MAY 29: Update from President McPhee on COVID-19 Strategic Task Force Report

To the University community,

I am pleased to share with you the report of the COVID-19 Strategic Task Force chaired by Provost Byrnes.  As you know, I charged the Task Force to provide recommendations to me for our return to on-campus operations.  Please find for your review the full report:

In summary, some of the key recommendations include: 

  • Campus will be open this Fall, but with social distancing measures in effect;
  • A variety of class formats will be used: on-ground, online and hybrid;
  • Our goal will be to reduce the density of people in classrooms;
  • “Hands on” courses will get priority for on-ground spaces;
  • Although the start and end dates of the semester will remain the same, fall break will be cancelled and on-campus class meetings will end before Thanksgiving; all exams will be held online;
  • We will follow health guidelines in running events;
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting standards will be implemented;
  • We will provide appropriate PPE to employees;
  • We will allow remote working arrangements and alternate work schedules, as appropriate, practical and approved by supervisors.

I am scheduling two Virtual Town Hall sessions to hear your thoughts and feedback. Instructions on how to access these sessions will be provided early next week.

10    a.m.      Wednesday, June 3

1 p.m.         Thursday, June 4

I deeply appreciate the hard work and dedication of Provost Byrnes and the task force members in preparing these recommendations for my review.

I hope that you and your family remain safe and have a great weekend.


Sidney A. McPhee

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