Student Life

October 29, 2020

Dear Students,

At the beginning of the Fall semester, we provided an overview of our community’s shared behavior expectations in the context of COVID-19. We continue to provide ongoing outreach and education related to these expectations and we thank the vast majority of students for their commitment to safety as demonstrated by their compliance with our Culture of Care.

As we consider the changing context and the resulting Stay in Place order, we are putting in place the following escalated institutional behavior response measures to be applied as appropriate to circumstances. Prioritizing our community’s well-being, U-M staff will be increasing safety patrols and intensifying responses to first-time social gathering violations in the residence halls, which may include immediate parent/family notification, housing contract terminations and other disciplinary measures.

For off-campus conduct, increased enforcement of group gathering expectations will be implemented this weekend, direct referrals to the Office of Student Conflict Resolution will be expedited and interim measures such as suspension will be considered for individual students hosting high-risk social gatherings during a Stay in Place order. Student organizations hosting high-risk social gatherings will also be held accountable and may lose university recognition for first-time violations.

Any conduct occurring as of October 29, 2020, will be subject to the above response measures.

Most students have been living out the Culture of Care and making good decisions. We expect that from all U-M students. You, as students, impact our community with your choices. Please make wise decisions in the days and weeks ahead.


Martino Harmon, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Life