The process of carrying out recommendations set forth in the reopening reports is underway. Eight implementation committees have been assembled for this purpose. This Chronicle Article gives an overview. Questions or concerns about plans for F20 can be posted below and will be forwarded to the right implementation group(s). All comments anonymous.
The Implementation Committees (Details Below)
The Behavioral Compact
Communication and Community Relations
Co-Leads: Joel Malina , Jason Cole
Liaison with New York State: Charlie Kruzansky
Communications Coordination; COVID Site Updates: Melissa Shaffmaster
Liaison with Tompkins County: Gary Stewart
Public Health Campaign Identity and Execution: Shane Trost
The Committee on Communications and Community Relations (“communications committee”) is charged with coordinating internal communications and messaging needs for each of the other seven implementation committees, including by providing timely updates to the university’s COVID-19 website with inputs from each of the implementation committees and other university stakeholders. In addition, the communications committee will develop a comprehensive public health campaign to influence behavioral change among faculty, staff and students to reinforce the social norms necessary to maintain a safe, reactivated campus. The communications committee will also manage external relationships with the broader Tompkins County community and the State of New York to address concerns from our broader community and elected officials.
Lead: Rick Burgess
Campus Movement: Bridgette Brady
Procurement and Distribution of PPE: Spring Buck
Space Alterations and Tent Sites: Erik Eshelman
Access Control: Peggy Matta
Cleaning and Disinfection: Bob Pils
Indoor Space: Margaret Carney
Outdoor Space: Juliet Parsons
The Facilities/Supply Chain committee (“facilities”) is charged with procuring and distributing personal protective equipment (PPE); site preparation, including space alterations to ensure physical distancing in classrooms, cleaning and disinfecting office, class and lab spaces, and access control; identifying sites for tents to host physically distant, outdoor activities; and developing plans to provide safe movement around campus and within campus facilities.
The Faculty and Staff Guidance committee is responsible for developing workforce guidance, including leave policies, return to campus staging, policies for faculty and staff to receive annual flu shots, and remote work policies. The committee is also charged with regulatory compliance including workplace accommodations and developing, maintaining and enforcing compliance with the university’s daily check system.
The Health Considerations committee is charged with continuing to develop and executing surveillance testing protocols with Cayuga Medical Center. The committee will also work to implement the daily check tool for students and integrate health assessment and testing data into a dashboard to monitor early warning signs for increased prevalence of COVID-19 within the campus community. All of this data will be used to inform inputs to continually revise and update the predictive models developed by the committee. Finally, the committee is charged with developing travel and visitor policies for members of our community and the public.
The International committee is charged with managing immigration and international travel issues associated with government restrictions on travel and visas. The committee is also responsible for managing study abroad programs and programming for belonging and engagement, especially for first year student.
The Research committee is charged with developing and overseeing lab safety protocols and undergraduate research.
Lead: Ryan Lombardi
Greek Life, Orientation, Student Orgs: Jenny Loeffelman
Student Life: Sharon McMullen
Behavioral Compact Implementation and Enforcement: Vijay Pendakur
Move-In, Housing, Dining, Quarantine: Pat Wynn
The Student Life committee is charged with developing protocols for student health, including: contract tracing; individual medical and mental health; student flu shots; and accommodations for individuals who may fall ill. The committee is also responsible for developing processes and procedures for move-in, housing, dining, off-campus housing and for providing quarantine space. In addition, the committee will examine protocols for Greek life, and creating experiences and programming for orientation, student organizations, and student leader training. Finally, the committee is responsible for developing a student behavioral compact and mechanisms to enforce protocols established by the compact.
Lead: Lisa Nishii
Course Roster and Scheduling: Rhonda Kitch, David Shmoys
Teaching Modalities and Technology: Dave Lifka, Julia Thom-Levy
Academic Advising and Policies: Carol Grumbach, Miranda Swanson