VP Message- Weekly Update May 04, 2020

Dear DSA team,

As you know from President Smatresk’s message last week, UNT will begin offering a limited number of in-person classes during Summer II starting in early July and UNT plans to resume campus learning and residential life in the fall.
While many of our essential staff have remained on campus during this time, the Division leadership team and I have been working these past weeks on the best approach to transitioning the rest of the division and our operations safely back to campus.
Please visit https://studentaffairs.unt.edu/reopening-plan to see the DSA Reopening Plan. This is a working document that will continue to evolve over the coming days and weeks.
Our current plan is to pilot a few in-person events during Summer II and we will bring staff back on campus accordingly. As we gear up for the fall, we will need to increase some staff on campus and those dates will be provided as decisions are made. Your supervisor will communicate with you regarding the timing of the reopening of your specific area.

Here are some key takeaways for you now.

  • If you've been telecommuting, please continue to do so until you hear differently from your supervisor. 
  • Staff on campus will be required to wear masks during all face-to-face interactions. Those will be provided to you.
  • Staff should practice proper hygiene – washing hands regularly with soap and water, avoid touching their face, cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve, etc.
  • We will continue to provide for telecommuting options/rotations (for those whose positions allow for it) making sure to consider members of special populations.
  • General building areas (common room areas, staircases, elevators, etc.) are being cleaned on a regular basis. They are being cleaned even more often if there are essential employees who continue working in those areas. Personal desks and other areas such as private lockers are not cleaned by custodial staff in order to ensure privacy. Employees should bring their own disinfectant for those areas if they are not already available in your offices. In addition to masks, the University also is in the process of ordering sanitizing stations for buildings and hand sanitizer for all areas.

Please tune in for President Smatresk’s virtual Town Hall today at 3 p.m. He will be discussing campus updates and answering questions. If you would like to submit a question in advance of the town hall, please email untpresident@unt.edu.
I have said many times since this began in March and it remains true, I am continually proud of and heartened by the hard work you are all doing to support our students.
I know we have all missed seeing our students and each other in-person. Please know that as we begin this transition back to campus, your safety and wellbeing, as well as that of our students, is the top priority.

Take care,

Elizabeth With Ed.D.