DEARBORN, Mich. – The University of Michigan-Dearborn announced its Department of Athletics & Recreation plans for the Winter 2021 semester on Wednesday.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, UM-Dearborn Athletics & Recreation will not participate in intercollegiate competition until at least March 1, 2021.
This plan is consistent with the university's approach to prioritizing the health and safety of the campus community and it is aligned with the hybrid blend of remote and in-person teaching. The semester will start on January 13, 2021, and all classes will be taught remotely through February 26, 2021.
The university will continue to monitor the pandemic throughout the next several months. If the COVID-19 pandemic conditions permit, UM-Dearborn will plan a limited return to in-person classes under a hybrid model as well as a return to athletic competition starting no earlier than March 1, 2021.
The full announcement from the university regarding the campus plan for the 2021 Winter semester can be found by CLICKING HERE. The university announcement regarding athletics that was released on Wednesday can be found by CLICKING HERE.
Due to the current schedules for competition and qualification plans for the NAIA and Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, UM-Dearborn men's and women's basketball seasons are canceled for the 2020-21 academic year.
UPDATE: After exploring all options, UM-Dearborn has canceled men's and women's ice hockey seasons for the 2020-21 academic years. This decision was made due to the current schedules for competition and qualification plans for the ACHA and the WHAC, as well as acclimation periods for a safe return to competition in the sport of ice hockey.
UM-Dearborn men's and women's bowling competition opportunities will be subject to conference and national qualification plans and schedules.
UM-Dearborn fall sports, which have previously had their NAIA Championships and WHAC seasons moved to the spring, will be reassessed through February and will not return to play until at least March 1, 2021. These sports include men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, and women's volleyball.
Spring sports, including baseball, men's and women's golf, men's lacrosse, and softball, will be reassessed through February and will not return to play until at least March 1, 2021.
The UM-Dearborn Fieldhouse and Wellness Center will remain closed through the end of February. The Athletics & Recreation staff will continue to work remotely while supporting all student-athletes with virtual services including sports medicine as they navigate the 2021 Winter semester.
All athletic scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year will be honored by the university. Questions from student-athletes regarding eligibility and future participation should be directed to Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Services Eric Stark and their respective head coach.
Updates regarding the 2021 Winter semester will be shared with student-athletes and the campus community after the first of the year.