Public health 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 The individual subcommittee pages are no longer being updated.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 July 6, 2020 

  • 20,000 people used the Campus Daily Screener last month. To date, we have no confirmed cases on campus. 
  • A plan has been finalized for testing of student athletes beginning July 1.
  • A plan has been finalized for testing current residents on campus the last week of July. 
  • Students will also be tested as part of move-in day using the mobile testing unit from the City of Detroit. 

Updated May 27, 2020 

  • Employees who can effectively work from home should continue to do so until further notice. This helps keep campus density down and ensures a safe and gradual repopulation.
  • Employees who must return must alert their supervisors and comply with the following guidelines:
    • Complete a training module on COVID-19 and appropriate safety precautions.
    • Complete the Campus Daily Screener by mobile phone or computer/tablet every day before coming to campus. The Screener will indicate if you are able to be on campus. 
    • Wear face coverings in all public spaces on campus.
    • Adhere to social distancing and other health practices.
    • View guidelines for returning employees


To monitor emerging evidence regarding COVID-19, and provide advice to each of the subcommittees to ensure that decisions and procedures related to restart are based in science and current data. To develop a public health plan including strategies for testing, symptom management, mitigation and education in order to support the health and safety of the campus community.  

Subcommittee members

Laurie M. Lauzon Clabo (chair), interim provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs 

  • Ramona Benkert, interim dean for the College of Nursing; associate professor
  • Teena Chopra, professor of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine; corporate medical director of Infection Prevention and Hospital Epidemiology, Detroit Medical Center *
  • Kelly Dormer, disability specialist, Academic Senate member, Senate representative
  • Lance Gable, professor, Wayne Law School, Senate representative*
  • Paul Kilgore, associate professor and director of Research *
  • Marc Zervos, assistant dean of Global Affairs, School of Medicine *
  • Madison Wiljanen, Student Senate representative

(*Denotes faculty member)