Dear UM-Dearborn students, faculty and staff,
We are writing with more 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.
The latest updates:
- In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic throughout Michigan, earlier today, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-9 requiring the closure of places of public accommodation effective today, Monday, March 16 at 3:00 p.m. through Monday, March 30 at 11:59 p.m. Due to this order, the Mardigian Library and Stamelos Gallery closed today at 3:00 p.m. An email to campus was sent earlier today outlining online library resources.
- Staff that have been approved to work from home, should work from home. As long as units remain operational, it is no longer required to have minimal coverage in offices across campus. Please note, we are not “closing campus or reducing operations” but instead changing our mode of operations to continue to serve our students and maintain the welfare of our campus community. The expectation is staff will be available and performing job responsibilities remotely where possible and appropriate. Staff unable to perform job responsibilities remotely, should consult with their supervisors. Every effort will be made to identify other job responsibilities that can be done remotely in their departments or outside of their unit. In an effort to maintain pay, staff may be asked to perform job duties outside of their standard job description and skill set either on campus or remotely, as determined by the supervisor in partnership with HR as needed.
- For the safety of students, faculty and staff, all campus buildings will be locked during normal business hours beginning tonight, Monday, March 16 at 6:00 p.m, until further notice. M Card access will remain for those previously approved. If you need to enter a locked building please contact the Department of Police and Public Safety at 313-593-5333.
- Students seeking services on campus should call ahead to see if they are being delivered in person or remotely before coming to campus.
- McKinley Cafe will be available only via grab and go.
- Students needing to access the Student Food Pantry should email email@example.com to set up an appointment.
- The UM Credit Union branch and the Bookstore in the University Center will be closed, until further notice. Customers are encouraged to do their banking online.
- Summer I and II classes will be moved to remote delivery. While the decision to move classes remotely was made today, there are numerous details to finalize. Additional information will be sent to students, faculty and staff in the near future. The change to remote delivery of instruction will not impact the registration period for summer classes, which will officially begin on Monday, March 30. Faculty scheduled to teach during the Summer I and II semesters should expect to be contacted by your department chairs in order to ensure you are prepared and well supported.
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 understand that this is a challenging time for all. The university maintains its commitment to ensuring the safety of the campus community. The precautions taken by campus leadership, in collaboration with University of Michigan officials and following the guidance of the State of Michigan and the CDC, will help us “flatten the curve,” minimizing exposure and helping to prevent the continued spread of the coronavirus.
With all best wishes for your continued good health,
Susan E. Alcock