Assistance, resources, activities and ways to help from a social distance


The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting nearly every corner of human life and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

With many University of Michigan faculty and staff members working remotely and in-person activities canceled, The University Record has compiled a list of online resources to help during this unprecedented time.

This list is designed as a way for U-M employees to find assistance, pursue virtual activities and offer help to others. Email suggestions for additional resources to

U-M’s main COVID-19 site

Up-to-date information, announcements and directives for the U-M community.

Michigan Medicine

Main COVID-19 page

Michigan Medicine’s main information page about its response to the COVID-19 situation.

Tips for home COVID-19 care

If someone you live with is sick and you think it’s COVID-19, they need your help, but you don’t want to get sick or pass the virus to others.  What can you do? Michigan Medicine offers some advice.

Parking and transportation

Bus and parking updates

Updated information about changes to campus bus routes and enforcement procedures for parking lots and structures.

Human Resources

Human Resources and COVID-19

News about U-M’s paid-time-off bank and related policies, as well as information for managers and supervisors, about working during Michigan’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home” executive order, resources to support employees and updates to benefit programs.

TIAA and Fidelity guidance

With health and money on the minds of many, U-M and its partners are working to lighten the load with free financial guidance. Fidelity Investments and TIAA offer free, one-on-one counseling sessions to benefit-eligible employees.

Virtual support groups

Virtual Support Groups are facilitated by the Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office. To help facilitate discussion, each group has a maximum of 15 participants.

Feeling Stressed? Find support for body, mind and mood

We should all be practicing social distancing and many of us are working from home. How best can you build resilience in these remarkable times? For starters, do your best to control what you can. This begins with giving yourself time to tend to your personal well-being.

Guide to well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic

U-M Human Resources and MHealthy provides this collection of resources and programs to support your well-being every day (especially now).

Business & Finance

Resources for staff

Business & Finance has put together a broad list of resources to help staff cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. While some may duplicate other items listed below, this is a good one-stop reference.

Working remotely


Information and Technology Services has information to help people who are working remotely using MiWorkspace equipment.

Remote Resources Guides

Guides are available for the Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Flint and Michigan Medicine campuses.

Flexible work options

Besides general information surrounding remote-work issues, University Human Resources has a page of suggestions about effective ways to work remotely.

Keep Teaching @ U-M

The Center for Academic Innovation offers strategies to bridge the gap and support teaching continuity even in times of disruption.

Tips from a pro

Gregory A. Laurence, UM-Flint associate professor of management, offers several tips on getting productive work done away from the classroom or office.

Arts, cultural and other events

Happening @ Michigan

While in-person events on campus have been canceled, many are transitioning to virtual formats. U-M’s main events calendar has a Livestream/Virtual button to show you what’s going on.

Library resources and services

University libraries are closed during the pandemic but offer a plethora of online reading, research and resources. From borrowed materials to textbooks, this site provides direction and assistance.

Exhibits, speakers and online courses

U-M’s art and performance organizations and its libraries have many exhibits, performances, speakers and other enriching resources online.

Community outreach


This portal developed by the Ginsberg Center helps U-M community members access a collection of continually-updated and emergent community-identified needs and opportunities.

Michigan Medicine collection effort

A drive-up donation site is collecting food for community members in addition to protective gear for health workers.

Internal Medicine Family Support Network

This website connects community volunteers who want to provide Michigan Medicine workers battling COVID-19 with relief from basic daily needs and other tasks like grocery shopping, child care, tutoring, and dog walking. 

Feeling helpless? 11 things you can do

The news about coronavirus may leave some people feeling like there’s nothing to do but wait for the worst. But there are plenty of actions you can take to help those around you and yourself –to feel like you’re really making a difference.


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