July 30, 2020

A letter from President Wilson to campus visitors, the greater Wayne State community

To our greater Wayne State University community:

We have begun the deliberate, careful process of preparing for our fall semester. Given our priority of protecting the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff, it will look very different than the start of a typical school year, with only about 20% of classes being held on our campus.

And while campus is the heart of Wayne State, we know that WSU sits at the heart of this city. The neighborhoods and organizations that surround us — the schools and stores and houses of worship that serve as the launchpad for so many of our students, faculty, partnerships and programs — are an essential part of Wayne State’s identity.

As a public university, we always strive to be a caring and responsible part of the community that we serve. Part of that mission demands that we take all steps necessary to safeguard our community’s health.

This is why, with the coronavirus pandemic still raging, we unfortunately cannot yet fully welcome all visitors to the campus as we have in the past — and we ask that for the time being, you come to Wayne State’s campus only if it is essential that you be there.

We realize that there are some who have business or academic needs that will require a visit to campus, and we remain open to them; however, to ensure your safety and the safety of our campus community, you must do the following:

  • Refrain from coming to campus if you have:
    • Experienced symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, new cough, shortness of breath, new muscle aches, chills, sore throat or runny nose, or new loss of taste and smell)
    • Have been in close contact during the last 14 days with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19
    • Have traveled via airplane internationally or domestically in the last 14 days
    • Have had a COVID-19 test and are currently awaiting results
  • Wear a face covering that is properly secured and covers your nose and your mouth while on campus.
  • Maintain a social distance of at least six feet with others while on campus.

We believe that these measures are critical to slowing the spread of the virus and keeping the campus — and the community at large — safe.

We certainly miss you, and we look forward to the day when Wayne State can once again welcome all visitors who set foot on our campus. Unfortunately, that time is not now.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.


M. Roy Wilson

President, Wayne State University

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