U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

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 by August 30. Read the U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

More information, including how to self-report your vaccination information, can be found on the Campus Blueprint website.  

Those not fully vaccinated by August 30 must participate in weekly COVID-19 testing until fully vaccinated.

Individuals who remain unvaccinated after August 30 and have not applied for an exemption will be subject to disciplinary actions. The following applies to employees on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses:

  • After a warning, staff who remain out of compliance with the vaccine requirement will face a 2-day disciplinary layoff without pay, and professional development and university-paid travel will be restricted. 
  • Restrictions also will apply to faculty funds for professional development and discretionary funds, and they may have sabbaticals delayed and lose eligibility for honorific recognitions from the university. 
  • Both faculty and staff who are out of compliance will be ineligible for next year’s merit raise program.
  • Continued non-compliance with the vaccine requirement or other measures may lead to additional sanctions including dismissal.

Michigan  Medicine employees will be subject to the five-step discipline process as outlined in SPG 201.12. This is the same policy used for Michigan Medicine’s influenza vaccination process. 

Enforcement of Vaccination Requirement for Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint Faculty and Staff

Enforcement of the accountability measures will be handled at the local unit level. The following steps should be followed by supervisors or unit leaders for employees in various states of compliance:

Partially vaccinated/in process:

Monitor report/dashboard to ensure full compliance. Require employee to wear face-covering, receive weekly testing and perform daily symptom check.

Exemption in process:

Monitor report/dashboard for approval confirmation. Require employee to wear face-covering, receive weekly testing and perform daily symptom check.

Exemption approved:

Require employee to wear face-covering, receive weekly testing and perform daily symptom check.

Temporary postponement:

Require employee to wear face-covering, receive weekly testing and perform daily symptom check.  (Temporary postponement is intended for new employees who are unable to get vaccinated, in full or in part, prior to coming to the university. It is also intended to give those employees who were unsuccessful in their exemption request an opportunity to get vaccinated.) 

Exemption not approved:

Follow the same procedures as a temporary postponement

Not compliant/no status (in no other category listed):

Step one: Education and Verbal Warning

  1. Upon receipt of report/dashboard indicating noncompliance, remind of noncompliant status;
  2. Reeducate to policy;
  3. Direct employee to get vaccination and provide instructions on how to upload first dose information into Wolverine Access/ResponsiBlue app to indicate in process;
  4. Refer to Advisor line for questions and vaccine locations;
  5. View the EHS_OHS_COVIDw COVID-19: Working Safely at U-M training in MyLINC
  6. Require employee to wear face-covering, receive weekly testing and perform daily symptom check *
  7. Record date/document verbal warning

Step two: Discipline Letter and Enforcement Measures

  1. Review updated report/dashboard information. 
  2. If an employee has initiated the vaccination process, refer to steps for “Exemption in process” or “Exemption Approved” as applicable. 
  3. If employee is still in no status seven days after verbal warning was issued, review items from step one
  4. Deliver and document written warning that includes the following enforcement measures:

Faculty: 

  • Written warning to be delivered by Unit 
  • Restricted access to funds for professional development and discretionary funds (e.g., use of discretionary funds for travel, conferences, books, etc.) including University paid travel
  • Delay sabbatical or ineligibility for university honorific recognition or similar action
  • Not eligible for September 1, 2022 Merit
  • Subsequent non-compliance may subject you to additional enforcement measures and discipline up to and including separation 

Staff:  

  • Written warning to be delivered by Unit
  • Restricted access to funds for professional development, including University paid travel
  • 2-day unpaid disciplinary layoff (DLO) 
  • Not eligible for September 1, 2022 Merit 
  • Subsequent non-compliance may subject you to additional enforcement measures and discipline up to and including separation

*Note: 

  • Unvaccinated employees will be required to follow the U-M face covering policy, receive weekly COVID-19 testing and perform daily symptom checks. Failure to comply with these policies, or future safety policies put into place, will be subject to further discipline up to and including discharge.
  • Unvaccinated employees working 100% remotely are still subject to enforcement steps one and two, however if they do not come to campus and would not in the course of their job have in-person contacts they will be exempted from wearing face coverings and weekly testing from their home.
  • In addition, any other behaviors that escalate to the point where pay and/or employment may be affected, consultation with a central HR representative is required. 
  • The actions at step one and two will be taken by the unit.
  • Not applicable (e.g., leave status, including medical, parental, reduction-in-force, etc.)