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NEST Bulletin, July 1, 2020

Practice 5 On Campus

Practice 5 On Campus

With a reputation for its safe and neighborly environment, Saginaw Valley State University is promoting a campaign we are calling “Practice 5” that will ensure the SVSU community remains healthy and connected during our return to campus this fall.

The five tenants of Practice 5 will sound familiar to those who are acquainted with the activities and practices recommended by world health experts since the beginning of the pandemic. They include recommendations relating to healthy practices and common courtesies intended to benefit you and others on campus.

    Members of the SVSU community are asked to perform self-screenings daily before arriving on campus from your home or residence hall. The health screening should involve checking your temperature as well as assessing potential symptoms (chills, cough, and sore throat are among the most common symptoms of COVID-19.). If the health self-screening reveals the potential that you carry the virus, do not leave your home or residence hall to come to campus. Instead, contact your family doctor or health officials in the region.
    Masks/face coverings are required in all buildings to minimize the spread of COVID-19. The practice both reduces your chances of contracting the virus as well as prevents you from spreading it to others if you happen to be asymptomatic.
    Members of the campus community are asked to always maintain a distance of at least six feet between each other, both indoors and outdoors. Six feet is the minimum amount of distance recommended to avoid the transfer of viral material between people.
    When on campus, SVSU community members are asked to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water several times a day, particularly after you have touched surfaces that others regularly touch. Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. Keep your hands from touching the front or inside of your mask and do not touch your face.
    Remember, we are all in this together and must share responsibility for keeping each other healthy. Some members of the SVSU community are more vulnerable to the virus and its symptoms, and so all of us must stay active in keeping each other as safe as possible. Following the five tenants of Practice 5 will help our community achieve this goal.

Campus Tours Continue

Orientation leader training others while wearing mask
Our Admissions office has resumed welcoming prospective students and families to campus. They are hosting small-group campus tours, by appointment. Our Admissions staff and tour guides are leading by example, wearing a face covering when indoors, and requiring those on their tour to do the same. Many prospective students were unable to visit campus in the spring as they had planned, so these tours are important as students finalize their college decisions.

On Campus Orientation!

Orientation Leader Training, sitting outside

Since March, the campus largely has been absent of large groups of students. That changed Tuesday, June 30, when about 40 Orientation leaders – sporting protective face masks and practicing social distancing – gathered for their traditional annual training sessions.

In many ways, though, the meeting was far from a “traditional” training session. With SVSU committed to creating a safe and friendly campus environment when the fall semester begins next month, the Orientation leaders learned how they will be tasked with introducing their peers to all the ways in which the campus will adapt to the pandemic.
These Orientation leaders will operate as educators, advocates and first practitioners of concepts such as Practice 5. For many members of the campus community, that guidance will set the tone for the culture of safety SVSU is dedicated to creating when in-class instruction resumes in August.

June 25 Update

SVSU Face Covering / Mask Policy

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In SVSU’s continuing efforts to protect and promote the health and safety of all who come to SVSU and to comply with the State of Michigan Executive Orders and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) guidance, the following requirements are effective immediately until further notice, and are subject to updates:

Non-medical grade face coverings/masks are required in any enclosed public space, unless an individual cannot medically tolerate a face covering.

All students, faculty, staff, and visitors must wear a face-covering/mask in the following indoor locations and when conducting certain activities:

  • All retail stores, such as the bookstore.
  • All campus dining units, except while seated.
  • Any hallway.
  • Public waiting or reception areas.
  • Public restrooms.
  • Classrooms, conference rooms and other shared spaces when two or more people are gathered.
  • Cubicles, reception areas and other open workspaces.
  • All in-person meetings.
  • Construction/renovation projects. This applies to all University employees who work on projects. The SVSU Office of Facility Planning and Construction Projects managers must also ensure that all external contractor personnel wears face coverings.
  • All vendors visiting or making deliveries to offices or other indoor locations.
  • Whenever it is not possible to consistently maintain 6 feet of separation from other individuals for short periods of time, both indoors and outdoors.

If your work does not allow for staying at least 6 feet from other people, contact to review the operations and recommend protective measures. Certain areas are subject to additional requirements, such as laboratories. Additional requirements will be provided to affected individuals in the applicable areas. Face coverings are not required in private office spaces that have a door or areas not accessible to the general public, unless others are present.

When removing your face mask, immediately discard or place it in a paper bag, not on a desk, the table/counter, workbench, etc., to prevent cross-contamination. Also, practice proper hand hygiene when touching your mask. Employees should wash cloth face coverings every day.

Face coverings should be worn out of respect for the health and safety of yourself, your colleagues and the campus community. Failure to wear a face covering when required will result in enforcement actions.

Employees are strongly encouraged to use their own face coverings. SVSU has secured non-medical grade face coverings for faculty, staff and students who perform on-campus work. Limited supplies are available for employees that do not have their own face covering.

Employees who need a face covering should notify their supervisor. Departments can request face coverings for their employees by emailing Human Resources will provide face coverings only if ordered by a department.

Employees are expected to comply with the face covering requirement as a condition of employment. Employees who do not comply should be reminded of the policy by their supervisor and provided a face mask if needed. If an employee refuses to comply, contact the Office of Human Resources to initiate appropriate corrective action. Employees that are medically unable to tolerate a face covering must contact the Office of Human Resources for guidance.

Students should wear their own face coverings they have made or purchased. If unable to purchase or make their own, students should obtain face coverings through the Office of Student Affairs by emailing Students are expected to follow face covering requirements inside all buildings on campus except private residential units. If a student is not wearing a face covering in accordance with this policy, a polite verbal request for compliance should be made to educate, encourage, and persuade individuals to wear face coverings. If a student refuses to comply with this policy, report the Student Code of Conduct violation in writing to Students who are medically unable to tolerate a face covering must contact the Office of Accessibility Resources and Accommodations for guidance.

Please see the following guidance for additional information on the use and care of face coverings.

Policy revised 6/25/2020

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Fall Semester to Finish Online After Thanksgiving break

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The final two weeks of the fall 2020 semester will be conducted through online and remote instruction, so that students do not need to return to campus after Thanksgiving break. SVSU will begin its fall semester on Monday, Aug. 31, as scheduled.

“We want our students, faculty and staff to be safe, and this is one prudent measure we can take to reduce potential transmission of COVID-19 in the event of a late fall resurgence,” said Donald Bachand, SVSU president. “Most on-campus operations will continue, and we plan for academic and student support services, such as Zahnow Library, to be open after Thanksgiving, following appropriate health and safety protocols.”

SVSU plans to return for face-to-face instruction for the winter 2021 semester, subject to health conditions at the time. We made the decision now to move the end of the fall semester online to allow students and faculty to prepare accordingly and thus avoid the disruption some experienced this past spring.

We anticipate that students who choose to return to their residence halls after Thanksgiving break will be allowed to do so. Students who check out of their residence halls prior to Thanksgiving will be eligible for partial refunds.


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