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 Fall 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

  • This fall UM-Dearborn is making a transitional return to campus, with more than 50% of classes taught in person or in hybrid fashion, and a return of campus student support resources, co-curricular activities and campus services.
  • Guests and visitors may be invited into the classroom. Guests should complete the ResponsiBLUE Guest health screening prior to coming to campus and the university mask policy must be followed.
  • The Provost’s Office has collected important information for faculty and helpful information and resources around teaching and research on its website

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. Learn more on the Campus Health & Safety Measures page
  • Face coverings are required for all students, staff, faculty and visitors in indoor settings and on transportation, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings are not required outdoors. Face coverings can be removed briefly for eating and drinking. Food and beverages are not allowed in classrooms. 
  • Before coming to campus, all UM-Dearborn faculty, staff and students must complete the ResponsiBLUE daily health screening. All guests to campus must complete the ResponsiBLUE Guest
  • All University of Michigan students, faculty and staff are required to receive the COVID vaccine, with limited exceptions. This policy is effective immediately and subject to change as pandemic conditions evolve. Learn more on the Vaccination page. 
  • Based on current health and safety guidelines, N95 masks, plexiglass barriers and six foot social distancing are not required at this time. Students, faculty and staff with medical or religious exemptions to the vaccine mandate should try to maintain a six foot distance when possible.

Returning to campus

  • Many faculty and staff members will return to work on campus and in a hybrid arrangement, with some continuing to work remote. All employees working a hybrid or remote schedule are required to complete and submit a Remote/Flexible Work Agreement to HR. 
  • On-campus events have resumed in limited spaces. University policies regarding masking must be followed when planning and attending events. External guests will be required to complete ResponsiBLUE Guest prior to attending an event on campus and event organizers must create a pre-registration process for all event attendees. External guests do not have to show proof of vaccination.
  • Space reservations and other event details are handled by University Unions and Events. A large tent (capacity of 100 guests) has been erected outside of the University Center that may be reserved for events. 
  • Common and collaboration spaces will be available in buildings throughout campus, providing students with the opportunity to participate in online courses, from campus, if desired.

Campus Building Access

  • Faculty, staff and students who will be on campus 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
  • Most campus buildings are open Monday – Friday between 8am – 5pm, plus evenings when classes are scheduled. Mcard access can be utilized for accessing buildings outside of building hours.
  • Faculty can complete recordings on campus to support classroom instruction in the Digital Education Recording Room and the PEC. Appointments are required.

Mardigian Library and University Center

  • The Mardigian Library has resumed all in person services including all floors open for study, group study rooms, printing, and computer labs and will continue to offer a variety of online resources. The library is only open to UM-Dearborn students, faculty and staff at this time and a valid Mcard is needed for access. Get more information on library hours on the Mardigian Library website.
  • The University Center, a hub for campus activity, is open Mon.-Fri. 7:30am-7pm, closing at 6pm on Fridays. The Bookstore and UM Credit Union are open for in person business.
  • Food service is available on campus from the McKinley Cafe open Mon.-Thur. 10am-6pm, Mug Life Cafe Mon-Thur. 11am-8pm, and via delivery at the Fairlane Center at and choose McKinley Cafe.
  • The student food pantry will also continue to be available with appointments available 24 hours in advance


Campus Services

  • The university provides 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. Face coverings must be worn on campus transportation. 
  • 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.

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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