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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Up-to-date information, announcements and directives for the U-M community.
Michigan Medicine’s main information page about its response to the COVID-19 situation.
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
Updated information about changes to campus bus routes and enforcement procedures for parking lots and structures.
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.
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 are facilitated by the Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office. To help facilitate discussion, each group has a maximum of 15 participants.
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.
U-M Human Resources and MHealthy provides this collection of resources and programs to support your well-being every day (especially now).
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.
Information and Technology Services has information to help people who are working remotely using MiWorkspace equipment.
Remote Resources Guides
Besides general information surrounding remote-work issues, University Human Resources has a page of suggestions about effective ways to work remotely.
The Center for Academic Innovation offers strategies to bridge the gap and support teaching continuity even in times of disruption.
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
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.
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.
U-M’s art and performance organizations and its libraries have many exhibits, performances, speakers and other enriching resources online.
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.
A drive-up donation site is collecting food for community members in addition to protective gear for health workers.
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.
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.