UM SPH Facilities






Glass House Café @ SPH

Fresh and locally supplied ingredients are a priority for the café, according to Elizabeth Kennedy, general manager of Evans Street Station, the acclaimed Tecumseh, MI, restaurant that is parent company to the UM Glass House locations at Palmer Commons and SPH. Catering is also available. More info: 734-647-4171.

logoGlass House Commitment to the Environment:
The Glass House Café is dedicated to environmental practices that foster a sustainable future and improve the social and economic well-being of our community. It fulfills this mission by:

  • Purchasing goods from local farmers and suppliers.
  • Reducing waste by decreasing paper usage, utilizing electronic communications in daily operation, and installing low-flow faucets and automatic sensored hand washing sinks.
  • Using disposable products that are biodegradable, compostable, made from natural alternative materials or from post-consumer recycled products.
  • And more.

Road Closures and Traffic Updates

Check the City of Ann Arbor's site for information about event road closures and other City of Ann Arbor traffic updates.

Lactation Rooms

Room 2759 in SPH I and room 6023 in SPH II are private rooms for lactating mothers. Access is available to SPH students, staff and faculty only.

To receive the room access codes, please contact Debbie Struhar ( for instructions.

Student Lounges and Collaborative Spaces

Lounges for private study, relaxation and quiet small group interaction are available in various parts of the building. Room 1627 is designated as a student area. There are small-group alcoves and a large digital signboard that can be used for collaborative work by plugging in a computer.

The Crossroads lounge adjacent to room 2610 is another student study, relaxation and collaboration area with a plug-and-play digital signboard.

The Glass House cafe is a popular gathering spot for relaxation, conversation and collaboration.

Floors 3-7 in the Tower each have a public lounge area on the north end of the floor. Microwaves and refrigerators are for staff, faculty and student use.

Please be sure to throw away any trash and clean tabletop areas after use.

UM Police Reminders for Campus Safety

What can an individual do to help stay safe?

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times. (Don’t wear earphones or talk on the phone when walking, for example.)
  • Walk with a trusted friend whenever possible.
  • Reduce vulnerability by monitoring alcohol intake.
  • Attempt to walk in well-lit, high-traffic areas.
  • Keep apartment and car doors locked.
  • Consider late-night transportation options, including taxi services. There are several options including a service that provides transportation from central or north campus. Search “night transportation options” from the UM Gateway.
  • Immediately report suspicious behavior to police (911 or 734-763-1131.). Police would rather respond to something that turns out to be OK than be called after suspects have fled the area.
  • For students and staff of the university, sign up for the UM emergency alert via Wolverine Access. The system sends a text and voice mail to your phone and email if there is an urgent situation. You can sign up through Wolverine Access.

UM's Severe Weather Policy

Campus leaders remind the community that the university's severe-weather policy encourages all employees to make a reasonable effort to report to work as scheduled.

In the event of severe weather:

  • Campus officials will attempt to keep the university open for classes and maintain regular operations because most students live on campus.
  • If operations are being maintained in a staff member's department, he or she should report to work or notify his or her supervisor if reasonable attempts to do so fail, according to university Emergency Closure and Emergency Operations Reduction (SPG 201.27).
  • Students, faculty and staff members who live a distance away are asked to make every reasonable effort to get to campus so that essential services can be maintained. At the same time they are advised to use good judgment about the risks of travel.
  • UM employees are expected to take vacation time or Paid Time Off if they miss work. Staff members also may elect time off without pay. Read more.

Outdoor Warning Sirens

Except for scheduled testing, the sirens will be activated for the following emergencies:

  • National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning
  • severe thunderstorm has been detected with damaging winds in excess of 70 MPH
  • hazardous materials accident requires immediate protective action by the public
  • an attack on the United States is imminent, underway or has recently occurred

Warning siren activation is a signal to members of the public to immediately go indoors and monitor local Emergency Alert System media outlets for official information. Washtenaw County's emergency broadcasters are:

  • WEMU 89.1 FM
  • WWWW 102.9 FM
  • WQKL 107.1 FM
  • WTKA 1050 AM
  • WLBY 1290 AM