Day: March 23, 2020

Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order and Campus Operations

By: Jackie Huntoon, Provost and Senior VP for Academic Affairs

As you may already be aware, at a press conference today Governor Whitmer announced Executive Order 2020-21, “Stay Home, Stay Safe,” requiring the people of the state of Michigan to stay at home. This order is effective at 12:01 a.m. on March 24 and will continue until at least April 13. The University’s COVID-19 Stay at Home Protocol specifies what this means on campus.

Why a Stay at Home Order is Necessary:

The executive order was issued to suppress the rate of spread of COVID-19 in an attempt to prevent the state’s health care system from being overwhelmed. COVID-19 is easily spread from person to person and the number of cases continues to grow rapidly in Michigan.

Working together to slow the spread of the disease will allow the production of critical test kits, ventilators, and personal protective equipment. We need the supply to catch up with the demand to avoid needless deaths and protect the lives of health care workers.

Leaders in places already hit hard by the virus are consistent in their assertions that others should not wait until the crisis is at hand before taking action.

We are fortunate that no cases have been confirmed in our area so far — but we can’t expect that to last. Our best chance of keeping the number of cases at a manageable level is to follow the executive order and stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary to go out. We all need to ask ourselves before making any trip out of the house whether or not the trip warrants putting our own or others’ health at risk. We are all going to need food and medicine, but most of our regular trips to town or campus can and must wait.

At this point we need to assume we have the disease, and it is our job to make sure we don’t give it to anyone else. The best way to do that is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.

What this Means for Faculty and Staff:

This means stay at home unless you absolutely must go out.

To comply with the executive order, only essential personnel with written permission to enter a University building will be allowed access. University leaders (vice presidents, dean, chairs, directors, and others) are working now to determine who will be given permission to enter based on health and safety considerations, a need to access equipment used for remote instruction, or involvement with research that requires ongoing human support and attention. No one else will be allowed to enter any University facility (however, students will still be able to access their residence halls).

Letters to those who have been granted access based on recommendation from their chair, dean, or supervisor will receive written documentation of their right to enter from a vice president. Letters from vice presidents will be issued beginning the evening of March 23, 2020. Individuals’ access will be explicitly limited to specific buildings and rooms.

Building access will be restricted starting at 12:01 a.m. on March 24, 2020. After that deadline, special exception requests for access will need to be approved by a vice president. A process for requesting access is being developed and information will be released soon. Special exception requests will only be approved if allowable under the executive order, and access will only be granted for a limited amount of time (for example, one hour).

What this Means for Students:

Students living in the residence halls or in the Houghton area will be allowed to remain. However, students will no longer be able to access any University classroom, laboratory, shop, computer lab, or other facility. After 12:01 a.m. on March 24, University facilities will be open only to serve essential functions.

Updates and Other Information:

As we all continue to navigate the COVID-19 challenge, many questions will emerge. Please continue to submit your questions to Questions will be answered individually when possible, and Michigan Tech’s COVID-19 website addresses FAQs. You can also refer to Research FAQs, Grad School FAQs, HR FAQs, and Facilities FAQs.

We are all in an extremely challenging situation and I am impressed by the fortitude, resourcefulness, and optimism exhibited by people across Michigan Tech and throughout our local community. We should all be proud of ourselves. I am honored to be a member of the Huskies family.

Jackie Huntoon
Provost and Senior VP for Academic Affairs

Stay at Home Order for MTU Residents

By Matthew Weekley, Director of Housing Auxiliary Operations and Residence Education

Dear Michigan Tech Residence Hall students,

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to work through fast-moving developments with the State’s response to COVID-19. Earlier this morning, Governor Whitmer issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order for the people of Michigan.

The Governor’s order allows students to travel to return to a home or place of residence from outside this state or to return to your home within the state of Michigan. You are strongly encouraged to return to your permanent residence, assuming you are permitted to do so based on your home country’s guidelines, have what you’ll need to continue with classes, and will be safe and healthy there.

Consistent with the Stay Home, Stay Safe order, the University will now put in place the following measures to limit the spread of COVID-19:

Residence hall students are permitted to move out of the residence halls to another place of residence.

The executive order permits individuals to move to another home or place of residence. Residents planning to move off campus must follow these guidelines:

  • Each student cannot be assisted by more than two individuals who are not in the same residential housing facility as the student.
  • The individuals assisting with move-out may not have a temperature of 100.4F or higher, cough, trouble breathing, or otherwise feel ill.
  • The individuals assisting with move-out must adhere to social distancing at all times, except while jointly carrying a heavy object.

All residence hall students residing in Wadsworth, McNair, Douglass Houghton, and Hillside MUST COMPLETE the Residence Hall Spring 2020 Departure Plan Form that was originally sent to you on Wednesday, March 18.

All residence hall students must complete the Departure Plan form as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, March 27, 2020 at 5 p.m. EST. You can select any of the departure dates available; however, to be eligible for the $1,100 residence hall credit, you must depart on or before April 12, 2020. If you have extenuating circumstances, please contact and we can assist you. Students who choose to depart the residence halls should follow these guidelines to checkout properly.

Residents are prohibited from visiting other buildings and from having visitors

  • Residents who choose to stay on campus are not permitted to visit residence halls other than their own.
  • All non-Michigan Tech visitors/guests are prohibited from visiting resident students through the duration of the Stay Home, Stay Safe order (excluding the exception for those helping to move, mentioned above). 
  • Residents may not have guests that exceed the number of students currently assigned to a room (example: If there are two assigned beds in a room, only two individuals can be in the room at the same time).

Dining restrictions and front desk operations

  • The Campus Cafe will be closed.
  • Dining operations will continue in each building for the time being.
  • Front desk operations will begin limiting their hours of operation for mail/package pickup.  Hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Front desks will also no longer be checking out equipment, with the exception of vacuums.

Practice social distancing and hygiene techniques

Resident students are required to continue practicing social distancing. Here are some important tips:

  • It’s critically important students follow CDC guidelines to maintain proper hygiene (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes, and washing hands thoroughly for 20 seconds). Fully detailed guidance can be found here.
  • Avoid congregating in social gatherings of 10 or more and in public venues.
  • When socializing, attempt to keep a distance of about six feet from the nearest person.
  • Properly dispose of personal trash such as tissues and disposable dining utensils that come into contact with your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, and mouth and rubbing your eyes.
  • Refrain from personal contact to help stop the possible transmission of the virus and other illnesses.

Make sure to continuously check Michigan Tech’s COVID-19 website for updates

This continues to be a very fluid situation for the entire world, and you are encouraged to utilize Michigan Tech’s COVID-19 website for updates and guidance on new developments.


Matthew Weekley
Director of Housing Auxiliary Operations and Residence Education

Governor Whitmer’s Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order and Campus Operations

By Rick Koubek, President (

Dear Members of the Michigan Tech Community:

In compliance with Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-21, “Stay Home, Stay Safe,” Michigan Technological University’s campus will significantly limit services and operations, effective at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2020, for a minimum of three weeks while the order is in place. During this time, the University will continue offering remote learning for its students. Employees who are able to do so should work from home, if they are not already. Only those employees identified under Michigan Tech’s COVID-19 Stay at Home Protocol (20-6) will be allowed on campus to maintain basic operations. Access to buildings will be restricted. I ask each of you to review the University’s COVID-19 Stay at Home Protocol (20-6).

As the University complies with the governor’s executive order, we remain committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for all of our students. Those who remain in the residence halls will receive additional information from Residential Life on food service, support, and how the governor’s order affects them.

I want to take a moment to thank you in advance for respecting Governor Whitmer’s executive order to stay home and stay safe. Your commitment not only helps to protect the health of our community, but also the integrity of our local health care system. Please continue to visit for the latest information and updates.

Stay safe and take care,
Rick Koubek