Prevention and Wellbeing

Prevention

As of August 3rd, 2021, the University has reinstated its policy requiring face coverings.  For students, faculty, staff, and visitors, wearing a CDC-recommended face covering is required indoors, regardless of your vaccination status.

Find more information by reviewing the University’s Face Covering Protocol. You may find information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on mask fit and material, as well as information from University Health and Safety.

Your health and wellbeing can be protected and strengthened with simple, healthy habits.

Continue good health habits to be as safe as possible while on campus:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wear a mask indoors.
  • Practice good personal hygiene such as washing your hands.
  • Continue to use MTest, which provides information about campus and community resources. 
  • Continue to quarantine or isolate yourself if you have COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test. If you are exposed to COVID-19 and you are not fully vaccinated, you should quarantine.

Face Coverings

  • Read President Gabel's message about face coverings from August 2, 2021.
  • Given the Delta variant, increasing transmission rates, and the advice of our public health experts, effective Tuesday, August 3, we are reinstituting the requirement that all students, staff, faculty, contractors, and visitors wear facial masks or coverings while indoors on campus and at university facilities. 
  • The University will provide individuals in our community an N95 mask (or alternative) and fitting services, based on DRC recommendation or in response to any other concerns as described in the University Health and Safety Mask. If you don’t have a University-issued cloth mask, you can get one from one of the following locations:
    • Chester Park Building 182
    • Kathryn A. Martin Library
    • LSBE 111A (Advising and Academic Services)
    • Bulldog Resource Center (25 Solon Campus Center)
    • One Stop front counter (23 Solon Campus Center)
    • Kirby Welcome Desk
    • RSOP front desk
    • Transportation & Parking (202 Kirby Plaza, inside the bus hub doors)
    • CEHSP Dean's Office 125 BohH
    • Montague Hall 107

Vaccines

Information and resources about vaccine availability can be found on the COVID vaccine webpage.


COVID Testing

  • UMD health services is offering COVID testing for students. Faculty and staff should seek medical resources from their normal healthcare provider. 
  • The UMD COVID Dashboard is updated each Friday. All health privacy regulations will be maintained to ensure privacy of health information.
  • The U of M is advising all members of our campus communities (students, staff, and faculty) to take steps to notify those persons with whom they have had close contact of possible exposure and the need for testing when they receive a positive test result for COVID-19. An Inform section of the UMN Safe Campus website has been created to support this expectation.

Accommodations

Students, faculty, and staff with underlying health conditions, or those who are older, will have options to mitigate their exposure to the virus, as needed, based on individual circumstances. Please work with your supervisor and/or advisor to find the best options for your situation.


Creating an Inclusive Campus Climate

The University is committed to creating an inclusive climate for all of our community members. The CDC offers guidance on countering stigma related to this virus. We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has, in some cases, resulted in hostile, offensive or intimidating acts directed against individuals because of their perceived race, national origin, age, disability-status, or other protected identity*. These behaviors could constitute prohibited discrimination or harassment under University policy.

We encourage you to contact the appropriate resources listed below if you believe that you have experienced mistreatment because you are perceived to:

  • Be associated with COVID-19 because of your national origin, race, or other protected identity,
  • Have COVID-19 because of a protected identity,
  • Be vulnerable to COVID-19 because of a protected identity, have COVID-19, or have been exposed to COVID-19.

In addition, we recognize that University members must learn and work differently given the current remote learning and working environment. If you believe that you have been denied reasonable accommodations for a disability in the remote working and learning environment, please also contact the appropriate resources listed below:

  • Discrimination, harassment, nepotism, related retaliation by a student -- Katie Jackson, [email protected], 218-726-8969
  • Discrimination, harassment, nepotism, related retaliation by an employee, volunteer, vendor, or visitor -- Corey Christensen, EOAA Associate & Title IX Coordinator, [email protected], (218) 726-8809.