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 this fall will be different, but what won’t be 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. 

UM-Dearborn will continue to prioritize the well-being of our students, faculty and staff while not compromising the quality of our education.
Chancellor Domenico Grasso
We promise you a thoughtful, productive and engaging experience this fall.
Provost Sue Alcock

What Fall Will Look Like 

As we ramp up for another exciting academic year, 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 Calendar

To facilitate health and safety for you, our faculty and our staff, changes have been made to the academic calendar to reduce travel to and from campus to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

  • Classes will begin, as scheduled, on Tuesday, September 1 and will meet continuously through Saturday, November 21.
  • Classes will pause for an extended Thanksgiving break from Sunday, November 22 through Sunday, November 29.
  • Classes will resume on Monday, November 30 and run through Monday, December 14 exclusively in a remote modality. Exams will be conducted remotely and will begin on Wednesday, December 16 and conclude on Tuesday, December 22.
  • Additional information regarding December Commencement, currently scheduled for Saturday, December 19, will be communicated at a later date. The date and format of commencement is subject to change.
  • View the complete academic calendar.
  • Changes to the Winter 2021 academic calendar are still being considered. That information will be shared with the campus community by October 1, 2020. 

Class Formats

  • The fall 2020 semester will consist of a blend of remote and in-person teaching. Classes will be taught remotely only if an excellent quality education can be delivered in this format.
  • Classes such as labs, senior design and other courses that require a high level of student interaction or special equipment, will meet in-person on campus through November 21, employing all appropriate and relevant public health precautions. Remote courses may be synchronous (requiring specific days and times) or asynchronous.
  • Students can access their schedules through UM-Dearborn Connect. Under “Class Details,” new Instructional Modes are now updated to reflect the expected course method. 
  • More information about the different instructional methods will provide guidance as to how courses have been designated to be taught.
  • View the list of courses that will be taught remotely.
  • Additional details, not least about expected synchronous interactions (either in person or online) will be provided through faculty and specific course syllabi. Note, that given the ever-evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, while we do not anticipate significant changes to the course schedule, the schedule and specific timings for individual course sections are subject to change, both in timing and format.

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 Life

The university is committed to providing our students with a vibrant student experience and Campus Life activities will continue with a remote-first approach. 

  • All student services will be available, with most interactions, programs and engagement handled virtually, when possible. 
  • In-person campus events are canceled until further notice.  
  • UM-Dearborn will not participate in NAIA fall 2020 athletic competitions; all fall athletic training, practice and competitions are canceled. The Wellness Center will remain closed for the entire fall 2020 semester.
  • Plans for the University Center, including food service, the Bookstore and Credit Union are still in development. 
  • The ITS Service Center is open for phone and chat service and for in-person service by appointment.

Mardigian Library

The Mardigian Library will reopen for only UM-Dearborn students, faculty and staff on September 1 with external pick-up/return service near library entrance. All physical materials, including books, loanable tech, and DVDs will be available for checkout. All returned materials will undergo quarantine and sanitization before being available for lending again. Interlibrary loan and MelCat will resume. Reference appointments with subject-specialist librarians will be handled remotely.

Union at Dearborn

While the university does not have university-owned campus housing, we know many students live in the Union at Dearborn. We’ve been working with the management team at the Union and encouraging them to follow safety guidelines like limiting the number of students in apartments, increasing cleaning and disinfecting practices, encouraging opportunities for social distancing in gathering areas, and considering changes to the market experience, the fitness facility and student mail delivery. The university will also not be utilizing the Victor’s Den, located within the Union during the fall 2020 semester. 

Financial Assistance

The university is also identifying ways to assist students with financial challenges due to the coronavirus. 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 students are eligible if they have a valid FAFSA (there is still time to file) and were enrolled in a program that met on-campus prior to the transition to remote delivery due to COVID-19. Eligible students should complete the application for COVID-19 emergency assistance. 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

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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