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COVID-19 Expectations & Information for Participants

Protecting the health of the SummerWorks community is extremely important to us. All participants are responsible for understanding and following the COVID-19-related expectations and responsibilities this summer. SummerWorks expects that participants:


  • Use the required daily symptom checker tool, ResponsiBLUE, at the beginning of the day. All participants are responsible for ensuring they have the required green checks to be on campus.

  • Contribute to a culture of care by following safety measures across campus to protect the entire U-M community.

  • Stay home when sick. If you develop symptoms or have a close contact exposure, isolate and get tested at 

  • Participate in and maintain isolation and/or quarantine, as instructed by a health care provider or public health officials.

  • Maintain compliance with COVID-19-related policies and requirements. 

  • While not required, we strongly recommend wearing a face covering in all university buildings and on campus transit regardless of vaccination status.


Note: COVID guidelines may vary by internship site. You are expected to follow all protocols when at work. If you have any questions about your workplace guidelines, please ask your supervisor.

What are the symptoms and how is it spread?

Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Chills

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • Muscle pain

  • Loss of taste or smell


COVID-19 is spread mainly through close contact from person to person. Some people without symptoms can spread the virus. More information on how the virus spreads is available from the CDC.



Updated guidance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services states individuals—regardless of vaccination status—no longer need to quarantine following a close contact exposure but should self-monitor for symptoms for 10 (ten) days. Those who experience exposure from contact in their living environment should wear a mask when around others for 10 days, and get tested between day 3-7 following exposure. Others should consider wearing a mask for 10 days, at a minimum, in settings with higher risk of exposing vulnerable individuals.Individuals who work in health care settings must still follow health care guidance per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please see this additional FAQ on self-monitoring.

Last Updated: July 11, 2022

What is expected of campus guests? 

Campus guests are expected to complete ResponsiBLUE Guest, the daily COVID-19 symptom check tool, prior to accessing campus buildings.

***if you are an intern at U-M, you are exempt from this***

Information on ResponsiBLUE health screening tool

Each day, all members of our campus community who will enter campus buildings will be required to complete a daily healthy screening for COVID-19 symptoms by answering a brief set of questions using ResponsiBLUE. Visitors and vendors must use the guest version of ResponsiBLUE ( whenever they come to campus. The ResponsiBLUE mobile app can be downloaded now from the App Store and Google Play, and is available for use by the U-M community. The tool also offers advice on where to seek care.


Need more information?

We encourage you to check out the Campus Maize & Blueprint page for all the up-to-date information on the University of Michigan’s COVID-19 guidance and resources. Community information and resources are also available through the Washtenaw County Health Department and the state of Michigan’s coronavirus website.

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