Campus Protocols for Staying Healthy & Safe

Maintaining a healthy and safe campus is a priority, especially now in the era of COVID-19. For that reason, the University of Michigan-Flint Department of Public Safety (DPS) is enacting new protocols for employees who must be on campus.

The protocols are part of a broader initiative across all University of Michigan campuses. Designed using the latest public health information on mitigating the spread of the virus, the protocols require the understanding and cooperation of all of our campus community members. The well-being of the campus community is a shared responsibility by all of us.

Health Screening Locations

Limited access points are in place across the campus at this time, as well as reduced building hours due to the low level of activity on the campus during the pandemic. At each access point  is a health screen check-in conducted by the UM-Flint Department of Public Safety. Below is a complete list of all the places you can access the campus. Please come ready with your ResponsiBLUE health screening completed, a face covering, and your M-Card. The ResponsiBLUE health screening app is available in both the Apple App Store as well as the Google Play Store for Android devices. Just search for ResponsiBLUE.

French Hall
  • 2nd floor main entrance at Kearsley Street and Wallenberg Street
Murchie Science Building
  • 2nd floor entrance at Kearsley Street and Wallenberg Street
Northbank Center
  • 1st floor entrance in North building
Thompson Library
  • 2nd floor near the Office of the Associate Provost and Deans of Graduate Programs & Undergraduate Studies (251)
  • 3rd floor near the main library entrance
University Center
  • 1st floor main entrance at Mill Street
University Pavillion
  • 1st floor main entrance at Saginaw Street and Kearsley Street
University Pavillion Ramp
  • 2nd floor entrance to the University Pavillion
William S. White Building
  • 1st floor main entrance facing the Flint River

University of Michigan Face Covering Policy for COVID-19

U-M requires all students, staff, faculty, and visitors to wear a face covering that covers the mouth and nose anywhere on U-M property (including the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses as well as properties off campus). This includes when inside buildings, outdoors and on U-M transportation. It is difficult to maintain distance from groups even while outdoors on a busy university campus, and so face coverings outdoors will help slow the spread of the virus.

Many types of cloth face coverings are acceptable, including homemade masks, scarves, bandanas and handkerchiefs provided that they have two layers of fabric, but face coverings that seal as tightly as possible to the face are preferable. The use of a face shield as a substitute for a face covering is not allowed nor is the use of any face covering with an exhalation valve as supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Exceptions where a face covering is not required include when you are:
  • indoors in a single enclosed private office with your door closed or your assigned residence hall room/suite or apartment.
  • eating or drinking but still maintaining social distance (at least six feet of physical separation between yourself and others).
  • alone in a private motor vehicle or utility vehicle used for university business.
  • a child under the age of 5 years or someone who is unable to remove a face covering without assistance.
  • required to wear assigned respiratory protection for the job tasks you are performing.
  • granted a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For information on requesting such accommodations, please contact the Office for Institutional Equity.
  • engaged in physical activities or recreation in a distanced manner or participating in university sanctioned ‘high intensity’ athletic practice activity and competition.
  • involved in an activity, including certain types of instruction, where wearing a face covering may be infeasible or present a safety hazard provided that a risk assessment is performed and reviewed by U-M Environment, Health & Safety Department.
  • communicating with someone who is hearing impaired or otherwise disabled and where the ability to see the mouth is essential to communication; in such circumstances, alternatives such as clear face coverings and other accommodations also will be explored.
  • giving a speech for broadcast or an audience while maintaining physical distance of at least six feet from others (very limited applicability).
  • receiving a service for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service.
  • not a University of Michigan employee and you are working in construction and only within a defined construction site closed to the public; and provided you are not within 6 feet of other individuals.

Face Covering Non-Compliance Reporting
The University of Michigan requires all students, staff, faculty, and visitors to wear a face covering that covers the mouth and nose while anywhere on campus grounds. This includes when inside buildings, outdoors and on U-M transportation on all campuses. Face coverings are meant to protect other people in case the wearer is unknowingly infected but does not have symptoms (CDC, 2020).

As a campus we are united in our commitment to working with all members of our campus community to continue to put the well-being of the campus at the forefront of all we do. It takes each of us actively working together to do the things we know are based on science that fight the common enemy that is COVID-19. We need your help as we look after one another by taking responsible actions that promote health and safety to protect one another from the spread of the virus.