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University of Michigan locks out 718 students who have failed to take required Covid tests

April 15, 2021
The affected students had their ID cards deactivated, which prevents them from entering non-residential buildings on the Ann Arbor campus.

The University of Michigan has locked out an additional 718 students who haven't taken required coronavirus tests. In March, the school made a similar move regarding 375 students.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the affected students had their student identification cards deactivated, preventing them from getting into nonresidential buildings.

The university requires all students who live, work or learn on campus, or who access campus buildings and facilities, to complete weekly coronavirus testing. Notification of the lockout was sent to 718 undergraduate, professional and graduate students who haven't had a test in the past four weeks or did not have a test on file and have used their ID card to access a nonresidential building on campus.

Most of the university's students are not on the Ann Arbor campus, attending classes virtually. But some students come to campus to attend a variety of classes that have to be held in person or to do research. The university says it has 7,475 undergraduate on-campus students who are listed as having at least one hybrid or completely in-person class.

Of the 375 students locked out in March, 136 students requested and were granted approval to have their ID card reactivated.

Not being able to access buildings is one of the accountability measures the university has put in place. Other punishments for not following the rules include academic probation, canceling housing contracts and referral of the complaint for formal student conduct processes.

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