First, remember that the individual will appreciate hearing your support while they recover from the illness. You should clarify whether they have received any specific guidance from the public health department and support following that guidance.
Next, you can anticipate that other students or employees may have heard about, or suspect that, someone is out sick with the COVID-19 related illness. They will understandably have concern when they hear about this. There will be concern for the fellow student or colleague as well as concern over a potential exposure risk to others. Perhaps the most important response to offer is to encourage anyone who is ill for any reason to stay home, to encourage everyone to monitor their own health for signs of illness and to reach out to a health-care provider as needed. Any member of our community may call University Health Service if their regular health-care provider is not in the local area.
Read more on the HR COVID-19 information page.
During emergency situations, it is possible that some or all students in a course will be unable to attend class in person, or that the instructor will not be able to attend in person. Several resources are available at the University to support continuation of teaching and learning while facing such an emergency.
- Academic Innovation resources on remote instruction.
- The Center for Research on Teaching and Learning and the Center for Academic Innovation have prepared a planning resource for emergency situations that necessitate teaching remotely.
- The university has 125 classrooms on Central Campus and 16 classrooms on North Campus with lecture capture capability, which could be leveraged for partial-attendance solutions.
- Information and Technology Services supports several tools and applications for the U-M community to enable teaching and learning remotely: ITS remote resource guide.
If you are considering adopting a course structure that allows for remote attendance, consult these resources frequently, as we are updating and expanding them often.
Some schools and colleges have additional resources available to support remote teaching and learning.
- College of Literature, Science, and the Arts: LSA technology services – remote teaching
When possible, departments are encouraged to allow employees to work remotely if they are directed to stay home from work by a healthcare provider or government health agency. Vacation, paid time off or excused time without pay is available for employees who are unable to work remotely. In the event of a recommended or required quarantine, employees unable to work remotely may use paid sick time in lieu of vacation or excused time without pay. For additional information, read this Human Resources FAQ: https://hr.umich.edu/2019-novel-coronavirus.
Beginning on Wednesday, March 18, parking enforcement in campus lots and structures will be adjusted on a temporary basis to support the university community. Logistics, Transportation & Parking updates
On North, Central and South campuses, regular enforcement will be suspended.
Please note that all structures and surface lots on Medical Center Campus (P1-P5 structures and all parking areas that are designated with an “M” prefix) will remain enforced (Medical Center Campus Parking Map).
Individual parking spaces (such as Gold, Service or Business Vehicle) or areas signed for 24/7 enforcement will still remain enforced on all campuses.
Patient/Visitor parking on Medical Center Campus, including the Wall Street area, will remain enforced.
For the latest information about the status of Print/Copy/Mail (PCM) operations please visit their status webpage.
- U-M Human Resources FAQ
- FAQ COVID-19: Research Operations at U-M
- Keep Teaching @ U-M
- Technology for remote teaching, learning, research, and work
- Michigan Medicine COVID-19 Updates
- Safe computing information