COVID-19 updates for the SOE community

Last updated: January 21, 2022

Winter 2022

Return to campus

In order to keep the U-M community safe as we come back together in person, university officials are requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, faculty, and staff. Regardless of vaccination status, face coverings are required in university buildings.
SOE Classroom Safety Questions and Answers

Our re-engagement commitments

As we re-engage in-person activities in the School of Education, we are committed to:

  • Delivering the highest quality education experience possible consistent with the standards of the School of Education and the University of Michigan.
  • Prioritizing the health and safety of all members of our community, with special consideration and thought toward vulnerable individuals by following public health heuristics informed by experts at the University of Michigan, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the State of Michigan.
  • Centering diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity as we work to make teaching, learning, and working safe, robust, and inclusive of all members of the School of Education.

Michigan Education Care Compact

Wheel-shaped flowchart of Michigan Education Care Compact

An SOE community commitment to embodying our values and achieving our goals as we come back together this year by maintaining a vibrant, healthy, equitable, caring, excellent, compassionate, and inclusive academic, research, and work experiences for all in our collective. Read the Michigan Education Care Compact graphic guide for more details.

Guidance for all community members who wish to enter the School of Education Building

Daily Health Screening and Facial Covering Policies

  • All faculty, staff, and students are expected to complete this daily online health screening before entering the building:
  • All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask inside university buildings and on U-M transportation. Please see the policy for a description of allowable face coverings and limited exceptions. Some exceptions include:
    • Individuals who are alone in a single enclosed private office with the door closed
    • Individuals who are in their assigned residence hall or apartment, including common areas (unvaccinated individuals should continue to mask in common areas)
    • Individuals who are actively eating or drinking
  • Faculty and staff are asked to self-report their vaccination information via Wolverine Access. Within five business days of submitting their vaccination information, individuals will receive an email alerting them to whether their information was verified and accepted or denied. Employees are encouraged to share their verification email with their supervisors. Faculty and staff who submit their vaccination information will also be eligible for weekly prize drawings.
  • Asymptomatic testing remains available through our Community Sampling and Tracking Program. 

Who may enter the building and when

  • Beginning August 23, the School of Education Building will return to its pre-pandemic access levels and schedule.
    • Standard building hours will be 7:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., Monday–Friday.
    • During standard building hours, the exterior doors will be unlocked.
    • During non-standard building hours (including weekends), the exterior doors will be locked, and entry to the building will be restricted to SOE-affiliated faculty, staff, and graduate students.

Health, Safety, and PPE

Wolverine Culture of Care

The Wolverine Culture of Care is our collective commitment to keeping the U-M campus community as healthy and safe as possible by caring for ourselves and to being respectful of our impact on the health of others.


  • We have enhanced U-M cleaning protocols to provide a safe learning and work environment.
  • There will be hand sanitizer in all classrooms and in the SOE corridors.
  • There will be disinfectant wipes in all classrooms. Students and instructors should all wipe down desks and chairs before and after each class meeting.
  • Air purifiers and fans have been placed in all classrooms.


Booster shots
As of December 28, 2021, university officials are requiring booster shots for all faculty, staff and students under the U-M vaccination policy not later than Feb. 4, but urge you to get boosted as soon as you are eligible.

Vaccine requirement
On July 30, 2021 university officials announced that all U-M students, staff, and faculty are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit their vaccination information by August 30. We encourage everyone to read the university’s vaccination policy, which includes information on medical and religious exemptions, criteria for temporary deferrals, and weekly testing protocol for those who are not considered fully vaccinated by the start of the fall term.

Additional information about the vaccine, including an FAQ, can be found at

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19, or suspect that you have been exposed


  • Please see the Campus Blueprint FAQ if you test positive or suspect you have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • The COVID-19 in the Classroom Instructor Guide explains what happens when a student receives a positive test result or is identified as a close contact.

    • Only those in close contact (someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) may need to quarantine.
    • It’s worth noting that all last year (pre-vaccines) there were no cases of classroom transmission of COVID, even in high touch university courses, such as clinical dentistry and nursing practice!

Contact your Chair or Director

If you have academic or programmatic questions or concerns about our work together in the midst of the pandemic, then we recommend that you contact your program chair or director.


Ask a Question/Report a Concern

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any concerns or challenges you are experiencing—academic or otherwise.

Submit a question, comment, or concern


More Information

See U-M’s Maize and Blueprint for more details about the 2020–21 academic year at the University of Michigan, including information regarding COVID-19 testing and contact tracing.