UM-Dearborn will see a transitional return to campus this fall, with most classes taught in person or in hybrid fashion, and a return of campus student support resources, co-curricular activities and campus services. We are encouraged that our campus community will be able to return to the in person activities that enhance the student experience and our daily interactions, with health and safety at the center of all of our plans.

Will all of my Fall 2021 classes be taught in person?

Over the course of the last year, we have prioritized on-campus courses that are pedagogically best conducted in person such as natural science and engineering labs and engineering senior design courses. A critical part of the fall scheduling process was to identify and implement the course modalities that provide the best learning experience for our students.

More than 60 percent of classes will be taught on campus or in a hybrid modality. Prior to the pandemic typically 20 percent of classes were taught online. During the pandemic additional classes were evaluated for online consideration, some have been moved to this modality, others continue to be evaluated. Specific attention has been made to provide in-person experiences for first and second year students to aid in student success. Fall registration begins in early June

Classes will begin on September 1, 2021, with a Thanksgiving recess the week of November 20, 2021, and classes concluding December 10, 2021. Final exams will be held December 13-17 with Commencement currently scheduled for December 18, 2021. View the entire academic calendar on the website.

Will U-M require faculty, staff and students to get a COVID-19 vaccination?

All University of Michigan students, faculty and staff are required to receive the COVID vaccine, with limited exceptions. This policy is effective immediately and subject to change as pandemic conditions evolve. For employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement, the provisions of the collective bargaining agreement shall apply. This policy does not apply to third party vendors, patients, guests, and visitors. Learn more on the Vaccination page or visit the FAQ

If your COVID-19 vaccination information has already been submitted and verified, you do not need to take any further action.  

Individuals must have completed, or received at least the initial dose of, the COVID-19 vaccination and submit their proof of vaccination information to U-M no later than August 30, 2021 via the forms below:

To report that you have received all doses of a vaccine series, submit information via the COVID-19 Vaccination Completed form

To report that you have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine series, submit information via the Partial COVID-19 Vaccination form.

The university has launched an incentive program for students to register their vaccination record. All students that register their vaccination status by Tuesday, August 31 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.

Will there be an increase in tuition for fall?

On June 17, 2021 the Board of Regents affirmed University of Michigan-Dearborn’s commitment to student success, academic excellence and creating access and opportunity for qualified students, with the approval of the university’s $155 million 2021-2022 general fund operating budget. The FY '22 budget includes a 1.9 percent tuition increase, which aligns with the Higher Education Price Index and is well below what the state of Michigan is expected to set as a cap on how much universities can increase tuition this year. Campus leaders said the increase is the lowest possible to maintain the academic excellence expected at UM-Dearborn. To read more visit the new story.

Will I be able to participate in campus research opportunities?

Yes. Both graduate and undergraduate students are now able to work in campus research labs, following safety protocols. Research labs already are operating safely at the level allowed by the state on the Dearborn campus. We expect research opportunities will continue to expand so that students at all levels of study – graduate and undergraduate – have opportunities to engage in research activities by the fall term.

Will all campus employees be back on campus by the fall term?

UM-Dearborn will follow its phased return to campus plan, faculty and staff have begun returning to campus based on individual needs and protocols with the expectation of a larger on campus presence of faculty and staff beginning in August. Specific instruction regarding return plans will come from supervisors. If you have questions regarding this plan please contact your supervisor or Human Resources.

What will campus life be like this fall?

A return of activities on campus also means a return of some of the in-person programs and events that our campus community loves. We’ve learned a lot throughout the pandemic about how best to serve our diverse student population, and will use that learning to ensure that we are remaining flexible, providing various formats for engagement and prioritizing student success.

The Student Affairs division will be planning activities to welcome students to campus at the start of the semester.

Student services will be provided in both an on-campus and remote format to best accommodate student needs.

Student programming and activities will be handled in a hybrid manner with both in-person and remote events planned to provide the flexibility that works for our campus community.

The Office of Student Life is developing various plans to share with students regarding specific guidance involving in-person activities and events. Based on the latest health and safety guidelines, the appropriate plan will be shared with students closer to the start of the fall semester.

UM-Dearborn athletic teams will return to conditioning, training and competition for their fall seasons. Vaccinations of all student-athletes, coaches, and staff will be required for participation. Information will be shared in early July regarding Intramural and Club Sports, and the reopening of the Wellness Center.

Will campus buildings and services be open?
  • We expect that physical spaces across campus will be open and available for use by members of the campus community with health and safety protocols in place.
  • Common and collaboration spaces will be available in buildings throughout campus, providing students with the opportunity to participate in online courses, from campus, if desired.
  • The University Center, a hub for campus activity, will physically reopen with the Bookstore opening August 16 and the Credit Union opening August 2. 
  • Food service will be available on campus beginning September 1, more details will be shared in mid-August. 
  • 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. 
  • The student food pantry will also continue to be available.
  • The university shuttle will be available, with specific details regarding shuttle routes provided by August 11.
  • The Mardigian Library continues to ramp-up on campus activities and expects this to continue into the fall.
Can I have an event on campus this fall?
  • On-campus events have resumed 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. 
Do I need a parking permit?

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.

I’m returning to work on campus after 18 months, what should I be aware of?
  • Facilities Operations has 
    • been regularly flushing water and maintaining HVAC and other building systems. Buildings are safe, clean and ready for your return. 
    • recently 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 hot 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. 
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