Update: March 22

To the Malone University community,

This afternoon Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued a Stay at Home Executive Order to require all Ohioans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus. The action begins at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 23 and extends until April 6, 2020. You can read more about the order here

Members of the Collegium met this afternoon to review the details of the order. We found that our existing plan of working remotely with limited personnel on campus for essential services is in alignment with this most recent executive order. 

The order reads: “In addition, it is clear that certain activities of higher education institutions beyond that paragraph are also permitted. These include: health activities; food provision and preparation; critical trades such as electricians, janitors, security, HVAC, etc; residential facilities; and professional services such as legal and accounting. These provisions are all that will be necessary to support the operation of student housing.

“Further, minimum basic operations are permitted while carrying out exempted operations, such as physical plant, security, payroll and employee benefits, and related functions. In short, the order provides presidents with the necessary authority to continue to support students who remain on campus, to determine which staff are necessary to work on campus, to support the work of staff who work from home, to determine which staff will work from home, and to support staff who are working in a safe manner on campus performing functions necessary to maintain the institution. In making decisions, you are encouraged to think about the spirit of the order to minimize the number of people considered essential…”

Last week, the leadership team identified those employees who need to continue to be on campus to fulfill their duties which were judged to be essential. That decision is consistent with the direction given by today’s executive order and those plans should continue. For those continuing to work on campus, please adhere to the directive to take your temperature each day prior to coming to work. If you have a temperature of 100.4 or higher, please notify your supervisor immediately and stay home. You can review additional details about this directive in the March 20 Coronavirus Update on the www.malone.edu/coronavirus website.

If you have questions about today’s executive order and implications for your duties, please reach out to your Collegium member. 

Please also know that we will be sending an additional communication to residential students later this evening to clarify what the new order means for their plans to remove personal belongings from the residence halls. The order allows for travel to campus for students needing to remove materials essential for their online learning. Families have until March 31 to remove their belongings and a protocol for doing so was provided – and will be emphasized again – to ensure that the moving out process is completed in a manner consistent with CDC guidelines. We will also tell families that we are happy to keep their belongings locked up in rooms until later in the year if they are reluctant to travel to campus at this time.

Thanks for all you are doing to take care of yourself and your colleagues.