MSOE Response to Coronavirus

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is a growing concern as it affects people throughout the world. MSOE continues to monitor the situation and will provide information as necessary.

March 12, 2020 - 4:50 p.m.

Dear MSOE Community,

MSOE is taking steps to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus on campus and protect the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff.

Continuation of Classes

All in-person and online classes will be suspended Friday, March 13 through Friday, March 20. Beginning Monday, March 23 all classes will resume in an online format until Thursday, April 9, with an expectation that classes will resume on campus Monday, April 13. In early April, we will make a final decision regarding that.

This suspension of classes will allow our faculty time to prepare to move their course offerings to an online format. The CREATE Institute will be offering training for faculty. To accommodate for this time off in our academic calendar, we will forgo a final exam week. Final exams or final projects will be incorporated into regular class time. Students’ graduation dates will not be delayed and the quality of education will not be comprised. In addition, students’ progress to degree completion will not be impeded.

Residence Halls

All students who live in MSOE residence halls (Roy W. Johnson Hall, Regents Hall, and Margaret Loock Hall) are asked to return home or to an off-campus residence as soon as possible if able to do so. Classes are suspended Friday to accommodate this travel. By Sunday, March 15 at 3 p.m., please take your essential belongings and everything you will need while classes are being delivered alternatively. Students who are not able to return to their permanent residence should notify Residence Life at living@msoe.edu or (414) 277-7400. Those who need to remain in the residence halls should maintain social distance, and also should be prepared for a reduced campus experience with limited opportunities for interaction and reduced campus services.

Campus Events and Student Activities

All MSOE athletic and student events, and university forums are cancelled through Sunday, April 12. A decision will be made in early April regarding events scheduled after that date.

Accepted Student Day and Campus Tours have NOT been cancelled.

Faculty and Staff

University business will continue as usual. Consult with your manager or vice president for more information.

Travel

As we previously announced, all short-term study-abroad programs scheduled for the spring quarter or over the summer are canceled. All university-sponsored travel to countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice are canceled until further notice. University-sponsored international travel by faculty and staff to countries without this designation and any university-sponsored domestic travel must be approved by the associated vice president.

International Study Abroad

We continue to closely monitor the international status of the virus, and any decisions regarding students who are currently studying abroad will be made in consultation with the host institutions, the CDC, and the WHO in order to keep them safe.

I thank you for your patience and as we all work through this unprecedented situation together. We will share more information as it becomes available. We wish all of you safe travels, good health and continued academic success. We look forward to your return to campus soon.

Sincerely,
John Walz

March 12, 2020 - Noon 

The health and safety of our campus community is our priority. Our Pandemic Response Team is working hard to ensure the safety of our community.

While there are no confirmed cases on campus, it is important for you to know that two of our students followed our protocol and contacted the Wellness Center with concern that they might be experiencing symptoms of the Coronavirus. They have been tested and are currently being monitored and isolated as a precaution until we know the results of the test.

This is a rapidly evolving situation. We know there are questions that remain unanswered and our Pandemic Response Team is working diligently with university administrators to provide answers and scenarios covering all of them. We are in consultation with public health experts and we will keep you informed.

Given the information we have at this point, we respect the individual decisions of students, faculty and staff to stay away from classes or large gatherings if they do not feel comfortable being in these settings today and to take the recommended precautions. Within the hour, I will convene the Leadership Team to discuss additional logistics, considerations and decisions. We are committed to the well-being of our community and will have more updates to share later today.

John Walz
MSOE President

March 9, 2020

MSOE and its Pandemic Response Team continue to monitor and discuss implications of COVID-19 and has a comprehensive plan in place to manage potential outbreaks. We have also been working and communicating closely with the City of Milwaukee Health Department.

The plan outline includes the following:

  • Coordination and communication around preparations for COVID-19
  • Student, faculty and staff education on COVID-19 prevention strategies
  • Working with Health Department officials to provide guidelines to faculty, staff and students on health criteria to determine when to go home, when to stay home, and when it is safe to return to school/work
  • Discussion of facility disinfection procedures both now and in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak or university closure
  • Identification of essential personnel required for university operations in the event of a closure

MSOE will continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for COVID-19 and will continue to monitor developments and revise our response plan as appropriate. Regarding international travel, MSOE is implementing the following restrictions:

  • All short-term study-abroad programs scheduled for the spring quarter or over the summer are canceled
  • All university-sponsored travel to countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice are canceled until further notice. International travel by faculty and staff to countries without this designation must be approved by the associated Vice President

Continuation of Classes

A number higher education institutions across the nation have made the decision to forgo in-person classes and move to digital learning environments. Since there are no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at MSOE, we do not plan to change how we deliver our education. Our focus has always been on providing an applications-oriented educational environment that is, at its heart, student centered. However, our faculty is preparing to potentially move our learning environment to an on-line platform should that become necessary. We fully understand the significant disruption that moving to an on-line platform may cause and will only make the decision after careful consideration and consultation with health officials.




Source: https://www.msoe.edu/coronavirus/

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