Week three. Zoom Changes. Save the Dates. Big Ten Football?

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

As we close the third week of classes, there’s no denying that campus (and all of us) are navigating stressful situations. Feelings are mixed. Concerns around the (now ended, but still rippling and controversial) GEO strike, a Faculty Senate vote and reports of conditions in the residence halls are taxing the community from many angles. 

On a positive note, reports are that compliance on North Campus with mask-wearing and other measures is very high, and we greatly appreciate our community’s modeling of safe behavior.  

Please share any feedback, feelings and ideas with us using this form. 



As part of a security update, Zoom will require all meetings occurring on or after September 27, to use a Waiting Room or a Passcode (formerly known as “password”).

U-M Zoom, including Zoom for Health, users are being notified of this change on a rolling basis from September 9 through September 27.

For more tips on adapting to Zoom’s new security settings, visit the Nexus Faculty Resources blog here.



With all the changes that have come with this new year, some students are struggling to figure out where they can study and eat. 



Engagement, communication, and feedback are necessary for effective online learning but can be challenging to implement. For tips on creating an effective plan, read this recent post from the Nexus Faculty Resources Blog. 



  • 9/23. Maize & Blue Cupboard returns to North Campus. Sign up to shop or volunteer at the mobile food distribution center – every other Wednesday through November 18. 
      • Departments can donate items like reusable bags, small hand sanitizers, etc. Please reach out to engin-support@umich.edu.
  • 10/14. A faculty meeting will invite all instructors to engage in a check-in and conversation about the semester. 
  • 10/15. Staff State of the College. Save the date for this annual address by Dean Gallimore. Staff will get an RSVP soon.
  • 10/23. Big Ten Football resumes. Although there won’t be fans in the Big House for home games this is certainly going to lead to polarizing opinions, and we just wanted to make sure you don’t get caught by surprise.