Our Approach

A team of faculty and staff have been working diligently to plan for a safe reopening of campus. This group, known as the COVID-19 response team, has set safety guidelines and identified needed resources. 

Our approach is based on guidance from county, state and federal health officials; as well as unique factors, such as local hospital capacity and our own capabilities. This is a dynamic situation that we will continue to monitor closely, and make any needed adjustments to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 exposure. Our community standards include: 

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COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice. Wearing a face covering reduces the amount of droplets produced by the wearer and currently, wearing a face covering and social distancing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Wearing a face covering is not a political statement.

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If you feel ill, do not go to work or classes. Self-isolate and stay at home or in your residence hall room and contact your health care provider or Wilcox Medical Center at (989) 463-7181 for direction.

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Keep a safe space — about six feet — between yourself and people who aren’t in your household, in both indoor and outdoor areas. Social distancing should be practiced in combination with other ways of staying healthy, such as wearing face coverings.

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It’s important to identify and separate people who are ill — even if they are asymptomatic. All campus community members must record their temperature and complete risk screening questions in an online Daily Screening Form.

Response Teams 

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Kathleen Dougherty, Chair   

Members: Stephany Slaughter, Hyun Kim, John Rowe, Lauren Woolbright, Scott MacKenzie, Joel Dopke, Anne Porter, Mariah Orzolek, Janie Diels, Andrew Bare


Sarah Dehring, Chair

Members: Brad Smith, Brad Barlog, Kiana Verdugo, Eric Calhoun, Nancy Dopke, Catherine Boerner, Caroline Heitzman, Fletcher Roberts                                                                                                       

Camps and Conferences 

Kari Yerington, Chair

Members: Dave Blandford, Burt McAtee, Ryan Stoudt, Earl Casto, Ashley Tupper, Brad Barlog, Brad Smith, Ryan Clark, Jenny Cooley                                               


Amanda Duval, Chair

Members: Rebecca Graham, Heidi Holland, Cassie Tennant                                                                  


Amanda Slenski, Chair

Members: Jenny Cooley, Ashley Tupper, Kari Yerington, Bill Arnold, Sue Deel, Ben Grohs, Ryan Stoudt, Brad Barlog                                                                                                                                                       

Facilities Preparation and Cleaning

Ryan Stoudt and Earl Casto, Co-Chairs                                                                                               

Food Service

 Burt McAtee and Judy Dick, Co-Chairs   

Members: Alice Kramer, Kari Yerington, Brad Smith, Jenny Cooley                                                                         

Health Services and Screenings

Anne Lambrecht, Chair

Members: Allison Neyer, Burt McAtee, Alice Kramer, Brad Smith, Jeff Meden (MidMichigan Medical Center), Ruth Chaplen, Brad Barlog, John MacArthur, in consultation with the Mid-Michigan District Health Department                                                               

Shared Community Spaces

Ashley Tupper and Ashley Strawn, Co-Chairs                                       

Members: Angie Kelleher, Judy Dick, Ben Grohs                                                                                                     

Student Housing 

Alice Kramer, Chair                                 

Members: Alex Montoye, Morgan Fonley, Mya Dora-Laskey, Laura Riegger, Sami Stormont, Kevin Carmody, Ryan Stoudt, Earl Casto