Health & People

On-Site Staffing

  • Open/Shared Offices
  • Cleaning Workload
  • High-Risk & Caregivers
  • Food and Water

Healthy Behaviors

  • Face Coverings
  • Culture of Care
  • Testing & Contact Tracing
  • Positive COVID Cases

On-Site Staffing

We’ll use our Principles for Returning Staff to Campus to guide on-site staffing decisions. We’ll ensure that all faculty, staff, and students continue to receive the level of support needed to preserve our excellence and reputation and will do so with maximum flexibility, working to minimize the number of personnel reporting to campus on any given day in order to keep our on-campus density low. In most cases, staff who can work fully remote can continue to do so for the fall term.  Each department will be creating a re-entry plan to determine which staff will need to have a presence on campus when students return this fall.     

Staffing levels are being reassessed to ensure we are meeting the needs of our faculty, staff, and students.  Alternate, remote customer service arrangements should be made to ensure faculty, staff, and students receive high quality customer service.

Open/Shared Offices

All spaces will have the appropriate accommodations to ensure a safe work environment. Departments and units are developing re-entry plans that minimize density in work spaces.

Cleaning Workload

Departments will be responsible for creating equitable cleaning protocols.  Individuals should expect that they clean shared spaces themselves after use.  Staff will be responsible for cleaning their own offices. In addition, Custodial Services will be responsible for cleaning some portions of the building.  Guidelines and information regarding what Custodial Services will be doing are available by space type and use.

High Risk & Caregivers

The University is drafting guidelines to assist units in cases where members of the university community are at high risk. Concerns about high risk household members have yet to be addressed.

Supervisors will be encouraged to work with their staff to help accommodate childcare needs. The College will utilize its Principles for Returning Staff to Campus to guide on-site staffing decisions.

Access to Food and Water

Reasonable accommodations will be made for those on site. Refillable water stations will be functional, department kitchenettes will be available for use and vending machines will be stocked. 

Healthy Behavior

Face Coverings

The College will provide face coverings and hand sanitizer to all faculty and staff. We have purchased 5,200 cloth and 19,000 disposable masks. Disposables will be available for visitors and those who forget their own. In addition, the University will provide each student with four.

The university has implemented a policy requiring that masks are worn on campus.  Face coverings will be required everywhere on campus, including in classrooms, shared office space, corridors, and public areas, even outdoors. Compliance and enforcement policies are currently being developed, including enforcement policies for students.

The university is launching the “Taking Care of Maize and Blue” shared responsibility campaign that features the “Reasons Why…” our students, faculty, and staff are committed to keeping our campus safe now and through the academic year. The campaign will include digital marketing, campus signage and a downloadable tool-kit for use by units and the city of Ann Arbor both on- and off-campus.

Culture of Care

The University’s Office of Student Life has worked with students to create the “Wolverine Culture of Care” – asking students to commit to healthy practices that include:

  • Monitoring, self-isolating and participating in testing and contact-tracing
  • Wearing face coverings
  • Maintaining distance
  • Observing gathering limits
  • hand-washing
  • cleaning
  • Getting flu vaccines
  • Educating themselves and others on public health practices and facts
  • promoting holistic well-being (physical, emotional, financial, social, etc) 

Environment and Health Safety (EHS) has created guidelines and designed facility signage to promote health and safety behaviors.

Testing and Contact Tracing

The State of Michigan has the resources and is responsible for testing and contact tracing.  The University will report any confirmed cases to the state to facilitate their process. 

Positive COVID Cases

All safety protocols designed for the management of presumptive and positive COVID cases will be strictly adhered to. Please refer to the EHS Exposure and Testing Self-Guidance document (pdf).

All employees who are diagnosed with, or suspect they might have, COVID-19 need to contact the Occupational Health Services hotline by calling 734-764-8021 and stay at home unless they require medical attention. This applies to employees on all campuses and in Michigan Medicine (read additional guidance for Michigan Medicine employees). Further guidance can be found on the University HR Website under Health and Safety Information for Departments and Managers

Per President Schlissel’s faculty town hall, a community-facing dashboard will be created and updated regularly to provide updates on the status of COVID to faculty, staff, and students.