ANN ARBOR, MI – Undergraduate students at the University of Michigan undergraduate student are being required to be tested weekly for COVID-19 if they need to be on the Ann Arbor campus this winter.
The mandatory weekly testing is required for students living, learning, working or doing research in person on the Ann Arbor campus during the winter semester. Testing for this group prior to starting any on-campus activities also is required and will be made available, university officials said.
The testing comes in light of UM’s decision to ask students to stay at home for the winter semester to reduce density in university student housing. In addition to testing for students who need to be on campus, UM plans to increase asymptomatic testing for all members of the campus community.
Weekly asymptomatic testing will be available for all graduate, professional and undergraduate students who are not otherwise covered by a mandatory program, as well as staff and faculty working or teaching on campus, university officials said.
Students returning to campus in the winter will encounter a strict, no-tolerance approach to enforcing COVID-19-related policies. Depending on the violation, penalties will include automatic probation, university housing contract termination and removing university recognition for student organizations hosting or participating in social gatherings.
Winter COVID-19 testing plans from a proposal developed by the School of Public Health Advisory Group with input from the COVID-19 Campus Health Response Committee include requiring a negative COVID-19 test from all residence hall residents prior to moving in.
More information on UM’s winter semester plans can be found here.