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Message to Faculty and Staff

May 17, 2021

Good afternoon,

The FSU Re-entry Committee has several updates to share with you today.

 Mask Update

 Last week, the CDC released updated mask guidance recommending “fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.”

On Friday, Gov. Whitmer announced the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) would be updating its Gatherings and Mask Order to align with the CDC’s latest guidance on face coverings.

While the loosening of mask requirements for those who are fully vaccinated is welcome news, it does not change the University’s current face mask directives for our campuses.

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) COVID-19 Emergency Rule is still in effect through Oct. 14, 2021. Until this emergency rule is amended, we will continue to require that all students, faculty, staff and visitors wear face masks over the nose and mouth inside all University buildings, outside when at an organized gathering, and in any situation where social distancing is difficult. In essence, everyone should continue following all of the health and safety protocols implemented this spring. The Re-entry Committee will continue to monitor this and share updates as they become available.

Summer Semester

The summer semester begins Tuesday. For faculty and staff on campus, you will continue to follow the health and safety protocols implemented this spring to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In addition, the University will continue to follow the established protocols:

  • Complete the required COVID-19 Symptom Checker daily and stay home if you are sick
  • If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result, please report your status via the secure link on the COVID-19 website.
  • Don’t forget, if you are in your office, and your door is open, you must wear your mask. If your door is shut, you may remove your mask.
  • Practice social distancing and good hand washing/sanitizing often
  • Conduct group or staff meetings remotely as much as possible (use Zoom, MS Teams, etc.)
  • Stay to the right when using hallways and stairwells.
  • Limit elevator use to (2) people at one time
  • Be aware of any additional social distancing guidelines that may be posted on the doors and hallways of different campus buildings.

Vaccine Update

The University held several first and second dose Pfizer vaccine clinics at Wink Arena and Birkam Health Center. Together, Birkam Health Center staff, College of Pharmacy staff and students, School of Nursing staff and students, and numerous volunteers fully vaccinated 1,173 Ferris faculty, staff, students and members of Ferris households. 

If you have not been vaccinated and would like to be, please contact Birkam Health Center at x2614, Option 2, to setup an appointment.

COVID-19 Asymptomatic Testing

COVID-19 asymptomatic testing clinics will continue to be offered over the summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Pharmacy Care Clinic, located on the first floor of the Pharmacy Building. Please visit the COVID-19 Testing Schedule to make an appointment.

This testing clinic is open to any Ferris student, faculty or staff who are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. You will need to complete the symptom checker online and receive a green negative status prior to being tested. If you are experiencing symptoms, please contact your local healthcare provider.

Individuals who test positive will be called by the end of the day on which the test was administered. Those who test negative will receive an email from Birkam Health Center via 

As always, all Re-entry communications to faculty, staff and students, and other important information is available on the Coronavirus Updates Hub homepage under “Info for Faculty & Staff” and “Info for Students.” Please continue to check this page frequently for updates. If you have trouble finding information or have a question, please send an e-mail to [email protected].  

-The FSU Re-entry Committee