Important COVID testing announcement

All students who return to MTU after Thanksgiving break will need to get tested for COVID-19 within 48 hours of arriving in Houghton and then again a week later, regardless of whether you live on campus. We encourage you to limit your interactions with others between these two tests. To schedule a test, text Hello to 906-256-6466 and follow the prompts. If you do not have access to texting, you can schedule an appointment by calling Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL) at 906-483-1860. 

PLEASE NOTE: If you are symptomatic, have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, you need to call UGL at 906-483-1860 to schedule a test. You should NOT schedule an on-demand test via text message.

Please continue to exercise personal hygiene and safety practices when you return to the Houghton area. Many cases of COVID-19 are asymptomatic, and people who do have symptoms frequently exhibit only a sore throat and congestion, similar to a mild cold. Remember to wash your hands frequently with soap, wear a face covering, and limit social interactions to a small group of friends. We want everyone to have a healthy holiday season!

If you have questions,  please contact mtuflex@mtu.edu for assistance.


Update on Health and Safety measures in Daniell Heights

Dear Daniell Heights Residents,

As you may know, on November 15, Governor Whitmer announced new orders issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to mitigate the spread of the virus. This has prompted the campus to move to Health and Safety Level Five. While we announced that residence halls are significantly impacted by this due to close-quarters living and services being interrupted, Daniell Heights residents do not face the same challenges and will continue to have an uninterrupted residential experience.

As a Daniell Heights resident, you still need to take the necessary actions to ensure you are following the guidelines as outlined in the order to mitigate the spread of COVID 19. Items from the order that may impact you as a Daniell Heights resident include: 

  • No more than two households may gather in the same residential space. This means you can only host guests from one other household OR apartment.
  • Common spaces across campus remain closed.
  • No group gatherings are permitted.
  • If you have a dining plan, know that dining halls close Friday, November 20 for Thanksgiving Break. When Dining reopens November 29, only Wadsworth Dining Hall will be available for select meal periods.
  • Campus offices (including Residence Education and Housing Services) will all be working remotely for the duration of the order and Health and Safety Level Five.

With the recent national surge of COVID-19 cases, we urge all residents to continue following CDC COVID prevention strategies and be extra cautious in all their travels. If you have any housing questions or need additional assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Residence Education and Housing Services at housing@mtu.edu or call 906-487-2682. If you call, please leave a voicemail. Email and voicemail will be returned during normal business hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Email and voicemail will not be returned on holidays, nights, and weekends when the office is closed.

Be safe in all your travels.

Sincerely,

Matthew Weekley
Director of Housing Auxiliary Operations and Residence Education


ACTION REQUIRED: Fall COVID Response Departure Plans

Dear Michigan Tech Residence Hall students,

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to work through fast-moving developments with the State’s response to COVID-19. As you may know, on November 15, Governor Whitmer announced new orders issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to mitigate the spread of the virus. This email explains how this order impacts your residency and what actions you need to take.

Because COVID-19 cases are again on the rise in Michigan, the University’s goal is to minimize population density on campus as much as possible. With all Michigan Tech classes going fully remote for the remainder of the fall semester, we do not expect many students to return to campus after the Thanksgiving break, unless they have extenuating circumstances. In order for us to provide you with the support you may need as you get ready to depart, all residence hall students must complete a COVID Departure Plan Form to inform us of your plans.

 Housing Credit
Students are eligible to receive a housing credit (including housing and meal plan) in the amount of $1,100 that will be credited to their student account in December if all of the following apply:

  • The student has completed the COVID Departure Plan Form by Friday, November 20.
  • The student has left their residence hall by Sunday, November 29 at 5 p.m. and remains remote for the duration of the semester. 
  • The student is not receiving a Residence Education and Housing Services staff credit which covers full room and board expenses.

 By receiving this credit, students may not use their room and meal plan after November 29 except to store property. Card access will be turned off. Students who attempt to use their meal plan (including dining dollars and guest passes) or rooms after November 29 will forfeit their housing credit. If you have left something behind, please contact your Residence Education Coordinator or housing@mtu.edu to coordinate retrieving things from your room.

Preparing to Leave
When students leave for Thanksgiving Break, they should make sure they have what they need for the duration of the semester and through Thanksgiving and Winter Break period.  When preparing to leave your room, please follow these guidelines:

  • Remember: Non-MTU guests are not permitted in the residence halls. Guests who are picking students up are permitted to meet students outside but cannot assist with checkout within the building.
  • Remove all trash and recycling from your room.
  • Clean all dirty laundry before you leave (or take it home with you to wash).
  • Unplug and defrost your fridge for 24 hours before leaving with a towel under the door of the fridge. Make sure to remove the towel before you leave.
  • Take your food with you or place it in a sealed plastic container so it does not attract pests.
  • Unplug all electronic devices and turn off your lights. Shut off all battery-operated alarms.
  • Keep your heat turned on at a low setting if you have a control unit in your room.
  • Take your bike home or put it in storage. 
  • Pick up all mail and packages from the reception desk.
  • Close and lock your windows and doors so they are sealed shut.
  • If you are leaving your car on campus, please park it in lot 26 and email Transportation Services so they know your car will be here during break.
  • If you have a private bathroom: please remove your personal property from your bathrooms so your bathroom space can be sanitized over Winter break.
  • If you are returning to the halls for spring:  Keep your room key and your Husky Card with you.
  • If you are not returning to the halls for spring because you have been approved for a COVID waiver, a fall departure, or a contract release, follow these additional instructions:
  1. Remove your property from the room.
  2. Clean and restore your side of the room to its original set up (bed lofted above the desk, chair, and set of drawers).
  3. Arrange to complete an Express Check-Out through your RA.
  4. Return your keys in the provided blue envelope to your front desk.
  5. Hillside residents who do not have keys will turn in the blue check-out card.

Students who applied to stay during Thanksgiving Break
Students who have a need to stay during Thanksgiving Break can continue to do so by completing the COVID Departure Plan Form.  

Students who have extenuating circumstances and need to stay for the remainder of the semester
Students are expected to leave by Thanksgiving Break to study remotely for the duration of the semester.  Students who have extenuating circumstances that prevent them from leaving can apply to stay beyond November 29 using the COVID Departure Plan Form. Decisions on approval will be communicated to the student by Michigan Tech email. Students that are approved will be permitted to stay through December 19 but will not receive a housing credit. More information on availability of Winter Break accommodations, including cost, will be released in the future.

Visitation Restricted
With the elevation to Health and Safety Level Five, all visitation is restricted for all residence hall rooms. Students are prohibited from visiting other halls, with the exception of eating in Wadsworth Dining Hall during meal hours.

Residence Hall Access Restrictions
All exterior residence hall doors will lock Friday, November 20 at 8 p.m. Resident students will still have Husky Card tap access to their residence hall through November 29 at 5 p.m.

Dining Hall Operations
Dining halls will continue operating through Friday, November 20. Dining halls will be closed for Thanksgiving Break. After November 29, only Wadsworth Dining Hall will be open during select meal periods through the duration of the semester.

Front Desk Operations
Front Desk operations will change effective Wednesday, November 18 with limited hours of service. Mail service will pause between November 20-29 and resume November 30 with limited mail service only. The front desk will stop checking out equipment (such as dollies and vacuum cleaners) effective November 20 for the duration of the fall semester.

Residence Hall Space Closures
With most students moving home and the elevation to Health and Safety Level Five, we will be assessing spaces in the halls to close and making sure the ones that remain open are in close proximity to the most amount of students in an area. Students should be prepared that many spaces in the halls will likely be closed. Additional restrictions (number of people permitted, hours of operation) may apply.

With the recent national surge of COVID-19 cases, we urge all residents to continue following the mitigation strategies and be extra cautious in all their travels. If you have any housing questions or need additional assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Residence Education and Housing Services at housing@mtu.edu 

Be safe in all your travels.

Sincerely, 

Matthew Weekley
Director of Housing Auxiliary Operations and Residence Education


Student Employment Opportunities

Residence Education and Housing Services hires a variety of students each year to work as Resident Assistants (RAs) in the residence halls, reception desk staff, and to work in the Quad Core Fitness Center.

If you are interested in applying as a Resident Assistant for the 2021-2022 school year, please attend an RA Information Session on Zoom on November 12 or January 21.  https://michigantech.zoom.us/j/9627579249

An information session will be held soon regarding the reception desk positions for 2021-2022.  This date has not yet been scheduled.

A new position for for the Quad Core Fitness Center is available now through Handshake.  Applications are being accepted now and interviews will be scheduled soon.  Please log in to Handshake to review the position description and to submit your application:  https://www.mtu.edu/career/students/jobs-intern/local/


Fall Departure Form Available Now

If you live in on campus housing and will be departing at the end of the Fall 2019 semester due to graduation, coop, internship, study abroad, withdrawal, or transfer, please notify Residence Education and Housing Services of your intent to depart.  This includes exchange students returning to their home countries.  The Fall Departure form is ONLY available for these specific educational reasons:  graduation, coop, internship, study abroad, withdrawal, or transfer.
(Cotenants who live in Daniell Heights need to tell their contract holder.  Cotenants in Daniell Heights are not required to complete this form.)

Departing on campus residents must:
1.  Complete the online departure notice no later than November 20, 2020 at 5:00pm.  The notice is online:  http://www.housing.mtu.edu/check-out/
2.  After your departure reason is verified, you will be contacted by the first week of December with additional departure instructions.  (The last week of November is Thanksgiving Break.)  Every departure will be verified before approval can be granted.
3.  Remove all personal property.  Make sure you take your bike.  Check your mailbox to make sure you take all of your mail and packages.4.  Return your furniture back to the original move in set up.5.  Remove all trash and clean the space.
6.  Return all assigned keys to Residence Education and Housing Services, 153 Wadsworth hall using a provided key return envelope no later than Saturday, December 19 at noon.  The office will be open on December 19 to accept key returns.  Residence hall students who move out at night earlier in the week can turn their keys in at the misaddressed mail slot at their reception desks.  Daniell Heights residents can turn their keys in to the key drop box in the lobby area of Daniell Heights building 2001.

If you are a departing on campus student and you do not follow these steps, you may be charged additional fees for improper departure. 
Students who are graduating can request and be granted a 1 day extension to move out on Sunday, December 20 due to the graduation ceremony on December 19.

Departing Daniell Heights contract holders who wish to arrange for a current cotenant to take over the contract should make an appointment or email housing@mtu.edu for more information.

Please contact Residence Education and Housing Services, 153 Wadsworth Hall, 906-487-2682 or housing@mtu.edu if you have additional questions.  


Important Email Sent to Students on October 23

A very important email was sent to students on October 23 from Dr. Gorman and Dr. Huntoon.  For your convenience, here are the details.

Date: Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 1:27 PM
Subject: Spring 2021: Instruction, Schedules, and Accommodations
To: (sent to all students)

Dear Huskies,
Registration is around the corner and some of you may be wondering how courses will be taught during the spring semester. The options for spring instruction are listed below and will be visible (starting at noon on Sunday) during registration:

  • Face-to-Face (F2F): Courses will be held in person at every scheduled class period. Instructors plan to be physically present in the room with students. These courses may include flipped-classroom instruction. For example, these courses may include recorded lectures and other online activities. Instructors will have a plan for students who cannot attend in person for any reason. During registration, students should assume a class is F2F if it has no other designated attributes, which are visible in the section information when they click on the CRN.
  • F2F-SPLIT: Courses will have regularly scheduled F2F sessions, with an instructor present. However, due to COVID-19 capacity limits, course participants will be split into groups with each group attending in person at staggered intervals. This allows all students to attend in person on a regular basis. Instructors will have a plan to deliver course content and materials to students who are not able to attend a session in person. These sections will have an attribute defined as “IN PERSON; SPLIT ATTENDANCE.” Students will see this in the section information if they click on the CRN.
  • F2F-ONLY: Courses will be held in person at every scheduled class period. No remote instruction will be available, and remote participation is not an option. Students who want/need to attend remotely should not register for this course. Students unable to attend regularly scheduled sessions may be required to make up work in person at alternative times. These sections will have an attribute defined as “IN PERSON ONLY; NO REMOTE.” Students will see this in the section information if they click on the CRN.
  • Remote: There will be no F2F instruction in a classroom. Attendance is required for synchronous components on a regular basis. Synchronous means the course has scheduled meeting times that students attend virtually. Not every class period will necessarily be synchronous—the course may also include asynchronous content, which students can complete with time and place flexibility. These sections are identified as REMOTE in the class location.
  • Online: Asynchronous instruction. All course activity is done online; there are no required synchronous face-to-face sessions within the course and no requirements for on-campus activity. These sections are identified as ONLINE in the class location.

Please note that the Hybrid option has been removed from the list because both students and instructors feel that either face-to-face or remote instruction is preferable to hybrid, which is essentially a combination of the two. If you have questions about your fall schedule or specific courses, don’t hesitate to contact your academic advisor, the chair or dean of your academic department or college, or the Registrar’s Office.

We also recognize that some students may find themselves facing circumstances that will make it challenging to be on campus during the spring semester, and we want to ensure those students have the opportunity to pursue their education remotely. Students who fall into one of the two broad categories listed below can apply for a spring semester accommodation, which would also release them from their on-campus housing contract, if applicable.

  1. Students who have pre-existing medical conditions that put them at higher risk if they get COVID-19. These students should contact Student Disability Services (SDS) by email at sds@mtu.edu and provide documentation that supports their request. Requests will be reviewed and, if granted, SDS will notify both Residence Education and Housing Services (if applicable) and your instructors that you will be studying remotely. 
  2. Students who are facing unforeseen or extenuating circumstances and believe studying remotely is necessary. Examples of such situations could include, but are not limited to, the following:
    *Concerns about putting an at-risk family member at a higher risk. *Working in an environment that is high-risk, such as a medical facility. *A schedule that includes all remote/online courses as a result of the mode of course delivery made available by the University.

In situations that fall into category 2, students should try to schedule remote courses at the time of registration. This will make the accommodation process easier for everyone involved. In addition, please submit a COVID-19 Special Consideration Request using this form. All requests will be reviewed by a committee with representatives from the Dean of Students Office, Financial Aid, Residence Education and Housing Services, Administration, and Academic Affairs.

All students should be aware that remote accommodations are not possible for F2F-ONLY courses.

If your request is approved, your instructors and Residence Education and Housing Services (if applicable) will be notified that you will be studying remotely. 

The deadline for making these requests is no later than November 10, 2020. If your circumstances change after the deadline, please email covidsc@mtu.edu to discuss your situation.

If you have any other questions, please send an email to covidsc@mtu.edu.

With Regards,

Bonnie Gorman, Dean of Students and Vice President for Student AffairsJackie Huntoon, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs


Thanksgiving Break is Coming!

Please review the Thanksgiving Break information posted online:
http://www.mtu.edu/housing/campus/break/fall/

The dining halls will close on Friday, November 20.  Wadsworth dining hall will reopen on Sunday, November 29.  All other dining halls will resume normal service on Monday, November 30.

The reception desks will be closed during the break.  Packages and mail will not be delivered.  Staff will not be available to search for individual letters or packages that arrive during the break.  Items will be stored until the staff return from the break to deliver the mail and packages.

Residence hall students must move vehicles from your regular lot to lot 26 before you leave for break.  Vehicles must be returned to regular lots on Sunday, November 22.  Please call Transportation Services directly with questions: 906-487-1441. 

If you have a bike on campus, please move your bike to a winter bike rack, put it in storage with your hall council, or take it home by Friday, November 20.  The summer bike racks around the residence halls will be removed.  Bikes that are not moved will be considered abandoned.

If you will be staying with us in the residence halls during the whole break or just part of the break during any of these dates (Sunday, November 22 through Friday, November 27), please register online using the ‘Request to Stay for the Break’ google form.  You can find the form on www.housing.mtu.edu under the ‘forms’ section.  There is no fee to stay with us during the break.   https://goo.gl/forms/RkwXglIUtdvRA4sE3

If you have questions, please visit Residence Education and Housing Services, 153 Wadsworth Hall, call 906-487-2682, or email housing@mtu.edu for assistance.


Do you want to be an RA for 2021-2022?

The application for Resident Assistant positions is open for the 2021-2022 academic year!

We’re looking for student leaders who are interested in making a positive impact on our residential population. The application is live and can be found on the Resident Assistant Selection website

All candidates are required to attend an informational session. Our first session is coming up on Thursday, November 12 at 7pm. The link for this session can be found here. There will be another informational session on Thursday, January 21 at 7pm with the same link.

If you have any questions please contact. Sean Brown at sdbrown@mtu.edu.


Looking for COVID updates?

Are you looking for COVID updates?  The Michigan Tech Flext site is a great place to start for campus community updates:  https://www.mtu.edu/flex/

An email was sent to students with Spring 2021 updates on October 23.  Please make sure you are checking and reading your email!
  
You can see publicly available COVID statistics regarding the Michigan Tech campus online: https://www.mtu.edu/flex/testing/statistics/

Looking for comparison statistics for COVID cases in the community?   The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department posts weekly updates:  https://www.wupdhd.org/ 
You can follow them on Facebook too:  https://www.facebook.com/WesternUPHealth/ 
Copper Country Strong is also a good site for community updates:  https://coppercountrystrong.com/ 
They are also available on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/CopperCountryStrong/

The state of Michigan has recently released an app for phones to help you track if you have been somewhere at the same time as another person who reports a positive COVID test.  You can report your own positive test to alert others who may have been in the same place and time as well.  Please consider adding MI COVID alert to your phone for your own use.

Data regarding the state of Michigan can also be tracked online:  https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98163_98173—,00.html


Douglass Houghton Hall Temporary Dining Closure

From our Friends at Dining Services:

Douglass Houghton Hall dining hall will be closed for the next two weeks (Wednesday, October 21st – Wednesday, November 4th).

We apologize for the inconvenience. The remaining dining halls will remain open for the normal hours of operation.

If you have any questions, please contact Dining Services at 906-487-2664.

We hope you will continue to have a successful week.