Parents and Families

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. 


MDining To Go Express Stations

Did you know MDining has three convenient MDining to Go locations on the Ann Arbor campus? The “M-Dining To Go Express Meal Stations"  are an extension of the dining halls. Your student can choose from three different meals choices offered daily. Students with meal plans or Blue Bucks can use the Express Stations. The three locations are in: the Michigan Union, South Quad, and the Central Campus Recreational Building. A map for the site is here.


Helping Your Student Stay Engaged

Social distancing, participating in virtual meetings, programs and events, and being away from home can make it difficult for your student to feel engaged on campus and connected to fellow students. But staying involved and engaged is possible, even in this unusual time. There are many ways to help your student do so, including joining Student Organizations, virtual events and serving on committees. Here's how your student can do so.


U-M Museum of Art Offers Satellite Voting

Your student now has a safe, on-campus location to cast their vote in the November 3, 2020 election. They can also register to vote and cast early in-person absentee ballots on campus. Several units at U-M have partnered with the city of Ann Arbor to transform a gallery space at the U-M Museum of Art into the state’s first satellite city clerk’s office located on a university campus. It opened on National Voter Registration Day (Sept. 22) and will remain open until Nov. 3, with absentee ballots since Sept. 24.


MBC North Campus Food Distributions

The University of Michigan’s Maize & Blue Cupboard (MBC) has partnered with the Ann Arbor-based Food Gatherers and the College of Engineering to create a mobile food distribution program on the University’s North Campus. The program makes MBC resources more accessible to individuals living on North Campus while staying within COVID-19 safety and health guidelines. Upcoming dates include October 7, October 21, November 4 and November 18. 


Recreational Sports Facilities Reopen with Safety Modifications

Recreational Sports reopened its three comprehensive recreation facilities on Monday, September 28 after being closed for six months due to the pandemic under the executive order from the State of Michigan. 

A number of changes were made to ensure the safety and cleanliness of the recreation spaces. Your student and other Recreational Sports members are required to make reservations to work out and to swim, face coverings are required while working out, and facilities are operating at decreased capacities and hours to allow for increased cleaning during the day. 

Rec Sports

Enroll in COVID-19 Sampling and Tracking Program 

If your student hasn’t already enrolled in the U-M COVID-19 Community Sampling and Tracking Program, they still can. The program is a free, opt-in, voluntary surveillance testing program for those on the Ann Arbor campus, and it was developed as part of the university’s multitiered testing and monitoring strategy. Enrollment is free and open to all U-M students who live in on-campus or off-campus housing, as well as faculty and staff, including Michigan Medicine employees, who work on the Ann Arbor campus at least once per week.

COVID Sampling

Our Time With Your Student

Dear Wolverine Families, 

Campus—both our virtual and physical campuses—has been abuzz with activity as students settle into the rhythm of hybrid classes and find opportunities to engage with each other safely. Of course, we’ve been through a bumpy stretch lately, with strikes and other concerns rising to the surface. Those speed bumps reminded us to slow down and listen. And I can assure you: We are deeply committed to continuing to listen and adapt to meet the needs of our students while keeping our Residential Advisors as safe and supported as possible. We will always listen and respond to their concerns, in fact, I made a commitment to meet and interact with all of the Residential Advisors in the coming weeks.

Martino Harmon