Parents and Families

Our Time With Your Student

Dear Wolverine Families, 

For an administrator in higher education like me, there is nothing quite like Parents & Family Weekend. While I had a wonderful time welcoming students (back) to campus a few short months ago, the fun of this special weekend earlier this month was an entirely new experience.

In many ways, I have been feeling like a second-year student myself. I started this job in the middle of the pandemic and met most people through a computer screen for the better part of a year. This semester, I am experiencing many “firsts” at the University of Michigan. Perhaps that’s why I felt a special kind of warmth at our fall semester events, getting to see many parents, families, and loved ones alongside their students.

Now that we’re into November, we are looking at Thanksgiving Break and the expected holiday travel rush, and the end of the semester not too far beyond that. Some students are also reaching the point in the semester where they are feeling a bit burned out. Fortunately, we have well-being resources to help students build resilience and healthy habits and offer some respite—and many students are taking advantage. 

In this edition of Family Matters, you’ll learn about what your student can expect for traveling over the holidays, including public health safety protocols and easy transportation to and from the airport. We’ll also walk you through the latest student mental health and well-being resources that have been recently added to our array of support services. 


A COVID Update

​Dear Parents and Families,

As we move into a period of particularly frequent travel for our students and more activities happening indoors due to colder weather, we are committed to providing you and your student with up-to-date information on current campus life and opportunities that will make an education at U-M a safe, positive experience. 

Earlier today, your student received this emailed update, which includes updates on the importance of getting a flu shot, COVID-19 cases related to social activities and travel, and opportunities for COVID-19 testing before the Thanksgiving break. 

Our top priority is ensuring the health and safety of your student and our broader University of Michigan community. While living with the realities of COVID-19 has become more prevalent, we continue to strengthen our approach to keeping our community safe.

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,

Today, University of Michigan President Mark S. Schlissel, Provost Susan M. Collins, and Vice President for Student Life Martino Harmon hosted a Campus COVID-19 Briefing, where they were joined by campus leaders to provide safety updates, information about campus conditions and resources, and a preview of next week’s Diversity Summit events. 

The briefing included research findings by U-M faculty that are informing the campus health and safety response. 

Earlier today, your student received this emailed update announcement, which includes a link to the COVID-19 Briefing and other information. Future briefings will be scheduled as needed and shared.

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


A Campus Update

Dear Parents and Families,

We wanted to make sure you are aware of two incidents that were investigated by campus safety personnel and our law enforcement partners. For both, there is no current or pending threat to our community. There is nothing to indicate these incidents are related. 

Earlier this morning, U-M’s Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) responded to reports of alleged gunshots on the UM-Flint campus. Within minutes, DPSS determined that there was no threat to the campus and an all-clear alert was issued.

Yesterday afternoon, your student received this emailed update, which detailed the university and law enforcement response to a misogynistic and bigoted shooting threat to the Ann Arbor campus posted on a Russian-operated confessions website. 

The FBI and DPSS found there to be no further threat from the individual on the East Coast who made the post, and instructors were asked to be flexible wherever possible and understand the impact this news has had on our students and greater campus community.

We recognize that these incidents are deeply frightening and upsetting, causing trauma and heightened levels of anxiety. Please encourage your student to reach out if they or someone they know needs support. 


A COVID Update

Dear Parents and Families,

With the fall semester well underway, we are committed to providing you and your student with up-to-date information on current campus life and opportunities that will make an education at U-M a safe, positive experience. 

Earlier today, your student received this emailed update, which includes information about COVID-19 testing availability and declines in COVID-19 cases on campus. 

Our top priority is ensuring the health and safety of your student and our broader University of Michigan community. While living with the realities of COVID-19 has become more prevalent, we continue to strengthen our approach to keeping our community safe.

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,

With the fall semester well underway, we are committed to providing you and your student with up-to-date information on current campus life and opportunities that will make an education at U-M a safe, positive experience. 

Earlier today, your student received this emailed update, which includes key findings from our first month since resuming more traditional residential activities. Cases of COVID-19 have been steadily decreasing, and illness among students has been very mild. 

Our top priority is ensuring the health and safety of your student and our broader University of Michigan community. While living with the realities of COVID-19 has become more prevalent, we continue to strengthen our approach to keeping our community safe.

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,

As the fall semester begins, we are committed to providing you and your student with up-to-date information on current campus life and opportunities that will make an education at U-M a safe, positive experience. 

Earlier today, your student received this emailed update, which includes information about the safety measures in place to slow the spread of the virus, tracking mechanisms and metrics, your student’s experiences in the classrooms and residence halls, and other campus updates. 

Our top priority is ensuring the health and safety of your student and our broader University of Michigan community. While living with the realities of COVID-19 has become more prevalent, we continue to strengthen our approach to keeping our community safe.

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


"Welcome to Michigan" events

Each fall, our campus community hosts a collaboration of events and activities to both welcome our new students to U-M, their home-away-from-home, and help them make a successful transition to the university community. 

We designed these events and activities—collectively known as our “Welcome to Michigan” program—with your student in mind: we expose our newest Wolverines to our traditions and values, and introduce them to campus resources and spaces. Most importantly, these on-campus events offer students an opportunity to build social connections within their communities.

Blue circular logo with text "Welcome Home"

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