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Required Weekly COVID-19 Testing

All students – including graduate and professional students – who live on or come to campus will be required to be tested weekly through the U-M Community Sampling and Tracking Program.

Weekly testing will be required for all SSW students (including those who have received the vaccine) who:

  • Live in Michigan housing.
  • Are registered for any in-person courses that meet on campus, regardless of how frequently the course meets in-person.
  • Are employed or have in-person field placement on campus (including Michigan Medicine).
  • Conduct research in a campus facility/building.
  • Come to campus to use facilities (e.g. libraries, unions, Rec Sports, SSW building).


Listed below is testing information for field:

  • If your field placement is on campus and in-person, you will be required to participate in the weekly testing program.
  • If your field placement is not on campus, you only need to test if it is a requirement of the field agency/site. You can participate in the U-M testing program.
  • If you are uncomfortable with testing protocols related to field education, please contact your field faculty about options.
  • If your field placement is entirely off campus AND you do not come to campus for any reason, you are not required to be tested weekly. You are eligible, though, to voluntarily sign up for periodic testing on campus.

If You Have Tested Positive for COVID-19

If you have previously tested positive for COVID-19, you are excluded from testing for a 90-day period from the date of your test. If you were tested by the U-M Community Sampling and Tracking Program, University Health Service or Occupational Health Services, your result will automatically be captured. If you were tested elsewhere, please submit your positive results.

MDHHS Epidemic Order

Guiding Principles*

  • Safety and Well-Being: The safety and well-being of everyone in our community is the leading priority. We want to be especially aware of the people who are at highest risk.

  • Public Health Informed: Our plans will be aligned and consistent with public health guidance and will follow local, state and federal safety requirements. We will also partner with central administration, and their guidance will drive many decisions.

  • Flexibility: We will be nimble in our planning and be ready to adapt to changing circumstances. We may have to return to campus in phases, and a key component of planning will be reversibility in the event of another COVID-19 spike.

  • Transparency and Collaboration: The dean’s office will involve units and departments as partners in decision-making processes whenever possible, and foster collaboration between units and employees with shared workplaces.

*All plans are subject to future U-M and State of Michigan regulations. Adjustments may be made based on unforeseen impacts from the pandemic.

Core Responsibilities

Our collective safety requires we all do our part by practicing robust personal hygiene habits, wearing a face mask, maintaining a physical distance of six feet, and staying home when sick. The core responsibilities keep you safe and keep others safe, too.

It is important for all of us to stay vigilant and:

  • Continue wearing your over their nose and mouth mask and double mask if possible everywhere on campus and when out in public, per the State of Michigan Executive Order.

  • Continue social distancing at least six feet from others who are not in your immediate group.

  • Sign up for asymptomatic testing. This is strongly recommended for anyone coming to campus.

  • Watch for symptoms (COVID-19 symptoms range from mild to severe and include fever, cough, headache, muscle aches, sneezing and congestion among others).

  • Follow isolation or quarantine guidance if ill, exposed, or waiting on test results.

  • Students, faculty and staff on the Ann Arbor campus, are asked to report their positive test result here.

  • Get vaccinated when the vaccine becomes available to you. Complete the Blue Queue survey regarding participation in COVID-19 vaccination at U-M.

  • Get vaccinated against the flu to help you stay healthy and protect others.

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