COVID Updates: Updated Policies, Return to Campus Tips and Town Hall 7/23/2021

July 23, 2021

We hope you are enjoying the more relaxed and peaceful summer months.

Dear Colleagues,

There continues to be much good work done by many members of our campus community to prepare to welcome back students this fall. University leadership remains pleased and encouraged with campus vaccination rates and the general direction of the pandemic here in Michigan. 

Please find below various reminders and updates to university policies and procedures. 

Return to Campus 

Faculty and staff continue to return to campus. All colleges and units should have determined and shared their return to campus expectations with staff. We look forward to seeing many of you in-person very soon. 

Tips for Returning to Campus 

For many of us, you may not have been back to your office in 18 months. Please find below a few tips and reminders to help with your transition:

  • Facilities Operations has been regularly flushing water and maintaining HVAC and other building systems.  Buildings are safe, clean and ready for your return. Facilities Operations has cleaned and refreshed all offices and spaces across campus.

  • Upon your return, if you find your office space is in need of any additional cleaning services, please contact the Facilities/Operations Call Center (313-593-5270). 

  • If you use a desktop computer, please allow for extra time to reboot and download many pushed updates to your computer.  The updating process can take over an hour. Please contact ITS if you experience any unusual computing issues. 

  • If you have bottled water delivered to your office, please contact your water provider and request fresh water jugs and clean your dispenser by running how water through the system. 

  • Clean out your department refrigerator! Check labels for expired products and toss them.  It may be a good idea to wash out the refrigerator while it is empty. 


Just a reminder all faculty, staff and students are strongly encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Student athletes and athletics staff are required to be vaccinated to participate in competition, practice or conditioning. 

If you are vaccinated, please register your record, as it helps the university make the best, informed decisions regarding COVID-related policies. Please note - if you register your vaccination record you are not required to wear a mask indoors as long as you forward your confirmation email to your supervisor. Masks are required in classrooms and labs regardless of vaccination status.  

We must remain vigilant in our prevention efforts and the single most efficacious and important strategy is vaccination.

Health Screenings

Door screeners will continue to check ResponsiBLUE screens, for a green screen, through August 31. Please review the identified building hours and entrances

Door screeners will not be stationed at building entrances beginning September 1, 2021. 

Daily Health Check and Reporting COVID Illness

All faculty, staff and students are required to complete the ResponsiBLUE health screening before coming to campus. This requirement will continue for the fall semester. 

Faculty and staff must report their ResponsiBLUE status to their supervisor only if they receive the red check and cannot come to campus.

Students should report a red check screen to or call 313-593-5056 and not come to campus. 


Current Policy

Masks are not required outdoors on campus. Vaccinated faculty, staff and students are not required to wear a mask indoors, if vaccination record is registered and confirmation email is shared with your supervisor. Unvaccinated individuals and persons who elect not to share their vaccination status must wear a mask indoors. Masks are required in all classrooms and labs, regardless of vaccination status through August 31. 

Fall Mask Policy

Effective September 1 - all students, faculty and staff will be required to wear a mask in all classrooms and labs regardless of vaccination status. 

The fall classroom/lab mask policy will remain in effect until the campus achieves a 75% reported vaccination rate each for students and faculty/staff. Currently although 77% of faculty and staff members are reported as vaccinated, only 19% of students have reported their vaccination record.

To improve the reported vaccination rate among students, the university has launched an incentive program. All students that register their vaccination status by Thursday, September 30 will be eligible for 100 cash prizes of $100, as well as other incentives. The first vaccination registration prize drawing will be held on Monday, August 9. The campus community can track progress on the vaccination dashboard

Wellness Center 

Beginning September 1, the Wellness Center will reopen Monday through Thursday 6 am – 10 pm, Friday 6 am – 8 pm and Saturday 8 am – 4 pm. Vaccinated individuals will not be required to wear a mask, those unvaccinated must wear a mask and social distance to the extent possible. 

Policies regarding club and intramural sports have been shared with athletics staff and will be communicated to students. 

University Businesses on Campus


The bookstore will be open for in-person customers beginning August 16. 

Credit Union

The credit union will open for in-person customers beginning August 2.  Online services will continue to be offered. 


Food service will be available on campus beginning September 1, more details will be shared in mid-August. 

The Union at Dearborn

All university policies will apply to university leased space at The Union.  The Victors Den is now open.  Student move-in days are August 30 and August 31. 

Parking and Stickers 

There will be no charge for parking (faculty, staff and students) this year, however parking stickers are still required. Students can pick up parking permits at the Wolverine Welcome Day or at the University Center information desk beginning August 26. Faculty and staff must apply online for a parking sticker which will then be mailed. Faculty and staff permits are valid for parking at U-M Ann Arbor for university business only. They are not valid at U-M Ann Arbor on weekends or for special events. Faculty and staff will receive an email to apply for a parking sticker in mid-August. 

Children on Campus 

Children on campus programming must continue to remain virtual through August 31. Beginning September 1, in-person children on campus programming may resume. Program administrators must continue to route program plans to their unit delegate. Unit delegates will then review plans with Marc Brigolin and Ann Lampkin-Williams for final approval. 

Engaged Learning and Travel 

Our Engaged Learning Guidelines have recently been modified to remove the requirement that all engaged learning activities (e.g., internships, co-ops, Semester in Detroit, academic service learning, etc.) must be “essential.” Program supervisors must still ensure that students participating in engaged learning activities are registering using the UM Student Travel Registry.

Classroom guests and visitors may be invited into the classroom. Guests should complete the guest health screening prior to coming to campus and the university mask policy must be followed. 


On-campus events may resume effective immediately in limited spaces. All university policies must be followed when planning and attending events. 

Space reservations and other event details will continue to be handled by University Unions and Events. A large tent (capacity of 100 guests) will be erected outside of the University Center that may be reserved for events beginning August 15. External guests will be required to complete ResponsiBLUE Guest prior to attending an event on campus. Event organizers must create a pre-registration process for all event attendees. 

Save the Dates 

August 11, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

University leadership and U-M Health Officer Dr. Preeti Malani will jointly hold a virtual town hall to discuss fall policies and procedures and discuss any COVID-related health questions. Registration information will be shared soon. 

August 25, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Welcome back picnic for faculty and staff.  Additional details will be shared in the coming weeks. 

August 31, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Wolverine Welcome Day 2021 will introduce our newest students to campus. Students will attend engaging workshop sessions, network with current students, faculty and staff and be welcomed through the ceremonial giving of the key. If you’d like to volunteer, please complete the interest form.

While there still remains much work to do and decisions to make, we are making great progress as the campus community prepares for a safe and exciting return to campus this fall. We look forward to seeing you virtually on August 11 and sharing updates as needed throughout the summer. 

Go Blue - Go Dearborn!

Domenico Grasso 

Gabriella Scarlatta 
Interim Provost 

Bryan Dadey 
Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs 

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