Parents and Families

Michigan Medicine discusses COVID-19 Vaccines 

News about COVID-19 vaccines is breaking daily. With the FDA meeting this week to discuss the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and more news sure to come quickly on its heels, emerging and infectious diseases specialist at Michigan Medicine Dr. Sandro Cinti will discuss "what we know so far" on a livestream this Friday, December 11 at 3 p.m. to answer questions about efficacy, safety and what we know so far about COVID-19 vaccines on the horizon.

You can access the livestream via Michigan Medicine's Facebook, YouTube or Twitter pages. 

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Online Education Tips 

If your student is one of the many U-M students engaging in the 2021 Winter Academic Semester online, managing the class workload will be a different experience. They will need to balance academic focus while maintaining health and well-being -- doing it all on a virtual basis. 

Parents and families can help by encouraging students to engage in effective time management and wellness tips. One of the most valuable skills can have -- especially online -- is effective time management. The better they manage their time, the easier it will be to achieve their goals while enjoying the experience. We offer some tips to help your student best manage time.


Community Matters Cohort Program

Making connections can be one of the most rewarding aspects of your student’s time on campus but COVID-19 has made these things more challenging to do.
To help make those connections, your student can join the Community Matters Cohort Program, which provides a space for students to meet others and participate in regular social events. Program participants will be matched with a small group of other students who are interested in finding community and a pair of upperclassmen facilitators. Cohort groups will meet weekly for one hour throughout the Winter semester via Zoom. 


Protocols for Housing this winter

If your student is returning to the Housing community for the Winter semester, it is important to note that the university has three public health-informed requirements for all students in residence halls for the Winter 2021 semester. They must receive: an influenza vaccine, a COVID-19 test prior to arrival on campus for Winter 2021, and a mandatory weekly COVID-19 test.

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Housing Units Still Available

A number of spaces are still available in Michigan Housing for students in need. Your student can request to be considered for Housing by completing the Winter 2021 Housing Consideration form. 

Housing will evaluate submissions based on the following criteria: 

  • Housing insecurities. 
  • Health, wellness and safety concerns.
  • Financial circumstances.
  • International status.
  • Other extraordinary, extenuating circumstances. 

Application submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis until spaces are filled. For more information on Housing, please see the Housing FAQs


Rec Sports Offers Group-X Free Week, and More

Heading into the Winter semester, University of Michigan students on and off campus will have a number of opportunities to stay active and moving via Recreational Sports. These include a free week of Group X classes, facility workouts, a Sip & Stroll with Adventure Leadership event and modified intramural sports.


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

Be ResponsiBLUE 

The University is using a mobile app, called ResponsiBLUE, to ensure the safety of everyone entering buildings on campus. If your student is returning to campus for Winter Term, it will be important for them to have this app. ResponsiBLUE is a mobile-friendly website that will help faculty, staff, and students keep the university healthy and reduce the spread of COVID-19.