Student Life

Student Life is here for you; our most basic task is helping students get the most out of their experiences at the university. With Student Life you can find your own niche on campus; connect with students within or beyond your residence hall, organization, or academic program; get involved in student organizations, leadership opportunities, and campus jobs and internships; and choose the housing and dining and living options that work best for you.

Expectations for Staying Safe and Healthy in Winter 2021

January 13, 2021

Dear U-M undergraduate students,

We are excited to welcome you back after the break - whether you’ll be participating this winter term on campus or from afar. As you plan your return to campus or Ann Arbor for another academic term, there are several public health best practices and university expectations to make you aware of for a safe and healthy term.

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Expiration of Stay In Place Order & Next Steps

Dear U-M Student,

First, thank you for your ongoing efforts to keep you and your fellow Wolverines safe and healthy.

In the past two weeks since the Washtenaw County Health Department’s “Stay In Place” order for undergraduate students was implemented, we have seen evidence that the spread of COVID-19 and the number of cases among U-M students has declined significantly, especially for on-campus locations. For example prior to the Stay In Place order, more than 60% of Washtenaw County cases were associated with U-M students, and now U-M student cases represent about a third of local COVID-19 cases at 33%.

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Early Departure Planning

Dear U-M Student,

With the recent Stay in Place Order for undergraduate students and the shift to move most in-person classes to remote instruction for the remainder of the semester, we understand that some of you may change your plans for remaining in Ann Arbor.

While there is no public health or university requirement for students to leave campus at this time, we would like to provide information to help you prepare for returning to your permanent residence, whenever that may be.

If you plan to return to your permanent residence, here are important things to do:

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Canopy Information, Locations & Guidelines

The University of Michigan has installed 13 outdoor canopies around campus to provide individual students additional space for studying, rest, and eating between classes.

Before You Come to Campus - Fall Planning Update

Dear U-M Student,

As we approach the final weeks of summer, we are very excited to welcome you to a new academic year at the University of Michigan — whether you choose on campus or remote learning. We are continuing our planning for a hybrid model of remote and in-person instruction this fall and we want to share new expectations for our student community that are designed to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on campus.


Civic Engagement

The University of Michigan delivers a world-class education to students, preparing them with critical knowledge, skills, and opportunities to be leaders in an increasingly complex world. Catalyzing and supporting students as they build the knowledge, skills, and agency for full participation in civic life must be a fundamental part of that education. 

Communication to ResStaff

Student and professional staff are both essential parts of the Michigan Housing team, and we are always ready to listen when ResStaff have concerns. While we hold that trust and dialogue are better ways of accomplishing a common goal, we understand that some ResStaff may have felt that disruptive action is necessary.

We assure you that this is not the case, and we are grateful for the recent ResStaff feedback that prompted us to provide new PPE to all communities, clarify our public health policies with residents, and improve communication with you. Read more

Addendum to the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities

Dear University of Michigan Community:

As Wolverines, the importance of cultivating a culture of care for self and others has always been paramount and is of particular importance in this shared moment of crisis and challenge. It is right for us to reflect on the values we hold as individuals and the values we embrace as a community. University values are outlined in the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Civility, dignity, diversity, education, equality, freedom, honesty, and safety.  These values stand as long-held community-defined commitments rooted in social justice and put into practice through a restorative approach. It is these values which continue to serve as a guide as we live into our Pledge to Take Care of the Maize & Blue.

From the Desk of VP Harmon

Student Life consists of many essential services supporting U-M students and helping them get the most out of their time here. We’re the place students go to Get Help, Get Involved, Get Housing & Food, Get Active and get the most out of their time on campus.