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Message to Faculty and Staff

April 26, 2022

Good morning,

We would like to thank everyone for supporting the FSU Re-entry Committee and the protocols established to keep the University safe and open during the COVID-19 pandemic. For several months now we have remained in the post-surge recovery phase, and for that we are thankful. Yesterday, this committee held its final meeting of the semester and is being placed on reserve. We are hopeful to remain this way but will re-assemble if COVID-19 conditions change.  

With this news, the Committee will no longer share COVID-19 updates via email or maintain the University’s COVID-19 Dashboard. This will be replaced with a link to the CDC’s COVID-19 County Check tool. Faculty, staff and students are no longer required to report a positive COVID-19 test result in the University’s “Report a Positive Test” portal. The Coronavirus Updates Hub website will remain a resource for the University Community.

Mask Update

At the end of the spring semester, masks will no longer be required in instructional spaces such as classrooms and laboratories. It is anticipated that masks will still be required in patient care areas such as the Pharmacy Care Clinic, the University Eye Center and Birkam Health Center. The University will continue to support all campus community members and visitors who choose to wear a mask while indoors on campus.

Update on International Travel and Education Abroad Opportunities

The Office of International Education provided an update on international travel and education abroad opportunities. 

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March of 2020, international faculty and staff travel, faculty-led study abroad programs, and semester exchanges were suspended due to health and safety concerns.  We are happy to announce that the University is planning to resume these activities with appropriate health and safety measures in place. The President’s Office and the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs have provided the following timeline for the resumption of international travel and Education Abroad opportunities. 

  1. International Travel for Faculty and Staff – Approved University-related international travel for faculty and staff is now able to resume. Faculty and staff seeking to travel internationally for University business should follow the international travel guidance of the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, paying particular attention to travel and entry requirements pertaining to COVID-19 in destination countries. 
  1. Semester Exchange Programs – Outbound semester exchange study abroad opportunities at partner universities will resume in the Spring 2023 semester. Students interested in studying on a semester exchange will coordinate with the Office of International Education to ensure academic, travel, health, and safety preparation is in line with University policies and procedures, CDC and Department of State guidance, and travel and entry requirements pertaining to COVID-19 in destination countries. 
  1. Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs – Faculty-led study abroad programs will resume in the Summer 2023 semester. The Office of International Education will host three Zoom sessions for faculty who are exploring or planning to submit Faculty-Led Study Abroad Proposals for the Summer 2023 semester. At the Zoom sessions, we will discuss the plans for the proposal timeline, process, and program procedures as it will be important to factor in COVID-19 planning and precautions. The Office of International Education will host additional Zoom sessions in the Summer 2022 and early Fall 2022 semesters. Summer 2023 study abroad proposals will be due in the early part of the Fall 2022 semester. Details will be forthcoming. 

                      April 29 at 11 a.m.:
                      May 5 at 3 p.m.:
                      May 6 at 10 a.m.:

Questions? Contact the Office of International Education at [email protected] or     (231) 591-2450.​​​​​​​

Birkam Health Center Summer Schedule

The Birkam Health Center will begin its summer operating schedule the week of June 6, 2022. It will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 31, with normal hours of operation resuming Aug. 1, 2022.

Stay Healthy

Even though COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have declined, it still remains. Please continue to practice daily health habits, such as washing your hands often, keeping hand sanitizer nearby and staying home if you are not feeling well. Other communicable diseases, such as influenza, are appearing. Please take good care of yourself.

Thank you for staying connected with us these past two years. We appreciate your support!

-The FSU Re-entry Committee