Michigan Ross Update on COVID-19 Virus Outbreak


U-M COVID-19 information, Resources, & FAQs

Last updated March 24, 2020.

The Ross School of Business is closely monitoring the COVID-19 virus outbreak, making changes to programs where needed, and assessing the longer-term potential impact on our programs, both in the U.S. and internationally.

Our dedicated task force is meeting daily and is in regular contact with the University of Michigan’s global and health experts to ensure appropriate coordination and communication. 

The safety and well-being of our Michigan Ross community is our top priority, followed by our academic mission. We are adhering to the university's decisions on changes to classes, events, and travel to minimize the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus on our campus and within the broader society.

Latest updates from Michigan Ross 

On March 23, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order that the vast majority of Michiganders "Stay Home and Stay Safe," calling for the suspension of most in-person work beginning at midnight through April 13, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, all U-M campus employees are being asked to work remotely, with the exception of those essential to support students living on campus. 

In addition to continuing delivering winter term courses remotely, U-M announced that spring and summer term courses will be delivered in remote formats. This aligns with the ongoing efforts at Michigan Ross and the university to respond to the pandemic by encouraging social distancing, while also maintaining a critical part of our academic mission.

Additional changes at Michigan Ross:

  • Faculty and staff to work remotely: Faculty and staff who can teach and work from home are asked to do so, with the exception of staff essential to building operations. 
  • Ross campus closed to students: Only faculty and staff will be able to access the Ross buildings using their Mcards; students will not have access to the Ross buildings as long as the executive order is in place.
  • Digital Education Studio closed: The Digital Education Studio at Ross is closed; however, faculty may use on-campus resources to teach remotely, if necessary.
  • Starbucks and the Executive Residence closed: Starbucks will be closed as long as the executive order is in place, and the Executive Residence hotel is closed until further notice. 

We are taking every possible step to ensure our Ross campus remains safe, including extra cleaning and sanitization of our facilities. We are also providing guidance to our students, faculty, staff, and visitors regarding best practices for prevention and personal care.

During this time, RossIT is available to support students, faculty and staff at RossITSupport@umich.edu or 734-615-3000. For students who need library support, the Kresge Library team is available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day

Ross guiding principles for making decisions

Our first and foremost priority is the safety and well-being of our community, followed by our academic mission.

With these priorities in mind, we are making decisions related to our virus response based on five guiding principles:

  1. Align with U.S. and U-M policies related to travel, in particular avoiding countries classified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as Level 3 risk areas and closely monitoring Level 1 and 2 countries.
  2. Align with local country policies related to travel restrictions (for travel outside of the U.S.), and avoiding countries that have restricted or could soon restrict travel across borders.
  3. Align with partner or sponsoring organizations’ policies related to travel, including companies sponsoring student projects and academic institutions hosting our students.
  4. Minimize non-essential, non-educational travel, events, and gatherings.
  5. Empower our students, faculty, and staff to determine what they are personally comfortable with in terms of travel within and outside of the U.S.​

Check back for additional updates

We continue to monitor the evolving situation, working with our partners at the university and across the globe. We will update our Ross community as new information becomes available.

For the latest information, answers to FAQs, and helpful resources, please refer to the​ university’s COVID-19 Key Issues website.

For those with specific questions related to the COVID-19 outbreak that are not addressed here, please email RSBCOVID-19@umich.edu

Last updated March 24, 2020.

Previous updates

March 18

On March 16, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order to close all museums, libraries, and other similar facilities at 3 p.m., effective until March 30 at 11:59 p.m. As a result, U-M will close all libraries and museums on campus to all visitors, and all Michigan Dining locations will convert to offering take-out meals, consistent with the order.

Changes at Michigan Ross:

  • Och Fitness closed: Och Fitness Center at Ross will be closed.
  • Seven10 East, Executive Dining, and Seigle Café closed: Seven10 East, Executive Residence Dining Room, and Seigle Café at Ross will be closed. 
  • Kresge Library closed: Kresge Library at Ross will be closed to visitors. 
  • Payment changes at Starbucks: Starbucks at Ross will only accept payment via credit card or Mcard.

March 13

On March 13, a new announcement was released by U-M regarding changes to finals and commencement activities, and additional COVID-19 updates. Per this announcement, all exams will take place remotely in alternative formats and all Ross and U-M commencement activities have been canceled. The university will look into another commencement date for the Class of 2020 in the future.

Additional changes include: 

  • Students encouraged to return home: All students who can do so safely are encouraged to move home as soon as possible. 

  •  Avoid gathering in large groups: Everyone is encouraged to avoid gathering socially in large groups.

  • Faculty and staff encouraged to work remotely: All U-M and Ross faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to work remotely to the extent possible.

  • Follow safe practices for working on site: Those who choose to work at Ross should follow the strategies outlined in the Society for Human Resource Management Social Distancing Guidelines at Work.​

All Ross and U-M classes will resume on Monday, March 16, and will be delivered in virtual formats. Faculty and program teams are finalizing plans to deliver courses online and will share instructions with students about how to join classes.

We know academic progress is a concern, and Ross is committed to sharing timely information with students. 

If students have specific questions related to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on their academics, they should contact their program office or academic advisor.

March 12

All classes have been canceled Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13, in accordance with the announcement made by U-M. Classes will resume Monday, March 16, and will be delivered remotely in alternative formats – and not meeting in person – through April 21, the last day of classes this semester.

Additional changes include:

  • Large events canceled: All Ross and university events with more than 100 people are canceled, postponed, or will be held virtually until at least April 21. 

  • Travel restrictions: All Ross and university international travel has been suspended until at least April 21, and domestic travel for the university is discouraged.

  • Study abroad changes: All Ross and university education abroad programs have been suspended or altered. Our global team is in direct contact with our partner organizations and educational institutions to help traveling students return safely, and to modify programs as needed.

  • Self-isolation for returning travelers: For those returning from a country designated Level 3 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or a country that is elevated to Level 3, self-isolation is required for 14 days per U-M guidelines.