What is does it mean to self-quarantine, self-isolate, self-monitor or self-observation?
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.
- Self-observation means you should remain alert for subjective fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. If you develop fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, contact your healthcare provider and self-isolate.
- Self-monitoring means you should monitor yourself for fever by taking your temperature twice a day and remain alert for cough or difficulty breathing. If you develop fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, contact your healthcare provider and self-isolate.
Should I self-quarantine, self-isolate, self-monitor or self-observation?
CDC recommends anyone returning from countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Warning self-quarantine for 14 days from your last day in that country. The self-quarantine recommendation currently does not apply in general to travelers who only transit through an airport in one of these countries. Self-monitor for the development of any symptoms, and call your healthcare provider right away if you develop symptoms.
Those returning from domestic travel in areas with sustained community transmission of COVID-19 are encouraged to practice self-observation for the development of any symptoms, and call your healthcare provider right away if you develop a fever or respiratory symptoms.
Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:
- Difficulty breathing.
If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider and self-isolate. The CDC offers the following guidance on how to self-isolate: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html
How do I self-quarantine?
CDC recommends anyone returning from countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Warning self-quarantine for 14 days from your last day in that country.
To self-quarantine, you should:
- Stay home. Do not go to work, school or public areas.
- Separate yourself from other people in your home. Avoid visitors to your home.
- Self-monitor for fever by checking temperature at least twice a day. Contact your healthcare provider if you develop a fever or respiratory symptoms.
- When seeking medical care, call ahead and tell them about your symptoms before heading to the doctor’s office or the emergency room.
- Do not use public transport like buses or taxis.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and immediately throw the tissue in the trash and clean hands with sanitizer.
- Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
I am a student who is practicing self-quarantine, who should I contact to make arrangements to miss class and other obligations?
Students that are self-quarantine can contact the Dean of Students Office for assistance with academics and classes, work, participation in campus organizations or requirements, and to discuss other considerations. Email email@example.com or call 734-764-7420. Student Life also is working to make alternative housing arrangements on campus for students who need a place to self-quarantine.
What if my roommate practicing self-quarantine, what should I do?
Students with roommates who are practicing self-quarantine should take precautionary measures including limiting contact with anyone who is under quarantine, cleaning surfaces, washing hands frequently and avoiding sharing utensils. Students can contact the Dean of Students office (firstname.lastname@example.org or call 734-764-7420) for further assistance.
I am an employee who is practicing self-quarantine, who should I contact to make arrangements to miss work?
Employees with questions about working arrangements during self-quarantine should contact their unit supervisor. For more information, see this FAQ from Human Resources: https://hr.umich.edu/2019-novel-coronavirus.
U-M is canceling all classes March 12-13. Classes will resume Monday in alternative formats – not meeting in person through April 21, the last day of classes this semester.
Faculty and instructors should let students know how this transition will be handled. The provost’s offices on each of our campuses have been making arrangements in our schools and colleges to facilitate these transitions.
We recognize the challenges presented by this rapidly changing situation and continuing to evaluate impacts of COVID-19.
All U-M events, and events organized by others on our campuses, of more than 10 people are canceled until at least April 21. This cancellation includes Honors Convocation on March 15. Individual units may change smaller events at their discretion.
All event organizers are encouraged to consider virtual options. The University will endeavor to reschedule any affected third-party events as practical.
We are postponing Spring 2020 commencement activities across our three campuses. This includes both the large campuswide ceremonies and individual school, college and group recognition ceremonies. We know that this is very disappointing to many, and we are looking at ways to celebrate 2020 graduates in the future.
We will find another date for a commencement for the Class of 2020, and the graduates will be part of those discussions. We will share that information as soon as we can.
If you are an event organizer, we encourage you to think about alternate ways to convene the event (virtually) or to postpone or cancel based on your event’s specific risk. Please review CDC guidance for hosting large gatherings: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html.
All final exams will take place remotely in alternative formats
This essentially extends our previous action to prevent all classes from meeting in person. Faculty and instructors will communicate how this will be handled as soon as possible.
Classes resumed Monday, March 16, delivered remotely in alternative formats. The Ann Arbor Provost’s Office has additional information and resources on remote instruction on our Keep Teaching at U-M page.
Students will not be required to come to our campuses for instruction or exams for the remainder of this semester.
U-M is asking those students who still remain on campus, especially in residence halls, to return to their permanent residence, if that is an option. New developments and guidance in the COVID-19 pandemic make it clear that now is the time to return home if they can.
For those students who must stay, Student Life wants to be sensitive to their needs and ask that you please complete this survey. Student Life will follow up with you, and work with you to make sure your needs are met.
Michigan Dining has suspended dining-in service at all campus dining facilities. Boxed take-out meals will continue to be served during specific hours.
How can I check out of my residence hall?
We have streamlined the process for students. All you need to do is to remove all of your personal belongings from your room, and then email email@example.com from your umich account. That email will count as your official checkout. You may not be able to return to your room, so make sure you have moved out with all of your items.
I left my residence hall room but left belongings behind: how can I return to pick them up?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know that you have left, and that you have belongings still in your room. We are currently working to keep our students safe, and will reply to your email as soon as we can with instructions on how to return to your room, pick up your things, and officially check out.
U-M is suspending all U-M international travel until at least April 21, with rare exceptions requiring approval. Domestic travel for university business is strongly discouraged.
Rare exceptions for international travel deemed essential may be granted if approved by a designated administrator. We encourage domestic travelers to seek virtual methods of convening for university business. The university also discourages personal domestic and international travel.
CDC recommends anyone returning from countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Warning self-quarantine for 14 days from your last day in that country. Self-monitor for the development of any symptoms, and call your healthcare provider right away if you develop symptoms.
Those returning from domestic travel in areas with sustained community transmission of COVID-19 are encouraged practice self-observation for the development of any symptoms, and contact your healthcare provider if you develop a fever or respiratory symptoms.
Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:
- Difficulty breathing.
All Michigan Medicine faculty, staff and students who recently traveled to California or Washington state must contact Occupational Health Services upon their return and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days upon return. Also, any ill persons should stay home.
What changes has U-M made to its education abroad programs in light of the COVID-19 outbreak?
All U-M education abroad programs will be altered or suspended.
COVID-19 is becoming frequent in many places, and we want to be sure our students can get medical care that meets their needs, as more countries’ health care systems are facing greater pressure. Students in each education abroad program will have unique needs and considerations, and we are working through those, including safety, location, ability to travel, and disruption to academic progress. We will work with the students to assist them with arrangements and academic accommodations, including credit for their coursework.
We are also canceling U-M education abroad programs scheduled for the spring semester, and will decide about programs that start July 1 or thereafter in the coming weeks when we have better information. This follows previous cancellation of all university-related travel to and education abroad programs in countries with a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Level 3 Travel Warning.
We encourage you to return to this page for the latest information. You can also view all U-M Travel Warning and Restriction destinations on Global Michigan: https://global.umich.edu/travel-resources/warnings-restrictions/
Does U-M have any recommendations for students traveling independently and not on a U-M managed program?
Independent travelers are still encouraged to follow U-M guidance: https://global.umich.edu/travel-resources/warnings-restrictions/, which includes avoiding all travel to countries under U-M Travel Restriction. Students may also register their travel with U-M (https://global.umich.edu/travel-resources/register-your-travel/) so they can receive university communications and updates specific to their location. For non U-M programs, it’s important that students stay in close contact with the host university or provider to understand their program-specific cancellation policies.
How will I know if an admissions event that I am registered for has been cancelled?
We have cancelled all on-campus and off-campus events through May 31, and notified by email those who registered. We apologize for any inconvenience, but trust that you understand our priority is keeping our community safe.
If I want to visit campus, can I do so?
Our goal is to deliver on our mission while protecting health and safety by minimizing the potential spread of COVID19, both within our community and in the broader society. Our campus is currently not open to visitors.
Will there be opportunities for me to interact with undergraduate admissions staff online?
Yes, we are identifying the best ways for our prospective and admitted students to get the information they need to make decisions about applying to and enrolling at Michigan. If you have specific questions for admissions, financial aid, the registrar, or our new student programs office, you may reach out to them by phone or email.
I have applied for summer term as a transfer student, but am reconsidering being on campus then. Can I update my application to fall term?
Yes, if you are admitted to a school or college that allows for fall term enrollment we will update your application and admissions decision to the fall 2020 term. You can make the request through email@example.com. If you applied to a school or college that only admits to spring/summer term (Dental Hygiene & Nursing, for example) you will need to speak to the school directly.
I’m applying as a transfer student. My classes have been moved online. Will my credit transfer?
At this time we do not yet have guidance from our schools and colleges on this matter. Contact the department in question for the most updated information
Admissions says that all undergraduate decisions will be released by early April. Will these decisions be delayed?
We expect to release decisions to applicants for summer and fall terms by early April as planned.
Some universities are extending the deadline for enrollment deposits. Will U-M be moving the deadline from May 1?
At this time, the enrollment deposit deadline remains May 1.
Some colleges that I’ve applied to won’t be able to let me know their decision by May 1. I want to be able to evaluate all my options before making my decision. How can I ask for an extension of my enrollment deposit date?
Admitted students who wish to ask for an enrollment deposit extension can do so through their Enrollment Connect portal.
I have met the graduation requirements of my high school. Will my offer of admission be negatively impacted if I decide to graduate early given my school’s closure due to COVID-19?
Graduation and admissions requirements are not necessarily the same. Please check with your admissions counselor to discuss if dropping currently elected course work will adversely impact your admission. You can find your admissions counselor on the admissions website contact us page.
How will taking classes online will impact my application or enrollment?
If you are a high school student, we will accept the information provided on your transcripts from the high school as satisfying graduation requirements. If you are a transfer applicant, we are currently waiting for updated information from our schools and colleges regarding transfer policies, and will share information as soon as it becomes available.
Given the impact of social distancing and cancellations on standardized testing options for students, will U-M become a test optional school for admissions for the fall?
At this time test optional is not an alternative. The College Board and ACT are working to provide viable alternatives for students. We will keep you posted if and when more information is provided.
How will the COVID-19 outbreak affect my F-1 visa? Is there anything I should do on my end to guarantee admission after deposit?
Admission and enrollment are separate. If COVID-19 impacts issuance of visas or entry into the U.S., we work with students to determine if updating to a later term is appropriate. We are aware of impacted countries but you can also let the admissions office know if you have more timely information.
Will my financial aid be affected by the move to remote learning?
Standard requirements for attendance and academic performance remain unchanged with the move to remote classes for the remainder of the 2020 winter term. As with face-to-face instruction, it is important that you continue to participate in your classes.
How can I get in touch with OFA outside of face-to-face counseling?
Phone counseling is still available by calling 734-763-6600. Any future changes made to the phone counseling option will be posted on finaid.umich.edu. You may also reach us through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions are typically answered within one business day.
How is my aid affected if my Study Abroad program is cancelled?
If you are currently abroad and in need of assistance to return home due to your program’s cancellation, please contact the Study Abroad team in the Office of Financial Aid at email@example.com. Students completing their courses remotely should be able to keep the majority of their financial aid, but students unable to finish their semester or who have traveled and not yet begun classes should contact the Study Abroad team in the Office of Financial Aid at firstname.lastname@example.org and work closely with their school or college’s study abroad office.
What if I cannot afford my airfare to fly back to the US? What should I do?
If you receive financial aid, contact the Study Abroad team in the Office of Financial Aid at email@example.com to determine if any additional support is possible. You will need to be able to document the costs being incurred. If you do not receive financial aid, contact your study abroad office to inquire about any resources they may be aware of to support your needs.
Is the financial aid office still available if I have a question or need assistance?
Yes, the financial aid office remains available. Any change to face-to-face or phone availability will be communicated on finaid.umich.edu.
Please check with one of these resources for questions regarding emergency funds. In addition to these resources, you may also want to reach out to your school or college.
- University Health Service
- U-M International Center
- Dean of Students Office
- Counseling and Psychological Services
- Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
For medical related questions, please call your doctor. Michigan Medicine patients with questions about symptoms, home management or advice should call the Michigan Medicine COVID-19 hotline at 734-763-6336. Questions about COVID-19? Call the state of Michigan’s COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136, 7 days a week 8am-5pm.