Taking Care of Maize & Blue

Help us stop the spread

We all want to stay healthy and keep our community safe. We all want our lives to get back to normal. When we all work together to follow public health guidelines, it slows the spread of COVID-19 — protecting those who need it most and giving researchers time to find the treatments we need. Here’s how you can help keep campus safe:

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Care for yourself and others

The Division of Student Life worked closely with U-M students across campus to develop the Wolverine Culture of Care — a commitment to keeping the campus community as healthy and safe as possible.

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Wolverine Culture of Care

To provide the best campus experience possible in the context of this historic threat to the health and well-being of all, we understand that consistently making safe and healthy choices to keep the entire community as safe as possible is a collective responsibility shared by students, faculty, staff and Ann Arbor residents. As such, Wolverines are committed to care for ourselves and to be respectful of our impact on the health of others, by committing to the following:

Monitor, Self-Isolate & Participate

Protect the community through vigilant self-monitoring for symptoms and self-isolate if/when symptoms do develop or you are in contact with someone with symptoms. Avoid and/or minimize travel and the hosting of guests throughout the semester. Participate in testing, isolation/quarantine and contact tracing as suggested by health care providers and required by public health officials.

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Cover, Distance & Observe Gathering

Wear face covering in public spaces, maintain 6 feet or more of personal distance and limit group gatherings as directed in accordance with prevailing public health guidance.

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Wash, Clean & Flu Vaccine

Engage in enhanced health-positive practices, including regular hand washing, keeping personal and shared spaces clean, getting the flu vaccine when available.

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Educate, Innovate & Spread Awareness

Educate yourself and others on health-positive fact-based information, innovate to achieve community well-being and spread awareness of disparate impacts and realities of COVID-19 in marginalized and vulnerable communities.

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Promote Holistic Well-Being

Observe and integrate all dimensions of well-being important to a thriving community: Physical, Emotional/ Mental, Environmental, Financial, Occupational, Social, Intellectual and Spiritual.

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Concern Reporting Student Registry

All students living off-campus are asked to opt in to a voluntary address registry, providing the university with their name, address and cell contact information.

By signing up for the opt-in registry, students receive updates from the COVID-19 concern reporting line if a concern about their address surfaces, giving them the opportunity to address the situation without police involvement as the first response.

Being able to text or call a responsible student as an initial level of peer outreach may prevent the need for law enforcement interactions.

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Education modules

All U-M students (undergraduates and graduates) are required to take an online course called “Staying Healthy in a Changing Environment for Students on Campus.” The course provides students with information about the COVID-19 virus, mental well-being, and returning to campus. Students will learn important information, critical skills and how to access resources.

The course lasts 25 minutes. Students received an email from campus leaders during the beginning of the Fall semester informing them about how to complete the course.

At the end of the course, off-campus students are asked to voluntarily opt in to provide their current off campus address and cell number to allow for students to be directly contacted about any concerns related to their residence.

If you’ve haven’t completed the course, please visit the First Year Experience course page for more information.

Employees

All employees working on campus are required to take COVID-19 training that at a minimum covers the following:

  • Workplace infection controls practices.
  • The proper use of personal protective equipment.
  • Steps the employee must take to notify the university of any symptoms of COVID-19 or a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.
  • How to report unsafe working conditions.

Here are two training modules available in My LINC:

Documentation that employees have taken this training is required, and will be maintained in the system. Departments should also ensure that individuals are trained on their site-specific workplace requirements.

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Together, we will make a difference

Physical distancing, wearing a face covering and hand washing are the most reliable actions we can take to protect our community.

  • Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more between yourself and others.
  • Wear a face covering that covers your mouth, nose and chin anywhere on campus including indoors, outside and on U-M transportation.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If unable to wash your hands, use hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes. Avoid touching your face.
  • If you're gathering with others, meet outdoors when possible and limit the size. The smaller the group, the safer the event.
  • Do not share common food and beverages.
  • If you feel sick, stay home and away from others. Seek medical attention if necessary.
  • Get vaccinated against the flu.

For more details on how you can stay safe and healthy at U-M, view our specific information pages for the Students and Families and Faculty and Staff.

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