Dear UM-Dearborn students, faculty and staff,
We are writing with news and updates regarding our campus’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Information about the pandemic is changing hourly and university leadership is working diligently to share information and updates to help you stay healthy and safe, while we work towards continuity of learning and university operations.
UM-Dearborn officials are engaged in ongoing collaboration with our colleagues in Ann Arbor, Flint, Michigan Medicine and the university’s chief health officer, Dr. Preeti Malani. The following Medium article provides great information regarding the severity of the pandemic and the need to take the coronavirus very seriously.
The latest updates:
- The Public Health Department has confirmed that a member of the UM-Dearborn community has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual who tested positive had been self isolating and is receiving treatment. The Health Department is following protocol regarding those that may have come in contact with this person.
- Facilities operations have increased their efforts to sanitize and disinfect buildings across campus.
- If you are able to stay at home to work, after consulting with your manager, you should do so. Please refer to Friday’s communication for guidance.
- As a reminder, only current university students, staff and faculty may use the Mardigian Library. MCards are scanned upon entry. This decision was made for two reasons, first, to serve members of our campus community in need of a facility offering internet and resources to continue classwork. Second, to minimize and control the number of people gathering in one space. Social distancing and density reduction is occurring in the library; meaning patrons are being kept at least six feet apart.
- We have received many inquiries expressing disappointment regarding spring commencement. This decision was difficult for all of us. The university is currently working on developing alternatives that will allow us to celebrate student accomplishments, including postponing the ceremony to a later date. Commencement information will be shared regarding alternatives as soon as it is available.
- Students and faculty return to the classroom – remotely – tomorrow. Information and resources have been shared with faculty to continue teaching remotely. Library remote services can be found here. Students have also received information to aid with their remote learning. If faculty experience any issues or have questions tomorrow, please contact – Carla Vecchiola at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students experiencing remote difficulties should contact their professor(s).
- It is important that we all work together to minimize the risk of contributing to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic by following these guidelines:
- Avoid gathering socially in large groups. Gathering in large groups is not recommended -- and this includes gathering socially. Reducing the density of people in physical spaces will help to prevent the spread of disease within our community and for society at large.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitize.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hand.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surface.
- Consider alternatives to shaking hands.
- Unless you are sick with cough, sneezing and fever, it is not advised to wear a mask.
The Provost and I will continue to share timely and important information on a regular basis.
Please refer to the university’s coronavirus website for the latest information. This website is updated daily.
We cannot say this enough, we understand and feel the impact the coronavirus is having on our campus and our world. Thank you for all you are doing to remain healthy and continuing to maintain some level of normalcy as we work through this issue together. Additional thanks to university employees that are working, in some cases, around the clock to ensure the safety and well-being of our university community and with communications efforts so the university remains informed and prepared.
With all best wishes for your continued good health,
Susan E. Alcock