Governor Baker Executive Order and Campus Actions

23 March 2020 

Letter from the President
To: Faculty and Staff 
Subject: Governor Baker Executive Order and Campus Actions 

Dear Faculty and Staff, 

I write today to update you on campus actions and activities in light of Governor Baker’s Executive Order dated 23 March 2020. 

As you may know, Governor Baker has ordered all of the Commonwealth’s non-essential businesses to close for a period of two weeks effective at noon tomorrow. It is important to note that Massachusetts Maritime Academy is exempt from that order in two distinct areas; first, for work that supports online learning and, second, for work that supports residential students who are not able to return home. As such at 1200 hours on 24 March 2020, we will transition to a period of restricted access until 7 April (or until notified otherwise). This means that we will limit access to campus for employees, except those who are necessary to support these areas of operation, and for the general public. Employees needed to support this effort will be so instructed by their Division Vice President and will include, but are not limited to, faculty & academic staff actively in support of online learning, public safety officers, health services staff, IT staff, maintainers, HVAC technicians and wastewater plant staff. 

This unprecedented Executive Order, in my opinion, aligns perfectly with our 4 priorities of keeping our entire community safe, limiting the possible spread of the virus, ensuring that our senior cadets can complete their studies, and minimizing the academic impact on our underclass students. I deeply appreciate the incredible support and willingness of the entire academy community to find creative ways to make this happen and I will update you all as soon as I know more. Please be safe and please continue to follow CDC guidelines including washing of hands, social distancing and refraining from personal travel that involves public hubs (air, rail, bus). 

My kindest regards, 

RADM Francis X. McDonald 
President