Parents and Families

Dear U-M student family member,

We want to provide important updates that have been shared directly with your student
related to COVID-19. We also want to assure you U-M health professionals are actively
monitoring the rapidly changing developments, and making appropriate recommendations
to promote a safe and healthy environment for your student.

The university’s Key Issues page remains the central place for the latest information on
COVID-19 and U-M response:  https://publicaffairs.vpcomm.umich.edu/2019-novel-
coronavirus-covid-19/.
 
Some of the key messages shared with students are:
 If you are sick with any respiratory symptoms, stay home from class or work. We
ask faculty and managers to accommodate students and employees who stay home
while sick. This includes relaxing documentation requirements and grade penalties
for students missing class.

 If you’ve traveled to China, South Korea, Italy or Iran, stay home and self-quarantine
and monitor your health for 14 days from your last day in that country. Those
returning from domestic travel in areas with sustained community transmission of
COVID-19 are encouraged to self-observe for the development of any symptoms,
and contact your healthcare provider if you develop a fever or respiratory
symptoms.

 Students that are practicing self-quarantine can contact the Dean of Students Office
for assistance with academics and classes, work, participation in campus
organizations or requirements, and to discuss other considerations.
Email deanofstudents@umich.edu or call 734-764-7420. Student Life also is
working to make alternative housing arrangements on campus for students who
need a place to self-quarantine.

 Know your risk of COVID-19 based on possible exposure and recommended next
steps. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is closely monitoring the
situation, and considers the risk to the general public as low.
 
The university will continue to partner with local, state and federal public health and safety
professionals to inform campus planning and response to COVID-19. This is a rapidly
evolving situation and we encourage family members to check the university’s key issues
page often for updates.

 

Special Edition: Family Matters Newsletter