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Message to Faculty and Staff

June 9, 2021

Good afternoon,

To celebrate the return of staff to campus, the University is hosting a Welcome Back reception on the Robinson Quad (adjacent to the University Center) on Monday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. Snacks and refreshments will be available. It will be wonderful to see our colleagues and friends back on campus.

On this day, employees will also have the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The Birkam Health Center team and College of Pharmacy volunteers will host a Johnson & Johnson vaccine clinic on the lawn outside the Birkam Health Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (rain location: inside Birkam Health Center). We encourage you to sign-up in advance within the Healthy Dog Portal, but walk-ups will be accommodated.

Employees, students and their household members (age 16 and over) who are not available for Monday’s clinic and/or who would prefer the two-dose Pfizer vaccine may schedule a vaccine appointment within the Healthy Dog Portal for any Monday, Wednesday or Thursday in June and July (except Monday, July 5) between 8:10-11:30 a.m. and 1:10-4:30 p.m.

While the University strongly encourages vaccination for all faculty, staff and students, it is not required.

COVID-19 Preparedness Response Plan

The Re-entry Committee has created a COVID-19 preparedness response plan for the University that meets MIOSHA’s expectations and outlines the measures the University will implement to reduce employee exposure, including any engineering and administrative controls, hygiene and environmental surface disinfection, personal protective equipment, health surveillance and training. You can view the plan on the Coronavirus Updates Hub webpage.


Are employees still required to complete the daily symptom checker?

Even if fully vaccinated?

Can we remove the social distancing stickers from the floors in our work areas?
No. Please wait for Physical Plant to properly remove the social distancing stickers and associated adhesive from the floors in the coming weeks.

Can we have Physical Plant put back tables and chairs in our lobbies and other public gathering areas?
Under the current MDHHS order, there are still capacity restrictions in public areas indoors. It is best to leave our areas as is until this order is lifted July 1, 2021.

Where can we find the new mask signs?
The new mask signage and the new healthy reminders signage can be downloaded from the Coronavirus Updates Hub webpage. Physical plant is in the process of replacing the old signage on building entrances with these new signs. In the meantime, you can print these out and post them in your work areas as needed.

Can we have in-person meetings with our staff?
Yes, in-person meetings can occur. As a reminder, if you are not fully vaccinated and participating in an in-person meeting, you must wear your mask if you cannot maintain 6-ft of distance between you and your colleagues.

Updated COVID-19 Training Video 

Under MIOSHA’s emergency rule, employers are to provide updated COVID-19 training to employees. The University has updated its training tutorial “COVID-19 Workplace Guidelines.” Please take a few minutes to watch this updated tutorial. For access visit The login information is as follows: 

Organization ID: ferrisstateuniversity
User ID: Your Banner Employee ID number or FSU Student ID number 

NOTE: If you have viewed the previous version of this tutorial, it will show as completed. You will still need to view the updated version. Once you have completed the updated tutorial, it will show you have completed the updated version.

If you have difficulty accessing it, please e-mail Mike McKay. Supervisors, please ensure your direct reports have viewed this updated tutorial.

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 faculty, staff or student who is 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 of COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. You can also call the COVID-19 Hotline at (888) 535-6136, press 2, or find a test site near you

Ferris Health Reminders

Please remember to

  1. complete the daily symptom checker each day you are coming to campus, even if you are fully vaccinated;
  2. wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water; and
  3. stay home if you are not feeling well.

The FSU Re-entry Committee greatly appreciates the considerable efforts made by our University community to ensure a safe and successful return to work. If you have questions, please contact the committee at [email protected] for assistance. Together, we can keep our University and each other safe, healthy and moving forward toward the fall semester. 

-The FSU Re-entry Committee