Health & People

Updated August 26, 2020


Healthy Behaviors

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

On-Site Staffing

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

Healthy Behavior

Testing and Contact Tracing

The University has created a dashboard to provide regular updates to the community about the state of COVID-19 on campus. The dashboard includes cumulative data about the total number of tests and the total number of cases, positivity rates and isolation numbers since March 8. 

Specific information about testing and contact tracing plan

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. Further guidance can be found on the University HR Website under Health and Safety Information for Departments and Managers.

If you are sick due to COVID and cannot work, please utilize the University’s COVID Time/Leave options. Instructions can be found in this presentation from the College’s HR department, or on the University’s HR website.

Face Coverings

The College has purchased 5,200 cloth and 19,000 disposable masks, which will be available for visitors and those who forget their own.

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.

Culture of Care

The University is “Taking Care of Maize and Blue”, asking our students, faculty, and staff to join in following safety measures across campus to protect yourself, your family, your friends and your community

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) 

Signage throughout campus facilities promote health and safety behaviors.

On-Site Staffing

The College is using its 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 has created a re-entry plan to determine which staff will need to have a presence on campus when students return this fall. Alternate, remote customer service arrangements have been made to ensure faculty, staff, and students receive high quality customer service.

Open/Shared Offices

All spaces are being equipped with the appropriate accommodations to ensure a safe work environment. Department and unit re-entry plans minimize density in work spaces.

Cleaning Workload

Departments will be responsible for enacting 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 has created new guidelines to assist in cases where members of the university community or household members are at high risk, or to accommodate childcare needs. In these cases, there are several options, which can be found in this presentation from the College’s HR department.

If you are required to return to on-site work and have a high risk or potentially high risk condition(s), you should use the COVID-19 Temporary Accommodations Request form to begin the process of requesting an accommodation.

If you find that you are in a situation that requires special assistance, please reach out to the College’s Human Resources department for guidance.

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. 

All retail cafes and markets will reopen on August 31 for the fall semester. Keep an eye on hours of operation.