Dear Parents and Families:

Students need to return to their permanent residences if possible. This follows the latest recommendations from health professionals due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19. The message below was sent to students enrolled on our Ann Arbor campus, and we thank you for your support in encouraging students to closely follow the university’s health and safety recommendations.

Our health and student life professionals are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Our top priority remains the health and safety of all in our community. Thank you for your partnership in keeping our U-M community safe.Dear Parents and Families:

Students need to return to their permanent residences if possible. This follows the latest recommendations from health professionals due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19. The message below was sent to students enrolled on our Ann Arbor campus, and we thank you for your support in encouraging students to closely follow the university’s health and safety recommendations.

Our health and student life professionals are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Our top priority remains the health and safety of all in our community. Thank you for your partnership in keeping our U-M community safe.

 

Dear Students,

For those of you who still remain on campus, especially in residence halls, you need to return to your permanent residence, if that is an option for you. New developments and guidance in the COVID-19 pandemic make it clear that now is the time to return home if you can.

To diminish ongoing transmission of this dangerous infection, we need to decrease the density of people on our campus, in our residence halls and in group living circumstances off-campus. We thank those of you who have taken the action of leaving campus to help us reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the U-M community.

There are several confirmed cases within our community, dozens of others remain under evaluation, and many others have been placed in quarantine as a result of exposure. And these numbers are growing daily.

We continue to coordinate with public health officials. It’s clear that the virus is continuing to spread and threatens to overwhelm health systems, putting those who are most vulnerable at risk. Practicing social-distancing is paramount to reduce the spread of COVID-19. For those who have the choice, we need you to go home. Those who go home will be helping those who need to stay by reducing the density on our campus.

For those students who must stay, we are sensitive to your needs. If you haven’t already, please complete this survey. We need this information so Student Life knows who needs to stay, can follow up with you, and work with you to make sure your needs are met.

Complete the Survey

It is abundantly clear that life in our communities in the weeks or months ahead will be vastly different from what we may have grown accustomed to. Today’s executive order by Governor Gretchen Whitmer spells out the latest round of changes we must face. The order includes:

  • Closing all restaurants, food courts and coffeehouses for on-premises consumption. Drive-thru and carryout still available.
  • Closing all bars and other places offering alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption.
  • Closing all theaters, cinemas, and indoor and outdoor performance venues.
  • Closing all libraries and museums.
  • Closing all gymnasiums, fitness centers and recreation centers. 

In response to the governor’s executive order -- and following the recommendations of university health professionals -- the University of Michigan is:

  • Suspending dining-in service at all campus dining facilities. Boxed take-out meals will continue to be served during specific hours.
  • Closing all libraries and museums. Online access will continue.
  • Closing all recreation and fitness facilities and canceling recreational sports. 

For students who need to stay on campus, the University Health Service will remain open, as will our essential dining and housing services, though operations are being modified. Students living locally off campus can also contact the Dean of Students office for assistance.

We again urge all students, living on- or off-campus, to limit interactions to every degree possible in groups and confined spaces. We need you to help us prevent the spread of COVID-19 – and protect the most vulnerable members of our community.

COVID-19 is most commonly spread by close contact with others. This is a virus that moves person-to-person. Some people with COVID-19 can transmit the virus even though they don’t feel sick. This puts those who are older or have chronic medical conditions at risk. Some of these people may be your friends or loved ones.

No matter your age or travel history, we all share the responsibility for flattening the curve.

Health and safety measures everyone should take

We urge everyone, wherever you live, to practice the everyday prevention measures you can take to reduce the spread of illness no matter where you are:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Consider alternatives to shaking hands. State health officials are now also discouraging “elbow bumps.” 
  • Unless you are sick with cough, sneezing and fever, it is not advised to wear a mask.

Thank you for helping us minimize the spread of COVID-19 to all.

These are difficult times and we are in this together. The safety of our students is our top priority and we appreciate your cooperation as we make these difficult decisions together in the best interest of our community.

Sincerely,
Simone Himbeault Taylor, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President for Student Life

Robert Ernst, M.D.
Executive Director of University Health Service
Associate Vice President for Health and Wellness in Student Life
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine