Winter Semester Planning Information

October 22, 2021

We hope we can all agree that the fall semester has progressed well, and our plan has allowed for a safe teaching and learning environment on campus.

Dear Colleagues,

BLUF - Bottom Line Up Front

  • Vaccination, face-covering, and health screening policies will remain in place for the winter 2022 semester; this includes weekly testing for those with exemptions.
  • New students or online students returning for in-person classes must be in compliance with the vaccination policy by January 3, 2022.
  • In-person, on-campus classes will increase to 67%.
  • No changes to current and winter semester academic calendars.
  • Fall commencement is scheduled for December 18 and 19 in Fieldhouse.
  • Testing center adding extra days after campus breaks.

Please continue reading for additional details. 

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Our faculty, staff, and in-person student vaccination rates are around 90% and compliance with the university vaccination policy is 99%. COVID cases on campus continue to be low. A team of campus leaders continues to monitor all aspects of our COVID policies and procedures. 

Please find below key information as we plan for the winter semester. The information below is subject to change based on the state of the pandemic. 

Campus Operations

EOC and Return to Campus Committee

The Emergency Operations Center and the Return to Campus committees are officially closed. Meetings on topics related to our continued pandemic response will be convened as needed and with the appropriate personnel. Thank you again to all of those that have served on these important committees for the past 19 months. 

Winter 2022 In-person, On-Campus Classes

The winter semester will have approximately 67% of classes offered in-person, on-campus. This is a 15% increase from the fall semester. Registration begins November 1. 

Campus Calendar

At this time we do not anticipate any changes to the campus calendar. The Thanksgiving recess will be the week of November 22. 

Classes will remain in their current mode through December 10. Finals will be held the week of December 13. 

Winter classes begin on January 10. Spring break is scheduled for the week of February 28. 

It is strongly encouraged that those traveling during the upcoming breaks follow the latest CDC travel guidelines. Guidance varies based on vaccination status and travel destination. If it is recommended by the CDC that you test following travel, please plan accordingly before returning to campus. 

Commencement

Commencement will be held on Saturday, December 18 and Sunday, December 19, in the Fieldhouse. Ceremonies will be organized by college and will follow the Spring 2021 commencement format. Communication to students eligible to graduate will be sent by October 29. Information will be shared with faculty and staff in November editions of Reporter

Testing Center

The testing center will remain operational, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 7:30 am – 6:30 pm, through the week of December 13, in University Center Kochoff C. The center will be open on Monday, November 29 as a service for those returning to campus after the Thanksgiving break. 

The center will also be open the week of January 10, 2022,  Monday – Thursday. Winter semester hours will be shared before the end of the year.

Building Access

All campus buildings will be open during their regular hours for the remainder of the semester and throughout the winter semester. There will not be health screeners at building entrances at the start of the winter semester. 

The library will continue to serve only the UM-Dearborn community into the winter semester. 

Events

University Union & Events will continue to serve meeting and event requests by identifying available room and space opportunities that are complementary to the academic schedule. Additional meeting spaces are coming online. There is a required 2-week lead time to secure a meeting or event request. Departments should use the Room Reservations Form to submit all requests. All student organizations must submit requests through Victors Link.

If you are hosting an event, please include the following language on your promotional materials or online postings, “Faculty, staff, and students must be in compliance with the vaccination policy in order to attend an event on campus. Students that attested to not coming to campus, cannot attend campus events. External guests must complete the guest version of ResponsiBLUE.

A roster of external guests attending campus events must be created in advance of the event. 

Policies

The university vaccination policy will continue this winter. This means all new students or students coming back to campus for an in-person class must be in compliance with the vaccination policy, by Monday, January 3, 2022. The Dean of Students and Human Resources will continue to monitor and follow up with faculty, staff, and students to ensure the policy is being followed.

The Dean of Students will develop a targeted communication plan to those students coming back to campus that are not in compliance with the vaccination policy. Monitoring of current students required to test weekly will also continue. 

Face-coverings will continue to be required for all students, staff, faculty, and visitors in indoor settings and on transportation, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings are not required outdoors. Face coverings can be removed briefly for eating and drinking. As a reminder, face coverings are available at the University Center Info Desk, Human Resources, CSS Reception Desk, CASL Advising Office, and College Deans' Offices.

All faculty, staff, and students must continue to do the ResponsiBLUE health screening before coming to campus. 

Reporting Reminder 

Current COVID-19 reporting procedures will continue through the winter semester. 

As we approach the winter flu season, it is important to remember – if you are not feeling well, please stay home. Please consider a flu shot for added protection. Walk-in flu shot clinics are scheduled for faculty, staff, and students from 9 am - 2 pm November 9 and from noon - 5 pm November 10. Both are in the House of Maize and Blue at The Union at Dearborn, 780 Town Center Dr.

If you have COVID-related symptoms, please report them to the appropriate office. It is important that symptoms and a positive COVID status be reported early, so staff can reach out to impacted classmates and faculty to alert them of a positive exposure. 

This email serves as an early announcement of winter semester planning. We will continue to share important information throughout the Fall. Thank you for all you have done to date for a successful fall semester. 

Go Blue - Go Dearborn!

Domenico Grasso 
Chancellor

Gabriella Scarlatta
Interim Provost 

Bryan Dadey 
Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs 

Amy Finley 
Dean of Students 

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