In an email on April 9, 2020 to Eastern Michigan University students, faculty and staff university president James Smith announced the death of EMU instructor and advisor Marilyn Horace-Moore. Horace-Moore passed away due to complications from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Horace-Moore was a longtime instructor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology. Prior to her passing her positions at EMU included lecturer I, internship coordinator, and undergraduate criminology and criminal justice advisor for the criminology and criminal justice program.
According her profile on the EMU campus directory her professional areas of expertise included law enforcement, courts and probation, racial issues, discrimination regarding race and females, and issues regarding prison reentry.
Horace-Moore was a graduate of EMU's master of arts program in criminology, graduating in 1989. Prior to obtaining her master's, she received a bachelor's degree in 1978. After receiving her master's degree she began a career with the police department of the City of Ypsilanti until she retired as a police lieutenant in 1994.
Since then she had taught courses at EMU in both criminology and sociology. Alongside being both an instructor and advisor, she worked with incoming students during fast-track orientation and was involved with the university's athletic recruiting.
She is survived by her husband, two children and 11 grandchildren. A memorial for Horace-Moore has not yet been announced although it was stated that details regarding her memorial would be given by the university once they become available.
In an email to the university community on March 30, 2020 president Smith announced that the university would cease providing email notifications regarding individuals at EMU who test positive for COVID-19 cases unless recommended by the Washtenaw County Health Department. It was further stated that it was unlikely that campus-related spread of the virus was possible due to the majority of student and university employees having not been on the EMU campus since March 11, 2020.
In order to follow federal privacy regulations, particularly the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), no personal details or identifying information regarding individuals who test positive for the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus which causes COVID-19, can be released publicly by the university.