Parents and Families

Support for student residents during partial work stoppage

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. We received word on Wednesday that some student staff in particular buildings have opted to stop work, sharing a number of concerns. Other resident advisors have shared they are continuing their duties. 


Our Time With Your Student

Dear Wolverine Families, 

The fall semester is officially underway, and campus is filled with that buzz of excitement and activity that we sorely miss each summer. It’s exhilarating! And I couldn’t miss the chance to get out from behind my desk and pitch in. As students moved back into the dorms and off-campus housing, I was out volunteering with my colleagues to distribute safety care kits and spend some time serving as a Michigan Ambassador. I saw firsthand the students’ determination to do the right things and keep one another safe throughout the adjusted Welcome Week activities. This is thanks to all you have done to prepare them for this fall.  

Martino Harmon

Virtual Sports Opportunities

The facilities are reopening, but there are still plenty of virtual Recreational Sports opportunities ready to help your students reach their fitness goals this Fall! 


Recreational Sports Facilities to Reopen

Last week, the State of Michigan lifted the executive order to reopen gyms across the state. Before your student can return to in-person workouts and activities, however, the Recreational Sports team will be addressing hiring needs, training, maintenance and safety precautions to prepare facilities to safely operate in a COVID-19 public health informed environment.

MDining Offers Isolation Meals 

Students who are diagnosed COVID-positive while on campus, and are asked to self-isolate, can still turn to Michigan dining to provide healthy, nutritious meals delivered to their door. MDining offers isolation meals in the same format it has provided meals to students confined to their room due to illness or injury in years past. The isolation meal delivery process helps combat viruses, the flu and other outbreaks.

Isolation Meals

Esports Competitions Announced 

Competitive Esports programs are growing in popularity among university students and those at the University of Michigan are joining in the “game.”. Your student will be able to participate via a new partnership between Recreational Sports and a student organization previously known as Arbor Esports.

 A fall competition schedule begins September 19. 


Support Programs, Resources for Students

During this unusual academic year, U-M continues to provide comprehensive wellness, support, and DEI programs by adding virtual offerings. Many Student Life services and programs to help your student have a positive experience and work through challenges and concerns have gone virtual.

Here’s a look at what’s available for your student ...

Student Life

Mobile Food Distribution Project Began Sept. 9

The University of Michigan’s Maize & Blue Cupboard (MBC) is working with Ann Arbor-based Food Gatherers to create a mobile food distribution program on the University’s North Campus. The program will make MBC resources more accessible to students and other individuals living on North Campus while staying within COVID-19 safety and health guidelines. The first mobile distribution for shoppers was Wednesday, Sept. 9.