Vaccination-Protecting our Community 7/30/2021

July 30, 2021

Today I joined President Schlissel and other senior leaders in announcing a mandatory vaccination policy, for all three U-M campuses and Michigan Medicine.

Dear Colleagues and Students, 

Today I joined President Schlissel and other senior leaders in announcing a mandatory vaccination policy, for all three U-M campuses and Michigan Medicine. This policy applies to all faculty, staff and students and is being developed to protect our community from COVID-19 infections and provide for a safe return to campus this fall. You are encouraged to view our website for additional information and answers to frequently asked questions. 

After considerable thought, discussion and input, U-M President Mark Schlissel, UM-Flint Chancellor Deba Dutta, Michigan Medicine CEO Marschall Runge, and I, working with many others, determined that this is the best way forward for the University of Michigan community. 

The University of Michigan-Dearborn leadership, Faculty and Staff Senates and Student Government were also consulted and supportive of this important decision. 

As we have seen over the past 18 months, the trajectory of this pandemic continues to ebb and flow. Many organizations such as Google, the Veterans Administration and hundreds of universities across the country, including many Big Ten schools and the entire University of California and California State University systems, are mandating vaccinations. 

UM-Dearborn will grant exemptions for valid medical and religious reasons. The exemption process is being developed and will be communicated by August 4. 

We acknowledge there are some members in our community that have personal reasons for not wanting to get vaccinated, however, only valid medical and religious exemptions will be allowed. The COVID-19 vaccination is free, easily accessible, extremely effective and has been proven safe. UM-Dearborn will soon announce information regarding an on-campus vaccination clinic. The university has begun discussions with unions and bargained for employees. 

Keeping Mission First and taking care of our People Always, we are well prepared for a robust and successful fall semester. As always, we will continue to monitor the state of the pandemic and make necessary changes to keep our community safe while delivering an outstanding education for our students. 

I would like to thank my Senior Leadership Team, the Return to Campus committee, and many others across campus, that have been working continuously on policies and procedures regarding our fall semester. To be sure, this process has been difficult, time consuming and ever changing. I am grateful for, and we have all benefited from, the work of talented, dedicated and caring colleagues. 

Stay safe and Go Blue!

Domenico Grasso
Chancellor 

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