Monday Afternoon Update to Faculty and Staff
As we move closer to the start of the fall semester, the FSU Re-entry Committee will begin sharing weekly messaging to answer common FAQs and communicate important information, and to highlight some of the incredible innovations of our faculty and staff.
1. What resources are available to faculty to help deliver instruction this fall?
Whether you are delivering instruction face-to-face, hyflex or online, the University’s eLearning group is standing by, ready and willing to assist faculty in determining the best strategy for the delivery of course content. Contact the eLearning team at (231) 591-2802 or [email protected]. The eLearning e-mail is monitored Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
2. What is being done to ensure health and safety across campus?
The University is employing enhanced cleaning and sanitation procedures to provide a healthy and safe campus across academic, administrative, housing and support environments following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
In our June 25 message to campus we outlined a new antimicrobial product being used 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.
The University is also implementing enhanced air handling procedures, including increasing ventilation rates, ventilating 24/7 and flushing the building with outside air pre- and post-occupancy each day, and utilizing air filters with a minimum MERV 9 and MERV 13 efficiency where possible. These strategies are defined and proposed based on each existing building mechanical system and room situation, and these strategies will be applied for each building’s specific need identified. The enhanced cleaning and sanitation plans, including HVAC protocol, are available on the Coronavirus Campus Information and Updates website.
In addition, all students, faculty and staff will be required to:
- Complete a daily COVID-19 Symptom Checker (this is currently a paper version – an electronic version is coming soon!)
- If you are sick, stay home.
- Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth inside all University buildings and in any situation where social distancing is difficult.
Ferris State University is asking everyone to accept the responsibility of protecting themselves and others. We are all in this together. #FerrisForwardTogether
3. What is being done to ensure the safety of faculty and students in the classroom?
Faculty and students will be required to wear face coverings over the nose and mouth when inside all University buildings. An FSU/KCAD branded cloth face mask and gaiter are being provided to all students, faculty and staff. Faculty also have the option of wearing a face shield.
Physical Plant staff has assessed every classroom across campus to determine new occupancy capacities that consider the CDC’s 6-foot social distancing recommendation and will be modified accordingly. These can be viewed on the Coronavirus Campus Information and Updates webpage under “Classroom and Lab Capacities.”
Mobile plexiglass barriers will also be available for classrooms. You can view images of the mobile barrier and staged classrooms online.
Each week we hope to share some of the creative innovations developed by faculty and staff this past spring and as plans continue forward for the fall semester.
This week we highlight the collaboration that took place between COMM 389 Sports Communication and the 489 Seminar in Sports Communication, the capstone course for the Sports Communication degree. This spring faculty and students had to pivot from their spring sports events projects to simulating marketing and managing an eSports Tournament online via Twitch. This was an innovative response that has proven the potential collaboration this fall between MKTG 420 and the eSports club team.
If you have examples you would like to share, please e-mail the FSU Re-entry Committee.
As we continue through Phase 2 of the University’s re-entry plan, please continue to help keep our University community safe and healthy by following these recommendations:
- If you are sick, stay home.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Practice good hand washing/sanitizing often.
- Conduct group or staff meetings, and meetings with students remotely as much as possible (using Zoom, MS Teams, etc.).
- Stay to the right when using hallways and stairwells.
- Limit 2-people riding in an elevator at one time.
- Establish flexible worksites (e.g., working remotely) and flexible work hours (e.g., staggered shifts), if feasible.
- Discourage colleagues from using other employees’ phones, desks, or other work tools and equipment.
- Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces, equipment, and other elements of your work environment.
By working together, we can have a safe and engaging start to the Fall 2020 semester.
- The FSU Re-entry Committee