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COVID-19 Information

 LSA Students: Report your illness here

LSA Employees: Call Occupational Health Services at (734)764-8021 if diagnosed with COVID-19.

COVID-19 dashboard - View campus data and informational updates on cases, testing and quarantine and isolation housing

What to do if: Psych COVID Resource and FAQs

Reporting COVID-19 Health and Safety Compliance Concerns: The university has set up a COVID-19 Concerns Reporting Line (734-647-3000) that allows the community to report public health concerns. Additionally, if you have an LSA-specific question or concern about compliance with COVID-19 health and safety procedures (e.g., use of face coverings, social distancing, cleaning procedures), you may report it anonymously through the LSA COVID-19 reporting tool.

Information for Instructors

We have compiled some important information to help you at the start of the semester. Please contact SAA (psych.saa@umich.edu) with any additional questions or concerns.

 

Mask Policy: According to the current Mask policy, all participants must wear a mask covering nose and mouth while in public spaces in any LSA building unless actively eating or drinking. Food and beverages are not to be consumed in any classroom space. For a list of all acceptable times to remove a mask, please see the Mask policy.  In the rare instance that a student receives a mask exemption as an accommodation, the instructor will be notified directly by a representative of the college or department. 

Teaching with Masks: Teaching with a mask on presents a number of challenges, especially if the instructor has back-to-back courses or multiple sessions on a single day.  Here are 23 Teaching Tips for Teaching with Masks. Please be sure to use a microphone when masked in order to assure accessibility for all students. You can check the tech that is available in your classroom by searching for your room specifically here. If you cannot find your room please reach out to the Admin team to help.

Steps if Someone is Not Wearing a Mask in Your Classroom: Remind the student of the policy. In the unlikely event that a student in class refuses to comply after being reminded politely, instructors can ask the student to leave the class. If the student refuses, the instructor can leave and cancel class. Please note that these steps should be taken only as a last resort, and instructors should report to their department, school or college if a case such as this does arise. Steps for Noncompliance by the College.

What happens if a student has symptoms of an upper respiratory infection or COVID-19: Students who have symptoms of an upper respiratory infection or COVID-19 should obtain a COVID-19 test. Students can obtain a test through UHS here. U-M’s Environment Health and Safety unit will continue to reach out directly to those identified as close contacts through case investigation and will provide information on next steps.

Instructors should remind students at the beginning of class (as well as on the syllabus and canvas course page) that if they are feeling ill they should stay home out of consideration for others and also remind them of the class accommodations for ill/absent students. The instructor should not confront the student during class time, but might be able to provide the same information to the individual, while showing concern for the student's health, discreetly during a class break or after class.

Please also see these additional resources:

COVID-19 Testing Scenarios: A guide on available testing options.

Student Wellness in the Classroom: A guide for understanding what happens when a student is diagnosed with COVID-19; is identified as a close contact; or has symptoms of an upper respiratory infection or COVID-19. 

What should faculty or staff do if a student discloses that they have tested positive: Advise the student to use the UHSCOVID reporting site and the LSA Student Report of Illness form in order to facilitate initial communication between instructors and students if they have not already done so.

If there is a concern that the student will not report their positive test result, a public report form on the Dean of Students (DOS) website is available for use ("Request Support for a Student") to refer a concern about the student to the DOS critical incident response team.

Effective Sept. 14, the university has discontinued the broad, general COVID-19 notifications based on community feedback and new guidance from the state. Individuals who are identified as close contacts will be contacted directly, and if unvaccinated would be expected to quarantine. Vaccinated individuals identified as close contacts are not subject to quarantine if asymptomatic, but are expected to self-monitor and to contact a healthcare provider immediately if symptoms develop. Simply attending the same class or being in the same building as someone with COVID-19 does not qualify as a close contact requiring quarantine or testing when all individuals are wearing a face covering and the vast majority are vaccinated.

As a result, having a student in class test positive for COVID is not a reason to shift the class online. This determination was made by public health experts and is consistent with experiences of in-person teaching here and elsewhere over the last year. Please refer to the Classroom FAQs found here.

Please continue to report arising issues to psych.saa@umich.edu.

Accommodations: Services for Students with Disabilities has a new website and process for notifying faculty directly of student accommodations.  These will no longer come through the student. View Accomodations at this link.  Moving from in person to remote learning is decided on a case by case, as needed basis. Students wanting to apply for an exception must go through SSD for approval. Instructions are found at this link. 

Teaching Back-up: If an instructor is unable to teach in person due to illness or quarantine, contact SAA (psych.saa@umich.edu) to coordinate your efforts to teach remotely or to determine if a substitute instructor will be necessary.  Please use the Fall 2021 Lead Instructor Back-up form to identify temporary instructors for your course(s).

 

Some additional Guidance from LSA

  • Provide flexibility around attendance: Flexibility around attendance remains a very high priority. In particular, students cannot have their grade reduced for failing to attend class when ill or quarantining. We do expect students to continue to meet other course requirements (readings, assignments, exams), with reasonable illness accommodations. Course policies can be a powerful tool for flexibility as well. Policies such as allowing students to select ten of twelve weekly discussion posts, dropping the lowest of four exam grades, or offering students choice in modes and timing of evaluations can allow them to meet course requirements even if they need to miss class for some period. 

  • Provide access to recorded class meetings if possible: Almost all LSA classrooms are now equipped with Lecture Capture technology. After a simple setup process detailed on the website, Lecture Capture can automatically generate recordings of each class period and post them to the course Canvas site. Providing students with access to a recording of class meetings gives all students a chance to review information presented in a class after it happened. It also provides essential support for any student who missed class for any reason: illness or quarantine, travel for university sponsored activities like athletics, job interviews, and more. We encourage all instructors to enable Lecture Capture for their classes. 

  • Make out-of-class support accessible: We ask all instructors to make outside-of-class support as accessible as possible. This may include conducting some office hours online, recording in-person and online exam review sessions, offering an online course discussion forum, and more. Lecture Capture tools may make this easier to do. 

  • Communicate expectations regularly: During remote learning, many instructors established routines of sharing weekly updates for students, usually by email. These might include reminders of recommended activities and upcoming due dates, along with brief reflections on the past week. Students found these very helpful, especially in large classes, and would appreciate seeing this practice continue.

     

QUICK LINKS for more information

Wolverine Classroom Culture of Care

Campus Maize & Blue Print with FAQ

Inclusive Teaching in Psychology

 

Additional Technical Support Information

Lecture Capture: 

LSA Technology Services' Lecture Capture  

Click here to request Lecture Capture for your course 

NameCoach software:  NameCoach is a web-based tool that allows users to record, listen to, and learn names. It is currently live in Canvas (instructions).

Instructor Classroom Support

Information for Students

LSA Students: Report Your Illness

LSA Students: Direct your general COVID-19 questions to LSA here: lsa-covid-help@umich.edu  

LSA Resources for Graduate Students

 

Advising Support

LSA Technical Services support

Student Study Space Reservation System 

  • LSA has opened a number of classrooms and stations for students to reserve. To reserve a space, please visit studyspaces.umich.edu.
  • The University is providing additional outdoor space for students and the U-M community with tents furnished with chairs and tables. Under the university’s current plans, they are not reservable.  

Food, Housing, Transportation, and Other needs

Learning & Technology Resources

Financial Assistance 

Loss of Employment 

International Students

Mental Health

Grading Policy Questions/Answers

 

General Information

  • LSA Gateway: COVID-19 Resources
  • Available Options for Internet Access - A list of free/low cost options is available here.
  • For getting connected outside Ann Arbor: Anyone with a uniqname and password can access eduRoam networks, worldwide.
  • TIAA and Fidelity guidance - With health and money on the minds of many, U-M and its partners are working to lighten the load with free financial guidance. Fidelity Investments and TIAA offer free, one-on-one counseling sessions to benefit-eligible employees.

Mental Health Information

Supporting our Diverse Community

STAY INFORMED ABOUT BIAS & DISCRIMINATION IN RELATION TO COVID19

It is important that we all stay informed about the ways that the COVID-19 health crisis differentially impacts various communities and various members of our community. Below are articles that may help to highlight some important areas of concern:

Impact of COVID-19 planning for DACA Students

Impact of COVID-19 on low-income immigrant families

Racism/xenophobia in relation to COVID19
 

COMBATTING BIAS, REPORTING DISCRIMINATION, AND BEING AN ALLY

The Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON) reports that as of March 27, 2020 there have been more than 750 racially biased attacks against Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the US. These attacks have come in relation to the Covid19 health crisis. As a department, we extend our support to the AAPI community and to all individuals and families who are especially vulnerable during this time.

RESOURCES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS, UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS, LOW-INCOME STUDENTS, AND STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

In the weeks and months ahead, students from various intersecting backgrounds will likely face unanticipated challenges and will need different kinds of supports. Below please find resources that we hope will be helpful.

SUPPORTS FOR WELL-BEING AND MENTAL HEALTH

 

 

Community Outreach Opportunities

Washtenaw County

State of Michigan
Give to Emergency Funding
Emergency support programs for undergraduate students, graduate students, and staff, where you can contribute financially if you would like to help during these challenging times.