Dear Wolverine Families,
As you may already know, the University of Michigan is now one of hundreds of institutions of higher education across the country that are requiring students to get fully vaccinated before the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester, if they are able to do so. This applies to all U-M faculty and staff as well.
The CDC has provided guidance about COVID-19 vaccinations for higher education institutions that further strengthens the university’s decision to require everyone (students, faculty, and staff) to be fully vaccinated. CDC data shows that approved vaccines are safe and effective, and fully vaccinated individuals can start to resume many aspects of pre-pandemic life.
As delta variant cases among unvaccinated individuals rise across the US and the world, the University of Michigan is adding additional layers of protection to keep our students and broader campus community safe. This includes a recent update to the U-M face covering policy that will require anyone (students, faculty, staff and visitors) in a campus building or on campus transit to wear a face covering, regardless of vaccination status. In this newsletter, we share a key exception to this policy: our vaccinated students living on campus.
However, our most effective tool to controlling the pandemic remains widespread vaccination within our campus community. In fact, Dr. Robert Ernst and I sent out an email to students last month about the many benefits and incentives for getting fully vaccinated and sharing their status with the university. Numerous student leaders also joined the cause on their own initiative, amplifying the message in their networks.
This robust response has been wonderful to see, and I anticipate that the number of vaccinated students will continue to rise, as many have reached out to tell us they are scheduled to receive their second doses in early August. As of this past Monday, the vaccine dashboard shows that 86% of students have reported that they are fully vaccinated.
As these numbers indicate, U-M students are getting ready for fall in earnest. Student Life is, too! In this edition of Family Matters, you’ll learn about what Student Life is doing to welcome your student (back) to Michigan, so make sure you check out the "Welcome to Michigan" events section. We will also share details about webinars, Housing and Dining plans for the fall, and ways your student can find a job that meets their needs and future career goals.
If you have questions regarding this edition of Family Matters, as always, please reach out to Assist-Me@umich.edu to be routed to the best office to help you.
Dr. Martino Harmon, Vice President for Student Life