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 in-person campus experience for the fall of 2021. As we have expressed many times over the past sixteen 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. Together, our robust EMU Safe policies are even more comprehensive than our fall 2020 safety policies, which proved successful in limiting the spread of COVID-19 on campus.

This guidebook 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 were not rushed. Guided by our public and medical health professionals and many other University professionals, we prepared this Plan 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