Updated Sept 23, 2020

Building Access

Engineering buildings are open to all MCard holders, M-F, 7 a.m.-midnight 

Remember your mask and your MCard!

  • You’ll need your MCard to open doors.
  • Except for limited exceptions, face coverings  are required everywhere on campus, including in classrooms, shared office space, corridors, and public areas.
  • Talk to your manager about being on campus and in buildings.
  • You need to complete the ResponsiBLUE health screening each day. 

Screening App

Complete the ResponsiBLUE screening check before entering any U-M building.

Training Modules

Research Labs: Working Safely in U-M Research Areas

Staff Training: Working Safely at U-M

Video Tours

Watch these videos to see how classrooms and the Chrysler Center have been updated for the Fall 2020 semester.

North Campus Buildings

Pierpont Commons Hours

  • M – F | 7am-11pm 
  • Sat | 10am-11pm 
  • Sun | 11am-11pm

Duderstadt Center Hours

  • M-F | 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Sat-Sun | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Check University Unions for food service availability

Healthy Environment

Air Quality

We are following all the HVAC recommendations and guidelines from UM health officials and Plant Operations. 

The College has confirmed that the rating of the current filters on our air handlers provides adequate filtration for the purposes of containing the spread of COVID-19. All HVAC units have a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) of  8 or 10 for their pre filters and MERV 13 or 14 for the final filters. Some units that serve areas with special needs (e.g. clean rooms) have HEPA filters. 

All HVAC units for research areas with fume hoods operate 24 hrs per day, 7 days per week with 100% outside air (OA). All other HVAC units bring in OA based on the outdoor temperature: 100% OA when the air temp is between 30 to 50 degrees F, with the percentage of OA decreasing as the outside air temp rises above 50F or falls below 30F. This varies by building design, but never falls lower than 20 to 30% OA. 

During ramp-down, we reduced HVAC in areas where we could for offices  and classrooms. As we began the research re-engagement, many areas were returned to their normal HVAC flows. By Aug 17, fans will be programmed to start a minimum of 2 hours before the building opens and continue running for 2 hours after the building closes. All occupancy sensors or Variable Air Volume (VAV) boxes that have controllers related to occupancy sensors have been disabled. 

Safe Surfaces

Campus has a plan in place for custodial services to disinfect high touch surfaces that units can refer to when planning their reentry.  Custodial Services will clean and disinfect high touch points daily, including classrooms, and other spaces. Classroom cleaning will include wipe down of desks, chairs, door handles, and commonly used equipment (e.g., podium).

The College has purchased and will have on hand at the start of the term:

  • 425 bottles of hand sanitizer
  • 400 bottles of disinfectant
  • 25,000 paper towels
  • 2,400 gloves
  • 2,200 face shields

Supplies will continue to be replenished by the College throughout the year. In addition, the University will be providing a monthly supply of hand sanitizers, disinfectant and cleaning supplies.

Disinfection supplies will be available in every classroom, so that students can wipe down desks at the beginning of class. Cleaning and disinfection supplies will also be provided in conference rooms and available for employees to clean their workstations and shared equipment. In addition, the University is providing faculty and staff with hand sanitizer and Lysol wipes, to be delivered/distributed starting in August. 


Parking permit options have not changed, and include daily parking options for those who do not intend to be on campus 40 hours a week, and need a more flexible option.

Ride shares are likely to be disrupted. If your ride is long, you should consider wearing an N95 mask.

Bussing will be modified to reduce densities. U-M blue buses routes and regulations are still being created, but may include shorter routes, social distancing and masks required. AATA has also put new procedures in place.