Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 4:49pm

On the Aug. 4 primary election ballot, voters will decide on five seats on the Ann Arbor City Council. With one seat open in each ward and 13 total candidates running, The Daily has put together a City Council election guide with each candidate’s platforms to help Ann Arbor voters make informed decisions at the polls.

Ward 1

Anne Bannister (D), incumbent

Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 5:45pm
Ann Arbor City Council candidates for Wards 1, 2, and 3 participated in a Zoom forum Thursday afternoon.

University of Michigan students enrolled in Public Policy 456/756 hosted candidates for Wards 1, 2 and 3 of Ann Arbor City Council in an online forum Thursday afternoon. Students asked candidates about transportation, affordable housing and climate change.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 5:17pm
Candidates for Wards 4 and 5 of the Ann Arbor City Council participated in an online forum via BlueJeans Tuesday afternoon.

Candidates for Wards 4 and 5 of the Ann Arbor City Council participated in an online forum via BlueJeans Tuesday afternoon. During the event, students enrolled in Public Policy 456/756 at the University of Michigan asked candidates questions about affordable housing, carbon neutrality and the coronavirus pandemic.

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 7:37pm
The University announces an alternative grading policy due to the move to online classes.

According to an email sent to students by Acting Provost Susan Collins, all undergraduate courses at the University of Michigan will transition to an alternative grading policy.

The policy, announced this Friday, says that students will now receive a “Pass” or “No Record Covid” on their transcript, as opposed to a letter grade. Students will have the option to “unmask” their letter grade in order for the traditional letter to be put onto their transcripts and impact their GPA.

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 10:45am
The University has decided to refund students living in residence halls $1,200 if they move out by March 25.

According to an email sent to housing residents from Simone Himbeault Taylor, interim vice president for student life, Friday morning, all students who move out of residence halls by March 25 will receive a $1,200 refund.

Students who have already checked out of their residence halls will automatically receive the refund, which will be directly applied to each student’s account.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 4:48pm

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the first death due to the novel coronavirus in an update on the state’s response to the virus Wednesday afternoon.

Beaumont Health confirmed a man who tested positive for COVID-19 died early Wednesday morning. The man, who was in his 50’s and had an underlying health condition, was being treated at a Beaumont hospital facility in Wayne County.

In the press conference, Whitmer said the state is making decisions based on the best science to slow the spread of the virus.

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 8:34pm
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer discusses community mitigation strategies to slow the transmission of COVID-19 in Michigan at a press conference on Wednesday.

Editor’s note: More cases of COVID-19 are being diagnosed daily. Check back at for updates or at the state’s website

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 7:18pm
The City of Ann Arbor is taking preventative measures because of COVID-19.

Editor's Note: This article has been updated to reflect additional City of Ann Arbor changes announced Friday afternoon, including the closure of City Hall to the public until April 5. 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered a shutdown of all K-12 schools in Michigan until April 5 in an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

In a press release Thursday evening, Whitmer said the closure of all public, private and boarding schools is a necessary step to protect Michigan's children, families and overall public health.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 1:53pm

In response to COVID-19, the ‘U’ announced Wednesday that all face-to-face classes would be cancelled, with online classes beginning March 16 through the end of the semester, April 21.

While University facilities, such as M-Dining and dorm buildings, will remain open, events expecting over 100 attendees will be cancelled, and on-campus sporting events will be limited to parents and members of the press.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 3:19pm
University Provost Martin Philbert was placed on administrative leave for allegations of sexual misconduct.

According to an email sent to students from University President Mark Schlissel on Wednesday, University Provost Martin Philbert was placed on administrative leave following multiple allegations of sexual assault.

The announcement comes on the heels of various University officials facing scrutiny for allegations of sexual assault in the past few years.