March 20, 2020, 9:46 a.m.
To: University Community
From: Donna Eddleman, University Dean of Student Affairs; Brent Geraty, General Counsel
Subject: Coronavirus response update #11: Status of University operations
In accordance with the new state guidelines issued March 19, the University will continue to focus on transitioning students, faculty, and staff off-campus. Students must check-out of the residence halls by 5:00 p.m. today, March 20. Dining services will be available for students through 6:30 p.m., however, the University bookstore will be closed. Students who have been granted permission to remain on campus should follow the guidance provided to them earlier this week.
Regarding University operations, the federal guidelines from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), provide additional guidance on the types of industry and employment that are considered essential critical infrastructure during the COVID-19 response. Those guidelines, in part, specifically provide limited exemption from the Governor’s executive order to shelter-in-place for K-12 and higher education, specifically stating: Educators supporting public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing other essential functions, if operating under rules for social distancing.
In accordance with the federal guidance, which the governor’s order specifically indicated should be followed, the University will continue to operate, but this must be done by only those who absolutely must be on campus. Supervisors should reconsider every assignment so that we are truly operating with only those who absolutely must be on campus. If you have questions about whether you should report to work in-person or remotely, please connect with your supervisor, who is responsible for making this determination.