Guiding Principles

The COVID-19 global pandemic is unprecedented in its scope and impact. As EMU safely transitions back to on-campus operations, we are guided by the following principles:

  1. Our number one priority is the health, safety and well being of our students, faculty and staff. This will be the guiding principle in every action we take.
  2. We will continue to provide students with the outstanding education they deserve, excellent service to our community, and a safe working environment for our employees.
  3. Many questions remain unanswered about the epidemiology and future pattern of the COVID-19 virus. Our planning process will therefore not make specific predictions about a single course of action. Instead, we will model different scenarios with varying timelines and contingencies.
  4. Our goal is to make well-informed decisions, not necessarily the fastest decisions. We will continue to review regulations, health and safety research, and best practices, and will update our policies and practices accordingly.
  5. As with everything we do at Eastern, we must ensure that our actions are consistent with inclusive excellence. We must work to provide a campus community that includes and values individuals of differing abilities, experiences, and backgrounds.