Category: Campus Operations

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.

Fall Career Fair Will Be Virtual

by Beth William, Career Services

Like many areas of campus, Career Services fall events are going to look a little different this year. Due to social distancing on campus, travel restrictions at many recruiting organizations, and the health and safety of our campus community, Career Services will host our fall career fair virtually.

The virtual fair will be held on the platform Career Fair Plus; the same career fair app students have been using for the past 5 years. Career Fair Plus allows students to schedule times to meet with recruiters causing less disruption to their course schedule.

Understanding Campus Health and Safety Levels

by University Marketing and Communications

Last month, Michigan Tech entered Step Two in the three-step Return to Campus Plan. Prior to the start of the fall semester, the University will begin Step Three, which calls for a return to near-normal operations and the return of students to campus. Once the semester starts, the Return to Campus Plan will end, and the University will transition to using Health and Safety Levels on campus.

Sarah Schulte, general counsel and secretary to the Board of Trustees, said the five levels are focused on returning students and additional employees back to campus as safely as possible and on creating the environment needed to continue the fall semester uninterrupted. “The levels give us the flexibility to offer students and employees the most normal campus experience possible while keeping the health and safety of everyone on campus as our first priority,” Schulte said.

Return to Campus: The Status of Campus

by University Marketing and Communications

Last month, Michigan Tech began Step Two of our Return to Campus Plan. As the University prepares for Step Three, students and employees, understandably, have questions. To address the student experience, we spoke with Sarah Schulte, general counsel and secretary to the Board of Trustees. Schulte said that once we enter Step Three and return to campus with the start of the fall semester, the University will immediately transfer to the five-tier Michigan Tech Campus Health and Safety Level system.

ACT, SAT Waived for Some Applicants

by Admissions

For incoming students next fall, first-year applicants with a cumulative high school GPA of 3.00 or higher will not be required to provide official SAT or ACT scores to receive an admission decision. The domestic application, now available online for spring, summer, and fall 2021 semesters, remains free for all applicants.

The University recognizes that the incoming class of 2021 faced many obstacles, one of which was the postponement or cancellation of spring SAT and ACT examinations, which traditionally trigger the start of the college application process. In Michigan, all high school juniors were scheduled to take the SAT free of charge as part of state assessment testing in April. Due to school closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this testing has been postponed until September 23 or October 14—the date of administration to be determined by individual districts.

COVID-19 Testing Lab Moving to GLRC

by Kelley Christensen, University Marketing and Communications

The Michigan Tech COVID-19 Testing Lab is relocating from the Dow building to the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) in July.

The lab is run at the biosafety level 2 in compliance with CDC recommendations and uses certified biological safety cabinets to contain the COVID-19 virus if it is present in a patient sample. This is the same level of safety that is taken in a hospital lab. The lab worked closely with the state of Michigan to develop testing protocols and appropriate safety measures, including personal protective equipment (PPE) and engineering controls. Lab staff is provided with all the needed PPE for the work. All precautions are being taken to ensure no one contracts COVID-19 while working in the lab and no one risks exposure to the virus by working in the same building or going near the laboratory.

Process for Employees Requesting COVID-19 High Risk Accommodations

by Institutional Equity

For the fall semester, accommodations will be provided for employees who are identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as being at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and those who are caring for someone at risk in their immediate household, if requested.

Employees can make this request, or an accommodation request for other medical reasons specifically related to COVID-19—for example, being medically unable to wear a face covering—by contacting Michigan Tech ADA Coordinator Susan Sullivan. It is important to note that applying for a COVID-19 High Risk Accommodation uses a different process from ADA Accommodations for a disability.