COVID 19 Information for Employees

Updated 10/22/21

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. More information can be found on the Campus Blueprint site

COVID-19 Vaccine and Workplace Rules

Face Covering Policy

Effective August 25, 2021, the face covering requirement is reinstated to enhance community safety.  All students, staff, faculty, and visitors are required to wear a face covering that covers the mouth and nose when indoors on U-M property (including the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses as well as U-M controlled properties off campus) and when on U-M buses. 

There are limited exceptions, which include actively eating and drinking and while alone with the door closed in an enclosed office. Certain units, such as University of Michigan – Health, may issue local level policies that supersede this policy and must be followed as applicable. The face covering policy will be adjusted as case levels change in the weeks and months ahead, and based on the overall state of compliance with our vaccination requirement. Read the full policy


All students, faculty and staff on the Ann Arbor (including Michigan Medicine), Dearborn and Flint campuses are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit their vaccination information. To record your proof of vaccination, visit the Campus Blueprint Vaccine Information page. Read more about the policy and accountability measures

The university is providing limited exemptions to the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for medical or religious reasons.

Appointments to get vaccinated remain available through Michigan Medicine as well as the University Health Service.

To protect personal information, employees are discouraged from posting photos of their vaccination cards on social media or other mediums. 

Additional information can be found in the Vaccinations and Work section of this page and in the Frequently Asked Questions section of the Campus Blueprint site

Updates to Budget Measures

The University of Michigan will lift universitywide pandemic-related spending restraints that were implemented in April 2020 but will continue to be prudent about spending in the face of ongoing financial uncertainties. The decision, announced June 18 in an email message to Ann Arbor campus faculty and staff from President Mark Schlissel, follows the approval June 17 of the university’s consolidated budget plan for the coming fiscal year. 

Beginning July 1, unit leaders may determine if and when to continue with spending restrictions based on their priorities and budget situation, while keeping in mind that university resources remain limited, the president said.

Read more in the University Record

Flexible Workplace and Remote Work

Employees will return to more on-site work at the direction of their unit’s leaders. These plans will follow university and state guidance, including vaccination benchmarks. Find resources, including remote and flexible workplace agreement templates, on the Future of Work Resource Center.   

Supporting Child and Dependent Care

When possible, departments are encouraged to allow employees to work remotely and be flexible with arrangements. There are a number of resources available to help faculty and staff with child and dependent care needs. The university recently announced two additional resources to help with dependent care needs. 

If remote work is not possible, employees may be eligible to use paid time off programs. Read more about paid time off programs and uses for COVID-related scenarios.

Paid Time Off Options

There are 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. 

FEMA Assistance for Funeral-Related Expenses

FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. More information is available on the FEMA website > COVID-19 Funeral Assistance. Watch this informational video or call FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline at 1-844-684-6333 for help.