Spring Break Safety Tips

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Congratulations on making it to the halfway point of the winter semester! Before you begin your break, here are some tips and reminders to help ensure your safety.

Alcohol Safety

If you choose to drink during spring break, here are a few reminders on how to do so responsibly:

  • The legal drinking age in all U.S. states is 21. Review the legal drinking age for your destination if you are traveling out of the United States.
  • Never leave drinks unattended.
  • Eat immediately before and while drinking.
  • Review more tips on how to Stay in the Blue.

Health Safety

It’s flu season in Michigan. If you are ill, stay home and rest. Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you haven’t done so, it’s not too late to get a flu vaccine.
  • Remember that travel times may be disrupted with the evolving COVID-19 virus. Refer to U-M’s Public Affairs Frequently Asked Questions for more information. 

Travel Safety

Whether you’re going on a trip with friends or heading home to visit family, here are some important reminders:

  • Remember to lock your doors and windows and to close blinds before you go.
  • Traveling outside of the United States? Remember to register your international travel to prepare for a safe and successful experience abroad.
  • Review international travel advisories before departing if you are traveling to another country.
  • Prepare to arrive at least two hours early for flights. High-volume travel times, like spring break, can lead to long check-in and TSA lines.
  • Utilize the Central Student Government’s airBus to get to the airport.
  • Don’t leave items unattended at the airport or other public places.
  • Keep passports, boarding passes, and any other important travel documents in a safe place such as a hotel room safe.

Staying on campus?

We will be here too! If you’re staying here in Ann Arbor, please consider:

  • Most dining halls will be closed over the break. Bursley and South Quad dining halls will remain in service. To check hours of operation, visit the dining website.
  • If you need assistance on campus during spring break, DPSS can be reached 24/7 at 734-763-1131.

We hope you all have a restful, relaxing break. Remember to always trust your instincts and report any suspicious behavior.