Author: Megan Ross

Return to Campus: Visitors

by University Marketing and Communications

On Monday (July 27), Michigan Tech enters Step Three of our Return to Campus Plan. In this final step, we resume campus operations at the level at which the University will function when students return, and transition to the Health and Safety Levels system that we will maintain from the fall semester forward.

In addition to the return of students and University employees, Step Three allows for campus visitation. Joel Isaacson, senior associate athletic director, said while visitors to campus are allowed, all visitors must fill out a COVID-19 Visitor Tracking Form.


Generosity in Michigan Tech Student Community

by University Marketing and Communications

In a student-led effort, some Michigan Tech students have elected to donate the money they received from the CARES Act to the Husky Emergency Assistance Fund to help fellow students in need.

In order to help alleviate the financial impact COVID-19 has had on students, Michigan Tech has distributed $1.5 million from its CARES Act relief funds via a $350 grant to all eligible students.


IPEC Addresses the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic

by Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture (IPEC)

As part of its “1,000 Words Project,” members of the Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture explore the many ways the COVID pandemic connects with and affects our lives. Drawing on the diverse areas of expertise among IPEC members, the “map” of the current crisis as we see it is not only global, but deep; almost no area of daily life is untouched.

In this, the third installment of essays on the crisis, IPEC touches on live art performance, patterns of discrimination in India, engineering ethics, the digital divide, and the public waning of commitment to the scientific method.


Moving to Final Step of Return to Campus Plan

by MTU Flex Task Force

On Monday, July 27, Michigan Tech will enter the final step of our Return to Campus Plan. Step Three concludes our return to campus and marks our transition to the Health and Safety Levels system that we will maintain from the fall semester forward.

Beginning July 27, we plan to resume campus operations at the level at which Michigan Tech will function when students return. Previous expectations outlined in Steps One and Two remain in effect, including enhanced hygiene and social distancing protocols. Of course, those who need to work from home due to health concerns are encouraged to do so, using either a flexible work agreement with their supervisor or a COVID-19 accommodation


Husky Emergency Assistance Fund

by Husky Emergency Assistance Fund Committee

The Husky Emergency Assistance Fund (HEAF) was recently established to help members of our campus community who are experiencing financial hardship, especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The fund is supported by the generous donations of Michigan Tech alumni and friends. All current students, faculty, and staff who have incurred emergency-related expenses, and can demonstrate need, are welcome to apply.

To donate to the fund, get more information, or complete an application for financial assistance, visit the Husky Emergency Assistance Fund website, or contact the HEAF at heaf@mtu.edu or 906-487-1567.


MTU Flex: COVID-19 High Risk Accommodations

by University Marketing and Communications

COVID-19 High Risk Accommodations are reasonable modifications or adjustments to a job or work environment intended for MTU employees (including student workers). To qualify as high risk, employees should either belong to at-risk populations identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or have an at-risk person in their immediate household.

Institutional Equity and the ADA Coordinator are evaluating all accommodation requests to determine if the employee meets the high risk criteria. If you don’t qualify as high risk, talk to your supervisor. With supervisor approval, accommodations may be approved for other reasons related to COVID-19, as long as the accommodations are reasonable.


Face Covering 101: Things to Remember

by University Marketing and Communications

During the COVID-19 pandemic, much has been written, discussed, and even argued about the use of face coverings. Last month, Michigan Tech entered into Step Two of our Return to Campus Plan. It is important to remember that the requirements for wearing face coverings outlined in Step One — “Individuals must wear their face covering at all times indoors with the only exception being a fixed wall room with a closed door” — are still in effect for Step Two.

“Employees and students who are not able to medically tolerate a face covering should reach out for an appropriate accommodation,” said Sarah Schulte, general counsel and secretary to the Board of Trustees. Schulte said employees should contact the ADA Coordinator, while students should contact Student Disability Services.


SDC Opening to Current Students Today

by Recreation

Michigan Tech’s Student Development Complex (SDC) has reopened to current students as of today (July 13). A team from Recreation has developed a reopening plan to ensure the building is utilized safely and is implementing an enhanced cleaning schedule based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and recreation facility standards.


Michigan Tech Responds to Changes Impacting International Students

by International Programs and Services

Last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced modifications to exemptions for non-immigrant students enrolled at colleges and universities during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the new federal guidelines make clear, each F-1 student must take at least one in-person or hybrid course this fall. This guidance does not conflict with our MTU Flex plans for the fall semester.