Message to Campus

Good afternoon,

The FSU Re-entry Committee would like to share a few additional pieces of important information with faculty and staff before Phase 2 begins on Monday, July 13. Realizing there will be some employees pivoting from working remotely to returning to their physical work locations on campus, it is important to share these reminders/additional information.

Re-engagement Plans

Before employees can officially return to their physical office/work locations on campus, departmental supervisors must have an approved Re-engagement Plan, and it must be shared with all departmental employees before they come to campus or on their first day back to campus. Plans should be reviewed by Mike McKay, director of Safety, Health, Environmental & Risk Management and approved by the divisional vice president.

If you are coming back to work on campus between July 13 and August 23, please be in communication with your supervisor and ensure you have a copy of and have reviewed the approved Re-engagement Plan.

Required COVID-19 Symptom Checker

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires the University to provide access to and completion of a COVID-19 symptom checker for employees who are returning to work on campus. The University’s COVID-19 Symptom Checker is currently available in paper form and accessible online via the www.ferris.edu homepage in the yellow alert box at the top of the page. Please print out copies of this form and complete them each day before you come to campus. They do not need to be turned in to anyone – however, you should keep a copy of the completed form for your records.

An electronic version of the COVID-19 Symptom Checker will be available at the end of July for all students, faculty and staff, and it will be accessible by all devices (computers, smartphones, tablets, etc.). More information will be forthcoming when this new electronic version is available.

Face Coverings

To align with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Governor Whitmer’s most recent Executive Order, all students, faculty, staff and visitors will be required to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth inside University buildings and in any situation where social distancing is difficult.

The FSU/KCAD branded, washable cloth face masks and gaiters will be available for dissemination by vice presidents, deans and/or supervisors beginning the week of July 13.

Employees needing an exception or accommodation should contact Human Resources.

MicrobeCare Application Begins Monday

In our June 25 communication to campus we outlined a new antimicrobial product procured by Physical Plant called MicrobeCare. This solution creates a barrier that kills 99.99% of microbes, prevents mutation and minimizes the spread of viruses, bacteria, fungi, algae and yeast on a wide variety of products. MicrobeCare is safe and has recorded proven results in highly sensitive healthcare environments. This five-minute video provides information on the product and its benefits.

Application of MicrobeCare on campus will begin on Monday, July 13 by Physical Plant staff, beginning with academic spaces, followed by residential living areas, athletics and office areas. It may take several weeks to complete the application across campus. The product will be applied using electrostatic applicators to all touch points within buildings to include but not limited to: door handles, light switches, hand rails, table tops, chairs, computer keyboards, restroom fixtures, etc. to combat possible exposure to COVID-19.

Social Distancing Signage

The Re-entry Committee has designed and procured a large quantity of social distancing signage for all University buildings. The goal is to have the signage installed by Physical Plant at the end of July and/or the beginning of August.

As we enter Phase 2 of our re-entry plan on Monday, July 13, there will be some employees returning to campus to their physical work locations. The social distancing signs can be printed in-house if desired and displayed temporarily until the official signage arrives and is installed.

There are signs for building entrances and doorways, in addition to various signs for restrooms, elevators, furniture and more. You can download and print the various signs available by clicking on “Social Distancing Signage for Buildings” located at www.ferris.edu/coronavirus.

Access to University Buildings

During Phase 2, most University buildings will continue to remain closed and locked. If you are returning to work on campus, please make sure you have your building keys with you so you have access to your office/work location.

What is Open to the Public During Phase 2?

The following operations are open to the public – Katke Golf Course, Ferris Printing Services, and the University Center South Entrance only to allow students, faculty, staff and the public to access the University Bookstore (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the IT Solutions Center.

The Re-entry Committee sincerely thanks you for your patience and support this coming week and as we continue through Phase 2 of the University’s re-entry plan. As always, if you have questions, comments, suggestions or concerns, please e-mail us at [email protected].

Please stay safe by wearing your mask when in public, practicing social distancing and avoiding large crowds, and washing your hands often.

- The FSU Re-entry Committee