June 25, 2020
Much work continues as we prepare for the safe return of our students, faculty and staff. Today the University announced it would begin classes as planned on Monday, Aug. 31, and instruction will pivot to remote delivery where possible beginning Monday, Nov. 30, after Thanksgiving recess. Faculty survey responses indicated a strong preference for this decision, and it aligns with the University’s efforts to keep our community healthy and safe. It also helps us avoid a potential second wave of COVID-19 as we enter cold and flu season and better prepares us for a safe spring semester. During this time the University will remain open and operations will continue. Housing and dining services will be available for students throughout the end of the semester.
While there are many logistics to plan for and more decisions yet to be made, the Re-entry Committee would like to share a few important pieces of information with you.
To align with guidance from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state regulations, Ferris State University is enacting new practices, policies and procedures throughout campus, including new protocols and initiatives for cleaning and disinfecting.
Additionally, all students, faculty and staff will be required to:
- Complete a daily COVID-19 Symptom Checker.
- If you are sick, stay home.
- Wear a face covering inside University buildings and in any situation where social distancing is difficult. The University will be providing one branded, washable face mask and gaiter to all faculty, staff and students prior to the start of the school year. Students needing an exception or accommodation should contact Educational Counseling and Disabilities Services. Employees needing an exception or accommodation should contact Human Resources.
Ferris State University is asking everyone to accept the responsibility of protecting themselves and others. We are all in this together. #FerrisForwardTogether
Enhanced Cleaning/Disinfecting Protocols
Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols have been heightened throughout campus in accordance with CDC guidelines to ensure all horizontal and vertical surfaces, along with critical touch points, will be addressed on a daily basis.
The Facilities Management and Custodial departments have put forth enhanced disinfection efforts that would include, but are not limited to:
- Classrooms and learning spaces
- Corridors and common/public spaces
- Athletic spaces including locker rooms and showers
- Residence hall entrances, corridors, public area bathrooms, laundry areas, lounges, stairwells and elevators
To support these efforts, the custodial department has introduced electrostatic disinfecting application devices. The electrostatic applicator gives a negative charge to the disinfecting solution as it exits the nozzle, allowing an even coat of solution that sticks to a targeted surface with 360-degree coverage.
Additionally, the department is procuring a residual polymer based molecularly bonded antimicrobial product called MicrobeCare manufactured by Parasol Medical. 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. The intent is to apply this product with 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.
Statement on the Public
Ferris State University, including Kendall College of Art and Design, takes great pride in welcoming our alumni, friends, community members and many others to our campuses to cheer on our Bulldog athletics teams, enjoy a meal in our dining facilities, and experience our art galleries, museums and cultural programming. We value your patronage and appreciate your support.
As the University actively prepares to safely welcome our students, faculty and staff back onto our campuses this fall, it is likely that many of our facilities and programming will be unavailable to the public. The University is taking this proactive measure to protect everyone’s health and safety.
The University will continue to monitor and evaluate this situation with the sincere hope that we can welcome everyone back onto our campuses soon. To learn more about what facilities and programming may be open to the public, please follow the announcements posted on our website and social media.
Ferris Forward Together
The information referenced above is a small portion of what will be featured in the University’s “Ferris Forward Together” Re-engagement Guide for faculty and staff. We anticipate publishing this guide by July 1, 2020, and it will be featured on the Coronavirus Campus Updates and Information webpage. Thank you for your support as we continue to move forward with re-engagement planning efforts. Please continue to stay informed over the coming weeks. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, please send us an e-mail.
-The FSU Re-entry Committee