Message from the President and Provost

To the Eastern Michigan University community,

With a renewed appreciation for the strength, patience and resilience of the Eastern Michigan community, we are pleased to present this outline for a safe phased return to campus in the fall. As we have expressed many times over the past months, our community's health and safety is our number one priority. The well-being of our students, faculty and staff is our guiding principle in every action we take.

This guidebook outlines the numerous safety precautions our campus will use to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We know that a single action, standing alone, is not enough. Instead, our University will use a layered approach based on best practices because multiple strategies are proven to be more successful. That layered approach includes daily health screenings, physical distancing, face coverings, remote work where possible, protocols if you become ill, and other important topics. We continue to monitor federal, state, and local health guidelines, guidance from professional organizations in higher education, and feedback from stakeholders, and are prepared to adjust our plans as necessary.

At Eastern Michigan University, we are committed to providing students with the outstanding education they deserve, excellent service to our community, and a safe working environment for our employees. Our planning process has been methodical. While we have worked expeditiously, these decisions were not rushed. Guided by our public and medical health professionals and many other University professionals, we prepared this Plan to ensure a safe return to campus.

We applaud our community for their perseverance, patience and support of one another during this difficult time. We would not be able to effectively get through this without that level of collaboration and commitment to our students and institution. This unity and the shared effort represent the very best we can be as a University, serving and supporting one another and our students.

As with everything we do at Eastern, we must ensure that our actions are consistent with inclusive excellence - namely, the goals of diversity, equity and inclusion. This is a time for everyone to work together to protect one another, especially the most vulnerable.

Again, we say - with cautious optimism - that we look forward to a different but supportive campus. Thank you for your patience, your dedication, and your passion.

Stay healthy, stay well, and stay #TRUEMU,

James M. Smith, Ph.D., President
Rhonda Longworth, Ph.D., Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs