Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

There are no cases of Coronavirus at Lake Superior State University. Please refer to this website for the most up-to-date information and guidance.

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, we are suspending all face-to-face instruction through the end of the semester, and are moving to an online/virtual learning environment.  We are regrettably unable to welcome visitors to campus during this time.

Fall 2020 Planning Communications

Fall 2020 Planning: Campus Organizations & Activities

Dear LSSU Community,

The fifth in our Fall 2020 planning communiques focuses on Campus Organizations & Activities. The foundation for our plan is built upon the four pillars, shared in our first message:

  1. Social Distancing: Maintain six feet of distance from those around you when possible.
  2. Mask/ Face Covering: Wear a mask or face covering when in enclosed, public locations and/or when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  3. Sanitization: Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds multiple times each day or use hand sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol. Sanitize your desk, workstation twice daily, high-frequency touch surfaces, and living spaces with wipes found across campus.
  4. Personal/ Social Responsibility: Actively encourage those around you to adhere to these pillars while doing so yourself. Remember, we are in this together and we all have a role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

In the academic year ahead of us, we will continue to promote and support our student organizations and campus activities. Our commitment to a Superior Experience will be embodied by a wide array of programs that enact the four pillars and appeal to students on- and off-campus. We strongly encourage students to engage with campus organizations and participate in events on and around campus to promote their success and sense of belonging at LSSU. As part of the “Get Here & Stay Here” plan outlined in President Hanley’s May 7 email to the University community, we will offer a robust set of programs to help keep students engaged on-campus when they might otherwise return home.

Throughout the fall semester, we plan to hold as many in-person events (e.g., Lakerpalooza) outside as weather permits to promote social distance among participants. Using practices developed in the course of this past spring 2020 semester, we will offer programming with a virtual element to ensure a broad reach. With increased access to programming made possible through online platforms, we will be able to engage students who may choose not to join in-person, or who cannot join due to other factors.

Campus Life will continue to use the LSSU Mobile App by Involvio to allow students to register for and check in at events. The Mobile App will also help LSSU monitor capacity at events and maintain a waiting list when needed. Our events will have a capacity limit that will be noted on the app. Once at capacity limit the rest of the students will go on a waiting list and be sent the information to attend virtually, if available. The LSSU Mobile App can be downloaded to Apple and Android devices alike.

The Student Activity Center (SAC) of the Norris Center has been reopened in accordance with guidelines from the State of Michigan. Plans for intramurals and other University Recreation programs will be developed for non-contact and contact sports. All offerings for intramural sports will be permissible as long as Executive Orders and public health guideline permit. At present, access is limited to the SAC, with plans to reopen Taffy Abel and other parts of the Norris Center for later in the summer. We ask patrons of the SAC to wear a mask when entering and exiting, and to sanitize exercise equipment before and after each use.

Student organizations should actively plan to have their standing meetings, as dictated by their individual organizational requirements. All in-person meetings should adhere to the Four Pillars safety protocols and capacity limitations of public health guidelines, and we encourage organizations to have online platforms available to ensure equal access for students to participate in an event. Because some rooms in Cisler have been repurposed for academic use, meeting locations may need to be held in different locations. Regardless of meeting location, students should sanitize their space before and after the meeting.

Travel related to student organizations may be possible and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. In instances of approved travel, participants should continue to conduct regular daily health assessments and adhere to LSSU’s Four Pillars and applicable public health guidelines.

This information is reflective of our current planning. Assessment will be ongoing, and updates will occur as necessary. We continually monitor the effects of COVID-19 on our operations and evaluate our response accordingly. As modifications are made, we will keep you updated. Safety is among our topmost priorities. Please embrace your responsibility to keep our community safe.

In light of our July 3 observance of the Independence Day holiday, the next planning communication will be next Tuesday, July 7.

Sincerely,

Michael Beazley, PhD – Dean of Student Affairs

                with

Wendy Beach – Director, Human Resources, Safety, & Risk

Lynn Gillette, PhD – Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Co-Chairs, COVID Response Team

Fall 2020 Planning: University Housing

Dear LSSU Community,

The fourth in our Fall 2020 planning communiques focuses on University Housing. The foundation for our plan is built upon the four pillars, shared in our first message:

  1. Social Distancing: Maintain six feet of distance from those around you when possible.
  2. Mask/ Face Covering: Wear a mask or face covering when in enclosed, public locations and/or when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  3. Sanitization: Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds multiple times each day or use hand sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol. Sanitize your desk, workstation twice daily, high-frequency touch surfaces, and living spaces with wipes found across campus.
  4. Personal/ Social Responsibility: Actively encourage those around you to adhere to these pillars while doing so yourself. Remember, we are in this together and we all have a role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

As we approached our Housing inventory, we were cognizant that we may have an increase in requests for lower-density housing options. In response, we reclassified some rooms in the housing inventory and took steps to reduce occupancy in some living spaces. We also made every effort to honor special requests.

Staff conducted a hall-by-hall assessment to determine entry and exit doors, which will be marked with appropriate signage. Additionally, traffic indicators and educational posters will be present throughout the residence halls as reminders of expectations and to reduce clustering.

Residence Hall Coordinators, Resident Advisors, and Resident Success Coaches will be required to complete the Workforce Training outlined in our previous communication about safety protocols and procedures. All residence halls will have ample supply of sanitization and cleaning materials for students to use in maintaining cleanliness throughout the year.

To enhance our established practice of roommate agreements, we added a discussion point related to COVID-19 and how roommates should conduct themselves in their living spaces. Roommates should expect to develop shared expectations related to wearing masks, frequency of sanitization, and circumstances under which guests (i.e., resides off-campus) and visitors (i.e., resides on-campus) are permitted in their living spaces. Roommates living together will be considered much like a family unit and masking and social distancing expectations may not be strictly enforced and may diminish over time.

While in common areas of the residence halls (e.g., lounges, laundry areas, kitchens, and group study rooms) students should wear face coverings and maintain appropriate social distance. All students should sanitize all common area spaces before and after usage. Furniture in common areas was reduced to promote lower density gathering. Study groups remain possible, though students should be mindful of the LSSU four pillars while working together. If members of a study group prefer or need to work remotely, take advantage of virtual platforms to ensure that group members can participate and contribute fully.

In halls where common bathrooms are present, students will be asked to be considerate and mindful of communal sanitation expectations. Cleaning supplies will be available in each community bathroom and custodial staff will also contribute to maintaining their cleanliness. Barriers will be placed between sinks and added between urinals in men’s facilities. In apartment and en suite living, roommates should arrive at communal expectations for cleaning and sanitization of bathrooms and kitchen areas.

For students planning to reside on-campus: We will share information and expectations for you and your family concerning move-in procedures in a separate communication closer to Move-In Week.

This information is reflective of our current planning. Assessment will be ongoing, and updates will occur as necessary; this could include requiring limitations on guests (i.e., reside off-campus) and visitors (i.e., reside on-campus) in the residence halls. We are continually monitoring the effects of COVID-19 on our operations and evaluating our response. As modifications are made, we will keep you updated. Safety is among our topmost priorities. Please embrace your responsibility to keep our community safe.

Sincerely,

Michael Beazley, PhD – Dean of Student Affairs

                with

Wendy Beach – Director, Human Resources, Safety, & Risk

Lynn Gillette, PhD – Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Co-Chairs, COVID Response Team

Fall 2020 Planning: Campus Dining & Food Service

Dear LSSU Community:

The third in our Fall 2020 planning communiques focuses on Campus Dining & Food Service. The foundation is built upon the four pillars, shared in our first message:

  1. Social Distancing: Maintain six feet of distance from those around you when possible.
  2. Mask/ Face Covering: Wear a mask or face covering when in enclosed, public locations and/or when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  3. Sanitization: Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds multiple times each day or use hand sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol. Sanitize your desk or workstation twice daily, high-frequency touch surfaces, and living spaces with wipes found across campus.
  4. Personal/ Social Responsibility: Actively encourage those around you to adhere to these pillars while doing so yourself. Remember, we are in this together and we all have a role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Campus Dining & Food Service

Campus Dining and Food Service are operated by Sodexo International, which have operations in locations around the world. Sodexo and LSSU have developed a plan to continue Campus Dining and Food Service in the Quarterdeck (QD) and in the Galley with appropriate tools and techniques that strictly follow local, state, and federal guidelines. Laker Café, which is located in Considine Hall, will be closed for the fall semester. Due to the critical nature of their services, you will find enhanced safety measures evident in your dining experience. Below we offer “back of the house” (kitchen operations) and “front of the house” (dining areas) information.

Back of the House

Before the start of their shift, all food service staff undergo a daily health assessment and have their temperature taken and recorded. Employees who have symptoms or may have been in contact with a person who is symptomatic are directed to a medical provider and not permitted to work. In all food preparation areas, staff members work at a distance of six feet or more and wear personal protective equipment (PPE) in the form of gloves and masks at all times. The frequency of the sanitization of surfaces has been intensified and is being performed with the maximum concentration of professional grade products available for food service industry.

All vendors and deliveries are expected to adhere to the same safety standards and expectations of LSSU’s four pillars and Sodexo International.

Front of the House

Per executive order, all QD and Galley patrons must wear a face covering or mask when entering and exiting the locations. To promote social distancing and have smooth traffic flow, specific entry and exit doors have been designated at QD. Cashiers will have plexiglass shields at registers as additional safeguards. Payments for meal service will be contactless.

QD will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner while The Galley will serve lunch and dinner (though breakfast sandwiches are available in The Galley). Patrons will also observe traffic direction and six-foot distance indicators on the floor to help with spacing while waiting to be served.

Quarterdeck

Some QD food stations have been redistributed to enhance social distancing and traffic flow. Buffet service is not permissible under current executive orders, so patrons of the QD will have their food and drink served. This limitation also translates to the Salad Bar, which will be served in prepackaged containers. Condiments such as dressing, mustard, and ketchup will be served in prepackaged containers. The Waffle Station will be staffed at breakfast and lunch while the Deli Station will be staffed for lunch and dinner.

Sit down space will remain available for patrons who wish to remain in the QD for their meals.  The number of seats available will be limited, per social distance guidelines and capacity limitations. Between booths, there will be plexiglass dividers as additional protective barriers. With patrons’ assistance, staff will ensure cleaning of tabletop surfaces between diners.

The Galley & C-Store

The C-Store will be moved out of The Galley into the seating area, which will limit the number of seats available. The open floor plan will allow for an increased number of social distancing patrons to visit the location.

Online ordering will be available with a designated menu and with varying special daily offerings.  All Starbucks coffee will be served. Because there will no longer be a self-serve coffee, sugar, and creamer station, patrons should be prepared to specify how much sugar and creamer they like in their beverages. There will be more options for Simply to Go, which are prepackaged options for grab-and-go. The Simply to Go option will also be available for a meal swipe, which is a new feature.

As a note, information about Concessions will be addressed in the email dedicated to Events and Athletics.

This information is reflective of our current planning. Assessment will be ongoing, and updates will occur as necessary. We are continually monitoring the effects of COVID-19 on our operations and evaluating our response. As modifications are made, we will keep you updated. Safety is among our topmost priorities. Please embrace your responsibility to keep our community safe.

Sincerely,

Michael Beazley, PhD – Dean of Student Affairs

                with

Wendy Beach – Director, Human Resources, Safety, & Risk

Lynn Gillette, PhD – Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Co-Chairs, COVID Response Team

Fall 2020 Planning: Academic Operations & Classroom Management

Dear LSSU Community:

The second in our Fall 2020 planning communiques focuses on Academic Operations and Classroom Management. As with all of our planning, the foundation is built upon the four pillars, shared in our first message:

  1. Social Distancing: Maintain six feet of distance from those around you when possible.
  2. Mask/ Face Covering: Wear a mask or face covering when in enclosed, public locations and/or when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  3. Sanitization: Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds multiple times each day or use hand sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol. Sanitize your desk or workstation twice daily, high-frequency touch surfaces, and living spaces with wipes found across campus.
  4. Personal/ Social Responsibility: Actively encourage those around you to adhere to these pillars while doing so yourself. Remember, we are in this together and we all have a role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Academic Operations & Classroom Management

For returning students and our faculty members, the scheduling of classes will look familiar, though some locations may be different. The Administration and Academic Deans conducted a room-by-room assessment of all available learning spaces to determine maximum capacities that adhere to social distancing guidelines. These assessments resulted in moving some sections to different locations, including some non-traditional learning spaces (e.g., Lake Rooms of the Cisler Center). In some locations, plexiglass shields are being installed for the protection of students and faculty members.

Additionally, entrances and exits to all buildings and learning spaces were evaluated to assess traffic flow and in the interest of minimizing the clustering of people and proximity while navigating the spaces. Signs will be installed at entrances and on the floor to indicate traffic patterns. There will be additional signs reminding campus community members and guests of the four pillars, our communal expectations, and a reminder that if you are feeling unwell to stay home and contact your health provider. All buildings and learning spaces will have hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes available for use. We encourage all students, faculty, and staff to wipe down their spaces upon arrival and departure.

Most laboratories are operating at approximately 50% capacity to accommodate social distance guidelines. Some lab activity will be individual instead of with partners. Students will find personal protective equipment (PPE) readily available in all lab settings.

Roughly 80% of our course catalogue will be taught via face-to-face instruction. This reflects more online offerings than usual, but we are making every effort to protect faculty members with underlying health conditions. Decisions regarding teaching modality were reached through consultation with the Academic Deans and the Provost.

Classes may still include group projects but how they are conducted will be at the discretion of each faculty member, based on the abovementioned safety protocols. Field trips are still available, but faculty members must seek approval based on the nature of the field trip and travel involved. In advance of all approved field trips, students participating should expect to engage in a health assessment, to have their temperature screened, and to wear facial covering en route to the destination, and potentially at the destination.

Faculty members and students will continue to have opportunities to meet individually or in groups. Faculty office hours and advising meetings will be face-to-face or virtual at the discretion of individual faculty members. Students can expect information about the nature of meetings in their respective syllabi.

This information is reflective of our current planning. Assessment will be ongoing, and updates will occur as necessary. Faculty members with questions should contact their Department Chairs. Students can expect further information in their syllabi when classes commence.

We are continually monitoring the effects of COVID-19 on our operations and evaluating our response. As modifications are made, we will keep you updated. Safety is among our topmost priorities. Please embrace your responsibility to keep our community safe.

Sincerely,

Wendy Beach – Director, Human Resources, Safety, & Risk

Lynn Gillette, PhD – Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Co-Chairs, COVID Response Team

Fall Planning 2020 - Safety Protocols, Workforce Training, and Campus Services

Dear LSSU Community,

In this first of our series detailing plans for the Fall 2020 semester, we will outline Safety Protocols, Workforce Training, and Campus Services. The safety and well-being of our University and surrounding community are at the heart of our return to in-person classes.

Our Safety Protocols are based on federal, state, and local guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). The four pillars undergirding our plan are:

  1. Social Distancing: Maintain six feet of distance from those around you when possible.
  2. Mask/ Face Covering: Wear a mask or face covering when in enclosed, public locations and/or when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  3. Sanitization: Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds multiple times each day or use hand sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol. Sanitize your desk, workstation twice daily, high-frequency touch surfaces, and living spaces with wipes found across campus.
  4. Personal/ Social Responsibility: Actively encourage those around you to adhere to these pillars while doing so yourself. Remember, we are in this together and we all have a role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

These four pillars have likely become infused into your daily lives already. They provide the foundation for the University’s plan to resume full campus operations. They guide us in the way classrooms have been selected, the designation of room capacities, and revisioning the ways our campus spaces are used. They influence our plan for entrance and exit points of buildings, traffic flow within buildings, and our method of de-densifying furniture in common areas around campus.

We are providing a cloth mask to all incoming and returning students, and to faculty and staff members who request them. We are also positioning hand sanitizer pumps and sanitizing wipes throughout campus for all to use. Please avail yourselves of enhanced sanitization capabilities for common areas you use, classrooms where you learn and study, and high frequency touch surfaces like shared computers and desks.

Please do your part to adhere to these pillars. The University has taken important steps to do its part in preventing COVID-19 spread. For example, we will have a Daily Wellness Check for employees and student staff, and temperature screenings will be available at locations around campus. For your part, if you are feeling sick, it is better to stay home. Encourage your roommates, friends, classmates, and family to do their part, too. As part of our collective commitment to the health and well-being of the LSSU community, we ask you to be mindful as you make your way about campus.

Workforce Training

As employees and student staff resume in-office and on-campus activities, they will have a Return to Campus plan from Human Resources to serve as a guide. This document will mirror the Michigan Safe Start plan and will encompass office practices (e.g., cleaning workstation twice daily, wearing masks), Campus Life, and classroom etiquette. Incoming students will receive information about workplace guidance during Orientation and Laker Week, and along with returning students will also have periodic updates in the course of the academic year. Employees will be trained on how to engage colleagues and students in compliance with safety protocols outlined by the Governor and recommended by the CDC. This training is not only mandated, but its completion will be tracked and documented by supervisors to guarantee 100% compliance.

Campus Services

Supervisors are evaluating their office environments to ensure that students, faculty, and staff can conduct daily business while being mindful of the pillars of our safety protocols. Our full array of campus operations and services will be provided, though there may be some variation in the delivery of these services. Some staff may blend remote and on-site work for parts of the week as deemed appropriate by supervisors, and in compliance with the Governor’s executive orders. To help protect individuals with underlying health conditions, all offices and employees will be capable of conducting meetings virtually as a complement to holding meetings in-person. Similarly, the Health Care Center and Counseling Center will treat patients in-person as well as through telehealth platforms.

Please be mindful that we will address other campus operations in subsequent messages, including Dining and Housing. We will be in touch again on Friday with information about Academic Operations & Classroom Management.

We are continually monitoring the effects of COVID-19 on our operations and evaluating our response. As modifications are made, we will keep you updated. Safety is among our topmost priorities. Please embrace your responsibility to keep our community safe.

Sincerely,

Wendy Beach – Director, Human Resources, Safety, & Risk

Lynn Gillette, PhD – Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Co-Chairs, COVID Response Team

Campus Planning Fall 2020

Dear LSSU Community,

Since the effects of COVID-19 began affecting operations of Lake Superior State, a team drawn from across the University has been meeting consistently to discuss how we collectively respond to the pandemic. As we near a return to campus, we are pleased to share with you details of plans and responses that will be evident in the fast-approaching fall semester.

Over the remaining weeks of summer, we are planning the release of information under some common themes. You can expect approximately two releases per week, scheduled for Tuesday and Friday. The themes of communication will be as follows:

  1. Safety Protocols, Workforce Training, & Campus Services
  2. Academic Operations & Classroom Management
  3. Dining
  4. Housing
  5. Student Organizations & Activities
  6. Events, and Athletics
  7. Testing Plan & Protocols

We are committed to resuming face-to-face classroom activities and campus operations in as safe a manner as possible, and in compliance with Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders and CDC guidelines. The information we provide is a result of several weeks of discussion, consideration, and consultation with state and local officials. The work of the group will be ongoing to ensure that we adhere to the most current guidance and developments.

Preparations have been underway, and you may begin seeing enhancements in buildings in preparation for the fall semester like hand sanitizer stations, handwipe dispensers, ingress/egress signs, and furnishings spaced to comply with social distancing expectations.

Our ability to have as safe a semester and year as possible will rely also on your support and participation. Much as the case has been for the past several months, we ask you to be mindful of maintaining six feet of distance between you and others, washing hands frequently, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces, and wearing masks.

We wish you a good rest of the summer, and we look forward to sharing information with you in the weeks ahead.

Sincerely,

Wendy Beach – Director, Human Resources, Safety, & Risk

Lynn Gillette, PhD – Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Co-Chairs, COVID Response Team

Michael Beazley, PhD – Dean of Student Affairs

Jim Becsey – Director of Facilities

Kathy Berchem, DNP, RN, APRN, CHSE – Interim Dean, College of Health & Behavior

Taylor Brown – Strength & Conditioning Coach

Danny Carson – General Manager, Sodexo (Food Service)

Derric Knight – Interim Director, Norris Center

Jun Li, PhD –Associate Professor, School of Biology

Garth Magiera – Safety & Risk Management Specialist

Fred Pierce, III – Dean of Admissions & Marketing

Karen Storey – Director, Health Care Center

Sharmay Wood – Director, Campus Life & Laker Success

President Hanley’s COVID-19 Update

June 30, 2020

Dear LSSU Community:

 As of Tuesday, June 30, 2020, the Chippewa County Health Department (CCHD) has a reported total of nine confirmed cases of COVID-19.  This is an increase of seven confirmed cases in the last few days.  In spite of these new cases, Chippewa County remains a safe place, however continued vigilance is required.  Click here for more information on the recent COVID-19 cases in Chippewa County, Michigan.

Please monitor yourself for symptoms and if you experience symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, stay home and CALL the LSSU Health Care Center M-F 8 am – 1 pm, or use War Memorial Hospital’s COVID-19 Evaluation Drive Thru located at the Emergency Department Parking lot.

Together with the CCHD, I urge each one of you to be mindful of the Four Pillars that inform the university’s COVID-19 response planning:

1.    Social Distancing: Maintain six feet of distance from those around you when possible.

2.    Mask/ Face Covering: Wear a mask or face covering when in enclosed, public locations and/or when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

3.    Sanitization/ Hand hygiene: Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds multiple times each day or use hand sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol.  Sanitize your desk, workstation twice daily, high-frequency touch surfaces, and living spaces with wipes found across campus.

4.    Personal/ Social Responsibility: Actively encourage those around you to adhere to these pillars while doing so yourself.

Stay safe and stay well.

 Sincerely,

 Rodney S. Hanley, Ph.D.

President

Communications

As the global situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) constantly evolves, will provide periodic updates to the campus community regarding Lake Superior State University’s planning and preparedness actions. The University is vigilant and taking steps to ensure the safety of the campus community.

Updated March 16, 2020 at 9 pm

Norris Center

We are happy to welcome members and guests back to the Norris Center – Student Activity Center (SAC), effective June 15, 2020. We are placing several safeguards in effect that may affect some uses of the spaces in the SAC and the Norris Center, but this is done to promote the safety and well-being of those using the facility. Please note the following information.
 
Norris – Student Activity Center Hours
  • Monday – Friday 6 am to 7 pm
  • Saturday 9 am to 4 pm
  • Sunday – Closed
General Wellness Guidelines:
  • We ask you to wear a face covering when entering and exiting the Norris Center and SAC. A face covering is not necessary when exercising.
  • Stay home if you are feeling ill, have a temperature, or have been in contact with others who may be unwell.
  • Practice six feet of distancing with staff and other members and guests.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after use. Use hand sanitizing wipes and spray to cleanse your exercise equipment before and after use.
  • Drinking fountains are turned off, but bottle filler is still available for refillable bottles (please bring your own).
  • Follow traffic indicators on the floor and adhere to entrance/ exit signs posted.

Check-In Procedures:

  • All members and guests must check-in with the Norris Center Staff.
  • Members can respond to health screening questions when entering.
  • Norris staff will ensure that names of entering patrons and guests are recorded.
Facility and Fitness Equipment Usage:
  • Maintain six feet of distance.
  • Respect your and others’ health by disinfecting all used equipment before and after use.
  • Members must wipe down machines and equipment after every use.
Closed Areas of Norris Center
  • Pool, sauna, steam room, and showers
  • Climbing Wall
  • Regional Outdoor Center
  • Taffy Abel Arena (including the second floor to walk)
  • Superior Sports Pro-Shop

Health, Wellness and Prevention

What is Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

COVID-19 is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Since then, cases have been identified in multiple other countries including the US.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:

  • It is newly identified, so much is still unknown about it.
  • Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have caused severe illness.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it’s unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people.

If you have symptoms of fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing and in the last 14 days you should:

  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency department, call first and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Ferris students may call Birkam Health Center at 231-591-2614.
  • Others should first call their health care provider or call the District Health Department #10 at 231-592-0130.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel while sick. Please do not use public transportation or arrive unannounced at the Birkam Health Center. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

What is the treatment?

Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection. People infected with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. (source: CDC)

Is there a vaccine?

Not at this time, although research that could lead to a vaccine is moving ahead quickly.

Where are the cases of COVID-19?

On March 10, state officials announced the first two confirmed cases of coronavirus in Michigan. New cases continue to be identified in the United States, including Michigan. The CDC continues to indicate that the number of cases reported in the United States will increase, as testing capability is increased. Ferris is monitoring this information closely.

CDC site for cases in the US: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html.

Michigan information from state health officials can be found at: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/.

What is Social Distancing?

Social distancing means:

  • Avoid public places where close contact with others might occur – this includes shopping centers, movie theaters, stadiums, workplaces, schools and classrooms.
  • Avoid public transportation (e.g., bus, subway, taxi, ride share).
  • Maintain distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others.

How do I prevent the Coronavirus?

There is no vaccine to prevent this virus, and the CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Should I wear a face mask to protect myself?

The CDC does not recommend that people without symptoms wear a mask. You may be asked to wear a mask when visiting a health care facility and some individuals may choose to wear a mask.

How do I self-isolate and self-monitor?

To self-isolate, you should:

  • Stay home. Do not go to work, school or public areas.
  • Separate yourself from other people in your home. Avoid visitors to your home.
  • Self-monitor for fever by checking temperature at least twice a day. Contact your healthcare provider if you develop a fever or respiratory symptoms.
  • If you have symptoms, where a facemask when you are around other people.
  • When seeking medical care, call ahead and tell them about your symptoms before heading to the doctor’s office or the emergency room.
  • Do not use public transport like buses or taxis.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and immediately throw the tissue in the trash and clean hands with sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces.

The CDC offers the following additional guidance on how to self-isolate: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

Information for Incoming Students and Families

Welcome new students!
We hope this message finds you and your family well. Our recently announced decision to begin classes two weeks early – on Monday, August 10 – was reached after careful and deliberate analysis of the potential impacts of COVID-19 on the fall semester. The overarching principle guiding our deliberations is having a traditional fall semester while keeping our students, their families, and the LSSU community safe and secure. We engaged in the necessary planning to ensure safe campus operations (face-to-face instruction and enhanced student life) and the adjusted dates for the fall semester contributes to the overall plan by minimizing risks associated with travel.
What does this mean for you and your family? Given travel minimization enhances our ability to keep people safe and secure we are also making a number of other adjustments to our on-boarding processes. We are realigning our orientation and move-in activities so they occur immediately prior to the beginning of Laker Week – Monday, August 3. We will begin orientation and move-in on Sunday, July 26 and stagger those experiences across the week. This approach allows families to travel to campus only once this summer and it reinforces concepts of social distancing and risk mitigation.
Students living on-campus will move-in on an assigned date beginning Tuesday, July 28 and have orientation the following day. For family members accompanying students living on campus, we will have a Parent & Family Orientation beginning at 3 p.m. and concluding prior to the barbeque for students and their families the evening of your designated move-in date.
Commuter and Transfer students will attend orientation on an assigned date beginning Sunday, July 26. Families of these students will also have an orientation beginning at 3 p.m. the same day.
While we have made this decision in the interest of safety and security, students and their families will have the benefit of a robust on-boarding experience immediately prior to the beginning of the semester which will include academic advising and registration. Regardless of your designated move-in/orientation date, we will deliver all of the content and experiences for a successful launch to your academic career at Lake Superior State. Furthermore, Student Affairs will provide a host of activities to acclimate students to campus and Sault Ste. Marie between their move-in date and the launch of Laker Week.
The global pandemic necessitated an incredibly thoughtful and informed approach to the Lake State experience. We understand our announcement was unexpected but please know that just like you, we value your safety and wellbeing. All of us are concerned about the future and we appreciate your understanding of our approach. It is in an endeavor to mitigate risk and maximize the student experience that we undertake these changes. At this point we want to let you know of the adjustments that correspond to our early start date. Additional details will follow shortly under separate cover.
For now, be well, stay safe, and remember: We are all in this together.
For the Blue and Gold, Go Lakers!
Fred A. Pierce III
Dean of Admissions and Marketing

Information for the LSSU Community

Governor Whitmer issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 12:01 AM until at least April 13, 2020 at 11:59 PM. The impact on universities is defined under the “Other Community-Based Government Operation and Essential Functions” section of the executive order. For LSSU, we can continue operation for the purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing other essential functions, if operating under rules for social distancing. This action taken by the Governor does not shut down the University, we continue to operate.

Senior Management Members will work with supervisors to determine which employees are essential on campus and which employees can work remotely. All other employees will be required to take sick time or vacation.

The enhanced workplace policies (sent via email 03.13.2020) will include use of sick time for the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order. This means employees who are required to stay home and cannot complete their assigned duties remotely will be able to use accumulated sick leave and borrow 14 days sick time, if time is not available in their sick leave bank.

Your supervisor will contact you shortly regarding your working arrangements during this executive order. Please contact your supervisor with any questions.

Information for Faculty and Staff

April 29, 2020 Update

Dear Colleagues,

Throughout the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, employees and students have been told that if they are feeling unwell, they ought to stay home. As part of our ongoing commitment to the safety and well-being of our University community, we are asking your collaboration in completing a Daily Health Assessment each day you plan to come to campus. The instrument will be sent each morning to your @LSSU.edu email address. It consists of four items and takes as little as one minute to complete. Responses will be monitored by your supervisor and Human Resources on a daily basis.

Responses will be saved and will be affiliated with your LSSU email address each time you complete the form. There is no anticipated direct adverse effect for not completing the Daily Health Assessment, but it is meant to support the safety and well-being of the University community. For example, in the case of a positive testing on the campus, responses given on this Daily Health Assessment may be helpful to the Health Department in contact tracing, which we know to be a critical part of the local, state, and national response to COVID-19.

We are grateful for your collaboration and understanding in working through the extraordinary needs brought about by this pandemic.

Sincerely,

Wendy Beach

Director of HR, Risk and Safety
Title IX Coordinator

April 26, 2020 Update

Dear Colleagues,

Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-59 on Friday, April 24, 2020, and it went into immediate effect. I encourage each of you to read the order in its entirety and do your part to adhere to it through its end date of Friday, May 15, 2020.

A new guideline in this update states that individuals must wear a covering over one’s nose and mouth—such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief—when in any enclosed public space. LSSU is asking all those on-campus to adhere immediately to this guideline. Wearing masks will be required from April 26 onward, per the order.

  • Employees: If you need a mask, please notify your supervisor and LSSU will provide one to you. If you prefer to make or provide your own mask that meets CDC guidelines, you may do so.

This updated order continues many past practices and safeguards to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 including, but not limited to maintaining six feet of social distance, washing hands frequently with soap and water, and prohibiting public gatherings of any size. Disinfect frequently touched surfaces including keyboards, mice, phones, door handles, tables, and desks. This order maintains that employees should conduct work remotely as previously determined. Employees should therefore continue the same schedule and work practice as under the previous order unless notified otherwise by their supervisor.

I want to thank all of you for your ongoing cooperation with the demands of the executive orders as they are issued. This is a difficult time in our lives and in our University’s history; it calls on each of us to be at our best. We are in this together, and so together we will get through it.

Sincerely,

Rodney S. Hanley, Ph.D.

President

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We want to keep you as informed as possible about the fluid situation caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Yesterday the State of Michigan announced twelve (12) more presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 and mandated closure of all K-12 schools from March 15, 2020 through April 5, 2020. Please review the following enhanced temporary workplace policies and guidance. This information may change as the situation evolves and more becomes known. Questions may be directed to the Human Resources Office.

LSSU’s priorities in setting these workplace policies are to:

  • Maintain a safe and healthy workplace, including minimizing the transmission of contagious disease;
  • Sustain academic programs and operational continuity;
  • Encourage an ethos of fairness, open communication, and concern for the wellbeing of our faculty, staff, and students.

Immediate Actions for Faculty and Staff

All faculty and staff are urged to take basic preventive measures to avoid exposure to or infection by the virus causing COVID-19. Please see the following link for CDC recommendations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

Faculty and staff who show signs of illness should not report to work. According to the CDC symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/COVID19-symptoms.pdf

Contact the Employee Assistance Program at 888-628-4824 for help with feelings of stress or anxiety about these events.

Enhanced Temporary LSSU Workplace Policies (effective 3/13/2020)

LSSU continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety and wellbeing of the campus community, while protecting the continuity of academic programs and essential functions. Until further notice, LSSU’s workplace policies are being enhanced as follows. These policies will be revisited regularly. We will communicate any changes and you can find all information on our webpage: https://www.lssu.edu/coronavirus/

Employees may use paid sick leave for self-isolation or quarantine, even if they are not sick, when it is required or recommended by public health authorities/guidelines or by health care providers.

To limit exposure, higher-risk employees may request to work from home. If work from home is not possible due to job duties, employees may use sick leave even if not sick at the time of the request to work from home. Information for employees at higher-risk can be found here: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/coronavirus/MDHHS_Interim_Recommendations_for_COVID-19_final_683589_7.pdf?utm_campaign=covid19+info+update&utm_medium=pr&utm_source=govdelivery.

Until further notice, employees may use paid sick leave to care for immediate family and household members who are not ill but need care due to any COVID-19 related closures of schools or day care centers, or for other breakdowns in care arrangements. Employees may not bring children to work with them, even if the children are well.

Employees may request flexible work schedule hours to meet childcare needs for related closures of schools or day care centers.

Employees may request to work from home, if working remotely with relatively self-sufficient dependents or household members at home due to COVID-19 disruptions – no need to report the use of paid time off.

Any request per this policy must go through your immediate supervisor and be approved by the respective Senior Management Team member.

Employees may exceed the annual limits on the use of sick leave to care for dependents who are ill, or whose schools or care arrangements have been disrupted due to COVID-19.

Employees with insufficient accrued sick leave may use up to 14 unearned sick days (they may accrue negative sick leave balances of up to 14 days) for illness, to meet self-isolation or quarantine requirements, or for the active care of others because of disruptions relating to COVID-19. LSSU will review this threshold periodically as conditions change.

Employees with negative balances will be required to repay negative balances if they leave employment before the balance is rebuilt with accrued sick time.

LSSU asks all staff who can work remotely to prepare to do so now. This will help the University be prepared to “scale up” workplace social distancing more quickly. LSSU will inform the community immediately if the decision is made to move to large-scale remote work (in jobs for which remote work is possible).

If large-scale remote work is implemented, those who will continue to work on campus because their jobs require it and they are well, will likely be advised to maintain a physical distance from others of at least 6 feet. If an employee has an underlying health condition or concern, they may request reasonable accommodations by contacting the Human Resources Office.

Information for Students and Parents

March 25 – Pass/Fail Grade Update

First and foremost, I would like to thank everyone for their continued patience and diligence during the transition to virtual classes. We understand that this transition may have affected some students adversely.  Due to these extreme circumstances, we are allowing students the option to select a Pass/Fail grade rather than a traditional grade (A-F) for Spring Semester 2020 courses.

The Pass/Fail option is for the Spring Semester 2020 only and does not set a precedent for any future semesters. Changing to a Pass/Fail grading scale is optional; you can keep the traditional scale of A,B,C,D,F for your courses. In courses where students earn a Pass (P grade), that P grade will meet the prerequisite grade needed for the next sequential course.  For instance, a Pass in CHEM 115 will meet the CHEM 116 prerequisite, although transcripts would indicate a grade of Pass (P grade). In courses where you need to earn a specific grade due to specialized accreditation requirements or national/state certification and/or exams (Paramedic Technology, Paramedic Training, Teacher Education, Nursing, Pre-Professional), you should not choose to go to the Pass/Fail grade option unless your dean advises you to do so. All Culinary Arts courses will maintain the traditional A-F grading scale.

The use of the Pass (P) grade and the Fail (U) grade will work as follows:

  • Pass (P Grade):  Students will need to achieve a grade equal to a D- or better in the course(s). Pass grades do count in Earned Credits and Attempted Credits but do not count in the GPA.
  • Fail (U Grade): Students not achieving a grade equal to a D- or better, would receive a Fail grade in the course(s). Fail grades do not count in Earned Credits or in the GPA. Fail grades do count in Attempted Credits.
  • The use of the Pass/Fail option will not increase previous grades in GPA calculations for any course(s) you are retaking.

Students need to earn a 3.5 GPA and have 12 graded credits (A-F grading scale) to be eligible for the Dean’s List for the semester. Courses taken as Pass/Fail will not be factored into the GPA calculation.

There will be a moratorium on academic dismissals resulting from Spring Semester 2020 grades.  This will be effective for Spring Semester 2020 only.   Students on academic probation who are at the step of academic dismissal will not be academically dismissed as of Spring Semester 2020 but will continue on probation.  Students can still move from academic probation to good standing if Spring Semester 2020 grades permit.  Again, this is only for Spring Semester 2020 and not a precedent for future semesters.

VA students will need to consult with the VA Certifying Official in the Registrar’s Office () as changing to a Pass/Fail grade may impact VA benefits.

Currently, all universities are awaiting details of the impact, if any, on financial aid. More information should be forthcoming from the Department of Education within the week. If you have questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office ().

If you want to maintain the current grading scale of A-F, then no action is needed.  If you want to change to the Pass/Fail grade, you will have until Friday, April 17th to declare the Pass/Fail option for your course(s). The Application to Complete Course as Pass/Fail Form needs to be completed, signed and emailed to the Registrar’s Office () by 11:59 pm EST, April 17th. You can take a picture of the signed form and email that to the Registrar’s Office. Additionally, students can sign the form electronically and submit via their LSSU email. There will be no appeals to change to Pass/Fail grade after April 17th. The default after the April 17th due date will be the traditional letter grade system. Students still have the option to drop courses by April 24th.

We do understand that there are a number of individual circumstances that this decision may impact.  Consult with your advisor prior to making any decision to elect the Pass/Fail option.

March 24 – Summer Classes Update
All Summer 2020 classes will be delivered online.  Given the uncertainty that we are all facing, I believe it is important to make some firm decisions so that we can appropriately plan.
Students, I wanted to let you know that summer classes will be delivered online before you register for Fall 2020 classes so that you could consider what you might want to take this summer.
Words cannot express how impressed I am with how our university community is working together in a really tough situation.  I am so proud of, and grateful for, how everyone has responded.

Managing Anxiety in Response to COVID-19

News of a widespread public health concern like COVID-19 (Coronavirus) can cause feelings of uncertainty and anxiety. LSSU students, like many students across the nation, are dealing with sudden changes to their regular schedules, and these developments can be stressful.

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations, and the emotional impact of the coronavirus health crisis on a person can vary based on different factors. While increased anxiety is a normal response, it’s important to know how to manage overwhelming anxiety, keep perspective as the situation unfolds, and maintain a positive outlook. Here are some tips and resources that may be helpful:

  • Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of COVID-19. Remain informed but rely on credible sources of information. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a webpage dedicated to information on COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
  • Focus on what you can control and structure your time. Your schedule will be different but it’s important to take care of your basic needs and keep up with your courses online. Eat well, sleep well, and establish a new schedule for your studies.
  • Stay connected. If you know you have a tendency to isolate and feel down as a result, make certain you have planned times to connect with others. Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Check your LSSU email and follow LSSU social media for timely updates and information.
  • Strengthen self-care. Exercise regularly, spend time outside, practice mindfulness, and employ relaxation techniques. Create a list of self-care activities that you enjoy and incorporate them into your new routine.
  • Don’t underestimate human resiliency. Human minds are good at predicting the worst. But research shows that people tend to overestimate how badly they’ll be affected by negative events and underestimate how well they’ll cope with and adjust to difficult situations. It’s important to maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking.
  • Seek additional help if needed. If you are feeling overwhelmed with emotions such as sadness, depression, anxiety, or feel like wanting to harm yourself or others, multiple resources remain available and you shouldn’t hesitate to reach out. You can reach LSSU Counseling Services during our regular business hours (Mon – Fri, 8 AM-5 PM) via phone at 906-635-2752. You can reach LSSU Health CARE Center via phone at 906-635-2110. LSSU Public Safety is available 24/7 via phone at 906-635-2100. To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-8255. Text “START” to 741-741 to reach the Crisis Text Line.

Whether near or far, remember that you are a part of the Laker family. Know that we’re all in this together, and you are not alone.

Adjusted Dining Hours

March 23 Update

Dear Students,

Governor Whitmer issued a new Executive Order yesterday, March 23, called, Stay Home, Stay SafeWe encourage you to read the order in its entirety.

This order went into effect at midnight overnight and will remain in effect until Monday, April 13. In compliance with Gov. Whitmer’s order, we must enact the following changes and need your cooperation:

  • Guests are not permitted in the residence halls. This includes on campus residents from other locations.
  • Mail delivery will take place on Tuesday and Friday. Packages will be available for pick up on Tuesday and Friday from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm in the Campus Life and Housing Office.
  • NOTE WELL: If you have a perishable package coming in, please contact  and we will make arrangements for you to pick up the package.
  • The Galley will be open today, Tuesday, March 24 from 11 am – 2 pm.  After today, it will close until further notice.
  • Due to low demand for breakfast, beginning Wednesday, March 25, breakfast will no longer be served in the Quarterdeck.

Instead, you will have the ability to order your breakfast the day before and pick it up during dinner hours.

During the Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order, the Campus Life and Housing Office will largely be working remotely.  Please know that we are still here to support you.  You can contact us by email or by leaving a message on our office phones and we will return your call.  You can also send us a message through Facebook or Instagram (LSSUCampusLife).

March 16 Update
Per Governor Whitmer’s March 16 directive, the Quarterdeck will move to grab and go as the only option beginning March 16th at lunch. The following changes will also take place to the dining structure.
Effective March 17:
  • Galley breakfast will move to grab and go breakfast in the Quarterdeck from 7:30 am to 9 am
  • Galley Convenience Store will adjust hours to 11 am to 7 pm
Thank you for your understanding as we modify our service to ensure our ability to meet your needs.
Please continue to check your email and the Coronavirus website (https://www.lssu.edu/coronavirus/) for updates.
March 12 Update

Dining Services will remain active during the period of suspended in-person classes with some schedule and service modifications. Please read the following carefully:

Effective Thursday, March 12, 2020 all stations in the Quarterdeck went to served stations, meaning they (including the salad bar) will be staffed to serve your food on a single-use plate.
Beginning dinner on March 12, 2020 all meals will be served in “to go” containers for you to grab your food and take it with you to your residence hall, in accordance with Gov. Whitmer’s recommendations.

Effective Sunday, March 15, 2020 we will adjust to the following hours for the dining facilities seen below:

  • Weekend Hours – Quarterdeck
    • Brunch – 11:30 am to 1 pm
    • Dinner – 4:30 pm to 6 pm
  • Weekday Hours – Quarterdeck
    • Lunch – 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
    • Dinner – 4 pm to 6 pm
  • Galley Hours
    • Weekday Hours – 7:30 am to 7 pm
    • Weekday Breakfast Hours – 7:30 am to 9 am hot breakfast will be served
    • Weekend Hours – 12 pm to 7 pm (grill closed)
  • Laker Cafe – Closed
We will be continuously evaluating and will make adjustments as needed.  Please refer to your email and the website (https://www.lssu.edu/coronavirus/) for updates.

President Hanley’s COVID-19 Update May 19

May 19, 2020

Dear LSSU Community,

Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-92 on Monday, May 18, 2020, and it went into immediate effect. I encourage you to read the order in its entirety and to adhere to it through its end date of Thursday, May 28, 2020.

Under this new Executive Order, many of the stay-in-place directives carry forward from previous orders. As such, employees who have been working remotely will continue to do so for the duration of this Order.

Some sectors of the economy and some businesses have been authorized to resume some services. On Friday, May 22 at 12:01 am, the following are allowed to open in regions 6 and 8 (the Upper Peninsula): retail stores, offices, and restaurants and bars with limited seating.

Guidelines issued in the Governor’s previous order in this update state that individuals must wear a covering over one’s nose and mouth—such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief—when in any enclosed public space. LSSU asks all those on-campus to continue to adhere to this guideline.

  • Employees: If you still need a mask and have not already done so, please notify your supervisor and LSSU will provide one to you. If you prefer to make or provide your own mask that matches CDC guidelines, you may do so.

This updated order also continues past practices and safeguards to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 including, but not limited to maintaining six feet of social distance, washing hands frequently with soap and water, and prohibiting public gatherings of any size. Disinfect frequently touched surfaces including keyboards, mice, phones, door handles, tables, and desks. This order maintains that employees should conduct work remotely as previously determined. Employees should, therefore, continue the same schedule and work practice as under the previous order unless notified otherwise by their supervisor.

I want to thank all of you for your ongoing cooperation with the demands of the executive orders as they are issued. We are in this together, and we will get through it together.

Sincerely,

Rodney S. Hanley, Ph.D.

President

President Hanley’s COVID-19 Update May 7

Dear Lakers,

Our University continues its commitment to its educational mission and taking measures to protect the safety and wellbeing of the University students and employees.  Although summer courses continue in an online delivery, we plan to resume in-person instruction for Fall 2020 enacting a plan of Get Here & Stay Here.

Our plan for Academic Year 2020-2021 will run on a modified timeline that will affect all of us.  The new schedule means:

  • Fall classes will commence on August 10, 2020.
  • Classes and Final Exams will conclude by Thanksgiving in November.
  • Session Break runs from Thanksgiving – January 18, 2021 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day).
  • Spring classes will commence on January 19, 2021.
  • Spring break will be shifted to January in order to extend the break between the fall and spring semesters.  There will be no spring break in the middle of the spring semester.
  • Classes and Final Exams will conclude by April 30, 2021.

Under Get Here & Stay Here, we will welcome you to campus and ask you to stay at or close to campus for the duration of the fall and spring semesters.  Except for students for whom travel to and from home is what enables attendance and participation, we will ask you to minimize – if not eliminate – any back and forth travels away from campus, especially to or through areas more adversely affected by COVID-19.

We have reviewed data and believe this modified timeline presents the best and safest time and way to have students on-campus for coursework in the fall.  Our plan for in-person instruction will align with CDC guidelines and will be supported by expectations of social distancing, wearing of masks, enhanced cleaning practices by custodial staff, an infectious disease response plan, and a COVID-19 Task Force that meets multiple times each week.  We will raise expectations that all Lakers contribute to the effort of keeping campus clean and sanitized by using disinfectant wipes and/or spray in academic buildings and residence halls alike.

I realize this modified schedule may also translate to changing some of your personal and family summer schedules.  I do not minimize the challenge this shift brings with it.  I want to be certain to extend a heartfelt thank you for your flexibility, collaboration, and dedication to your education.  My gratitude also reaches your loved ones whose schedules may be affected.

We are looking forward to having students and employees back to campus in a few short months. In the meantime, continue to monitor your LSSU email and follow @lakestateu and @lssucampuslife on Instagram and Facebook.

Stay safe and well.

Sincerely,

Rodney S. Hanley, Ph.D.

President

President Hanley’s COVID-19 Update April 24

April 24, 2020

Dear LSSU Community:

Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-59 today, Friday, April 24, 2020, and it is in immediate effect. I encourage each of you to read the order in its entirety and do your part to adhere to it through its end date of Friday, May 15, 2020.

This updated order continues many past practices and safeguards to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 including, but not limited to, maintaining six feet of social distance, prohibition of public gatherings of any size, and conducting work remotely as previously determined. Employees should therefore continue the same schedule and work practice as under the previous order unless notified otherwise by their supervisor.

New guidelines in this update state that:

1.      Effective Sunday, April 26, 2020: Individuals must wear a covering over one’s nose and mouth—such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief—when in any enclosed public space.

  • Employees: If you need a mask, please notify your supervisor and LSSU will provide one to you. If you prefer to make or provide your own mask that meets CDC guidelines, you may do so.
  • LSSU is asking all those on-campus to adhere immediately to this guideline, if possible. Wearing masks will be required from April 26 onward, per the order.

2.      Travel restrictions have been reduced, allowing students to return to campus to retrieve personal belongings according to appointments scheduled with the Housing Office (separate email correspondence will follow).

  • Please Note: Students arriving to campus without an appointment may be refused access to the residence halls.
  • Students returning to retrieve belongings must wear a mask at all times in order to access the residence hall.

I want to thank all of you for your ongoing cooperation with the demands of the executive orders as they are issued. This is a difficult time in our lives and in our University’s history; it calls on each of us to be at our best. We are in this together, and so together we will get through it.

Sincerely,

Rodney S. Hanley, Ph.D.

President

President Hanley’s COVID-19 Update April 17

April 17, 2020

Dear LSSU Community:

Today, Friday, April 17, 2020, the Chippewa County Health Department reported a confirmed case of COVID-19. The individual, an adult female, is not known to be affiliated with the University. Although some of you may already be reading this note from home, this case represents a reminder of the increasingly closer proximity of COVID-19 to the University. I encourage all Lakers to do their part in mitigating the spread of Coronavirus by following the above CDC guidance and Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-42.

Everyone should:

  • Clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
  • Keep six feet of distance between yourself and others. Avoid close contact, especially with those who are sick.
  • Stay home as much as possible, canceling all nonessential travel.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the Quarterdeck, the grocery store, or to pick up other necessities.

I want to remind those students still on-campus of my previous message, in addition to the points above:

  • Guests are prohibited in residence halls – this applies to past and current on-campus residents.
  • Students may make one swipe per meal at Quarterdeck; they may not make multiple swipes for guests, even other Lakers.
  • Hold each other to these expectations for your individual and collective well-being.

Please be safe, Lakers! We will get through this together.

Sincerely,

Rodney S. Hanley, Ph.D.

President

President Hanley’s COVID-19 Update April 10

Dear LSSU Community,

Following Governor Whitmer’s updated Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order 2020-42 on April 9, 2020, I am writing to reiterate the need for all Lakers to shelter in-place and forego all nonessential travel through April 30, 2020.

To Lakers still on-campus: We are committed to keeping residence halls and dining service in operation for you. I need your full cooperation in meeting the following expectations and safety measures:

  • Maintain social distance of six feet.
  • Guests are prohibited in residence halls – this applies to past and current on-campus residents.
  • Wear masks – even a homemade mask – when going to the Quarterdeck as an added safeguard for our Dining Services staff and your peers.
  • Students may make one swipe per meal at Quarterdeck; they may not make multiple swipes for guests, even other Lakers.
  • Hold each other to these expectations for your individual and collective well-being.

Those who are unable to meet these expectations may be removed from the residence hall.

To Lakers off-campus: Please stay in-place where you are. For the safety of the campus community and Sault Sainte Marie, cancel any plan to return to campus until Gov. Whitmer’s executive order expires.

  • If you have left your belongings in a residence hall, they can remain there undisturbed. I have instructed Public Safety not to grant access to students to residence halls who have been confirmed as not actively residing on-campus in these past three weeks. I ask the cooperation of all on-campus students to observe this safety measure.
  • If you have come back to Sault Sainte Marie for belongings in an off-campus residence, please do not return to campus to visit friends or dine on-campus.

I know these requests are difficult. Having limits imposed on our movement is inherently frustrating. Nonetheless, given the extraordinary risk COVID-19 poses to all of us, we must individually do what we can to mitigate spread of the virus. We must hold ourselves and each other accountable and persist in adhering to required safety precautions, for our individual and collective long-term well-being and safety.

We are in this together and we will see each other through these difficult times.  Thank you.

Sincerely,

Rodney S. Hanley, Ph.D.

President

President Hanley’s COVID-19 Update April 8 (Easter)

Urgent Request – Easter Travel

April 8, 2020

Dear LSSU Community,

I am writing with an urgent and sensitive request.

Members of the University student body and staff have expressed concerns that students still residing on-campus may have plans to join Easter celebrations this weekend at the homes of families and loved ones – potentially in areas affected by the COVID-19 pandemic – and return to campus afterward.

I absolutely share these concerns and I am asking that such plans be abandoned and that you stay in-place.  If you insist on leaving to be with loved ones, I ask that in the interest of safety you not return to campus afterward. 

I understand and honor the desire to be among loved ones at Easter.  However, recall that Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order against non-essential travel remains in effect through April 30, 2020.  Also know that your actions could compromise the safety and well-being of our campus community and the entire Sault Ste. Marie area.  Many students who have stayed on-campus have done so to avoid returning to areas affected by the pandemic, and I want to do all that I can to continue providing as safe an environment as possible.

I urge all LSSU community members to abide by the Governor’s order to stay in-place.  I recognize this may mean not being together for important religious and family traditions.  I also recognize this may cause stress in an already stressful time, but the safety of all university students, faculty and staff is paramount.  Thank you.

Sincerely,

Rodney S. Hanley, Ph.D.
President

President Hanley’s COVID-19 Update March 20

March 20, 2020

Dear LSSU Community:

As our University and world continue to adjust to the global pandemic, I want to keep you informed of our response plan to COVID-19.  LSSU maintains student success at its core while working to keep our campus and community safe.

As I reflect on the week now largely behind us, I am grateful to – and for – each of you.  Our faculty members have made a near-overnight transition from in-class to virtual teaching.  Our staff have made similar shifts to ensure that technology, academic support services, programming, meal service, and facility cleaning and operation can continue with as little impact felt as possible.  In fact, many services have been enhanced to meet current need.  Our students have shown resilience and grit in their transition to a virtual classroom, and in light of changes in the way they build and experience community.  All of these examples, along with countless unlisted others, demonstrate the extraordinary character of Lake Superior State University.

Several important decisions have been made.  They include:

 Courses: We will continue online/virtual learning through the Spring 2020 semester, including online/virtual final exams as originally scheduled during the week of April 27.

 Labs/Senior Projects: Faculty will make every effort to complete labs and senior projects using an online/virtual format.  Some labs will need to be completed face-to-face.  In those cases, students will receive an Incomplete and will complete the lab at a later date.

Course Drop Date: Given the transition from face-to-face instruction to online, the drop date has been extended from March 27 to April 24.  With this extension, students could drop a course until the last day of instruction, and receive an “N” grade on the transcript.  An “N” will not count in Earned Credits and GPA which is important for financial aid.

The Senior Research Symposium scheduled for April 17 is canceled.  Faculty members will have their students present their senior projects virtually.

Honors Convocation and Commencement:  These events, scheduled for May 1st and 2nd, are postponed to a date to-be-determined, possibly mid- to late summer or fall.  We want to celebrate and honor our graduates who have worked so hard to earn their degrees.

 Campus Life, Residence Halls, & Dining:  Our Residence Halls remain open and our dining service in operation, with continued modifications and enhanced safety precautions.  Our Student Affairs professionals will be continuing to offer a wide variety of virtual programming to promoting the Laker experience.

In conclusion, we continue to urge social distancing and all preventative hygiene practices to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  Remember to make use of our University’s resources to stay in good health – academically, mentally, and physically.  Even if the statement “We are here for you” now has a virtual tenor to it, it rings just true if not more so.

Please continue to monitor your LSSU email address and our University response website, www.lssu.edu/coronavirus, for critical updates and information.

 Stay safe and stay well.

Sincerely,

Rodney S. Hanley, Ph.D.

President

President Hanley’s COVID-19 Update March 17

Dear Lakers:

This is an unprecedented time in the life of the University, our nation, and the world.  Not since the Spanish Flu worldwide pandemic of 1918 has there been anything similar to what we are now experiencing.  Not since the days after September 11, 2001 has there been such uncertainty about the future of the nation.  We are working through a very challenging and stressful situation.  All of us are adapting to a changing world faster than we ever dreamed, and faster than we would prefer.

More cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the Coronavirus, are likely to be identified in the United States in the coming days, including more instances of community spread.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expect that widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the United States will occur.  In the coming months, most of the U.S. population will likely be exposed to the virus.

Social distancing is the new practice we must incorporate into our daily routine.  This is difficult because we are “hard wired” to be in community.  It is especially difficult in a university where we all thrive in the marketplace and exchange of ideas.  Whether attending a class where reasoned arguments are exchanged or having a casual conversation with friends, universities are places where ideas thrive and knowledge is learned.  Now, a tiny virus with a diameter of 120 nanometers (or 0.000000472 inches and something that requires an electron microscope to see) is causing worldwide disruption and threatening our collective future.

We will all get through this challenge.  Yes, it is stressful.  Yes, it is disruptive.  Yes, tomorrow seems uncertain.  But, I am confident that as Lakers we will show our resilience.  We will confront the challenges in front of us, and do so as a University community.  We will do so with the grace, the dignity, and the elegance that define you and have defined previous generations of Lakers.  You know, there are characteristics about Lakers I want to share with you: Lakers are people who do not fear the future; who will not hide in the face of adversity; and who will not shrink from our duty to confront this threat.  As Lakers, we will persevere and overcome this threat.  We will support each other.  We will exemplify kindness and resilience in these trying times.  We will add to the rich tradition that helped bring us to where we are and forge ahead into the future.

Join me in doing what is necessary to stop this virus.  Simple things such as washing your hands frequently, avoiding gathering in groups, and restricting our travel are now our collective responsibility.  But I would also add it is important to be kind to others and to help those who are feeling stressed and anxious, especially older people.  It is a time for Lakers to shine.

We can do this. We must do this. We will do this.

Best regards,

Rodney S. Hanley, Ph.D.

President

President Hanley’s COVID-19 Update March 11

March 11 Update

We want to keep you as informed as possible about the fluid situation caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), which the World Health Organization has labeled a pandemic.

Last night, cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Oakland and Wayne counties in Michigan, representing the first two cases in our state. Yesterday, Governor Whitmer declared a State of Emergency around the Coronavirus in Michigan. We are monitoring the spread of the virus very closely and offer the following details as part of the university response plan:

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, we are suspending all face-to-face instruction through at least Friday, April 17, 2020, and are moving to an online/virtual learning environment.  The possibility of resuming classes is subject to ongoing evaluation by the University.  The Provost, Dr. Lynn Gillette, will provide specific information to faculty members about instructional delivery later today.  Students should be in contact with their instructors regarding course delivery.  Also, all students, faculty, and staff should check their LSSU email accounts regularly for updates.

Residence halls and dining services will remain in operation.

Recreational use of the Norris Center is suspended until Friday, April 17, 2020.

Administrative offices and services on campus will continue normal operations.  All employees of the University should report for work.  As a precaution, the University is encouraging higher-risk employees to contact the Director of Human Resources to discuss potential accommodations for working remotely.

Effective immediately, March 11, 2020, through at least Friday, April 17, 2020, all international and domestic University-sponsored or endorsed travel by students, faculty, and staff is suspended, regardless of the funding source.  Athletics events will follow NCAA and GLIAC guidelines and recommendations.  Any essential travel must be approved by the Emergency Response Taskforce.

Visitors to Campus

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, we are regrettably unable to welcome visitors to campus until at least Friday, April 17, 2020. Daily campus tours, information sessions, open houses, and visits are canceled. All conferences and events with attendees that are not LSSU faculty, students, or staff are canceled or postponed. We ask students to refrain from inviting personal guests to campus during this time, with the exception of family members assisting with travel arrangements.

Employees with Symptoms or Potential Exposure

If you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, please stay home and contact the Director of Human Resources VIA PHONE at (906) 635-2213 for information about next steps. If you have symptoms of Coronavirus, please contact the LSSU Healthcare Center VIA PHONE at (906) 635-2110 or your local healthcare provider, for information on next steps.

Students with Symptoms or Potential Exposure

If you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, please stay home and contact the Dean of Student Affairs VIA PHONE at (906) 635-2236 for information about next steps. If you have symptoms of Coronavirus, please contact the LSSU Healthcare Center VIA PHONE at (906) 635-2110 or your local healthcare provider, for information on next steps.

Symptoms of COVID-19

According to the CDC, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

We are coordinating our response with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the Chippewa County Health Department.  More information on cases in the US is available at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html.

Preventative Measures

CDC recommends everyday preventative actions to mitigate the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are not sick wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Face Masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.  The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a  health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.  Always wash your hands with soap and water even if they are not visibly dirty.

President Hanley’s COVID-19 Update March 8

March 8 Update

As a University, we want to keep you as informed as possible in the midst of a dynamic situation relative to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

As you return from spring break, we encourage members of the LSSU community who have traveled internationally, to review the CDC and Department of State guidance for their destinations and report to the Dean of Students if they have traveled to a country with an advisory notice for more information.  Exercise equal mindfulness if you have traveled domestically to areas that have confirmed cases of COVID-19.  Reports can be made via email to .

As of today, the CDC is reporting 164 cases in the US, in 19 different states, with the majority of the cases in the state of Washington and California.  There have been not cases reported in Michigan, although we expect it to arrive.  We will work closely with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the Chippewa County Health Department if an outbreak were to occur.  More information on case in the US can be found at the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html.

Symptoms to Watch for:

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you believe you have symptoms of coronavirus, please contact the LSSU Healthcare Center VIA PHONE at 906-635-2110 or War Memorial Hospital at 906-635-4460, for information on next steps.

CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.  The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.  Believe it not, 69% of men and 35% of women don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom according to a recent report.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.  Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Recently, both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of State elevated travel warnings and advisories for Italy to a Level 3.  The same advisories also have been issued for Iran.  This move follows recent heightened travel warnings and advisories for both China and South Korea.

Effective immediately, we will not sponsor University travel by students, faculty and staff to China, South Korea, Italy and Iran.  If and when other countries are designated with a heightened travel advisory, the University will cancel sponsored travel to those areas as well.  You can stay updated on the list of those countries at the following site: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

We will keep you informed as this issue continues to evolve and as we respond in ways that ensure the health, safety and well-being of our community.

We will keep you informed as this issue evolves and as we respond in ways that ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our community.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are symptoms of COVID-19?

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and may include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and/or new loss of taste or smell.  For updated information regarding symptoms, visit the CDC.gov website on COVID-19.

How can I protect myself from COVID-19?

The best protection from getting COVID-19 is to practice proper hygiene etiquette and social distancing.  Proper hygiene etiquette includes such things as:

  • Wash your hands often, using soap and water and scrubbing for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid close contact with sick people
  • Sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve, not into your hands
  • Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • If you are sick, stay home, especially if you have a fever. Do not go to class, work or attend university or community events.

How will I find out updated information about how COVID-19 is affecting Lake Superior State University?

Continue to monitor your @LSSU.edu email and follow @lakestateu and @lssucampuslife on Instagram and Facebook.  Additionally, any COVID-19 updates will be provided on the Coronavirus website (www.lssu.edu/coronavirus)

How many COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Chippewa County?

As of May 18, 2020, there has been two confirmed cases and one presumptive positive case in Chippewa County.

Should healthy people wear masks?

Yes, for the health and safety of our community, we are asking everyone to wear a face covering when on campus, whether outside in public areas or inside a building. We also encourage everyone to follow CDC guidance in their personal lives and wear a face covering when you go out in public.

What is Social Distancing?

Social distancing means to keep at least 6 feet between yourself and those around you to help mitigate possible spread of germs. Other types of social distancing include eliminating/avoiding large group gatherings, spreading out classes in larger classrooms, elbow bumping as greetings rather than handshaking. It is important that all members of the LSSU community practice social distancing whenever possible to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

I am worried about my health, or the health of a friend or family member. Whom can I talk to about my feelings?

Reports of the impact of COVID-19 around the world can be troubling, especially for members of the community who are from, or have friends and family in, affected areas.  Support is available for LSSU students through the University Counseling Center, contact (906) 635-2752.

Are visitors allowed on LSSU’s campus?

LSSU continues to operate business in accordance with Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders.  LSSU therefore asks that all visits and events that bring people from outside campus should be canceled or held virtually. Please contact the desired office for options or Information Technology.

Are campus tours being offered?

In-person visits through the Admissions Office have been suspended.  Please visit www.lssu.edu/admissions or email to discuss current options.

Will LSSU be holding commencement?

LSSU is excited to celebrate with our 2020 grads, but has needed to postpone the May 2 commencement ceremony.  We will reschedule the ceremony for a future date, to be announced when details are finalized.  Monitor your @LSSU.edu email and follow @lakestateu and @lssucampuslife on Instagram and Facebook.

Is LSSU holding any in-person classes this summer?

All LSSU classes will be taught online for the summer of 2020.  LSSU plans to resume face-to-face instruction beginning August 10, 2020 for the fall semester.

Will LSSU issue refunds for the spring 2020 semester?

Refunds for the spring 2020 semester are not being planned.  During the semester, classes were delivered with no interruption.  The campus, including residence halls, remained open and services were continued within Governor Whitmer’s guidelines.  Additionally, hundreds of students remained on campus and programming and support services continued through a virtual format.  The dining hall also remained open, providing three meals, in a grab-and-go format, in accordance with Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders.  Additionally, emergency funding was available for those that were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

I live off-campus and do not have the best internet, what should I do?

LSSU has a hot spot in the corner of E lot next to the Center for Applied Science and Engineering Technology (CASET) building.  Please stay in your car when using the hot spot.

I am an incoming student, when is my orientation and move-in?

We look forward to having students and employees back to campus in a couple short months and welcoming our new Lakers!  Orientation and move-in will begin on Sunday, July 26 and will be staggered throughout the week to control traffic.  This approach allows families to travel to campus only once this summer and it reinforces concepts of social distancing and risk mitigation.  Students living on-campus will move-in on an assigned date beginning Tuesday, July 28 and have orientation the following day. For family members accompanying students living on campus, we will have a Parent & Family Orientation beginning at 3 p.m. and concluding before the barbeque for students and their families the evening of your designated move-in date.  Commuter and Transfer students will attend orientation on an assigned date beginning Sunday, July 26.  Families of these students will also have an orientation beginning at 3 p.m. the same day.  Be sure to check your email for schedule updates.

Due to COVID-19, I am unable to work as much over the summer to help pay for fall and spring. Is there any additional funding that would be available for me?

Contact the Office of Financial Aid to see if you are eligible for the CARES Act funding.  Additionally, we also have a student emergency fund that may be available for you.  The Office of Financial Aid will have more details on what options apply to your individual circumstance.  For eligible students, make sure that you fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), in order for the Office of Financial Aid to examine potential sources of funding.

I have a summer internship that extends past August 10th, what should I do?

Contact your professors and/or academic dean prior to the start of the semester to discuss your options.

Is Seamore’s Pantry available for students?

Yes, email if you would like to access Seamore’s Pantry.

What led to the decision to move the fall semester to begin on August 10?

Our University is committed to its educational mission and taking measures to protect the safety and wellbeing of its students and employees.  We received many requests from students to make necessary modifications to campus to reduce the risk of COVID-19.  When discussing the return to face-to-face format, Thanksgiving break presented a concern because many students would leave campus, potentially traveling to a COVID-19 hotspot.  In order to minimize back and forth travel, ending the fall semester by Thanksgiving became a solution to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19.  We want students to get here and stay here.

When are fall 2020 bills due?

University charges are due by August 5, 2020.  Contact the Business Office at 906-635-2600 for payment options.

How do I sign up for my parking pass?

Login to Anchor Access, Student tab, LSSU Vehicle Registration and Ticket Information, login to parking using LSSU username and password, and apply for a permit.  Please make sure you know the make, model, color, plate, and state/province for each car.  Each yearly permit costs $90 and will be applied to your account for payment.  The permit will be available with your move in information or will be sent to the students if classes haven’t started or held for pickup if mailing is not an option.

How do I get my textbooks?

The Bookstore will open on May 26th with summer hours of Monday – Friday 10am – 3:00pm   Store hours will be extended starting July 20th.  We recommend that students place their fall textbook order earlier than normal, mid-June through early July. Due to the limit of how many customers can be in the store at one time, placing your order online with the option of in store pickup or having them shipped will be safer. Customer Service 906-635-2645.

I am having problems with my computer. Who should I contact?

Please call 906-635-6677 or email .

Besides face masks, what additional safety measures are going to be in place for the 20-21 academic year?

Our plan for in-person instruction will align with CDC guidelines and will be supported by expectations of social distancing, wearing of masks, enhanced cleaning practices by custodial staff, an infectious disease response plan, and a COVID-19 Task Force that meets multiple times each week.  We will also expect all Lakers to contribute to the effort of keeping campus clean and sanitized by using disinfectant wipes and/or spray in academic buildings and residence halls alike.

Will Lake Superior State University still have Laker Week in the fall?

Yes, Laker Week for students will occur on July 31 and end on August 8.  Activities will follow CDC guidelines and will be supported by expectations of social distancing and wearing of masks.  Laker Week activities for faculty will be condensed or significantly reduced.  Continue to monitor your LSSU email and follow @lakestateu and @lssucampuslife on Instagram and Facebook once the schedule is released.

Are students, faculty and staff going to be required to wear face masks during the 20-21 academic year?

Lake Superior State University will follow Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders (2020-77) regarding COVID-19 asking all Lakers to wear face masks in appropriate situations.

With the adjusted start in fall 2020, will students be allowed to take breaks?

Our modified calendar does not have extended breaks, but has a more substantive semester break than usual.  We are trying to have as safe and normal a semester as possible under the circumstances.  That means that we want to discourage students leaving campus or town for long weekends or other breaks.  We believe that the risk of the virus appearing on campus after a break goes up considerably and we want to avoid that.  We have implemented the Get Here & Stay Here plan, through which we will welcome you to campus and ask you to stay at or close to campus for the duration of the fall and spring semesters.  Except for commuter students for whom travel to and from home is what enables attendance and participation, we ask you to minimize – if not eliminate – any back and forth travels away from campus, especially to or through areas more adversely affected by COVID-19.

What will happen if the virus spikes prior to the start of fall semester? Will LSSU switch to remote learning?

Under the scenario of worsening virus activity, we will follow Governor Whitmer’s executive orders, which may mean we may revisit how classes are offered.

Why was spring break moved to the beginning of January?

We are trying to have as safe and normal of semester as possible under the circumstances.  That means that we want to discourage students leaving campus or town for long weekends or for spring break.  As a result, spring break is, in effect, being moved to January.  We believe that the risk of the virus appearing on campus after a break goes up considerably and we want to avoid that.

Does the Health Care Center do COVID screening?

Yes, the Health Care Center does provide COVID-19 screening however the center does not currently provide COVID-19 testing.  War Memorial Hospital is not currently testing asymptomatic individuals.  If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms please contact War Memorial Hospital at 906-253-2703, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm for their Drive-Thru Evaluation Station at the Nolte Entrance of the hospital. Please call prior to arrival.  If you are experiencing life threatening symptoms contact the War Memorial Hospital Emergency Department at 906-635-4402.

To find a COVID testing center near you visit www.michigan.gov/coronavirus.

Is the Health Care Center currently open?

Yes the Health Care Center is currently open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 1 pm.  You must schedule your appointment ahead of time as walk-ins are not permitted.  Although we will see patients in person as needed we have switch to tele-health for the majority of our patient visits.  Contact the Health Care Center at 906-635-2110 to schedule an appointment.

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