Faculty + Staff

In the Workplace

Focused on Safety & Flexibility

Faculty and staff should continue to work remotely unless instructed by their department chair or unit leader to return to campus to keep density down on campus and protect our community. Faculty members will be working with their unit leaders to provide high-quality teaching and learning experiences for students while protecting their own safety and that of their students. Since May, the university has implemented a phased approach for ramping up campus based on specific criteria that allow us to resume activities on campus with protecting the health and safety of the community.

Read the committee charge document, sponsored by Kevin Hegarty, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

We are committed to developing, with faculty and staff input, unit-specific plans that protect vulnerable members of our community.

U-M has long been recognized as a world-class public research university, with an everlasting dedication to transformative undergraduate, graduate and professional education. Our approach for the fall advances this crucial pillar of mission in a way that maximizes the safety and health of the U-M community — and again ensures that we will continue to lead by providing a Michigan educational experience to our students.

We have learned much about how we can do our work remotely during this pandemic. While we are carefully planning a safe reactivation of campus this fall, I hope that many of our staff will continue to work remotely to reduce the density on our campus permanently. We are so grateful for your flexibility, creativity and hard work during this time. Whether you’ve been providing essential services on campus or serving in critical roles at home, your efforts have been invaluable to keeping our community safe. We are a thriving community no matter where we are, and we couldn’t be prouder of your continued efforts to support the university. Staff truly do Make Blue Go! Kevin Hegarty, M.A.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Kevin Hagerty, M.A., Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Susan M. Collins, Ph.D., Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
I am deeply appreciative of the work that faculty and graduate students are doing as we adjust to research and teaching during the continuing pandemic. I know the challenges are significant. Yet, I am confident that with the access to the many resources that the university offers and, especially, to the ideas and counsel of colleagues, we will continue to conduct path-breaking research and provide educational programs that prepare our students for fulfilling careers and empower them to contribute to society. Susan M. Collins, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
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Returning to Campus

  • Continue to work remotely, unless directed by your department chair or unit leadership.
  • Each department is developing a specific COVID-19 plan for its area that will include your unit’s return-to-campus plans and timeline.
  • If you need to work on campus, you will need to follow additional health and safety protocols such as wearing face coverings while indoors, outdoors and on U-M transportation and completing a daily health screening tool, ResponsiBLUE.
  • To facilitate health and safety for our faculty and our staff, changes have been made to the academic calendar to reduce travel to and from campus to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
  • Contribute to a culture of care by following safety measures across campus to protect the entire U-M community.
  • All employees working on campus are required to take COVID-19 Training Documentation that employees have taken this training is required and is maintained in the system. Departments should also ensure that individuals are trained on their site-specific workplace requirements.
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Protecting Our Community

  • Aggressive cleaning protocols will be implemented across campus.
  • We are managing access to campus facilities and reconfiguring spaces to maintain physical distancing and minimize COVID-19 risks.
  • Each day, all members of our campus community who will enter campus buildings will be required to check themselves for COVID-19 symptoms by answering a brief set of questions using our daily symptom checker tool. We also encourage you to use this tool daily, even when not coming to campus. For more information on ResponsiBLUE, click here.
  • Stay home when you are sick and leave work immediately if you begin to feel unwell.
  • If you develop COVID-like symptoms or test positive, notify your department chair or unit leader and Occupational Health Services Hotline by calling 734-764-8021.
  • If you don’t have any symptoms, you can help U-M monitor COVID-19 levels on campus by volunteering for the​ ​COVID-19 Community Sampling & Tracking Program. This ​free, surveillance testing program ​is gathering valuable information that can be used to better target interventions and keep our campus safe.
  • U-M also is planning an opt-in randomly-sampled surveillance testing program for the campus community to test 3K-3.5K individuals weekly.
  • U-M's Environment, Health and Safety department will continue to work closely with local public health officials to perform contact tracing for all infected students, faculty and staff as has occurred throughout the pandemic. U-M also will use public health students trained and supervised by professionals to enhance our contact tracing capacity. These students will also get appropriate course credit for this clinical activity as part of their curricular requirements.
  • At-risk employees should connect with their department chair or unit leader about the option to work remotely.
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Health & Wellness

  • Wear a face covering that covers your mouth, nose and chin anywhere on campus including indoors, outside and on U-M transportation. COVID-19 is primarily spread from person to person. You can become infected from respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, if unable, use hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your coughs & sneezes.
  • Observe social distancing guidelines. If you’re gathering, meet outdoors when possible. The smaller the size, the safer the event. And take care by not sharing common food and beverages.
  • Check in with yourself and others. How are you feeling, not just your temperature, but in all dimensions of your well-being?
  • If you develop COVID-like symptom or test positive, alert the Occupational Health Services hotline by calling 734-764-8021.
  • Get vaccinated against the flu to help you stay healthy, protect others and support our health care providers.

Additional COVID-19 Information & Resources




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