March 12, 2020

Dear staff colleagues,
 
During a press conference today, Governor DeWine issued a ban on public gatherings of 100 or more, is closing all K-12 public schools for 3 weeks and has asked organizations to allow employees who can to work from home during this time.
 
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, we will encourage employees to begin telecommuting if their essential job duties allow them to do so. It is imperative that you work with your manager on a plan for you to work remotely through April 6, 2020.
 
To be clear: Our building will remain open. It is safe to be here. The operations of CIM are ongoing. This is simply an escalation of our preventative measures.
 
Essential functions of the Institute must continue, and we know that not all jobs can be accomplished remotely. If you are asked to stay home and your work cannot be done remotely, you will be compensated for normal hours worked.
 
Managers, please notify Tammie Belton of personnel that will be in the building and those that will be working remotely.
 
Other important items of note:
  • In-person instruction, as described originally on March 10, will now be suspended, and student recitals scheduled through April 6 will be rescheduled.
  • Students currently on campus are being asked to return home, and those planning to return are asked not to (limited exceptions are available). This shift has been made in conjunction with CWRU’s enhanced policies on residential life.
  • Building hours are undergoing some adjustments. Sunday: open ONLY from noon to 4pm. Monday and Tuesday: open 7:15am to 10pm.
  • More information as well as copies of many campus communications are available on our response webpage at cim.edu/health-updates.
 
We know that things are changing rapidly, and we appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we make the best decisions we can for the health and safety of all.
 
If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact your manager or Tammie Belton.
 
With thanks,
Paul
 
Paul W. Hogle
President | CEO