The Raider Return
May 21, 2020
Much has been in the news regarding Wisconsin, and Milwaukee’s, Safer at Home orders. While many businesses are allowed to reopen and our community is beginning its return to a more normal environment, you may be wondering if MSOE’s campus is reopening.
MSOE employees should continue working from home, to the greatest extent possible, through the summer months. Working from home should continue to be the rule and not the exception.
The Raider Return Task Force and university leadership are working to identify the areas that need to return first to help us move forward, and to map out the requirements for a phased return to operations. MSOE will then determine when employees will be allowed to return to campus based on the institution’s ability to prepare the workplace per the steps outlined in the plan.
Expectations and guidance have been established for employees who must be on campus to carry out their responsibilities:
- Prior to arriving on campus you must self-conduct symptom monitoring every day. You must be free of any symptoms potentially related to COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Runny nose or new sinus congestion
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New GI symptoms
- New loss of taste or smell
- Employees with pre-existing conditions that put them at a higher risk for COVID-19 should contact Human Resources to see what accommodations can be made.
- You are strongly encouraged to wear a mask or facial covering whenever you are in the presence of others and in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
- Maintain social distancing by staying at least 6 feet from other people at all times, not gather in groups, and stay out of crowded places.
- If there are multiple people working in close proximity, supervisors should implement scheduling options to help maintain social distance, such as: alternating days or staggered reporting/departing.
- Use stairs, when possible. Only one person should be on an elevator at a time.
- Maintain good personal hygiene with frequent hand-washing, use of hand sanitizer, sneezing into your elbow or a tissue (that must be discarded), and using hand sanitizer after touching high-contact surfaces.
- Be responsible for wiping down work areas and shared-space locations with disinfecting cleaning solutions.
The Raider Return Task Force and university leadership are mapping out the requirements for a phased return to operations following state and local guidelines.
In Phase One of the Badger Bounce Back plan (the state of Wisconsin’s plan to decrease COVID-19 cases and deaths to a low level and increase capacity in the health care system so that a phased reopening of businesses is possible), non-essential businesses will be allowed to begin limited operations.
MSOE will then determine when employees will be allowed to return to campus based on the institution’s ability to prepare the workplace per the steps outlined in the plan. Post-secondary educational institutions can pursue a partial reopening to employees when Phase One is achieved while institutions can consider reopening to students when Phase Two is achieved. A full opening of higher education institutions without restrictions will only be achieved when Wisconsin enters Phase Three of the Badger Bounce Back.
More details will be forthcoming about Phase One, followed by information later this summer to map out subsequent phases. Once MSOE employees can return to campus, certain conditions and restrictions will be established in order to maintain a work environment that seeks to keep the MSOE community as safe as possible.
May 13, 2020
Recently, President Walz was interviewed by TMJ4-TV to discuss re-opening campus to students, faculty and staff for the fall 2020 term. Read the story here.
May 12, 2020
Living at MSOE
As previously announced as part of the RWJ Residence Hall renovation, only first-year students will live in the MSOE residence halls for the 2020-21 academic year. (Current residents for the 2019-20 academic year have been released from their housing contract to coincide with the renovation work.)
Several online resources are available to students who are searching for off-campus housing options for the 2020-21 academic year. For resources that include financial aid/student account meetings as well as open houses of local rental properties, please visit the Living Off Campus page.
A group of MSOE leaders is working on guidelines and recommendations to ensure the safety of our campus community. More information will be shared as it becomes available.
April 30, 2020
President John Walz shares his message to current students about returning to campus this fall.