COVID Weekly Update 6/25/2021
This week the state of Michigan dropped nearly all COVID-related restrictions due to the continuing increase in vaccination rates and the steep decline in COVID cases.
Dear Colleagues and Students,
This week the state of Michigan dropped nearly all COVID-related restrictions due to the continuing increase in vaccination rates and the steep decline in COVID cases. In addition, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which works collaboratively with employers and employees to better prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities, amended their guidelines to align with CDC guidance. This is all great news as our state and nation continue to recover.
University policies have been adjusted to align with the new state guidance.
Building Access, Health Screening and Masking
Effective Thursday, July 1, 2021, the policies below will be in place until August 31, 2021, and will apply to all faculty, staff and students. If policies need to be revised prior to August 31, changes will be communicated in a timely manner during the summer. Fall policies and procedures will be shared as soon as possible but no later than mid-August.
Academic and research buildings will be open Monday – Friday between 8 am – 5 pm, plus evenings, when classes are scheduled. These buildings will remain locked except for the designated screening entrance. This entrance is unlocked during the times listed above and screeners will only confirm ResponsiBLUE green check. Temperature checks will no longer be conducted. Staff members requiring building access outside of the scheduled hours may continue to use the MCard and one-time access request processes. The University Center and Library will continue to require appointments.
Faculty and staff members must continue to complete ResponsiBLUE health screening before coming to campus and report their ResponsiBLUE status to their supervisor only if they receive the red check and cannot come to campus.
For those not vaccinated, current campus face covering policy requires masks and 6-foot social distancing, to the extent possible, indoors. Vaccinated faculty, staff and students are encouraged to submit vaccination information through the U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Self-Report Form. Those that have their vaccination status verified by the university will become exempt from masking and social distancing requirements by sharing their confirming email with their supervisor and/or their confirmation on ResponsiBLUE.
Face masks are required in all classrooms, teaching labs and university shuttles for both vaccinated and unvaccinated faculty, staff and students.
Face masks are not required outdoors, regardless of vaccination status or number of people gathering.
Please remember that many individuals will continue to wear masks throughout the coming months. Please be respectful of personal choice on this matter.
Policy Change - Vaccination or Weekly Negative Test
On April 23, 2021, it was announced all faculty, staff and students would be required to be vaccinated or show a weekly negative COVID test to attend on-campus classes or activities. Due to the wide availability of efficacious vaccines, state of Michigan policies, and current state of the pandemic, the university is eliminating this requirement.
Student athletes, coaches and staff will be required to be fully immunized to participate in athletic practices, conditioning and competition.
Nearly 400 faculty and staff members have uploaded proof of vaccination in just one week. As noted above, all faculty and staff members are encouraged to voluntarily report their vaccination status via the U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Self-Report Form.
Students should visit Wolverine Access, search for COVID-19 resources to voluntarily report their vaccination status and click on the Report Your COVID-19 Vaccination box to complete this process.
Voluntarily registering vaccination status will help the university make informed decisions as we finalize our fall plans.
Still Need to be Vaccinated?
As concern about the Delta variant grows, it is as important as ever to get vaccinated to protect your family and community from COVID-19. Vaccinations are readily available through the metro Detroit area. Many places are offering walk-in shots and some local businesses are offering incentives for being fully vaccinated. We encourage you to seek the best venue and schedule your vaccination before the start of the fall semester.
Returning to Campus
If your supervisor has not yet communicated their expectations regarding on-campus, hybrid or remote work arrangements with you, please reach out to them immediately.
All employees working a hybrid or remote schedule will be required to complete and submit a Remote Work Agreement once the work schedule is proven effective and ready to be firmly adopted. Timing of the form completion will be determined by the supervisor.
Supervisors should direct questions regarding the Remote Work Agreement or anything related to flexible work arrangements to their department HR consultant.
Planning for the Winter 2022 Term
University leadership has begun planning for the winter 2022 term, with the hope and expectation that COVID conditions will continue to improve. Planning at this time is for a return to a COVID-informed (e.g. what have we learned to improve our performance) environment on campus, recognizing that changes in the pandemic or state/local guidelines could alter our plans.
Additional updates will be shared as we move through the summer. We hope you are enjoying a more relaxing time of year.
Be Safe - Go Blue - Go Dearborn!
Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs