class.
  9. Persons who are permitted on campus under this protocol and who test positive for COVID-19 must immediately report the positive test result. Reporting may be completed in the MTU Flex Portal or students may contact the Dean of Students Office at deanofstudents@mtu.edu and employees may contact Human Resources at 906-487-2280.
  10. Travel Restrictions.
    1. University Travel Restrictions
      University travel restrictions are listed in the table in section IV, above.
    2. Travel Restrictions on Access to Campus
      1. Domestic Travel.
        There are currently no geographical restrictions on domestic travel and individuals’ access to campus.
      2. International Travel

        Michigan Tech follows current CDC guidance regarding international travel.
        Additional Resources:

VI. Obtaining Medical Assistance

If you believe it is possible you have contracted COVID-19, please immediately contact Upper Great Lakes (906-483-1860), UP Health System Portage (906-483-1000), or Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital (906-337-6500) for medical advice. Please call ahead and tell them about your concerns.

Contacts

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

History

Effective: September 18, 2021