Category: Events

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.


Do you need a repair?

Drafty window? Sticky lock? Drippy faucet? Burned out light bulb? If you live on campus and you need a repair, please complete the online “repair request” form. All requests go to Facilities. When you complete the online repair request form, you will get updates on the status of your request directly from Facilities. Normal repairs are completed by Facilities staff Monday through Friday during normal business hours. https://www.mtu.edu/housing/applications-policies/forms-requests/

If you have an urgent problem that cannot wait (no heat, no electricity, no water, water that is flowing and will not stop), please call the Facilities Emergency phone number: 906-487-0001. Requests for emergency assistance that are not emergencies or due to student negligence may be charged $150 convenience fee for after hours non-emergency assistance.


Health and Safety Level Four Impact on Daniell Heights

Dear Daniell Heights residents,

It’s been a full month, and I am proud of our Husky community.  You have taken the needed safety precautions to keep the community safe and called upon everyone to physically distance themselves and wear face coverings.  Your efforts over the past month have been wonderful, resulting in low COVID infections rates in Daniell Heights.  We can mitigate the spread if everyone does their part.  It’s a strong first step and we are thankful for the compromises you have made to keep us safe.

As Dr. Koubek has announced on Sunday, our commitment extends beyond our campus and to the greater community.  With the recent surge of cases outside the MTU community, we have moved to Health and Safety Level Four for the next two weeks to ensure your continued safety.   Now more than ever we need to be vigilant on our efforts to ensure our residential communities can remain safe and are not impacted by the local surge in cases.  With the new elevated Health and Safety level, the following Level Four precautions are now in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19:

  • Visitation restricted to Daniell Heights students only.  Students can only have visitors to their apartments who live in the Daniell Heights community.  
  • Residence Education and Housing Services staff are still providing support services, but in a hybrid remote capacity.  Housing Services staff are responding to email to housing@mtu.edu and voice mail at 906-487-2682 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm.
  • We recommend that you are mindful with your travel inside Houghton/Hancock whenever possible.  More as a safety precaution, in light of the recent surge of cases in the Houghton/Hancock area we encourage you to take extra care when visiting throughout the community.

We know these added compromises will create greater inconveniences, however these actions are necessary to ensure the strong work of our first month is not lost.  You can view additional University wide restrictions with level 4 online:  https://www.mtu.edu/flex/operations/protocol/levels/#comparison 

Please be safe in your continued activities!

Sincerely,

Matt Weekley
Director of Housing Auxiliary Operations and Residence Education


Health and Safety Level Four Impact on Residence Halls

Dear residents,

It’s been a full month, and I couldn’t be more proud of our Husky community.  For months we have made the necessary safety precautions to keep the residential community safe and stressed the importance of the “Be Smart, Do Your Part” campaign, calling upon everyone to physically distance themselves and wear face coverings.  Your efforts over the past month have been phenomenal, resulting in an incredibly low usage of isolation spaces and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our residential communities.  We have proven that collectively, we can mitigate the spread if everyone does their part.  It’s a strong first step and we are thankful for the compromises you have made to keep us safe.

We all have collectively done our part, but as Dr. Koubek has announced yesterday, our commitment extends beyond our campus and to the greater community.  With the recent surge of cases outside the MTU community, we have moved to Health and Safety Level Four for the next two weeks to ensure your continued safety.   We have had a successful first month, but now more than ever we need to double down on our efforts to ensure our residential communities can remain safe and are not impacted by the local surge in cases.  With the new elevated Health and Safety level, the following Level Four residence hall precautions are now in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19: 

  • Visitation restricted to students residing in the same residence hall.  Students can only have visitors to their rooms who live in the same residence hall.  MTU students living off campus are not permitted to visit the halls during Level Four.  Only two people can be in a double sized room at any given time (previously, three people could be in a double sized room at any given time).  Only two people can be in a single sized room at any given time.  Students from other halls who require dining can continue to utilize all dining halls across campus during meals but cannot enter residential areas of halls they don’t live in.
     
  • No equipment can be checked out of front desks.  Only mail services will be provided.
     
  • Music room capacity is limited to one. 
       
  • Kitchenettes will have capacity reduced to two.  Typically in Level Four, kitchenettes have been closed.  We will not exercise this action at this time, however the capacity of all kitchenettes will be reduced to a capacity of two.
     
  • Quad Core will remain closed during Level Four.  Quad Core will only be made available at lower Health and Safety Levels and will be delayed from our initial mid October date.  Feasibility planning for reopening Quad Core following the state of Michigan’s guidelines has been underway.  Students can look for information soon on how Michigan safety restrictions will impact Quad Core availability for 2020-2021.
     
  • Common area lounges will be closed.  
     
  • Residence Education and Housing Services staff are still providing support services, but in a hybrid remote capacity.  Housing Services staff are responding to email to housing@mtu.edu and voice mail at 906-487-2682 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm.
     
  • A REMINDER:  eating in common spaces in the residence halls isn’t permitted in Level Three or Four.  Residence hall common spaces face unique challenges since they are all part of a shared living space with many students.  Dr. Gorman’s previous email addressed eating in academic and other public use buildings.  Because of mask requirements, eating in shared common spaces in the residence halls continues to be prohibited.
     
  • We recommend that you are mindful with your travel inside Houghton/Hancock whenever possible.  More as a safety precaution, in light of the recent surge of cases in the Houghton/Hancock area we encourage you to take extra care when visiting throughout the community.

We know these added compromises will create greater inconveniences, however these actions are necessary to ensure the strong work of our first month is not lost.  We are as hopeful as you are that these will be short term compromises that will yield the goal of a long-term, on-campus, in person experience for everyone.

Please be safe in your continued activities!

Sincerely,

Matt Weekley
Director of Housing Auxiliary Operations and Residence Education


Do you need assistance?

From time to time, you may be concerned about an issue but you may be unsure who to report the issue to. If you have a concern about some issue, please review this Report a Concern page. There are easy links to use to report your concern and guidance on which office can help with different issues. Sometimes people assume someone else will report a problem, and the issue goes unreported. If you have a concern, please let us know.


Welcome Home Daniell Heights Residents

Hello Huskies,

Welcome home Daniell Heights residents! Thank you so much for doing your part these past couple weeks to ensure a safe move in and a strong initial start. It is great watching all the students bring excitement to the campus community all while taking the steps to do your part and keep our community safe from COVID-19. Every time you have worn your mask properly and physically distanced six feet, you have lowered the spread of COVID-19 on our campus, keeping your friends, family, staff, and the whole community safer. Thank you for doing your part. These first couple weeks have been a solid first step, but we have a long way to go to get to May. While Daniell Heights provides a more contained living experience, all members of the community still need to take the necessary precautions. Remember, though we have an aggressive isolation and quarantine strategy, COVID-19 IS on our campus. Everyone needs to do their part to continue to keep those around us safe. Here are some key reminders: 

  • Keep six feet physical distancing from one another both outside AND inside buildings. Being outside doesn’t change the need to keep a distance from others. If you’re walking around outside in the Heights community, you still need to keep at least six feet of distance. Mind your distancing when you’re waiting for the shuttle and in classroom buildings, common areas, etc. at all times.  
  • Wear face coverings properly while inside (and outside if six feet distance can’t be maintained) covering both nose and mouth. Covering the mouth is a start but isn’t enough to stay safe. Keep the face coverings up, covering both nose and mouth, and on at all times if you’re in common areas in the apartment building.
     
  • Follow the room capacity limits. The capacity limits on campus building spaces have been determined by professionals to ensure everyone can safely physically distance themselves while sharing a space together. If the room is at its capacity limit, don’t go in. Make sure furniture is set up in a way that maintains the six feet physical distancing and correct it if it doesn’t.  
     
  • Avoid risky behaviors while off campus. The risks to catch COVID-19 don’t change when you’re off campus. Whether you’re at the store or attending a social gathering, make sure you’re in an environment that keeps you safe and is following the necessary safety guidelines requiring masks and physical distancing. If a gathering looks unsafe, where physical distancing is impossible or masks aren’t being worn, don’t take unnecessary risks with your health and safety. Leave.  
     
  • Speak up! We need everyone to assist the community when it needs reminding. If someone forgets to wear a mask, don’t be afraid to remind them and ask staff if you need help doing it. If a great social gathering is starting to get a little closer than six feet, do a physical distancing check for everyone. Everyone needs reminding, so let’s work together in helping the community stay on track. 
     
  • COVID-19 policies are an expectation of everyone living  on campus. This is about keeping the community safe so all can continue to have an in-person experience. We respect those who have different opinions and embrace your right to disagree, but you have to abide by the policies while living in the community. We are committed to keeping the community safe and will report and refer students to the Academic and Community Conduct office for not following these guidelines. Remember, it’s not just about risk to self, but to your friends, families, staff, professors, and the community as a whole. We take it seriously and will report behaviors that endanger others.
     
  • Students who need to isolate themselves in the apartments can do so safely by following the necessary precautions. We don’t want anyone to get sick, but in case you test positive for COVID-19, you will be asked to isolate yourself in your apartment to help keep the surrounding community safe. The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department has provided guidance that it is safe for students to isolate in their apartment in Daniell Heights since kitchens and bathrooms are not shared. In the event someone tests positive for COVID-19, our staff will provide both support and guidance so you and those you live with can isolate/quarantine safely in your own apartment.  

In the event someone living in Daniell Heights should test positive for COVID-19, individuals living in apartments other than the one in which the infected person is isolating are not considered close contacts, as living spaces are not shared. Passing by a person briefly or being in a different apartment in the same building will not infect others, but staying in close contact for more than 15 minutes (less than six feet away) does create a higher risk that requires quarantine. Taking the necessary precautions such as wearing a face covering properly, keeping physical distancing, and following proper hygiene practices will go a long way to keeping everyone safe. We have the tenacity to do this. But, like the rest of the universities in the country, we only have one shot to make this work. We need the community working together to keep our Husky home safe and protect all those around us.

Matt Weekley
Director of Housing Auxiliary Operations and Residence Education


Welcome Home

Hello Huskies,

Welcome home! Thank you so much for doing your part this past week to ensure a safe move in and a strong initial start. It’s been wonderful watching all of you return to your rooms and breathe life back into our campus community all while taking the steps to do your part and keep our community safe from COVID-19. Every time you have worn your mask properly or physically distanced six feet, you have lowered the spread of COVID-19 on our campus, keeping your friends, family, staff, and the whole community safer. Thank you for doing your part.

This past week has been a solid first step, but we have a long way to go to get to May. The Residence Education team wants to ensure you continue to have an in-person experience that several universities have already lost. We can’t let ourselves get comfortable on these safety guidelines. Remember, though we have an aggressive isolation and quarantine strategy, COVID-19 IS on our campus. While these numbers are good right now, we have to improve our efforts to continue to keep those around us safe. Here are some key reminders:

  • Keep six feet physical distancing from one another both outside AND inside.  Being outside doesn’t change the need to keep a distance from others. If you’re sitting at one of the picnic tables outside, sit corner to corner with no more than two at the table. Mind your distancing when you’re on Walker Lawn and in classroom buildings, waiting in line at the desk or dining hall, common areas, etc. at all times.  
  • Wear face coverings properly while inside (and outside if six feet distance can’t be maintained) covering both nose and mouth.  Covering the mouth is a start but isn’t enough to stay safe. Keep the face coverings up, covering both nose and mouth, and on at all times (except in your room with the door closed) if you’re inside.  
  • Be extra vigilant when in the dining hall when others aren’t wearing masks to eat.  Make sure to put your mask on as soon as you’re done eating and avoid congregating closely together in lines.
  • Follow the room capacity limits.  The capacity limits on spaces have been determined by professionals to ensure everyone can safely physically distance themselves while sharing a space together. If the room is at its capacity limit, don’t go in. Make sure furniture is set up in a way that maintains the six feet physical distancing and correct it if it doesn’t.  
  • Meals have to stay in the dining hall, outside, or in your room.  Under our current health and safety level, common spaces and kitchenettes cannot be places to eat meals.
  • Avoid risky behaviors while off campus.  The risks to catch COVID-19 don’t change when you’re off campus. Whether you’re at the store or attending a social gathering, make sure you’re in an environment that keeps you safe and is following the necessary safety guidelines requiring masks and physical distancing. If a gathering is beginning to look unsafe, where physical distancing is impossible or masks aren’t being worn, don’t take unnecessary risks with your health and safety. Leave.  
  • Speak up!  We need the collective voices of everyone to assist the community when it needs reminding. If someone forgets to wear a mask, don’t be afraid to remind them and ask staff if you need help doing it. If a great social gathering is starting to get a little closer than six feet, do a physical distancing check for everyone. Everyone needs reminding, so let’s work together in helping the community stay on track.
  • You don’t need to be face to face to build a friendship, attend events online!  We know some may not feel comfortable engaging with others in person. To help with this, we’ve put together a calendar allowing you to connect with others virtually. Jump into our Zoom events and get to know the people in the community including a virtual dinner tonight at 5:15pm.  
  • COVID-19 policies are part of the living guide and are an expectation of everyone living  on campus.  This is about keeping the community safe and ensuring we all can continue to have an in-person experience. We respect those who have different opinions and embrace your right to disagree, but you have to abide by the policies while living in the halls. The Residence Education staff is committed to keeping the community safe and will report and refer students to the Academic and Community Conduct office for not following these guidelines. Remember, it’s not just about risk to self, but to your friends, families, staff, professors, and the community as a whole. We take it seriously and will report behaviors that endanger others, which includes not complying with these policies.

We have shown we have the tenacity to do this. But, like the rest of the universities in the country, we only have one shot to make this work. As I said in my previous letter, a mask and six feet of physical distancing can be inconvenient, but these practices aren’t going to keep you from making friends and having some great in-person experiences. An outbreak on campus, however, will. We need the community working together to keep our Husky home safe and protect all those around us. 

Matt Weekley
Director of Housing Auxiliary Operations and Residence Education


Dining – Online Ordering & Guidelines

Dear Residents,

New dining guidelines for your safety are in place and we are rolling out an online ordering service during the week of September 1, 2020, for meal pick-up in the residence halls to serve you faster.

– Six-foot physical distancing is required in all dining facilities, including when you wait in the food service line. There is one chair per table. Please don’t move the furniture. If seating isn’t available, exit the dining room with your food. All food and beverages are served in eco-friendly to-go containers.

– Face coverings are required in all dining facilities. Once you are seated and ready to eat, you may remove your face covering. 

To help reduce wait times you can use our online ordering service, which we will introduce next week. The order link will be posted on your residence dining hall website:

DHH: mtu.edu/dining/centers/dhh

McNair: mtu.edu/dining/centers/mcnair

Wads: mtu.edu/dining/centers/wads

We will be asking customers to order well in advance: breakfast can be ordered the night before or no later than 5 a.m. the day of pickup; lunch can be ordered until 10 a.m. daily; and dinner orders will be taken until 2 p.m. the day of pickup.

Thanks for doing your part to keep the University open and keeping all of us healthy! For more information on campus health and safety protocols go to mtu.edu/flex or email mtuflex@mtu.edu.

Sincerely,

Daryl Matthews
Director of Dining Services


Be Smart, Do Your Part: Get Tested

Welcome home, Huskies!

We’re glad to have you back on campus and here in the residence halls. I have some good news: the University has made arrangements for you to get tested for COVID-19. To schedule your free test, go to the COVID-19 Testing Information for Students page, scroll down to Returning Undergraduate and All Graduate Students, and click on the scheduling widget (“Book an Appointment”). 

If you have any trouble scheduling your appointment, email mtuhelp@uglhealth.org. If you have any questions about Michigan Tech’s testing program, email mtuflex@mtu.edu.

Please keep in mind that COVID-19 testing is a critical component of our strategy to keep the community healthy and safe—and to keep the campus open. Please be smart and do your part.

Sincerely,

Matt Weekley
Director of Housing Auxiliary Operation and Residence Education