This three-step plan for returning to campus was developed using guidance from local, state, and federal authorities. While we are dedicated to having Michigan Tech return to face-to-face instruction as soon as possible, the COVID-19 public health situation requires all of us to remain flexible and work together for the greater good of our community.
All return-to-campus guidance will be contingent on state orders and/or guidelines, as well as Michigan Tech's own health and safety evaluations.
Virtual Town Hall: Plan to Return to Campus
MTU Flex Task Force held a virtual town hall for Michigan Tech's plan to return to campus for fall 2020 on Monday, May 11, 2020.
Limited to a small number of faculty and staff only
Step One will begin the reopening process. Most faculty and staff will continue to work remotely, if possible. For those who are returning to work on campus, enhanced health and safety protocols will be enacted for their safety and the safety of the Michigan Tech community.
The goals for operation under Step One are as follows:
- Campus services will begin operating at 15-25 percent capacity.
- Those present on campus will be required to self-monitor for symptoms daily.
- The Michigan Tech COVID-19 testing program will be launched for symptomatic individuals.
- Contact tracing and notification protocols for presumptive positive cases will be implemented.
- Everyone on campus will be required to follow sanitation and hygiene requirements as determined by Michigan Tech.
- The University will implement enhanced cleaning protocols.
Common areas will remain closed, including lounges and break rooms. Individuals must wear their face covering at all times indoors with the only exception being a fixed wall room with a closed door. No more than 10 people will be allowed in a shared space on campus at any given time. Additionally, some critical travel may resume at a vice presidential level, evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
The J. R. Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library, the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, dining facilities, and computer labs will remain closed to the public. Food and transportation services will also remain closed. Research labs will begin to reopen. The University will host no in-person public events during this period, but the golf course and Tech Trails will remain open for use by those employing social distancing measures.
We Are Currently In Step Two
More employees return to work, some buildings open to public
Step Two will allow for more individuals to return to campus and will start the reopening of some public buildings and retail services, while continuing to prioritize the health and well-being of the Michigan Tech community. Remote work and study will still be encouraged during Step Two, especially for those who are among more vulnerable populations or are caring for those at risk.
The goals for operation under Step Two are as follows:
- Campus services will begin operating at 25-50 percent capacity.
- Testing capabilities will expand to include testing for asymptomatic individuals.
- A minimal number of visitors will be allowed on campus with mandatory symptom monitoring.
- The University will begin a social awareness and education campaign regarding new protocols.
- No more than 50 people will be allowed in a shared space at one time.
- The goals set forth in Step One will be maintained.
Common areas will remain closed, including lounges and break rooms. Individuals must still remain six feet apart. Individuals must wear their face covering at all times indoors with the only exception being a fixed wall room with a closed door. Employees who work in cubicles or other shared working spaces will begin a staggered work schedule.
The J. R. Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library will reopen with limited occupancy, services, and hours. Computer labs may begin reopening. No official group events will be allowed during this time and the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts will remain closed. Some structured tours for prospective students may resume. The Student Development Complex may begin reopening with appropriate social distancing and hygiene measures if allowed by applicable guidance.
Near-normal operations, students return to campus
Step Three will bring Michigan Tech back to near-normal operations as students return to campus for the beginning of the fall 2020 semester. Most individuals will be returning to campus; however, enhanced hygiene and social distancing protocols will continue. Those who need to work or study from home due to health concerns will be encouraged to do so.
The goals for operation under Step Three are as follows:
- Campus services will begin operating at 75-80 percent capacity.
- Residential halls will open for students.
- Dining services will open with enhanced social distancing and hygiene measures in place.
- The goals outlined in Steps One and Two will be maintained.
Some common areas may begin reopening as long as social distancing and hygiene protocols are maintained. Individuals must still remain six feet apart. Individuals must wear their face covering at all times indoors with the only exception being a fixed wall room with a closed door. Employees who work in cubicles or other shared working spaces may begin working a regular schedule. Some travel may resume.
The J. R. Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library will be open for research and to check out materials, with social distancing measures and hygiene stations in place. The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts may reopen.
Classes will be offered via face-to-face and remote instruction, or in some combination of the two. Determinations about how classes will be taught will be made based on course section, type, and size. Dining services will resume operations with limited seating capacity and grab-and-go dining made available across campus. Limited transportation services will resume.