Important Information to share with faculty and staff that are returning to campus

February 23, 2021

As we approach the return of limited on-campus activities to campus beginning March 1, here are some key details regarding steps you should take before returning and what you will find when you are back on campus.

Dear Colleagues, 

As we approach the return of limited on-campus activities to campus beginning March 1, here are some key details regarding steps you should take before returning and what you will find when you are back on campus. 

With our commitment to use advice from public health experts, UM-Dearborn will continue to hold paramount the well-being of our students, faculty and staff while not compromising the quality of our education. 

Before returning to campus 
Recommended COVID-19 Testing 

In order to keep the campus safe and contain the spread of COVID-19, testing is encouraged for those students, faculty, staff and graduate student instructors returning in-person on or after March 1. UM-Dearborn students living in cohorts at the Union @ Dearborn, Fairlane Woods, or Fairlane Meadows are also encouraged to get a COVID-19 test. This is a voluntary program.

The university will hold a testing clinic on Wednesday, February 24 in the lobby of Fairlane Center South. UM-Dearborn will cover the cost of testing. In order to secure a testing time, it is important to complete the survey and schedule an appointment by calling 734-539-5111, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. 

If you are sick do not use this testing service - go to the MDHHS website to find a testing location near you.  

If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result you are required to follow the university reporting protocol

List of courses on-campus with designated location 
Double check the list of courses that are scheduled to be taught on-campus with their designated location. 

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

Online COVID safety training 
Before coming to campus, all UM-Dearborn faculty, staff, student employees and research assistants must complete the U-M online training COVID-19: Working Safely at U-M. This provides instruction on physical distancing, wearing of face coverings, personal hygiene and other guidance. 

Quarantine guidelines after international travel
As of January 26, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has expanded the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States. As detailed on the CDC Testing and International Air Travel page, requirements include: 

  • Travelers should participate in Enhanced Social Distancing during the 14 days prior to travel, per U-M guidance.    

  • Per the CDC, International air passengers are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. 

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.

    • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.

    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.

  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

  • Follow state and local recommendations or requirements related to travel.

  • Follow U-M COVID-19 Enhanced Social Distancing protocols. 

  • Delay your travel if you are waiting for test results.

See the International Center website for additional guidance for international students, scholars, and employees. 

What to expect on return to campus 
The Return to Campus guides for faculty and staff outlines key information regarding the on-campus experience. Please take some time to review the guide. 

Once on campus health and safety measures like wearing a properly fitting mask, maintaining appropriate social distance and practicing good personal hygiene are required. 

Building Screening 
Academic buildings where classes and research are occurring will be accessible to faculty. These buildings are locked and have a designated entry point. At the entry point, a screening station greeter will: 

  • Verify (via Mcard) that you have been pre-approved for entry 

  • Verify that you have received a ‘green screen’ approval from your ResponsiBLUE daily health screening

  • Check your temperature. 

Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the course to ensure you have enough time to get through the screening process. To view the list of buildings in this category and maps of building entry points, visit the website.

Campus Buildings and Activities 
Those who need to complete work on campus will have the opportunity to reserve limited office space. Appropriately and safely configured shared spaces will be located in University Center 2101. Individual workspaces can be reserved in 4-hour increments. Faculty and staff interested in reserving space should visit the website with more details.

Access to buildings across campus is limited, with building access for faculty and staff requested through one of two processes — the One-Time Access Process for single visits lasting less than one hour or the Mcard Access Process for single visits greater than one hour or for multiple visits.

The Mardigian Library continues to support UM-Dearborn students, faculty and staff through a variety of online resources. Librarians and library staff are available for virtual research support and to answer questions during virtual library hours. The Library has an external pick-up/return service near the library entrance. All physical materials, including books, loanable tech and DVDs, are available for checkout. All returned items are sanitized before being placed back into circulation.

Student success programs including the Math Learning Center and Supplemental Instruction will also return to limited on campus-activities. These activities will be appointment based with a small number of tutors and students participating and adhere to appropriate social distancing and public health protocols.

The University Center will remain closed and campus food service will not be available.

  • The Bookstore will operate remotely and will offer a curbside pick-up option, using designated parking spots in the lot in front of the University Center for orders. Orders can be placed at Please contact the bookstore at or by calling 313-593-5551.

  • The University of Michigan Credit Union will continue to serve the community remotely. Call 734-662-8200 to speak to a representative or use the mobile app or online banking to complete nearly all transactions remotely. 

Assistance for students is always available via email at or phone at 313-593-5056. 

Remember, you can always find all of the current information on our Go Safe - Go Blue - Go Dearborn website. All teaching, learning and return-to-work plans have been developed with contingency scenarios should the campus need to pivot due to COVID-19 exigencies. We again thank and commend you, the members of our campus community, for the remarkable adaptability and resolve that you have demonstrated, and will continue to exhibit, as we move to the end of this global health crisis. 

Go Safe - Go Blue - Go Dearborn!

Sue Alcock 
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Laura Drabczyk 
Director of Emergency Management

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