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Stephen Shipps, a retired professor at School of Music, Theatre & Dance, has been formally charged with two counts of transporting a female minor across state lines with the intention of engaging in sexual conduct, according to a Thursday announcement from U.S.

Despite the stay-in-place order, the University of Michigan continues to encourage students to vote.

University of Michigan undergraduates can vote and participate in election activities as well as study by themselves in designated areas on campus, according to a Friday update


The Washtenaw County Health Department issued a stay-in-place order for University of Michigan undergraduate students Tuesday to curb outbreaks of COVID-19. It will take place effective immediately and last until Nov. 3 at 7 a.m.

University of Michigan will house students in quarantine and isolation in buildings with regular residents.

All designated spaces in vacant buildings for temporary quarantine and isolation housing in Northwood Apartments I-III and Baits II Residence Hall are now occupied, according to a Friday email from Michigan Housing.

Rick's announces its opening with limited capacity Thursday morning.

After being shut down since March due to the pandemic, Rick’s American Cafe announced on social media they will reopen their doors Thursday with limited capacity.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signs a 'Clean Slate' bill into law Monday morning.


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed ‘Clean Slate’ legislation into law on Monday, reforming the current criminal expungement laws and providing former prisoners with more opportunities for employment and housing in the state of Michigan. 

Ann Arbor resident Eric Sturgis announced his write-in candidacy for the City Council 1st ward Thursday.

Less than a month before the Nov. 3 general election, Ann Arbor resident Eric Sturgis announced he is running as a write-in candidate for City Council in Ann Arbor’s 1st Ward. Sturgis will challenge University of Michigan professor Lisa Disch for the open seat.


The University of Michigan will begin voluntary COVID-19 testing next week, with plans to reach a weekly testing goal of approximately 3,000 individuals by the end of September, University President Mark Schlissel said in an email to students Thursday.

The University announces its new grading policy for the upcoming academic year.

In an email sent to students and faculty Thursday morning, Provost Susan M. Collins announced a new undergraduate grading policy at the University of Michigan for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The University of Michigan will no longer ask about misdemeanor charges on applications.

The University will no longer require applicants to mark a box asking whether they have a misdemeanor charge filed against them, according to University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald.

According to Fitzgerald, the University began asking applicants about “criminal or conduct issues” in 1999. He said while criminal background is one factor in a student’s application, the holistic application process makes it so that a student is not immediately disqualified from admission if they check the box saying they have a criminal history.