SUBJECT: COVID Vaccination Exemption Procedure

Dear Colleagues and Students, 

Last week the University of Michigan announced a mandatory vaccination policy for all three U-M campuses and Michigan Medicine. This policy applies to all faculty, staff and students and is being developed to protect our community from COVID-19 infections and provide for a safe return to campus this fall. This policy applies to those working or learning on-campus and those working or learning remotely (off campus). 

Requesting an Exemption 

The university will grant exemptions for valid medical and religious reasons. To be considered for a vaccination exemption, complete the COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption Request Form by August 13. If the exemption is approved, individuals will be required to submit a weekly negative COVID test before coming to campus and following the university’s masking policy. Individuals will be notified as soon as possible regarding the university’s decision regarding an exemption request. 

Requesting a Temporary Postponement 

Students, faculty and staff requesting a temporary postponement of the vaccination requirement must explain why they are making the request, where they are located, whether they have received a vaccine that is not authorized by the FDA or WHO and their plan for receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. If the request is approved, the individual will be required to arrive on campus with documentation of a negative COVID-19 test within the prior three days, begin the COVID-19 vaccination process immediately, participate in weekly COVID-19 testing until they are fully vaccinated and follow the university’s masking policy.

The university is finalizing details regarding the submission of negative COVID test information and compliance/enforcement procedures. Additional information regarding these processes will be shared broadly with the campus community once further details are established.

Please familiarize yourself with the COVID vaccination policy and reference frequently asked questions related to the vaccination requirement. 


Gabriella Scarlatta
Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Rima Berry-Hung
Director of Human Resources

Amy Finley 
Dean of Students 

Office of the Provost

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