March 10, 2022

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Welcome to the March 10 edition of the Weekly Roundup. We hope you feel rejuvenated from Spring Break and are ready for the second half of the winter semester. 

This week, the University announced a partial repeal of its campus-wide mask mandate, the U-M administration removed the “Hail to the Victims” campsite outside of the President’s house, the U-M community shared their reactions to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine and more. 

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UMich lifts mask mandate in some indoor spaces, maintains requirement in classroom

The University will ease masks requirements in most indoor spaces on campus, including offices, residence halls and at athletic events beginning March 14. This announcement comes as reported cases of COVID-19 at the University continue to decrease and vaccination rates among students, faculty and staff remain high. Masks will still be required in all classrooms, campus buses, patient care areas and COVID-19 testing sites and individuals are expected to continue using ResponsiBLUE as a daily symptom checker. 

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UMich administration removes “Hail to the Victims” campsite after 150 days of protest

The University removed the campsite of Jon Vaughn and other survivors of the late doctor Robert Anderson on Monday against the wishes of protestors. Vaughn and many others have been camping in front of the president’s house to protest the University’s response to the Anderson case and other incidents of sexual misconduct since October 2021. After the University and over 1,000 survivors of Anderson reached a $490 million settlement in January, Vaughn told the University he was planning to leave after his birthday on March 12, yet the site was removed just days before the planned exit. Read on to learn how both Vaughn and the University reacted to the removal of the campsite.

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U-M community reacts to invasion of Ukraine, experts weigh in

As Russia continues its attack on Ukraine, members of the U-M community weighed in on the impacts of the invasion. The Daily spoke with U-M experts in the field to discuss the historical, political and economic implications of the invasion and heard from students affected by the attack about their personal experiences and views regarding the ongoing events. 

“My friends cannot sleep. They collect the info and they constantly wake up because of the shootings outside the city and into the city … My parents have everything in Ukraine, in Kyiv.” – LSA freshman Ihor Pavlenko, a Ukrainian citizen who was born and raised in Ukraine.

The University will no longer require people to wear masks in many public spaces at the University in accordance with updated public health guidance. Masks will still be required in classrooms, on U-M transportation and buses and at Michigan Medicine.

COVID-19 cases at the University “continued on a downward trend last week,” seeing 53 positive cases according to the COVID-19 dashboard. Quarantine and Isolation housing is currently at 0% occupancy.

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