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Ongoing Health and Safety Planning

Keeping our community safe in the fall and beyond

Dedicated teams continue to monitor and evaluate the University’s COVID-19 response. This ensures our efforts are compliant with local, regional, and national standards, and helps keep the University community safe as the situation evolves.

Below you’ll find guiding principles that provide a framework for these ongoing planning efforts, as well as details on the planning committees and advisory and working groups.

If you’re looking for the most recent updates, visit our Latest Messages page.

Guiding principles

Our collective efforts to respond to COVID-19 and plan for the future are informed by seven guiding principles:

  • The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, patients, and guests are our highest priority.
  • We will comply with federal, state, and local authority operational and health guidance.
  • We will sustain the teaching, learning, research, healthcare, and cultural missions of the University through both traditional methods and new avenues of endeavor.
  • We will act responsibly as stewards of the University’s property, assets, and resources.
  • We will continue to partner purposefully with the Rochester community, and to support our neighbors in the city and the region.
  • We will base our decisions on scientific evidence and facts.
  • In all of our decision-making, we will abide by our Meliora Values: Equity, Leadership, Integrity, Openness, Respect, and Accountability.

In addition to these seven guiding principles, the CURT team has developed a set of “Redesign Principles and Framework” that will allow the University to conform with local, state, and national guidelines.

Download “Redesign Principles and Framework” guide

Planning committees

Senior Leadership Group

Sets institutional priorities and direction related to COVID-19 response and planning, such as when and how to open or close campus, suspend or restart travel, manage workforce needs, and direct financial strategy.

Committee members
  • Sarah MangelsdorfPresident and G. Robert Witmer Jr. University Professor
  • Robert ClarkProvost and Senior Vice President for Research
  • Holly CrawfordSenior Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
  • Thomas FarrellSenior Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer
  • Tony GreenChief of Staff to the President and Secretary to the Board
  • Donna Gooden PayneVice President and General Counsel
  • Doug PhillipsSenior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer
  • Mercedes Ramírez FernándezVice President for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer
  • Peter RobinsonVice President for Government Relations
  • Elizabeth StaudermanVice President for Communications
  • Mark TaubmanSenior Vice President for Health Sciences and CEO of the Medical Center

Cabinet and Dean’s Council

Affirms institutional priorities and direction related to COVID-19 response and planning. Provides consultation to the Senior Leadership Group on topics such as opening and closing campus and workforce needs. Coordinates high-level input on responses.

Committee members
  • Sarah C. MangelsdorfPresident and G. Robert Witmer Jr. University Professor
  • Jonathan BinstockDirector of the Memorial Art Gallery
  • Michael CampbellDirector of the Laboratory for Laser Energetics
  • Robert L. ClarkProvost and Senior Vice President for Research
  • Holly G. CrawfordSenior Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
  • Gloria CulverDean of the School of Arts & Sciences
  • Stephen DewhurstVice Dean for Research, Medical Center
  • Eli EliavDirector of the Eastman Institute for Oral Health and Vice President, Medical Center
  • Thomas J. FarrellSenior Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer
  • Mercedes Ramírez FernándezVice President for Equity and Inclusion
  • Jane GatewoodVice Provost for Global Engagement
  • Steven I. GoldsteinPresident and CEO of Strong Memorial Hospital and Highland Hospital and Senior Vice President, Medical Center
  • Tony GreenChief of Staff to the President and Secretary to the Board
  • Donald E. HallDean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences & Engineering
  • Wendi B. HeinzelmanDean of the Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
  • Tony KinslowAssociate Vice President for Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer
  • David E. LewisVice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
  • Mary Ann MavrinacVice Provost and Dean of University Libraries
  • Duncan MooreVice Provost for Entrepreneurship
  • Donna Gooden PayneVice President and General Counsel
  • Sarah PeyreDean of the Warner School of Education
  • Douglas W. PhillipsSenior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer
  • Kathy RideoutDean of the School of Nursing
  • Peter G. RobinsonVice President for Government and Community Relations
  • Jamal J. RossiDean of the Eastman School of Music
  • Michael F. RotondoCEO of UR Medical Faculty Group and Senior Vice President, Medical Center
  • Jeffrey T. RunnerDean of The College
  • Joan SaabVice Provost for Academic Affairs
  • Elizabeth StaudermanVice President for Communications
  • Melissa Sturge-AppleVice Provost for Graduate Education
  • Mark B. TaubmanSenior Vice President for Health Sciences and CEO of the Medical Center
  • Richard E. WaughVice Provost for Research
  • Sevin YeltekinDean of the Simon Business School

Coronavirus University Restart Team (CURT 2.0)

Focuses on providing holistic guidance and strategy for the University’s nonclinical recovery operations and informing the guidance and strategic coordination for the planning and redesign efforts of the University’s schools and units. This includes academic affairs, research recovery, financial recovery, student affairs, workforce practices, and general operations efforts, as well as dependencies that affect the entirety of University.

Download CURT 2.0 summary

Committee members
  • Mark Cavanaugh (co-chair)Director of Environmental Health and Safety
  • Amy Happ (co-chair)Deputy to the Provost
  • Mike ChihoskiSenior Associate Vice President for University Facilities and Services
  • Holly CrawfordSenior Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
  • Rick CrumminsDeputy General Counsel
  • Teri D’AgostinoChief of Staff, Medical Center
  • Josh FarrelmanAssociate Vice President for Government and Community Relations
  • Jane GatewoodVice Provost for Global Engagement
  • Paul GramanProfessor of Infectious Diseases
  • Tony GreenChief of Staff to the President and Secretary to the Board
  • Tony KinslowAssociate Vice President for Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Ralph ManchesterVice Provost and Director University Health Service
  • Liz MilavecAssociate Vice President for Financial Operations and University Controller
  • Sara MillerAssistant Vice President for Communications and University Spokesperson
  • Julie MyersDeputy CIO, University IT
  • Kathy ParrinelloCOO and Executive Vice President, Strong Memorial Hospital
  • Donna Gooden PayneVice President and General Counsel
  • Mercedes Ramirez FernandezVice President for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer
  • Joan SaabVice Provost for Academic Affairs
  • Elizabeth StaudermanVice President for Communications
  • Melissa Sturge-AppleVice Provost for Graduate Education
  • Rick WaughVice Provost for Research

Emergency Operations Command

Oversees nonclinical University response functions during the COVID-19 pandemic. In mid-April the EOC shifted focus to phased recovery planning. The group is made up of 85 faculty, staff, and administrators from across the University who serve on the CURT committee and/or one of its working groups.

Committee Cochairs
  • Mark CavanaughDirector of Environmental Health and Safety
  • Amy HappDeputy to the Provost

Advisory and working groups

Student Advisory Council (CURT-SAC)

The Coronavirus University Restart Team Student Advisory Council (CURT-SAC) includes student leadership at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Council considers issues related to the student experience and activities, campus life, and code of conduct expectations, as well as health and safety issues.

Other working groups

Several working groups meet regularly to address key issues of institutional preparedness and planning around academic affairs, public health, research, student affairs, and University operations. Their work informs that of the Senior Leadership Group, Coronavirus University Restart Team, and the Emergency Operation Command.

illustration of the CURT 2.0 committee and its working groups

Academic Affairs and Planning

Develops a coordinated plan as it pertains to academic matters, including classroom teaching, instruction, pedagogy, and advising.

Public Health

Focuses on the acute, tactical, and operational planning should the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 threat present itself at Strong Memorial Hospital (in a patient) or at one of our other health or academic facilities.

Research Affairs and Planning

Develops a coordinated plan as it pertains to research activity, including lab safety and human subjects.

Student Affairs

Develops a coordinated plan as it pertains to student life, including onboarding and orientation, student conduct, mental and physical health, and student activities.

University Operations

Develops plans for facility use, space planning, and occupancy guidelines, as well as transportation and workforce guidelines and cost-recovery efforts.

 

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