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COVID-19 Mar. 16 Student Announcement

SAU campus students,

Our commitment is to provide you with the most current information regarding federal and state decisions and the implications of those decisions on SAU’s community. In light of today’s executive order from Governor Whitmer, the following e-mail provides updates about our campus operations.

RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS: In this rapidly evolving situation, we encourage you to stay in communication with your family to determine whether it is best for you to return home or to remain on campus during this time of remote instruction. If you have decided to leave campus after previously deciding to stay, please re-fill out this form. If you choose to move home, we request you remain home until face-to-face classroom instruction resumes and not plan on travel back-and-forth.

Please note: Consistent with our previous policies restricting guests throughout campus, there are NO GUESTS allowed in the residence halls. This applies to quick visits or long-term stays.

Visitation hours will continue as scheduled.

ATHLETICS: The NAIA has made the decision to cancel the Spring 2020 seasons for all sports. Until further notice, SAU has determined that all team-sponsored athletic activities, including training and practice, have been canceled.

CAMPUS FACILITIES: In light of the Governor’s executive order today, the following updates have been made to our university campus operations from 3 pm today through April 13.

  • DINING COMMONS: The Dining Commons will transition to a carry-out only operation. To keep food offerings fresh, and to allow our staff to serve you quickly and safely, we have the following adjusted hours and traffic flow beginning Tuesday, March 17:
    • Monday – Friday
      • Breakfast will be served 7:30 – 8:30 am
      • Lunch will be served 11 am – 1 pm
      • Dinner will be served from 5 – 6:30 pm
    • Saturday – Sunday
      • Brunch will be served from 11 am – 1 pm
      • Dinner will be served from 5 – 6 pm
    • Traffic flow: Enter through the main entrance to the Dining Commons, but walk through the space and exit through the fire doors by the smaller drink station (exiting by the Willow Room).
    • Please adhere to personal distancing recommendations (stay at least six feet apart) while in line around the Dining Commons.
  • COUGAR DEN: Food service is ceasing at the Cougar Den, but the space itself will remain open for appropriately-spaced congregating.
  • LIBRARY: The library building will be closed until further notice. For more information on online library services for students/faculty visit:
  • MAC WEIGHT ROOM and FITNESS CENTER: These facilities will be closed until further notice.
  • RESIDENCE HALL FITNESS ROOMS (Gainey, Lowell, and Andrews): These facilities will be closed until further notice.
  • MAIL AND DUPLICATION: M&D is currently open with normal hours (this may be adjusted this week). Students should email BOTH and with questions. Preparations are being made for you to arrange to have your packages re-shipped to a different location, at your expense.
  • GANTON ART GALLERY: This facility is closed to the public until further notice.

WRITING CENTER: All in-person appointments are suspended, but support is available online. Students may still receive assistance with their essays in one of two ways. You may email your essay to, and a tutor will respond within one business day with comments to guide your revision. You may also make an appointment, and a tutor will set up a Zoom consultation to discuss your essay with you through video chat.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND ADVISING FOR REGISTRATION: We recommend that tutoring and advising occur remotely; however, if both parties agree and are feeling well, one-on-one meetings for tutoring or advising are permissible.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: We have not canceled classes; we have transitioned to online instruction. All students are expected to engage in your classes and attend as guided by your instructors. Many faculty are participating in “synchronous” learning, meaning they are keeping class at the same time as it was held on-campus, using Zoom to watch and interact.

For those who have chosen to participate in e-learning remotely (at home), working is NOT an excused absence. Your personal and work schedules should be organized around your classes.


If you (1) are showing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, dry cough, and body aches), (2) have been exposed to someone who may have COVID-19, or (3) have reason to believe you are at risk:

  1. E-mail (only): to address your concern.
  2. Please identify a location for testing near you. Henry Ford Allegiance is now offering testing at One Jackson Square, 100 E. Michigan Ave, Jackson, Michigan. Walgreens and Rite-Aid will also be testing sites.
  3. Next, you need to notify that you are being tested, the date of the testing and the expected result date. Following your test, we are asking that you leave campus and go home until your test has come back as negative. If you are not able to go home, please contact your RD (via phone or email) or

The CDC recommends not going to any health center initially, but e-mailing, calling and/or scheduling a virtual appointment with your healthcare provider. For all updates regarding this situation, please review as this is the most up-to-date space for communication. If you have any general questions about SAU’s plans and responses to the Coronavirus outbreak, please email