The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing all of us to work differently, think creatively and adapt frequently and quickly to new procedures and expectations. We continue to rely on the commitment, flexibility and creativity of faculty and staff to provide the best possible learning experience for our students.  

The Winter 2021 Plan

As we move through another substantive and productive academic semester, each of us will need to follow new safety precautions to ensure we keep our community as healthy as possible while making the most of all that UM-Dearborn has to offer. 

Academic Experience

  • The Winter 2021 semester will continue in a hybrid format; with less than 12 percent of classes delivered in-person on campus. All classes will be taught in a remote modality from Wednesday, January 13 through Friday, February 26. A mini “well-being” break will be held February 25 and 26 with no scheduled academic activities on these days to allow students, and faculty, an opportunity to take a pause during the semester to get caught up, and refocus for the second half of the term.
  • Starting Monday, March 1— if the COVID-19 pandemic conditions permit — classes scheduled for an in-person modality will be taught on campus. Classes end on Tuesday, April 20. Final exams will be held Thursday, April 22 - Wednesday, April 28. 

Protecting Your Safety 

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 Dearborn experts to ensure a safe campus environment for our students, faculty and staff. We’re implementing a number of protocols and will remain flexible and update/add to these based on new guidance. These include the COVID-19: Working Safely at U-M required training, a daily health screening, wearing masks, maintaining social distance and practicing good personal hygiene. See more details in the Campus Health & Safety Measures area of the website.

Continuing Remote Work

Those who need to complete work on campus will have the opportunity to reserve limited office space. Appropriately and safely configured shared spaces will be located in University Center 2101. Individual workspaces can be reserved in 4-hour increments. Faculty and staff are responsible for cleaning their work space when they arrive and prior to departure with provided supplies. Faculty and staff interested in reserving space should visit the website with more details.

Campus Building Access

  • Access to buildings across campus is limited, with building access for faculty and staff requested through one of two processes — the One-Time Access Process for single visits lasting less than one hour or the MCard Access Process for single visits greater than one hour or for multiple visits.
  • Faculty, staff and students who will be on campus this fall will need to have an MCard. If you have misplaced your card, you will need to obtain a new one. Additional details about obtaining an MCard can be found on the website
  • Faculty can complete recordings on campus to support classroom instruction in the Digital Education Recording Room and the PEC. Appointments are required.

Mardigian Library

The Mardigian Library continues to support UM-Dearborn students, faculty and staff through a variety of online resources. Librarians and library staff are available for virtual research support and to answer questions during virtual library hours. The Library has an external pick-up/return service near the library entrance. All physical materials, including books, loanable tech, and DVDs, are available for checkout. All returned items are sanitized before being placed back into circulation.

University Center & Campus Services

  • All student services will be available, with most interactions, programs, and individual engagement handled virtually. 
  • The University Center will remain closed and campus food service will not be available.
    • The Bookstore will operate remotely and will offer a curbside pick-up option, using designated parking spots in the lot in front of the University Center for orders. Orders can be placed at www.umd.bncollege.com. Please contact the bookstore at sm458@bncollege.com or by calling 313-593-5551.
    • The University of Michigan Credit Union will continue to serve the community remotely. Call 734-662-8200 to speak to a representative or use the mobile app or online banking to complete nearly all transactions remotely. 
  • Wireless internet access will continue to be available in the Fairlane Center Campus parking lot. 
  • The university will provide shuttle service between the Main and Fairlane Campuses and common housing locations (The Union at Dearborn, Fairlane Woods, Fairlane Meadows) on a reduced schedule. Updated details regarding shuttle service are available on the shuttle website
  • Parking permits will be required for faculty, staff and students who will be on campus.  There will be no fee for parking. Faculty and staff should apply for a permit on the website.

Research Labs

Research labs will continue to operate differently in the months ahead to protect health and safety. For more information on health and safety preparations in regards to research, visit the Environmental Health & Safety website.

Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC)

The Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) is open for programming following guidelines from the CDC, state of Michigan including additional cleaning protocols, social distancing and smaller class sizes. Staff is also participating in COVID-19 testing. For more information visit the ECEC website

Coronavirus: What you Need to Know (FAQ)

It is important to note that this information is subject to change as the state of Michigan updates its executive orders as well as when additional guidance for UM-Dearborn campus planning is in place.

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