The University of Michigan Board of Regents held their first meeting of the fall semester Thursday afternoon over Zoom amid the turmoil over the reopening plan and following a recent Faculty Senate vote of no confidence in University President Mark Schlissel.
A crowd of approximately 20 activists and community members protested outside the home of Craig Teschendorf, an Ann Arbor resident who is being evicted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the community, the Washtenaw General Defense Committee, Ann Arbor Tenants Union and Democratic Socialists of Huron Valley began protesting Teschendorf’s eviction Friday and continued on Tuesday.
More than 60 University of Michigan faculty, staff and graduate students protested the University’s reopening plans regarding COVID-19 on Tuesday. The protest, held in front of the Fleming Administration Building, was part of a three-day long demonstration.
About half the group marched through the Diag and University President Mark Schlissel’s house, where they continued to chant in opposition of the University’s reopening plan.
U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement released a statement Friday announcing new incoming international students will not be allowed to enter the country if their classes are only online. Students actively enrolled in universities, however, will be able to keep their I-20 visa and continue their studies in the United States, even if all of their classes are online.
This policy comes after the Supreme Court rescinded the initial Trump administration’s ICE policy preventing all international students from staying in the United States if all of their classes were online.
Susan M. Collins has been approved as the University of Michigan’s next provost after being appointed interim provost in March.
Collins initially replaced former Provost Martin Philbert after he was placed on administrative leave in March following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. Collins is a former Dean of the Ford School of Public Policy and a former economics and public policy professor.
Over 40 cases of COVID-19 have been linked to a large holiday party in Saline. The surge of new cases seen within the past week are among people ages 15-25 who attended a house party June 2-3, according to the Washtenaw County Health Department.
Over 2,000 people crowded the Diag on Friday to celebrateJuneteenth, the day when African slaves in Texas were told they were free –– two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. This event, hosted by Survivors Speak and other local organizers, aimed to incorporate awareness for police brutality into a day of celebration.