Guide for return to campus and reminder of Aug. 18 Town Hall

August 14, 2020

As part of our commitment to student success and the safety of everyone in our community, the university has launched the Go Safe – Go Blue – Go Dearborn! guidebook to prepare our campus for another successful and fulfilling semester. 
 

Dear Colleagues:

Although the upcoming semester will be different from what we’re used to, we are still very excited to see our faculty and staff use their creativity and commitment to do what they do best: provide our students with a rewarding learning experience that prepares them for a better future. As part of our commitment to student success and the safety of everyone in our community, the university has launched the Go Safe – Go Blue – Go Dearborn! guidebook to prepare our campus for another successful and fulfilling semester.  

The guide covers important topics: Academic experience, procedures for being on campus (including the need to have an MCard), the health screening required to come to campus and the building access process, testing recommendations, various workspace scenarios, available academic and technology resources and staffing plans. It also contains the Wolverine Care Pledge—a pledge drafted in partnership by students at UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint to mark a shared commitment to taking the actions that will help keep our community healthy and safe this fall.   

On August 18, between 2-4 p.m., we will be hosting a town hall to discuss this guide and answer any questions or concerns you may have. The second hour will be focused on questions from faculty regarding the fall teaching guidelines. Staff are welcome to remain in the Zoom webinar during that time as well, if they’d like. Please register for the town hall. Your participation is important to the discussion of how we will safely hold classes in a hybrid modality this upcoming semester.

Our priority remains ensuring the health and safety of our community while providing the excellent educational experience expected at UM-Dearborn. The Go Safe – Go Blue – Go Dearborn! guide will help all of us achieve this goal. All of our actions and policies have been and will continue to be guided by the latest scientific understanding of the virus and national, state and community plans to contain its spread.

We would like to recognize and thank our emergency operations center team for their incredible and thoughtful work over the past four months preparing for the fall semester. It has been, and continues to be, very much appreciated. Planning for the winter semester has already begun and numerous options and teaching modalities are being considered. We expect to share our winter semester plan by October 1.  

We are both excited to begin the semester. Our faculty and staff have proven to be incredibly innovative and flexible as we have taken on the challenges presented by COVID-19. Thank you for being a part of what makes UM-Dearborn such a special place.

For Me. For You. Go Safe. Go Blue!

Domenico Grasso
Chancellor

Sue Alcock
Provost

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