WMU releases Safe Return Plan for fall semester

Dear WMU student,

Today I am pleased to share our University’s Safe Return Plan. With a month and a half to go before we start the fall semester, we have a strong plan that will allow us to come back together on Sept. 2. Its development demonstrates our shared commitment to this community.

Many people have been planning the safest and most practical strategies for the academic year. They’ve been consulting the data, working with state and local public health experts and considering options for protocols that will allow you to enjoy an engaging semester while staying healthy and safe.

I hope you’ve been reading the emails you’ve received about your academic schedule. Faculty and staff are still working out the details, so continue to monitor your inbox to see what adjustments might remain for your class offerings.

By reviewing the Safe Return Plan, you’ll see what we have in place for everything from housing to dining to buying your textbooks. You’ll learn about what’s in store for move-in, how Sindecuse Health Center will handle COVID-19 testing and other services, and what you can expect for any in-person classes or labs.

As I noted, your WMU faculty and staff are preparing for the fall, but we can’t keep everyone healthy and safe on campus without full participation from all members of our community. You are an important contributor. Please plan to wear a mask everywhere except within your apartment or residence hall room. Practice social distancing in all situations. Wash your hands and keep your living spaces clean. These actions might seem simple (and maybe a little uncomfortable), but they mean everything in keeping everyone healthy.

Our motto for the year is: Be smart. Be safe. Be Broncos.

I look forward to welcoming you back to Kalamazoo on Sept. 2. Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer, and get ready for a fun and productive fall.

Edward Montgomery