Continuing to monitor Omicron impact on winter semester

December 28, 2021

Earlier this week I met with senior officers to revisit our winter semester plans and options. After thoughtful discussion and consideration, we agreed that we would begin the semester, as planned, on Monday, January 10, 2022.

Dear Colleagues and Students,

I hope everyone is enjoying winter break and finding time to relax and spend time with loved ones. We all deserve this break after the continuing challenges of the past 20 months.

As you may have read, some institutions have decided to delay the start of in-person classes. President Mark Schlissel announced earlier today that UM-Ann Arbor will welcome students back for in-person classes as planned on January 5. You can read his message to the Ann Arbor campus here.

Earlier this week I met with senior officers to revisit our winter semester plans and options. After thoughtful discussion and consideration, we agreed that we would begin the semester, as planned, on Monday, January 10, 2022. 

UM-Dearborn has many measures in place to mitigate the spread of COVID on campus including a high campus vaccination rate, required booster shots (beginning February 4th), required indoor masking policy, providing non-vaccinated students with the option for online class options, hybrid work schedules, increased cleaning procedures and robust COVID reporting and quarantine procedures. Moreover, our classes also start later than other universities this year, giving us a little more time to monitor the situation. 

Before you come to campus for the winter semester, please remember:

  • Required vaccination, face-covering and daily health screening policies will remain in place for the winter 2022 semester; this includes weekly testing for those with approved exemptions.
  • All faculty, staff and students must be compliant with the vaccination policy by January 3, 2022 and February 4, 2022 for boosters.
  • The campus testing clinic will reopen, on the first day of classes, Monday, January 10, 2022. Testing will be available from 7:30am-6:30pm, through Thursday, January 13.
  • Beginning the week of January 17, the clinic will be open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7:30am-6:30pm, through April 27.
  • If you feel sick, please stay home regardless of COVID infection. 

If you are traveling, be aware of testing and vaccine requirements in the region you are traveling. The White House has revoked some measures that restricted travel from certain areas and implemented vaccination requirements and proof of a negative COVID-19 test. The U-M Campus Blueprint Site has timely and important information.

I ask for everyone’s continued vigilance and care as we tackle this next phase of the pandemic; both will be essential to our winter term’s success. 

Given the continuing evolving nature and uncertainty of the pandemic, we must remain flexible and will of course change course if circumstances dictate. We will provide another update to our planned return by Wednesday, January 5, 2022. 

Go Safe – Go Blue – Go Dearborn! 

Domenico Grasso
Chancellor

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