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March 25, 2020: Stay-at-Home Order & Closed Buildings

Message from ESU Executive Policy Group

March 25, 2020

Dear ESU Students, Faculty and Staff,

This morning, Lyon County Public Health issued a stay-at-home order. This order, effective at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, March 26, requires people to stay in their residences over the next 30 days unless they are performing an “essential activity.”

The order is in effect from 12:01 a.m. Thursday, March 26, through April 25, 2020. We each have a responsibility to help control the spread of the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19. We must limit our trips outside our homes and our in-person interactions as much as possible.

Educational institutions — including Emporia State University — are defined as essential businesses under the order and are allowed to stay open for work that is critical to provide remote instruction and learning.

Since March 16, we have worked to greatly reduce the number of people actually on campus. Many students chose not to return to campus. Many faculty and staff began working from home.

In response to the order issued today by Lyon County Public Health, we have taken additional steps to reduce even more the number of people who must be on campus to work.

Buildings Closed to the Public

The Memorial Union, Student Recreation Center and Sauder Alumni Center already are closed.

ESU Foundation and Alumni Center staff will continue to work with the public remotely. For Foundation business, contact Jennifer Denton, Foundation vice president for stewardship and administration at Direct alumni business to Jose Feliciano, director of Alumni Relations at

All academic buildings on the ESU campus are closed to the public. This includes the 24/7 learning commons in these buildings.

One Exception. The Student Wellness Center remains open on a limited basis for students who need medical services and Corky’s Cupboard. Please call 620.341.5222 before going to the center.

The FAQ for closed buildings.pdf has specific information about these changes, including instructions for faculty and staff members who must to come to their offices as well as instructions for how to reach staff for the Library and IT Help Desk.

In addition, University Facilities is restructuring so that more workers may stay at home. This includes specific instructions for collecting mail and deliveries. In addition, at the end of Friday, March 27, Building Services will prepare all buildings as they do when we close for the winter break in late December.

Also attached to this email is the full stay-at-home order from Lyon County Public Health. It outlines all of the essential businesses that will still operate. You also can find up-to-date information by following the Lyon County Public Health Facebook page.

We know that with uncertainty comes stress. We do understand, and will continue to do everything we can to support the ongoing health and safety of our community.

ESU Executive Policy Group