Maize & Blueprint


Our guide to living, learning and working together safely

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Our Approach

Safe, Prepared and Ready to Go Blue!

The University of Michigan is providing an innovative, in-person fall 2020 designed to meet the needs of our students and campus community and advance our mission. Our plans are informed by the latest safety measures put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state of Michigan and the guidance of U-M experts from public health, education, medicine and others across our campus community. This website shares our blueprint for protecting the entire U-M community and how you can stay safe and help reduce the spread of COVID-19 on campus.

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Susan M. Collins, Ph.D., Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
"Thanks to the thoughtful and deliberate efforts of hundreds of members of the University of Michigan community, I am pleased to announce that we plan to offer a public health-informed in-residence semester this fall. It will consist of a mixture of in-person and remote classes. We will protect our students, faculty and staff with a broad array of research-based public health measures and tools. We will make full use of our longstanding excellence in teaching and learning, both in person and online, and tap our innovative spirit to deliver a world-class Michigan educational experience."

Mark Schlissel, M.D., Ph.D.
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What Will Fall Look Like?

As we ramp up for another exciting academic year, residence halls are welcoming students for housing and dining, and many courses and programs have been developed to enhance the in-person campus experience. Many experiences will look and feel different. Each of us will need to follow new safety precautions to ensure we keep our community as healthy as possible while making the most of all U-M has to offer — engaged and excellent teaching and learning, world-class research and high-quality campus operations. Our goal is to create an educational and workplace experience that is safe and accessible to all.

What's Happening Now?

Current Campus Status

Updated June 22, 2020

The state of Michigan is following a six-stage approach to addressing the pandemic.

The current stage for southeast Michigan is Stage 4: Improving. This means the pandemic is no longer increasing and the state’s health systems are able to handle all current needs. This phase calls for the continued use of physical distancing and face coverings, and limiting gatherings to small groups.

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Events and social gatherings

Events on the U-M campus have been canceled, postponed or taken to a virtual format at this time. Please confirm with the event organizer to find the most up-to-date information. Public health guidance recommends limiting indoor social gatherings to 10 people. Observe social distancing guidelines. If gathering, meet outdoors. The smaller the size, the safer the event. (Updated June 22, 2020)

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Many Spring-Summer classes are being conducted remotely, though some students are on campus for activities such as clinical rotations and research lab work. Our faculty are reenvisioning all of our fall classes in a variety of engaging formats including in-person, remote and hybrid — a mix of in-person and remote instruction using alternating attendance practices to reduce density in classrooms. (Updated June 22, 2020)

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Remote work

All work that can be done remotely must continue to be done remotely. If you must come back to campus, you are required to follow the established U-M health and safety protocols. Please connect with your leadership to understand your unit’s return-to-campus plans and timeline. (Updated June 22, 2020)

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Travel restrictions

All international and domestic business travel by faculty and staff on behalf of the University of Michigan is suspended until further notice. More details about U-M travel restrictions and guidance can be found on the Global Michigan website, which will be updated to reflect changes. Information for students traveling back to campus in the fall will be posted in the near future. (Updated June 22, 2020)

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Safety measures

Our collective safety requires we all do our part by practicing strong personal hygiene habits, wearing a face covering when appropriate, maintaining a physical distance of six (6) feet and staying home when sick. We have also implemented protocols for aggressive cleaning and managing access to buildings across campus. (Updated June 22, 2020)

It is important to note that this information is subject to change as the state of Michigan updates its executive orders as well as when additional guidance for U-M campus planning is in place.