Dear SMU faculty and staff,
We are looking forward to your return to the Hilltop. You have demonstrated flexibility, creativity and remarkable good humor in keeping the University on course during these trying times, and those traits will serve us well as we return to campus and prepare to welcome our students back. Some of you, on the guidance of your supervisor, will be returning to campus on May 18. The remainder of SMU employees should plan to return to campus June 1. Given that the campus is relatively quiet in June, especially due to online classes, the month is an ideal time for staff to return. Since buildings will continue to be locked the general public will not have open access to SMU facilities.
Your health is important, and your commitment to new “rules of the road” will be essential to maintain the health of our entire SMU community. Our faculty and staff must be protected, trained and adequately prepared for this new working environment. Therefore, it is vital that you read the “Welcome Back to Campus” packet and follow its links to fully understand what is required. Please communicate with your manager, department chair or dean before you return to campus, allowing time for a thorough discussion of issues related to your workspace, schedule and other individual considerations.
If you still have questions after communicating with your supervisor, please follow up with Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org, as needed.
Our new normal is likely to be with us for the foreseeable future. Rest assured, we will adjust our guidelines to meet challenges along the way. The most up to date information will be placed on the Human Resources website. We appreciate your patience as we work together to make our work environment both healthy and productive.
Peter K. Moore
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, ad interim
Chris Casey Regis
Vice President for Business and Finance