Parents and Families

Update Your Email Preferences: Family Matters is Changing Email Platforms

Beginning next month, the Family Matters Newsletter is moving to a new email platform to provide improved communications with our current Wolverines’ parents, families and loved ones.  

To ensure you do not miss future editions of Family Mattersplease complete our new, streamlined online subscription form before March 3, 2022. 

Published by the University of Michigan Division of Student Life, Family Matters is designed to provide you with the latest news from campus and access to resources that can help support you in your supporting role for your Wolverine. In addition, subscribers receive occasional messages sharing the University's response to unexpected or emergency situations.

If you no longer want to receive Family Matters, you can use our online unsubscribe form to opt out of future messages. Current subscribers can also access this form to update their preferences at any time by clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of this and future Family Matters emails. 

However, please be aware that being removed from the Family Matters group: 

  • Means you will no longer receive any future targeted announcements about the University's response to unexpected or emergency situations from Student Life.
  • Ensures you will no longer receive Family Matters newsletters, but does not remove your email address from other University of Michigan electronic communications to which you are subscribed.  

A COVID Update

Dear Parents and Families,

We wanted to make sure you were aware of the latest COVID-19 campus information as we approach the upcoming spring break.

On Friday, the Campus Maize and Blueprint website was updated with a university message, which included information on continued case number improvements on campus and in the county, testing guidance for spring break travel, U-M’s face covering requirement, and vaccination stats and booster compliance.      

As a reminder, your Wolverine was required to report their COVID-19 booster information by Feb. 4, or as soon as possible based on their eligibility. If they have not done so already, they should get a booster as soon as possible and upload their information using the form in Wolverine Access to avoid accountability measures. 

In addition, a new resource is available to help your Wolverine determine whether they are in compliance with the U-M vaccination policy, including the booster requirement.

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


Register for presidential search listening sessions

​Dear Parents and Families,

Beginning this week, campus community members are invited to attend a virtual listening session to share expectations for the new University of Michigan president and perspectives on the ideal candidate profile.  

We are writing to personally invite you to register to join your student and other campus community members and supporters at one of the following sessions: 

While each session will focus on a particular university constituency, individuals are welcomed to attend any session that works with their schedule. 

These sessions will allow Regents and members of the Presidential Search Committee to hear from you, and participants will be asked to focus their comments on two questions:

  • During the next three to five years, what priorities should the new president set to be successful?
  • What background, qualifications, and experience should the next president possess to be successful in advancing the University mission?

Registration is required to attend. 

In addition, those who are unable to attend or who would like to share additional thoughts are welcome to complete this online survey.

For additional information, visit the presidential search website.


A Campus Leadership Transition Update

​Dear Parents and Families,

We wanted to make sure you were aware of the U-M Board of Regents announcement Saturday evening removing Mark Schlissel as president of the University of Michigan and appointing Mary Sue Coleman as interim president.

This change in campus leadership comes after an investigation revealed that Dr. Schlissel failed to act in a manner consistent with the dignity and reputation of the University. 

Earlier today, President Coleman sent your student this emailed message, which affirmed her commitment to working with the campus community during this period of transition to advance the values and the excellence that define the University of Michigan.

During her career as a faculty member and administrator, President Coleman has been a national leader in higher education. She is president emerita of the University of Michigan, serving as the University’s 13th president from 2002-2014. 

Previously, President Coleman oversaw the groundbreaking partnership with Google to digitize the University’s 7 million-volume library, revitalized student living and learning experiences through a residential life initiative, and worked tirelessly to promote economic revitalization and innovation within the state of Michigan.

Additionally, we recognize that the nature of this news may elicit strong emotions among some members of our campus community. Campus resources are available for your Wolverine:


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 updates and information about campus conditions and resources. 

The leaders addressed COVID-19 cases and testing levels in the region and on campus, misinformation about quarantine and isolation housing, and the university's continuation of in-person classes.

Earlier today, your student received this emailed update, which included a link to the COVID-19 Briefing and other important information on the current mask policy extension, updated guidance for quarantine and isolation, and updates to the COVID-19 Data dashboard. Future briefings will be scheduled as needed and shared.

U-M’s Feb. 4 vaccine booster reporting deadline is approaching. Your Wolverine should get a booster as soon as they are eligible and upload their information using the form in Wolverine Access as soon as possible. Several on-campus, walk-in clinics are available next week for your student.

U-M continues to work collaboratively with campus health experts and academic leaders to advance our mission safely, monitor COVID-19 locally and beyond, and respond as conditions change. Thank you for your continued support as we navigate these unprecedented times together. 

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,

Our campus sprang back to life this week with our students’ arrival in Ann Arbor and the start of the winter term. The beginning of a new term often brings a mixture of emotions for our students, as they find their way to new classrooms and reconnect with friends—and during the pandemic, it also brings up questions related to COVID-19. 

Earlier today, your student received this emailed update, which included important information on the increase in COVID-19 cases in the state, region and on campus, the current status of our quarantine and isolation housing, the strong response to our COVID-19 booster requirement, and testing availability.

Additionally, Student Life emailed your Wolverine yesterday with information on what to do after a positive test specific to living on or off campus, including the need to report results.

Your Wolverine should get a booster as soon as they are eligible and upload their information using the form in Wolverine Access as soon as possible. Several on-campus, walk-in clinics are available for your student.

Our Wolverines have shown an incredible response to getting tested, receiving their COVID-19 booster, and following other public health safety measures to help our campus continue a robust residential experience into the winter term. 

U-M continues to work collaboratively with campus health experts and academic leaders to advance our mission safely, monitor COVID-19 locally and beyond, and respond as conditions change. Thank you for your continued support as we navigate these unprecedented times together. 

To stay up to date on the latest news and announcements from campus, you may also view the Campus Maize and Blueprint site.


A COVID Update

The winter term has begun and our students are back, bringing a vibrance and warmth to our snowy Ann Arbor campus. The start of a new term often brings a mixture of emotions for U-M students, as they find their way to new classrooms and reconnect with friends—and during the pandemic, it also brings up questions related to COVID-19. 

Earlier today, your student received this emailed update, which included the latest information on what to do if they test positive for COVID-19 based on whether they live on campus or off campus, as well as an update on the current status of our quarantine and isolation housing. 

In a Jan. 3 message to our campus community, President Mark S. Schlissel and Provost Susan M. Collins shared that cases were likely to increase, regardless of decisions made about in-person work or classes. Your student getting vaccinated and boosted as soon as they are eligible, as well as continued masking, can help prevent severe illness. Several on-campus, walk-in clinics are available for your student.

We recognize that receiving a positive COVID-19 test can elicit a range of emotions and questions about what comes next. Our team is working as quickly as possible to assist those with questions and concerns, and we are grateful that students are committed to taking steps to protect themselves and their community members. 

Our Wolverines have shown an incredible response to getting tested, receiving their COVID-19 booster, and following other public health safety measures to help our campus continue a robust residential experience into the winter term—a response no doubt encouraged and supported by our many Wolverine families. Thank you for your continued support as we navigate these unprecedented times together. 

To stay up to date on the latest news and announcements from campus, you may also view the Campus Maize and Blueprint site.


A COVID Update

Dear Parents and Families,

We hope you and your Wolverine enjoyed a rejuvenating, relaxing winter break and that your Wolverine experiences safe travels back to Ann Arbor.

With the winter term set to begin Wednesday, we are writing to share important updates about health and safety measures for our campus community.

Earlier today, your student received this emailed update, which included information on classroom safety measures that include U-M’s broadened indoor masking requirement, COVID-19 booster shot requirement for our campus community, and testing requirements for students living in residence halls upon their return to campus.

Vaccination offers protection against severe illness and symptomatic infection with Omicron as well as other variants. Your Wolverine should get a COVID-19 booster shot as soon as they are eligible and upload their information using the form in Wolverine Access as soon as possible. 

Our top priority is ensuring the health and safety of your student and our broader University of Michigan community. U-M continues to work collaboratively with campus health experts and academic leaders to advance our mission safely, monitor COVID-19 locally and beyond, and respond as conditions change.

From our campus community to your family: Thank you for your and your Wolverine’s vigilance to health and safety measures this fall and during winter break. Your efforts, combined with these additional measures, will help us keep our community safe, healthy and together.

To stay up to date on the latest news and announcements from campus, you may also view the Campus Maize and Blueprint site.


A COVID Update

​Dear Parents and Families,

We hope you and your Wolverine are enjoying a rejuvenating, relaxing winter break. 

With the start of the Winter 2022 term a little over a week away—and with our students who live on campus set to return to Ann Arbor even sooner—we are writing to share important updates about the new term.

Earlier today, your student received this emailed update, which announced that in-person classes will resume according to the regular schedule on Jan. 5, 2022, with additional health and safety protocols in place for the winter term. 

These additional measures, which are detailed in the emailed update, are in addition to the COVID-19 booster shot requirement for our campus community. Your Wolverine should get a booster as soon as they are eligible.  

From our campus community to your family: Thank you for your and your Wolverine’s vigilance to health and safety measures this fall and during this winter break. Your efforts, combined with these additional measures, will help us keep our community safe, healthy and together when we return to campus for the winter term. 

To stay up to date on the latest news and announcements from campus, you may also view the Campus Maize and Blueprint site.


A COVID Update

Dear Parents and Families,

As students prepare to travel during the upcoming winter break and more activities happen 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 information on additional health and safety measures for winter term, case updates, COVID-19 booster shot requirement for our campus community, and mental health and well-being student resources.  

Our top priority is ensuring the health and safety of your student and our broader University of Michigan community. These additional COVID-19 mitigation strategies are being implemented to keep our community safe, healthy and together when we return to campus for the winter term, which will begin in a few short weeks. 

The start of a new term can introduce and amplify stressors that may make it more challenging for students to balance their own mental health and wellbeing. The university offers a variety of resources to help students navigate stress and other challenges they may be experiencing. 

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


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