Most of the courses will be held in person at the University of Michigan this fall, officials say
ANN ARBOR, MI – The University of Michigan will be offering most of its courses in person for the fall semester, officials said Friday.
The dormitories will also be nearly 80% full, while personal dining options will be available, said UM President Mark Schlissel during a COVID-19 campus update on March 12.
The increase in activity on campus is based on the assumption that all faculty, faculty, and staff who wish to be vaccinated against COVID-19 will have access to a vaccine before the fall semester begins, and that a significant number of students will have been vaccinated as well said Schlissel.
“We have worked to make our fall semester look and feel a lot more like a traditional academic and private semester at UM,” said Schlissel. “To get our community to a place where we can be optimistic, thousands of people have to be hardworking.”
Recent developments and trends support optimism and suggest a significantly lower risk of COVID-19, said Schlissel.
“A third highly effective and safe COVID-19 vaccine has been approved. President (Joe) Biden has requested that all adults be vaccinated by May 1st. We’re seeing fewer cases on campus and across the country, and hospitalization projections are falling, ”he said.
If vaccination rates exceed expectations, UM will adjust over the course of the semester by further increasing personal activity and easing public health measures, said Provost Susan Collins.
“Not only is it very likely that we are ready for a more normal fall semester, it is extremely important that we do,” she said. “Reactivating our living experience is critical to support our commitment to the university’s overall mission.”
Some other key components of the first fall plans are:
- Campus workers who worked remotely during the pandemic will gradually and gradually return to campus during the summer, depending on the nature of their work
- Most moderate to small classes, seminars, and discussion sections are taught in person, while most large (lecture) classes continue to be offered remotely. The plans vary depending on the school and college.
- Dormitories and study communities will be open to welcome and serve students.
- The on-campus dining options offer personalized meals and take-away options.
- Most student services, such as libraries, museums, study rooms, recreational sports facilities, counseling, wellness and other support services, have expanded their personal options.
Martino Harmon, vice president of Student Life, said he was delighted to share the news that UM was providing an on campus dormitory living experience for all new freshmen and as many other students as possible.
“We’re also focused on creating vibrancy and engagement, especially in the first six weeks of the fall semester, to provide the anchoring experiences typically associated with the ‘Michigan experience’ for freshmen and others,” he said.
According to the Human Resources website, UM has expanded its remote working policy for all employees who can work from home through the end of June.
UM reported 45 Covid-19 cases for students in the week of February 28 and 151 positive tests in the last 14 days, according to the COVID-19 dashboard. Cases have dropped significantly since the week of February 7, when the university had 365 cases in a week after a two-week on-site recommendation for all UM students expired.
Test positivity rates for both symptomatic tests by the university health service and asymptomatic tests by UM’s Community Sampling and Tracking Program continue to decline, according to the dashboard.
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