Parents and Families

Winter Semester Update

Dear Parents and Families,

As the semester comes to a close and students prepare to leave campus for the conclusion of the fall term, we have all been anticipating news of plans for the Winter semester.  University of Michigan leaders today provided details of the plans for the beginning of the 2021 academic year. President Mark S. Schlissel shared the information in an email that your student received today.

President Schlissel, Provost Susan M. Collins, Vice President for Student Life Martino Harmon, Chief Health Officer Preeti Malani were among the U-M leaders to share additional details during the Weekly Campus COVID-19 Briefing, which will be posted when video of the event is available. 

Please note that during the Winter Term, the University will be de-densifying on campus. If your student is interested in residing in university housing, they will need to request consideration to return to residence hall housing. We recognize that you may already have made plans that now need to be adjusted, and we want to assist you as you navigate this change. The Housing staff are here to help and will be available if you have questions, concerns or need assistance. Please reach out to them at

Also, as your student finalizes plans for returning home, remember that U-M has established a required departure protocol for undergraduate students living in the residence halls, and that testing is strongly encouraged for students living off campus as well. The exit protocol asks that your student schedule a COVID test prior to leaving campus for the semester, and report their results to the University. Testing will occur Nov. 9-16 for those departing by Nov. 20. Additional testing opportunities will be available for those students departing at a later date in the semester. Your student can find details about how to schedule and report their test here.

For continued updates, please visit the Maize & Blueprint website.

A COVID Update

Dear Parents and Families,

University of Michigan leaders are continuing to provide a Weekly COVID-19 Briefing to our campus community each Friday for the remainder of the fall semester. The briefings include updates and information 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, Michigan parent and professor of medicine in U-M's Division of Infectious Diseases. Your student received this emailed update announcement earlier today.

In addition, you may be interested in participating in a virtual Town Hall with President Schlissel, Provost Collins, and Vice President Harmon and Dr. Malani on Friday, November 6 at 2:15 p.m. (EST). The Town Hall is part of Parents & Family Weekend. It will be an opportunity for University leadership to share campus updates and address parent/family questions. 

Registration for this event will be required. Check the Parents & Family Weekend website during the week of November 2, 2020, for more information about registration for this event specifically. 

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

Our Time With Your Student

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. 

Martino Harmon

How Social Justice Education Went Remote

For the health, safety, and wellbeing of U-M students like yours, The Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR), Spectrum Center, and Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) shifted student offerings online for the Fall 2020 semester. The three units are largely tasked with driving social justice education on campus around the intersections of identities that draw in thousands of students. 

Last year, Pride Outside, the annual LGBTQ+ welcome week event, brought in over 1,000 students. MESA Palooza!, the popular welcome week tabling event, brought in over 600 participants featuring over 50 multicultural student organizations. This Fall looked and felt different. Here's a look a how the programs went virtual.


Issues Exploration:  Voter Resources

U of M’s world-class education for your student, includes preparing them with critical knowledge, skills, and opportunities to be leaders in an increasingly complex world. Catalyzing and supporting your student as they build the knowledge, skills, and agency for full participation in civic life must be a fundamental part of that education. 


Stay In Place Activities for Students

This coming weekend includes two usually social and exciting events for your student: Halloween and the U-M vs MSU football game. But, considering the recent Stay in Place order, how does your student stay safe yet still have fun?  And how does your student stay active while staying home? 

Stay Safe

Early Departure Refund/Credit Information

In light of the recent announcement and change in expectations for undergraduate residents via the Washtenaw County Stay In Place Order, if your student wishes to return to their permanent residence for the remainder of Fall Term, they will be eligible for a partial refund/credit of room and board for a portion of this term.

As a reminder, there is no public health requirement or University policy requiring your student to leave. Michigan Housing is open and your student is welcome to stay. As you consider your options, here are some details to help you and your student plan.


Virtual Parents & Family Weekend 2020

This year Parents & Family Weekend will be virtual! Student Life will be bringing the Michigan Experience to you by providing a wide range of opportunities to explore campus, talk with Presidents Schlissel and University leaders, and engage with various campus offices virtually. No need to register and all events are free!

Parents & Family

County Stay in Place Order and Course Format Changes

Dear Parents and Families,

As you may have heard, along with the trend in the region, state and nation, COVID-19 cases are increasing on our campus. These increases among students -- both on and off campus -- have led to the need to take further steps to protect the health and safety of the campus community. 

Today, the Washtenaw County Health Department, in collaboration with the university, issued a 14-day Stay in Place for our undergraduate students. Details about the county Stay in Place Order and changes to some of our undergraduate course formats are outlined in this message from our President Mark S. Schlissel, Provost Susan M. Collins and me. In addition, to share further details and address questions, we are moving up the regular Campus COVID-19 Weekly Briefing from Friday to this evening at 5 p.m. The briefing will be hosted by President Schlissel, Provost Susan M. Collins, and myself.

The briefing will be recorded and posted on the Maize & Blueprint as well as the President’s website for you to view at your convenience.
Thank you for everyone’s efforts, as well as the thoughts and concerns that have been shared, during this difficult, unprecedented time. 

Dr. Martino Harmon, Vice President for Student Life 

Housing RA work stoppage resolved

University of Michigan Housing leadership is pleased to confirm that residence hall student staff have returned to work.

Michigan Housing has both professional staff in the residence halls and student staff, many of whom are Resident Advisors (RAs). The RAs play a significant role in building community on the floor, providing connections and looking out for the wellness and safety of your student. In early September, some student staff opted to stop work, sharing a number of concerns. Other resident advisors continued their duties.