The College of Engineering’s weekly update aims to provide transparent and frequent information about how the College is operating, caring for its community and planning for the future.
NEW COVID TEST SITE: NORTH CAMPUS RECREATION BUILDING
In addition to Pierpont, North Campus now has the NCRB COVID-19 testing site. It’s currently open only on Saturdays from 10-2. See all locations and hours. If you are coming to campus at least once a week, the College expects that you’re getting tested weekly through the Community Sampling and Tracking Program.
STUDENT WELL-BEING BREAK: U-M SANCTIONED DAY OFF
Please mark your calendar and plan for the March 23 well-being break for students. Without the usual semester breaks, students are expressing high levels of stress, anxiety and depression – supporting their well-being is critical this semester. . Next week, we recommend:
- Cancel labs. This will dramatically reduce students’ stress and workloads, and it will preserve the integrity of course grading.
- Postpone midterms and quizzes. This is a clear signal about our commitment to the goal of the break.
APRIL 5: VACCINES AVAILABLE TO MICHIGANDERS 16+
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) officials announced the state is expanding vaccination eligibility for Michiganders ages 16 and older with disabilities or medical conditions that put them at high risk of negative COVID-19 outcome beginning Monday, March 22. Beginning Monday, April 5, all Michiganders age 16 and up who were not previously eligible will be eligible to receive a vaccine. Read full announcement.
Supervisors are encouraged to facilitate employees receiving vaccines by providing maximum flexibility through utilization of sick or vacation time, or flexing their hours.
COVID-RELATED RESEARCH UPDATES FROM U-M INCLUDE
- By April 1st, reduced density requirements in bench labs that will safely allow six feet of social separation. The ADR will provide additional guidance for shift work and lab hours.
- Tier 3 human research is eligible for reactivation. These studies must first apply for activation.
- Human research studies categorized as Tier 0, Tier 1 and Tier 2 are currently eligible for and may continue in-person activity.
- Studies that are able to complete their goals remotely should continue with remote work.
Read the full announcement here: Plans to safely expand research and scholarship activity