Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

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COVID-19 Return to Campus Plan

Letter from the President

Dear LSSU Community,

Campus is in the process of returning to many of its regular activities. Students are returning to the residence halls, faculty members are preparing for their courses, and staff members are busily helping students through start of semester and year processes. We have been eagerly anticipating this moment when the campus would resume its vibrancy for several months. Our lives have all undoubtedly been affected by the challenges created by the prevalence of COVID-19, but we continue to persevere in fulfilling our institution’s educational mission.

In the pages that follow is the University’s planned response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how the University will realize face-to-face classes for Fall 2020 and after. This plan represents the collaboration of the COVID-19 Response Team, which was incorporated at my request in March. Since that time, they have consistently met multiple times each week to discuss the key issues and challenges and how to align the University’s response with federal, state, and local public health guidelines. As the semester commences, the Response Team will continue their work to ensure LSSU’s response meets guidelines and/ or executive orders and effectively mitigating risks.

As we progress through the academic year, I ask each of you to adhere to the Four Pillars of Laker Safety:

  1. Social Distancing: Maintain six feet of distance from those around you when possible.
  2. Mask/ Face Covering: Wear a mask or face covering over your nose and mouth when in any public indoor space and when outdoors and unable to maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of your household. The circumstances in which individuals do not need to wear a face covering are outlined in the Executive Order 2020-153 in Section 2.a-2.k.
  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 Pillars will guide us as we return to campus and provide us with simple, but effective ways that we can be mindful of all Lakers’ safety and well-being.

I look forward to seeing you on campus and to the promise of the year ahead.

Sincerely,

Rodney S. Hanley, Ph.D.

President

Lake Superior State University

Return to Campus Plan (pdf)

Norris Center

Building Hours

Student Activity Center

  • Monday – Friday 6:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Saturday – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Sunday – Closed

Regional Outdoor Center

  • Monday – Friday 6:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Saturday – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Sunday – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Pro-Shop

  • Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday – Closed, except Laker & Soo Indian Hockey
  • Sunday – Closed, except Laker & Soo Indian Hockey

Pool, Climbing Wall

  • Closed Until Further Notice

Safety Guidance

Lake Superior State University will enact the following plan to reopen the Student Activity Center (SAC) of the Norris Center. The plan complies with CDC guidelines, Executive Orders from State of Michigan, and was reviewed by Lake Superior State University COVID Response Team and Senior Management Team. The measures outlined in this plan help protect patrons and employees against COVID-19 but cannot guarantee against its spread.

Employee Protection

  • Screening all University Recreation employees
    • Before reporting to work, University Recreation (UREC) employees must complete the COVID-19 screening mandated by LSSU’s response plan.
    • If an employee is identified with a confirmed case of COVID-19:
      • The employee will not be able to work.
      • Immediately notify the local Chippewa County Health Department.
      • Within 24 hours, notify any co-workers, contractors, or suppliers who may have come into contact with the person with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Face covering and Personal Protection Equipment
    • UREC employees will wear a face covering throughout their shifts.
    • If needed, UREC will provide employees recommended personal protection equipment to ensure compliance with CDC, state, and local guidelines.
  • Employees will increase hand hygiene and sanitization practices
    • Hand sanitizing stations will be placed around work areas as well as other locations in the Student Activity Center.
    • UREC employees will use hand sanitizer after transactions with patrons.
    • UREC employees will be encouraged to wash their hands throughout their shifts.
    • UREC employees will increase frequency of walking through exercise equipment and wiping down surfaces with disinfectant wipes or spray.
  • Social Distance
    • UREC staff will adhere to social distance of six feet while working and are prohibited from congregating in groups larger than allowed by CDC or Michigan guidelines.

Patrons Protection

  • Screening all Patrons of the Norris Center & Student Activity Center
    • UREC employees will record names of patrons using the Student Activity Center. Patrons can complete the two-question screening and take temperatures.
  • Face covering
    • In accordance with Michigan Executive Order 2020-153 which reiterates that individuals are required to wear a face covering whenever they are in an indoor public space. Patrons are required to wear a face covering while inside the Norris Center.
  • Personal Hygiene
    • Posters: Patrons must follow indications of traffic flow of the building, wash their hands for 20 seconds, wear coverings, and maintain social distance of six feet.
    • Hand Washing: Patrons are encouraged to wash their hands after leaving the SAC and restrooms.
    • Cleaning Equipment: Patrons should follow standard rules when using fitness equipment and wipe down equipment before and after usage.
  • Social Distance
    • Patrons should follow social distancing rules and stay at least six feet apart.

Norris Norms

The information outlined below is part of a plan to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in the Norris Center and SAC. This document is designed to address these and other key challenges. Using personal protective equipment (PPE), physical barriers, physical distancing, appropriate cleaning and disinfection procedures, and the other steps described below can help minimize the potential for exposure and the spread of COVID-19, protecting our patrons and employees.

Entering and Exiting

There are six doors at the East Entrance of the Norris Center. The two rightmost doors will serve as the principal entrance. The two middle doors will remain locked but can serve as the exit. The two leftmost doors will serve as the principal exit.

  • The handicap access is located on the rightmost doors. This door will also serve as the principal exit for those needing it.
  • All doors have appropriate signs indicating traffic flow.
  • Additional traffic flow indicators are in Blue and Gold tape on the floor of the facility.

The Bell Tower Entrance is strictly reserved for MCOLES program use. The North Entrance at the ROC will remain locked.

Check-In

A desk will be set in the middle of the lobby to welcome and check-in patrons before they enter the SAC. Anyone without an office in Norris Center should check in with the Norris Information Desk. Upon checking in, guests will be asked to take a “Health Assessment” before they may use the Norris Center.

For the assessment, all LSSU currently enrolled students for Fall 2020, staff/faculty, and current Norris membership holder names have been entered into a digital form so that students can look up and record answers. Anyone whose names do not appear in the database must pay the daily rate.

Building Access

Entrance access will be available only at the East Entrance (ticket office entrance). Access within the Norris Center will be available only to the Student Activity Center (SAC). The following locations will remain closed until further notice:

  • Locker rooms
  • Pool

Lobby FurnitureTables and chairs will be reduced to prevent patrons from gathering in the lobby and to adhere to social distance guidelines.

Racquetball Courts  – Racquetball courts 1 and 2 courts will be open to a maximum of four individuals at time. Racquetball court 3 will remain closed until further notice.

  • Face covering – Individuals using the courts will be required to wear a face covering while using the court.
  • Equipment – Individuals must bring their own equipment, there will be no loner equipment until further notice.
  • Cleaning – Door handle and light switches will be disinfected as needed.  Work order will be submitted to have the floor cleaned.

Locker-RoomsClosed until further notice.

Second FloorThe second floor of Norris will be restricted for class use only.

Steam Rooms and SaunasPer Executive Order No. 2020-114, section 15, part k. Steam rooms and saunas will be closed until further notice.

Taffy Abel ArenaIce will be available for rental. Renter must enter through main lobby and will not be able to access through exterior rink doors as in the past.  Locker rooms will be assigned and will rotate to allow for proper cleaning between rentals.

  • Locker room cleaning requirements:
    • Option One (reduced staffing) Dry Locker Rooms
      • Locker rooms will be used as dry locker room. Water to shower should be shut off.
      • Locker room will need to be cleaned between uses including toilets, urinals, sinks, and mirrors.
      • High touch surfaces should be disinfected.
    • Option Two (full staffing) Wet Locker Rooms
      • Locker room showers will be available for use.
      • Locker room will need to be clean between including showers, toilets, urinals, sinks, and mirrors.
      • High touch surfaces should be disinfected.
  • Face covering
    • Per Executive Order 2020-153, a face covering must be worn by all individuals five and older while in the public/ common Norris Center locations.
    • Exceptions for not wearing a face covering are outlined in the Executive Order.
  • Groups
    • Groups will be required to complete a Group Usage Contact form at check-in and to keep record of attendance for contract tracing.
  • Until further notice, we will not permit walking on the concourse of the Taffy Abel Arena.

Pool Michigan Executive Order 2020-115Section 9 – Unless otherwise prohibited by local regulation, public swimming pools, as defined by MCL 333.12521(d), may be open, subject to guidance issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, provided that:

  • If they are outdoors, they limit capacity to 50% of the bather capacity limits described in Rule 325.2193 of the Michigan Administrative Code.
  • If they are indoors, they limit capacity to 25% of the bather capacity limits described in Rule 325.2193 of the Michigan Administrative Code.

Upon opening, the Norris Center pool will operate in full compliance with CDC, state, local and LSSU guidelines.

  • Norris Center Pool COVID-19 Guidelines:
    • Face covering
      • Patrons are encouraged to wear a cloth face covering while not in the pool, unless doing so would inhibit the individual’s health.
        • Cloth face coverings should NOT be put on children under age two because of the danger of suffocation.
        • Face coverings should NOT be allowed in the water due to increased risk of drowning.
        • Lifeguards will not be required to wear a face covering while on duty actively lifeguarding but will be required to wear a face covering while leaving and entering the pool for duty and when having a face-to-face interaction with a patron.
      • Social Distancing
        • Required six feet social distancing while in the water, unless the individual needs assistance in order to swim, except immediate family members, caretakers, or household members
        • Required six feet social distancing on the pool deck, except immediate family members, caretakers, or household members
      • Locker Rooms
        • Face covering should be worn at all times while in the locker room. Face covering should only be removed when washing face.
      • Signage
        • Norris Center will post the following signage in the lockers room and pool to indicating the following:
          • Face covering is required while not in the pool.
          • Face covering should NOT be worn in the water (increases the risk of drowning).
          • Hands should be washed frequently with soap and water.
          • Do not touch your face (especially eyes, nose or mouth) with unwashed hands.
          • Stay home if you are sick.
          • Practice social distancing while in the pool and locker room.
        • Staffing
          • Lifeguards will be station on the west side of the pool instead of the east which will allow for separation from patrons.
          • A table will be in the location of the old lifeguard location to allow for patrons to place membership cards, receipts and covering while in the pool.
          • Lifeguard will keep six feet distance from one another except for performing a water rescue or first aid.

Regional Outdoor CenterOutdoor equipment from the ROC will be allowed to be rented. Individuals seeking rental service should contact the Norris Center via phone.

  • Pick-Up: Individuals seeking to pick of rental will be encouraged to use the ROC loading dock entrance and will be required to wear a face covering while in the ROC or in Norris Center.
  • Returning: Individuals returning equipment will be asked to meet student worker on the rear loading dock outside of the ROC. Equipment will be left on the dock until equipment can be disinfected before returned to storage.

Climbing WallThe climbing wall will remain closed until further notice.  Once open, the climbing wall will be limited to a maximum of two climbers.

Pro-ShopPro-Shop will reopen for Monday-Friday 9-5 hours, following Michigan reopen guidelines.

Student Activity Center

Physical Distancing for Equipment Layout and Activities

When feasible, patrons will maintain 10 feet of distance between each other while training. Patrons should not share equipment, including bars, squat racks, deadlift platforms, and benches. Patrons should disinfect equipment before and after their use of the equipment. Per Executive Order, SAC equipment has been moved to give patrons 10 feet distance or has a barrier between and other nearby equipment. Signs are posted not to move equipment such as benches and bikes. The only items that may be moved and returned are the free weights and bars.

Equipment will be wiped by patrons and also by Norris Center staff continuously throughout the day. All equipment will also be wiped at the end of each day, along with mopping the fitness area.

Disinfectant towels are located around fitness equipment so patrons can clean their exercise areas once done. Disinfectant spray is also stationed around the fitness areas to ensure sanitization. Paper towels and garbage receptacles are located throughout the SAC for proper disposal of waste.

Restrictive Use of SAC

  • Social distancing will be required.
  • No towel service – members may bring & leave with their own towels.
  • Water fountains are for use ONLY to fill water bottles, no drinking directly from the fountain.

Cleaning

  • Increased presence of disinfectant stations with hand sanitizer available in the lobby and throughout the SAC.
  • Disinfectant equipment, including office equipment, as well as updating member processes to educate on cleaning and sanitation.
  • Members must disinfect equipment before and after use.

Courts

  • Face covering
    • In accordance with Michigan Executive Order 2020-153 which reiterates that individuals are required to wear a face covering whenever they are in an indoor public space. Patrons are required to wear a face-covering while inside the Norris Center.
      • Face must be worn by all individuals five and older while in the Norris Center regardless of location unless are in a private area such as office.
      • Face covering does not have to be worn if individual cannot medically tolerate a face covering.
    • Personal Hygiene
      • Patrons are encouraged to wash their hands after leaving the SAC and use hand sanitizer when they are done using the courts.
      • Patrons should disinfect any personal share equipment such as basketball before leaving the courts and taking them home.
    • Equipment
      • Norris Center will not provide any equipment outside of tennis nets and poles, basketball hoops and volleyball nets and poles.
      • Patrons must bring their own equipment such as balls and rackets.
    • Groups
      • Groups greater than four who are not members of Norris Center will need to complete a “Group Usage Contact” from. This form will be used as a check in and to keep record in case of contract tracing in needed.

Executive Order – No. 2020-114

The Norris Center will follow all guidelines under this executive order when it relates to gyms/fitness centers. We will update when new guidelines are released.

  1. Gymnasiums, fitness centers, recreation centers, sports facilities, exercise facilities, exercise studios, and like facilities must:
Executive Order   LSSU Response
(a) Post sign(s) outside of entrance(s) informing individuals not to enter if they are or have recently been sick. CDC posters are located around the Norris Center and SAC. More posters will be added.
(b) Maintain accurate records, including date and time of the event, name of attendee(s), and contact information, to aid with contact tracing. Check-in will be done one a digital form for LSSU staff and students as well as Norris Membership holders.
(c) To the extent feasible, configure workout stations or implement protocols to enable ten feet of distance between individuals during exercise sessions (or six feet of distance with barriers). All workout stations are ten feet apart or six feet with a barrier.
(d) Reduce class sizes, as necessary, to enable at least six feet of separation between individuals. No fitness classes.
(e) Provide equipment cleaning products throughout the gym or exercise facility for use on equipment. Patrons and Norris Center staff will wipe down equipment throughout the day.
(f) Make hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap, and water, or similar disinfectant readily available. Hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and disinfecting spray bottles will be station around the SAC.
(g) Regularly disinfect exercise equipment, including immediately after use. If patrons are expected to clean, post signs encouraging patrons to sanitize equipment. Signs are posted stating that all equipment must be disinfected immediately after use.
(h) Ensure that ventilation systems operate properly. The air handling system will run while the building is open.
(i) Increase introduction and circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows and doors, using fans, or other methods. Fans will be used. The big garage door will be partially open and the air handling system on.
 (j) Regularly clean and disinfect public areas, locker rooms, and restrooms. Lockers room are closed until further notice. Maintenance will regularly disinfect public restrooms and lobby. Student-workers will also disinfect door handles and tables in the hall along with equipment in the SAC.
k) Close steam rooms and saunas. Saunas in Norris are closed until further notice.

Executive Order – No. 2020-153

The Norris Center will follow all guidelines under this executive order. We will update when new guidelines are released.

Executive Order   LSSU Response
  1. Any individual who leaves their home or place of residence must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth:
    1. When in any indoor public space;
Face covering are now required.
  1. The requirement to wear a face covering does not apply to individuals who:
    1. Are exercising when wearing a face covering would interfere in the activity;
Guest will be allowed to removed face covering while exercising but must wear covering while moving from one work out station to another and while travel throughput the building.
  1. To protect workers, shoppers, and the community, no business that is open to the public may provide service to a customer or allow a customer to enter its premises, unless the customer is wearing a face covering as required by this order.
    1. Businesses that are open to the public must post signs at entrance(s) instructing customers of their legal obligation to wear a face covering while inside. The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity may, in its discretion, require such businesses to post signs developed and made available by the Department, or conforming to requirements established by the Department.
The below sign from the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity will be posted around Norris Center:
a)     The protections against discrimination in the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, 1976

PA 453, as amended, MCL 37.2101 et seq., and any other protections against

discrimination in Michigan law, apply in full force to individuals who wear a face

covering under this order.

Norris Center management will reach out to LSSU Human Resource for rules on enforcement of covering wearing that does not discriminate against those who cannot wear a covering.

SIM Center

WMH/LSSU Superior Simulation Center Reopening Plan

LSSU Safety Protocols are based on federal, state, and local guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  The following four pillars provide the foundation for the continued safety and wellbeing of our University and surrounding community.

  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. Per Michigan Executive order 2020-147 effective July 13, 2020, at 12:01 a.m., LSSU will require all individuals on campus property to wear a face covering when in any indoor space, and when outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of their household. See Executive order for exceptions.
  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.

 Recommendation for Resuming Simulations

 Goal: To redesign and safely resume simulation-based education for students, faculty, staff, and external customers across the system.

Student Learning

  1. Recommendations:
  • In-person simulations:
    • All learners and instructors will be required to wear a mask while in the simulation center and during all in-person simulations in accordance with LSSU, State, and local guidelines and executive orders.
    • Groups will be minimized if possible to ensure social distancing (simulation educators to assume responsibility for this during pre-brief, simulation, and debrief activities).
      • Room size will be considered in determining the number of learners and instructors, as well as current guidance on gathering size.
      • Ensure that multiple groups do not gather in one location at any given time.
      • Ensure students bring only necessary personal belongings with them.
      • A one way “flow” for learners should be established with different entrances and exits.
      • Participants should be directed immediately to their assigned rooms on arrival.
      • Include in the prebrief introduction specific COVID-19 related reminders: physical distancing, decontamination, etc.
      • Signs will be posted as reminders for social distancing and hand hygiene.
      • Extra chairs and tables will be removed from debrief rooms to ensure that physical distancing is maintained.
    • Maintain 6-foot distance between participants (both learners and instructors) as much as possible. During simulations, there may be times when learners are within 6 feet of each other, but as soon as scenario is complete, adhere to the 6-foot distancing recommendation.
  • Room Capacity
    • No more than 6-8 individuals in debrief rooms 1, 2, or 3 at any given time.
    • No more than 3-4 individuals (less if possible) during simulations.
    • No more than 3 individuals in a Control Room.
  1. Decontamination:
  • All equipment and rooms will be decontaminated after each use and between sessions following CDC guidelines.
  • Simulation Center Staff will be responsible for the cleaning and ensure this is completed throughout the simulation center.
  • Cleaning: The following surfaces will be wiped down with hospital-approved disinfectant wipes before, during, and after all simulated activities by Simulation Center Staff if simulations are occurring.
  • Phones
  • Remote controls
  • Work stations
  • Flat counter surfaces
  • Furniture arm rails
  • Door handles
  • Any high-touch surfaces
  • Charging stations
  • Beds
  • Infusion pumps
  • Control rooms
  • Simulated patient rooms and care areas
  • Simulated Ambulance
  1. Students:
    • Student participation in simulations including standardized participants will remain consistent with LSSU Safety Protocols based on federal, state, and local guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

CPR Program – Required American Heart Association CPR courses will continue on-campus; following recommended social distancing and decontamination of equipment guidelines and LSSU Safety Protocols based on federal, state, and local guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Administrative Offices

COVID-19 Reopening Plan- Administrative Offices

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness or death. It is caused by a new strain of coronavirus not previously identified in humans and easily spread from person to person. There is currently no approved vaccine or antiviral treatment for this disease.

This return to campus plan is intended to assist the Senior Management Team (SMT) members in creating a return to the workplace plan for administrative offices to return safely to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Guidance may change in accordance with federal, state, and local government and local health agency guidance.

As with all of our planning, the foundation is built upon the four pillars:

  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.

Restricted Summer Re-opening of Administrative Offices – LSSU’s COVID-19 Taskforce has established a procedure to ensure that those who return to campus can do so in a way that maintains the health and safety of the LSSU community.

Personnel in offices – Although the stay-at-home order has been lifted, social distancing is still essential to prevent the spread of COVID-19. With Supervisor approval, use a combination of the following options to re-engage office areas.

  • Work from home
  • Work from office
  • Adjusted schedule
  • Alternating schedules

Moderating face to face interaction – Use virtual meetings if spacing is not available to social distance. Have virtual options when meeting face to face for campus community members who prefer to use this method to attend meetings.

Safety Protocols – We all must do our part to keep the Laker campus community safe.

Complete the daily health screening – Complete the daily health assessment required by LSSU when working from campus.

If you have symptoms or have been exposed, stay home – If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 (new cough, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches, chills, loss of taste or smell) or have been exposed to someone confirmed to have the virus, stay home.  For those who experience symptoms of COVID-19, call the LSSU Health Care Center at 906-635-2110 to report your health condition. If after hours, call War Memorial Hospital at 906-635-4460.

Wear a face covering – It is strongly recommend that employees, if medically able, wear a cloth face covering in all public spaces on campus. If you do not have a face covering, one will be provided. See Appendix #2 for how to safely wear and take off a cloth face covering.

Wash your hands – Wash your hands frequently throughout the day for at least 20 seconds, especially after touching any surfaces, and avoid touching your face. Hand-sanitizer dispensers shall be available for any office where employees are working.  See Appendix # 4 for how to wash your hands.

Continue social distancing – Keep at least six feet between yourself and others. If this is not possible, follow face covering and handwashing guidelines posted throughout the building.

Disinfecting/Cleaning – Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces with an EPA approved disinfectant against COVID-19 at the beginning and end of shift, and immediately after visitors. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

EPA approved disinfectant can be found at the following link: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2-covid-19

Required Signage

    • CDC Educational Posters
      1. What you should know about COVID-19 to protect yourself and others (Appendix #1)
      2. How to safely wear and take off a cloth face covering (Appendix #2)
      3. Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) (Appendix #3)
      4. Hand washing (Appendix #4)
      5. Stop the spread of germs (Appendix #5)
    • Social distance markers
    • Traffic flow markings
    • Entrance and exit doors

Reduce or eliminate the use of shareables – Wherever possible, reduce or eliminate the use of shared items such as pens, paper sign in sheets, common coffee makers, etc.

Workforce Training – Training that provides information about COVID-19 and how to maintain safety on campus must be completed upon return to the office. Training must be documented for record in personnel file with the Human Resources Office. The COVID-19 training will include the following:

  • What you should know about COVID-19 to protect yourself and others
  • How to safely wear and take off a cloth face covering
  • Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Hand washing
  • Stop the spread of germs

Engineering Controls – For the safety of employees, areas that will interact with the public should review their offices to determine the need for the following:

  • Barriers
  • Modification of work spaces
  • Removal of furniture
  • Placement of public sanitation stations
  • Ensure water fountains are turned off
  • Verify adequate ventilation flow with the Physical Plant

Arts Center

Building Hours for Summer

Arts Center – Only open during scheduled event times

Safety Guidance

Lake Superior State University will enact the following plan to reopen the Arts Center. The plan complies with CDC guidelines, Executive Orders from State of Michigan according to the Michigan Safe Start Plan, and has been reviewed by Lake Superior State University’s COVID Response Team and Senior Management Team. The measures outlined in this plan help protect patrons and employees against COVID-19, but cannot guarantee against its spread.

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.

Employee Protection

  • Screening all University employees
    • Arts Center employees reporting to work must complete the COVID-19 screening form that LSSU has mandated coming to campus.
    • If an employee is identified with a confirmed case of COVID-19:
      • Immediately notify the local public health department.
      • Within 24 hours, notify any co-workers, contractors, or suppliers who may have come into contact with the person with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
    • Face Covering and Personal Protection Equipment
      • Arts Center employees will wear a face covering when interacting with patrons (if medically able to do so) if there is no barrier between them and the patrons such as glass or Plexiglas.
      • If needed, the Arts Center will provide employees recommended personal protection equipment (PPE) (e.g. masks, gloves) to ensure compliance with CDC, state, and local guidelines.
    • Employees will increase hygiene and sanitization practices
      • Hand sanitizing stations will be placed around work areas as well as other locations in the Arts Center.
      • Arts Center employees will use gloves during and/or hand sanitizing after transactions with patrons if there is physical contact.
      • Arts Center employees will be encouraged to wash their hands throughout their shifts.
      • Arts Center employees will increase frequency of wiping down surfaces with disinfectant wipes or spray.
    • Social Distance
      • Arts Center staff will be required to adhere to social distance guidelines while working and are prohibited from congregating in groups larger than allowed by CDC/Michigan guidelines.

Patrons Protection

  • Screening patrons of the Arts Center
    • Patrons will have the option of getting their temperature checked when entering the Arts Center.
    • If displaying a fever at or above 100.4, patrons will be provided a handout with healthcare resources, asked to leave, and encouraged to see their health care professional.
  • Face Covering
    • Patrons are encouraged to wear a face-covering while in the Arts Center.
    • Disposable, one-time use masks will be provided to patrons as needed.
  • Personal Hygiene
    • Posters: Patrons should follow indications of traffic flow of the building, are reminded to wash their hands for 20 seconds, to wear face coverings, and to maintain social distancing of six feet from those outside the household.
    • Hand Washing: Patrons are encouraged to wash their hands after leaving the Arts Center and restrooms.
    • Cleaning Equipment: Patrons should wipe down equipment (tech, furniture, set/props, etc.) before and after usage.
  • Social Distance
    • Patrons should follow social distancing guidelines set forth by the CDC/State of Michigan.

Arts Center

Below is information outlining a plan to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in the Arts Center. This document is designed to address these and other key challenges. Using personal protective equipment (PPE), physical barriers, physical distancing, appropriate cleaning and disinfection procedures, and the other steps described below can help minimize the potential for exposure and the spread of COVID-19, protecting our patrons and employees.

Entering and Exiting

There are four doors at the Southeast Entrance (main), one door at the Southwest Entrance (secondary), and two doors at the East Entrance (side). The main entrance doors will serve as the entrance/exit. The secondary entrance will remain locked and will serve as a secondary/fire exit. The side entrance will remain locked and serve as a fire exit only.

  • Handicapped access is located at the main entrance and exit.
  • All doors have appropriate signs indicating traffic flow.
  • Additional traffic flow indicators will be added as needed.

Check-In

Patrons will be welcomed at the Box Office and asked if they would like a “temperature check” with a non-contact thermometer before they continue through the Arts Center. If displaying a fever at or above 100.4, patrons will be provided a handout with healthcare resources, asked to leave, and encouraged to see their health care professional.

Patrons who do not feel well are encouraged through the use of signage to stay at home. Any patrons displaying visual signs of COVID-19 symptoms (e.g. coughing, shortness of breath) will be provided a handout with healthcare resources, asked to leave, and encouraged to see their health care professional.

Building Access

For the duration of the summer, entrance access will be available only at the Southeast Entrance (main doors by Box Office)

The following locations will remain closed, except when necessary for a special event:

  • Main Theater (Stage and Auditorium)
  • Black Box Theater
  • Classroom 208 (Student Project Room)
  • Classroom 209 (Dance Studio)
  • Classroom 215 (Multi-purpose Room)
  • Classroom 217
  • Dressing Rooms/Green Room

The art gallery will remain closed until further notice.

The suite housing the faculty and staff offices will remain accessible.

Main Theater

  • Stairwell doors will remain locked to the upper audience section and only serve as fire exits.
  • The East side doors to the lower audience section will serve as the entrance doors to the space.
  • The West side doors to the lower audience section will serve as the exit doors to the lobby.

Black Box Theater

  • Patrons will be directed to enter through the right side of the double doors and exit on the left side.

Classroom 208 (Student Project Room)

  • Patrons will be directed to provide space and wait their turn when someone is entering or exiting the single door.

Classroom 209 (Dance Studio)

  • Patrons will be directed to enter through the right side of the double doors and exit on the left side.

Classroom 215 (Multi-Purpose Room)

  • Patrons will be directed to enter through the right side of the double doors and exit on the left side.

Classroom 217

  • Patrons will be directed to provide space and wait their turn when someone is entering or exiting the single door.

Dressing Rooms/Green Room

  • Patrons will be directed to provide space and wait their turn when someone is entering or exiting the single door.

Lower Level

  • Access will be restricted and only for authorized individuals (e.g. LSSU employees, War Memorial Hospital Employees/Guests)

Physical Distancing for Equipment Layout and Activities

When feasible, patrons are encouraged to maintain six feet of distance between each other. Patrons should not share equipment. Patrons should disinfect equipment and surfaces before and after their use.

Equipment and surfaces will be wiped down by patrons and also by Arts Center staff throughout the day. Equipment will also be wiped down at the end of each day.

Disinfectant wipes are located throughout the building so that patrons can clean their areas once done. Garbage receptacles are located throughout the Arts Center for proper disposal of waste. Hand sanitizer will be located by the main entrance/Box Office area and at the end of each concourse (located near theater entrances). Additional locations will be added as needed.

  • Water fountains are for use ONLY to fill water bottles, no drinking directly from the fountain. If someone is found drinking directly from the fountain, it will be closed off until Physical Plant staff can properly disinfect.
  • Tables and Chairs will be removed/reduced to limit gatherings to ensure proper spacing guidelines.
  • Each room/zone will be capped at an appropriate occupancy to provide for proper social distancing according to the CDC/State of Michigan.
  • Recommended occupancy will be posted on doors to each room.

Cleaning

  • Increased presence of disinfectant stations with hand sanitizer available in the lobby and each concourse (more locations added as necessary).
  • Disinfectant is provided for cleaning equipment, including office equipment, as well as to educate our patrons on cleaning and sanitation.
  • Patrons are encouraged to disinfect equipment and surfaces before and after use.

Executive Order – No. 2020-114

The Arts Center will follow all guidelines under this executive order when it relates to sports and entertainment facilities. We will update when new guidelines are released.

Sports and entertainment facilities, including arenas, cinemas, concert halls, performance venues, sporting venues, stadiums and theaters, as well as places of public amusement, such as amusement parks, arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, night clubs, skating rinks, and trampoline parks, must:

Executive Order   LSSU Response
(a) Post signs outside of entrances informing customers not to enter if they are or have recently been sick. Signs will be posted at all entrances, including those only used as exit only/fire exits. Patrons will also have the option of getting their temperature taken prior to continuing through the Arts Center with a non-contact thermometer.
(b) Encourage or require patrons to wear face coverings. Face coverings are highly recommended and signs stating will be posted.
(c) Establish crowd-limiting measures to meter the flow of patrons (e.g., digital queuing, delineated waiting areas, parking instructions, social distance markings on ground or cones to designate social distancing, etc.). Patrons will be encouraged to go directly to their seats/staging locations to avoid build-up and gatherings.
(d) Use physical dividers, marked floors, signs, and other physical and visual cues to maintain six feet of distance between persons. Signs will be posted reminding patrons to follow guidelines for social distancing, as well as floor markings located in areas of traffic.
(e) Limit seating occupancy to the extent necessary to enable patrons not of the same household to maintain six feet of distance from others (e.g., stagger group seating upon reservation, close off every other row, etc.). Rooms will have reduced occupancy limits and furniture will be reduced or taped off to encourage proper social distancing.
(f) For sports and entertainment facilities, establish safe exit procedures for patrons (e.g., dismiss groups based on ticket number, row, etc.). Rooms with larger capacity (e.g. main theater) or limited entrances/exits will be dismissed by organized groups.
(g) For sports and entertainment facilities, to the extent feasible, adopt specified entry and exit times for vulnerable populations, as well as specified entrances and exits. Vulnerable populations will be allowed to enter at least ten minutes earlier than the rest of the audience and exit first.
(h) Train employees who interact with patrons (e.g., ushers) on how to:

(1) Monitor and enforce compliance with the facility’s COVID-19 protocols.

(2) Help patrons who become symptomatic.

Staff will be trained to provide optional temperature checks of patrons using non-contact thermometers. Training will also cover what to do if a patron tests with a fever or is told about a possible COVID-19 illness, such as encouraging the patron to seek professional medical assistance with their medical provider and reporting the potential case to the proper staff/authorities.
(i) Frequently disinfect high-touch surfaces during events or, as necessary, throughout the day. Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes will be available throughout the Arts Center and staff will frequently wipe all high-touch surfaces.
(j) Disinfect and deep clean the facility after each event or, as necessary, throughout the day. Custodial staff will regularly disinfect public restrooms, classrooms, performance rooms, and lobby between events. Arts Center staff will also disinfect door handles and other high-contact surfaces before and after events.
(k) Close self-serve food or drink options, such as buffets, salad bars, and drink stations. No self-serve food or drink options will be available, drinking fountains will not be open for directly drinking from, an concessions will be encouraged to be closed at all events.

 

Library

Building Hours for Fall starting August 10th

 Library/Learning Commons

  • Sunday – 10 AM to Midnight
  • Monday – Thursday – 7:30 AM to Midnight
  • Friday – 7:30 AM to 9 PM
  • Saturday – 10 AM to 9 PM

Safety Guidance

Lake Superior State University will enact the following plan to reopen the Library/Learning Commons to the entire campus community including the general public. 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.

Employee Protection

  • Screening all university employees
    • Library & Academic Services employees reporting to work must complete the COVID-19 screening form that LSSU has mandated prior to coming to campus.
    • If an employee is identified with a confirmed case of COVID-19:
      • Immediately notify the local public health department.
      • Within 24 hours, notify any co-workers, contractors, or suppliers who may have come into contact with the person with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
    • Face Covering and Personal Protection Equipment
      • LSSU will provide employees recommended personal protection equipment to ensure compliance with CDC, state, and local guidelines.
      • Employees will wear a face covering.
    • Library and Academic Services Employees will increase hygiene and sanitization practices
      • Hand sanitizing stations will be placed around work areas as well as other locations in the Library/Learning Commons.
      • Employees will use hand sanitizing after transactions with patrons if there is shared equipment.
      • Employees will be encouraged to wash their hands throughout their shifts.
      • Employees will increase frequency of wiping down surfaces with disinfectant wipes or spray.
    • Social Distance
      • Library/Learning Commons staff will be required to adhere to social distancing guidelines while working and are prohibited from congregating in groups larger than allowed by CDC/ Michigan guidelines.

Patrons Protection

  • Screening Patrons of the Library/Learning Commons
    • Patrons will have the option of getting their temperature checked when entering the Library/Learning Commons. Patrons with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will be given a handout with healthcare resources, asked to leave and encouraged to see a health care provider.
    • Patrons who do not feel well are encouraged through signage to stay at home.
  • Face Covering
    • Patrons are required to wear a face-covering while on campus and in the Library/Learning Commons. Patrons who have a medical accommodation registered with Accessibility Services are exempt.
    • If patrons do not have a face covering, LSSU will provide them.
    • Patrons refusing to wear a face covering will be required to leave.
  • Personal Hygiene
    • Posters: Patrons should follow indications of traffic flow of the building, are reminded to wash their hands for 20 seconds, to wear face covering, and to maintain social distance of six feet.
    • Hand Washing: Patrons are encouraged to wash their hands after leaving the Library and restrooms.
    • Cleaning Equipment: Patrons should wipe down equipment (computers, furniture, etc.) before and after usage.
    • Headphones will no longer be available for checkout. However, they are available for purchase for $1.00 at the circulation desk.
  • Social Distancing – Patrons should follow social distancing guidelines of six feet or more when feasible.
  • Patrons should not share equipment. Patrons should disinfect equipment before and after their use.
  • Equipment will be wiped down by patrons and also by Library/Learning Commons staff throughout the day. Equipment will also be wiped down at the end of each day.

Library/Learning Commons

Below is information outlining a plan to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in the Library/Learning Commons. This document is designed to address these and other key challenges. Using personal protective equipment (PPE), physical barriers, physical distancing, appropriate cleaning and disinfection procedures, and the other steps described below can help minimize the potential for exposure and the spread of COVID-19, protecting our patrons and employees.

Entering and Exiting

There are two doors at the South Entrance (main) and West Entrance (side) of the Library. The South doors will serve as the entrance/exit. The West doors will remain locked and will serve as a secondary/fire exit.

  • ADA access is located on the main entrance and exit. All doors have appropriate signs indicating traffic flow.
  • Additional traffic flow indicators have been added.

Check-In

Patrons will be welcomed at the Circulation Desk and asked if they would like to take a “temperature check” with a non-contact thermometer before they use the Library.

Building Access

For Fall Semester, entrance access will be available only at the South Entrance (main doors across from Considine Hall). The following locations will remain closed until further notice:

  • Commuter Lounge – Closed until further notice.
  • Special Collections & Archives – Closed until further notice.
  • Water fountains are closed.
  • Tables and chairs have been removed to reduce gatherings to ensure proper spacing guidelines.
  • Coffee Station will be available for patrons, and will be provided the coffee pod, cream, sugar, etc. when purchasing a cup.
  • Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CETAL) space will be available to be reserved for student groups up to 10 patrons.
  • Each room/zone will be capped at an appropriate occupancy to provide for social distancing according to the CDC/State of Michigan guidelines.
  • Conference rooms will have guidelines for reduced capacity posted on the doors.
  • The Bookstore (Seamore’s Mercantile) will be limited to two patrons at a time.
  • Inter-Library Loan (ILL) will have a special quarantine period (per Midwest Collaborative for Library Services guidelines) as these books are coming in from indeterminate areas from around the state.

Cleaning

  • Increased presence of disinfectant stations with hand sanitizer available on each level of the Library. Hand sanitizers will be located by each elevator on each level inside the Library/Learning Commons and by the main entrance and exit. Garbage receptacles are located throughout the Library/Learning Commons for proper disposal of waste.
  • Disinfectant is provided for cleaning equipment, including office equipment, as well as to educate our patrons on cleaning and sanitation.
  • Patrons are encouraged to disinfect equipment before and after use.

Executive Order – No. 2020-114

The Library/Learning Commons will follow all guidelines under this executive order when it relates to libraries. We will update when new guidelines are released.

Retail stores that are open for in-store sales, as well as libraries and museums, must:

Executive Order   LSSU Response
(a) Create communications material for customers (e.g., signs or pamphlets) to inform them of changes to store practices and to explain the precautions the store is taking to prevent infection. CDC posters are located around the Library/Learning Commons. More posters will be added.
(b) Establish lines to regulate entry in accordance with subsection (c) of this section, with markings for patrons to enable them to stand at least six feet apart from one another while waiting. Stores should also explore alternatives to lines, including by allowing customers to wait in their cars for a text message or phone call, to enable social distancing and to accommodate seniors and those with disabilities. Proper spacing circles will be placed on the floor at the Circulation, Reference and ASC Desks.
(c) Except in Regions 6 and 8 adhere to the following restrictions: (omitted from this document) This does not apply (Upper Peninsula is Region 8).
(d) Post signs at store entrance(s) instructing customers of their legal obligation to wear a face covering when inside the store. Face coverings are required.
(e) Post signs at store entrance(s) informing customers not to enter if they are or have recently been sick. All patrons will have the option of getting their temperature taken prior to entering the Library/Learning Commons with a non-contact thermometer.
(f) Design spaces and store activities in a manner that encourages employees and customers to maintain six feet of distance from one another. Chairs have been removed to encourage social distancing at our computers and study areas.
(g) Install physical barriers at checkout or other service points that require interaction, including Plexiglas barriers, tape markers, or tables, as appropriate Signs are posted stating that all equipment must be disinfected immediately after use.
(h) Establish an enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocol for high-touch areas like restrooms, credit-card machines, keypads, counters, shopping carts, and other surfaces. Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes will be available on each level of the Library. Silicone keyboard covers are used and washed nightly.
(i) Train employees on: (1) Appropriate cleaning procedures, including training for cashiers on cleaning between customers. (2) How to manage symptomatic customers upon entry or in the store. Custodial Staff will regularly disinfect public restrooms and lobby. Student-workers will also disinfect door handles, tables, and equipment in and returned to the Library.
(j) Notify employees if the employer learns that an individual (including a customer or supplier) with a confirmed case of COVID-19 has visited the store. We will post notification as you enter the Library.
(k) Limit staffing to the minimum number necessary to operate We continue to have Library & Academic Services Staff working remotely where appropriate.

Athletics

Lake Superior State University Return to Sport Protocol

COVID-19 Athletics Action Team*

  • Athletic Director: Dr. David Paitson
  • Head Coaches:
    • Damon Whitten, Men’s Ice Hockey
    • Steven Hettinga, Men’s Basketball
    • Brandon Lokken, Women’s Basketball
    • David Schmidlin, Women’s Volleyball
  • Student-Athlete: Camdyn Odykirk
  • Head Athletic Trainer: Patrick Sarni
  • Director of Strength and Conditioning: Taylor Brown
  • Team Doctor: Dr. Timothy Tetzlaff
  • Student Health: Karen Storey
  • Director of HR, Safety, and Risk: Wendy Beach
  • Facilities: James Becsey
  • Student Housing: Derric Knight

*Other athletics staff, University staff, and medical personnel may be contacted for dialogue and consultation. 

  1. Facilities Access
    • Facility access will be restricted to the Taffy Abel Ice Arena and weight room, and the Bud Cooper Gymnasium and weight room.
    • Student-athletes will be allowed to enter the athletic training room by appointment only.
      • Student-athletes must contact the athletic trainer to set up an appointment.
        • Priority will be given to new athletic injuries as a result of summer workouts.
        • Student-athletes that are able to do rehabs remotely will continue to do so.
      • Available treatment and rehab options will be limited and at the discretion of the sports medicine staff. Unavailable treatments include, but not limited to, heat packs, massage gun, and electrical stimulation.
  1. Number of athletes Special Consideration
    • Taffy Abel Arena/Bud Cooper Gymnasium-
      • All groups for athletic activities will be kept to 10 or less persons, including coaches and staff in a single session.
        • Multiple sessions will need to be scheduled if the number of athletes and staff exceeds this total.
          • If multiple sessions are scheduled, a 10-minute time buffer will be scheduled to allow for sanitization and cleaning to take place before the next session.
        • Athletic Training Special Considerations
          • The Taffy Abel Arena athletic training room will be limited to five people at a time: three student-athletes and the athletic trainers/coach.
          • The Norris athletic training room will be limited to seven people at a time: five student-athletes and the athletic trainers/coach.
  • All use of the athletic training room must be monitored by the athletic trainer.
  • Strength and Conditioning Special Considerations
    • The Taffy Abel Arena weight room and Norris Center weight room will be limited to ten people at a time: eight student-athletes and two strength and conditioning staff.
      • If multiple strength and conditioning sessions are scheduled due to occupancy restrictions, a 10-minute time buffer will be scheduled to allow for sanitization and cleaning to take place before the next session.
        • Reference Section 4.i.ii for sanitization procedure.
  1. Identifying at risk population
  • According to the NCAA Core Principles document, athletes identified as “at-risk population” will not be permitted to work out during Phase 1 of the resocialization of athletics (i.e. summer workouts)
  • Risk factors include, but are not limited to, heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, liver disease, and sickle cell disease/trait.
  1. Pre-activity Protocol and Screening

This section lays out specific protocol and screening for voluntary strength and conditioning sessions, athletic training sessions, and sport play. Student-athletes will be required to follow all guidelines, policies, and procedures set in place by Lake Superior State University and the Athletics Department without exception. Failure to follow any policy may result in revocation of a student-athlete’s Norris access privilege. Reinstatement will be considered after the student-athlete has met with their head coach and head athletic trainer. Important to note these guidelines are subject to change.

  • Before a student-athlete’s first workout on campus, they will complete the full COVID-19 screening form (on page 9-10). This form will be submitted and reviewed by the sports medicine staff prior to their first workout.
  • Student-athletes will receive a daily wellness check every morning, asking if they have any COVID-19 symptoms or have come into contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19.
    • Athletic Training and Strength and Conditioning Special Considerations:
      • If student-athletes have not filled out the questionnaire, athletic training rooms and weight room access will be denied.
      • If the daily wellness check reveals that symptoms are present, the student-athlete will not be permitted to enter the facilities that day and will be referred to the Student Health Center.
    • Student-athletes and coaching staff are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings (medical or cloth) as they enter and exit facilities. Face coverings are not required when exercising. Coaching staffs, athletic trainers, and strength and conditioning staff are also strongly encouraged to wear face coverings while coaching.
    • The south east main entrance door will be available for entry to the Norris Center and Taffy Abel Arena.
      • If the Norris Center is locked at the time of a session, coaches or staff will grant access to student-athletes to prevent public patrons entry until appropriate.
    • Upon arrival to the Norris Center facility, a staff member will take and record each student-athlete’s temperature and submit to the athletic training staff.
      • If a student-athlete has a temperature above 100.4º F, they will not be allowed to participate in any athletic activity that day.
        • Athletes showing severe symptoms will be referred directly to War Memorial Hospital for COVID-19 testing.
        • Student-athletes with an increased temperature or those showing minor symptoms will be referred to the LSSU Healthcare Center for further treatment options (i.e., face-to-face or telehealth appointment with a provider).
      • Student-athletes will proceed to wash/sanitize their hands before entering and exiting the Taffy Abel Ice Arena area, Bud Cooper Gymnasium, and Taffy Abel and Norris Center weight rooms.
      • No student-athletes will be allowed to change upon entering facilities or use locker rooms.
        • Locker room usage will be restricted for all summer activities.
      • Hydration:
        • Strength and Conditioning Special Considerations:
          • Student-athletes will be required to bring their own form of hydration (e.g., water bottle or sports drink.
          • Disinfectant wipes will be available for them to wipe off the exterior of the container upon entry and exit of the facility. It is recommended that they label their bottle with their name. Drinking fountains and water coolers from the athletic training staff will not be available.
        • Sanitization
          • Athletic Training Special Considerations:
            • Student-athletes will be required to wipe down tables and any other equipment after each use.
            • The athletic training staff will wipe down and mist the athletic training tables and equipment daily.
          • Strength and Conditioning Special Considerations:
            • Student-athletes will be required to wipe down and sanitize all used equipment thoroughly after each individual use. Sanitizing supplies will be provided.
            • “Misting” with an EPA certified disinfectant of the Taffy Abel and Norris Center weight room equipment will take place daily/nightly after all strength and conditioning sessions are completed.
            • Floor cleaning of the Taffy Abel and Norris Center weight rooms will take place once per week.
  1. Schedule
  • A set schedule of times will be made for voluntary workouts that is differentiated among respective athletic teams.
    • No student-athletes will be permitted to access any of the Norris facilities outside of designated scheduled times.

COVID-19 Workplace Safety and Health Plan

Lake Superior State University’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan

In accordance with Executive Order 2020-59, Lake Superior State University institutes this COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan.

Lake Superior State University aims to protect its workforce by enacting all appropriate prevention efforts.  Lake Superior State University is continually and actively monitoring guidance from local, state, and federal health officials and implementing workplace and Plan modifications as appropriate.

Employees with questions are encouraged to contact Human Resources via phone at 906-635-2213 and/or email at .

Prevention Efforts and Workplace Controls

Cleanliness and Social Distancing

Employees who are able to perform their essential duties remotely may be permitted to work from home in accordance with approved telework arrangements.

Only workers deemed critical to performing necessary work are directed to report on-site.  For such workers, Lake Superior State University abides by the recommended social distancing and other safety measures and establishes the following social distancing measures:

  • Meetings must be 10 people or less. Social distancing of 6’ or more, and wearing a mask is required during a meeting. Whenever possible, staff meetings are held remotely;
  • Employees are encouraged to maintain social distancing at all times, including when on break, and before and after working hours;
  • Employees are required to maintain social distancing when reporting to work, clocking in, leaving work, and clocking out;
  • Employees’ workstations are no fewer than six feet apart;
  • Lake Superior State University may utilize flexible work hours, wherever and whenever possible, to limit the number of employees simultaneously working on-site;
  • Employees’ interactions with the general public are modified to allow for additional physical space between parties; and
  • Non-essential travel is postponed or cancelled.

In addition, Lake Superior State University is instituting the following cleanliness measures:

  • Where possible, increasing ventilation rates and circulation throughout work sites;
  • Performing routine environmental cleaning and disinfection, especially of common areas;
  • If available, providing hand sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol concentration in high-traffic areas.

Employees are expected to minimize COVID-19 exposure by:

  • Wearing a cloth mask when you enter public enclosed spaces or if will be exposed to another employee or the public within any enclosed space. Lake Superior State University will provide mask to employees. If an employee prefers to use a personal mask, it must meet the recommendations of the CDC. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
  • Cleaning workstations at the beginning and end of each shift;
  • Avoiding, when possible, the use of other employees’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment;
  • Frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (see Appendix #1 for educational print materials);
  • Utilizing hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable;
  • Avoiding touching their faces, especially with unwashed hands;
  • Avoiding handshakes or other physical contact;
  • Avoiding close contact with sick people;
  • Practicing respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes;
  • Immediately reporting unsafe or unsanitary conditions on Lake Superior State University premises to Public Safety at 906-635-2100;
  • Complying with Lake Superior State University’s daily health assessment processes;
  • Seeking medical attention and/or following medical advice if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms; and
  • Complying with self-isolation or quarantine orders.

Supplemental Measures Upon Notification of Employee’s COVID-19 Diagnosis and/or Symptoms

An employee with a COVID-19 diagnosis or who displays symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must be immediately removed from the worksite.

In response to a confirmed diagnosis or display of COVID-19 symptoms, Lake Superior State University:

  • Informs all employees/contractors with and near whom the diagnosed/symptomatic employee worked of a potential exposure;
  • Keeps confidential the identity of the diagnosed/symptomatic employee; and
  • Conducts deep cleaning of the diagnosed/symptomatic employee’s workstation, as well as those common areas potentially infected by the employee.

All employees who worked in sustained, close proximity to the diagnosed/symptomatic employee are also removed from the worksite for at least 14 days; however, if these exposed employees later develop COVID-19 symptoms and/or receive a confirmed diagnosis, they may not report on-site until all return-to-work requirements are met, defined below.

Lake Superior State University completes a MIOSHA Form 300, as well as a Form 301, “if it is more likely than not that a factor or exposure in the workplace caused or contributed to the illness.”  If an employee infects a coworker, the coworker has suffered a work-related illness if one of the recording criteria (e.g., medical treatment or days away from work) is met.

Worker Exposure Classification

Employees’ “worker exposure” is classified as lower risk by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s guidance because they do not frequently and/or closely interact with the general public, and social distancing can be maintained between coworkers.

Given this classification, no additional controls are recommended or required by OSHA at this time.

Identification and Isolation of Sick and/or Exposed Employees

Risk and exposure determinations are made without regard to employees’ protected characteristics, as defined by local, state, and federal law.

Any health-related information and documentation gathered from employees is maintained confidentially and in compliance with state and federal law.  Specifically, medical documentation is stored separate from employees’ personnel documentation.

Employees’ Self-Monitoring

The following employees should not report to work and, upon notification to Lake Superior State University, will be removed from the regular work schedule:

  • Employees who display COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, new loss of smell or taste, and/or gastrointestinal problems, including nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting, whether or not accompanied by a formal COVID-19 diagnosis;
  • Employees who, in the last 14 days, have had close contact with and/or live with any person having a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis; and
  • Employees who, in the last 14 days, have had close contact with and/or live with any person displaying COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, new loss of smell or taste, and/or gastrointestinal problems, including nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Such employees may only resume in-person work upon meeting all return-to-work requirements, defined below.

Daily Screenings

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the potential risk of exposure, Lake Superior State University screens employees on a daily basis.

Employees are asked the following questions before entering the worksite:

  1. Are you currently suffering from any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, new loss of smell or taste, and/or gastrointestinal problems, including nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting?
    1. If yes, access is denied, and employee is advised to self-isolate/self-quarantine at home, until employee is permitted to return to work as defined below.
  2. Have you lived with, or had close contact with, someone in the last 14 days diagnosed with or displaying the symptoms of COVID-19?
    1. If yes, access is denied, and employee is advised to self-isolate/self-quarantine at home, until at least 14 days after the close contact.
  3. Have you traveled outside the guidelines specified in the Governor’s Executive Orders? https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90705-525182–,00.html
    1. If yes, access is denied, and employee is advised to self-isolate/self-quarantine at home, until at least 14 days after the international or domestic travel.

Employees who develop symptoms during their shift must immediately report it to their supervisor and/or Human Resources.

Return-to-Work Requirements

Employees who were diagnosed with COVID-19 may only return to work upon confirmation of the cessation of symptoms and contagiousness, proof of which may be acquired via the test-based strategy or the non-test-based strategy.

The test-based strategy is preferred but relies on the availability of testing supplies and laboratory capacity.  Under this strategy, employees may discontinue isolation and return to work upon achieving the following conditions:

  • Resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications;
  • Improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
  • Negative results of an FDA Emergency Use Authorized molecular assay for COVID-19 from two consecutive nasopharyngeal swab specimens collected at least 24 hours apart.

Under the non-test-based strategy, employees may discontinue isolation and return to work upon achieving the following conditions:

  • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications;
  • Improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
  • At least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

Employees who came into close contact with, or live with, an individual with a confirmed diagnosis or symptoms may return to work after either 14 days have passed since the last close contact with the diagnosed/symptomatic individual, or the diagnosed/symptomatic individual receives a negative COVID-19 test.

Employees are typically required to submit a release to return to work from a healthcare provider; given the current stressors on the healthcare system, Lake Superior State University may accept written statements from employees confirming all the factors supporting their release.

Workplace Flexibilities and Potential Benefits for Employees Affected by COVID-19

Lake Superior State University employees may be eligible for paid and unpaid leaves of absence.

Employees may be permitted to utilize available paid-time off provided under Lake Superior State University policy concurrently with, or supplemental to, any approved leave.

FFCRA

Employees may qualify for two different types of paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”).

Under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”), employees may seek up to two weeks (i.e., 10 business days) of paid leave for the following reasons:

  1. Subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19;
  2. Advised to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19;
  3. Experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis;
  4. Caring for an individual subject to a quarantine or isolation order or advised to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19;
  5. Caring for a son or daughter whose school or childcare provider is closed or unavailable due to COVID-19 precautions; and
  6. Experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Labor (Please note, the Secretary of Health and Human Services has not defined conditions that trigger this subpart under the EPSLA.).

For full-time employees, two weeks of leave equates to 80 hours; for part-time employees, two weeks of leave equates to a number of hours equivalent to the number of hours usually worked in a two-week period.

Paid leave for reasons 1, 2, and 3, above, is paid at the employee’s regular rate of pay, capped at $511/day.  Paid leave for reasons 4, 5, and 6, above, is paid at a rate equivalent to two-thirds of an employee’s regular rate of pay or minimum wage, whichever is greater, capped at $200/day.

Under the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, employees may seek up to 12 weeks of leave to care for a son or daughter whose school or childcare provider is closed or unavailable due to COVID-19 precautions.  The first two weeks of leave, which run concurrently with the EPSLA leave, may be unpaid; the remaining ten weeks of leave are paid at a rate equivalent to two-thirds of an employee’s regular rate of pay or minimum wage, whichever is greater, capped at $200/day.

Michigan Executive Order 2020-36

Employees who require leave beyond the EPSLA because of their own COVID-19 diagnosis/symptoms, or because they have had close contact or live with an individual with a COVID-19 diagnosis/symptoms, may be eligible for unpaid leave under Michigan Executive Order 2020-36 until permitted thereunder to return to work.

Unemployment Compensation Benefits

Under Michigan Executive Order 2020-24, and the federal CARES Act, unemployment compensation benefits are expanded in terms of eligibility, amount, and duration.

Employees who are unable to report to work for reasons related to COVID-19 are referred to Human Resources for information on unemployment compensation benefits.  Such reasons include the following:

  • Being immunocompromised;
  • Displaying COVID-19 symptoms;
  • Having close contact in the last 14 days with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis;
  • Needing to care for someone with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis; and
  • Fulfilling a family care responsibility as a result of a government directive (e.g., caring for a child whose school or childcare provider is closed or otherwise unavailable due to COVID-19).

FMLA and ADA

Employees may be entitled to unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) if their absence is related to their own serious health condition or that of a family member.  COVID-19 may constitute a serious health condition where “complications arise.”

Lake Superior State University is also mindful of its obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”).  Specifically, if an employee requests an accommodation because of a condition that may be complicated by COVID-19 (e.g., cystic fibrosis, emphysema, COPD), then Lake Superior State University engages in the interactive process to provide a reasonable accommodation.  This may mean allowing the employee to work remotely (if reasonable) or work an alternative schedule.

Plan Updates and Expiration

This Plan responds to the COVID-19 outbreak.  As this pandemic progresses, Lake Superior State University will update this Plan and its corresponding processes.

This Plan will expire upon conclusion of its need, as determined by Lake Superior State University and in accordance with guidance from local, state, and federal health officials.

Appendix #1

  1. Printable Handwashing Educational Sheet provided by the CDC
  2. Stop the Spread of Germs Fact Sheet provided by the CDC
  3. What you should know about COVID-19 Fact Sheet provided by the CDC

Fall 2020 Planning Communications

Fall 2020 Planning: Personal/ Social Responsibility

Dear LSSU Community,

This installment of our Fall 2020 planning communiques focuses on Personal/ Social Responsibility. As we begin the semester, our communication will be reflective of ongoing assessments and updates. Our plan is built upon the Four Pillars of Laker Safety:

  1. Social Distancing: Maintain six feet of distance from those around you when possible.
  2. Mask/ Face Covering: Wear a mask or face covering over your nose and mouth when in any public indoor space and when outdoors and unable to maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of your household. The circumstances in which individuals do not need to wear a face covering are outlined in the Executive Order 2020-153 in Section 2.a-2.k.
  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.

Last week, we began welcoming students back to campus in a staged move-in process. Thanks to the support of incoming students and their families and loved ones, it went very smoothly. We also saw and are grateful for extraordinary contributions from faculty and staff, and exceptional leadership by student observers during the COVID-19 testing process. Their contributions represent some of the best that Lakers have to offer and demonstrate the commitment to personal and social responsibility that we highlight with this message.

Each of us has different thresholds of concerns and potential complications caused by the pandemic. The Four Pillars of Laker Safety remind the University and its members to stay engaged in all we can do to mitigate risk. Throughout our previous messages, we consistently mentioned Personal/ Social Responsibility as the fourth Pillar of Laker Safety. This Pillar is a reminder that each of us has an obligation in the University’s response to the pandemic. Everyone plays a critical role in the University’s ability to return to – and stay – in a face-to-face learning environment. We all rely on each other to carry out our respective responsibilities to the broader good of LSSU and Sault Sainte Marie communities and families.

This week, we continued our staged move-in process for returning students and finalized our preparation for next week’s start of classes. Commuter students and professors making their way back to LSSU for the first days of classes is the final stage in our Return to Campus plan. Students’ presence in our residence halls, classrooms, and administrative buildings harken back to normalcy and create that familiar campus “buzz.” We are excited by the promise of the semester and year ahead, but the familiar rhythm can lead to complacency. Therefore, we must remain firmly committed in our adherence to all of our safety protocols. Perseverance ensures the continuance of the semester and our commitment to the long-term well-being of our communities and families. We believe that all Lakers care about each other and their communities. Whether student, staff, or faculty, we are steadfast in our individual and collective resolve to keep campus safe.

Sault Sainte Marie has had one of the lowest case counts in the state. We have an obligation to minimize community risk. We ask each of you to participate in the Get Here, Stay Here philosophy for this semester as this mitigates risk for the entire community. If you must travel, we ask that you take every precaution in your journey in the interest of your family and our collective communities.

We continually monitor the effects of COVID-19 on our operations and evaluate our response accordingly. Assessment will be ongoing, updates will occur, and communication will continue. Please embrace your responsibility to keep our communities safe.

Be well and stay safe,

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: Face Covering & Social Distancing

Dear LSSU Community,

This is the ninth installment of our Fall 2020 planning communiques, focusing on Face Covering & Social Distancing. As we approach and begin the semester, our communication will be reflective of ongoing assessments and updates. Our plan is built upon the Four Pillars of Laker Safety, 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. Per Michigan Executive Order 2020-153, Lake Superior State University requires all individuals on campus to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in any indoor space.  Individuals must also wear a face covering when outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of their household. The circumstances in which individuals do not need to wear a face covering are outlined in the Executive Order 2020-153 in Section 2.a-2.k.
  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 response to and compliance with Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-153, Lake Superior State University requires all individuals on campus properties to wear a face covering when in any indoor space and when outdoors among people who may inadvertently encroach on six foot social distances. As members of our community repopulate campus, we ask all LSSU community members to be mindful of foot traffic, clustering, and unexpected crossings of paths.

Six feet of social distancing remains important in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Even when social distancing can be maintained, a face covering is required as an additional public health measure to help prevent the spread of the virus from a person who may be carrying the virus but does not have symptoms. Face coverings are just one protective measure, and are not a substitute for social distancing, regular hand washing and hand sanitizing, and additional cleaning protocols.

Faculty, staff, and students will receive a cloth face covering from Lake Superior State University.

All individuals accessing Lake Superior State University owned properties are expected to comply with this policy, without exception. Anyone not wearing a face covering as expected will be offered a face covering. Any individual refusing to wear a face covering will be asked to leave immediately; will be subject to corrective action or conduct process for failure to comply with Lake Superior State University policy; and may lose the ability to access Lake Superior State University properties.

Inquiries regarding policy compliance should be directed to the Human Resources Office (employees) or the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs (students). Employees who have concerns about adhering to this policy for medical reasons are encouraged to contact the Human Resources Office to discuss possible accommodations. Students who have concerns about adhering to this policy for medical reasons are encouraged to contact the ADA Coordinator to discuss possible accommodations.

This policy is applicable to classroom and co-curricular activities. Students who refuse to wear a face covering will be offered a face covering and asked to comply with the policy and Executive Order. If a student refuses, an instructor or group leader may ask the student to leave the activity. Students who refuse to wear a face covering will be documented and will be subject to sanctions outlined in the University’s code of conduct.

We continually monitor the effects of COVID-19 on our operations and evaluate our response accordingly. Assessment will be ongoing, updates will occur, and communication will continue. 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

UPDATE - COVID-19 Testing – Sunday, July 26 2020

Dear Colleagues,

This is an update to our previous communique regarding COVID-19 Testing & Contact Tracing. With support from the Michigan Army National Guard, Department of Health & Human Services, and Michigan State Police, we will offer a COVID-19 drive-thru testing clinic for all LSSU employees on Sunday, July 26, 2020 from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Although the clinic is offered until 2:00, we ask that you come as early during the clinic hours as possible.

This is an opt-in service made available only for University employees at no additional cost. To participate in the clinic, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Drive to “A” Lot of the Norris Center at 1000 Meridian Street. Walk-up traffic cannot be accommodated.
  2. Bring a state identification card.
  3. Follow directions of National Guard and/ or University staff to the appropriate drive-thru lane.
  4. Respond to screening questions, give your consent for testing, and confirm your personal information.
  5. Follow instructions by the observing medical personnel to perform a nasal self-swab (or be swabbed by the medical personnel).
  6. Exit the parking lot.

Samples will be transported to and tested at War Memorial Hospital. Results will be delivered through the Health Care Center of LSSU. Those who test negative can continue regular activity. Those who test positive should not report to work and denote a positive COVID-19 test on the MI Symptoms daily wellness check. Instances of positive tests will be reported by War Memorial Hospital to the Chippewa County Health Department.

We strongly encourage you to participate in this clinic as part of the University’s preparation for the Fall 2020 semester. 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: COVID-19 Testing & Contact Tracing

Dear LSSU Community,

This is the eighth installment of our planned Fall 2020 communiques. focuses on COVID-19 Testing & Contact Tracing. Our prior communication focused on planning. Our communication going forward will be reflecting of ongoing assessments and updates. 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. Per Michigan Executive Order 2020-147, Lake Superior State University requires all individuals on campus to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in any indoor space.  Individuals must also wear a face covering when outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of their household. The 10 circumstances in which individuals do not need to wear a face covering are outlined in the Executive Order 2020-147 in Section 2.a-2.i.
  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.

During arrival and move-in, all LSSU students will be able to be tested for COVID-19. This is an opt-in service made available in partnership with War Memorial Hospital, and at no additional cost to students. Testing for students during arrival and move-in will take place in “A” Lot of the Norris Center at 1000 Meridian Street. Each student opting into the service will perform a nasal self-swab under observation of medical personnel to collect the needed sample in a contactless exchange. Samples will be transported to and tested at War Memorial Hospital. Results will be delivered through the Health Care Center of LSSU.

Testing for students will be available as follows:

  • New on-campus students on your assigned move-in date the week of July 26-31
  • New off-campus students during the week of July 26-31
  • Returning on-campus students on your assigned move-in date the week of August 3-7
  • Students off-campus the week of August 3-7
  • Returning students unable to come to campus the week of August 3, we will make COVID-19 testing available at specified times during the first week of classes

Students who test negative will receive a phone call notifying them of the negative result.

Students who test positive and reside on-campus will be temporarily transferred to Brown Hall for isolation housing and may be directed for a confirmatory test at War Memorial Hospital. While in Brown Hall, students will be monitored by University staff and the Chippewa County Health Department. Student will continue to receive meal service through multiple daily food deliveries to the building. Students who test positive and reside off-campus will be asked to isolate at their place of residence while recovering. Instances of positive tests will be reported by War Memorial Hospital to the Chippewa County Health Department.

As the semester and year progress, rapid COVID-19 testing will remain available at the Health Care Center. Students who are symptomatic should not anticipate paying a cost for the test. Asymptomatic testing may not be covered under insurance but will be available by appointment at the Health Care Center. The Abbott ID NOW technology available at the Health Care Center is also able to test for Influenza A, Influenza B, Strep, and RSV.

The University has already begun testing students and employees in partnership with the Bay Mills Indian Community Health Center. On July 14-15, 84 individuals were tested with Abbott rapid technology. All results were negative.

Each area of campus operations will have a plan for monitoring presence of guests to campus for purposes of contact tracing. Some offices and departments will rely on sign in logs to keep attendance at events. The University also the My LSSU app-based technology to help with contact tracing. Through the app, students attending an event can scan a QR Code to check-in upon arrival. Regardless of the area of campus, though, contact tracing will be conducted by the Chippewa County Health Department, with informational support from LSSU.

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.

Sincerely,

Michael Beazley, Ph.D – 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: MI Symptoms Wellness Check

Dear Colleagues,

Per Executive Order 2020-114, LSSU is required to conduct a daily entry self-screening protocol for all employees. LSSU currently uses a Google Forms daily wellness check that employees receive via email to fulfill this requirement. Effective Monday, July 13, 2020, the MI Symptoms platform, available through the Department of Health and Human Services, will replace the current Google Forms daily wellness check. MI Symptoms is a web-based instrument that monitors employee health similarly to the Google Form. Daily responses will be monitored internally by the LSSU Healthcare Center and Human Resources. This online survey will also support contact tracing by Chippewa County Health Department and anonymously report health screens for “at-risk” individuals to the State of Michigan so regional data can be tracked for potential rises in COVID-19 illness.

To complete this screening daily, all employees must create a profile. Please click here to create the profile on the MI Symptoms Check. The employer code for LSSU is 1807-5107.  Once created, all employees are required to log in daily to complete the short questionnaire about their health before their shift or workday. Whether currently working on-campus or remotely, we ask you to begin completing this health screen daily. You will continue to receive the daily wellness check reminder emails.

By completing this health screen, employees should be conscious of their health and do their part to contain the spread of COVID-19. If you receive an “at risk” assessment after completing the screening, please stay home and do not report to work. Contact the LSSU Health Care Center by phone at (906) 635-2110 or your local medical provider to discuss your symptoms and determine next steps.

LSSU is committed to providing a safe work environment to all of its employees and MI Symptoms supports this commitment. The University and its community members rely on your help to keep the campus community safe. If you have questions or concerns about this screening process or issues related to COVID-19, please contact the COVID-19 Task Force at  or your immediate supervisor.

Sincerely,

Michael Beazley, PhD – Dean of Student Affairs

with

Wendy Beach – Director of Human Resources, Safety & Risk

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

Co-Chairs, COVID-19 Response Team

MI Symptoms Check FAQ

  • What is the goal of MI Symptoms?

MI Symptoms is a symptom survey to be taken daily by Michigan residents, for early detection of COVID-like illnesses by Michigan public health professionals. This symptom survey may also help us better understand what influences the spread of the virus. The survey will inform you if your symptoms are similar to COVID-19 and provides a method for Michiganders to check their daily wellness during the pandemic.

  • Why am I told that I may be at-risk for COVID-19?

MI Symptoms indicates you may be at-risk if you report one or more COVID-19 symptoms announced by the CDC. We understand some symptoms related to COVID-19 may be caused by other conditions. Survey results should not be interpreted as a diagnosis. Please contact  if you have further questions or concerns.

  • If I use Google or Facebook sign in, will they have access to the symptom data I enter in this survey? Will the State of Michigan be able to access my Google or Facebook account?

If you login using Google or Facebook, neither Google nor Facebook will be have access to your symptom data. The  State of Michigan will not be able to access your Google or Facebook account. Google or Facebook log-in is a simple, secure, and fast way for users to access this survey. MI Symptoms only receives the most basic profile information from these third parties (name, email, profile picture, and language preferences) and does not give these third parties any information that you have entered into the MI Symptoms or on your survey results.

  • What will these data be used for? Will they be made public?

The results of MI Symptoms will be used in an anonymous way to create a county and regional map to visualize symptoms and COVID-19 cases across the state, so you and other Michiganders can see overall activity in your area. In addition, if you have COVID-19-like symptoms, the state or local health department may reach out to inquire about your health situation or about programs that could help you find testing or services.

  • Are these data protected by HIPAA?

The information you self-report on this form is for public health monitoring and does not fall under HIPAA. HIPAA is a law to protect patient privacy when information is being shared by a healthcare provider.

  • I’m worried that either I have – or another person has – COVID-19 based on our symptoms, even though MI Symptoms hasn’t told me this. What can I do?

Complete the CDC Self-Checker tool to see if the symptoms make them COVID-19-likely. Then, sign up to get tested at your closest testing center and begin self-isolating immediately. If you have questions or want to request help related to COVID-19, please send an email to .

 

  • If the MI Symptoms stops working or doesn’t allow me to log in, what should I do? What if I want to withdraw my data from MI Symptoms?

Please send an email to  immediately with your name and email address.

Fall 2020 Planning: Athletics & Campus Events

Dear LSSU Community,

The sixth in our Fall 2020 planning communiques focuses on Athletics & Campus Events. 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.

The Department of Athletics established a return to play protocol in coordination with the LSSU COVID-19 Response Team for our student-athletes, coaches, and support personnel. The protocol includes guidance about pre-activity screening; daily assessments; facility capacity for student-athletes, coaches, and personnel (e.g., weight room, training room, courts); hygiene guidelines; cleaning and sanitization requirements; and COVID-19 testing.

Intercollegiate Athletics events are set to proceed during their regularly recurring seasons, but with the uncertainty prompted by COVID-19, schedules have not been finalized. Depending on environmental conditions, the NCAA, Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (GLIAC), or the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) may modify the duration and timing of seasons, locations for travel, and the nature of competition and attendance. We are monitoring the national landscape and will follow the guidance of local, state, and federal authorities, as well as the NCAA and our two athletic conferences for all decisions related to intercollegiate athletic activity.

Guidelines for attending Laker Athletics events, which will include the allowable facilities capacities, have not yet been established, but will follow guidance of local, state, and federal authorities, as well as the NCAA and our two athletic conferences.

LSSU welcomes groups not affiliated with the University to utilize spaces on-campus, in alignment with Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-115. Capacity for indoor social gatherings and organized events is up to 50 people, while outdoor social gatherings and organized events is up to 250 people. All groups are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that reflect LSSU’s Four Pillars and align with the local, state, and federal safety guidelines, especially in regard to social distancing and wearing face coverings. Planning of all Fall 2020 events for both affiliated and unaffiliated groups comply with these guidelines. We realize, however, that the recommendations by local, state, and federal officials may alter this in the future.

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.

Sincerely,

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 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

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

President Hanley’s COVID-19 Update June 13

President Hanley’s COVID-19 Update

June 13, 2020

Dear LSSU Community,

On Friday, July 10, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-147 about wearing masks in the state of Michigan. The order went into effect July 13, 2020, at 12:01 am and I encourage each of you to read the order in its entirety. In response to and compliance with this order, effective Monday, July 13, 2020, Lake Superior State University will require all individuals on campus property to wear a face covering when in any indoor space and when outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of their household.

The requirement to wear a face covering does not apply to individuals who:

a.    Are younger than five years old, though children two years old and older are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering, pursuant to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”);

b.    Cannot medically tolerate a face covering;

c.    Are eating or drinking while seated at a food service establishment;

d.    Are exercising when wearing a face covering would interfere in the activity;

e.    Are receiving a service for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service;

f.     Are entering a business or are receiving a service and are asked to temporarily remove a face covering for identification purposes;

g.    Are communicating with someone who is hearing impaired or otherwise disabled and where the ability to see the mouth is essential to communication;

h.    Are actively engaged in a public safety role, including but not limited to law enforcement, firefighters, or emergency medical personnel;

i.      Are officiating at a religious service; or

j.      Are giving a speech for broadcast or an audience.

The Four Pillars that have been guiding our return to campus plans for Fall 2020 will remain in effect. The Governor’s most recent executive order, though, modifies the seconding pillar as seen below.

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. *Per Michigan Executive order 2020-147 effective July 13, 2020, at 12:01 a.m., Lake Superior State University will require all individuals on campus property to wear a face covering when in any indoor space, and when outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of their household. The requirement to wear a face covering does not apply to individuals who are giving a speech for broadcast or an audience. 

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 near the start of our semester, we will continue to be in touch with needed information for your arrival to campus. I look forward to welcoming you back to campus and to the semester and year ahead. Until then, be safe and well.

Sincerely,

Rodney S. Hanley, PhD

President

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.
  • LSSU students may call the LSSU Health Center at 906-635-2110.
  • Others should first call their health care provider.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel while sick. 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. LSSU 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 face mask 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

President Hanley’s COVID-19 Update June 30

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

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

Spring 2020 Communications

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


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

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

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

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, PhD., President


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.


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.


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 Safe. We 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 Encoded 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.

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, PhD., President


March 17, 2020

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


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.

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.


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.

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.

Per Michigan Executive Order, face masks are required inside and outside when you are unable to social distance.

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.  Please refer to the COVID-19 website (www.lssu.edu/coronavirus) and LSSU social media channels @lakestateu and @lssucampuslife for up-to-date information.

Are campus tours being offered?

Yes. The Admissions Office hosts in-person campus tours Monday–Friday at 10:00 AM, noon, and 2 PM. Tours last approximately two hours and are scheduled only by appointment at lssu.edu/visit. Groups are limited to no more than eight people. Social distancing, face masks, and other coronavirus safeguards are practiced. The Admissions Office also offers one-on-one phone overviews; to schedule an individualized session, call (906) 635-2231. For questions or concerns about campus tours and phone overviews, contact 

Will LSSU be holding commencement?

LSSU is excited to celebrate with our 2020 grads, but has needed to postpone the May 2 commencement ceremony.  2020 commencement has been rescheduled to May 1, 2021.  Monitor your @LSSU.edu email and follow @lakestateu and @lssucampuslife on Instagram and Facebook.

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.

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?

Yes, face masks are required.  Lake Superior State University will follow Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders 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 and has an onsite ID NOW COVID-19 analyzer.  Please contact the Health Care Center at 906-635-2110.  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.