Returning to Ross: Our Fall 2020 Plan

Updated Sept. 14, 2020

The Ross School of Business is committed to offering an innovative, safe, and enriching experience for our students in Ann Arbor and around the world. Our Fall 2020 plan is informed by public health experts at the University of Michigan, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the State of Michigan. Our faculty and staff have worked throughout the summer to design courses and co-curricular activities that will be transformative and engaging for all students, both here in Ann Arbor on campus and remotely around the world. We are also prepared to adapt our plans as the situation evolves.

Scott DeRue

“It is in the depths of our greatest challenges that we discover our true character and envision what is possible when we come together around shared values and goals. The pandemic has challenged all of us, and I am immensely proud of how our Michigan Ross community has risen to the moment with an unwavering and shared commitment to our academic mission. As we reopen our campus, our first and foremost priority is the safety and well-being of our community. Second, we are focused on providing our students with transformational learning and career development experiences both in person and remotely. And lastly, we are committed to maintaining the collaborative and positive culture that is the foundation of how we engage and connect with each other at Michigan Ross. Working together, we will not only have a successful 2020-21 academic year, but we will also emerge from this challenge stronger than ever.”

Scott DeRue
Edward J. Frey Dean of Business

Our Guiding Principles

Put Our People First.

We will carefully and consistently follow all public health guidelines; we will be inclusive; and we will consider the needs of our diverse community. 

Deliver on Our Mission.

We will provide transformative learning experiences inside and outside of the classroom; we will ensure all students can progress toward their degree; and we will ensure all students have career development opportunities. 

Engage and Connect.

We will ensure members of our community are engaged, feel connected, can build relationships, and connect with alumni and companies globally. 

Keeping Our Community Safe

We are committed to putting our people first and ensuring the well-being of the Ross community as we return to campus. Doing so requires a collective commitment and personal responsibility.

Personal Health & Safety

If you are sick, stay home.

Face coverings are required to be worn everywhere on campus, inside and outside. Please see the policy for a description of allowable face coverings and limited exceptions.

Maintain a minimum of 6 feet of physical distance at all times.

Wash hands frequently and use hand sanitizer.

Enhanced cleaning of high-traffic areas will occur during the day, and the entire Ross School campus will receive a deep cleaning each night after hours.

Cleaning supplies are available throughout the Ross School campus for people who want to clean surfaces on their own.

Spaces are available for individuals who develop symptoms while on campus.

Anyone who does not comply with required public health protocols will not be allowed to stay in the Ross School.

The University of Michigan will provide COVID-19 testing and contact tracing. See UM’s Maize and Blueprint for more details.

Campus Access

Building hours:

  • Weekdays 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Weekends 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

MCard is required for building access at all times.


During the initial phase of reopening, the following building services are open with enhanced safety protocols:

  • Executive Residence and reception desk
  • The Executive Residence dining room is open, but only available to participants in executive programs
  • Ross IT desk in Blau Hall
  • Seigle Cafe (pre-packaged only)
  • Starbucks
  • Student lockers
  • Tappan Street / Winter Garden reception desk

Information on additional services such as Seven10 East, Ross Catering, and Och Fitness Center will be available soon.

For additional health and safety information at the University of Michigan, visit the Maize and Blueprint site.

U-M Maize and Blueprint

Visitors and Guests

During the initial phases of reopening, we are unable to accommodate visitors and guests on campus in order to provide the safest learning experience for our students, faculty, and staff. We look forward to once again welcoming visitors and guests on campus as soon as possible.

Our Fall 2020 Plan: A Hybrid Learning Experience

Learning is central to our mission. We are offering students a combination of in-person and remote courses, co-curricular experiences, and extracurricular opportunities in order to meet the needs of our diverse community.

Ross outside entrance

Returning to Campus

Students have the choice of whether to attend courses in person or virtually. Many courses are offered in a hybrid format with both in-person and remote students. Some courses are entirely online. Ross program offices will continue to communicate directly with students about their fall courses and experiences.

academic calendar

Academic Calendar

Consistent with the broader University of Michigan, the Ross School has revised its academic calendar. Ross program offices are communicating directly with students about specific implications for individual programs.

impact studio

Co-curricular and Extracurricular Experiences

Similar to our courses, many of our signature co-curricular experiences are offering students the opportunity to participate in person or virtually. Likewise, student clubs plan to offer opportunities for students both on campus and virtually.

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Career Development

In partnership with our recruiting organizations and based on feedback from students, we are offering an all-virtual recruiting experience this academic year. Our Career Development Office and career clubs will offer their traditional level of support, largely in virtual formats. Based on student interest, some career development programs and events may be held in person.

Yaffe Speaker Jason White

Events and Networking

We will host speakers, organize conferences, and provide opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to connect with leading organizations, thought leaders, and each other. All events and programs will comply with public health requirements. Some events will be offered in person, while others will be offered in hybrid or remote formats.

Additional Information and Updates

This website will be updated as new information is available. In addition, students, faculty, and staff will receive updates through email. If you have additional questions, please reach out to your program office.

Please also visit the University of Michigan’s Maize and BluePrint website for information and resources for students and families, faculty and staff, and visitors.