Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UM-Dearborn classes are being held remotely through the end of the semester, Summer I and Summer II. Most campus operations are being conducted remotely and buildings are closed. Before coming to campus please call ahead to determine how services are being delivered. Events have been postponed or canceled, including Spring 2020 Commencement. For more updates please visit the Coronavirus information page

Dear Students, 

Thank you for your understanding, assistance, adaptability and patience as we, as a campus community, work through how to best manage the impact of the coronavirus pandemic facing the world. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority as we navigate through this public health challenge. But we are also considering the health and welfare of our larger community, including extended families.

As a reminder, classes will resume Monday, March 16, delivered remotely in alternative formats. The university has developed an online guide with resources that will assist you with working and studying remotely. Please be on the lookout for additional information from your faculty regarding next steps. 

Campus Remains Open 

As a reminder, campus is not closed, and we are still here to serve you. Departments and offices across campus are maintaining regular hours and campus buildings will remain open.  Please remember, do not come to campus if you are sick. While this is not an exhaustive list, we would draw your attention to these important resources particularly: 

  • Mardigian Library 
    • Many library functions (LibChats, “Ask a Question”, managing e-resources) are accessible remotely. 
    • Access to the Library will be restricted to UM-Dearborn community. Please bring your MCard with you to get in.
    • Library use at this time is primarily intended for individuals without a computer or internet access at home; if you can work at home, please do so so others have space for social distancing practices.
  • Student Food Pantry
    • Current clients will still be able to access the Food Pantry during normal business hours.
    • Anyone wishing to sign up for the Food Pantry may still do so.
    • Rules around how much food a student may receive at one time will be relaxed to minimize the number of visits a student has to make to the Food Pantry.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
    • CAPS will continue all appointments with existing clients, though these appointments will not be conducted face to face.  Clients will receive information from CAPS shortly, with further direction. 
    • CAPS will still take on new clients.
    • Unfortunately, we are no longer able to provide group therapy sessions but we will be offering anyone involved in group therapy individual appointments. 
    • CAPS After Hours will still be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (313) 593-5430. 
  • Advising, Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, and Learning Centers 

 

Events 

There has been much discussion about campus events. Out of abundance of caution and care for our community, the decision has been made that all events that can potentially compromise the health and safety of the campus and/or are not essential to the continuity of operations will be postponed until further notice, regardless of the number of attendees. 

All final exams will take place remotely in alternative formats. This essentially extends our previous action to prevent all classes from meeting in person. Faculty and instructors will communicate how this will be handled as soon as possible. Additional details about final exams will be shared at a later date. 

Regretfully, Spring 2020 Commencement scheduled for April 26 has been canceled. We know that this will be very disappointing to many, and we are identifying ways to celebrate 2020 graduates in the future. Grad Fair, scheduled for next week, is canceled. 

Fieldhouse, ice arena and wellness center  

Due to proximity and the presence of perspiration and other bodily fluids, the Fieldhouse (Wellness Center, ice arena and gymnasium) will close effective immediately.  

All athletic competitions, practices and events are canceled until further notice.

Minimizing risk

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. 

These actions are based on general public health principles recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. They are designed to protect everyone in our communities, particularly those at higher risk from coronavirus.

There are everyday actions we can all take to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:

  • 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 sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Consider alternatives to shaking hands.
  • Unless you are sick with cough, sneezing and fever, it is not advised to wear a mask.

Students encouraged to go home when possible

The university encourages students to go home to their permanent residences if possible, as doing so will help to reduce the density of people in physical spaces. We also recognize that some students may not be able to travel to their permanent residences, and therefore  we ask that they assist us in taking additional precautions to protect the health and safety for everyone who remains on our campus. 

Should you need immediate assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to either of the following University leaders:

 

Amy Finley, Dean of Students
DearbornDOS@umich.edu

Francisco Lopez, Director, Office of International Affairs
lopezfj@umich.edu

 

We acknowledge this is a trying and stressful time for many. With many of us in unprecedented territory. While the university has plans for crisis and disruption of operations, actual events present unanticipated challenges and unknowns. Our health professionals are monitoring the spread of the virus and working closely with public health officials at the federal, state and local levels to protect health and safety. We will continue to post the latest information to our coronavirus information page and university leadership will provide updates going forward.

 

Sincerely,

Domenico Grasso
Chancellor 

Sue Alcock 
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Amy Finley
Dean of Students

 

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