Coronavirus: Update, April 10, 2020

Below, Mitch Hopewell, our Interim Provost, updates the campus community on a number of events and circumstances that COVID-19 has affected.

Dear Campus Community,

I hope this finds you well and adjusting to this temporary, new-normal. Despite the disruption and displacement, I am encouraged by the way our community (faculty, staff, students) have all pulled together to ensure that we can continue serving each other. These circumstances aren’t ideal, and we’re still ironing out some wrinkles, but remember that the administration and faculty are here to help. If you need anything at all, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Today, I have a few updates that are important to the entire TMU community.

First, I want you to know that the Board of Directors will still hold their Spring meeting May 6-8, 2020, but that meeting will happen remotely. We’re grateful for our board and their leadership of TMU.

Also, you no doubt remember that WSCUC, our regional accrediting agency, was scheduled to visit campus May 14, 2020. Because of the coronavirus disruption, WSCUC asked to reschedule their visit. We agreed this was a wise decision, so the campus visit is now scheduled for August 4, 2020. We were looking forward to hosting WSCUC in just a few weeks, but we are happy to work with our accrediting agency and serve them in any way we can. I’d encourage you to pray for our administration, and for the WSCUC Special Team, as we now look forward to their August visit, and we use the coming months to further establish the changes and improvements WSCUC recommended.

One of the areas WSCUC asked TMUS to address was our reporting procedures. They wanted to make sure that TMU faculty, staff, and students could safely report grievously unethical or unlawful behavior. In support of our existing grievance policies and procedure, and to address WSCUC’s directives, TMUS has contracted with NAVEX Global’s Ethicspoint service to act as a 3rd party, whistle-blower service. This company will help gather serious complaints and help us respond to accusations of unethical or unlawful behavior within our campus community. This 3rd party service is designed for only the most extreme situations where a grievous ethical or legal violation has occurred. We pray that our community will abide by Biblical standards for living, but we also understand the requirement to put safeguards in place. The reporting tool can be accessed via the TMUS’ Grievance and Appeal Procedures web page:

During this unprecedented time, I want to thank you again for your flexibility and ‘can-do’ approach to finishing the Spring semester. It’s been nearly four weeks since we were together. Each day, I find myself more and more excited to have each of you back on campus next Fall (either as faculty and staff, or as continuing students, or for our postponed graduation.) I pray each of you is redeeming this time to deepen your faith and trust in our sovereign God in these uncertain times.

Mitch Hopewell

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