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University Restart and Recovery

Return-to-campus planning and principles

In early February, President Sarah C. Mangelsdorf charged the Coronavirus University Response Team (CURT) to assess and develop a holistic plan for how the outbreak may affect the University and Medical Center. The team was formed with a number of subgroups to span the areas of possible impact, including public health, campus climate, travel, enrollment and recruitment, supply chain, workforce management, and campus operations.

In May, the focus of the CURT committee shifted from response to planning for long-term recovery and redesign of our nonclinical operations, including academic affairs, research, and general operations. Given the new focus, the committee renamed itself the Coronavirus University Restart Team.


Guiding principles and framework

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

1. The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, patients, and guests are our highest priority.

2. We will comply with federal, state, and local authority operational and health guidance.

3. We will sustain the teaching, learning, research, healthcare, and cultural missions of the University through both traditional methods and new avenues of endeavor.

4. We will act responsibly as stewards of the University’s property, assets, and resources.

5. We will continue to partner purposefully with the Rochester community, and to support our neighbors in the city and the region.

6. We will base our decisions on scientific evidence and facts.

7. 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 while coordinating a phased restart of University operations and activity.

Download “Redesign Principles and Framework” guide


Timeline

The Coronavirus University Restart Team (CURT) is developing plans for a phased reopening of all University operations with input from medical and public health experts; state and federal guidelines; and our community of faculty, staff, and students.

Beginning the week of May 18, the University began a phased restart of research activities in compliance with New York State and federal guidelines. This includes defense- and national security–related research, including the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, research in support of manufacturing, and labs focused on health-related research.

Even though we are all eager to know what to expect in the fall, many details cannot be resolved due to the uncertainty that surrounds the pandemic, which is why we continue to make plans for both in-person and online education.


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
  • Andrew AinslieDean of the Simon Business School
  • Jonathan BinstockDirector of the Memorial Art Gallery
  • Brian BrentActing Dean of the Warner School of Education
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sasha TulganDeputy to the President
  • Richard E. WaughVice Provost for Research

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
  • Jane Gatewood (co-chair)Vice Provost for Global Engagement
  • 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
  • Paul GramanProfessor of Infectious Diseases
  • Tony GreenChief of Staff to the President and Secretary to the Board
  • Amy HappDeputy to the Provost
  • 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
  • Jane GatewoodVice Provost for Global Engagement

Advisory and 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 for phased campus reopening 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 for phased campus reopening as it pertains to research activity, including lab safety and human subjects.

Student Affairs

Develops a coordinated plan for phased campus reopening 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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