We are following the health and safety guidelines developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state of Michigan, our University of Michigan colleagues and our own experts to ensure a safe campus environment for our students, faculty and staff. 


We’re implementing the protocols below, and will remain flexible and update/add to these based on new guidance. Information on our Campus Health and Safety Measures are also available in our Go Safe - Go Blue - Go Dearborn guidebooks for studentsfaculty and staff

Online training 

Before coming to campus, all UM-Dearborn faculty, staff, student employees and research assistants must complete the U-M online training COVID-19: Working Safely at U-M. This provides instruction on physical distancing, wearing of face coverings, personal hygiene and other guidance. Supervisors are responsible for confirming that all faculty, staff, students and research assistants have completed the training prior to coming to campus. 

Mandatory health screening

Each day before reporting to work, or coming to campus for class you must complete the symptom monitoring check on the ResponsiBLUE health screening app at healthscreen.umich.edu

Before entering any University of Michigan building, all visitors, contractors and vendors need to complete a preliminary health screening via the guest version of ResponsiBLUE, the health-screening tool developed to help keep the university healthy and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

You will be asked a series of three “Yes” or “No” questions:

  • Do you have symptoms of:
    • Fever (over 100.4°F or 38°C) or feeling feverish
    • New shortness of breath
    • New cough
  • Do you have two of any of these symptoms:
    • Chills
    • Muscle aches
    • New sore throat
    • New loss of sense of smell or sense of taste
    • New headache
  • Have you had close or household contact in the last 14 days with someone recently diagnosed with COVID-19?
    • Close contact is being within 6 ft for ≥15 minutes.
    • If your close contact is through providing clinical care for COVID positive patients while following Michigan Medicine or other outside health system appropriate protocols, answer No.

Questions may change based on guidance from the CDC and other health agencies.

Students: If you have any of these symptoms, do not come to class. Stay home, contact your instructor and call 313-593-5056 and email DearbornCOVIDsupport@umich.edu. 

Faculty and Staff: If you have any of these symptoms, do not come to work. Stay home, contact your supervisor or department chair, and then call the Occupational Health Services (OHS) hotline at 734-764-8021 for a screening interview with trained medical staff. In addition, please follow the UM-Dearborn process for reporting symptoms. 

Recommended COVID-19 testing

In order to keep the campus community safe and contain the spread of COVID-19, testing is recommended for students, faculty, staff, and graduate student instructors that will be working or taking classes on campus this winter. UM-Dearborn students living in cohorts at the Union at Dearborn, Fairlane Woods and Fairlane Meadows are also encouraged to get a COVID-19 test. 

The university will hold testing clinics on Wednesday, March 10; Thursday, March 25; and Wednesday, April 7; in the lobby of the Fairlane Center South from 10am - 2pm. Participation is voluntary. UM-Dearborn will cover the cost of testing. In order to secure a testing time, it is important to complete the survey and schedule an appointment by calling 734-539-5111, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. If you are sick, do not use this testing service - go to the MDHHS website to find a testing location near you. If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result you are required to follow the university reporting protocol

Face coverings

UM-Dearborn requires all students, staff, faculty and those doing business on campus to wear a face covering that covers the mouth and nose anywhere on campus grounds, whether you can maintain 6 feet of social distance or not. This includes both when inside campus buildings and when outdoors, or on the campus shuttle. 

During the Winter 2021 semester, faculty members will be required to wear face coverings when teaching in person, and students will be required to wear face coverings during in-person classes. You can use your own face covering, or UM-Dearborn will provide you a reusable cloth face covering if you need one. Face coverings will be available at the building access screening stations across campus. 

The full face covering policy includes a description of the limited exceptions to its application. 

The university has developed procedures for responding to students, faculty and staff who fail to follow the face covering policy. 

For the latest guidance on face coverings visit the CDC website.

Social distancing 

While on campus, you must stay at least 6 feet from other people at all times, including while in classrooms and labs. In addition, avoid crowded places and mass gatherings. When face coverings are worn, momentarily interacting with someone as part of classroom instruction or passing by another person does not significantly increase either individual’s risk.


The university has placed signage throughout campus providing guidance, helpful tips and reminders on how to stay safe. Be sure to follow the directions as displayed. 

  • Handwashing is encouraged with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, as much as possible throughout the day. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol. Hand sanitizer stations have been placed throughout campus. 
  • Cleaning and disinfection will be completed by custodial teams based on CDC guidelines. Faculty, staff and students also share the responsibilities of wiping down commonly used surfaces. Cleaning supplies will be available throughout campus.
  • Restroom use will be limited based on restroom size to ensure at least 6 feet of distance between individuals. Before leaving the restroom, wash your hands thoroughly. Gender-neutral restrooms are available in NSBS (1125) and FCS (1104). 
  • Elevator occupancy will be limited, typically to one person, so please use the stairs whenever possible. If you are using the elevator, wear your face covering and avoid touching the elevator buttons with your hands (elbows work great). Wash your hands or use hand sanitizers containing at least 60 percent alcohol if you touch anything in the elevator.
  • Corridors and stairwells will be open in limited areas throughout campus buildings. Corridors signed as closed can be entered only in an emergency to exit the building. You should not linger in hallways and stairwells to minimize periods of contact with others and reduce congestion. Momentarily passing by another person does not significantly increase an individual’s risk. Specific attention should be given to avoiding corridors and stairwells in classroom buildings during class passing times to minimize the density of people.

Contact tracing 

The university will closely monitor faculty, staff and students entering buildings. Daily logs will be maintained. This added safety precaution will allow the university to quickly notify individuals if they came into close contact with a person infected with COVID-19. 

University of Michigan-Dearborn campus members who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be included in a Contact Tracing Protocol to assist in identifying individuals who may have been in close proximity and thus have an elevated risk of contracting the illness. This protocol will be conducted in accordance with the State of Michigan Public Health Code and federal guidelines.

Contact tracing is a very effective public health tool that has been used for decades to reduce the spread of disease.

COVID-19 In Person Safety Requirements Statement

UM-Dearborn aims to deliver its mission while seeking to protect the health and safety of our students and minimizing the spread of disease within the community. As students return for the 2020-21 academic year, all students are required to comply with all UM-Dearborn policies, including any public health guidance related to COVID-19. The very nature of an in-person educational experience in UM-Dearborn means our faculty, staff and students, particularly those participating in field work, internships, co-ops, and other related activities, will be exposed to contagious viruses, including the coronavirus. UM-Dearborn is committed to public health and similarly expects that all students will act in a manner that demonstrates respect and consideration for the health and safety of all community members.

Students are prohibited from creating a health or safety hazard at UM-Dearborn, in connection with any UM-Dearborn programs or activities, including any field work, internships, co-ops, and other related activities. Students are required to comply with public health guidance, including any protocols, guidelines or policies adopted by the University or the UM-Dearborn that relate to COVID-19 or other infectious diseases. This guidance will evolve as the public health crisis unfolds and may include the following: health screening protocols, participation in contact tracing, use of face coverings, COVID-19 diagnostic testing, disinfection protocols, limitations on gatherings, and social distancing. Adherence to health and safety requirements applies to all UM-Dearborn students and extends to all aspects of the facilities, clinical labs, classrooms, bathrooms and other spaces within the UM-Dearborn, on UM-Dearborn property, in field work, internships, co-ops, and other related activities, or at UM-Dearborn sponsored events/programs.

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