As we hit mid-summer, each day brings us closer to the fall semester and a return to the traditions and events we have missed. There’s nothing quite like a vibrant college campus, and ours is open and ready for your return.
On Monday, I was joined by members of our campus restart committee for a town hall where we discussed plans for the fall semester, including information about our vaccination status and vaccine availability, class formats, flexible work arrangements, and more. If you were unable to attend, a video is available online.
I understand that many may still have questions as we prepare for our return. We have compiled a list of some of the top concerns on our fall 2021 plans and FAQ page, which will continue to be updated as we approach September. At a place as big and diverse as Wayne State, there are not one-size-fits-all solutions for every job and area. You should communicate with your supervisor on specific questions and concerns. Please keep your eyes on your email for further announcements and updates.
A major reason why we are able to make this return is due to the availability of safe and effective vaccines. We continue to encourage all of our students, faculty and staff to receive their COVID-19 vaccine before the start of the semester, either at the Campus Health Center or at a convenient location. This is the best way to ensure a safe campus environment this fall, and it is especially important with the recent rise of cases due to the delta variant of COVID-19.
Thank you for all you have done throughout this time, and for your dedication to the health and safety of our community. We will continue to monitor our health metrics, including the results of our most recent vaccination survey. While these appear hopeful, we are prepared to take necessary steps as appropriate to ensure the safety of our campus community. For now, though, I am excited for the fall semester, and look forward to seeing you on campus soon.
M. Roy Wilson