Beginning in May, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced plans for the responsible return to operations for the state of Ohio. As Denison shared on May 1, notwithstanding the state timelines that authorized broader reopenings, Denison continues to operate on its own schedule for a gradual return that allows us to prioritize health and safety alongside the needs of the University and planning for the fall.
In the month of May, we maintained our focus on minimizing the number of people on campus by limiting on-campus work to that which was essential for operations and to those activities necessary to advance our mission and keep the college healthy.
Through the summer, we will balance keeping the campus low density with preparing the campus for student return in fall. (For example, through the summer, we expect that most faculty and staff who are still able to effectively work remotely will continue to do so). On-campus staffing will be closely controlled and coordinated to minimize risks as we increase preparatory activity.
Continuing through the summer and into the fall, each Vice President will continue to be responsible for determining what on-campus work is needed, realizing that these needs will evolve as we advance toward and move into the new academic year. Each Vice President will work with supervisors to evaluate on-site work needs and on implementing plans that provide flexibility where necessary and helpful, recognizing that, for many people, childcare and other constraints remain in place.
Employees should follow the policies and protocols detailed in the guide for returning to work on campus. Staff who are not currently scheduled to work on campus should not do so without instruction from their supervisor.