ENGIN UPDATE: Return to campus, weekly testing

The College of Engineering’s weekly update aims to provide transparent and frequent information about how the College is operating, adapting and caring for its community. Updated information can always be found at the College’s COVID website. Questions and feedback can be submitted here.

Classes resumed this week, with students who plan to attend in-person courses moving back to the area. As you return to campus buildings, please ensure you are following all COVID-19 protocols to create a safe and healthy environment:

  • Wear a face covering, including outside
  • Maintain six feet of distance from others
  • Avoid large groups and do not move furniture to congregate
  • Use the ResponsiBLUE app every day – do not come to work if your ResponsiBLUE check is red, or if you have been told to isolate or quarantine
  • Clean all work surfaces before and after use and follow increased cleaning and safety procedures in labs
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not readily available
  • Avoid touching your face



Going to be on campus this semester? Make sure you get a COVID test. The College is encouraging anyone who comes onto campus at least one day a week – all faculty, staff and students – to get tested weekly. A saliva testing site has been set up in Pierpont. It’s easy to schedule your test:



Undergraduate students living on campus or coming to campus for classes, activities or work are required to get a COVID test weekly through the University. Faculty and staff are not expected to enforce this policy, however you can help get the word out to your students by showing this slide (can be downloaded as PPT) at the beginning of an upcoming in-person or hybrid course.



COVID-19 vaccines continue to be administered through Michigan Medicine as part of the state-wide effort to vaccinate all Michiganders. To ensure you are ready once the vaccine becomes available for you, please: 

For up-to-date info on vaccine distribution status, utilize Michigan Medicine’s vaccination info page



Cases of COVID-19 have and will continue to occur with individuals in Engineering, however, we have had no known community spread. This is because of our collective responsibility to care for each other – following prevention protocols and promptly notifying those who can help. If you become aware of a positive case please follow these steps. 

  1. If they have visited a College building, please notify your Department Chair and Unit Administrator, or your Unit Director. They will work with College leadership to:
    1. Inform EHS
    2. Connect with potentially affected individuals
    3. Determine building safety 
  2. Students should: 
    1. Follow these guidelines and notify UHS to keep others safe
    2. Get the support they need by contacting the CARE Center and filling out the Illness Reporting Form
  3. Faculty and staff should: 
    1. Follow these guidelines for employees to keep others safe
    2. Get the support they need by contacting Work Connections

This instructor guide also explains what happens when a student is diagnosed with COVID-19 or identified as a close contact. Provided by U-M’s Campus Blueprint.



If you find yourself or someone you know struggling with emotional, mental or personal concerns, please take advantage of the services offered by the University to find help.

  • SilverCloud: An interactive mental health portal available to the entire U-M community that can help you sleep better and manage stress anxiety and depression.
  • C.A.R.E. Center: The central hub to assist engineering students through a variety of barriers to achieving overall wellness.