Please visit the Coronavirus information site for the latest updates regarding UM-Dearborn's COVID-19 response.

University of Michigan-Dearborn leaders have been working with University of Michigan officials and health professionals to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 over the past several months.

Our goals are to deliver on our mission while protecting health and safety by minimizing the potential spread of the disease, both within our community and in the broader society. 

Use this page to get more information and answers regarding university preparedness.

University Preparedness

How is UM-Dearborn planning for campus closures and work disruptions?

The health and safety of our students, staff and faculty is our highest priority as we navigate through this public health challenge. Our second priority is the continuity of campus operations. We must maintain a high level of service for our students, prospective students and all campus constituents.

Classes

Classes were canceled Thursday, March 12, Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14 to prepare for the transition to delivery remotely in alternative formats beginning Monday, March 16 through the end of the semester. 

Final exams

All final exams will take place remotely in alternative formats. This extends the previous action to prevent all classes from meeting in person. Faculty and instructors will communicate how this will be handled as soon as possible. 

Summer I and II Classes 

Summer I and II classes will be moved to remote delivery. While the decision to move classes remotely was made Monday, March 16, 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. 

Campus offices/units

For the safety of students, faculty and staff, all campus buildings will be locked during normal business hours beginning Monday, March 16 at 6:00 p.m, until further notice.

To ensure the safety of all individuals on campus, only essential visits to campus are allowed at this time. If your activity is not essential, please follow the governor’s stay-at-home order. If your function has been identified as essential, your supervisor has provided your name to appropriate campus personnel and your MCard is active. All other MCards remain deactivated. 

If you need to come to campus and your MCard has been deactivated, please notify your supervisor. Your supervisor will notify the appropriate campus personnel to authorize your visit with the specific date, time and location. 

When you arrive on campus, please contact the Department of Public Safety & Security (DPPS) at 313-593-5333. Give the communications officer your name, a contact phone number, and the approximate length of time you will be on campus. Once you have completed your activity, call DPPS to let them know you have left the building. 

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.  

What is closed on campus?

The Fieldhouse

Due to proximity and the presence of perspiration and other bodily fluids, the Fieldhouse (Wellness Center, ice arena and gymnasium) is closed. All athletic competitions, practices and events are canceled until further notice.

The Environmental Interpretive Center

The EIC has canceled all external events and visits from K-12 partners until further notice. 

The Early Childhood Education Center

The ECEC will remain closed until further notice.

Mardigian Library 

The Mardigian Library and Stamelos Gallery closed. An email from March 16 outlines the available online library resources.

UM Credit Union branch and the Bookstore

The UM Credit Union branch and the Bookstore in the University Center are closed, until further notice. Customers are encouraged to do their banking online, and you can still purchase your texts with free shipping online at the bookstore's website.

The Victors Den

The Victors Den, located at the Union at Dearborn is also closed until further notice. 

Buildings and Services on Campus

  • For the safety of students, faculty and staff, all campus buildings will be locked during normal business hours beginning Monday, March 16 at 6:00 p.m, until further notice.

    To ensure the safety of all individuals on campus, only essential visits to campus are allowed at this time. If your activity is not essential, please follow the governor’s stay-at-home order. If your function has been identified as essential, your supervisor has provided your name to appropriate campus personnel and your MCard is active. All other MCards remain deactivated. 

    If you need to come to campus and your MCard has been deactivated, please notify your supervisor. Your supervisor will notify the appropriate campus personnel to authorize your visit with the specific date, time and location. 

    When you arrive on campus, please contact the Department of Public Safety & Security (DPPS) at 313-593-5333. Give the communications officer your name, a contact phone number, and the approximate length of time you will be on campus. Once you have completed your activity, call DPPS to let them know you have left the building. 

  • Students seeking services on campus should call ahead to see if they are being delivered in person or remotely before coming to campus. 
  • Food Service is currently not available on campus. During the absence of campus food service, please find local restaurants offering carry-out and delivery service at https://detroitfoodupdates.com/. You may search by restaurant name or search by city. As an additional resource, the UUE team compiled a reference list of restaurants in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights that are currently offering carry-out and/or delivery services.
Is UM-Dearborn canceling events, including Commencement?

Out of abundance of caution and care for our community, the decision was 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.

Regrettably, Spring 2020 Commencement scheduled for April 26 has been canceled. We know that this is very disappointing to many, and we have identified ways to celebrate 2020 graduates in the future. Review alternative plans to celebrate Spring 2020 graduates

What Additional Cleaning Measures is the University taking?

The university is taking extra precautions to clean high-touch surfaces on campus, including dining areas, classrooms, healthcare facilities and recreational facilities.

Are there cases at UM-Dearborn?

Members of the UM-Dearborn community have tested positive for COVID-19. County health departments are the source of updates and information on positive cases in the area.

I’m a student living at the Union at Dearborn, should I go home?

UM-Dearborn is encouraging all students to return to their permanent residence, if that is an option. New developments and guidance in the COVID-19 pandemic make it clear that now is the time to return home if they can. Going home will help to reduce the density of people in physical spaces. We recognize this may bring additional people to campus in the short term, but the reduction in density it will create over the next few weeks will help to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It further follows general public health principles recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Can We Still have Social Gatherings?

Under Governor Whitmer’s current executive order all individuals currently living within the State of Michigan are ordered to stay at home or at their place of residence. Subject to some exceptions, such as grocery shopping or using medical services, all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring among persons not part of a single household are prohibited.

 

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Fax: 
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