COVID 19 Information for Employees

Updated 3/25/22

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.

Face Covering Policy

Effective March 14, masks are no longer required and considered optional in most indoor spaces on campus, including offices, residence halls and athletic events, on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses.

Masks remain required in all classrooms and instructional spaces during class time, patient care areas (e.g Michigan Medicine, University Health Service and the Dental School clinical areas), U-M COVID-19 testing sites and U-M buses. The masking requirement in these settings will remain in place for at least the duration of the current term. Read the full policy

Health Plans Cover At-Home COVID 19 Tests

Employees, dependents and retirees covered by the U-M Prescription Drug Plan can get over-the-counter COVID-19 antigen (rapid) tests at retail pharmacies due to a federal mandate created to fight the surge of omicron-related infections. Each member can purchase up to eight FDA-approved antigen tests each month per covered individual. 

The federal mandate requires pharmacies to cover the tests at no cost to the member or dependents. As members have purchased tests, however, different pharmacies are processing the benefit in different ways. You might be required to purchase the tests and submit a claim for reimbursement. 

Read more about how to purchase tests and information about submitting reimbursement claims.  Also find FAQs at the bottom of this page. 

Paid Time Off Options

The university's COVID paid time off program remains in place for eligible employees. COVID PTO is available to full and part-time faculty and staff, including temporary staff, student employees, graduate student employees (GSIs, GSSAs, GSRAs) and postdoctoral research fellows hired before June 7, 2020. Employees should follow their normal process of reporting absence and requesting time off.

Read more about 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. 

COVID-19 Vaccine

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 will also require students, faculty and staff on all three U-M campuses to get a COVID-19 booster shot by February 4 as one of several enhanced mitigation measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 during the winter 2022 academic term. Record your booster using the form found in Wolverine Access

Bargained-for University of Michigan employees who work in Michigan Medicine or in a healthcare facility must comply with a federal COVID-19 vaccination mandate. Additionally, some bargained-for employees have additional requirements pertaining to the booster; any bargained-for employee that is uncertain of what is required of them should consult with their union representative for further information.

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.

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

Flexible Workplace and Remote Work

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.

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.