Month: February 2020

Email to Students, Staff, and Faculty

By Scott Wendt, Manager of Health and Safety, Environmental Health and Safety

Michigan Technological University continues to monitor developments related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at this time COVID-19 is NOT currently spreading in communities in the United States. The immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is currently believed to be low. However, this continues to be a rapidly evolving situation; the CDC is continuously monitoring developments.

At this time there are no known COVID-19 cases in the State of Michigan or on our campus. The University is continuing to monitor the health and safety of our campus community and is working in conjunction with local and state health officials to assess risk levels. 

In addition to the previously announced (January 31) University travel restriction to China, today the University is adding South Korea to the travel restrictions following the CDC’s advisory to  avoid all nonessential travel to both countries.

The university has updated the Health Alerts website with this information and will continue to update information on COVID-19 precautions pertinent to our University community.

Please feel free to contact Scott (srwendt@mtu.edu) with questions.


Email to Students: Answering Your Questions About Coronavirus as it Relates to Study Abroad

By Vienna Chapin, Study Abroad Program Specialist

I am sure you’ve been hearing about the Coronavirus, and you may be wondering what the impact might be on your plans to study abroad this summer. As always, your safety is our top priority. I am contacting you to ensure that you are aware of the new alerts regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and where to find this information. We encourage you to stay informed on the situation as it relates to your upcoming Michigan Tech faculty-led study abroad program.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring developments around an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The most up-to-date information on travel advisors can be found at CDC’s Information for Travel.

Michigan Tech University has updated the Health Alerts website with this information and will continue to update information on COVID-19 precautions pertinent to our University community.

Michigan Tech Study Abroad staff is working closely with Michigan Tech University Environmental Health and Safety, and with your Michigan Tech study abroad faculty to monitor the situation, and will be in communication with you should the status of your upcoming Michigan Tech faculty-led study abroad program change.

I understand you may be concerned about your health and safety as it relates to studying abroad. If you have any questions, please contact me by email vrchapin@mtu.edu, or by phone 906-487-1876.


Travel Restriction for South Korea

By President’s Office

A community outbreak of the respiratory illness, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus, COVID-19 has continued to spread to multiple countries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to closely monitor developments and has issued a Warning Level 3, for South Korea. This warning instructs travelers to avoid nonessential travel to South Korea.

Consistent with the CDC recommendation, Michigan Tech is issuing a University-wide travel restriction for the entire country of South Korea. The restriction applies to faculty, staff, and students. If you have essential travel to South Korea scheduled, please contact the Office of General Counsel at 906-487-2318.

At this point in time the CDC lists both China and South Korea as Warning Level 3. The University is still restricting travel to the entire country of China. Previous communication regarding travel restrictions to China was issued on January 31.

The University administration continues to monitor the situation for developments and will update the campus community as necessary. For Michigan-specific information on the coronavirus, please visit the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services webpage.

To get more information and view all updates, visit: mtu.edu/covid-19


Upcoming Study Abroad Program Information

Michigan Tech Study Abroad staff is working closely with the University and with study abroad program partners to monitor the situation and will be in communication with students should the status of any upcoming study abroad programs change. If you have any questions, please contact the Michigan Tech Study Abroad Program Specialist, Vienna Chapin by email vrchapin@mtu.edu, or by phone (906) 487-1876.