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SMTD COVID-19 Information

Updated August 20, 2021
The School of Music, Theatre & Dance has outlined School-specific plans for the 2021-2022 academic year on this site, and information will be updated regularly as needed. For questions about SMTD’s COVID-19 information, please contact SMTDCOVID-19@umich.edu.

 

SMTD Fall 2021 Safety Guidelines

August 20, 2021

U-M Mask Mandate
University of Michigan Facilities & Operations Office of Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) has issued a mask mandate effective as of August 25, 2021.

“Except as otherwise allowed by this policy, U-M requires all students, staff, faculty and visitors to wear a face covering that covers the mouth and nose when indoors on U-M property”

All guidelines listed below are subject to change, based on recommendations from university public health officials.

Classroom Activities (Academic classes)

  • Masks must be worn by all participants at all times
  • There are no room rest requirements

Rehearsals, Performances, Studio Classes (Performance classes)
There are different guidelines for different types of activities.

  • Fully vaccinated and masked individuals (singers, dancers, actors, strings, piano, percussion, etc):
    • No distancing requirements
  • Fully vaccinated instrumentalists who must remove their mask (woodwinds and brass):
    • Distance at least 3 feet
    • Mask must be worn except when actively playing
  • Unvaccinated and masked individuals (singers, dancers, actors, strings, piano, percussion, etc):
    • Distance at least 6 feet
  • Unvaccinated instrumentalists who must remove their mask (woodwinds and brass):
    • Distance at least 9 feet
  • There are no room rest requirements

One-On-One Lessons
These guidelines refer to individual lessons taking place in faculty studios. All faculty must remain masked during lessons whenever possible. Woodwind and brass faculty may remove their mask only while actively playing.

  • Fully vaccinated and masked, both student and faculty member (strings, piano, percussion, dance, acting, etc):
    • No distancing requirements
  • Fully vaccinated and unmasked (woodwinds and brass):
    • Distance at least 3 feet
    • Bell covers are required
    • Mask should be worn when not actively playing
  • Unvaccinated and masked; if student, faculty, or both are unvaccinated:
    • Distance at least 6 feet
  • Unvaccinated woodwinds and brass; if student, faculty, or both are unvaccinated:
    • Distance at least 9 feet
    • Bell covers are required
  • Vocal lessons:
    • If both the student and instructor are vaccinated, the student may remove their mask in individual lessons, but must maintain at least 9 feet of distancing
    • The faculty member must remain masked
    • If either the student or faculty member are unvaccinated, masks are required
    • There are no room rest requirements for one-on-one lessons

Practice rooms
Masks are not required in single occupancy practice rooms. In chamber rooms or rooms large enough to accommodate two or more people, the rehearsal guidelines above must be followed. There are no room rest requirements.

 

Student Resources

Mental Health Resources

Counseling and Psychological Services Center (CAPS): 734-764-8312 or email the CAPS virtual front desk.

Embedded SMTD CAPS Counselor: Emily Laura Hyssong, LMSW, email

For mental health information and online resources, please consult MiTalk or the U-M CAPS Stressbusters App.

CAPS COVID-19 Specific Support:
Mental Health Care Package: Coping with COVID 19 | UM Counseling and Psychological Services
If you are in crisis, please call 911, CAPS at 734-764-8312, or email the CAPS virtual front desk or U-M Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) at 734-936-5900. Directions to PES.

Wellness Resources

Housing Resources

Maize & Blue Cupboard
College students and staff are experiencing food insecurity at alarming rates. The Maize and Blue Cupboard is here to provide an immediate and comprehensive response for the U-M community.

For a list of U-M student resources and information, visit Campus Maize and Blueprint.

Do you have a question about an SMTD student resource? Contact:
Deedee Ulintz, Director of Student Affairs and Program Evaluation
Kate Fitzpatrick-Harnish, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs
Jason Corey, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies

 

Student Emergency Funding Resources

SMTD Emergency Fund
The SMTD Student Emergency Fund, funded by SMTD donors, Dean David Gier, and UM’s Center for the Education of Women (CEW+), provides support to SMTD students to address emergency financial and remote learning needs.

U-M’s Dean of Students Office
Dean of Students Office Emergency Funds are available to students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses due to temporary hardship related to an unforeseen or emergency situation.

Center for the Education of Women
CEW+ offers emergency funding to current U-M Ann Arbor graduate students and undergraduate students. These grants, called Emergency Funds (EF), are for unexpected financial emergencies that threaten to derail degree progress. Students must speak to a CEW+ counselor to determine eligibility.

Rackham Graduate School
The Rackham Graduate Student Emergency Fund is intended to help meet the financial needs of Rackham graduate students who encounter an emergency situation or one-time, unusual, or unforeseen expenses during their degree program.

U-M’s Office of Financial Aid Emergency Loans
OFA provides emergency loans of up to $500 as a short-term (90 day), interest-free loan.

 

Campus Maize & Blueprint

Learn more about the University of Michigan’s comprehensive COVID-19 policies and information at Campus Maize and Blueprint.