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Housing and COVID-19: the latest public health guidelines and testing information.

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COVID-19 vaccine required for students living on campus -- FALL 2021

M Housing is requiring the COVID-19 vaccination of all students residing in M Housing this fall. We look forward to sharing more details soon about residence life in the halls. In the meantime, we encourage all residents to report their vaccination information before the July 16 deadline, to remain eligible to live in Michigan Housing.

Michigan Housing’s vaccination requirement is the most important and effective step to bring back the in-person community of residence life. Our goal is to provide a living environment this fall as close as possible to the dynamic social interactions that generations of Michigan Housing residents have experienced. We appreciate your support with helping us to achieve this goal.

See below for more information.

How do I report that I have been vaccinated?

Please immediately follow the links on the Campus Maize and BLUEprint website for instructions on uploading your vaccination information. It will take a few business days to process. Thank you for doing all you can to keep the Michigan community safe.

WHICH VACCINATIONS ARE RECOGNIZED AS ACCEPTABLE IN MEETING RELATED UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS/POLICIES/EXEMPTIONS?

Updated information on acceptable vaccines may be found on Campus Maize and BLUEprint website.

If I have not been vaccinated yet, can I still apply for fall housing?

Yes. Please apply for housing by your application deadline (May 5 for new incoming undergraduate first years, April 30 for returning undergraduate students; graduate students may apply for housing on a rolling basis). You will need to report your vaccination information by 5:00pm (EST) on Friday, July 16, 2021 to remain eligible to receive a housing assignment. Contact M Housing if you are unable to meet this deadline.

I will be living in Northwood Apartments with family members. Are my family members required to be vaccinated as well?

We are requiring all students who live in Housing to be vaccinated, including student residents of Northwood Apartments. We are strongly encouraging all non-student family members who are eligible for the vaccination to get one as well.

If I receive a vaccine not approved for use in the United States, will I still be allowed to live on campus in the fall?

Yes. You will still be able to live on campus if you have received a vaccine that is not authorized for use in the United States. You will not be considered fully vaccinated, so you will be expected to comply with required weekly testing and mitigation procedures until you are fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine. More information will be shared during the summer on how to access a vaccine upon arrival.

For the purpose of meeting Michigan Housing requirements, the university recognizes vaccines that are authorized for use in the United States by the U.S. FDA and the World Health Organization (WHO) as meeting COVID-19 policies and requirements. Recognized vaccines currently include those made by Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen and AstraZeneca (Covishield). The list of recognized vaccines may change; you can view the current WHO list.

VACCINE DEFERMENT

WHAT IF I CANNOT GET A VACCINATION WHERE I LIVE BEFORE THE JULY 16 DEADLINE?

Students who are not able to get a vaccination in their hometown or country of origin by the July 16 deadline may request a deferment by submitting a Vaccination Deferment Request through Wolverine Access. Requests are subject to approval.

Any student who is in need of vaccination will have the opportunity to be vaccinated when they arrive in Ann Arbor (see below). This includes our international students.

Students granted a deferment will be required to arrive on campus with a negative COVID-19 test within the past 3 days, and begin the vaccination process immediately. Until vaccination is complete, students must abide by all current risk mitigation strategies (e.g., face coverings, distancing, mandatory testing) to remain eligible to remain in Michigan Housing.

IF MY DEFERMENT IS APPROVED, HOW CAN I GET VACCINATED ON CAMPUS?

Arriving before Saturday, August 28

Students arriving on campus prior to Saturday, August 28 may sign up to get vaccinated at a special clinic set-up for you. The vaccine clinic will run from 10am – 2pm on Saturday, August 28 in the Michigan League Ballroom. A local pharmacy will be administering the Pfizer vaccine. Check your UMICH email for an invitation to sign up. If you choose this vaccine option, you will be expected to return for your second dose of vaccine on Saturday, September 18 from 8am – noon

Arriving after Saturday August 28

Students arriving on campus after Saturday, August 28 will need to schedule an individual appointment with University Health Service. Vaccines are administered on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You will be expected to complete the vaccine process and upload your information by September 29. You will need to get the vaccine as quickly as possible when you arrive on-campus.

IF MY DEFERMENT IS APPROVED, CAN I STILL MOVE IN TO MY ASSIGNED SPACE? 

In order to move into your residence hall without a current COVID-19 vaccine on file, you will need to arrive with a negative COVID-19 test result from within the prior 3 days of your check-in day. In addition, you will be expected to wear a face covering and participate in weekly COVID-19 testing until you receive information from the University that your vaccine information has been processed, typically two weeks after your last vaccine dose. You sign up for regular testing through the COVID-19 Sampling and Tracking Program on the Campus Maize and BLUEprint.

WHAT IF I REQUESTED A DEFERMENT, BUT WAS ABLE TO GET VACCINATED BEFORE ARRIVAL?

If something has changed and you are able to be fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine prior to arriving on-campus in late August, please upload this information into Wolverine Access, even if the second dose falls after the July 16 deadline.

COVID-19 VACCINATION EXEMPTION

IS IT POSSIBLE TO BE EXEMPTED FROM THE FALL HOUSING COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT?

Michigan Housing is providing exemptions for medical or religious reasons . To request an exemption for medical or religious reasons, please complete the Vaccination Exemption Request form through Wolverine Access no later than July 16, 2021.

In order to move into the residence halls, students will need to provide proof of vaccination or receive an approved exemption.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR AN EXEMPTION FOR MEDICAL REASONS?

Students who are requesting an exemption from the vaccine mandate due to a medical condition that precludes them from receiving the vaccine must complete the Vaccination Exemption Request form through Wolverine Access that requires a short written explanation as well as uploading documentation from a healthcare provider.

Please attach documentation, such as a medical contraindication statement specific to the COVID-19 vaccination, from your healthcare provider in support of your request. Documentation from a medical provider is required for consideration.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR AN EXEMPTION FOR RELIGIOUS REASONS?

Students requesting an exemption based on sincerely held religious beliefs must complete the Vaccination Exemption Request form through Wolverine Access. The form requires you to record a video (limited to a maximum of two minutes) or submit a written statement explaining, in your own words, your request for a religious exemption. Students may also upload documentation provided by a religious/spiritual leader or scholar but it is not required.

HOW ARE EXEMPTION REQUESTS REVIEWED?

After submitting the Vaccine Exemption Request form by July 16, 2021 11:59PM EST, students should expect the following:
  • All exemption requests will be reviewed by the Exemption Review Committee.

  • Students requesting a religious exemption are required to virtually meet with a university staff member to learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and discuss public health guidelines in Housing.

  • You will be notified via email of the decision regarding your requested exemption.

For International Travelers Arriving for Fall Term 2021

If I’m traveling to campus from an international location, can I move directly into my room?

Fully vaccinated students arriving on campus from international locations can move directly into their rooms on their arrival date.

If you are unvaccinated or not yet considered fully vaccinated (see below) and traveling to campus from an international location, you will be required to participate in a self-quarantine period. This includes students who have been approved for a vaccine deferment or exemption, and who will begin the vaccine process upon arrival to campus.

How do I know if I am considered “fully vaccinated”?

The CDC and University of Michigan consider individuals fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose COVID-19 vaccine series, or 2 weeks after a single dose vaccine, with vaccines authorized by the U.S. FDA or World Health Organization. Your ResponsiBLUE app will show your vaccination status as completed after a two week period.

What is “self-quarantine”?

All unvaccinated students who are traveling from an international location will be expected to self-quarantine after they arrive in the U.S. A student self-quarantines by limiting contact with the outside community with the exception of securing food (an order form will be provided to carry food back to the student room), vaccine, or COVID-19 testing. When a student in self-quarantine leaves their private bedroom they will be expected to wear a face covering and social distance.

How long do I need to self-quarantine?

All students must self-quarantine for 7 days following their arrival, and get a covid-19 test within 3-5 days. If the test is negative, the self-quarantine period will be 7 days from the date of arrival. If the test is positive, the student will isolate in Quarantine & Isolation Housing for up to 14 days from the date of positive test result.

A student who tests positive for COVID-19 will need to complete their isolation in Quarantine & Isolation Housing, regardless of the location of their current assignment.

Where do I self-quarantine?

If you are assigned to a private bedroom:

Undergraduate and graduate students who are assigned to private bedrooms may self-quarantine in their fall housing assignments when they arrive at their designated check-in times, and must observe public health guidelines such as face coverings and social distancing. We advise you to minimize your time spent in shared spaces, and pick up carry-out meals from Dining to enjoy in your private bedroom.

If assigned to a shared space:

You are welcome to self-quarantine at a location off-campus at your own expense. The university will also provide accommodation, at no charge, in our Quarantine and Isolation Housing units on North Campus in Northwood III.

  • Students arriving prior to August 22 will move all belongings into Quarantine and Isolation Housing for the duration of the self-quarantine period.

  • Students arriving after August 22 will drop belongings off in your permanent housing assignment and temporarily relocate to Q & I Housing for 7days.

Please direct any questions regarding the self-quarantine process to COVID19TestingCompliance@umich.edu.

FALL 2021 PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDELINES FOR LIVING IN M HOUSING

This fall, we look forward to providing our students with Housing experiences that will more closely resemble those of a traditional semester. We also will continue to be informed and implement safe practices as recommended by the CDC and public health guidance.

Below are our public health guidelines for Fall 2021. For Spring/Summer 2021 guidelines, check here.

WILL FACE COVERINGS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING BE REQUIRED IN M HOUSING?

Following CDC and public health guidance, and U-M’s face covering policy, vaccinated residents who self-report their information to the university will not need to wear masks or practice social distancing in our residence halls (including in individual rooms and common spaces). Students who are unvaccinated, vaccinated with an unauthorized vaccine or choose not to share their vaccination information, will be required to wear a face covering, social distance and complete weekly mandatory COVID testing. Any student who desires to wear a mask indoors, vaccinated or not, is encouraged to do so.

WILL RESIDENTS BE REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN COVID TESTING?

Vaccinated residents will not be required to undergo COVID testing. Residents that receive an exemption from their vaccination requirement will be required to complete weekly COVID testing in the fall and are asked to sign up for the Community Sampling and Tracking Program as soon as possible.

WILL RESIDENTS HAVE ROOMMATES?

Yes. Most new incoming students will be assigned a double room (with a roommate), with 3-person and 4-person rooms (and a limited number of singles) available as well.

WILL ROOM CHANGES BE POSSIBLE?

There are two ways you can explore changing your housing assignment: Room Change (available after move-in this fall) and Room Swap (a bulletin board where you can find other contract-holders to swap a room with). Both will be available for Fall 2021.

WILL GUESTS AND VISITORS BE ALLOWED IN HALLS AND STUDENT ROOMS?

This fall, residents will be able to have visitors from other residence halls and visitors from off campus. This includes but is not limited to students, family, and friends.

Campus guests are expected to complete ResponsiBLUE Guest, the daily COVID-19 symptom check tool, prior to accessing campus buildings. ResponsiBLUE Guest now includes information on the U-M face covering policy.

If the host and the visitor/s (from on or off campus) have been vaccinated, no masks and social distancing will be required.

If the host or visitor/s has received an exemption or has not been vaccinated, masks and social distancing will be required.

WILL COMMUNITY SPACES IN THE HALLS BE OPEN?

Housing’s indoor community spaces and outdoor recreation amenities will be available. Students will be able to use community kitchens where available, and the Munger Fitness Center will return to use by Mcard access. 

Both in-person and hybrid programming opportunities will be available to residents. Community Centers will be able to check out shared equipment such as vacuums, board games, etc.  

The Connector and Multicultural Lounges will have all-day open hours, where residents can swipe in at any time to study or hang out. In addition, residents will be able to reserve the Multicultural Lounges or study rooms for group meetings. Reflection rooms will be open for use by Residents without reservation.

Spring summer public health guidelines for living in M Housing

Below are guidelines for residents currently living with us for the Spring and Summer 2021 terms.

Updated face covering and social distancing policy:

Effective June 21, 2021, individuals who are fully vaccinated and self-report their status to the university via Wolverine Access are generally exempt from indoor masking and social distancing requirements. Residents who are fully vaccinated and have self-reported their status are not required to wear face coverings in their assigned residence hall room/suite or apartment or in common areas in the residence hall.

As a reminder, we are asking all future residents of campus housing to self-report their vaccination information by July 16 to remain eligible to receive a housing assignment for fall.

At this time, face coverings are still required – regardless of vaccination status – in classrooms, campus transportation, and in health care areas​. For more information on the policy and self-reporting your vaccination information, see the Campus Maize and Blueprint’s information on required face coverings at U-M.

Guests in your room/suite during spring/summer housing: Student rooms, suites, and apartments can only host one guest at a time.

Residents and off-campus students temporarily living in Quarantine/Isolation Housing are not allowed to have any guests under any circumstances.

Outside guests continue to not be allowed in spring/summer housing:

Outside guests are defined as any individual or group of individuals who do not live in your assigned apartment, suite, or room. Guests from other buildings are considered outside guests. (For example, a resident of South Quad may NOT visit a room in West Quad.)

(Note: The outside guest policy does not apply to graduate students residing within Northwood apartments. It does apply to all undergraduates and to those staying in Quarantine/Isolation spaces on a short term basis.)

Social gatherings are not allowed during spring/summer housing:

In the residential communities a social gathering is considered 3 or more individuals and are not allowed in any space. Therefore as mentioned above in your room, suite, or apartment you may only host one guest at a time.

(Note: residents and off-campus students temporarily living in Quarantine/Isolation Housing are not allowed to have any visitors under any circumstances.)

CONTACT INFORMATION

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