MTU Flex for Academics Update for the Week of June 15

by Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

In an effort to provide continued communication from the MTU Flex for Academics group, the following is a recap of the topics discussed by the group during the week of June 15.

After determining that instructors will wear a face shield while teaching and a mask to and from the classroom, Michigan Tech’s 3D printing group, headed by Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) and David Holden (Van Pelt and Opie Library), will test a third face shield prototype that they designed specifically for instructors. The design is intended to promote safety in the classroom while making it easy for students to see instructors’ faces. Will Cantrell’s (Physics) research group will test the shields in the coming weeks to learn more about how aerosols are dispersed away from the wearer. The group’s agreement that shields can be used in the classroom is made under the assumption that all students in the class will be wearing some sort of face covering — typically cloth masks.


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.


MTU Flex: COVID-19 Training

by University Marketing and Communications

Before Michigan Tech moved to Step Two of our Return to Campus Plan, the University assigned “Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention in the Workplace” training to all employees on payroll who did not complete it during Step One. This training is one of three requirements you must complete in order to start working on campus again during Step Two—the other two are obtaining your supervisor’s approval and submitting the COVID-19 Daily Symptom Monitoring Form.


OAP Equipment Rentals Opening Today

by Outdoor Adventure Program

Equipment rentals through Michigan Tech’s Outdoor Adventure Program will be available beginning today (June 19) on a limited basis. Equipment can be rented from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday inside the wax building at the trailhead across from Kearly Stadium. Bikes, canoes, kayaks and inflatable stand-up paddleboards are available at this time.


Library Curbside Pickup Service Now Available

by Van Pelt and Opie Library

Effective immediately, the Van Pelt and Opie Library will offer curbside pickup of library and Interlibrary Loan books for faculty, staff, students, and Library Courtesy Card holders. Requests received before 2 p.m. will be available for pickup until 5 p.m. the same day.

Pickup times are 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, in the circle drive next to the library. Library staff will bring the bagged library materials to patrons curbside. Patrons do not need to leave their vehicles. A valid HuskyCard or Library Courtesy Card must be shown.


MTU Flex for Academics

by MTU Flex for Academics Team

Michigan Tech faculty, staff and students have formed a number of working groups to focus on different aspects of the University’s plans to return to campus this fall semester.  These groups and their members can be found on the MTU Flex Task Force web page. Provost Huntoon is leading the MTU Flex for Academics group. Since May 28, this group has been meeting twice a week to discuss various topics, which all fall under the broad umbrella of academics.


Information Technology and Campus Step Two

by Michigan Tech Information Technology

As our campus transitions to Step Two, most of the Information Technology staff will continue to provide support and service from home.  We will have a limited number of staff and student employees on campus every day, focusing first on the backlog of on-site physical work from March. New physical on-site work may take additional time to complete. 

Specific IT Service changes currently in effect: