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. 

Information about UM-Dearborn’s Winter 2021 plans is now available. Get the details.

The Fall 2020 Semester Plan

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 Experience

  • The Fall 2020 semester will consist of a blend of remote and in-person teaching, with 8 percent of UM-Dearborn courses taught in person and 12 percent of students attending a class on campus.
  • Remember to check your schedule through UM-Dearborn Connect. Under the “Class Details” section the Instructional Mode for your class is updated to reflect the expected course method. This information about the different instructional methods will provide guidance as to how courses will be taught.
  • In order to prepare for the fall semester, Canvas, the online space for all of your classes, is being populated with course information. Be sure to visit your course to get prepared before classes start on September 1. 
  • All courses will shift to remote instruction beginning Monday, November 30 following an extended Thanksgiving break. Exams will be conducted remotely and will begin on Wednesday, December 16 and conclude on Tuesday, December 22.
  • The December commencement ceremony has been canceled. If you are graduating in December, you will be invited to attend the Spring 2021 ceremony. 

Working and Studying On Campus

  • Students who will be on campus this fall will need to have an MCard. If you are new to campus and need an MCard, or if you have misplaced your card, you will need to obtain one. Additional 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 Return to Campus Guide for additional information. Specific criteria have been developed for faculty, staff and student researchers working in laboratory environments. 
  • If you are taking on-campus classes during the Fall 2020 semester, you will have access to limited reservable study space in NSBS 1146 and HPEC 1180, Monday-Thursday. This space will only be available if you have two on-campus courses in a day or a synchronous course immediately before/after an on-campus course. Students who meet one of the criteria above are eligible to request space by submitting the request form. Space is limited.
  • The university will provide shuttle service between the Main and Fairlane Campuses and common housing locations. 
  • Parking permits will be required for students who will be on campus. There will be no fee for parking. 
  • In order to keep the density down on campus and the community safe, you are strongly discouraged from coming to campus unless for class, work, or to pick up something from the library or bookstore. Campus buildings will be locked with limited access to restrooms. 

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. During the first week of classes be sure to have your class schedule accessible, if needed. Please allow extra time to move through the screening process. Students not formally registered for a class will not be able to attend, if you have questions about the waitlist policy contact your faculty member or academic advisor.
  • 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 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 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. 

Mardigian Library

The Mardigian Library will continue 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. In addition, beginning on September 1 the Library will have an external pick-up/return service near the library entrance. All physical materials, including books, loanable tech, and DVDs, will be available for checkout. All returned items will be sanitized before being placed back into circulation.

Student Engagement and Support

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. 

Technology Resources

  • Wireless internet access will continue to be available in the Fairlane Center parking lot. 
  • Students are eligible for a $25 Visa gift card, one card per academic year, to assist you with printing needed materials for classes. The card can be used at the service provider of your choice. To request the card send an email to including your name, mailing address and UMID#. Include in the email that you need assistance with money for printing. Your request will be fulfilled and the card mailed to your provided address. Please allow up to two weeks for processing. 
  • 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. 

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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