COVID-19 Precautions Continue for Fall Semester

May 15 - Safer-at-Home Guidance

5/15/2020 6:20 p.m.

Members of the Campus Community:

As you may know, Governor Hogan is lifting the stay-at-home order effective 5:00 pm today.  Although this marks Phase 1 of Maryland’s reopening, it is part of a long and gradual process with strong Safer-at-Home guidance for all Marylanders.

With Maryland’s Recovery Plan as an important guide, Salisbury University continues to prepare for the eventual return of students, faculty and staff to campus. As the spring semester is ending and summer session begins,  we will need to re-evaluate approved critical employees and their access to campus to reduce risk and ensure that access to SU buildings is limited to employees who have been cleared by the vice presidents of their respective divisions.  Those approved for access already have a Letter of Clearance designating them as critical personnel for access purposes. Faculty and staff who do not have a Letter of Clearance but need access in the summer months should contact their divisional vice president.

Whenever a cleared SU employee needs to work on campus, the time and date of the visit should be scheduled in advance with their supervisors so appropriate risk mitigation measures can be put into place. These mitigation measures (e.g., cleaning, low density activity) are important due to the limited availability of testing, screening, personal protective equipment and other protocols that currently are being addressed by the University System of Maryland.

Limiting access to campus is one of several security and monitoring initiatives SU will implement for a safe return to campus. As we get closer to the start of the fall semester, campus access for additional employees will be phased in, following social distancing and other best practices currently being determined by SU’s COVID-19 Task Force planning teams. The safety of students, faculty and staff remains the top priority and a Return to Campus Plan is being developed.

Thank you for your continued dedication to our students and campus community during this difficult time.