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COVID-19 Mar. 23 Student Announcement

SAU Students, 

Governor Whitmer has communicated that the state of Michigan will be in a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” shelter-in-place status beginning just after midnight tonight (12:01 am on March 24) and continuing through April 13 at 11:59 pm. This email begins to outline the impact this Executive Order will have on your student experience (both for students remaining here and students already at home). We expect to communicate clarifications as we navigate this situation over the next three weeks.


The registration process continues for next Fall. We have added two additional drawings to ensure you have time to work remotely with your advisor. The remaining drawings for the Asus ZenBook 13 and a dozen gift certificates will be March 27, April 2, and April 8. 


  1. As a reminder, if you still have belongings on-campus, this Executive Order prohibits returning to campus to retrieve those. We will communicate the safe and orderly process we have in place once it is deemed safe to do so.


  1. Food Service will remain in operation, with the required carryout service. The hours will be modified beginning Wednesday, March 23:
    1. Every Day (Sunday – Saturday)
      1. Brunch from 11 am – 12 pm
      2. Dinner from 5 – 6 pm
    2. Monday – Friday
      1. Continental Breakfast (individual bowl packs of cereal, yogurt, fruit, and milk) will be available upon request between 8 – 9 am. (It will not be sitting out; just ask a Chartwells associate for assistance.)
  2. Mail and Duplicating (M&D) will also remain in operation; however, hours of operation are being adjusted and service will largely be limited to mail. We will communicate changes as soon as they are finalized.
  3. To honor the order to “stay home,” spaces outside your living area will be limited:
    1. The Cougar Den and Gameroom will be closed until April 13 (the initial length of the order). The primary areas for socialization, then, will be the living areas – your own lounge space (Villages) and your living room (K-Houses).
    2. The Villages and K-Houses may not receive guests – these spaces are limited for use only by those students assigned to them.
    3. Even in those “home” lounge spaces, residents should observe the guidance to keep 6 feet of space between other individuals. In addition to this, continue to wash your hands regularly and disinfect surfaces to minimize exposure to the coronavirus.
  4. Student work positions will not continue as normal on-campus. Only those positions deemed “necessary to conduct minimum business operations” may continue working on-campus, and area vice presidents will be tasked with making that determination. Do not go to work on-campus tomorrow unless you have communicated directly with your supervisor. Some student worker positions on-campus might work remotely; check with your supervisor to see if that applies to you.

We encourage you to review the one-page summary of the Governor’s Executive Order. It is helpful in articulating her intentions and describing what is and is not acceptable behavior until April 13. For your safety and the protection of those around you, we ask that you adhere to the letter and the spirit of the law and not seek to circumvent the order.

Thank you for your patience and grace as we continue to experience this together. If there is anything we can do to help, please don’t hesitate to email, and one of us will reply as quickly as we can.


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:

  • Email first (do not visit, initially): to address your concern.
  • 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.
  • 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)

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