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Fall 2020 + Winter 2021 COVID-19 Updates

Fall 2020 + Winter 2021 COVID-19 Updates

On Friday, November 6, University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel announced the university’s plans for the Winter 2021 semester. The plans were developed in close consultation with public health experts, faculty, staff, students at all levels, the local health department, campus leaders, and many others. As the pandemic continues here in Michigan and across the nation, safety is at the forefront of these plans.

Full information on the Winter 2021 plans is detailed on the Campus Blueprint website. At Stamps, the winter 2021 semester will be impacted in the following ways:

Course Modalities

Faculty carefully considered which Stamps Winter 2021 undergraduate courses required in-person instruction for successful delivery. The majority of Stamps courses will be delivered remotely this winter. Course modalities are accurately reflected in Wolverine Access and on the Stamps website.

Studio Access

Winter 2021 A&A Building hours and access to the media-specific studios are detailed on this document. We plan to open classrooms and studios on the first day of classes, Tuesday January 19, 2021.

Commencement + Senior Exhibition

Announcements about our virtual commencement celebrations and the 2021 Stamps Senior Show will be coming at the top of the Winter 2021 semester.

Fall 2020 Semester Reminders

Information about the Fall 2021 semester at the University of Michigan is listed on the Campus Blueprint website. Details on how these policies are enacted at the Stamps School of Art & Design are detailed on the Stamps School’s Community-Wide COVID-19 Policies and Updates document.

Campus-wide, U-M in-person/hybrid instruction was originally scheduled to end for the semester on Friday, November 20. However, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released an Emergency Order on Sunday, November 15 that specifies that all in-person instruction must shift to an "online only" modality starting Wednesday, November 18. The Stamps Studios will remain open through Friday, November 20 at 5 pm; students and faculty who need to reserve space may do so using the Studio Online Checkout System [check the Stamps Studios Canvas page for details].

At the Stamps School, new policies will be in place for the Art & Architecture Building for the period of Friday, November 20 at 5 pm-Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Stay Up-to-Date

There are four important websites to bookmark for up-to-date information about your public health-informed fall semester:

Additionally, faculty, staff, students, and families will find the following resources helpful:

Compliance Reporting

Students, faculty, and staff at both the Stamps School and Taubman College will be encouraged to report non-emergency building compliance concerns via our Art + Architecture Building Compliance Issues form. This form may be filled out anonymously, if desired. Responses will be monitored for trends and proactive solutions will be implemented for recurring issues. Coordination between the chiefs of staff of Taubman and Stamps will occur on a regular basis to share what is being reported and to identify next steps.Issues may also be brought to the attention of HR and Dean’s office staff.

Faculty, staff and students will also be referred to the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) for consultation regarding concerns of bias, harassment, ADA non-compliance, and other issues that may fall under OIE’s mission.