By: Rick Koubek, President
Dear Members of the Michigan Tech Community:
COVID-19 has certainly changed our campus in an unprecedented way, at an unprecedented pace. And, while I believe our combined efforts are helping to “flatten the curve,” we must continue to remain vigilant in protecting ourselves, our health care providers, and those most vulnerable in our community from the effects of this virus—even if it means taking extraordinary precautions.
Below are a few updates for our students and employees in this regard.
- The University Senate approved a Pass/Fail option and extended the timeline to complete an “I” (incomplete grade) for the spring 2020 term.
- Summer session Track A will be held remotely. Impacted students will receive an email with more details regarding this change. A decision on summer session Track B will be made no later than May 1, 2020.
- Today is Census Day. Students, please exercise your civic responsibility and be counted.
- Additional state and federal benefits are now available through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act for employees who qualify.
While it’s still too early to tell how or when this crisis will end, Michigan Tech is a community of problem solvers. To that end, we have a number of committed faculty, researchers, students, and staff using their talents to help our community, state, and nation navigate the impacts of this virus. It is that indelible spirit that gives me complete confidence for the future of Michigan Tech.
With that said, the University is planning for fiscal impacts resulting from the COVID-19 crisis and will begin implementing a series of temporary budget controls to balance revenues and expenditures. Initial guidelines will be sent from the CFO’s office to departments in the near future.
During this challenging time, we are listening closely to our students, faculty, and staff to better inform our decisions and ensure our planning efforts respect the values we hold as a campus community. We will also continue to provide regular updates on the University’s operations in addition to any new developments related to COVID-19. Until then, I ask that you continue to do your part to help protect your own health and the well-being of our community.
Thanks for all that you do.