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 Winter 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.
- Classes that were previously identified to have an in-person component returned to on-campus instruction on March 1, these include labs, senior design and similar courses that require a high-level of student interaction or special equipment. View the list of classes that will be taught on-campus.
- Starting Monday, March 1— if the COVID-19 pandemic conditions permit — classes scheduled for an in-person modality will be taught on campus. Classes end on Tuesday, April 20. Final exams will be held Thursday, April 22 - Wednesday, April 28.
- Classes end on Tuesday, April 20. Final exams will be held Thursday, April 22 - Wednesday, April 28. Faculty teaching on-campus classes will have the option to conduct on-campus final exams. All other final exams will be conducted remotely. Guidance on how final exams will be scheduled is available on the Registrar’s Office website along with the Winter 2021 semester final exam schedule.
- The university is planning a number of small ceremonies — which follow all health and safety guidelines — at the Fieldhouse between April 29 and May 4. Learn more on the Commencement 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) will also return to limited on campus activities. These activities will be appointment based with a small number of tutors and students participating and adhere to appropriate social distancing and public health protocols..
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 Winter 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 experts to ensure a safe campus environment for our students, faculty and staff. We’re implementing safety protocols including the wearing of masks, maintaining social distance, practicing good personal hygiene, and advising everyone to stay home if sick. We will remain flexible and update/add to these based on new guidance. See more details in the Campus Health & Safety Measures area of the website.
Campus Building Access
- Academic buildings where classes and research are occurring will be accessible to students. These buildings are locked and have a designated entry point. At the entry point, a screening station greeter will verify (via MCard) that you have been pre-approved for entry and have received a ‘green screen’ approval from your ResponsiBLUE daily health screening. The greeter will then check your temperature. To view the list of buildings in this category and maps of building entry points, visit the website. Additional buildings will be closed and locked.
- The University Center will remain closed. Campus food service will not be available and most vending machines will not be stocked.
- The Bookstore will operate remotely and will offer a curbside pick-up option, using designated parking spots in the lot in front of the University Center for orders. Orders can be placed at www.umd.bncollege.com. You will need a copy of your schedule to place your order. If you have any questions or issues with ordering your books, please contact the bookstore at email@example.com or by calling 313-593-5551.
- The University of Michigan Credit Union will continue to serve the community remotely. Call 734-662-8200 to speak to a representative or use the mobile app or online banking to complete nearly all transactions remotely.
- 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 an external pick-up/return service near the library entrance. All physical materials, including books, loanable tech, and DVDs, are available for checkout. All returned items are sanitized before being placed back into circulation.
- Reservable final exam individual study spaces will be available in the library April 12 through April 28, daily from 11:30am-6pm. The spaces will not be available on Fridays and Saturdays. Visit the website for more information and to register.
- Wireless internet access will continue to be available in the Fairlane Center parking lot.
- The university continues to offer students a gift card for off-campus printing needs. To request the card, complete this Google form, requests will be fulfilled and the card mailed to the address provided. Please allow up to two weeks for processing. The deadline for winter is Wednesday, April 21.
- 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.
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.