COVID Processes and Procedures
Faculty & Staff Resources
- Guidance for student exposure, symptoms, and positive cases
- Strategies for Encouraging Compliance with Face Coverings Requirement
- COVID-19 Guidance for Researchers
- Steps to Take with a Possible COVID-19 Diagnosis
- How to Report a Potential or Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in the Workplace
- What to do if an Employee is Sick or Has Been Exposed to COVID-19
- What to do if an Employee is Uncomfortable Returning to Work or Refuses to Return To Work
Academic Technology Support Options
Academic technologists are available for consultations via Zoom. Contact the ITSS Help Desk at [email protected] or (218) 726-8847 to open a service ticket.
For urgent requests after 4:30, please contact UMN Technology Help at [email protected] or (612) 301-4357.
For questions about Canvas, email [email protected] or use the help options within Canvas to contact UMN Canvas support.
- Keep Teaching UMN
- Keep Teaching FAQs
- Are you ready to teach from home?
- Teach, meet, learn with Zoom
- Using Zoom to hold online office hours
- Library course pages
- Remove lab activities and experiences
- Accessibility resource
- Virtual meeting tools, tips, and alternatives to address coronavirus travel restrictions
- The anatomy of a great meeting
- Running world class virtual meetings
Frequently Asked Questions
Parking and Transportation
Will parking regulations be enforced during Fall semester?
Yes, all campus parking regulations will be enforced during Fall semester as usual. This includes all permit lots, meter spaces, and the daily pay lot. It also includes all other University parking regulated zones.
Will I be charged for my parking permit if face-to-face classes are shortened or canceled?
Yes, at this time, a purchased parking permit will be charged in full unless the permit is physically returned for a pro-rated refund. There is no cost or penalty for returning the permit this year and a full pro-rated refund will be given. The permit must be returned to receive the pro-rated refund.. When a permit is returned, the next student on the waiting list is offered the option to purchase it. The prices of permits are prorated throughout the year.
Can I return my parking permit for a refund?
Yes, purchased parking permits may be physically returned to the Transportation & Parking Services office for a pro-rated refund. There is no cost or penalty for returning the permit this year and a full pro-rated refund will be given. The permit must be returned to receive the pro-rated refund. The permit is non-transferrable and may not be given or sold to another individual. Details are available on the Transportation & Parking Services website.
Information Specific to Teaching and Conducting Research at the University
Should my syllabus state that face coverings are required?
Now that face coverings are required indoors, you do not need to explicitly state that they are required in your syllabus. However, you may want to reiterate that you expect students to comply with all University public health policies, including the wearing of face coverings.
A student not wearing a face covering says that they have a religious reason, disability, or medical condition that precludes wearing any sort of face covering. What should I do to accommodate them?
Provide the contact information for Disability Resources or EOAA, who will engage in an interactive process to discuss individualized accommodations, which may include issuance of a face shield.
Someone in my class has shown up with a face covering that contains a message or symbol that is offensive or threatening. What can I do?
You have a few options. One is to engage your student -- ask them about the message and let them know that you find it offensive. If you feel uncomfortable having a conversation yourself, you can get help by filing a campus climate complaint here. Your complaint will be reviewed for any relevant policy violations and if there are none, the person you reported will still be notified of your concern and invited to discuss it.
Can I set the policy in my lab or research space for face coverings?
Yes, but it must be consistent with the guidelines outlined here, i.e., indoor face covering usage is required unless the space is clearly occupied by only a single individual.
Are face coverings required when I’m working in my office/lab/workspace alone?
No, as long as you are confident that the space will not be occupied by others while you are there or very shortly after your departure.