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Last Updated: noon on June 22, 2020

Ramp-up Continues, In-Person Semester Ahead

We will welcome students back to the Ann Arbor campus, classrooms and residence halls this fall, but the semester will, of course, look and feel very different due to the challenges of COVID-19.

Within Engineering, we’ll be asking that each person join in prudent health and safety actions that will embody our values – and a commitment to caring for one another. Just as we’ve successfully ramped up research operations, we’re working toward Fall semester with an emphasis on safety and inclusivity.

Innovative & In-Person

The University’s Maize & Blueprint website provides comprehensive information about the plan to bring students back in the fall, including guiding principles and current status. It’ll be updated regularly as more details are finalized.

Research Re-engagement

Wave 3 of Research Re-engagement began the week of June 15, with the remaining College research labs opening. Re-engagement includes selected, non-COVID19 related bench research, and is being conducted in waves. Wave 3 included NCRC, Beyster, UMTRI and an increase of labs in existing open buildings.

Latest Building Openings

Wave 2: DOW, CSRB, AE TUNNEL, AUX SERV 1, FXB, Rad Sci 1, Rad Sci 2, NAME, IoE, AUTO LAB, COOLEY, NUCENGLAB, PHOENIX, BIRB, GERSTACKER, LBME, ENG RES 1 and ENG RES 2.
Wave 1: GGB, ECE and EWRE.

Phase One of the College’s return to on-campus operations began May 26 with the pilot wave of additional, non-Covid bench labs opening in the EECS and GGB buildings. Additional training and safety precautions were implemented in conjunction with the pilot, and have been successfully adopted.

Details of the re-engagement can be found on the Office of Research’s website. The re-engagement aligns with Phase One of the College’s planned return to on-campus operations.

Restricted Building Access

Beginning May 26, College buildings became restricted to any individuals not approved for mission-critical activities or research. On June 1, all individuals with approval were asked to have completed their COVID safety training in My Linc, and begin using the same entry/exit procedures as research staff.

Those with approved building access must follow all protocols, which includes swiping in and out of buildings with their Mcard. Please refrain from allowing others into the building by holding open doors or swiping them in. As new buildings open, greeters from departments, divisions and units will be assigned at each building’s entry point.

Those entering a building, must:

  • Have an active, unexpired M-Card for exterior doors, and keys to access interior working spaces
  • Check in and out at the prescribed entrance/exit
  • Wear a mask. If you don’t have a mask yet or don’t like the one you’re currently using, check the CDC’s guide to homemade face coverings
  • Follow all safety and health protocols, including social distancing and health attestations

Purchasing and Orders

No equipment purchased from a grant or purchase order can be delivered to a non-University address.

For purchases of supplies needed to do your work remotely using a Pcard, please talk to your supervisors.

All USPS mail for the college will be forwarded to the Lurie Engineering Center and will be sorted by department. Contact Scott Campbell to coordinate a contactless exchange. If you’ve previously contacted the USPS to stop delivery you can either wait for the stop request to expire or contact the Stadium Avenue USPS branch to resume delivery.

Work Disruption

If you are unable to work remotely, or can only work remotely part-time, contact your supervisor to determine the most appropriate way to complete your timecard. The University Human Resources website has more information, including information about COVID-19 pay.