Michigan Ross Update on COVID-19 Virus Outbreak

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

Last updated June 14, 2020.

The Ross School of Business is in the process of preparing for the fall semester.

Plans for reopening the Ross campus will adhere to University of Michigan guidelines and evolving public-health-informed measures put in place by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first and foremost priority of Michigan Ross is the safety and well-being of our community, followed by our academic mission.


Latest updates from Michigan Ross 

On June 1, Whitmer announced that she has rescinded the Stay Home, Stay Safe order and the state is transitioning to the "Improving" phase of the MI Safe Start Plan. As a result, U-M is cautiously reactivating various in-person activities, and some researchers are being allowed to return to campus. However, the majority of faculty and staff who can work from home will continue to do so. 

In addition, U-M said it will announce plans for re-opening museums and libraries soon, as the new executive order permited the opening of museums and libraries on June 8, with public health precautions. The university is continuing to plan for the fall semester and details will be announced later this month.

All university international and domestic air travel has been suspended until June 30, and all education abroad programs are suspended for spring and summer terms. Summer and spring classes are being delivered in alternative formats.

Recent academic updates at Michigan Ross:

  • New Business Consultant Corps program: Michigan Ross has launched a Business Consultant Corps, a new internship program for students this summer, as the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the availability of internships offered by companies across the world.
  • New summer experience requirement for FTMBAs: Students in the Full-Time MBA program will be required to to complete a summer experience in which they apply their business knowledge acquired in the first year of studies to advance their skills and capabilities.
  • Extended application deadlines: Online MBA deadlines have been extended, with a final deadline of June 15; and Master of Accounting and Master of Supply Chain Management is now July 1 for domestic applicants.
  • Changes to GMAT/GRE requirements: Online GMAT/GRE scores will be accepted and limited GMAT/GRE waivers are available for OMBA candidates applying to start in Fall 2020 only.

The Ross buildings remain closed to students, and only faculty and staff can access the buildings using their Mcards. For faculty and staff entering the building, social distancing and wearing face coverings remain essential and the university issued guidance regarding the use of face masks in the university community.


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 June 14, 2020.


Previous updates

may 14 

On May 8, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended the "Stay Home and Stay Safe" executive order through May, 28, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, U-M will extend its cancellation of events and related actions through May 28. All university international and domestic air travel has been suspended until June 30, and all education abroad programs are suspended for spring and summer terms.

Michigan Ross has made a number of changes to events, admissions, and program offerings for spring and summer terms. 

Recent changes at Michigan Ross:

  • Maymester to be virtual: The new Ross Maymester for undergraduates at U-M will take place in a virtual format in May 2020.

April 28 

On April 24, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended the "Stay Home and Stay Safe" executive order through May, 15, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, U-M will extend its cancellation of events and related actions through May 15. All university international and domestic air travel has been suspended until June 30, and all education abroad programs are suspended for spring and summer terms.

Michigan Ross has made a number of changes to events, admissions, and program offerings for spring and summer terms. Ross will host a virtual commencement to recognize spring graduates at 10 a.m. on May 1, 2020. 

Recent changes at Michigan Ross:

  • Maymester to be virtual: The new Ross Maymester for undergraduates at U-M will take place in a virtual format in May 2020.

April 10

On April 9, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended the "Stay Home and Stay Safe" executive order through April 30, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, U-M will extend its cancellation of events and related actions through April 30. The university also announced that the Michigan Union will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 10. 

In addition to continuing delivering winter term courses remotely, Michigan Ross has made a number of changes to events, admissions, and program offerings for spring and summer terms. Ross will host a virtual commencement to recognize spring graduates at 10 a.m. on May 1, 2020. 

Additional changes at Michigan Ross:

March 24

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. 

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.