Members of the Faculty and Staff,

As anticipated, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced the implementation of a stay-at-home order today in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. This order will go into effect on Monday, March 23 at 11:59 p.m. and extend until at least Monday, April 6.

Clearly, this order will impact the way that we work at Mount Union as we continue to make adjustments in response to this pandemic. In an effort to identify how best to move forward, we ask those who have been working on campus to report to work tomorrow to engage in discussions with your supervisors regarding essential functions and work-from-home plans. If you have already been approved to work from home, please continue to do so.

The stay-at-home order is complex in nature, and you may have specific questions regarding how it will impact your individual roles and access to campus and its facilities. We encourage you to work with your supervisor tomorrow and in the coming days to address these and other concerns you may have.

Additional details resulting from this recent development of which you should be aware include the following:

  • All campus buildings, with the exception of the Hoover-Price Campus Center, will close tomorrow, Monday, March 23, at 5 p.m. until further notice.
  • The Hoover-Price Campus Center will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. beginning on Tuesday, March 24.
  • The IT HelpDesk will continue to operate, but weekday hours will be adjusted to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning on Tuesday, March 24.
  • Students who have requested and been approved to stay on campus will be able to continue to do so.
  • The institution previously announced information regarding student move-out, which is scheduled to begin this week. Those students scheduled to move out tomorrow, Monday, March 23, will be permitted to do so. Students scheduled to move out on Tuesday, March 24 or after should watch their email for updates from the Office of Residence Life or Office of Student Involvement and Leadership.
  • Beginning on Tuesday, March 24, the Kresge Commons will be open for dining from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (brunch) and 5 to 6:30 p.m. (dinner). Breakfast grab-and-go options will be available daily for students to take back to their rooms for the next morning.
  • Registration for summer and fall classes will continue to be held Tuesday, March 24 through Tuesday, April 7 as scheduled. See the Mount Union website for specific scheduling dates.
  • Room lottery for the 2020-2021 academic year will continue to be held Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27 as scheduled.

In these uncertain times, the University is committed to abiding by the governor’s order in an effort to continue to prioritize the safety and well-being of our campus community. This is a time for caution and cooperation, and we continue to encourage you to take the recommendations and orders of state and national experts and authorities seriously. It is all of our responsibility to help minimize the spread of this virus, and we thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.
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