Information Regarding the COVID-19 Response at the University of Michigan-Flint

Vaccination Policy

The University of Michigan COVID-19 Vaccination Policy was updated on December 17, 2021, and now requires all faculty, staff, and students to receive the booster shot by February 4th or as soon as they are eligible thereafter. If you have received your booster, please take time now to upload your booster information using the form in Wolverine Access.

This policy is subject to change as the pandemic and public health guidance continues to evolve.

You can read more about the policy as well as review the vaccination FAQs. Please update your vaccination status through the appropriate form:

Individuals may submit a vaccine medical or religious exemption or a postponement request through this form.

Individuals may submit a booster medical or religious exemption or postponement request through this form.

If you have any questions, please send those to reopeningcommittee@umich.edu, and we will respond as quickly as possible.

For medical-related questions, please call your doctor. For questions regarding COVID-19, call the State of Michigan’s COVID-19 Hotline at (888) 535-6136, 7 days a week, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thank you for your commitment to the ongoing health and safety of our campus community.


Your Path Through the UM Vaccine Policy

Undergraduate or Graduate Student at UM-Flint 

In-Scope of Policy


All students are subject to the UM COVID-19 vaccine policy and are required to be in compliance with the policy before the first day of class unless they are deemed “out-of-scope”.

Students in-scope of the policy have access to campus property, events, and transportation and are required to be in compliance with the policy through up-to-date vaccinations or an approved medical or religious exemption.

VACCINATION

If your ResponsiBlue App says “COVID-19 Up-To-Date,” you are in compliance with the policy. Otherwise:

APPROVED EXEMPTION

Out-of-Scope of Policy


Out-of-scope students are defined as individuals whose courses are online or hyperflex (must be coded with a W or HAND; who do not live in on-campus housing AND; who do not have an employment relationship with the University of Michigan AND; who are not in compliance with the policy.

As a fully online student with no need to visit the campus, you are deemed “out-of- scope” of the vaccine policy. This designation means:

  • You understand that you cannot be physically present on any UM property or transportation.
  • You agree to not visit campus and use any face-to-face campus services.
  • You agree to utilize online offerings and appointments for all campus services.
  • You understand no fee adjustments will be made for related campus services. 
  • You agree to not travel to campus for academic or non-academic reasons including attending campus programs and events. This includes participating in campus-related activities at off-campus locations.

IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS and would like access to campus as an “in-scope” student, please report your up-to-date vaccination records or obtain an approved medical or religious exemption before submitting THIS request form.

Please contact the OFFICE OF THE DEAN OF STUDENTS with any questions.

Update on Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccination

Face Covering Policy

Effective Monday, March 14, 2022 face coverings will be required to be worn only in classrooms, labs, and areas where class-related (credit-bearing) activities are taking place. Face coverings are optional in all other places on campus. The full policy is available here.


Reporting COVID-19 Like Illness, Exposure, or Illness

UM-Flint aims to deliver its mission while protecting the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students and minimizing the potential spread of disease within our community. Please follow these steps if you are experiencing ANY of the following:

  • COVID-19 symptomatic
  • Fever or chills; Cough; Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; Fatigue; Muscle or body aches; Headache; New loss of taste or smell; Sore throat Congestion or runny nose; Nausea or vomiting; Diarrhea

Self-Reporting

EMPLOYEES – including Faculty, Staff, & Student Employees

  • Stay home and self-isolate until provided with further advice from your physician and direction from the university.
  • Notify your supervisor
  • If testing is required, OHS will monitor in partnership with UM Work Connections and coordinate return to work with HR and EHS when appropriate.
  • Depending on advice from OHS and EHS, you may require notification to the Genesee County Health Department for contact tracing.

Faculty, staff, and student employees will receive follow-up, support, and information regarding resources from HR and EHS in coordination with UM Work Connections.

Students

  • Consider being tested
  • Begin self-isolation/ quarantine
  • A case manager will be assigned and reach out for support and resources

A case manager from the Department of Public Health will be assigned to students for follow-up, support, and information regarding resources. The case manager will assist with contact tracing and provide ongoing outreach for 14 days regarding test results, communication with faculty, resources, and support.

Third-Party Reporting of an Illness

If anyone who is COVID-19 symptomatic, asymptomatic, but was exposed to someone who tested positive OR has tested positive for COVID-19 please follow these steps:

  • Instruct the student to stay home and not come to campus
  • Advise the student to contact their health care provider and get tested
  • Advise the student to self-monitor symptoms
  • If exposed, quarantine for 10 days, and if no symptoms develop, continue to self-monitor health on days 11 through 14 while returning to normal activities
  • If symptomatic/tested positive, isolate for at least 10 days from onset of symptoms, until without fever for at least 24 hours, and all other symptoms improved

Return to Campus

In order to return to campus please follow the procedures outlined below based on your affiliation with UM-Flint. Please note that these guidelines may change or evolve based upon your case details and the guidance from our university health experts and our county public health partners.

Faculty, Staff, & Student Employees

  • Employees are allowed to work remotely if approved by HR and OHS, and overall supervisor approval.

Students

  • Students cannot return to campus until they receive a “Clear to Return to Campus” email from the Office of the Dean of Students. 
  • Students should provide this email to their instructors for verification of clearance.