Message from the CANR Dean and Director of MSU AgBioResearch: March 23, 2020

From: Ron Hendrick, Doug Buhler, George Smith
Date: Monday, March 23, 2020
Subject: CANR temporary pause in research activity in response to Gov. Whitmer’s Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order

This morning Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued the Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order. The state is faced with an extremely serious public health crisis. We, in CANR, must do our part to promote the health and safety of others and positively contribute to this response.   

Hence, we are now initiating a temporary pause in all ongoing laboratory and field research activity with a goal of achieving such pause by the Governor’s deadline of 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2020. 

All faculty must now immediately initiate steps outlined in the linked spreadsheet provided by MSU Environmental Health and Safety to preserve a safe campus environment, protect key equipment, and further equip remaining members of your research teams.

Note that we remain committed to assuring that critical plant, animal, and cellular resources and key equipment are preserved during this temporary pause in research activity to the extent possible. 

The logistical implications of the Governor’s order are not yet fully understood. Additional information regarding activities eligible for a potential exception will be provided by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation later today.   

Faculty should not presume that their research will be among the exceptions to the Governor’s Executive Order, and plan accordingly. 

We understand this temporary pause will have significant implications to graduate students, post docs and research techs.

Also understand there will be significant implications for individuals who chose to ignore this directive and continue laboratory and field based research activity without an approved exception.

Ron Hendrick
Professor and Dean, CANR

Doug Buhler
Director, MSU AgBioResearch

George Smith
Associate Director, MSU AgBioResearch