Let’s take care of maize and blue

Aug. 26, 2021

To All Members of the Campus Community:

I know there are a lot of questions about our approach to promoting health and safety in our community. We held a Campus COVID-19 Briefing Friday morning (Aug. 26) to share information and address concerns before our semester begins next week.

 Click for time stamps linking to the topics and questions we addressed.

Joining Provost Susan M. Collins and me were:

  • Vice President for Student Life Martino Harmon
  • Chief Health Officer Preeti Malani, a physician and member of our Campus Health Response Committee
  • Associate Vice President for Human Resources Rich Holcomb
  • Rob Ernst, a physician who chairs our Campus Health Response Committee, associate vice president of Student Life for health and wellness and ​executive director of the University Health Service
  • Emily Martin, associate professor of epidemiology in our School of Public Health and member of our Campus Health Response Committee

We covered issues ranging from the importance of vaccination to the development of updated campus response metrics and mitigation strategies, safety in our classrooms, breakthrough cases, and compliance with University policies. We’ll post answers to many questions that we did not have time to answer as soon as we can, and we continuously update the Campus Maize and Blueprint FAQ page.

We will schedule Campus COVID-19 Briefings when needed, and I’ll continue to provide updates to help keep everyone informed, address concerns and respond to feedback and questions from our community. You also may read the University Record for the latest stories and the Campus Maize and Blueprint site for updates. Stay safe and be healthy.


Mark S. Schlissel, M.D., Ph.D.


  1. Paul Csicsila - 1969

    If Covid vaccines work, then masking should not be required. If Covid vaccines do not work, then we should stop advocating for mass injections. When did U of M stop following science?


    • Edward Lynch - 1985

      Well said Paul!!!! Not only are vaccines being advocated, now many are “MANDATING” them!! That seems to be a problem with all of the “we follow the science” political statements!! I’m vaccinated and believe in them, I just don’t appreciate the hypocricy or mandates!!


  2. Lou Marinos

    Show me the science that shows masks work–does not exist. In fact Fuichi studied its effects with Spanish flu–THEY DO NOT WORK.


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