Message to Faculty and Staff

March 23, 2020 (3:30 PM)

Message to Faculty and Staff on Michigan Sheltering in Place

Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a "Stay Home, Stay-Safe" executive order to help lessen the coronavirus’ spread in Michigan. The order is effective as of Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 12:01 AM and will continue until April 13, 2020 at 11:59 PM. The order "directs residents to remain at home or in their place of residence to the maximum extent feasible." 

We want to transition as many people who are not working remotely to do so. Your dean will help you make those determinations. The Governor’s information allows onsite work for "… educators supporting public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing other essential functions, if operating under rules for social distancing…" 

According to the Governor’s Order:

  • What You Can't Do

The order prohibits "all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring among persons not part of a single household." Businesses that do not provide essential services must close and employees must work from home, if possible.

  • What You Can Do

People are free to leave their homes for walking, and to visit pharmacies, grocery stores, and gas stations for essential items such as medicine and groceries. Veterinarian offices will be available as will take-out food. People can also care for sick family members, but otherwise must stay in their homes.

  • What This Means for Ferris

During this three-week period, we will maintain course instruction. We will continue to address resource issues, technical issues, and design and implementation issues. Phones have been forwarded so you can continue to call the same help and resource numbers that you normally have in the past. Rest assured, help will be provided, and issues will be resolved.

Timekeeping guidelines will be forthcoming for Ferris employees who must track their hours.

Thanks to everyone's efforts to date, we are in a perfect position to continue this transition. We are able to continue online teaching and learning, and engaging and servicing students. While we do, please stay safe, keep your distance, and make healthy, wise choices.

Paul Blake
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs