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University of Michigan canceling commencement ceremonies

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Posted at 2:39 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 15:40:54-04

(WXYZ) — The University of Michigan is taking further steps related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The following steps will be taken by the university:

  • All final exams will take place remotely.
  • All managers are encouraged to provide opportunites for employees to work remotely
  • Students who can do so are encouraged to move home as soon as possible
  • All UM commencement ceremonies are canceled.
  • Everyone is encouraged to avoid gathering socially in large groups.
  • The university has launched a one-time paid time-off bank for employees during the pandemic

Class will resume Monday, March 16, delivered remotely in alternative formats. For the remainder of the semester, students will not be required to come to campuses.

Housing and dining operations, the University Health Service and libraries will remain open for students who stay. The university is urging everyone to practice social distancing.

All Spring 2020 commencement activities across the three campuses will be canceled, including the large campus-wide ceremonies and individual school, college and group recognition ceremonies.

Effective immediately, university employees are eligible for up to 80 hours of paid time off to be used in the case of quarantine, isolation or family care needs.