Coronavirus campus restart

Reopening Wayne State University

Wayne State President M. Roy Wilson has established a committee composed of university leaders, faculty and students to provide ongoing input on safe policies and procedures for the the Wayne State University community.

Guiding principles

Policies will be determined based on a number of factors, including the latest medical data; local, state and federal guidance; and the unique considerations of operating a university in the heart of a major city. Life on campus may look different than it did before the pandemic as we seek to ensure social distancing and protective health measures. The committee it will be guided by the following principles:

  1. Safety first: This remains our top priority, and will continue to be governed by sensible safety precautions and direction from state and health authorities.
  2. Continue the academic mission of the university: Teaching, learning and research will, where prudent and possible, shift back to former operations, though they will incorporate new learning where applicable. We may need to change the way operate in some cases, but we will not compromise the quality of our education and research.
  3. Hold students, faculty and staff harmless to the extent possible within budget realities.
  4. Incorporate learning from the shutdown: While the constraints imposed upon the campus and operations were difficult, WSU responded quickly and effectively. The actions taken in response to the shutdown have yielded lessons and opportunities that can help us re-imagine and reposition the university for the future.


  • Welcome the community "back to campus," while providing information on new policies/procedures to ensure both safety and our ability to serve our mission.  
  • Re-energize the academic mission of teaching, learning and research.
  • Return the campus to as near to normalcy as possible, while continuing to prioritize safety.
  • Implement necessary adjustments based on budget/financial realities.
  • Adjust policies/processes/procedures to accommodate new learning.
  • Ensure preparedness for future events.


  • Academics/teaching and learning
    • Chair: Darin Ellis, associate provost for Academic Programs and associate vice president for Institutional Effectiveness
  • Research
    • Chair: Steve Lanier, vice president for Research
  • Finance and budget
    • Chair: Rebecca Cooke, interim vice president for Finance and Business Operations, treasurer and chief financial officer
  • Public health
    • Chair: Laurie M. Lauzon Clabo, interim provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs 
  • Facilities
    • Chair: Rob Davenport, associate vice president, Facilities Planning and Management
  • Housing, dining and campus retail
    • Chair: Tim Michael, associate vice president for Student Auxiliary Services and chief housing officer
  • Athletics
    • Chair: Rob Fournier, director of Athletics
  • Computing and information technology
    • Chair: Daren Hubbard, chief information officer and associate vice president for Computing and Information Technology
  • Human resources
    • Chair: Carolyn Hafner, associate vice president for Human Resources