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.

UM-Dearborn will continue to prioritize the well-being of our students, faculty and staff while not compromising the quality of our education.
Chancellor Domenico Grasso
We promise you a thoughtful, productive and engaging experience this fall.
Provost Sue Alcock

What Fall Will Look Like

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. 

Changes to the Academic Calendar 

  • Classes will begin, as scheduled, on Tuesday, September 1 and will meet continuously through Saturday, November 21.  
  • Classes will pause for an extended Thanksgiving break from Sunday, November 22 through Sunday, November 29.
  • Classes will resume on Monday, November 30 and run through Monday, December 14 exclusively in a remote modality. Final exams will be conducted remotely and will begin on Wednesday, December 16 and conclude on Tuesday, December 22.
  • Additional information regarding December Commencement, currently scheduled for Saturday, December 19, will be communicated at a later date. The date and format of commencement is subject to change.
  • View the complete academic calendar.
  • Plans for the winter 2021 semester will be shared with the campus community by October 1, 2020. 

Utilize hybrid course delivery 

  • UM-Dearborn’s fall 2020 semester will consist of a blend of remote and in-person teaching. All classes will be taught in a modality that allows for high-quality and effective instruction. Some classes will require scheduled times for students to gather virtually or in-person on campus. Classes, such as labs, senior design and other courses that require a high-level of student interaction or special equipment, will meet in-person on campus. 
  • View the list of courses that will be taught in person.
  • To provide additional information as quickly and transparently as possible, the Registrar’s Office will be updating student schedules for the fall 2020 semester no later than mid-July. Students will be notified by email when schedule changes are available to review.

Continuing Remote Work

Faculty and staff will continue to work remotely unless instructed by their senior officer, dean or unit leader to return to campus to keep density down on campus and protect our community. The return to campus will continue in a phased approach based on specific criteria that allow us to resume activities on campus while also protecting the health and safety of the community.

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.

Campus Life will continue with a remote-first approach 

  • All student services will be available, with most interactions, programs, and individual engagement handled virtually, when possible. 
  • In-person campus events are canceled until further notice. 
  • UM-Dearborn will not participate in NAIA fall 2020 athletic competitions; all fall athletic training, practice and competitions are canceled. The Wellness Center will remain closed for the entire fall 2020 semester.
  • Plans for the University Center, including food service, the Bookstore and Credit Union, are still in development. 

Mardigian Library

The Mardigian Library will reopen for only UM-Dearborn students, faculty and staff on September 1 with external pick-up/return service near library entrance. All physical materials, including books, loanable tech, and DVDs will be available for checkout. All returned materials will undergo quarantine and sanitization before being available for lending again. Interlibrary loan and MelCat will resume. Reference appointments with subject-specialist librarians will be handled remotely.

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 scheduled to reopen July 13, 2020 for summer programming. Reopening plans will follow guidelines from the CDC, state of Michigan and will include additional cleaning protocols, social distancing and smaller class sizes. Alternative spaces are also being considered to give the ECEC more flexibility in their educational offerings. Fall plans are still under development.

Town Hall Recordings 

View our previous Town Halls on COVID-19 planning and the University Budget. 

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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