Athletics subcommittee

Following shutdown and a successful fall restart of campus operations, these committees continue to meet on a regular basis and decision made by them have become standard university operating procedure. Please refer to the top-level coronavirus homepage for ongoing updates. The individual subcommittee pages are no longer being updated. 


Updated June 8, 2020

  • Dates for student-athletes to return to campus athletic facilities are still to be determined. Student-athletes are currently training with virtual models.
  • Student-athletes will undergo a daily screening and temperature checks. A determination about testing is still to come. Student-athletes experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must self-quarantine for two weeks before they will be allowed to use facilities.
  • Policies concerning international student-athletes are being discussed. 
  • Athletics facilities will undergo regular cleaning to prevent the spread of COVID-19; a policy is being finalized.
  • Safety protocols concerning travel, visiting teams, physical distancing in locker rooms and management of auxiliary personnel are being discussed.

Updated June 1, 2020 

  • We are working with the NCAA and various national committees (all three divisions) to ascertain a possible restart date and appropriate safeguards that protects student-athletes, coaches, staff and community.
  • As part of that restart, the number of athletic contests for the upcoming sport seasons have been reduced for all programs, e.g., football: 10 contests (from 11) and M/W basketball: 22 contests (from 26).
  • We are working with the conference (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) and the D2 commissioners (Conference Commissioners Association) to review potential implementation plans and safeguards to return to practice/competition. Subgroups include the tanners' committee for advancing best practices and protocols.
  • We are working with our partners (team doctors) at Henry Ford Health System to determine measures to better test and assess student-athletes to return to practice/competition and how to best provide ongoing monitoring systems.
  • No athletic training facility is open or available for use. That includes the outdoor areas, such as the track.
  • No updated plans have been made for returning student-athletes to campus, including visits by prospects or parents. This remains a collective review and conference collaboration.
  • Virtual training methods are available for student-athletes as a voluntary option.
  • Virtual training programs are also available for MHFRC members.
  • Mort Harris Fitness and Recreation Center will remain closed "as a designated gym," per the governor's guidelines.  An updated assessment is scheduled for June 30, 2020.


To recommend policies, procedures and best practices to position the university to begin and to initiate athletic activities that include: conditioning, practices and competition that minimizes health and wellness risk to student-athletes, coaches and staff, and the public.

Subcommittee members 

Robert Fournier (chair), director of Athletics

  • Julie Brunner, student-athlete
  • Mary Beth Buchan, senior associate athletics director for Fiscal Operations
  • Tim Butler, faculty athletics representative *
  • Jason Clark, executive associate athletics director
  • David Greer, head coach
  • Mike Horn, head coach, Senate representative
  • Nate Roede, student-athlete  
  • Taylor Wagner, student athlete
  • Erika Wallace, athletics chief of staff
  • Meredith Weaver, head coach
  • Paul Winters, head coach

(*Denotes faculty member)