The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing all of us to act differently, think creatively and adapt frequently and quickly to new procedures and expectations. The student experience at UM-Dearborn is different this year, but what isn’t different is the  myriad programs and activities designed to foster growth opportunities and build community. Faculty and staff have been working hard identifying ways to deliver innovative and impactful learning experiences that meet the UM-Dearborn standard of excellence. 

The Summer 2021 Plan

As we move through another substantive and productive academic semester, each of us will need to follow new safety precautions to ensure we keep our community as healthy as possible while making the most of all that UM-Dearborn has to offer. 

Academic Experience

  • This summer we expect less than 7% of classes will be held on campus. These classes continue to be those that require a high-level of student interaction or special equipment. For the current list of on-campus classes visit the website.

Student Engagement and Support

  • Students that need any assistance during this challenging time are encouraged to email DearbornCOVIDsupport@umich.edu or call 313-593-5056.
  • Even while we are operating primarily in remote or hybrid formats, there are many opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom to get involved, supplement your academic work and advance your post-graduation ambitions. The Campus Resource Guide features ways to engage with campus offices and organizations - even in a virtual environment - as well as support and resources that can help you make the most of your UM-Dearborn experience. 
  • Recognizing that students are facing incredible challenges during this time, and prioritizing the importance of mental health services. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) will continue to offer timely virtual appointments. 
  • Student success programs including the Math Learning Center (MLC) and Supplemental Instruction (SI) are available on campus by appointment.

Working and Studying On Campus

  • Students who will be on campus this year will need to have an MCard details about obtaining an MCard can be found on the website
  • If you are returning to campus for work, please review the Faculty and Staff area of the website. Specific criteria have been developed for faculty, staff and student researchers working in laboratory environments. 
  • Parking permits will be required for students who will be on campus. There will be no fee for parking. 
  • Reservable Study Space: Space is available for all students during the Summer 2021 semester from 8am - 6pm Monday through Thursday. Space must be reserved in advance. Spaces in NSBS 1146 include a computer, NSBS Study Space Request, or request to a table in the University Center Dining Area, UC Study Space Request

Protecting Your Safety

  • We are following the health and safety guidelines developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state of Michigan, our University of Michigan colleagues and our own Dearborn experts to ensure a safe campus environment for our students, faculty and staff. We’re implementing a number of protocols and will remain flexible and update/add to these based on new guidance. These include a daily health screening, some people wearing masks, maintaining social distance and practicing good personal hygiene. See more details in the Campus Health & Safety Measures area of the website.
  • The university has launched an incentive program for students. All students that register their vaccination status by Thursday, September 30 will be eligible for 100 cash prizes of $100, as well as other incentives.

Campus Building Access

  • Academic and research buildings are open Monday – Friday between 8am – 5pm, plus evenings when classes are scheduled. Only one designated screening entrance is open at each building. This entrance is unlocked during the times listed above and screeners confirm the ResponsiBLUE green check.
  • The University Center, a hub for campus activity, will physically reopen with the University of Michigan Credit Union opening for in-person service August 2 and the Bookstore opening in-person on August 16. 
    • Food service will be available the the Wellness Center will reopen on September 1. 

Mardigian Library

  • 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 a pick-up/return service with all physical materials, including books, loanable tech, and DVDs, available for checkout. All returned items are sanitized before being placed back into circulation.
  • Reservable individual study spaces are available in the Library.

Technology Resources

  • Wireless internet access will continue to be available in the Fairlane Center parking lot. 
  • Students needing additional technology support (computer or equipment needs, wireless access, etc) should email DearbornCOVIDsupport@umich.edu to submit a request for assistance.
  • The Information Technology Services (ITS) team has also developed resources to assist you with learning remotely. 

Financial Resources

The university is also identifying ways to assist students with financial challenges due to the pandemic. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides financial assistance to those who have been adversely impacted by the disruption of campus operations caused by the COVID-19/coronavirus crisis. All currently enrolled students are eligible if they have a valid  FAFSA on file. Eligible students should complete the application for COVID-19 emergency assistance. Note, priority will be given for those who have not received CARES funding in a previous semester. Under these guidelines, international students and students enrolled exclusively in an online program are not eligible to receive funding but can still apply to our Student Immediate Relief Fund

Coronavirus: What you Need to Know (FAQ)

It is important to note that this information is subject to change as the state of Michigan updates its executive orders, as well as when additional guidance for UM-Dearborn campus planning is in place.

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