COVID-19 Update to Campus: April 9, 2020

To the Eastern Michigan University community:

It is with great sadness that I share news about the death of Marilyn Horace-Moore, a longtime and distinguished instructor and advisor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology.

Marilyn earned a master’s degree in criminology from EMU in 1989 and a bachelor’s degree in 1978, and has been teaching criminology and sociology courses at Eastern since 1994. Prior to becoming a lecturer and advisor in the department, she enjoyed a successful tenure with the City of Ypsilanti Police Department, retiring as a police lieutenant in 1994. Her research issues have included race, discrimination issues and career advising. She has worked with students at Fast Track and athletic recruiting, and actively supported Commencement activities.

Surviving Marilyn are her husband, two children and 11 grandchildren. Our heartfelt thoughts are with her family, friends, students and University colleagues. We will provide memorial details when they become available.

Governor extends Executive Order

Today, Governor Whitmer extended Michigan’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order through April 30, 2020. Due to the University’s previously announced cancellation of in-person classes through the end of the semester, there will be no change to current University operations under the extension.

Employees should continue to work remotely through April 30, with the exception of those employees designated as critical infrastructure workers or those conducting minimum basic operations. Employees designated to work on campus have received a letter from their supervisor stating this, and are the only EMU employees who have swipe card access to their buildings.

We will continue to keep you updated as the situation warrants in the days and weeks ahead.

Please continue to follow your University email, the University’s COVID-19 website and our Frequently Asked Questions for additional information and updates, as well as resources to help keep you safe. Continue to observe physical distancing guidance, as well as hand washing and other prevention measures.

I wish everyone a healthy, peaceful and restful weekend with the extra day off tomorrow for Spring Recess, and also for many in our community who observe the holidays of Passover and Easter. 

James Smith, Ph.D.

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