The COVID-19 pandemic continues to force all of us to act differently, think creatively and adapt frequently and quickly to new procedures and expectations. During this transitional fall semester, we will see the return of more on campus classes and experiences 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 Fall 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 fall UM-Dearborn is making a transitional return to campus, with more than 50% of classes taught in person or in hybrid fashion, and a return of campus student support resources, co-curricular activities and campus services.
  • Guests and visitors may be invited into the classroom. Guests should complete the ResponsiBLUE Guest health screening prior to coming to campus and the university mask policy must be followed.
  • 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.

Student Engagement and Support

  • Students that need any assistance during this challenging time are encouraged to email or call 313-593-5056.
  • 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.
  • The Office for Student Life has developed safety measures and guidelines for student organizations.

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. Learn more on the Campus Health & Safety Measures page
  • Face coverings are 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. Food and beverages are not allowed in classrooms. 
  • Before coming to campus, all UM-Dearborn faculty, staff and students must complete the ResponsiBLUE daily health screening. All guests to campus must complete the ResponsiBLUE Guest.

Campus Building Access

  • Faculty, staff and students who will be on campus will need to have an MCard. If you have misplaced your card, you will need to obtain a new one. Additional details about obtaining an MCard can be found on the website
  • Most campus buildings are open Monday – Friday between 8am – 5pm, plus evenings when classes are scheduled.

Mardigian Library and University Center

  • The Mardigian Library has resumed all in person services including all floors open for study, group study rooms, printing, and computer labs and will continue to offer a variety of online resources. The library is only open to UM-Dearborn students, faculty and staff at this time and a valid Mcard is needed for access. Get more information on library hours on the Mardigian Library website.
  • The University Center, a hub for campus activity, is open Mon.-Fri. 7:30am-7pm, closing at 6pm on Fridays. The Bookstore and UM Credit Union are open for in person business.
  • Food service is available on campus from the McKinley Cafe open Mon.-Thurs. 10am-6pm, Mug Life Cafe Mon.-Thurs. 11am-8pm, and via delivery at the Fairlane Center at and choose McKinley Cafe.
  • The student food pantry will also continue to be available with appointments available 24 hours in advance.

Campus Services

  • The university provides shuttle service between the Main and Fairlane Campuses and common housing locations (The Union at Dearborn, Fairlane Woods, Fairlane Meadows) on a reduced schedule. Updated details regarding shuttle service are available on the shuttle website. Face coverings must be worn on campus transportation. 
  • Parking permits will be required for faculty, staff and students who will be on campus. There will be no fee for parking. Faculty and staff should apply for a permit on the website.
  • Wireless internet access will continue to be available in the Fairlane Center parking lot and in other outdoor locations on campus. 
  • Students needing additional technology support (computer or equipment needs, wireless access, etc) should email to submit a request for assistance.
  • The Information Technology Services (ITS) team has also developed resources to assist you with learning remotely.
  • There will be no charge for parking 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.

Financial Resources

The University has emergency funds that may be able to assist with unexpected circumstances. Each situation will be evaluated by the University and awarded on a first come, first serve basis as funding allows. Various resources are used to support these requests. Completion of the FAFSA is strongly encouraged for maximum consideration. For more information visit the emergency resources website.

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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