2019 Novel Coronavirus COVID 19

Updated 5/28/20

The university has taken many actions in response to COVID-19 to comply with state orders, follow public health department recommendations, and protect the health and safety of faculty, staff and students. 

This page contains information for employees about working from home, paid time off options for COVID-related scenarios, resources to support your mental, emotional and physical health, guidance for supervisors, updates to benefit plans, and more. 

Information on university planning, travel and more can be found on the Public Affairs website. For additional questions, please contact COVID-19HR@umich.edu.

Work From Home

All campus employees must continue to work from home when possible to comply with the state executive order. Only certain employees designated as critical to infrastructure or public health and safety should be allowed to report to work in-person. Read U-M plans for safely and gradually resuming activities.

Employees who are ill for any reason should not come to work.

Paid Time Off Options

There are several temporary paid time off programs in place to support employees who cannot work due to various scenarios related to COVID-19. Some of these scenarios include personal illness, family care needs (including illness and school closure) and temporary lack of work. 

These programs are available to full and part-time faculty and staff, including temporary staff, student employees, graduate student employees (GSIs, GSSAs, GSRAs) and postdoctoral research fellows. Employees should follow their normal process of reporting absence and requesting time off.

Well-being Resources

Information and resources to support personal mental, emotional, and physical well-being is available. Resources include guided meditation and relaxation videos, virtual support groups, mobile apps and online programs and more. 

Tuition Support Program Update

Effective April 30, 2020, the university has temporarily paused new requests from staff to support educational programs that have not yet begun. Support for those in existing programs is also paused until further notice. 

Exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis for employees that are:

  • Near the end of their program of study
  • In need of a required course as part of their program of study that is only offered on an intermittent basis and would prevent making further progress toward degree by more than one semester
  • Taking a course critical to support their promotion or maintaining job-related licensure or certification within current function
  • Continuing or newly enrolled students in a University of Michigan degree program (any campus)

Retirement Loans, Withdrawals Available Under CARES Act

To assist investors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, U-M faculty and staff may withdraw or initiate loans from accounts in certain university retirement savings plans. This is allowable under a provision of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Temporary Furlough and Reduction in Hours

The university offered two voluntary programs for staff to help offset revenue losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic: a temporary furlough and a temporary reduction in hours. The period for requesting voluntary furloughs and reduction in hours has closed.