University of Michigan will require COVID-19 vaccination for students living in Ann Arbor campus dorms this fall

Students who want to live on campus must provide proof of vaccination by July 15

Freshman dorm Bursley Hall on Aug. 29, 2018 (Photo: Meredith Bruckner)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Michigan announced Friday that it will require students who intend to live in Ann Arbor campus dorms this fall to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Students who will live on campus in the fall will need to show proof of their vaccination by July 15.

The new requirement, which provides for exemptions and applies only to students who will live in residence halls and other university housing, was by Vice President for Student Life Martino Harmon during the university’s weekly COVID-19 briefing.

“We know that widespread vaccination will be the only way to facilitate a return to normal and robust campus life. And we would like to provide a living environment for students this coming fall that is as close to the fall of 2019, pre-COVID-19, as possible,” Harmon said. “This is not a mandate to be vaccinated, but rather a choice to live in communal living and therefore make the choice to get vaccinated.”

Again, students must provide proof of their vaccination or an approved exemption by July 15 to be permitted to move into their assigned room. Michigan Housing will share additional details directly with students in the coming weeks.

The university said students are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine series, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.

The university is encouraging all students who can be vaccinated against COVID-19 to do so. The school also recently asked all students to voluntarily share their vaccination information by completing the self-report tool on Wolverine Access and uploading an image of their COVID-19 vaccination card or the appropriate documentation from a medical professional confirming vaccination.