Parents and Families

Martino Harmon

Dear Wolverine Families, 

I love this time of year: the crisp air, the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot, and of course, the excitement of Halloween and the football game against MSU this weekend. While the Stay in Place order is in effect until November 3, your student can still have a fun and responsible weekend. I’m happy to share that Student Life has put together a variety of ways your student can enjoy the game and Halloween while staying home and staying safe. 

But we need your help. While many students have complied with the Stay in Place order, we are concerned about students violating the order, especially over the upcoming weekend. Prioritizing our community’s well-being, our team will be increasing safety patrols and intensifying our response to first-time high-risk 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, students hosting high-risk social gatherings may face interim measures such as suspension. You can help by talking with your student about their plans this weekend, encouraging compliance with the Stay in Place order, and sharing suggestions for how to have fun without putting themselves and their friends at risk.

In this edition of Family Matters, you’ll learn about Stay in Place activities for students and details for the upcoming Virtual Parents & Family Weekend 2020. We’ve also heard from you that you want to know more about early departure refunds and credits for University Housing and Dining for students who decide they would like to leave Housing during the Stay in Place order, so we’ll walk you through FAQ about what to do if your student chooses this option. 

In response to interest in more widespread access to testing, we’ve expanded our COVID-19 testing program; read on to learn more about how your student might more easily access testing in their dorm or a nearby university building. And whether your student is on campus or completing their semester 100% virtually from home, we have tips and tricks for coping with academic stress and other pressures. 

Another hot topic among students is the election. Election Day is next week, but early and absentee voting means that the election is already here. We know it’s important to you that your student is well prepared for civic engagement, and so we have included resources on the election and voting information. Please note that the Stay in Place order specifically allows students to embrace their civic rights and responsibilities and participate in the election. 

As always, keep in mind the FAQs on the Blueprint website. You can listen to live weekly updates under the Messages & News section of the site (and hear me share Student Life specifics there each week). If you have questions after reading this edition of Family Matters and perusing the Blueprint site, you can reach out to Assist-Me@umich.edu to be routed to the best office to help you. 

As always, thank you, and Go Blue! 

Dr. Martino Harmon, Vice President for Student Life