FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The FAQs listed below are for UM-Flint faculty, staff, and students, and include information on the university’s vaccination requirement. For additional information and FAQs for all University of Michigan campuses can be found here.


FAQ Topics


Vaccination & Booster Information

Who is required to be vaccinated against COVID-19?
All students, faculty, and staff on the three U-M campuses, including Michigan Medicine, are required to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccine.

Can I request an exemption from the booster requirement?
Yes, exemptions to the booster requirement are available here for those who completed their initial COVID-19 vaccine series. If you previously completed an exemption request and were approved for the initial COVID-19 vaccine series, you need not apply for an exemption to the booster requirement. Individuals who still have not completed their vaccine series and would like an exemption from the vaccination itself should submit the existing COVID-19 vaccination exemption request form (not the booster exemption form).

If you are out of the country and do not have access to get the booster, you should submit a request for a booster postponement.

Are the COVID-19 boosters safe?
Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adults and children may have some side effects from a COVID-19 vaccine, including pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea. Serious side effects are rare but may occur. More info is available here.

Are employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement required to be vaccinated?
Bargained-for University of Michigan employees who work in Michigan Medicine or in a health care facility must comply with a federal COVID-19 vaccination mandate. Employees must have received their first dose or submitted an exemption request by January 27, 2022, and have received their second dose or an approved exemption by February 28, 2022. Additionally, some bargained-for employees have additional requirements pertaining to the booster; any bargained-for employees who are uncertain of what is required of them should consult with their union representative for further information.

When am I considered up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations?

  • Individuals are considered up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations if they have received their booster shot or are within five months of a two-dose series or two months of a one-dose vaccine. Getting a second booster is not necessary to be considered up to date at this time.
  • Individuals are not up to date if they are unvaccinated or more than five months have passed since their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted.
  • For assistance in determining whether you are in compliance with the vaccine mandate, please review this decision tree resource.

Regarding the mixing of vaccine doses:

  • Individuals who have not received all the recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine listed for emergency use by WHO may be offered a complete FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series.
  • Based on updated guidelines from CDC, the university will accept mix-and-match vaccination combinations as long as all doses are from vaccines that are FDA- and/or WHO-authorized or -approved. Such persons are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 ≥2 weeks after receipt of the second dose of their vaccine.

Can I just agree to be tested weekly instead of getting a vaccination?
No, individuals cannot submit testing in lieu of vaccination.

What is the deadline to submit my vaccination information?
For the Summer 2022 semester, students are expected to submit their vaccination information prior to the first day of classes.

For the Fall 2022 semester, students are expected to submit their vaccination information by August 1, 2022. Students admitted to the University of Michigan-Flint after August 1 are expected to submit their vaccination information prior to the first day of classes for their first semester of attendance at UM-Flint.

Employees must be compliant with the vaccine policy no later than 7 calendar days following their date of hire. Non-bargained-for employees, please check your specific contract or speak with your union representative.

What if I am not up to date with my COVID-19 vaccinations by the stated deadline?
Please schedule an appointment to begin your vaccination right away. There are many locations where free vaccinations are available so access should not be an issue.

Students who do not complete and report their vaccination status by their deadline will be contacted. Employees who do not complete and report their vaccination status by their deadline will be contacted by the Office of University Human Resources.

I am a fully online student that lives out of state and in a fully online program. Do I have to get the vaccine?
All students are subject to the UM COVID-19 Vaccine Policy unless the student is deemed out-of-scope. Students are required to be in compliance with the policy before the first day of classes.

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

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

  1. You understand that you cannot be physically present on any UM property or transportation.
  2. You agree to not visit campus and use any face-to-face campus services.
  3. You agree to utilize online offerings and appointments for all campus services.
  4. You understand no fee adjustments will be made for related campus services. 
  5. 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.

I am a fully online student and considered out-of-scope of the policy but I would like to access campus, how can I do this?
Out-of-scope students are not allowed to access campus for any related classes, programs, or services. If you would like access to campus, please submit this form. Please be advised that you are required to be in compliance with the UM COVID-19 Vaccine Policy before you are granted access to campus.

How do I request an exemption for religious or medical purposes?
Here is the link to begin the exemption process, should you qualify for either a medical or religious exemption.

Where can I get vaccinated?
From time to time, UM-Flint partners with the Genesee County Health Department to schedule pop-up on-campus vaccination and booster clinics. Vaccinations are also readily available in our communities at local pharmacies and clinics. Individuals can also go to the Genesee County Health Department vaccination website to identify a conveniently located clinic nearby. Additionally, individuals living outside Genesee County can go to MDHHS or CDC sites to locate a vaccine clinic nearby.

Am I required to get vaccinated if I’ve had COVID-19?
Yes. Consistent with the UM Vaccine Policy and CDC guidance, you must be up-to-date with the COVID-19 vaccine, even if you’ve already had COVID-19. Experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. In addition, immunity as a result of infection (natural immunity) may only provide protection from the particular variant you were infected with, not from other strains.

I work off-campus (remote employee); do I need to comply?
Yes. Whether your work schedule is all remote or partially remote, this vaccination policy is intended to keep the broader community safe.

Does the vaccine policy apply to third-party vendors, guests, and visitors?
No, anyone visiting the campus that is not a faculty, staff, or student of UM-Flint is not subject to this policy.

I am a tenant or renter in a UM-Flint property, am I required to get the vaccine?
This policy does not apply to tenants or renters of UM-Flint property. Tenants still need to complete the health screening and wear a face covering as required by the UM Face Covering Policy.

I am an international student and do not have access to the vaccine in my home country; what can I do?
U-M is offering temporary deferrals (i.e., a temporary postponement process) to individuals who intend to receive the COVID-19 vaccine but are unable to receive it in their country of origin or current location. International students who meet these criteria may request a postponement, and if the request is approved, the individual will be required to arrive at campus with documentation of a negative COVID-19 test within the prior three (3) days and begin the COVID-19 vaccination process immediately.

I am an international student; what must I do when I arrive in the United States?
International students vaccinated and verified by the University of Michigan must complete a COVID-19 test within 3-5 days upon arrival to the US.

International students who are unvaccinated must (1) complete a COVID-19 test within 3-5 days of arrival to the US. (2) must quarantine for 5 days (remain asymptomatic), and (3) must begin the vaccination process or file for an exemption within 48 hours of arrival.

These requirements are subject to change as public health conditions change. Additional questions should be directed to globalflint@umich.edu or contact the CGE at 810-762-0867.

Are any specific programs requiring a vaccine in order to send students to off-site learning locations?
In addition to the UM Vaccine Policy, some coursework that requires placement in the community may require a student to be vaccinated in order to be placed at a site that has a mandate of a vaccine in place. This requirement will be communicated through program or clinical coordinators who place students in off-site locations, and those employees have a right to ask students for their verified vaccination information. Students who are not vaccinated may not be able to complete required internships/clinical placements, which may delay graduation.

Students will be subject to the third-party agency vaccine and face mask policies.


Quarantine & Isolation

These are general guidelines; however, specific recommendations/requirements may differ depending upon individual circumstances.

What does it mean to quarantine or isolate?
Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease.

  • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick and prevent or slow the spread of the disease if they are potentially infected.

Updated guidance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the university indicates that asymptomatic individuals  – regardless of their vaccination status – should do the following after they have contact with someone who had COVID-19:

  • Wear a well-fitted mask that covers your nose and mouth at all times when around others for 10 days following exposure
  • Get tested 3 – 7 days following exposure. Please upload your results to the UM-Flint testing portal here.
  • If you test positive​ or develop symptoms​, you must report your results using the online Employee COVID Illness/Exposure Form.
  • Maintain social distance when around others, particularly vulnerable individuals 
  • Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. If you should have any of these symptoms in the next 10 days, stay home and isolate yourself away from campus and others.  You should also contact your health provider and contact me as soon as possible so we can update your case, give your further directions, and take precautions to ensure the health of others on campus. These symptoms include:
    • 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

Those individuals who are currently experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, even mild symptoms and have a known close contact, should do the following:

  • Stay home and isolate away from others and immediately report your symptoms using the UM-Flint online employee report form here. 
  • Get a PCR test. Please upload your results to the UM-Flint testing portal here.
  •  If you test positive or develop symptoms, you must report your results using the online Employee COVID Illness/Exposure Form.
  • Wear a well-fitted mask that covers your nose and mouth at all times when around others for 10 days following exposure

How do I isolate or quarantine?
If you test positive for COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, immediately isolate and contact your health care provider. If testing positive from a home antigen test or a PCR test, please upload your positive test results here and complete the UM-Flint online reporting of COVID-19 Illness/Exposure form here.

NOTE: The day of the test is Day 0. Count 5 days from that date to determine the potential earliest day you might be able to leave isolation on Day 6, ONLY if you meet ALL of the symptom criteria listed below. Otherwise, continue to isolate for the full ten days.

Students:

  • Isolate at least 5 days from your test date as long as you remain without symptoms or symptoms are resolving.
    • Wear a tight-fitting mask when around others for 5 days following your isolation period to minimize the risk of infecting others. If you are not able to do so, continue to isolate for the remainder of the 10-day isolation (days 6-10)
  • Continue to isolate for a full 10 days if symptoms are not improving.
  • Alert all you have been in recent contact with of your positive COVID-19 results. This includes instructors, supervisors, clinical instructors, program directors, lab partners, roommates/suitemates, and others.
  • Continue to inform your instructors of your situation and stay in contact with your student case manager to work through the return to campus process.
  • Do not leave isolation until you have received written approval from the Office of Dean of Students (ODOS)

Employees, stay home:

  • At least 5 days from your test date if asymptomatic (no symptoms) or date of symptom onset if symptomatic and symptoms are resolving.
  • And at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and symptoms have improved.
    • Wear a tight-fitting mask when around others for 5 days following your isolation period to minimize the risk of infecting others.  If you are not able to do so, continue to isolate for the remainder of the 10-day isolation (days 6-10).
  • Continue to isolate for a full 10 days if symptoms are not improving.
  • Alert who you have been in recent contact with of your positive COVID-19 results. This includes supervisors, fellow employees, those you eat lunch with, carpool on or off-campus with, officemates, and others.
  • Continue to keep your supervisor and or department chair aware of your situation and stay in contact with your case manager to work through the return to campus process.
  • Do NOT come to campus until you have received written clearance from the UM-Flint HR department.

Per CDC guidance for health care personnel, employees at Michigan Medicine stay home:

  • at least 7 days from symptom onset or test date if asymptomatic.
  • at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication, and symptoms have improved.
  • a negative test is NOT required prior to returning to work.

The GCHD and CDC offer additional guidance for those who are self-isolating.

Based upon updated guidance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, individuals who are ASYMPTOMATIC, regardless of vaccination status,  do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 but should wear a tight-fitting mask when around others for 10 days following the exposure AND get tested 3-7 days after exposure or if symptoms develop. If symptoms develop, individuals should stay home, isolate themselves from others, and seek testing immediately. Report symptoms using the UM-Flint online reporting of COVID-19 Illness /Exposure Form.  If you are not able to wear a well-fitted mask over your nose and mouth, you should quarantine yourself away from others for the full 10 days, with day 0 being the last date of exposure.

Self-monitor for fever by checking your temperature at least twice a day. Contact your health care provider if you develop a fever or other COVID-19 symptoms. Report symptoms using the UM-Flint online reporting of COVID-19 Illness /Exposure Form.

For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for SARS-CoV-2 on days 3-7 after exposure.

COVID -19  testing is available throughout the county. Check the GCHD website here for testing clinic locations, days and times. Any person who tests positive while in quarantine will need to isolate immediately, then have at least 5 days of isolation from the test date, consistent with GCHD and CDC guidance. They can not return to campus or in-person activities until receiving clearance from UM-Flint ODOS for students and UM-Flint HR for employees.

How can I stay connected during my quarantine or isolation period?
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges when it comes to staying connected to family and friends. Well-Being Resources:

How do I count the days of my quarantine/isolation?
The day of the test is day 0. Count 10 days to determine the minimal time you wear a KN95 or N95 mask.  Additionally, count 5 days from that date to determine the earliest time you might be able to leave isolation if you are and remain symptom-free \ on Day 6 if you meet all of the symptom criteria outlined above.

If you have traveled (considered a probable exposure), U-M public health officials continue to recommend you get tested within 72 hours of returning to the campus or area following travel (out of state and/or country).

Additional information is on the CDC website.

I’ve tested positive: can I move back into my resident hall after 5 days Q/I period?
If you test positive, you may discontinue isolation after Day 5 only if your symptoms have resolved or are mostly resolved. If you have experienced a fever, you would also need to be fever-free for 24 hours. For counting purposes, we use the test date—not the start of symptom date—for students. The test date would be Day 0.

A student can return to the residence hall once they have received their final clearance date from their case manager. Students should continue to mask when around anyone else until the full 10-day period is complete. If symptoms have not resolved, isolation should continue until they do. Continue to keep your instructors and your case manager aware of your situation.

Students living off-campus: It may be safe to quarantine or isolate in your current location if:

  • You have access to your own closed-door bedroom.
  • You have access to your own bathroom or share a bathroom with 1-2 others and can clean and disinfect the space after every use.
  • You can articulate a plan with your housemates about cleaning, disinfecting, and avoiding shared time in common spaces, such as a kitchen.

You may consider relocating to another residence, such as a permanent residence, for your quarantine/isolation period if:

  • You can drive to the location in under 1 day. Use of public transportation or ride-sharing is not permitted.
  • You will have access to your own closed-door bedroom.
  • You will have access to your own bathroom.
  • Only one other person will be in the car during the drive.

How to self-quarantine?
During your period of self-quarantine, you are expected to monitor your health, reduce your contact with others and follow guidance consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including:

  • Monitor for cough, trouble breathing, or other COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Stay home as much as possible. Do not go to social gatherings.
  • Do not attend in-person classes or academic activities.
  • Do not go to in-person work assignments.
  • Do not eat in residential dining halls.
  • If you need to leave your residence for essential purposes (such as buying groceries or for banking needs), wear a face covering that fits snugly over your nose and mouth at all times, practice 6 feet social distance at all times and wash your hands.
  • If necessary, public transportation can be used; masks are required.
  • If asymptomatic, you may go to campus vaccination and testing centers as needed. Otherwise, symptomatic individuals should seek testing off-campus. See GCHD testing locations here or check with your primary care physician.

If you develop symptoms and/or test positive for COVID-19, seek medical attention.

Where should I self-quarantine?
Ideally, isolate/quarantine away from others. You should have your own bedroom for self-quarantine. Sharing bathroom facilities is acceptable. Students who are assigned to on-campus residential halls and share a bedroom with a roommate will be asked to quarantine at home. If you are unable to do so, the student case manager and HRL will discuss other possible options available to the student.

What is the difference between isolation, quarantine, and self-quarantine?

  • Isolation separates people sick with COVID-19 from people who are not sick.
  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who have been exposed to COVID-19 and/or who are awaiting test results on whether they have contracted the virus.
  • Self-quarantine is an extra precaution required after international travel due to the increased risks associated with travel.

Reporting COVID-19 Illness or Symptoms & Quarantining

Do I need to report if I am COVID-19 positive to the university?
Yes, absolutely, this has not changed. If you are experiencing symptoms, report it and stay home. For students, click here, and for employees, click here. Additionally, if your staff or a student reports this information to you, we ask that you inform them of the requirement to report and complete the online form, so our case management team is aware.

What happens if I receive a COVID-19 positive test and I have been on campus?
Stay home, isolate yourself away from others, and report the positive result immediately using the online report forms.

For students, click here and also notify your instructors.

For employees, click here and also notify your supervisor. Additionally, if your staff or a student reports this information to you, we ask that you inform them of the requirement to report and complete the online form, so our case management team is aware.

If I am vaccinated, do I have to quarantine if I am exposed to a person who is COVID-19 positive?
You still need to report that you had exposure using the online reporting forms. For students, click here, and for employees, click here.

However, the good news is that, generally speaking, you will not be required to quarantine if you have demonstrated that you are fully vaccinated and reported your vaccine status. You will need to quarantine until which time the university has had a chance to receive and verify your vaccine card. So you are encouraged to share that information early and avoid quarantine. Better yet, reduce your chances of becoming ill by getting the vaccine!

Will we continue to get reports of positive cases while individuals may have been on campus by email?
No, we will post notifications of positive cases of individuals that were on campus while infectious here, and we will continue to update the total positive cases of those who were on campus while infectious and were reported to the university on campus. People who are identified as close contacts will be contacted by the university or the county.

What happens if I am not able to attend class because of COVID-19 exposure?
First, you stay home; second, you must report the exposure as mentioned above. Students will need to notify their instructor(s) as soon as possible to discuss how to manage the class academic requirements while quarantining.

Who will contact me if I have been in a situation where I have been exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID-19?

  • If you are a student, either EHS staff member or a Case Manager will contact you.
  • If you are an employee, either EHS or HR will contact you.
  • If exposure occurred outside of the campus environment, you may be contacted by the local or state health department.

If I am traveling out of the country, do I need to quarantine upon my return before returning to school or work?
Learn what is required before traveling to the United States from a foreign country by air here.

Individuals who are up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations. Before you arrive in the United States:

  • All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 1 day before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 90 days prior to their boarding a flight to the United States.
  • Non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. immigrants need to follow CDC guidance for air travel to the United States.

After travel:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.

Individuals not up to date on vaccinations. Before you travel:

  • It is advised you do not travel internationally until you are up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations.
  • Per the CDC guidelines, if you are a U.S. citizen planning to travel internationally and are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations, you will need to get tested no more than 1 day before you travel by air into the United States and show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight, or be prepared to show documentation of recovery (proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from your health care provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel).
  • Delay your travel if you are waiting for test results.
  • You must be up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations to travel to the United States by plane if you are a non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. immigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to the United States on an immigrant visa). Only limited exceptions apply. More information can be found here.

After arriving in the United States:

  • Get tested within 3-5 days of your arrival.
  • Complete a 5-day self-quarantine period.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days.
  • Do not attend in-person classes or academic activities.
  • Do not go to in-person work assignments.
  • Testing appointments are available to all members of the U-M community through the Community Sampling & Tracking Program. Those returning from international (or domestic) travel are directed to get tested at the 1310 North University Court Building (please note this testing site will be closed Dec. 24-Jan. 2. Other CSTP testing site locations and hours of operation can be found here).
    • Individuals who do not have a Mcard will need to register for the CSTP program here in advance of coming to get tested.
    • Even if you test negative, self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
  • Follow state and local recommendations or requirements related to travel.

ResponsiBlue

Do all faculty, staff, and students need to use the ReponsiBlue app for health screenings?
Yes, we recommend that all people coming to campus use the ResponsiBlue App screening before coming to campus every day. You may be asked to show the screening check at a variety of locations throughout the day.

Do guests need to use the ResponsiBlue app for health screening?
Yes, it is recommended that guests also use the app for their health screening, but if they do not have access to the app, the questions for the health screening can be asked verbally.

Can my supervisor ask to see my ResponsiBlue vaccination status or health screening check?
Yes. Your supervisor will need to know how best to manage the workplace setting. If you decide not to share that information, the supervisor will need to plan accordingly. This means that they will need to plan as if you are not vaccinated and require masking and physical distancing when you are in the workplace indoors and working near others. Please visit the vaccination policy for additional regulations.


Face Coverings

Are face coverings required in public spaces on campus?
Effective May 2, masks will be optional for indoor spaces on the University of Michigan campuses, with the exception that masks remain required in the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC). The masking requirement in ECDC will remain in place for at least the duration of the Spring term.

Why is U-M reducing the indoor masking policy?
Based on U-M’s high vaccination rates and that the state of Michigan is moving from a response phase to a recovery phase in the pandemic, the university is able to reduce the indoor mask requirement. Under the latest guidance from the CDC, mask use is not listed among the recommended prevention behavior guidance for individuals in areas with a “Medium” or “Low” COVID-19 Community Level. Masks remain an option for anyone seeking additional protection from COVID-19.

Are face coverings required in an open computer lab?
No, face coverings are no longer required in ITS open computer labs. ITS open computer labs are listed here.

What will be the face-covering guidelines for the ECDC?
UM-Flint Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) will continue to require children, staff, and families to wear masks while in the facility. There has been no change to the ECDC policy at this time. Please consult with ECDC staff for details.

Are face coverings required in residence halls?
No, face coverings are not required in the residence halls. From new CDC IHE guidance: Shared housing (for example, dormitories) in institutions of higher education is considered a lower risk congregate setting due to the lower risk of severe health outcomes (such as hospitalizations and death) associated with young adults.

Are face coverings required for my event?
Face coverings are not required for events unless required by event organizers. Please consult with Conferences & Events if you have questions regarding an on-campus event.

Can I still wear a face-covering if I feel more comfortable with one on in all spaces?
Face covering use is still suggested as an effective strategy for enhanced personal protection, especially for those with compromised immune status, those who are not vaccinated or up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations, and anyone with a perceived increased situational risk. Please be respectful of members of our UM-Flint community who choose to wear a face-covering for their own protection and comfort.

Can I ask someone to wear a face-covering in my personal office space or in a face-to-face meeting?
Public health guidance is shifting away from a position that others need to mask to protect others except when conditions in the community are “HIGH.” However, individuals may recommend, but may not require, others to wear masks in settings such as one-on-one meetings. Here’s some sample language to consider using if you’d like to recommend that another individual wear a mask around you: “I’m choosing to wear a mask as another layer of protection against COVID-19 infection. And while I cannot require you to wear a mask, would you be willing to wear one while in this [meeting.], as well? Of course, this is your choice, and there will be no consequences if you choose not to, but I appreciate your consideration as it would make me feel more comfortable.”

Are face coverings required for performers or presenters on a stage?
Face coverings are not required for performers or presenters at this time.

Can an individual or a department work with Human Resources & Environmental Health to determine if face coverings can be required in a workspace based on medical needs?
Yes, in some extenuating circumstances, HR and EHS are able to work with a department and their employee(s) to discuss and support a possible alternative to the policy while considering the needs of the unit, its employees, and the health issues of an individual.

I want to continue to wear a mask; what type of mask is the best protection for me?
Well-fitting masks, especially high filtration N95 and KN95 masks, remain an effective way for an individual to lower their personal risk of acquiring COVID-19.

Will disposable masks be available in the classroom cleaning kits for people who forget their face coverings? And what will the cleaning kits in general classrooms include?
Yes, a few extra masks will be available in the kits, along with other cleaning/disinfectant spray and wipes for those who will want to wipe their workspace before starting their class/lab. KN95 and surgical masks continue to be available around campus for students, faculty, and staff.

For those with an exemption from the vaccine policy, are they still required to test weekly even though masking is no longer required?
At this time, individuals with an approved exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination policy are not required to complete weekly COVID-19 testing.

If a guest visits our campus and asks an employee to wear a face covering, do I need to comply?
Public health guidance is shifting away from a position that others need to mask to protect others except when conditions in the community are “HIGH.” However, individuals may recommend, but may not require, others to wear masks in settings such as one-on-one meetings. Therefore, you are not required to wear a face-covering. You may elect to wear one, or you can politely respond that the university does not require face coverings, but you will be mindful of your distance when working with the visitor to help make them feel more comfortable.

I recently tested positive for COVID-19; how long do I need to wear a face covering?
COVID-19 positive individuals are still required to mask through Day 10 of their isolation period.

I was recently exposed to COVID-19; how long do I need to wear a face covering?
Individuals who were recently espoused to COVID-19 are still required to mask through Day 10 of their quarantine period.


Working On-Campus & Remotely

How do I attend a meeting if I’m working from home?
If working remotely, please discuss your attendance options with your supervisor in advance for clarification of the method to meet.


Education & Classroom Operations

Will students be able to maintain physical distance in classrooms?
Classrooms are currently at pre-covid densities. Wearing a mask is always an option for those who decide to do so.

Are ITS computer labs available, and do I have to maintain physical distance when sitting in a computer lab?
Yes, they are open, and typically there are some spaces that are able to accommodate individuals that would like to or need to be physically distanced. Wearing a mask is always an option for those who decide to do so.

Where can one on one tutoring take place?
The campus tutoring labs have space for tutoring. Additionally, individuals have the option to work in one of the large open spaces available on campus, where one or both parties can don face coverings if they so choose.

Will there be cleaning supplies in all general classrooms?
Yes, and the cleaning kit will include disposable masks in case a student forgets theirs.

What rooms have hyperflex technology available?
Classroom Services maintains a list of rooms capable of videoconferencing.

I need a microphone in order to teach in a large classroom with a face covering on; where do I get one?
There are microphones available for faculty to check out to enhance the volume and clarity of the individual in the lecture hall. These are available for check out from ITS through webcheckout.umflint.edu.

Should instructors take attendance? Or have a seating chart for contact tracing purposes?
Taking attendance and having seating charts are not required at this time, particularly while COVID case volumes are low.  However,  should a positive COVID case arise in your course, and we start experiencing an increase in case volume, you may be asked to provide an accurate class list and general vicinity of where students were sitting and/or interacting if that is available.

Recommended syllabus language related to the current policies:

  • Face Covering Policy: (as of 5/2/2022) Masks are optional for indoor spaces on the University of Michigan campuses, with the exception that masks remain required in patient care areas (e.g., Michigan Medicine, University Health Service, and the Dental School clinical areas), and at U-M Covid-19 testing sites. The policy is in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Covid-19 community level guidance which provides a measure of the impact of COVID-19 illness on health and healthcare systems in addition to current case activity to allow communities to make decisions on mitigation measures as appropriate for their area. Mask use is still suggested as an effective strategy for enhanced personal protection, especially for those with compromised immune status, those who are not vaccinated or up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations, and anyone with a perceived increased situational risk. Consult the policy for more details and updates to the policy.
  • Vaccination Policy: (as of 4/27/2022 ) Faculty, staff, and students are required to be up to date with the COVID-19 vaccine. U-M is providing exemptions to the vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons.
  • Contact Tracing & Quarantine Policy: (as of 5/6/22) Should you have any symptoms or test positive for COVID-19: (1) do not come to campus, (2) isolate yourself from others, (3) complete the online report form, and (4) contact your instructor immediately. If you are identified as a close contact, you may be asked to quarantine, depending upon case details. You should work with your instructors to determine how you can continue your course work remotely during the quarantine period.

Hyperflex Operations: This course modality meets synchronously in a classroom while simultaneously allowing students to participate online. This mode allows for students to learn in the classroom or synchronously online. Faculty will teach in the classroom with some students physically present while the remaining students participate remotely. It is possible to participate in this mode without ever attending class on campus. All course materials and assessments should be delivered online to accommodate all students, and all interactions should be tailored to equally support the course outcomes. Faculty should include student collaboration, which can be accomplished with the many synchronous meeting tools available to the campus.

Will faculty be notified of who in their course is vaccinated or unvaccinated?
No, except in the case of a positive COVID-19 case within the course as it relates to the operations of contact tracing.

Will more classes move to an online format?
The instructional method of currently scheduled classes will only change under extenuating circumstances. As an institution, we will continue to offer more online classes than we have in the years prior to the pandemic to meet student demand. For clarity on the section types, view this video.

If I am in an online synchronous class, can I “attend” that class while being on campus? For example, sitting in the library or study space.
Yes, you are welcome to join your online courses from anywhere on campus that is conducive to your learning. Online doesn’t necessarily mean you are at home or off-campus.

What are the expectations & guidelines for faculty to hold office hours?
Faculty should continue to offer students the opportunity to meet with them outside of class. These can take place remotely or face to face. We recommend that if you don’t feel comfortable meeting in a small office space, you hold office hours in an open public space. Wearing a face covering is optional in most places on campus, including during these meetings if they take place face to face.

Can a faculty member require additional PPE (i.e., face shields) in a classroom setting because they feel more comfortable with it if the class activities do not require it?
No, any person could opt to don a face shield (they are available by request through EHS) for their own comfort level, but a faculty member cannot require face shields by all in the class unless the activities of the class demand the added mitigation level and have been discussed with the academic program director and EHS.

What are the expectations for faculty presence on campus in the 2022-2023 academic year?
There is no mandate for faculty presence on campus. However, the expectation is that faculty participation and involvement in department activities is as it was pre-pandemic, though some of that participation may be different for different levels of faculty and instructional responsibilities and vary by unit. This expectation may be different for faculty members who carry administrative responsibilities. Faculty should check with their Chair, Director, or Dean’s office if you have questions.

What are the expectations for staff on campus?
Staff should work directly with their supervisor to determine the appropriate work schedule.