Campus updates for faculty/staff related to the COVID-19 outbreak

April 17, 2020


Dear Faculty and Staff,

We have continued to monitor the COVID-19 situation, taking guidance from the state and our public health partners. Yesterday, Gov. Tony Evers issued an extension of the Safer at Home order until May 26.

With this extension in mind, we have a few campus updates to share.

Extension of the Work-Away-From-Campus Arrangement

The work-away-from-campus requirement for faculty and staff, which previously was in place through Friday, April 24, has been extended through Monday, May 25, and is subject to further review if the Safer at Home order is changed at a later date. For those employees who are not able to work remotely, please contact your supervisor or Human Resources to discuss your options.

A working group has been charged with drafting guidelines for our eventual return to on-campus operations.

Compassionate Leave Policy

To date, more than 800 hours have been donated to the compassionate leave bank of hours to support colleagues who are unable to work because they are ill or caring for an immediate family member who is ill with COVID-19. We are grateful to those who have donated. If you would like to learn how you can make a donation to the leave bank or how you can request compassionate leave, view the Compassionate Leave Policy.

Commencement 2020

The 2020 Commencement ceremony has been rescheduled for Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. More details on that rescheduled ceremony will be shared when they are available. We will mark the original Commencement date for seniors with a special mailing to the Class of 2020 of their caps, gowns and honor regalia.

SNC Day

SNC Day 2020 has been canceled. We will resume this campus-wide open house next year, on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021.

Summer Courses

All undergraduate summer courses will be taught online. As usual, summer courses are offered at a lower cost-per-credit rate than regular-semester courses.

2020-21 Student Housing Selection

The fall student housing selection process begins Monday, April 20. Seniors will make their housing selections on Monday, and the process will conclude with sophomores making their housing selections the following week. A separate process later in the summer will focus on housing incoming first-year students.

More Than Numbers

Student retention and thriving remain top campus priorities. The first day the college changed to remote work, the MTN tri-chairs and co-chairs met and decided to suspend meetings until after Easter to allow all to focus on the immediate needs of our students and the campus. On April 20, all module teams will meet virtually to discuss ways to continue our efforts in support of student retention.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all continue to work in support of our students and the college under difficult circumstances.

As always, please monitor email for new information. Supervisors need to communicate proactively with staff who may not have regular access to email.