U of M responds after student's viral video criticizing quarantine housing

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Posted at 9:56 AM, Sep 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-13 10:29:16-04

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WXYZ) — The University of Michigan is responding after a video criticizing its quarantine housing procedures for students testing positive for the virus.

Michigan student Sam Burnstein posted a video on TikTok describing his situation.

"We were given no food, no masks, no gloves, no microwave, no bed sheets, no soap, no cleaning supplies – nothing," Burnstein said.

Burnstein went on to challenge University President Mark Schlissel to spend one night in a quarantine apartment to experience it for himself.

Burnstein says he's glad the video received the attention that it did.

"The point here wasn't really to put shame on the university, but to just really call out, I think, an important oversight on their part," the student said.

A University of Michigan spokesman responded to Burnstein's claims with the below comment:

Students are not required to use the university’s quarantine housing and some prefer to return to their permanent residences for quarantine.

If students need transportation to quarantine housing, the university provides transportation through our Division of Public Safety & Security.

Students are able to bring with them what they need to be comfortable during their stay in quarantine.

Each single-occupancy apartment includes a furnished bedroom, including sheets, blankets, and pillowcases. Each kitchen has a refrigerator and oven. Microwaves are being procured for each apartment.

Michigan Dining, which delivers meals by request for those with a meal plan, will soon be delivering all meals in microwavable packaging.

Student Life staff members check in with students every day by phone or email. They have been asked to share any concerns during those check-ins.

Students are able to call the University Health Service at 734-764-8320, day or night, to speak with a nurse as needed.

We also want to be sure you know that we have a dashboard that is updated daily to track the number of tests and positive cases on campus. The public health notifications are accessible through a link to the left of the dashboard. The dashboard can be foundhere.

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