Members of the campus community,
The recent flooding has caused significant damage to homes and property in and around our community. Many members of our campus community are personally experiencing difficulties from the flooding, even as we brace for more rain.
The same can be said of our campus. As we communicated yesterday, many buildings on campus have sustained significant damage, though thankfully, many continue to be operational. The Wayne State University Police Department, Facilities Planning and Management (FP&M), the Office of Environmental Health and Safety and others have been assessing the damage and beginning the process of mitigation and repair.
Despite some building closures, the university is open and will continue operating, primarily virtually, as it has for the past year. Online classes will continue as scheduled. Classes scheduled to be held in person on campus will move to remote instruction for this week only. Please contact your instructor for details.
With repair and assessment ongoing, potential safety hazards in some buildings, and the threat of continued rain, some campus buildings will remain closed, some important exceptions being housing, the Student Center and the Campus Health Center. In addition, the majority of research facilities appear stable and functional, and can accommodate standard research operations and most laboratory activities. Additional specific guidance for individual research buildings and site-specific research operations will be provided from the Office of the Vice President for Research as needed as we enter the coming week.
We continue to ask those who do not need to be on campus to work remotely rather than come to campus. If it is absolutely necessary to visit campus, please contact Tonya Jones in FP&M, as some buildings may not be accessible due to repair or safety issues. If on campus, please exercise caution and avoid areas that are flooded or appear to be damaged, particularly lower levels of buildings.
Essential workers are expected to report to campus, including WSUPD, building engineers, facilities personnel and housing personnel. Please check with your supervisor if you have questions about whether you should report to campus.
We will continue updating wayne.edu. Thank you for your cooperation as we repair and ready our campus for the fall semester, and please remember those who have been personally affected by these storms.
M. Roy Wilson