Safe Return to Campus Planning and Coordinating Committee

Miami University’s Safe Return to Campus (SR2C) Planning and Coordinating Committee will provide advice and insights on the efforts taking place across the University as we prepare for the Fall 2020, following the outbreak of COVID-19 that required the closing of most on-campus operations during the spring term. Below is President Crawford’s charge to the committee, which is advisory to the President and the President’s Executive Cabinet. The committee will operate transparently, providing weekly updates to the University community at large starting in mid-May as well as regular updates to the University Senate and Presidents Executive Council (PEC).

Committee members are charged to do the following:

1. COORDINATE: Coordinate communication and actions among units on campus in the spirit of our core values, thinking on behalf of the institution as a whole. Be a conduit for information exchange between units and broader university communications. The committee will provide updates to the community through web communications.

2. LISTEN: Gather and share ideas and challenges from members of our community about a safe return to campus and how to provide a safe and healthy environment for students, faculty, and staff.

3. RESEARCH: Develop an ongoing environmental scan on other universities’ actions and plans. Track national trends and share the broader landscape in higher education with our community.

4. EVALUATE: Assess all guidance and health practices for the safe return to face-to-face instruction and student life and activities. Track the recommendations and inform on guidance and protocols coming out of the Ohio Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization. Understand impact of guidelines on residential campus living and academics, teaching and learning.  

5. COLLECT: Provide guidance and serve as a sounding board for the many ideas that are proposed around permutations of academic scheduling, large-scale events (especially those in the fall, such as convocation) and so forth. Provide input through multiple “lenses” to proposals. Evaluate government mandates and recommendations to provide input on implementation.

6. LEARN:  Gather and assess lessons learned from the crisis, both negative and positive. Understand what actions and strategies have worked and not worked. Assess lessons learned and how they might be useful to the organization in the future as part of campus operations and planning: remote interactions, pedagogy, advising, student services, communications, collaborations, etc.


Co-Chairs and Administrative Support

Member Title
Dana Cox
Professor of Mathematics
Chair, University Senate Executive Committee
Gwen Fears
Assistant Vice President for Student Life
Kimberly Cooper
Administrative Assistant, Office of the President

Faculty and Staff

Member Title
Kenya Ash
Director OEEO
Title IX Coordinator
Section 504 and ADA Coordinator
Brenda Barnes
Director of Nursing Resource Center
Visiting Assistant Professor
Vicka Bell-Robinson
Director of Residence Life, Student Life
Jen Benz
Assistant Vice President, Enrollment Management and Student Success
Jerome Conley
Dean of the Libraries
Dawn Fahner
Associate Vice President, Human Resources
Megan Gerhardt
Professor, Management
Co-Director, Center for Business Leadership
Pete Haverkos
Sr. Assistant Dean of Students & Academic Success, Miami Regionals
Cameron Hay-Rollins
Professor and Chair of Anthropology
Daisy Hernandez
Assistant Professor, English
Eric Hodgson
Assistant Professsor. Emerging Technology in Business and Design
Dina Hundley
Food Service Supervisor
Carole Johnson
Interim Director, University News and Communications
Steve Large
Assistant Vice President of Student Life
Mark Macechko
Senior Director, Advancement
John McCandless
(or Officer)
Police Chief
Stephanie Nicely
Associate Professor of Nursing
Cody Powell
Associate Vice President, Facilities & Business Services
Breanna Robinson
Assistant Athletic Director for Leadership & Diversity
Amit Shukla
Chair and Professor. Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, former Fiscal Priorities Committee Chair
Philip Smith
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology & Health
Jessica Sparks
Professor of Chemical, Paper & Biomedical Engineering
John Virden
Assistant Vice President, IT Services
Tim Wilson
Assistant Professor of Microbiology
Cheryl Young
Assistant Provost, Extended Learning and Global Initiatives

Students and Postdoc

Member Title
Sidra Capriolo
Undergraduate, Psychology
Molly Carroll
Undergraduate, Computer Science
Ruku Pal
Undergraduate, Business Economics
Brenda Tyrrell
Graduate Student, English Literature
Jeremiah Watene
Undergraduate, Small Business Management
Shenyuan Xu
Postdoctoral Fellow, Chemistry and Biochemistry

External Advisors

Member Title
Jennifer Bailer
Health Commissioner, Butler County General Health District
Terri Hanlon-Bremer
Chief Operating Officer, Nursing
Jessica Greene
Assistant City Manager, Oxford

Internal Advisors

Member Title
Mitch McCrate
Deputy General Counsel
Glenn Platt
Interim Chair, Department of Emerging Technology in Business and Design, C. Michael Armstrong Professor of Emerging Technology
Randi Thomas
Director of Institutional Relations