Parents and Families

Important Updates related to COVID-19

Dear U-M student family member,
We want to provide important updates that have been shared directly with your student
related to COVID-19. We also want to assure you U-M health professionals are actively
monitoring the rapidly changing developments, and making appropriate recommendations
to promote a safe and healthy environment for your student.

Get ready for the 2022 night game at the Big House

On Sept. 10, the lights will turn on in Michigan Stadium—more commonly known as the Big House amongst our Wolverine faithful—for Michigan Football’s game against the University of Hawaii. Night games in the Big House often are among the most memorable football fan experiences that Wolverines can have—and we want those memories to be good ones.

The Family Matters editorial staff are sharing tips for making football weekends—and every weekend—fun, festive, and free from harm.

Does your student need health insurance?

The University of Michigan encourages all students to have health insurance for life’s unexpected events. If your student needs insurance coverage, the U-M Domestic Student Health Insurance Plan (DSHIP) through Blue Care Network of Michigan has generous benefits at a very reasonable cost. Insurance cost for an individual student for the 2022-23 insurance plan year (coverage dates 8/24/22 – 8/23/23) is $2,288. Deadline for annual purchase is Sept. 30, 2022. Read on for highlights of the program.

Convenient walk-in clinics offering COVID-19, flu vaccines

Throughout the month of September, your student can grab a bite to eat and a shot to help ward off the seasonal flu or protect against COVID-19. University Health Service (UHS) is partnering with Michigan Dining and Walgreens to host walk-in clinics offering the flu vaccine, COVID booster, and COVID full dose (both Pfizer and Moderna will be available). Entry to the dining halls is not required to attend a clinic. No appointment needed. Read on for the full list of September dates—and be sure to share with your Wolverine to help them feeling their best! 

Helping your student protect themselves against monkeypox

Earlier this month, your Wolverine received information from U-M Chief Health Officer Robert D. Ernst about the monkeypox virus (MPV) ahead of the fall 2022 term. Working closely with the Washtenaw County Health Department, U-M’s Public Health Response team has been closely monitoring the evolving situation with MPV and its potential impact on the U-M community. Read on for what you and your Wolverine need to know about MPV. 

Navigating COVID-19 on campus

The University of Michigan recently shared with your Wolverine updates to both its COVID-19 testing requirements and Vax Viewer, a tool that allows campus community members to submit and view the status of their COVID-19 vaccination information all in one place. Read on for the latest campus community expectations around COVID-19 vaccinations, face coverings on campus, and quarantine and isolation housing.

Want to help the Maize & Blue Cupboard?

College students experience food insecurity at alarming rates. The Maize and Blue Cupboard is available to provide an immediate and comprehensive response to those needing assistance. By offering resources, educational opportunities, compassionate support and more, the Maize & Blue Cupboard helps students with the resources they need and assists them in developing the skills to make informed decisions.


Survivor Care Team announced

A new initiative at the University of Michigan supports student victims and survivors of sexual assault, sexual harassment, abuse, intimate partner violence and stalking in processing their experiences. The Survivor Care Team launched in April and is a collaboration between U-M’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC) and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). The Team takes a holistic approach to healing and offers individualized support plans that can cover therapy, support or therapy groups and advocacy.

Student Life

Spring/Summer Rec Sports memberships available

Spring and summer are a great time for your student to stay active and in shape. Memberships for Recreational Sports facilities are now available for both semesters. Your student can continue to enjoy the facilities and classes offered via Rec Sports by simply logging into their account on the webstore to renew, or emailing the Members Services team at

Rec Sports

MDining offers kitchen hacks!

Does your student know how to poach an egg? Know the best way to peel garlic? How about learning ways to make three meals out of one roasted chicken? If not, they can check out Michigan Dining’s “Kitchen Hacks” videos, posted on the Michigan Dining Facebook page and the MDining YouTube channel to find out these tips and many more.


Dining updates for Fall 2021

Michigan Dining is planning to have all dining halls open for dine-in and carry-out service during Fall 2021, with hours still being finalized and will be published on their website by late summer. In addition, staff are continuing to work with University and Michigan Medicine experts and partners in Housing to determine safety measures that will be in place.