COVID-19 Resources

Below is a list of resources and a summary of recent communications for graduate students and instructors related to COVID-19. We will continue to update this page with relevant information throughout the term. 


CoE COVID-19 Resources 
CoE COVID-19 Announcements
CoE COVID-19 Student Resources
Faculty Resources for Online & Blended Teaching
Maize & Blueprint
Michigan Engineering C.A.R.E. Center
Rackham Resources for Graduate Students
UM International Center
COVID-19 Policies for International Students


Subject: Welcome to Fall, Engineering Students 
Sent by: CoE Student Affairs 
Date: 8/19/21
Key Points:

  • Currently, the University will return to the traditional grading systems. The option to convert passing letter grades to a “Pass” will be discontinued, and the “No Record COVID” (NRC) grade will no longer be utilized. See this FAQ on the Registrar’s website for more specifics.
  • Effective Aug. 11, a face covering is required for anyone in a campus building or on campus transit, regardless of vaccination status. The change applies across the entire University, including in the classroom. Read the policy.
  • Is still required for everyone. All members of our campus community who enter campus buildings and facilities are required to use ResponsiBLUE daily to check themselves for COVID-19 symptoms by answering a brief set of questions.
  • Free, asymptomatic testing is still available to all U-M students on the Ann Arbor campus through the U-M COVID-19 Community Sampling and Tracking program. See the Campus Blueprint FAQ for information on those who are required to get weekly testing. If you have symptoms, have been exposed, or you tested positive for COVID-19, please use these resources.
  • Physical distancing and density reduction practices are no longer required, however those who are not fully vaccinated are recommended to continue to distance 6 ft from each other. See the EHS COVID-19 Guidelines for Campus Buildings for specifics.
  • Contact tracing will continue to be conducted at the University, in close connection with local public health officials. See this section of the Campus Blueprint FAQ for specifics about contact tracing in the classroom, and what to do if a student notifies you they have tested positive for COVID-19. Students who are notified by contact tracers that they are close contacts are expected to quarantine for up to 14 days from the date of exposure and watch for any development of symptoms.
  • Beginning August 23:

    • CoE buildings will be unlocked from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, with access until midnight to all valid U-M MCards. From midnight to 7 a.m. and 24 hrs per day on Saturdays and Sundays, access is restricted to CoE faculty, staff and students. 
    • NCRC will have public access, staffed by guards, at the lobbies of Bldgs 28 and 32. All other doors will be locked and require card access. NCRC building access information can be found here.
    • CAEN labs will be open and accessible aligned with the CoE building schedule.
    • The Duderstadt Building will be open 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, Noon – 6 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sundays.
    • Pierpont Commons will be open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturdays, and closed Sundays.
  • Now more than ever, it is critical to care for your emotional and mental well-being. Resources and support are available for students through the Michigan Engineering C.A.R.E. CenterDean of Students Office or Counseling and Psychological Services. The University also offers SilverCloud, an online mental health tool that offers self-guided programs for anxiety, depression, stress, resilience or insomnia.
  • Students who are registered for Fall 2021 may apply for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund emergency grants through the Office of Financial Aid. The Maize and Blue Cupboard will resume mobile food distribution on North Campus in the Fall semester, offered every other Wednesday beginning Wednesday, September 29, between 2-4 p.m. at the NW 10 parking lot along Hubbard. Recipients must sign up for a time slot in advance.

Subject: Follow-up for Engineering Students | UM COVID Vaccine Requirement 
Sent by: ADGPE Office 
Date: 8/3/21
Key Points:

  • The University announced COVID-19 vaccination requirements for all our students, faculty and staff by the start of the fall term on Aug. 30. This includes those working or learning remotely. 
  • If you have already reported your vaccine, thank you. There is nothing more you need to do.
  • If you have received all doses of a COVID-19 vaccine series but have not yet reported your information, please do so here.
  • If you have received a first dose of the vaccine, report that here. You will be required to complete weekly COVID-19 testing and wear a mask indoors on campus until you have completed all doses and are considered fully vaccinated (two weeks post final dose).
  • If you would like to request a medical or religious exemption from having to obtain a vaccine, the process for doing so is being developed and will be communicated by Aug. 4​.​ You will be required to complete weekly COVID-19 testing and continue to mask while on campus.
  • International students: 
    • Please read this guide about how to navigate the new requirement.
    • If you have access to a U.S.-authorized vaccine now, do not wait until you arrive in the U.S. to be vaccinated.
    • For the purpose of meeting U-M COVID-19 policies and quarantine and isolation requirements, the university recognizes vaccines that are authorized for use in the United States by the U.S. Food and Drug Act and the World Health Organization (look for the COVID-19 vaccine EUL issued list).
  • You can find out more about University’s policy or explore the Campus Blueprint FAQ.

Subject: Preparing for the Fall 2021 Term 
Sent by: ADGPE Office 
Date: 4/22/21
Key Points:

  •  The College of Engineering anticipates that we will largely return to in-person instruction. 
  • We strongly encourage you to do everything possible to arrive on campus for the start of the fall term. 
  • In some cases, your graduate program may provide flexible instruction modalities in certain classes to accommodate those who are unable to travel to campus. 
  • If you have questions about registration or want to better understand your options for the Fall 2021 term, please contact your program’s Graduate Coordinator as soon as possible.