Guiding Principles


True to Our Mission

The University of Michigan has stood the test of time for more than 200 years. While it will not be easy, U-M will overcome the challenges of this pandemic, and we will — as we always have — uphold our public mission and the promise we have made to those we serve. The following principles and expert advisors are guiding us through the process of safely resuming activities on our campus.

Front doors to a building covered with public health safety signs
Stone arches on the entrance to the Law Quad


The public health-informed practices designed to reactivate in-person activities on the U-M campus have been established under the following principles:
  • Prioritize the health and safety of all members of the University of Michigan community with special consideration and thought toward vulnerable individuals.
  • Maintain continuity of high-quality educational experience for all students.
  • Use real-time epidemiological data to inform decision-making.
  • Use an ongoing, robust communication strategy to share information.
  • Uphold our core value of diversity, equity, inclusion and access.
  • Learn from others’ experiences.
  • Be prepared to plan, monitor and adapt as needed due to the ever-changing nature of the pandemic.

Developed by the President’s Advisory Committee on Public Health

U-M COVID-19 Committees | Office of the President

Several committees and groups have been developed at U-M to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and plan for the fall semester. These groups include U-M faculty who are leaders in their field and foremost staff experts in innovative teaching, engaged learning, physical space use, public health and much more. Student Life is engaging hundreds of our students in wide-ranging aspects of planning.

Many additional individuals are working in our schools, colleges and units, and UM-Dearborn Chancellor Domenico Grasso and UM-Flint Chancellor Debasish Dutta have convened broad groups as well. All have spent countless hours deeply engaged in efforts to help plan our blueprint for the fall.

View more details about the COVID-19 committees.