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COVID-19 Mar. 23 Staff & Faculty Announcement

SAU Community,

In light of the executive order that Governor Whitmer issued today, this message outlines the impacts this has for our SAU employees. Governor Whitmer has communicated that Michigan will be in a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” shelter-in-place starting at 12:01 a.m. on March 24. 

Governor Whitmer’s executive order states that individuals who are necessary to maintain minimum basic operations are permitted to continue working in person. SAU currently has more than 50 students staying on campus. The safety and well-being of our students is both a priority as well as a critical function of our university. In addition to this, there are a number of areas on campus that are essential for preserving our business operations. We are so grateful for the way our employees are adjusting to these developments.

SAU employees, please review the following points as it relates to Governor Whitmer’s executive order.

  1. Many of you are already working remotely, these individuals should continue to work remotely.
  2. For individuals who are not working remotely, please do not report to work on campus tomorrow, unless your area vice president has asked you to. Cabinet will meet in the morning and utilize the guidelines laid out in the recent “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order from the Governor’s office and will provide further clarification regarding the direct impact to our employees.
  3. We will be providing additional updates for all employees regarding how to utilize Emergency Time Off (ETO).

As a reminder, it is very important the university keep track of numbers of those ill with COVID-19 or those asked to self-quarantine.

  • If you or a person in your home has been asked to quarantine due to COVID-19 by a medical professional or health department, please notify HR at
  • If you or a person in your home is self-isolating due to potential exposure of COVID-19, please notify HR at
  • If you are ill with COVID-19, make sure you stay home until cleared or confirmation can occur (if possible). In either case, please notify HR at

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