We’re thrilled to welcome more members of our ChE community back to campus for a public health-informed, in-residence semester.
Our fall semester is designed to offer students a mixture of both in-person and remote learning experiences designed to deliver the top-quality education that U-M Chemical Engineering is known for, structured to reflect our commitment to public health and our students.
Following guidance from the University and the College, we’ve built an operations plan that balances safety with current conditions. We’ve created this webpage to provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our Fall 2020.
The information detailed on this page should be viewed as a “living” document as we will need to update our answers as conditions and public health dictate.
Campus Maize & Blueprint houses the U-M COVID-19 data dashboard, which displays data from campus COVID-19 testing and cases reported to the University Health Service and Occupational Health Services. Data is refreshed daily and excludes Michigan Medicine employees.
Michigan Engineering’s COVID-19 website offers information and resources tailored for the Michigan Engineering community, organized into the following categories:
The Office of Student Life Well-being webpage offers one-click access to resources to help students connect with others, adjust their study habits, access food and other basic needs, and more.
The Dean of Students Office is available to students, parents/families, and faculty/staff who have questions about student support and assistance (in general and particularly related to COVID-19) and/or who are concerned about a student’s well-being.
For more resources, see the Chemical Engineering’s Resources for Working and Learning webpage.
If you have symptoms and/or test positive for COVID-19:
If you believe you have had sustained close contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) with a person who has COVID-19:
Visit Campus Maize & Blueprint for additional, detailed directions.
Current CDC guidance indicates that individuals should quarantine if they were in sustained close contact (within 6 feet of a case for more than 15 minutes) with a person who has COVID-19. Individuals should isolate if they are experiencing symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19 without symptoms.
Visit Campus Maize & Blueprint for additional, detailed directions.
While individuals who will not be on campus on a given day are not required to take the ResponsiBLUE health attestation, all community members are highly encouraged to do so. Daily use will help make using the tool a healthy habit, and the aggregated data gathered will provide useful information about the overall health of the U-M community.
Yes, anyone who will be on U-M property or inside U-M facilities must take the ResponsiBLUE health attestation. Visitors and vendors must use the guest version of ResponsiBLUE.
Everywhere, with very limited exceptions.
U-M’s mask policy indicates that with very limited exceptions, all faculty, staff, students and visitors are required to wear a face covering over their mouth and nose anywhere on campus – inside buildings, outdoors and on U-M transportation.
The U-M Face Covering Policy for COVID-19 lists exceptions. If you believe you require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to be exempt from wearing a face mask/covering, please contact the Office for Institutional Equity.
If you see someone not wearing a mask on campus, you have options for choosing to address the situation:
Additionally, individuals can call the COVID Concerns Reporting Line to submit any public health concerns: 734-647-3000.
Employees and students who repeatedly do not wear a mask and have not been granted a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will be subject to the University’s misconduct and disciplinary policy or the Office of Student Conflict Resolution.
Faculty, postdocs, and graduate students must complete, if you have not already done so, you the following safety training module before you return to campus: COVID 19: Working Safely in U-M Research Areas
Staff must complete, if you have not already done so, the following safety training module before you return to campus: COVID-19: Working Safely at U-M:
For anyone who plans to be on campus:
Per guidance from the University of Michigan Office of Research (UMOR), only senior students who already have experience working with the same research team (laboratory, human, field and studio research) can resume in-person research and scholarship at this time. Undergraduates at any year of study are welcome and encouraged to join research teams if their work can be done remotely. Research leadership will reassess this policy on October 1 to determine whether more undergraduates can safely resume in-person research and scholarship.
For those interested in exploring ChE-specific research opportunities, review the 2020 Undergraduate Research Project Description document and watch for new opportunities in the weekly email announcements sent by Undergraduate Student Advisor Brittiany Smith.
Graduate students: Attendant to authorized on-campus activity, yes, graduate students can use their offices for the following specific uses:
Faculty: Attendant to authorized on-campus activity, yes, faculty can use their offices while waiting between teaching in-person classes where it would be impossible to return home.
Staff: Individuals with a private office or situated within an office with a door should keep their door shut at all times. Signage on doors indicate that visitors should knock and await a response before entering a space.
However, please note that based on the latest guidance from the University of Michigan Office of Research (UMOR), “all work that can occur remotely will continue to be done in that manner, including office and dry lab work.”
Each Michigan Engineering department has developed its own system for reserving meeting and conference rooms available within their facilities. However, many Engineering departments–including Chemical Engineering–are using the Study Spaces at U-M website to coordinate reservation requests for student study space.
ChE offers conference/meeting spaces, as well as undergraduate and graduate student study spaces, available for reservations in both NCRC and Dow.
To view Dow and NCRC room capacity, availability and request a reservation, see the ChE Room Reservation document available on Google Drive.
Additionally, Study Spaces at U-M is a tool designed to help students find and reserve:
Students can reserve:
See How to Reserve Study Space for reservation instructions.
On North Campus, Michigan Engineering has designated several “common spaces,” which are available to students for use as study and break spaces. These spaces include:
Additionally, the University has also installed four large canopies for the North Campus community to maximize outdoor spaces for academics and community:
View the canopy locations on the Michigan Engineering COVID-19 website. The canopies are non-reservable; space is first come, first served.
Yes. In NCRC and Dow, the department has identified several rooms that can be reserved as a studying space for undergraduate and graduate students for up to 90 minutes, including a GSRA study space.
To view Dow and NCRC room capacity, availability and request a reservation, see the ChE Room Reservation document available on Google Drive. Students who reserve ChE-maintained rooms are expected to follow all existing public health guidance and UM policies.
ChE’s front desk in the Dow building (3074A H.H. Dow) will be staffed in person from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
Our undergraduate office (Dow 3146) will be staffed in person from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. For students requiring immediate assistance, signage located on the Undergraduate Office door (Dow 3146) will provide instructions on how to enter a virtual queue that is monitored 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Our graduate office (B-28 NCRC, G040S) will be primarily staffed remotely, though
staffed mostly virtually, on campus occasionally to accommodate requests for in-person advising meetings
Undergraduate students can schedule advising appointments with Undergraduate Student Advisor Brittiany Smith by either emailing email@example.com or using the online scheduling system MyAdvising.
Graduate students can schedule advising appointments with Graduate Program Coordinator Susan Hamlin or Professor Lola Eniola-Adefeso, Vice-Chair for Graduate Education. Appointments will be primarily scheduled as virtual meetings; however, in-person meetings can be arranged with Ms. Hamlin at the student’s request.
Dining options are currently limited within NCRC:
Dining options are more plentiful on the rest of North Campus:
Sitting down to eat: Kitchenettes and break areas can be used to store or heat-up food, per guidance from U-M Environment, Health & Safety. However, these spaces are considered non-essential common space and must be restricted from being used for longer periods of time, such as eating.
Instead, individuals should opt to eat at their desks or other locations away from others. A limited number of tables are available in break areas off of the B32 lobby, located near the food stop kiosks. Additionally, tables can be found in various locations across NCRC in break areas. However, most of those tables have been reduced to one person per table.
As weather permits, students are also encouraged to seek outside seating options.
Additionally, four large canopies installed across North Campus allows community members to maximize outdoor spaces for academics and community. You can view the exact locations of these non-reservable canopies on the Michigan Engineering COVID-19 website.
Visit Chemical Engineering’s Resources for Working and Learning webpage for a collection of resources available to our community.