Teams across campus were engaged in planning for returning to classrooms and labs and resuming daily operations. Much of this work continues. Updates on their work will be shared with campus and placed on this website. Their work is coordinated through:
Chancellor's Recovery Strategy Leadership Team
This team, comprised of the Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, Chief Communications Officer and Director of Environmental Health, Safety & Emergency Management, works with the Chancellor's Cabinet, Emergency Management Task Force, faculty and staff within the divisions, and the working groups and committees identified below to identify, allocate resources for and move forward strategic recovery goals.
Project Management & Implementation Team
This team takes the information combined from leadership, faculty and staff and implements the efforts of campus work groups for a smooth execution of the decisions made by the Chancellor's Recovery Strategy Leadership Team.
Emergency Management Task Force
This task force is tasked with evaluating, coordinating, and implementing emergency preparedness, mitigation, and response efforts, and works to ensure appropriate plans and resources are in place to support resource needs, to provide operational support, and to coordinate university response activities. The task force also evaluates response actions and provides recommendations for plan improvements.
The teams below provide recommendations to the Emergency Management Task Force and/or the Project Management & Implementation Team, which, once evaluated, are proposed to the Chancellor’s Recovery Strategy Leadership Team for consideration, approval and resource allocation.
Academic Delivery Brainstorming Team
This faculty-based group is developing options and recommendations for academic delivery.
This team is charged with establishing adaptable plans for AppalCART operation to/from campus following NC DOT guidelines for public transit.
Business Affairs Facilities: Responsive Cleaning Protocols
Based on CDC and community health recommendations, this team creates and ensures consistent cleaning and disinfecting protocols for academic and academic support buildings.
This team is charged with establishing operational protocol recommendations for Dining, Parking, Bookstore, Camps & Conferences, and Post Office recovery operations.
This team recommends communications guidance for recovery efforts and supports the communications needs recommended by the other committees and approved by the Chancellor's Recovery Strategy Leadership Team.
Current and Prospective Student Engagement
This team develops strategies to support the university’s enrollment efforts by engaging with students over the summer to ensure they are ready for fall 2020.
This team is responsible for developing a communication strategy for updating donors and prospective donors on recovery and future planning-related university updates and changes in events for the summer/fall.
This subgroup of the Emergency Management Task Force establishes recovery protocols for events and activities held on campus.
Health & Wellness Clinical Management
This team is developing campus protocols for health and wellness services provided to students that align with guidance and recommendations provided by local and state public health agencies, and develops clinical protocols regarding the management of suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Isolation/Quarantine Working Group
This subcommittee of the Emergency Management Task Force is charged with evaluating isolation/quarantine plans and monitoring protocols.
On-Campus Residential Experience
This team is developing protocols and procedures that align with public health guidance regarding the transition of students in and out of residence halls, developing community engagement protocols for on-campus residents and recommending accompanying health education materials and community standards that align with communicable disease mitigation efforts. In conjunction with Student Health Service, this team is also developing communicable disease management protocols and procedures to include management of suspected cases, confirmed cases, and any residential communities likely exposed to the COVID-19 pathogen.
This standing committee is evaluating all university space openings, providing a list of available space to all divisions, and making recommendations for use.
Student Affairs Facilities Management
This team is developing disinfectant guidelines for all Division of Student Affairs-managed facilities; identifying appropriate supplies, materials, equipment, and training necessary for environmental disinfectant; coordinating management of divisional disinfectant inventory; and reviewing departmental guidelines for enhanced cleaning and disinfection.
Student Health Education and Community Standards
This team is developing a campuswide health education campaign for students, appropriate community standards that align with public health guidance regarding mitigation of communicable disease transmission, and guidelines for encouraging or enforcing these community standards.
Student Programmatic Activities
This team is developing guidance for the delivery of in-person, out-of-the-classroom programmatic activities for students while adhering to communicable disease mitigation guidelines; identifying mechanisms to track participation for in-person activities; and identifying best practices associated with the delivery of online/virtual programmatic activities.
These teams are working on additional projects and logistics related to COVID-19 recovery:
COVID-19 Research Modeling Group
These research clusters are examining a wide array of COVID-19-related research questions. Nearly 40 members of Appalachian’s faculty are working collaboratively to address topics related to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Such topics include the virus’s economic impact on the region and how to support rural, socially vulnerable community members living alone.
Along with Academic Affairs leadership, Faculty Senate is working on policy and process changes to support faculty.
Additional Chancellor’s teams include the Chancellor’s Council and Chancellor’s Cabinet, who are engaging their divisions and direct reports to support recommendations as needed.
Additional Academic Affairs teams include Provost Council, Deans Council, Council of Chairs, Center for Academic Excellence, and Information Technology Services, who are engaging their departments, direct reports and support staff to bring forth recommendations and move them into work teams as needed.