COVID-19 Basics

COVID-19 symptoms and spread

What are the symptoms and how is it spread?

Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle pain
  • Loss of taste or smell
COVID-19 is spread mainly through close contact from person to person. People without symptoms can spread the virus. More information on how the virus spreads is available from the CDC.

Last Updated: May 10, 2022

How do I prevent the spread of COVID-19?
The CDC advises that the best way to protect against infection is to get vaccinated and avoid being exposed to COVID-19. Here are actions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:
  • Get vaccinated against COVID-19, including any additional recommended boosters.
  • Wear a face covering when around others.
  • Get tested before attending social activities. Free PCR and rapid antigen tests are available on campus.
  • Get tested after close contact exposures, and be sure to wear a mask for a full 10 days.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Last Updated: May 10, 2022

I've been exposed to COVID-19; what should I do?
Updated guidance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services states individualsregardless of vaccination status—no longer need to quarantine following a close contact exposure but should self-monitor for symptoms for 10 (ten) days. Those who experience exposure from contact in their living environment should wear a mask when around others for 10 days, and get tested between day 3-7 following exposure. Others should consider wearing a mask for 10 days, at a minimum, in settings with higher risk of exposing vulnerable individuals.Individuals who work in health care settings must still follow health care guidance per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please see this additional FAQ on self-monitoring.

Last Updated: July 11, 2022

I’m feeling sick with COVID-19 symptoms; what should I do?

STUDENTS

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, contact University Health Service at 734-764-8320 and isolate until you receive your test results. If you test positive for COVID-19, you must follow CDC guidelines to complete the isolation process outlined here. If you test positive using a rapid antigen test, report your positive test result here. On- and off-campus quarantine and isolation spaces will be identified for use by any U-M student who needs them. You also may choose to isolate or quarantine with your family at home. Review the isolation living arrangement checklist here.

FACULTY & STAFF

If you become ill with symptoms associated with COVID-19, isolate and follow the guidance outlined here. If you have tested positive, contact OHS and do not come to work. This applies to employees on all campuses and in Michigan Medicine. Employees with symptoms of COVID-19 can access testing through their MyUofMHealth patient portal. Instructions on how to access the testing through the patient portal are available here. Workforce members who are unable to access the portal may call Occupational Health Services to report symptoms and arrange for testing if appropriate. OHS can be reached by phone at (734) 764-8021 7am-5pm. If you test positive for COVID-19, you must follow CDC guidelines and directions received from Work Connections and/or EHS to and complete the isolation process outlined here. Follow the appropriate timeline for isolation as outlined here. Please see the HR COVID-19 information page. For more information on testing, click here.

Last Updated: May 12, 2022

I’ve tested positive for COVID-19; what should I do?

STUDENTS

If you test positive for COVID-19, you must follow CDC guidelines to complete the isolation process outlined here. If you test positive using a rapid antigen test, report your positive test result here. On- and off-campus quarantine and isolation spaces will be identified for use by any U-M student who needs them. You also may choose to isolate or quarantine with your family at home. Review the isolation living arrangement checklist here.

FACULTY & STAFF

If you have tested positive, contact OHS and do not come to work. This applies to employees on all campuses and in Michigan Medicine. You must follow CDC guidelines to complete the isolation process outlined here. If you test positive using a rapid antigen test, report your positive test result here. Follow the appropriate timeline for isolation as outlined here. Please see the HR COVID-19 information page.

Last Updated: May 12, 2022

Where can I get a mask (N95, clear, surgical) on campus?
Individuals can get surgical masks, N95s and lip-reading masks (clear masks) at all Community Sampling and Tracking Program testing locations; testing is not required.

Last Updated: January 14, 2022

When does the COVID-19 dashboard update?
The COVID-19 data on the dashboard, which is for the Ann Arbor campus only, refreshes daily, and weekly data is posted on the Wednesday of each week to show the prior week's information (Sunday-Saturday).

Last Updated: January 10, 2022

What should be done if someone tests positive for COVID-19 (in the classroom, at an event, etc.)?
  • Individuals who test positive will need to isolate for at least 5 days from their test date and follow isolation guidance outlined here.
  • When an individual tests positive from a U-M testing source (UHS, OHS or CSTP), or reports a positive test result from an off-campus testing source to the university, they will be sent guidance which includes the direction to notify all individuals who they may have been in close contact with during their infectious period of their positive result.
  • Note: The individual may not have been infectious while around others.
  • If faculty members, departments or units choose to notify others of a positive case, they should not identify individuals by name. Students, faculty and staff — regardless of vaccination status — no longer need to quarantine following a close contact exposure but should self-monitor for symptoms for 10 days.
  • If positive in the classroom, it is the individual's responsibility to notify the instructor that they are not able to attend class due to illness. Faculty should continue to provide academic support to all students during this period. The Dean of Students Office can provide support to the student.
  • More information on how to self-monitor following a close contact exposure or isolate can be found here.

Last Updated: May 27, 2022

What should faculty or staff do if a student in their class discloses that they have tested positive?
Advise the student to call University Health Service for guidance and to report their result. Ensure they are connected to resources. Continue to provide academic support during the student's isolation period. Sometimes this can mean getting others in the academic unit involved (e.g., student affairs dean, program coordinator, etc.). It may be helpful to designate who is on the "need to know" list within the unit to help provide support to the student. Consult with your dean or Environment, Health & Safety if you have any questions. Share the following resources with students:

Last Updated: September 14, 2022

Quarantine & Isolation

Quarantine and Isolation Guidance

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO QUARANTINE OR ISOLATE?

Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease.
  • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
Updated guidance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services states individuals* — regardless of vaccination status — no longer need to quarantine following a close contact exposure but should self-monitor for symptoms for 10 days. Those who experience exposure from contact in their living environment should wear a mask when around others for 10 days AND get tested 3-7 days after exposure or if symptoms develop. Others should consider wearing a mask for 10 days, at a minimum, in settings with higher risk of exposing vulnerable individuals.   *Individuals who work in health care settings must still follow health care guidance per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Michigan Medicine workforce members can follow guidance outlined here.

HOW DO I ISOLATE?

Click here for information on how to count your isolation dates.   Students:
  • Isolate at least 5 days from your test date as long as you remain without symptoms or symptoms are resolving AND wear a tight-fitting mask when around others following your isolation period to minimize the risk of infecting others.
  • Continue to isolate for a full 10 days if symptoms are not improving.
  • Alert who you have been in recent contact with of your positive COVID-19 results.
Please review this isolation living arrangement checklist.   Campus employees, stay home:
  • at least 5 days from your test date if asymptomatic (no symptoms) or symptom onset if symptomatic and symptoms are resolving. You must be fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication and symptoms have improved.
  • Wear a tight-fitting mask when around others for at least 5 days following your isolation period to minimize the risk of infecting others.
  • Continue to isolate for a full 10 days if symptoms are not improving.
  • Alert who you have been in recent contact with of your positive COVID-19 results.
Per CDC guidance for health care personnel, employees at Michigan Medicine, stay home:
  • at least 5 days from symptom onset, or test date if asymptomatic AND
  • at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication AND symptoms have improved.
  • a negative home antigen test is required prior to returning to work after 5 days. For additional information, click here.

HOW DO I SELF-MONITOR FOLLOWING A CLOSE CONTACT EXPOSURE?

Updated guidance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services states individuals — regardless of vaccination status — should self-monitor for symptoms following their close contact exposure. Those who experience exposure from contact in their living environment should wear a mask when around others for 10 days AND get tested 3-7 days after exposure or if symptoms develop. Additional details are available at MDHHS. If symptoms develop, individuals should isolate and seek testing immediately. Self-monitor for fever by checking temperature at least twice a day. The university provides testing for students or employees. Click here for additional information on how to get a test.

Last Updated: September 14, 2022

How do I count the days of my quarantine/isolation?
The day of the test is day 0. Count 5 days from that date and you may leave isolation on Day 6 if you meet the symptom criteria outlined here. For employees only, the date of symptom onset can be counted as day 0. Individuals seeking to travel following a positive test should follow public health guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Last Updated: May 10, 2022

I've tested positive: can I move back into my res hall after 5 days Q/I period?
If you test positive, you may discontinue isolation on Day 6 if your symptoms have resolved or are mostly resolved. If you have experienced a fever, you would also need to be fever-free for 24 hours. For counting purposes, we use the test date—not the start of symptom date—for students. The test date would be Day 0 and a student could return to the residence hall on Day 6. Students should continue to mask when around anyone else until the full 10 day period is complete. If symptoms have not resolved, isolation should continue isolation until they do.

Last Updated: September 14, 2022

I've been notified of a close contact exposure, can I stay in my residence hall for quarantine?
Yes, you may remain in your residence hall. Wear a mask when around others and monitor yourself for symptoms for 10 days.

Last Updated: May 17, 2022

Isolation Living Arrangement Checklist
Students living in University Housing: You will be relocated from your residence hall.
  • If you have tested positive through a self-administered test or testing done at a non-university facility, please report your positive test results here as soon as possible. Do not report results from the Community Sampling and Tracking Program or the University Health Service.
  • Those eligible for Quarantine and Isolation Housing will be contacted as soon as possible to coordinate a move. Depending on timing this may mean that it is necessary for you to remain in your residence hall overnight. If you have additional questions, you can email the Coordination Center at QandICenter@umich.edu.
  • QICC will arrange for transportation if you are unable to drive yourself, and will help with the check-in into Quarantine and Isolation Housing.
  • You may also relocate to another residence, such as a permanent residence, if:
    • You can drive to the location in under 1 day. Use of public transportation or ride sharing is not permitted.
    • You will have access to your own closed-door bedroom.
    • You will have access to your own bathroom.
    • Only one other person will be in the car during the drive.
Students living off-campus: It may be safe to isolate in your current location if:
  • You have access to your own closed-door bedroom.
  • You have access to your own bathroom or share a bathroom with 1-2 others and can clean and disinfect the space after every use.
  • You can articulate a plan with your housemates about cleaning, disinfecting and avoiding shared time in common spaces, such as a kitchen.
You may consider relocating to another residence, such as a permanent residence, for your quarantine/isolation period if:
  • You can drive to the location in under 1 day. Use of public transportation or ride sharing is not permitted.
  • You will have access to your own closed-door bedroom.
  • You will have access to your own bathroom.
  • Only one other person will be in the car during the drive.

Last Updated: March 17, 2022

Testing

How can I get a COVID-19 test at U-M?
COVID testing options at U-M include:
  • Asymptomatic testing through the U-M COVID-19 Community Sampling and Tracking program, open to students, faculty and staff on the Ann Arbor campus, including Michigan Medicine.
  • Symptomatic testing of students through University Health Service and of faculty and staff through Occupational Health Services. Employees with symptoms of COVID-19 can access testing through their MyUofMHealth patient portal. Workforce members who are unable to access the portal may call Occupational Health Services to report symptoms and arrange for testing if appropriate. OHS can be reached by phone at (734) 764-8021 7am-5pm.
  • Exposure testing for close contacts identified though case investigation, contact tracing or workplace exposure investigations.
  • Quarantine Testing through University Health Service, in partnership with the Division of Public Safety & Security, delivers test kits to students in quarantine through U-M Quarantine & Isolation Housing.
  • Antibody testing for Michigan Medicine faculty and staff involved in patient care.
Check out our guide for the U-M community on how to get a COVID-19 test at U-M.

Last Updated: May 10, 2022

A member of my household has tested positive, and I have symptoms. Do I need to test or can I just begin isolation?
Students should get tested at University Health Service. Employees can isolate and consider themselves as probable cases. Employees with symptoms of COVID-19 can access testing through their MyUofMHealth patient portal. Instructions on how to access the testing through the patient portal are available here. Workforce members who are unable to access the portal may call Occupational Health Services to report symptoms and arrange for testing if appropriate. OHS can be reached by phone at (734) 764-8021 7am-5pm.

Last Updated: January 17, 2022

I've tested positive using a rapid antigen test; do I need a confirmation PCR test?
No. There is no need to get a confirming PCR test following a positive result from a rapid antigen test. You should isolate and follow the guidance outlined here. Report your positive test result here.

Last Updated: January 24, 2022

Am I required to get weekly testing?
Effective Aug. 29, weekly testing is no longer required - but is strongly encouraged - for students and employees on the Ann Arbor campus who are not considered up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations. Michigan Medicine employees should continue to follow the established protocols.

Last Updated: August 17, 2022

Where can I get a rapid antigen test?
For information on how to obtain a rapid antigen test visit: https://uhs.umich.edu/antigen-testing The federal government is also offering every home in the U.S. the opportunity to order four free at-home COVID-19 tests. Each residential address is eligible for one order of four test kits to be used when needed. You can place an order online using this link here. Employees with a university health plan are also eligible to receive up to eight FDA-approved, at-home COVID-19 tests each month. There is no out-of-pocket cost to the member or eligible dependents as long as the tests are purchased at network pharmacies. More information can be found here. Local pharmacies, including the UHS Pharmacy, carry rapid antigen tests for purchase.

Last Updated: August 16, 2022

Where can I report my outside positive COVID-19 test results?
Students, faculty and staff on the Ann Arbor campus, including Michigan Medicine, who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days outside of U-M - that is, outside University Health Service (UHS), Occupational Health Services (OHS) or the Community Sampling and Tracking Program (CSTP) - are asked to report their positive test result here. The information collected will be directed to appropriate units for follow up including: University Health Service; Environment, Health & Safety; Occupational Health Services; and/or Infection Prevention & Epidemiology. University or county health officials may reach out for case investigation and contact tracing, and the information gathered will help target resources for testing, support and mitigation.

Last Updated: March 26, 2022

Does my U-M health insurance plan cover COVID-19 testing?
Yes. Medically necessary health care costs related to testing and treatment for COVID-19 are covered under the student U-M Health Insurance plans (domestic plan and the international plan, and the health insurance plans administered by the U-M Benefits Office, such as GradCare and U-M Premier Care.

Last Updated: March 26, 2022

CSTP Testing FAQ

What type of test does CSTP provide?
CSTP provides a saliva-based RT-qPCR test to participants. Participants will be asked to provide a small saliva sample in a test tube and follow protocols provided at the indoor testing sites. CSTP saliva tests have 95% sensitivity and 99% specificity. This means there is less than a 1% chance of false positives, and less than a 5% chance of false negatives despite being infected with COVID-19

Last Updated: October 16, 2020

Can I use CSTP testing for travel?
CSTP test results are sent within 1-2 days; however, CSTP is unable to guarantee rapid test results or rush test results. We recommend working with your primary care provider or UHS (https://uhs.umich.edu/covid-travelers) for quicker results and documentation for travel. If you’d still like to get tested through CSTP, please schedule your appointment with CSTP here.

Last Updated: May 24, 2022

Is CSTP COVID-19 testing free?
Yes. CSTP testing is free of charge to all U-M and Michigan Medicine students, faculty and staff. There is no out-of-pocket cost associated with your test and test result. Your insurance will not be billed.

Last Updated: October 16, 2020

How is assistance provided to those with disabilities?
Reasonable accommodations and testing assistance are provided to CSTP participants by our trained staff. If you need specific accommodations please email the cstp team, covid19sampling@umich.​edu before your test appointment and we will provide assistance. At each site there is a Site Lead who can coordinate arrangements for accommodations if needed once you are at the testing location.

Last Updated: October 19, 2020

Testing Eligibility

Can I test with CSTP if I am experiencing COVID-19 symptoms?
No. If you are a student who is experiencing symptoms on your test day or if you have had a recent close-contact exposure to someone with COVID-19 please contact UHS for an online assessment. Employees can contact OHS or their individual provider. Do not come to the Community Sampling and Tracking Program location if you are experiencing symptoms.

Last Updated: October 10, 2020

Can my spouse/child/friend/family member test through CSTP?
No, CSTP participation is limited to U-M and Michigan Medicine students, faculty and staff only. We recommend taking a look at Washtenaw County Health Department's website here, which keeps a frequently updated list of testing options available to the community!

Last Updated: August 9, 2021

I just returned from international/domestic travel. Can I get tested with CSTP?
Yes. If you are returning from international or domestic travel please get tested with CSTP after registering and scheduling an appointment at any of our campus testing locations.

Last Updated: May 24, 2022

Registering and Scheduling

Do I need to register with CSTP before my appointment?
Yes, registration with the CSTP program must be completed by 5pm the day before your first test. Click here to register. This registration survey only needs to be completed once every semester.

Last Updated: May 22, 2021

I registered last semester/last year. Do I need to register again?
Yes! Please re-register for CSTP by filing out a brief survey here.

Last Updated: October 19, 2020

Do I still need to get tested and schedule a test appointment weekly even if I’ve already received the COVID-19 vaccine?
No, it is not necessary to get tested if you are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and/or are up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations and submitted your documentation through the Vax Viewer. If you have received one dose in a two-dose series, you can report your partial vaccination. If you would like to request a medical or religious exemption, you may submit that here. Effective Aug. 29, weekly testing is no longer required—but is strongly encouraged—for most students and employees on the Ann Arbor campus who are not considered up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations. Michigan Medicine employees should continue to follow the established protocols.

Last Updated: September 14, 2022

Do I need to schedule an appointment for a test?
To help maintain social distancing at our testing centers, we ask that you schedule an appointment for your test. Please continue to schedule appointments if you are testing on a regular weekly basis.

Last Updated: May 22, 2021

How can I schedule a test?
Before scheduling your first CSTP test, please ensure you have registered for the CSTP by filling out a brief survey. To schedule your test, sign in with your U-M credentials, and click “My Account,” then “Book a New Appointment.” You can then select your preferred location, date and time.

Last Updated: August 9, 2021

How do I cancel or reschedule an appointment?
To cancel or reschedule your test go here, click “My Account,” and then “View Appointments.” You will see all scheduled appointments and can then cancel or reschedule an appointment as needed by clicking the magnifying glass icon under “View Details.” If you are no longer able to keep your appointment, please cancel it to open the space for someone else.

Last Updated: March 22, 2021

Can I choose the time and site for my test?
Yes, you can choose the time and preferred site for your test. Please click here and schedule your test for a time and location convenient for you.

Last Updated: March 22, 2021

I don't see availability to schedule my test. What should I do?
The CSTP program has three campus testing sites, and there's usually testing availability at at least one of them. These campus testing sites are located at Palmer Commons (Plaza Room), Pierpont Commons (1st Floor Mezzanine, East/Center/Boulevard Rooms) and Ross School of Business (Seven10East Cafe). These locations have various hours of operation. Please feel free to schedule your test at any of the available times at these locations. Michigan Medicine employees may also get tested at the Towsley Lobby (Towsley Center for Continuing Medical Education, Ann Arbor, MI 48109) or the Rachel Upjohn Building. To view the availability of the testing sites, please  visit the COVID-19 Community Sampling and Tracking Program webpage.

Last Updated: September 14, 2022

Where can I get tested if I attend the Flint campus?
Details on COVID-19 testing at UM Flint can be found here.

Last Updated: October 16, 2020

Day of Test

What do I need to do before my scheduled COVID-19 test appointment?
Please ensure you have registered with the CSTP program here and have a confirmed appointment by scheduling a test here. Please bring the following to your appointment: MCard or a valid government issued photo ID, a mask and a completed ResponsiBLUE Symptom Checker. Please ensure you have not had anything to eat or drink in the last 30minutes prior to your test appointment.

Last Updated: May 24, 2022

What do I need to bring to the testing site for my appointment?
To verify your identity at the testing site, please bring your MCard. Your Mcard is required to check into the testing kiosk. Please bring a mask that covers your nose and mouth. This program is for asymptomatic individuals without a recent close-contact exposure to someone with COVID-19. For this reason, you will be asked to show your completed daily green ResponsiBLUE screen to enter the test center. If you are experiencing symptoms on your test day or if you have had a recent close-contact exposure to someone with COVID-19, please contact University Health Service for an online assessment or Occupational Health Services for faculty and staff (734-764-8021, Option 1).

Last Updated: October 16, 2020

Can I eat or drink before my appointment?
No. Food, colored drinks, and mouthwash cannot be consumed in the 20 minutes prior to sample collection. Drinking water is permitted. If you arrive at the testing station within 20 minutes of eating, please drink water and return 20 minutes later to collect your saliva sample.

Last Updated: February 24, 2022

Where can I park when I test with CSTP?
Our Pierpont Commons test site has metered parking on Bonisteel Boulevard and a metered visitor lot behind the Walgreen Drama Center (1226 Murfin). You can view the map here. The Palmer Commons test site has a parking structure which is adjacent to the Palmer Commons building at the intersection of Washtenaw Avenue and Palmer Drive. The Palmer Structure is managed by the Logistics, Transportation and Parking. For the CSTP site at the Ross School of Business metered parking is available on the east (East University Avenue) and west sides (Tappan Street). Street parking may be available in the student neighborhood south of the building.

Last Updated: November 17, 2020

Can I take my test kit home and drop the sample off later?
No, our current testing method requires that sample collection must be observed by program personnel.

Last Updated: October 16, 2020

Results

How long will it take to get my test result?
Tests will be sent to LynxDx at the end of the testing day. Test turnaround time is approximately 1-2 calendar days.

Last Updated: October 16, 2020

How will I receive my test results?
LynxDx will complete diagnostic SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR testing and return your test result directly to you via email and text message. When your test results are available, you will receive an email and text alert with a link to view the result. Individuals with a positive test result will be contacted by University Health Service or Occupational Health Services for follow-up and instructions on next steps. When you test with CSTP, you may download an official results PDF from the online results portal. After opening your results using the LynxDx link, you will have the option to create an account with LynxDx and download the form with your results.

Last Updated: October 16, 2020

My results came back as indeterminate or invalid. What does that result mean?
Indeterminate: The test produced a result that could not be confidently classified as negative or positive. If you are asymptomatic, please make an appointment to re-test with CSTP here. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please contact UHS for testing at (734) 764-8320. Invalid: Your sample was unable to be processed successfully in the laboratory. Please make an appointment to re-test with CSTP here.

Last Updated: May 24, 2022

What happens if my test result is positive?
If you have a positive result, you will be contacted by UHS or OHS with that information and for instructions on next steps. You will be asked to isolate following CDC and public health guidelines. On and off-campus isolation spaces will be identified for use by any U-M student who needs isolation. Students also may choose to isolate with their families at home. More details about student isolation is available here.

Last Updated: October 16, 2020

Will my information or test result be shared with anyone else?
As part of participating in the program, your COVID-19 test results, along with your name, uniqname and other personal information, will be shared with the University of Michigan, including the School of Public Health, Michigan Medicine and University Health Service, and may be disclosed to the appropriate county, state or other governmental entity as may be required by law. Your test result will be returned to you by LynxDx and, if your test result is positive, University Health Service, Occupational Health Services or other appropriate public health officials will alert you.

Last Updated: October 16, 2020

Additional Questions

My question wasn’t answered here. Who can I contact for additional questions?
If you have other questions regarding your testing compliance requirements, please contact covid19testingcompliance@umich.edu. You can also contact the COVID-19 call center at 734-936-7000 seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Michigan Medicine employees should send their inquiries to COVID-19HR@umich.edu If you have other questions regarding scheduling, testing sites, or the CSTP program the CSTP team can be reached by email at covid19sampling@umich.​edu.

Last Updated: September 14, 2022

Vaccination & Self-reporting

Who is required to be vaccinated against COVID-19?
All students, faculty and staff on the three U-M campuses, including Michigan Medicine, are required to be up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations (including a booster shot) and to submit their vaccination information. This includes all students and employees (regular and temporary), including:
  • Employees who are not currently working (e.g., off work on unpaid leaves of absence, in unpaid reduction-in-force status, no longer working in a temporary appointment where the termination hasn't been processed yet).
  • Students and employees in fully remote situations.
  • Students in fully remote programs and located in international locations where the vaccine is unavailable. These students are advised to request a temporary postponement using the appropriate form on Wolverine Access.
Bargained-for University of Michigan employees who work in Michigan Medicine or in a health care facility must comply with the federal COVID-19 vaccination mandate.  Employees must have received their first dose or submitted an exemption request by January 27, 2022, and have received their second dose or an approved exemption by February 28, 2022. Additionally, some bargained-for employees have additional requirements pertaining to the booster; any bargained-for employee who is uncertain what is required should consult with their union representative for further information.

Last Updated: September 14, 2022

When should I get my COVID-19 booster, and what type of booster should I get?
Timing and type of a COVID-19 booster depends on which primary series you received, which the CDC outlined here. Please note: If you have a known COVID-19 infection, you should defer your booster shot at least until you have recovered (if symptoms were present) and have met the criteria to end your isolation.
Which primary series COVID-19 vaccine did you receive? When can you receive your COVID-19 booster? What type of COVID-19 booster should you get?
Pfizer 5 months after you finished your primary series Pfizer or Moderna recommended, J&J ok in some situations
Moderna 5 months after you finished your primary series Pfizer or Moderna recommended, J&J ok in some situations
Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) 2 months after you finished your primary series Pfizer or Moderna recommended, J&J ok in some situations
Pfizer/Moderna 5 months after you finished your primary series Pfizer or Moderna recommended, J&J ok in some situations
WHO-authorized series 5 months after you finished your primary series Pfizer
WHO-authorized mix and match series 5 months after you finished your primary series Pfizer
Boosters shot need to be received within 30 days of eligibility to meet the university requirements. Reminder: Bring your COVID-19 vaccination card to your booster shot appointment so your provider can fill in the information about your booster dose.

Last Updated: February 10, 2022

I’ve recently tested positive for COVID-19; when can I get my booster?
If you have a known COVID-19 infection, you should defer your booster at least until you have recovered if symptoms were present (typically within 7 to 10 days) and have met the criteria to end your isolation.

Last Updated: February 2, 2022

Am I required to get the second booster dose allowed by the CDC on March 29, 2022?
The CDC has expanded eligibility for an additional booster dose for certain individuals. At this time, an additional booster is not required by the university.

Last Updated: April 4, 2022

Should I report additional booster doses (i.e. those not required under university policy)?
If you received a second booster or any additional doses you may submit this information via Vax Viewer tile in the COVID-19 collection in Wolverine Access, or go to vaxviewer.umich.edu. This is completely voluntary and is not required under the U-M COVID-19 vaccination policy.

Last Updated: August 25, 2022

What happens if I do not comply with the vaccine/booster requirement?
Students who do not comply with the university’s COVID-19 vaccination policy will be subject to a number of interventions and administrative actions, including a hold on their student account. Employees out of compliance with the university’s COVID-19 vaccination policy will face accountability measures, up to and including a 30-day unpaid leave and dismissal if they fail to come into compliance at the end of that period. For more information, see the University HR website.

Last Updated: February 4, 2022

When am I considered up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations?
Individuals are considered up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations if they have received their booster shot or are within five months of a two-dose series or two months of a one-dose vaccine. Getting a second booster is not necessary to be considered up to date at this time. Individuals are not up to date if they are unvaccinated or more than five months have passed since their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted. For assistance in determining whether you are in compliance with the vaccine mandate, please review this decision tree resource.

Last Updated: April 15, 2022

Can I request an exemption from the booster requirement?
Yes, exemptions to the booster requirement are available here for those who completed their initial COVID-19 vaccine series. If you previously completed an exemption request and were approved for the initial COVID-19 vaccine series, you need not apply for an exemption to the booster requirement. Individuals who still have not completed their primary vaccine series and would like an exemption from the vaccination series should submit an exemption request through Vax Viewer If you are out of the country and do not have access to get the booster, you should submit a request for a booster postponement, also available in Vax Viewer.

Last Updated: September 14, 2022

Where can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
You can use Vaccines.gov to find a location offering the COVID-19 vaccine near you, then call or visit their website to make an appointment. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services also provides information, by county, on available vaccines and how to make an appointment. University Health Service:
  • All U-M students and patients/employees who have an active patient portal account can schedule a vaccination appointment through the portal.
  • Appointments are available Tuesdays 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and Thursdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Pop-up vaccine clinics are being offered in partnership with local pharmacies. Check the UHS website for current information on pop-up clinics.
Occupational Health Services:
  • OHS offers the two-dose Pfizer vaccine for university employees by appointment only.
  • Employees coming to OHS for their vaccination must have their UMID and their vaccination card, if coming for a second-dose vaccination.
  • Employees can review available times and sign up here.
Michigan Medicine:
  • Vaccination clinics are located at the North Campus Research Complex Building 200, Brighton Health Center, and Northville Health Center. See the "Your Vaccination Appointment" page for maps and other details specific to these locations.
  • Appointments can be scheduled online through the MyUofMHealth patient portal. If you do not have a portal account, you can schedule an appointment by calling 734-763-6336. At the prompt, press 1 for COVID-19 vaccinations and then 2 to speak with an agent.
  • You do not have to be an established Michigan Medicine patient to schedule an appointment, but you do need a Michigan Medicine medical record number (MRN). Please call 734-936-4990 to set up an MRN before scheduling an appointment.
For up-to-date university vaccination opportunities, please visit https://healthresponse.umich.edu/policies-guidance/vaccine/.

Last Updated: July 29, 2021

Are the COVID-19 boosters safe?
Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adults and children may have some side effects from a COVID-19 vaccine, including pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever and nausea. Serious side effects are rare, but may occur. More info is available here.

Last Updated: January 4, 2022

I need help obtaining my COVID-19 vaccination record; what can I do?
If you have been immunized in the state of Michigan, you may be able to download your Immunization Record from the Michigan Care Improvement Registry: https://mdhhsmiimmsportal.state.mi.us/. Those vaccinated at a local pharmacy, such as CVS, Rite Aid or Walgreens, may be able to contact those pharmacies to obtain vaccination records. You can also find out-of-state vaccination records using this resource on the CDC website.

Last Updated: February 7, 2022

Why is the university requiring the booster shot?
The university’s decision to require its community to receive a COVID-19 booster is rooted in the goal of minimizing community spread of the virus, limiting containment efforts, and minimizing possible disruptions to the academic term to keep the campus community together for another successful term of providing a vibrant Michigan experience. The decision was made with the input and consideration of a large committee of campus and public health experts and supported by university leadership, and is in alignment with the recommendations of national organizations (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American College Health Association).

Last Updated: December 23, 2021

I have additional questions about the U-M COVID-19 vaccination/booster requirement; where can I find more information?
Please visit the U-M Human Resources website for additional information.

Last Updated: January 26, 2022

How is the university verifying vaccine information?
The verification team reviews each submission for accuracy and authenticity.

Last Updated: August 12, 2021

Are employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement required to be vaccinated?
Bargained-for University of Michigan employees who work in Michigan Medicine or in a health care facility must comply with a federal COVID-19 vaccination mandate.  Employees must have received their first dose or submitted an exemption request by January 27, 2022, and have received their second dose or an approved exemption by February 28, 2022. Additionally, some bargained-for employees have additional requirements pertaining to the booster; any bargained-for employee who are uncertain of what is required of them should consult with their union representative for further information.

Last Updated: January 26, 2022

If I’ve already received an exemption, do I need to resubmit?
No. If you have already been granted an exemption to the vaccination policy you do not need to take any further action.

Last Updated: September 14, 2022

How do I submit my vaccination information (partial, complete or booster)?
Individuals can submit their information via the Vax Viewer tile in the COVID-19 collection in Wolverine Access or go to vaxviewer.umich.edu.

Last Updated: September 14, 2022

Additional information on vaccination exemption/postponement requests
For more FAQs on vaccination exemption and postponement requests visit:

Last Updated: August 31, 2021

I received my vaccination at Michigan Medicine. Why do I have to self-report my vaccination information?
The university is not not allowed to access employee MiChart records without the permission of the employee. Therefore, employees must self-report their vaccination information using the completed vaccination link.

Last Updated: August 19, 2021

What if I lost my COVID-19 vaccine card or didn’t receive a card?
  • If you did not receive a COVID-19 vaccination card at your first appointment, contact the vaccination provider site where you got your first shot or your state health department to find out how you can get a card.
  • If you have lost your vaccination card or don’t have a copy, contact your vaccination provider directly to access your vaccination record.
    • Students vaccinated through Michigan Medicine or UHS, click here for more information on how to request your records.
    • Employees who received their vaccination at a Michigan Medicine (MM) COVID-19 vaccination location (Ford Auditorium, Danto Auditorium, Michigan Stadium, Brighton Health Center, etc.) can access information on how to request your records here.
    • If you cannot contact your vaccination provider directly, contact your state health department’s immunization information system (IIS). You can find state IIS information on the CDC website. Vaccination providers are required to report COVID-19 vaccinations to their IIS and related systems.
  • Bring your vaccination card with you to your second shot appointment so your provider can fill in the information about your second dose.
  • Keep your vaccination card in case you need it for future use. Consider taking a picture of your vaccination card after your second shot appointment as a backup copy.

Last Updated: August 4, 2021

Do I need to pay or have insurance to get vaccinated?
Vaccination is free for faculty, staff and students. Health insurance is not required, but if you have insurance, please bring your card to your appointment. There are no out-of-pocket costs to you.

Last Updated: June 14, 2021

I’m unsure about the vaccine. Who can I talk to about getting vaccinated?
Student, faculty and staff with lingering questions are able to discuss the topic with advisers provided by the university. Advisers are available to answer general questions about the vaccine, its safety and the role of vaccination in personal and community health. The resource is available to students and employees across all three campuses and Michigan Medicine. Advisers will field questions from faculty and staff by phone on weekdays from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The phone number is 734-764-8021; callers should select prompt No. 2. In addition to accessing an adviser by phone, students may also sign up for a Zoom discussion with a clinician or nurse using the University Health Service website. The advisers are available for sessions on weekdays from 8-10 a.m. Advisers will not offer medical advice or address any issues related to human resources or university policy.

Last Updated: August 12, 2021

What happens after I submit my vaccination information?
Within five business days of submitting your vaccination information, you will receive an email alerting you to whether your information was verified or rejected. Common reasons for rejected records include no name on the vaccination card, vaccination card was not legible, or missing information.

Last Updated: August 15, 2022

I submitted my vaccination record but have not received notice as to whether it was verified or rejected. Who should I contact?
Please allow up to five business days for the review of your record submission. Do not submit your information an additional time. Individuals will receive an email alerting them to whether their information was verified or rejected. If it has been more than five business days, contact the Campus COVID-19 Call Center 734-936-7000. Call Center hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m, seven days a week. Check for any changes to your vaccination status in the ResponsiBLUE App.

Last Updated: March 25, 2022

My vaccination information submission has been rejected. What should I do?
Some of the common reasons a submission is rejected include: no name on the vaccination card, vaccination card was not legible, the lot number entered on the form did not match the lot number on the vaccination card, or the vaccination card image did not upload properly. Please resubmit your vaccination information in Wolverine Access via the reporting tool, or contact the Campus COVID-19 Call Center 734-936-7000. Call Center hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

Last Updated: March 25, 2022

Can I report to work if I have only received one of two doses?
Yes. The CDC and U-M consider individuals up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.

Last Updated: September 14, 2022

Which vaccinations are recognized as acceptable in meeting the university requirement?
The University of Michigan understands that access to COVID-19 vaccines is variable worldwide and is committed to offering any community member who is in need of vaccination the opportunity to get vaccinated when they arrive in Ann Arbor. This includes students arriving from domestic locations as well as students arriving from abroad. For the purpose of meeting U-M COVID-19 policies and quarantine and isolation requirements, the university recognizes vaccines that are authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization. The list of recognized vaccines may change; you can view the current WHO list on their website (look for the COVID-19 vaccine EUL issued list): https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/covid-19-vaccines. U-M will assist those seeking to comply with U-M COVID-19 policies and requirements, as needed. This will include offering the opportunity of additional vaccination upon their arrival with a recognized vaccine, or requiring additional mitigation strategies (mandatory testing/quarantine requirements) for those vaccinated with a non-authorized vaccine or those granted an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement. For more information or to request assistance, contact the U-M COVID-19 Campus Call Center at 734-936-7000.

Last Updated: July 28, 2021

Will reports regarding vaccination status be made available?
Unit leadership will have access to data about compliance for employees or students in their area. At this point, access is limited to a very small group including deans, top-level unit leadership and human resources departments for the purpose of implementing public health-informed plans and decisions and ensuring compliance with U-M policies. More information on compliance followup and guidance is available here: https://hr.umich.edu/working-u-m/my-employment/covid-19-information-employees/u-m-covid-19-vaccination-requirement

Last Updated: August 9, 2021

As a supervisor, what is my responsibility for verifying the vaccination status of my employees?
Supervisors can encourage employees to self-report vaccine status voluntarily through the university process. Once they self-report, employees can voluntarily show their supervisor their ResponsiBLUE status. A supervisor may request that an employee who reports to them display their verified vaccination status information. More information is available on the U-M Human Resources website.

Last Updated: July 30, 2021

Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as other vaccines?
Yes, the CDC has updated its guidance about this. COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines may now be administered without regard to timing. This includes simultaneous administration of COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines on the same day, as well as co-administration within 14 days.

Last Updated: June 14, 2021

Can I use another method for submitting my vaccination or exemption information to U-M?
No. At this time, the only channel for submitting vaccination and exemption information is via the secure self-reporting forms.

Last Updated: June 14, 2021

Student vaccination exemption FAQ

When will I hear back on whether my exemption/postponement request was accepted or denied?
The exemption and temporary postponement request review team reviews employee submissions as quickly as possible. Receipt of a confirmation email confirms that your submission was received. Decisions will typically be conveyed within two weeks, although some requests may take longer to review. Please do not submit duplicate requests as that will complicate the review process. Please continue to check your email for an update on the status of your request.

Last Updated: March 4, 2022

I need to come to campus for work or class. What should I do while I wait for a response to my request?
Follow the U-M Face Covering Policy and complete the ResponsiBLUE daily health screen.

Last Updated: September 14, 2022

I was granted a medical exemption. What should I do next?
Because you are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations, you are required to follow the U-M Face Covering Policy, per the U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. If you receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the future, you are asked to upload your vaccination information to the Vax Viewer at that time. Download the ResponsiBLUE app for daily use and be prepared to show it when requested.

Last Updated: September 14, 2022

I received conditional approval for a religious exemption. What should I do next (Ann Arbor students only)?
Because you are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations, you are required to follow the U-M Face Covering Policy, per the U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. U-M Ann Arbor students who receive a conditional approval for a religious exemption from a primary vaccination series must complete the online COVID-19 health educational module in order for the full exemption to be granted. Completing the educational module is only required for the primary vaccination series; students are not required to complete the module when approved for a religious exemption from the booster. A link to the online module will be sent directly to these U-M community members. After completing the online module, you will receive an email indicating that the exemption is fully granted. Educational modules will be distributed to UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint in conjunction with compliance efforts.

Last Updated: September 14, 2022

I was granted a temporary postponement. What should I do next?
Obtain an FDA/WHO-authorized vaccine as soon as possible. Submit your updated vaccination information by completing the appropriate forms available here: https://healthresponse.umich.edu/policies-guidance/vaccine/.

Last Updated: September 14, 2022

My exemption or temporary postponement request was denied. What should I do now?
You should obtain an FDA/WHO- authorized vaccine as soon as possible and update your vaccination status on Wolverine Access.

Last Updated: September 14, 2022

Why was my request denied?
Exemption and temporary postponement requests may be denied for a variety of reasons, including:
  • Incomplete information/documentation
  • Failure to provide supporting documentation from a medical provider (where applicable)
  • Required fields were not completed
  • Form was completed by someone other than the U-M student or employee (where applicable)
  • Information provided does not meet the criteria for that particular type of exemption

Last Updated: August 17, 2021

Can I appeal the denial of my exemption?
There is no appeal process for exemption or temporary postponement requests; decisions are final.

Last Updated: August 17, 2021

I still have questions about exemptions and temporary postponements. Who do I contact?
Additional questions about exemptions and temporary postponements from students can be directed to: U-M Ann Arbor Students: COVID19TestingCompliance@umich.edu UM-Dearborn Students: Specific information regarding the testing expectations associated with your exemption will be provided to you via email from the UM-Dearborn Dean of Students Office. If you have any questions about the vaccine exemption process or participating in the outlined risk management strategies, please contact the Dearborn COVID Support Team at (313) 593-5056 or DearbornCOVIDSupport@umich.edu. UM-Flint Students: Flint Reopening Committee: reopeningcommittee@umich.edu. Find more COVID-19 information specific to the UM-Dearborn Campus and the UM-Flint Campus.

Last Updated: August 14, 2021

Do fully remote students have to participate in weekly mandatory COVID-19 testing?
Weekly testing is no longer required—but is strongly encouraged—for students and employees who are not considered up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations. Michigan Medicine employees should continue to follow the protocols established for compliance with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services vaccine mandate. UM-Flint Campus: Fully remote students should contact the Office of the Dean of Students (flint.avc.dos@umich.edu) regarding testing obligations for qualified fully remote students. Additional information is available at the UM-Flint FAQ.

Last Updated: September 14, 2022

Employee vaccination exemption FAQ

When will I hear back on whether my exemption/postponement request was accepted or denied?
The exemption and temporary postponement request review team reviews employee submissions as quickly as possible. Receipt of a confirmation email confirms that your submission was received. Decisions will typically be conveyed within two weeks, although some requests may take longer to review. Please do not submit duplicate requests as that will complicate the review process. Please continue to check your email for an update on the status of your request.

Last Updated: March 4, 2022

I need to come to campus for work. What should I do while I wait for a response to my request?
In addition to following the university’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, employees are encouraged to use ResponsiBLUE for daily screening as it may be required to access certain buildings, and to seek appropriate care and testing if they have COVID-19 symptoms.

Last Updated: August 17, 2021

I was granted a medical exemption. What should I do next?
Because you are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations, you are required to follow the U-M Face Covering Policy, per the U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. If you receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the future, please remember to upload your vaccination information to Vax Viewer at that time. Employees are encouraged to use ResponsiBLUE for daily screening as it will continue to be required to access certain buildings, and to seek appropriate care and testing if they have symptoms.

Last Updated: February 2, 2022

I was granted a religious exemption. What should I do next?
Because you are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations, you are required to follow the university’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Employees are encouraged to use ResponsiBLUE for daily screening as it will continue to be required to access certain buildings, and to seek appropriate care and testing if they have symptoms. If you receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the future, please remember to upload your vaccination information to Vax Viewer at that time. All employees (Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint) who are granted an exemption are highly encouraged to complete the online COVID-19 health educational module. The online module should take 30-45 minutes to complete and can be found at: EHS_OHS_COVIDw COVID-19: Working Safely at U-M. Employees who are also students must complete the student module as this is a requirement for students. Course details will be sent via email to all students who need to complete this module.

Last Updated: September 14, 2022

I was granted a temporary postponement. What should I do next?
Obtain an FDA/WHO authorized vaccine as soon as possible. Submit your updated vaccination information by completing the appropriate form in Vax Viewer by the date indicated on your approval email. In addition to following the university’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, employees are encouraged to use ResponsiBLUE for daily screening as it may be required to access certain buildings, and to seek appropriate care and testing if they have symptoms.

Last Updated: September 14, 2022

My exemption or temporary postponement request was denied. What should I do now?
You should obtain an FDA/WHO- authorized vaccine as soon as possible and update your vaccination status on vaccination status on Vax Viewer.

Last Updated: September 14, 2022

Why was my request denied?
Exemption and Temporary Postponement Requests may be denied for a variety of reasons, including:
  • Incomplete information/documentation
  • Failure to provide supporting documentation from a medical provider (where applicable)
  • Required fields were not completed
  • Form was completed by someone other than the U-M student or employee (where applicable)
  • Information provided does not meet the criteria for that particular type of exemption

Last Updated: August 17, 2021

Can I appeal the denial of my exemption?
There is no appeal process for exemption requests; decisions are final.

Last Updated: August 17, 2021

I still have questions. Who do I contact?
Additional questions from all employees (Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint) can be directed to: Covid-19HR@umich.edu. Find more COVID-19 information specific to the UM-Dearborn Campus and the UM-Flint Campus.

Last Updated: August 17, 2021

I work exclusively from home. Am I still subject to the university’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy?
Yes, employees working remotely must comply with the university's vaccination policy. Unvaccinated employees working 100% remotely without an exemption or temporary postponement are subject to the enforcement steps outlined here.

Last Updated: March 4, 2022

Data/Privacy

How will vaccination and exemption information be used?
Information collected through the COVID-19 Vaccination and Exemption Self-Report forms will be used to direct public health-informed decisions related to living, learning and working at U-M. It will also be used to produce reports for university administration, support vaccine verification and aid in decisions on face coverings, testing and quarantine requirements, social distancing needs, and other public-health informed plans and decisions. For more information, see the Privacy Policy for COVID-19 Vaccination and Exemption Self-Reporting.

Last Updated: August 4, 2021

Who has access to vaccination and exemption information?
Individually identifiable information may be shared as required by law, and with university officials, public health officials, and external service providers that support U-M COVID-19 response efforts. When information is shared with service providers, we have contractual agreements to require such service providers to keep your personal information secure and confidential, and do not allow them to use or share personal information for any purpose other than providing services on the university’s behalf. For more information, see the Privacy Policy for COVID-19 Vaccination and Exemption Self-Reporting.

Last Updated: August 4, 2021

Is the data collected by the U-M COVID-19 vaccination and exemption self-report forms regulated by HIPAA?
Self-reported vaccination and exemption information is not considered Protected Health Information (PHI) and is not regulated by HIPAA.

Last Updated: August 17, 2021

Can I opt out of having my COVID-19 vaccination and exemption data collected and used?
No. Compliance with the U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy requires U-M faculty, staff and students to make their vaccination and exemption information available to U-M for pandemic management and reporting purposes. For more information, see the Privacy Policy for COVID-19 Vaccination and Exemption Self-Reporting.

Last Updated: August 17, 2021

How is vaccination and exemption information protected?
Student self-reported vaccination and medical exemption information is not regulated by the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). For students, this information is regulated by FERPA. The University of Michigan takes appropriate measures to ensure the security and confidentiality of student records and personal human resources information.

Last Updated: August 4, 2021

Case Investigation & Contact Tracing

What is a close contact?
Close contact is defined by CDC as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic clients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection). Close contact is defined as follows:
  • Being less than 6 feet apart for brief encounters that total 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period.
  • Being coughed or sneezed on.
  • Hugging or kissing.
  • Sharing utensils or drinking glasses.
  • Roommate, intimate partner or caregiver.

Last Updated: March 26, 2021

What is case investigation and how is it done?
Case investigation is utilized to collect epidemiological data in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Case investigators team call COVID-19 positive individuals to gather that data.  In addition, case investigators are providing guidance and encouraging individuals to inform their close contacts of exposures and to get tested accordingly.  The teams are currently focused on students and main campus employees to provide education and resources to properly isolate. Referrals to Q & I Housing are made if necessary.

Last Updated: August 3, 2022

What is contact tracing and why is it important? How is it done?

Close contacts are defined as having been within 6 feet of a case for a cumulative 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period. Individuals identified as close contacts through case investigation or who self-identify as having a close contact exposure, will be assessed for their need to quarantine based on their vaccination status and their association with medical programs. Contact tracers identify, monitor and support the close contacts who have been exposed to, and possibly infected with, COVID-19. Contact tracing is important because it identifies those most at risk of contracting COVID-19. If identified early enough, the individual can quarantine prior to becoming infectious and prevent further spread of COVID-19.

Contact tracers are health sciences students who have received specialized training and have been authorized to conduct contact tracing in partnership with the Washtenaw County Health Department that has jurisdiction in the Ann Arbor area. The U-M contact tracer contacts all U-M associated close contacts and household contacts who were identified from the case’s investigation. They inform them of their potential exposure, provide education about quarantining, assist with resources to properly quarantine, and initiate symptom tracking. Testing is not required, but may be part of a campus testing strategy if capacity exists to do so.

Last Updated: August 3, 2022

Why is it important to provide detailed information to contact tracers if you test positive for COVID-19?
An effective contact tracing and case management program can ensure that those at risk of having been infected are rapidly identified and triaged to prevent unnecessary spread of COVID-19. Sharing the names of roommates, colleagues, or friends you were in contact with at work, the gym or a party will not get anyone in trouble. Providing this information will generate a notification so they can seek testing, and guarantee they get the support and resources they may need during quarantine.

Last Updated: August 3, 2022

Policy & Compliance

What are the COVID-19 policies for Spring/Summer?
Spring/Summer Update: Effective May 2, masks are no longer required during class times or while on U-M buses for the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses. Masks remain required in patient care areas and at campus COVID-19 testing sites on the Ann Arbor campus. Michigan Medicine will maintain its current universal masking policy in all facilities where a patient may arrive as part of their care – including for billing or administrative purposes. Students, faculty and staff will continue to be required to be up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations. Use of the daily symptom checker tool, ResponsiBLUE, is expected.

Last Updated: April 27, 2022

Where can I find the U-M face covering policy?
Does the U-M face covering policy apply to all U-M campuses?
The policy applies to the U-M Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn campuses. Michigan Medicine will maintain its current universal masking policy in all facilities where a patient may arrive as part of their care – including for billing or administrative purposes. The U-M Medical School will follow campus guidelines and protocols.

Last Updated: April 27, 2022

Are U-M children’s centers covered under the face covering policy?
No, the U-M children’s centers have their own policies related to mask use in their facilities due to their nature of work and engagement with a younger population that is not yet eligible to be vaccinated.

Last Updated: April 27, 2022

How is the university addressing non-compliance with the face covering policy?
The University of Michigan requires all students, staff, faculty and visitors to wear a face covering that covers the mouth and nose in patient care areas (e.g Michigan Medicine, University Health Service and the Dental School clinical areas) and U-M Covid-19 testing sites. Repeated failure to follow the face covering policy will result in sanctions. U-M community members can address non-compliance with the U-M face covering policy in the following ways:
  • Directly with a kind reminder of the policy.
  • U-M community members who are authorized to provide service can deny services to anyone not complying with the university’s face covering policy.

Last Updated: April 27, 2022

What metrics are being used to determine masking requirements?
Based on U-M's high vaccination rates and the fact that the State of Michigan is moving from a response phase to a recovery phase in the pandemic, the university is able to reduce the indoor mask requirement. Under the latest guidance from the CDC, mask use is not listed among the recommended prevention behavior guidance for individuals in areas with a "Medium" COVID-19 Community Level, which is the current level for Washtenaw County. Masks remain an option for anyone seeking additional protection from COVID-19.

Last Updated: April 13, 2022

I want to continue to wear a mask, what type of mask is the best protection for me?
Well-fitting masks, esp. high filtration N95 and KN95 masks, remain an effective way for an individual to lower their personal risk of acquiring COVID-19.

Last Updated: March 9, 2022

Can I ask someone around me to wear a mask?
Public health guidance is shifting away from a position that others need to mask to protect others except when conditions in the community are "HIGH." However, individuals may recommend, but may not require, others to wear masks in settings such as one-on-one meetings. Here's some sample language to consider using if you'd like to recommend that another individual wear a mask around you: "I’m choosing to wear a mask as another layer of protection against COVID-19 infection. And while I cannot require you to wear a mask, would you be willing to wear one while in this [meeting.], as well? Of course, this is your choice, and there will be no consequences if you choose not to, but I appreciate your consideration as it would make me feel more comfortable."

Last Updated: March 9, 2022

How is the university addressing student compliance with the U-M Vaccination Policy?
All students are responsible for understanding the COVID-19-related expectations and their responsibilities as stated in the U-M Vaccination Policy. A Compliance and Accountability Team has been established to monitor compliance with the U-M Vaccination Policy, follow up with students to encourage and facilitate compliance and escalate issues of non-compliance as appropriate. Students who are not in compliance with the U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy will have a COVID-19 administrative hold placed on their account. The hold prevents the student from adding or dropping classes, registering for the upcoming term and requesting an official transcript. Students not in compliance could be subject to other accountability measures, including canceled housing contracts and referral for formal student conduct processes.

Last Updated: March 11, 2022

What steps have been taken to create a safe classroom environment in regard to air quality/ventilation?
U-M Facilities & Operations has taken many steps to ensure a safe classroom environment while the university remains in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. See the full list of steps taken here.

Last Updated: August 31, 2021

Where can I find the U-M COVID-19 vaccination policy?
The U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy is available here: https://ehs.umich.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/COVID-19_Vaccination_Policy.pdf

Last Updated: February 23, 2022

Falsified records
The Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities prohibits "Making, possessing, or using any falsified university document or record; altering any university document or record, including identification cards and meal cards." Producing, providing and/or presenting a falsified vaccination card or a screenshot of the ResponsiBLUE app would violate this expectation and is prohibited.

Last Updated: August 9, 2021

What does a COVID-19 administrative hold on a student’s account do?
When a student has a COVID-19 administrative hold on their account, the student is unable to add or drop classes, register for a future semester, and request an official transcript. A COVID-19 administrative hold does not impact a student’s ability to graduate or receive their diploma.

Last Updated: March 10, 2022

How is the university addressing employee compliance with COVID-19 policies?
All employees are responsible for understanding the COVID-19-related expectations and their responsibilities under the university’s policies. Non-complaint employees on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses will be subject to disciplinary action, which will be carried out using a two-step process at the unit level. The first step will focus on further education about the policy and the vaccine, and will include a verbal warning. If after seven days the employee has not initiated the process to become vaccinated,the second step includes a written warning, ineligibility for next year’s merit increase and possible additional disciplinary actions. This applies to both faculty and staff. Additionally, staff members will be put on a two-day unpaid disciplinary layoff and face restricted access to funds for professional development and university travel. Faculty will have access to professional development and discretionary funds restricted and may have sabbaticals delayed or become ineligible for university honorific recognition. All employees not in compliance will be required to complete weekly COVID-19 testing until they are up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations. Employees who have initiated an exemption or temporary postponement request, or who are awaiting verification of vaccine status, will be considered in compliance while their information is under review, but may be subject to weekly testing. All employees, regardless of vaccination status, must follow the U-M face-covering policy and perform daily symptom checks using the ResponsiBLUE app. Unvaccinated employees who do not comply with face-covering rules, weekly testing and daily symptom checking could be subject to further discipline, including discharge. Bargained-for employees should refer to their collective bargaining agreements.

Last Updated: February 2, 2022

What are the indicators for the university to change its plans?
The university will continue to carefully monitor a number of data points as we move forward with campus plans. There is no one number that would prompt a change. Among these factors are:
  • Spread of COVID-19 locally and regionally.
  • Capacity of area hospitals.
  • Campus isolation capacity.
  • Capacity for case investigation and contact tracing.
More details on Campus Response Metric are available here.

Last Updated: August 12, 2021

Events & Gatherings

What are the COVID-19 requirements for guests attending commencement activities?
Guests are being asked to complete ResponsiBLUE and ResponsiBLUE Guest before entering any of U-M's indoor ceremony sites (Hill, Crisler, Mendelssohn, Power, etc.). Guests are not required to show vaccination cards or test results. Guests may choose to wear a mask, if they prefer it. Masks will be available onsite.

Last Updated: March 18, 2022

What is expected of campus guests?
Campus guests are encouraged to complete ResponsiBLUE Guest, the daily COVID-19 symptom check tool, prior to accessing campus buildings.

Last Updated: August 23, 2022

What is the latest guidance for hosting events?
The COVID-19 Campus Health Response Committee has issued the following guidance regarding COVID-19 response for events:
  • It is expected that all individuals of the U-M community and guests stay home when they are not feeling well (do not attend work, class, gatherings or events). Individuals are expected to continue to use ResponsiBLUE and ResponsiBLUE Guest as a daily symptom checker.
  • In-person gatherings and events may occur and food/drink can be provided. Continued use of ResponsiBLUE and ResponsiBLUE Guest is recommended for these events.
  • Non-university individuals who have on-campus residency for Spring/Summer programs will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result.
  • Units can plan and implement their event plans at the local level; units are no longer required to submit event plans or summer programs for review by U-M’s Environment, Health & Safety or the Provost’s Office. Please refer to the U-M COVID-19 Guidelines for Campus Facilities for ideas of levels of risk associated with gatherings and events.

Last Updated: March 10, 2022

ResponsiBLUE

Information on ResponsiBLUE health screening tool
Each day, all members of our campus community who will enter campus buildings will be encouraged to complete a daily healthy screening for COVID-19 symptoms by answering a brief set of questions using ResponsiBLUE. Visitors and vendors must use the guest version of ResponsiBLUE (guest.responsiblue.umich.edu) whenever they come to campus. The ResponsiBLUE mobile app can be downloaded now from the App Store and Google Play, and is available for use by the U-M community. The tool offers advice on where to seek care if you are not well. You also are encouraged to use this tool daily, even when not coming to campus. For more information on ResponsiBLUE, click here.

Last Updated: August 23, 2021

Am I expected to use ResponsiBLUE?
Yes, all members of our campus community who enter campus buildings and facilities are encouraged to use ResponsiBLUE daily to check themselves for COVID-19 symptoms by answering a brief set of questions. The tool offers advice on where to seek care if you are not well and provides visibility and insights into the state of public health at U-M. All guests, contractors and vendors are required to complete a preliminary health screening via ResponsiBLUE Guest.

Last Updated: August 23, 2021

What information appears in ResponsiBLUE?
ResponsiBLUE includes the following:
  • Brief set of COVID- 19 daily screening questions (for students and employees).
  • COVID-19 Test verification (for students only) notes the date of the last COVID-19 test through U-M testing programs.
  • COVID-19 vaccination (for students and employees) shows status of users' self-reported vaccination record to the university via Wolverine Access. ResponsiBLUE iOS and Android update version 2.0 have been released to the App Store and the Google Play Store, respectively.
  • Quarantine & Isolation indicator (for students and employees) appears for students and employees who have been placed into, or asked to, quarantine or isolate by U-M's Environment, Health and Safety department or the U-M Contact Tracing Corps.

Last Updated: July 12, 2021

Am I required to have my test results back BEFORE I enter a campus building?
No, you are required only to have gotten your COVID-19 test prior to entering a campus building.

Last Updated: March 8, 2021

I have a red ‘X’ and the screening check box says “Required.” What should I do?
Users will see a large red 'X' at the top of the screen if their screening results have expired. Screening check results expire after 18 hours. Click on the "start screening check" prompt to renew your daily screening requirement.

Last Updated: March 8, 2021

My COVID-19 Testing Indicator reads as expired. What should I do?
If your COVID-19 Testing Indicator reads as "EXPIRED" and you live on campus, are registered for an in-person or hybrid class or come to campus for research, work or other activities (e.g. libraries, union, Rec Sports) in campus buildings you must immediately schedule an appointment AND get tested for COVID-19 through the Community Sampling & Tracking Program. The COVID-19 Testing indicator will change from "EXPIRED" to "COMPLETED" upon getting your COVID-19 test.

Last Updated: March 8, 2021

Once I am tested on campus, how long before my green check mark appears in ResponsiBLUE?
It takes about 2 hours for Community Sampling and Tracking Program test information to show up in the ResponsiBLUE app. For test results from University Health Service and Occupational Health Services, please allow 2-3 days to show up in the app. Results from the self-reported external COVID results survey also can take 2 to 3 days to be pushed to ResponsiBLUE.

Last Updated: March 8, 2021

When will my weekly test expire in the ResponsiBLUE App?
Your test status will expire 8 days from the testing date.

Last Updated: March 8, 2021

Expectation not to share ResponsiBLUE records
Students should not share their ResponsiBLUE records (including screenshots of completed testing status) with others, as that could be a violation of the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities that prohibits "Making, possessing, or using any falsified University document or record; altering any University document or record, including identification cards and meal cards." Producing a screenshot of the ResponsiBLUE app for the purpose of providing it to others for use as a falsified University record would violate this expectation and is prohibited.

Last Updated: March 8, 2021

Travel

What prevention measures should I take before, during and after traveling?
It’s recommended that all travelers follow public health prevention strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
  • Delay traveling internationally until you are up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations.
  • Get vaccinated or tested per CDC guidance.
  • Wear a mask, especially in crowded areas.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid travel if ill.
  • Check for travel restrictions and entry requirements for your final destination. To determine travel regulations and entry requirements for international locations, visit the COVID-19 Country Specific Information page on the U.S. Embassy site of the destination country.
  • Follow U-M policy and country-specific requirements for international University of Michigan Related Travel (UMRT). Locate your country on Global Michigan to determine travel eligibility and requirements.

Last Updated: February 2, 2022

Additional questions about COVID-19 and international travel
For additional information on international travel related to COVID-19 please visit Global Michigan.

Last Updated: February 2, 2022

What should I consider before I choose to travel abroad at this time?
Travel during a global pandemic will require careful preparation and flexibility to adjust plans as conditions change. Travellers should review the Considerations for Planning International Travel during COVID-19 document and the Travel Planning section on Global Michigan. Some key considerations include: Entry/Departure
  • Check your travel destination(s) on U-M Travel Designation and determine your eligibility to travel. Note that undergraduate students on U-M related travel may not travel to a U-M COVID-19 high risk country or a U-M travel restriction country.
  • Review your travel destination's entry requirements to determine if you are permitted to enter, what steps are required to enter (e.g. negative COVID-19 test result, proof of vaccination, mandatory quarantine, etc.) and the associated costs for each requirement.
  • Review entry requirements for returning to the U.S. and U-M campus. Assess your comfort level and flexibility with changes in entry requirements, border closures, flight cancellations and quarantining.
In-Country Experience
  • Determine if you can meet the in-country public health requirements. For example, many countries now require proof of vaccination to enter restaurants, museums, public venues, etc.
  • Research the health and medical facilities and their conditions in your travel destination(s).
  • Assess your tolerance of the possibility of limited personal connections due to social distancing guidelines, switch to remote learning/work, reduced building capacities, limits on social gatherings and so forth.
Contingency Planning
  • Develop financial contingency plans in the event of unanticipated travel disruptions.
  • Prepare for the possibility of staying abroad longer than expected and have plans for housing, food/water, funding and support networks. Travelers are responsible for any costs associated with remaining abroad longer than expected. The most likely reason for staying abroad longer than expected is if a traveler tests positive for COVID-19 before boarding their flight.
  • Reflect upon your goals for your travel experience and determine if traveling makes sense at this time or if it can be delayed.

Last Updated: November 11, 2021