January 13, 2021
Dear U-M undergraduate students,
We are excited to welcome you back after the break - whether you’ll be participating this winter term on campus or from afar. As you plan your return to campus or Ann Arbor for another academic term, there are several public health best practices and university expectations to make you aware of for a safe and healthy term.
Regular COVID-19 Testing
Regular testing of the U-M community - including you as a student - is an important part of our multilayered strategy to help identify COVID-19 in the community and reduce potential further spread by moving infected individuals and all of their identified close contacts into isolation quickly.
All students are encouraged to participate in regular COVID-19 testing through U-M. Weekly COVID-19 testing through the university is required for undergraduate students identified as the following:
- Living in Michigan Housing.
- Registered for any in-person courses that meet on campus, regardless of how frequently the course meets in-person.
- Employed in a position that requires you to come to campus.
- Conducting research in an on campus facility/building.
- Coming to campus to use facilities (e.g. libraries, unions, Rec Sports, Dining).
Undergraduate students who are required to be tested are expected to get their first U-M COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival to campus or the Ann Arbor area. Please complete your first COVID-19 test at U-M before you engage in campus activities but no later than Jan. 25. Register and sign up for testing here.
ResponsiBLUE is a tool to help support campus health and safety by providing you with a quick daily symptom check for COVID-19. If you are returning for winter term, you are required to use this tool.
The ResponsiBLUE App now displays for all U-M Ann Arbor undergraduate students their weekly COVID-19 testing verification by noting a "COMPLETED" or "EXPIRED" status at the end of the symptom check process. You are responsible for ensuring you have both a green symptom check and a green "Completed" COVID-19 test verification to be on campus. Please know, you may be asked to show your screen while on campus.
It’s important that you download or update the App for the latest version from the App store and visit ResponsiBLUE for more details including FAQs.
Understand COVID-19 Safety Expectations
All students are responsible for understanding the COVID-19 related expectations and their responsibilities this semester.
You are expected to follow public health best practices and expectations - including daily symptom tracking through ResponsiBLUE, mandatory testing, and quarantine and isolation - to support the health of the campus community.
- Continue to wear a face covering, social distance, avoid indoor gatherings of more than 10, and stay home when sick.
- Participate in regular COVID-19 testing through U-M testing programs; weekly testing is mandatory for some undergraduates.
- Use ResponsiBLUE daily. Undergraduate students are responsible for ensuring they have the required green checks for symptom checking and COVID-19 testing verification to be on campus.
Accountability measures for students and student groups who do not maintain compliance with COVID-19-related policies and requirements could include probation, canceling housing contracts, referral for formal student conduct processes, and denied Mcard access to facilities. More information is available here.
For any remaining questions, please email: Assist-Me@umich.edu.
Thank you for your vigilance to help protect each other from the potential spread of COVID-19 as we enter into a new academic term. We are almost there - the ongoing administration of the COVID-19 vaccine provides hope in the near future - but for now we need to maintain these other public health measures.
Martino Harmon, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Life
Robert D. Ernst, M.D.
Associate Vice President of Student Life for Health and Wellness
Executive Director of University Health Service