Campus Operation Levels & Decision-Making

As we carefully return to campus, the University will maintain campus operations only at a scope corresponding to the relative risk of COVID-19 transmission at the University and in the surrounding community. We must, and will, take any action we deem advisable at any time to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. We will do this even where our actions may affect the availability of campus operations, including on-campus services and personnel.

In particular, the University is continually receiving and reviewing guidance from federal, state, and local authorities. We will closely monitor this guidance and conditions on campus, to determine whether changes must be made at any point to ensure continued safety.

Although they do not represent an exhaustive list, the factors below are particularly important. They will receive our sustained and careful attention. Significant changes to any of them may trigger a re-examination of our campus operation levels.

  • Issuance of new federal, state, or local mandates, including but not limited to laws, procedures, regulations, and Executive Orders
  • Changes to our local region’s Phase or other status under the Michigan Safe Start Plan (EMU resides in Michigan Economic Reporting Region 1 of the Michigan Governor’s Safe Start plan regarding COVID-19)
  • Significant increases or decreases in COVID-19 transmission on campus occur at a rate significantly different from that of our surrounding community
  • Significant increases or decreases in COVID-19 transmission within our surrounding community
  • Evidence that our University community is disregarding EMU’s physical distancing and face-covering requirements
  • Significant changes in the availability of COVID-19 tests, essential PPE, or other required protective wear such as face coverings, due to logistics, supply chain or other factors
  • Changes in available healthcare capacity within our local healthcare facilities
  • Signs that the University is reaching its physical capacity to manage the number of in-residence students requiring quarantine rooms or self-isolation