Parents and Families

What’s Winter Look Like at Michigan Dining?

Winter semester will look a bit different for students returning to campus. If your student will be back on campus this winter, you probably have several questions. Here’s some key information that may help. 

Please note that Dining halls remain open through December 18 continuing to serve takeout  meals. Halls in East Quad and North Quad will be open Monday-Friday; South Quad and Mosher-Jordan will be open seven days per week.

Isolation Meals

Celebrate Winter Commencement Virtually

Finishing a college degree during a pandemic is a feat that definitely deserves celebrating. Save the Date for December 19 to help Winter 2020 graduates experience -- virtually -- their achievements.The 2020 University of Michigan Winter Celebration will feature a message from campus leaders as well as greetings from across campus, allowing us to salute U-M’s winter 2020 graduates. Graduates will be able to customize their caps, as well as submit photos and add frames to share on social media. 

Details are available here.

Please plan on joining us for this celebration!

Graduation

Our Time With Your Student

With finals right around the corner, your students are starting to hunker down over textbooks, laptops, and maybe a snack or two. To help you help them fuel themselves through the last stretch of the semester, this edition of Family Matters covers fun study break opportunities and virtual ways students can connect to important mental and emotional health resources. We will also give you an update on Winter Commencement and go over our plans for next semester as well as guidance for testing and housing for those on campus or in the Ann Arbor area. 

Martino Harmon

A COVID Update

Dear Parents and Families,

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, University of Michigan leaders are providing weekly updates to keep the campus community informed on current campus conditions, measures taken to address the pandemic and responses to questions. Earlier today, your student received this emailed update announcement, which includes a link to the Weekly COVID-19 Briefing. President Mark S. Schlissel, Provost Susan M. Collins, Vice President for Student Life Martino Harmon, and Chief Health Officer Preeti Malani, who is a physician and professor of medicine in U-M's Division of Infectious Diseases, participate in each briefing.

To stay up-to-date throughout the week, you may also view the Campus Maize and Blueprint site.  


A COVID Update

Dear Parents and Families,

Earlier today, your student received this emailed update announcement, which includes a link to the Weekly COVID-19 Briefing shared with our campus community. At the briefing, University of Michigan leaders provide updates on current campus conditions, measures taken to address the pandemic and responses to questions from the U-M community.  President Mark S. Schlissel, Provost Susan M. Collins, Vice President for Student Life Martino Harmon, and Chief Health Officer Preeti Malani, who is a physician and professor of medicine in U-M's Division of Infectious Diseases, are part of each briefing.

To stay up-to-date throughout the week, you may also view the Campus Maize and Blueprint site.


Save the Date -- Winterfest Is Coming

Your student can discover and connect with hundreds of student organizations and find a community at Winterfest! Winterfest is the annual student organization involvement fair that occurs in the beginning of the Winter semester. Typically staged in the Michigan Union, Winterfest 2021 will be held virtually in order to ensure the health and safety of the Michigan community.
 
Winterfest will be Monday, February 1 - Friday, February 5, 2021, (6-8 p.m. EST each day). For more info, check out the Winterfest site.

Save the Date

Got Move Out Questions? Here Are Some Answers

If your student is living in university residential housing, we are certain you have many questions about move-out details. This video offers a helpful explanation of the process.

We also provide a rundown of some specifics in this article.

Housing

Our Time With Your Student

Dear Wolverine Families, 

This has been one tough semester. Your students have faced challenge after challenge while doing their best to learn, grow, and connect with others. Meanwhile, you have been doing your part to support them from wherever you are. For some of you, that has been from the room next to theirs as you work from home and they study from home. For others, you haven’t seen them since the start of term. 

Martino Harmon

A COVID Update

Dear Parents and Families,

As students begin to head home for the remainder of the Fall semester, University of Michigan leaders are continuing to provide a Weekly COVID-19 Briefing to our campus community each Friday. The briefings include updates on current campus conditions, measures taken to address the pandemic, and responses to the U-M community from President Mark S. Schlissel, Provost Susan M. Collins, Vice President for Student Life Martino Harmon, and Chief Health Officer Preeti Malani, who is a physician and professor of medicine in U-M's Division of Infectious Diseases. Your student received this emailed update announcement earlier today.

To stay up-to-date, you may also view the Campus Maize and Blueprint site. 

 


Important Information for the Parents of Students Currently Living in Residence Halls

Dear Parents and Families,

As your student prepares to leave the University of Michigan campus for the fall semester, and return home to complete finals, we have heard the many questions you have about the process to request consideration to live on campus winter term and the procedures for fall move-out. To answer those questions and others, an updated FAQ has been posted today. 

With the goal of balancing safety concerns with the university’s academic mission and the well-being and support of the campus community, University leaders announced on November 6 the winter semester plans including more remote courses, fewer undergraduates living on campus and more widely available COVID-19 testing. To support the public health of our community, the university is advising students, if they are able, to attend Winter 2021 remotely from their permanent residences. 

If your student needs to return to residential housing for Winter Term, they must fill out a request for consideration by Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 11:59 p.m. Your student will receive a response by Monday, November 16. Each student living in a residence hall will be assigned one to a room, and we will be able to house up to half the number of residents currently living in the halls, or about 3,000 residents. 

In addition, pre-departure protocols must be followed when your student leaves this term, which include mandatory COVID testing. Students who do not follow appropriate departure protocol may not be permitted to sign a Winter 2021 contract.

To answer all of your residential housing questions, please see the most current FAQ posted today. The FAQ addresses:

  • Guidelines for Winter 2021 residential housing.
  • How your student can request a space for winter: Remember, the deadline to apply is Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 11:59 p.m. Your student will receive a response by Monday, November 16. 
  • Fall semester move-out procedures, including COVID testing.
  • Move out will be extended through Sunday, November 22. Your student will be invited to sign up for a move-out time slot; they can always go back and adjust it if plans change.
  • How to retrieve belongings if your student has already left campus. Your student can sign up to come back to campus to retrieve belongings between November 30 and December 6, 2020. If they need to come after December 6, they can contact us at UMmovein2020@umich.edu and we will work out a time that works. 
  • Moving assistance and resources: parking, packing assistance, shipping resources, returning rented items.

We hope this updated FAQ answers many of the questions you have as U-M parents and family members.


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