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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.



If you are not up to date on their COVID-19 vaccination and have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 you should quarantine for 5 days following your last exposure and continue to wear a mask for a full 10 days when around others following the exposure. If you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations, you do not need to quarantine so long as you remain without symptoms but should wear a mask for a full 10 days when around others and should be tested 5 days after your last exposure or immediately if symptoms develop.


Where can I find the U-M face covering policy? The policy is posted at this link.

Why are masks still required in classrooms during instruction? 

At this time, the university is continuing to require masking while in instructional spaces during class time to allow the community to develop comfort and confidence in this new policy as the university gradually moves toward a mask-free environment.


Where can I get a mask (N95, clear surgical) on campus? 

If you are an intern at U-M, you can get surgical masks, N95s and lip-reading masks (clear masks) at all Community Sampling and Tracking Program testing locations; testing is not required.

If you are not an intern at U-M, please let a program staff member know if you are in need of masks or other COVID supplies.

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 (guest.responsiblue.umich.edu) 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.