We hope this email finds you well, and that you’re staying healthy. We know you must be thinking the same questions we are all asking, “When will the campus reopen and what will the fall semester look like?”
These are questions that will be answered, but as you know, much uncertainty still remains about when the time will be right and safe for people to return to campus. It is important to caution everyone that this will not be a return to the normalcy we experienced in the pre-coronavirus environment. Rather, we will be adapting new protocols and practices based on our experience in on-campus and remote learning that will be in the best interest of the health and safety of our campus community.
Here are some things we know for sure:
- We are planning for and working toward a public health informed, hybrid on-campus fall semester. This means that we are using advice from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and multiple working groups on campus that are determining the version of a modified in-person fall semester that will be in place. We are also collaborating with our colleagues on all U-M campuses so that we can share best practices for this type of semester in the midst of the ongoing pandemic. It is likely to include on-campus, online, and other remote learning components.
- We are committed to academic excellence and your academic success in whatever format we deliver your courses and programs. Our faculty and staff have been working tirelessly to create remote learning environments that maintain academic rigor and provide students a high level of engagement and educational value.
- Your health and safety, and the health and safety of our faculty and staff are of utmost importance to us. We will begin on-campus operations when we can do so with the appropriate public health precautions in place. Our strategy will include ways we can work together to minimize the spread of any illness.
- It is possible you may be experiencing unprecedented financial burdens due to this pandemic, and we want to help you through this difficult time. CARES Act funding may be available to you, if you haven’t already received it. Please see the email from Vice Chancellor Kristi Hottenstein on May 7, 2020 for more information. Additionally, you should talk to your academic advisors about the details of how to apply to receive funds.
- This health crisis has taken a significant toll on many. Please know there are campus resources available to you including free, remote mental health services through Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).
We know this situation is difficult in a variety of ways, and you have our admiration for your willingness to continue your education in this uncertain time. We know that we are stronger together, and together we will navigate our way through these unprecedented circumstances.
Thank you for your patience and commitment to moving forward in a safe and healthy direction.
Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Programs