As the world navigates the coronavirus pandemic, all of us are facing unprecedented challenges and new realities. Armed with preparedness, quick-thinking and creativity, and with the health and safety of our campus community (and their families) as our top priority. The University of Michigan-Dearborn is committed to ensuring that we continue to provide the academic excellence that has come to be expected at University of Michigan-Dearborn, regardless of the method of course delivery.  

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.

How will academic quality be maintained?

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 is to identify and implement the course modalities that will provide the best learning experience for our students. 

The university is committed to ensuring that we provide the academic excellence that has come to be expected at UM-Dearborn, regardless of the method of course delivery.

There is no doubt that personal interaction provides enormous added value, not least in encouraging diverse perspectives and nurturing peer-to-peer learning. Aspects of social engagement, equity and inclusion and other perspectives of interaction and debate will continue to be part of our educational mission. 

Since the COVID-19 crisis began, University of Michigan-Dearborn has sought to support faculty, especially those with less remote teaching experience, to make the transition to robust and effective online teaching. The university’s Hub for Teaching and Learning and college-based ‘Digital Education Ambassadors’, will continue to offer this training and guidance.

Will U-M require faculty, staff and students to get a COVID-19 vaccination?
  • As was previously shared, effective September 1, 2021, those coming to campus for any reason will be required to provide one of the following: 


  • Documentation of being fully immunized with a vaccine that has received FDA Emergency Use Authorization (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson's Janssen - for your convenience, each is linked to the respective CDC Vaccine Overview and Safety documentation.)
  • For international students for the purpose of meeting this requirement the university recognizes the vaccines that are authorized for use in the United States by the FDA and the World Health Organization. Recognized vaccines currently include those made by Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, AstraZeneca, Serum Institute of India (Covishield) and Sinopharm. The list of recognized vaccines may change; you can view the current WHO list on their website
  • We will continue to monitor the latest health and safety guidelines and share additional information regarding this policy in the coming weeks.
Will there be an increase in tuition for fall?

The Board of Regents considers a budget proposal, which includes tuition, at its June meeting. That meeting is scheduled for June 17, 2021.

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.

Are campus labor unions being consulted on the return-to-campus plans?

Yes. Labor unions and many other groups of employees have been and will continue to be consulted and briefed on the plans for returning to campus. These plans will continue to develop in the months ahead and we value the perspectives of our valued employees.

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 and Credit Union available.

Food and vending services will be available on campus, with specific details regarding offerings provided later this summer.

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 1.

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?

Internal events for members of the campus community (faculty, staff, students) can move forward, as long as they are scheduled in accordance with all current density, distancing and gathering guidelines. Please note that some common event spaces across campus may need to be used for classroom space this fall. Classroom activities will have priority over events, so event details may be adjusted as pandemic guidelines for the fall solidify.

Guest classroom lectures, which feature a person coming into a class for a scheduled presentation with students, can move forward with the expectation that additional people (other students, faculty, guests) will not be invited to attend the session in person.

Guidance regarding events with external participants will be provided in June. If you are currently planning for such events, you should be planning for various scenarios and consult with your supervisor. Please don’t finalize plans for these types of events until official guidance is provided. At this time, events involving external guests are not allowed in person on campus.

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