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

As we ramp up for another substantive and productive academic year, 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.

Information about UM-Dearborn’s Winter 2021 plans is now available. Get the details.

The Fall 2020 Semester Plan

As we ramp up for another substantive and productive academic year, 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. As part of our commitment to student success and the safety of everyone in our community, the university has launched the Go Safe – Go Blue – Go Dearborn! guidebook to prepare our campus for another successful and fulfilling semester. 

Academic Experience

  • The Fall 2020 semester will consist of a blend of remote and in-person teaching, with 8 percent of UM-Dearborn courses taught in person and 12 percent of students attending a class on campus.
  • All courses will shift to remote instruction beginning on Monday, November 30 following an extended Thanksgiving break. Exams will be conducted remotely and will begin on Wednesday, December 16 and conclude on Tuesday, December 22.
  • All final exams will be offered asynchronously. Guidance on how final exams will be scheduled and administered is available on the Registrar’s Office website along with the Fall 2020 semester final exam schedule
  • The December commencement ceremony has been canceled. Students will be invited to attend the Spring 2021 ceremony. 

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 access granted for instructional reasons based on course schedules. Beyond that, building access is 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. Buildings across campus will be accessible to based on the following definitions: 
    • Screened: These instructional buildings are locked and have a designated entry point. At the entry point, a screening station greeter will verify (via MCard) that individuals have been pre-approved for entry and have received a ‘green screen’ approval from their daily health screening. The greeter will then check the individual’s temperature. If the screening station is not active, an approved MCard must be swiped for access. 
    • Locked: These buildings are locked and only available for specific activities and have limited people working in them.
    • Closed: These buildings are locked and only available for limited short-term access. 
    • To view the list of buildings in each category and maps of building entry points, visit the website
  • 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

Mardigian Library

The Mardigian Library will continue 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. In addition, beginning on September 1 the Library will have an external pick-up/return service near the library entrance. All physical materials, including books, loanable tech, and DVDs, will be available for checkout. All returned items will be 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 Please contact the bookstore at 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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