You all have seen the announcement that the university will bring students back to campus on June 29 for the start of the second summer mini-session in President Gogue’s message from last week. You have also seen the advisory from University HR that our altered operations mode will be extended through August 8. There are some aspects of our operations that have been clarified in discussions with Provost Hardgrave. I want to make sure that you are aware of some specific points and expectations:
  • Buildings on Campus Open – June 29: With the return of students to campus, all campus buildings will be open during normal business hours.
  • Public Offices and Student Service Offices – Open: Beginning June 29, it is expected that all public-facing and student-serving offices will be opened and staffed during normal business hours.
  • Travel: Beginning June 29, the restriction on in-state travel will be lifted. Business travel within the state will not require prior approval in order to reimbursed. Travel out of state will need to be reviewed and approved to be eligible for reimbursement. For out-of-state travel, College of Agriculture faculty and staff will be expected to continue using the travel approval process: International travel continues to be prohibited until further notice.
  • Visitors to Campus: Campus visits may begin on June 29. Notably, interviews of prospective faculty members or staff may resume on-campus after June 29.
Note, with these changes, faculty, staff, and students are expected to continue with practices to protect the health of our faculty, staff, and students. This would include social distancing, the use of face coverings as dictated by the circumstances, and limiting the size of meetings or groups to support social distancing. Further note, these expectations are intended to best serve the interests of our students, meet our stakeholder needs, and accomplish our research, teaching, and extension missions.
Again, thank you all for your work in helping the university and college continue to meet its mission in an exemplary manner during this global pandemic. Let me know if you have any questions. Please share this guidance with your faculty and staff.
Paul Patterson