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Health & Wellness Resources

Testing before Departing Campus

Students departing from campus this term are required to complete U-M’s departure testing protocol. Students living off campus can reserve a test time here. Many slots for departure testing are going unfilled, so please sign up if you are a student. Our general guide for students or faculty and staff on getting a COVID-19 test is available here.  

UHS Offers Free Flu Vaccinations for Students

A flu shot will help you stay healthy and protect those around you from influenza. Since influenza and COVID-19 have similar symptoms, UHS highly recommends the flu vaccine to prevent respiratory illness on campus. For U-M students, there is no out-of-pocket expense this year. Students’ health insurance will be billed and any cost not covered by insurance will be covered by the university. Appointments are required for everyone’s safety.

Student IT Resources

  • Virtual Computer Sites
    Almost every software title that U-M licenses can be found at virtual sites. You can access sites from anywhere.
  • U-M Property Disposition
    Property disposition sometimes has used computer items for sale at reasonable prices.
  • SSW Student IT Resources
    IT student resources information maintained by the SSW Information Technology office.
  • Study Spaces
    Study Spaces at U-M is a tool designed to help you find and reserve designated study spaces, computer stations, a space for you to take a remote class, or just a dedicated quiet touchdown spot between classes.

Testing

University Health Service is testing students who have symptoms for COVID-19 or students without symptoms in specific circumstances, which include:

  • Testing is required by your field placement
  • Testing is required prior to a procedure
  • If you have been/suspect you have been exposed to COVID-19
  • If you are in a profession that places you at high risk for exposure to COVID-19

Call University Health Serviceat (734) 764-8320.

Fall Classes

  • Share, Explore, Engage, Discover (SEED) is the School of Social Work's orientation starts August 25.
  • SSW will begin the semester on August 31.
  • Currently there are no global opportunities.
  • We are offering in-person classes, while maintaining a one-third building capacity to allow social distancing. To accomplish this, in-person class sessions will be held roughly once every three weeks (schedule to be finalized soon), using only the large meeting areas. Information on your in-person class sessions will be provided at the earliest date possible.
  • There are students who must be exclusively remote this fall due to factors like health status, caregiving responsibilities, housing or immigration/visa issues. We are offering a number of classes and class sections fully online this fall. Determinations are being made about which classes will be online.
  • There will be no fall break.
  • The last day of in-person classes for the fall term will be November 20, 2020.
  • Fall classes resume online only on November 30 and run to December 8.
  • Exams and final projects will also be conducted online.
  • Your ability to participate in an in-person course as well as your grade may be impacted by failure to comply with campus safety measures. Students seeking to request an accommodation related to the face covering requirement under the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Office for Institutional Equity. If you are unable or unwilling to adhere to these safety measures while in a face-to-face class setting, you will be required to participate on a remote basis (if available) or to disenroll from the class.

Grades

To address the difficulty that COVID-19 and current events have presented to our students in the School of Social Work (SSW) we will be offering a modified grading system for the academic year 2020-2021. Please note that the process is different from last semester and winter semester, but mirrors the policy adopted widely across the University of Michigan Campus. The policy is as follows:

  • The University of Michigan School of Social Work MSW program will use a modified grading system for academic year 20 - 21 that awards letter grades of A to C- and a notation of “NRC” (No Record COVID) for grades of D+ to E.
  • Students In the UM SSW MSW program may withdraw or disenroll from a course through the last day of classes in the term without a “W” appearing on the official transcript.
  • Faculty will enter all grades in Wolverine Assess as usual, including entering grades in the D and E range.  Any grades from D+ to E will be converted to NRC automatically by the University. 
  • Students who receive a grade of NRC will receive no course credit and the grade will not factor into the GPA.  
  • Grades of A to C- do receive credit and will be factored into the GPA.

Field Fall Term

  • Field education officially begins the week of August 31.
  • Field education officially ends on December 17.
  • Field agencies have begun to accept students back for in-person field activities on a limited basis.
  • Field education in the fall will include both in-person and remote learning activities, depending on the field site.
  • In-person field education will include public health and safety measures specific to the field site.
  • Entirely remote field education for fall term is an option. 
  • Out-of-sequence field options can also be considered and should be discussed with your field faculty and/or the field office.

Financial Support During COVID-19

School of Social Work Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund helps students with food, transportation, housing and other needs. Contact the Office of Student Services at (734) 936-0961 or ssw.msw.info@umich.edu.

CARES Act

Students with unexpected costs related to COVID-19 may request U-M CARES Act Emergency Funding through the Student Self-Service Page of Wolverine Access.

CEW+ Emergency Fund

CEW+ Emergency Funds are for unexpected financial emergencies that threaten to derail degree progress including funding issues that are a result of COVID-19. Contact CEW+ to schedule a phone appointment.

Child Care Subsidy

U-M offers a Child Care Subsidy to assist with the cost of licensed child care of young, dependent children. U-M has temporarily changed eligibility criteria for the Child Care Subsidy beginning fall term 2020. During this temporary period, child care expenses from any licensed child care provider will be eligible for reimbursement under the subsidy.

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