Message from the President and Provost
To the Eastern Michigan University community,
As we have expressed many times over the past two years, 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. Together, our robust EMU Safe policies for the 2021-2022 academic year are even more comprehensive than our fall 2020 safety policies, which proved successful in limiting the spread of COVID-19 on campus.
The information throughout the EMUSafe website outlines the numerous opportunities available to students and employees and the common-sense precautions our campus will use to help keep the campus community safe. 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 are not rushed. Guided by our public and medical health professionals and many other University professionals, we prepared these plans to ensure a safe and enjoyable campus experience.
We applaud our community for their perseverance, patience, and support of one another during the previous sixteen months. 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.
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