March 10, 2022, Campus COVID-19 Update
New face covering policy
Starting March 14, the university is making masking optional in most indoor spaces, including offices, residence halls and athletic events. The change is supported by high vaccination rates in the U-M community and improving regional conditions.
Masks will remain required in classrooms and other instructional spaces during class times, patient care areas, campus transit and in COVID-19 testing sites. Read more in the University Record.
Effective March 14, guests attending indoor ticketed Michigan Athletic events will no longer be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test – based on new guidance issued by the Campus Health Response Committee. CHRC continues to recommend the use of ResponsiBLUE symptom screening for guests at in-person events and programs and notes food and drink are now acceptable for in-person gatherings.
Drop in cases
COVID-19 cases continued on a downward trend last week, down from the previous week. Campus experts are monitoring case activity closely as our campus community resumes activities after spring break and associated travel.
Report positive tests
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to get a COVID-19 test following spring break travel. If you test positive using a rapid antigen test or test positive from a testing center outside of U-M, report your positive test result here and isolate accordingly.
ResponsiBLUE App Update
Members of the U-M community must update their ResponsiBLUE app to version 2.0 on mobile devices to view the latest features. If a mobile device is not configured to automatically update apps, the COVID-19 Vaccination card will display “Invalid” for the status, and the user will need to visit the app store to download an update. This may require users to delete and reinstall the app. Do not resubmit vaccination records if you have already done so. More information is available here: https://teamdynamix.umich.edu/TDClient/30/Portal/KB/ArticleDet?ID=7324.
Vaccination requirement and free testing remain
U-M’s COVID-19 vaccine policy that requires that students, faculty and staff remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations. The Community Sampling and Tracking Program continues to be available on campus for free, COVID-19 testing. Weekly testing remains required of U-M community members who have an exemption from the vaccine policy.
COVID-19 policy compliance
Administrative holds are being placed for students’ non-compliance with COVID-19 policies, and will prevent students from adding or dropping classes, registering for the future term and requesting an official transcript. A COVID-19 administrative hold does not impact a student’s ability to graduate or receive their diploma.