Important COVID-19 updates 03/27/2020

March 27, 2020

As the situation with the coronavirus continues to evolve, we remain committed to sharing information and updates to help you stay healthy and safe, while we work towards continuity of student learning and university operations.

Dear Colleagues,

As the situation with the coronavirus continues to evolve, we remain committed to sharing information and updates to help you stay healthy and safe, while we work towards continuity of student learning and university operations.

We are fortunate and grateful for a prepared, dedicated, hard-working and creative campus community that has come together during this challenging time. Our students, faculty and staff have adjusted very well to remote classroom delivery and restricted on-campus operations. 

Moving forward, we will provide weekly email updates that will recap recent decisions or highlight things currently being worked on. We will also continue to communicate, as necessary, on timely or priority items. 

New updates:

  • As access to internet is essential for completing remote learning, the university is providing students, faculty and staff, that have no other options for access, the ability to connect to wi-fi from inside their cars in the Fairlane Center parking lot. The ITS team has developed an option to push the signal from the Fairlane Center building into the lot. This map demonstrates where wi-fi will be available, access to the Fairlane Center buildings will not be available. This service will only be available to members of the campus community and will require network log-in. Users must contact the Department of Police and Public Safety, at 313-593-5333, before entering the lot and when exiting the lot. All local and state orders and the practice of social distancing must be adhered to while using this service.   
  • Governor Whitmer’s “stay home, stay safe” executive order, required all non-essential services to be performed remotely beginning at 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2020. This is something that the campus community has already been doing for nearly two weeks. With this order, MCard access to campus buildings was deactivated for non-essential staff until further notice. 
  • The order also brought construction on the ELB building to a halt, which makes it very unlikely the building will open as planned on August 31.
  • Human Resources has sent a communication to deans, directors and department heads regarding hiring considerations during this time. 

Recent updates: 

  • The university extended the selective drop period as well as developed an option for students to switch some or all of their Winter 2020 courses to a Pass/Fail grading mode. Students were advised to speak to an academic or faculty advisor before making a decision to switch a 2020 Winter-term course to the Pass/Fail mode. Course information pertinent to Winter 2020 can be found on this website, which will be updated with any changes.
  • To allow students to register for Summer and Fall courses on schedule, all student financial holds were removed and the date that Winter 2020 balances are due was moved to May 1, with no late fees assessed. 
  • Registration for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 continued as planned, with Summer 2020 courses delivered in a remote delivery format (with CASL Online Course fees waived). Summer classes will begin on Monday, May 4, 2020. Additional registration resources can be found here. Priority registration began March 23, with higher than average activity. 
  • All research labs were closed at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20. University leadership is working to minimize the impact these closures may have on the professional advancement of our colleagues and students and the discovery of new knowledge. Minimal access to laboratories will be maintained to support critical activities, including the care and maintenance of animals, unique reagents and essential equipment and materials.
  • A new emergency resources page was developed to provide student options to request financial support:
    • The Immediate Student Relief Fund was launched to address the critical needs that will arise in our students' lives due to this public health emergency. 
  • The Division of Student Affairs launched virtual programming for students focused on engagement and connection - topics for gatherings include: meditation, veterans-specific topics, first-gen specific topics, and CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) resources to help practice self-care, manage difficult transitions and de-stress.
  • While food service has been closed on campus, the university continues to run a grocery shuttle for students living in the Union at Dearborn, Fairlane Woods and Fairlane Meadows. 
  • Teams across campus are also working collaboratively to research and share options and develop strategies to present to faculty for conducting their final exams in a few weeks.

This is a challenging time for everyone. The university maintains its commitment to ensuring the safety of the campus community. Precautions taken by our campus community will help minimize exposure to the COVID-19, keep all of us healthier, and allow campus to reopen sooner.

With all best wishes for your continued good health,

Domenico Grasso
Chancellor

Susan E. Alcock
​​​​​​​Provost

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