Spring Break Safety Tips

2023 Spring Break Safety Tips University of Michigan's Division of Public Safety and Security

Spring is often seen as a time of new beginnings as it signals the end of the frigid winter months. Whether you plan on traveling or catching up on schoolwork during spring break, please follow these tips to ensure your safety during spring break.

Alcohol Safety

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

  • The legal drinking age in the U.S. is 21. If you plan to travel outside of the U.S., be sure to find out the legal drinking age for your destination.
  • Never leave your drinks unattended.
  • Eat before and while drinking.
  • Review more tips on how to Stay in the Blue.

Travel Safety

Whether you’re going on a trip with friends, heading home to visit family, or taking an alternative spring break, here are some important reminders before you leave:

  • Lock your doors and windows and close your blinds.
  • Register your international travel
  • Review international travel advisories before departing.
  • Prepare to arrive at least two hours before your scheduled flight departure. Popular travel seasons, like spring break, may 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 secure, such as in a hotel room safe.

Staying on Campus?

We’ll be here too! Remember:

  • Most dining halls will be closed over spring break. Bursley, Mosher-Jordan, and South Quad dining halls will remain in service. To check the hours of operation, visit the dining website.
  • If you need assistance on campus, DPSS can be reached 24/7 at (734) 763-1131 or 911 in an emergency.

Health Safety

The end of February marks the end of flu season in Michigan, so it’s important to continue taking steps to stay safe. Be aware that the change in season often brings about allergy symptoms that may mimic flu and COVID-19 symptoms. 

  • It’s encouraged that everyone be tested for COVID-19 BEFORE and AFTER any anticipated travel to help maintain the health of our U-M community.
  • Know and Follow COVID-19 testing requirements for your travel destination. See the Global Michigan COVID-19 and Travel page for more information.
    • Free testing for U-M employees and students without symptoms is available through the Community Sampling and Tracking Program. Test turnaround time may take 24 to 48 hours, so plan ahead.
    • Rapid antigen tests are available to the U-M community at the University Health Service Pharmacy, other local retail pharmacies, or at no cost through the federal government. More information here.
  • Travel times may be disrupted as a result of the evolving COVID-19 virus. Refer to U-M Health Response for more information.

If you see something, say something—report any criminal or suspicious behavior to law enforcement. The emergency number in the U.S. is 911. If you are traveling outside the U.S., know the emergency number for your destination as well.

Have a safe and restful spring break!