Category: Campus Operations

Arrangements for Employees Under Health and Safety Level Four

by Renee Hiller, Director of Human Resources

Michigan Tech has moved to Health and Safety Level Four for the next two weeks. In light of this and the switch to remote instruction by Houghton County K-12 schools, the University asks supervisors to accommodate employees who are able to work from home or those impacted by the K-12 schools’ decision. Such accommodations may include flexible and remote work options, as well as access to leave under the current Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act (EFMLA), which provides paid time off for anyone caring for a child whose school or place of care has been closed due to COVID-19.

More information on these and other options will be provided through the supervisor forums. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact humanresources@mtu.edu with questions.

Michigan Tech to Shift to Health and Safety Level Four

by Rick Koubek, President

Thanks to the collective work of our employees and students, detected cases of COVID-19 in our student population continue to decline. But, as we work to satisfy our mission as an educational institution, we remain mindful of our commitment to the community. 

The Copper Country has seen a recent surge in COVID-19 cases. Given the seriousness of the situation, Michigan Tech will transition to Health and Safety Level Four for a period of two weeks (through October 11) effective Monday, September 28. This transition is a targeted effort to mitigate further spread among our community at large by temporarily reducing the density of people on campus.

Thank you and Welcome

by Rick Koubek, President

Dear Members of the Michigan Tech Community, Welcome back! 

Throughout the summer, the faculty and staff at Michigan Tech have worked hard to implement many of the known measures that slow the spread of COVID-19. Because of your efforts, we are able to welcome students to campus next week. Some of these include: 

Join Michigan Tech’s Contact Tracing Team

by MTU Flex Team

Michigan Tech needs your help—we’re looking for volunteers to join our team of paid contact tracers for the fall semester. 

Contact tracers will talk over the phone with Husky community members who have been close contacts of someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Volunteers will receive free training and will be compensated for their time. As part of the team, you’ll help track connections, notify those who are being asked to quarantine, and offer standard advice on how to quarantine and what COVID-19 symptoms can look like.

Contact tracing is a critical element in keeping our Husky community safe. 

To volunteer as a contact tracer, please email contact-tracing@mtu.edu.

MTU Flex Employee Guidebook Available

by University Marketing and Communications

As the Michigan Tech Community adapts to changing work environments and expectations as a result of COVID-19, we face new challenges each new day. But as we have shown thus far through creativity and perseverance, it is possible to create a healthy and safe environment for our campus community.

As we welcome new students and welcome back those returning to campus, take a moment to review the MTU Flex Employee Guidebook. The guidebook provides important health and safety information along with updated campus operations and protocols.

However, it is important to remember to continue to visit the MTU Flex website often. Here you’ll find the latest information related to COVID-19, the current campus Health and Safety Level, and other campus news. The Flex website is continually updated and should be considered your most reliable source for up-to-date information.

While much about this pandemic is beyond our control, one thing we can count on is each other. Thanks for doing your part to help keep our campus community safe.

Play Parade of Nations Hide and Seek

by Jennifer Donovan, Parade of Nations Committee

Does your organization want to take the community on a Parade of Nations scavenger hunt? Help celebrate our multicultural heritage by signing up to be a “Hide Team” for the 2020 Parade of Nations.

Hide Teams will create clues to a particular country or cultural heritage and hiding places for those clues. The Parade of Nations committee will hide the clues and send the first clue to Find Teams that have signed up to play the game.

SDC Welcomes Faculty and Staff Members on Monday

by Recreation

Michigan Tech’s Student Development Complex (SDC) will reopen to faculty/staff members as well as current students on Monday (Aug. 17). A team of staff from Recreation has continually updated its reopening plan since the July 13 soft opening to students. The facility is implementing an enhanced cleaning schedule based on guidelines from the CDC and recreation facility standards.

HuskyFAN Donation Request

by Husky Food Access Network

The Husky Food Access Network (HuskyFAN) is asking the Michigan Tech Community to support the pantry through food and/or monetary donations from Aug. 10-14, as we get ready to welcome our campus community back to Houghton.

Donations from our campus community help HuskyFAN to continue providing food to those in need. This summer we were able to provide 126 meal packs to students facing financial hardships. To make food donations, please drop them off between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday outside of the HuskyFAN Food Pantry located on the first floor of Fisher Hall, down from Fisher 135 (previously the Aftermath Cafe).

A box with the sign ‘FOOD DONATIONS’ will be placed in front of the Food Pantry to receive donations. Some suggested items to donate include rice, canned vegetables, vegetarian soups, deodorant, shampoo, shave gel, feminine products and cleaning supplies. (Please check the expiration dates as we cannot accept items past their date.)

To make monetary donations, please use this link. If you have any questions about the food pantry, contact huskyfan@mtu.edu.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the HuskyFAN Food Pantry through food, monetary, or bag donations this summer! We greatly appreciate your support.

What Governor’s Executive Order Means for MTU

by University Marketing and Communications

On Wednesday (July 29), Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 160. Here’s what the executive order, specifically the 10-person limit, means to Michigan Tech.

The Executive Order limits indoor “social gatherings and organized events” to a maximum of 10 people.  While we are not given specific definitions of these terms, the Michigan Association of State Universities has obtained clarification from the Governor’s Office that the limit is not applicable to educational or workplace environments.