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Students will receive two free, University-branded face masks and can pick up masks at several locations on campus.

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Health and Safety: Information about health and safety measures across campus

How can I learn more about the safety and cleaning measures in place for in-person learning environments?

Regular housekeeping practices are being enhanced by University facilities management teams, including frequent cleaning and sanitization of high-touch areas such as door handles, railings, and elevator panels. Find more information about cleaning procedures, hand sanitizer availability and other guidance by visiting Facilities Management’s site. This is a shared responsibility. Please do your part to keep your spaces clean and to avoid sharing spaces and/or equipment.

What precautions is the university taking to protect students in on-campus housing spaces?

UMD Housing & Residence Life is closely monitoring guidance and recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health around housing density, cleaning protocols & frequencies, and other measures that may help prevent the spread of the virus. Housing & Residence Life is also working to identify space for on-campus students that may need to be isolated or quarantined away from other residential students.

What can I do to be as safe as possible while on campus?

Continue good health habits:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Keep a supply of hand sanitizer (as possible).
  • Cover your cough or sneeze.
  • Clean all high touch areas in your home and workplace.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid crowded areas and maintain six feet of distance between yourself and others.
  • Wear a face covering (mask) when inside a campus building and when physical distancing is not possible.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

What if my professor or someone in my in-person class tests positive for COVID-19?

The University’s Safe Campus site instructs anyone with symptoms to contact their health care provider. If someone tests positive with COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health will contact the patient with additional information. University colleges are developing plans in the event that one or more individuals become sick, which will include options like moving their courses to remote learning environments.

I am a medically high-risk or immune-compromised student, what accommodations can be made for in-person class participation?

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.
The option to participate in in-person instruction while practicing physical distancing and other health habits, is an individual decision. The University is implementing support and resources to ensure flexibility in the current academic year for remote or in-person instruction.

Will masks be required for everyone on campus? If so, will the University provide those?

All University of Minnesota faculty, staff, students, and visitors (including contractors, service providers, vendors, and suppliers) are required to use a face covering to cover both the nose and mouth at all times when in any enclosed or indoor space on University campuses and properties (including leased facilities) with a few exceptions. See below Q&A for more information. Masks have been distributed to faculty and staff through the mail. Students can get their free masks at locations around campus.

Will UMD offer COVID-19 virus testing?

UMD will offer COVID testing for students who are showing symptoms or have been in close contact for 15 minutes or longer with someone diagnosed with COVID.

Will UMD offer antibody testing?

UMD will not be offering antibody testing.

COVID testing

The University will work with the MN Department of Health, who will conduct COVID tracing and necessary investigations related to a positive COVID case.

What precautions is the university taking to protect student's health privacy?

All health privacy regulations will be maintained to ensure privacy of student's health information.

What should I do if I have experienced or observed harassment or discrimination?

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 resource 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,
  • Are perceived to have COVID-19 because of a protected identity,
  • Are perceived to 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 resource 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 -- Annalisa Peterson, [email protected], 218-726-8809

Academics: Class format, class changes, and other instructional info

When and how will I know if my fall course schedule is changing?

The class modality indicator for in-person and blended classes will not be updated for the two-week delay. Instructors will be communicating with students via email regarding course instruction during August 31-September 11.

How might my fall class schedule change?

COVID-19 has presented unique challenges and the required adjustments may impact some of your classes. One of the most significant impacts is physical distancing in classroom spaces. UMD follows Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control guidelines and will enforce six-feet physical distancing. All fall semester courses and learning spaces are being reviewed based on these guidelines. As a result, the instructional format of some classes will be modified.

Academic departments have reviewed how their classes are delivered – referred to as instructional modality – considering issues including learning outcomes, pedagogy, and safety. All fall semester courses will fall into one of the four instructional modalities:
In-Person Class (in-person): Students and instructors meet in person, face-to-face, for class at regularly scheduled days and times.
Blended Class (both in person and online): Students can expect a combination of delivery methods: in person, blended, online (explained below), or remote instruction (explained below). Students can expect one of three variations of “blended” based upon how faculty believe the class is best conducted.

  • Instruction is in-person at UMD and online. The online requirements do not have set class times. Online materials and assignments are accessible at any time. Instructors will provide in person, verbal and/or written communication for class requirements and expectations. Exams may be both in person at UMD and online. Exams are the same for both groups, progression of material is the same for both, etc.
  • Some students attend face-to-face while other students receive instruction online with a set meeting pattern. Instruction is in-person at UMD, online, and face-to-face (F2F). Online classes will use remote instruction technology at set class times. Instructors will provide in person, verbal, and/or written communication for class requirements and expectations. Exams may be both in person at UMD and online.
  • “Rolling attendance.” In this mode students will be divided into groups of the correct size to conform with the physical distancing requirements for the classroom. One group of students might attend face-to-face on a Monday, for example while the other groups receive the instruction virtually. A different group would attend face-to-face on Wednesday, with the other groups receiving instruction virtually. So, the students who attend face-to-face may vary from class period to class period or week to week. This assures all students of receiving some face-to-face instruction. Exams may be both in-person at UMD and online.

Remote-Instruction Class fully online with set meeting patterns): Students and instructors must be online at the same time, at scheduled days and times. 100% of instruction is online with no in-person meetings. You may have seen this referred to as “synchronous” delivery. Exams are also all online

Online Class (fully online with no set meeting pattern): Instructors provide materials and assignments that students access online at any time or within a given time frame (such as one week), rather than instructors and students meeting together as a class on a regular schedule. You may have seen this referred to as “asynchronous” delivery. Exams are also all online.

In select instances students may find that a course they registered for during the regular school day (8:00am – 4:00pm) has been moved to the evening. This will not be the case for most students. However, faculty may determine that certain content mandates face-to-face instruction and the only way to accommodate the number of students face-to-face is to utilize larger rooms, which are available only in the evenings. Examples might include certain courses in dance, music, and mathematics. In no instance will a course already scheduled during the regular school day be moved to a different time during the regular school day.

Students are able to view updates to their fall classes via the MyU portal and to process schedule changes using the regular cancel/add process. The Class Format Guide provides assistance in understanding the instructional modes of each class. As with any semester, departments may continue to make adjustments to their schedules throughout the summer. adjustments to classes and instructional formats may continue to occur up until the start of the semester. Instructional formats are determined by the faculty, based upon their best judgments for how the class can be conducted most effectively.

Why do instructors get to make the decision about the delivery format of their course?

At their June meeting, the Board of Regents approved a framework for resuming in-person instruction this fall in ways that are consistent with public health guidance and provide flexibility for students, staff, and faculty.

A key component of this is faculty and instructor flexibility in deciding the preferred modality of their course, subject to capacity constraints on classrooms in accord with physical distancing guidance. Instructors are best positioned to understand the learning objectives of their courses and whether and how they might be best achieved via different modalities. This approach is consistent with the faculty's express authority over the curriculum.

How do I get my textbooks and other course materials I need for my classes?

You can order online at umdstores.com and have them shipped to you or you can arrange for pick up. A limited selection of course texts are available through the library and can be access via your course Canvas page.

You may also call 218-726-7286 and select textbooks from the menu options or send an email to [email protected] UMD Stores will continue to allow students to pick up as scheduled during store hours, including curbside.

Will classes be offered on campus for Spring 2021?

We are continuing to monitor the situation and are hopeful to have on-campus activities for Spring 2021 as well as likely some alternative or hybrid classes. We will remain flexible and adjust our practices and plans as needed in accordance with public health and safety guidance.

What campus study spaces will be available this fall?

Campus spaces have been identified that will be available for student use when not in class. One of these spaces may be the perfect place for you to plug in your headphones and participate in a remote class. A preliminary list is available here. Additional spaces will be added prior to the first day of classes. Physical distancing guidelines will be adhered to within these spaces. In addition, the KAM Library is expanding the amount of reservable study spaces available to include carrels and tables as well as small group study rooms.

Will there still be Fall Job & Internship fairs?

Yes, through GoldPASS powered by Handshake you’ll be able to sign up for times to meet 1:1 or in groups with employers. As we get closer to the fairs, we’ll be sharing tips & tricks for getting the most out of a virtual job fair. Take some time this summer to start or update your profile.

Save the dates for these job & internship fairs:

  • E-Fest (STEM-based majors focus/open to all majors) - September 17, 2020
  • Accounting & Finance Career Day (accounting & finance majors) - September 24, 2020
  • Head of the Lakes (all majors) - October 8, 2020"

What are my options if I want to defer my enrollment?

Newly admitted Fall 2020 students can request to extend their acceptance. Please email our Office of Admissions to discuss options. Fall 2020 new admits who paid the confirmation fee can delay their start until fall 2021 without having to pay the fee again.
Undergraduate continuing students remain active for up to two consecutive semesters (excluding summer session) of non-enrollment.

Will I still be eligible for a merit scholarship if I take a semester off?

In the event that a student needs to take one or more semesters of leave from UMD due to COVID-19 related circumstances, the merit scholarship (UMD Scholarship, BOC, etc.) requirement for consecutive semesters of UMD enrollment will be waived. These individual requests are facilitated through the Scholarship Appeal process. Students may contact One Stop ([email protected]) for additional guidance (MK)

Will I be able to receive a refund of the confirmation fee if classes are still online in the fall and I choose not to attend?

The confirmation fee is non-refundable, but is applicable to starting Spring 2021, if a student chooses not to attend Fall 2020. Fall 2020 new admits who paid the confirmation fee can delay their start until fall 2021 without having to pay the fee again.

If you have additional educational expenses or you or your family has lost income due to the COVID-19 outbreak, One Stop Student Services staff can answer your questions regarding your eligibility for a financial aid appeal. If your appeal is approved we will consider you for available grant or loan funds.

Where can I find more information about Fall 2020 semester orientation, classes, and research opportunities?

Colleges and departments are in the process of determining which course and opportunities will be offered in-person or online. You will receive more information regarding next steps and resources to support this transition as it becomes available. For more information about Fall 2020 semester orientation plans, please visit the orientation website.

How do I get help either remotely or in person for Technology issues?

Housing: Answers about housing fees, access, and visitors

I’m a student moving into on-campus housing. Is my move-in date changing?

Students moving into on-campus housing will be contacted by their campus housing authority with additional specifics about move-in times and dates. Move-in at UMD will start on Sept 9.

What has changed in the last week since the move-in was paused?

Taking a brief pause to learn from the challenges other universities around the country were experiencing as students returned to their campuses, allowed the University to adjust its approach in combating the virus. This was essential to providing a higher level of safety for our students, faculty, and staff.

What’s expected of me during each of the four steps of the Maroon and Gold Sunrise plan?

We encourage you to read Chancellor Black's Sept. 1 email to the Duluth campus community and the Maroon and Gold Sunrise Plan posted on the University’s Safe Campus website for full details. Below is a general overview of each step in the plan for students living on campus.

Step 1: Students in residence halls will be expected to stay in their assigned housing until at least September 20, with some exceptions (e.g., attend classes, go to work, use campus dining or health/wellness facilities, outdoors with physical distancing).
Step 2: Increased access to campus and surrounding off-campus communities, with 10 p.m. required return to residence halls each night, for approximately two weeks.
Step 3: Full access to campus and the surrounding community, with a midnight required return to residence halls, for approximately two weeks.
Step 4: “COVID Normal” operations, during which you will continue having full access to campus and the surrounding community, but no longer have any limits on when you must return to your residence hall each day.

Please note that University and campus leaders may extend any of these steps or revert back to previous steps, if needed. Those decisions will be made based on available public health data, such as case demographics, availability of rapid testing capacity, available isolation/quarantine space, review of changing federal and state guidelines, and other campus and community response factors.

For students living off campus, please limit your on-campus interactions if possible. We encourage you to continue to be safe, wear a mask, maintain physical distancing from those not in your household, and get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms or are instructed to seek testing by a public health or medical official. The MTest program is available to all students regardless of where you live, so please utilize it should you feel sick.

Why isn’t the University testing all students for COVID-19 when they move into on-campus housing?

At this time, widespread testing of non-symptomatic individuals is not recommended by the Minnesota Department of Health or by the University’s public health team. We have seen other institutions experience rapid COVID-19 spread despite broad-based entry testing for those entering on-campus housing, which illustrates that COVID-19 testing only provides a snapshot of a moment in time. An individual infected with COVID-19 can still have a negative test result due to the timing of the testing process. Additionally, a negative test result can serve as a false sense of security leading to lapses in true prevention measures that include physical distancing, consistent use of face coverings, and personal hygiene such as frequent hand washing.

When is the last day I can cancel my housing contract without being charged?

You can cancel your housing contract up to the point you check in for housing.

Would I be able to receive a refund of housing installment payment, if courses are online in the fall?

If courses are offered only online for Fall 2020, students will be offered the opportunity to roll their housing application and associated installment payment to Spring 2021 or to be offered a credit equivalent to the full amount of their installment payment.

Will my housing deposit be refunded if I decide not to live on campus due to remote/online classes, or cancel my enrollment?

Contact UMD Housing at [email protected] if you wish to cancel your housing for Fall 2020. You can defer your housing application to Spring 2021 or fully cancel your housing application. Refunds of installment payments are determined on a case by case basis - contact housing to determine your eligibility.

Will housing/dining be discounted?

Because the Board of Regents approved the delay of opening residence halls and on-campus apartments, prorated credits will be provided for the dates that students are not living or dining on campus.

Will I be able to live on campus if I defer to Spring Semester?

If courses are offered only online for Fall 2020, students will be offered the opportunity to roll their housing application and associated installment payment to Spring 2021 offered a credit equivalent to the full amount of their installment payment.

 

Can I have visitors in my residence hall/apartment?

Can I have visitors in my residence hall/apartment?

I changed my mailing address to UMD housing - what happens to my mail?

Mail and packages will be held for you at UMD until a plan for fall move-in is determined.

Student Life: Student activities, Kirby Student Center, and making connections

How will I be able to make friends/form connections?

Even with COVID-19 precautions, there are many ways to meet people, make friends, and form connections with the UMD Bulldog community. Welcome Week activities begin online on August 17, with in-person and virtual activities beginning at move-in time. You can also access the full list of student organizations to explore more than 250 club and group options. Additional ways to connect through recreational sports, outdoor programs, and other campus activities are still being planned for the fall semester.

Can I still join a sorority or fraternity?

Greek-lettered organizations under the umbrella of "Greek Life" are still holding recruitment for Fall 2020. All organizations are modifying their typical recruitment to accommodate more online events and are keeping in mind physical distancing guidelines. More information on how to join a Greek-lettered organization can be found at umdgreeklife.com.

Can my student organization or campus department table in Kirby Commons?

Tabling in Kirby Commons has been suspended for the Fall 2020 semester in the interest of health and safety of students, staff, and faculty. The Kirby Commons is being temporarily added to the list of approved posting spaces. Student groups and campus departments are encouraged to reserve one of Kirby Student Center's banner spaces as an additional option for promoting events. Student groups may also reserve the Kirby Garage for promotion of their events. Reservation requests for banner spaces (student groups and campus departments) and the Kirby Garage (student groups only) can be submitted online.

Will Kirby Student Center Lounge and the Multicultural Center be open and, if so, what hours?

Both the Kirby Student Lounge and Multicultural Center are open weekdays from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. through 9/8/20 (closed Labor Day).  Beginning 9/9/20, hours will be extended to 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. on the weekend.

Will my student organization need to keep track of attendees at our events?

It is possible that recommendations for contract tracing might require or strongly recommend keeping track of attendees at events. If that is the case, Kirby Student Center will work closely with event organizers to assist in this process.

Can my student organization or campus department reserve meeting space in Kirby Student Center?

All meetings and events in Kirby Student Center must adhere to University and state guidelines, including physical distancing and significantly reduced room capacities. Campus departments are able to reserve meeting space. Under the Maroon & Gold Plan, student organization reservations will open up in Step 2 which is expected 9/21/20 provided we are able to progress to that step. We encourage student groups and campus departments to consult with us; email [email protected] Reservation requests for the fall 2020 semester can be made online.

Will my student organization or campus department need to keep track of attendees at our events?

Yes, for purposes of tracing, we expect event hosts to keep track of attendees at events. Kirby Student Center will work closely with event organizers to assist in this process, as well as communicate other event host responsibilities.

Will Kirby Student Center administrative offices be open if there are Saturday classes?

Yes. If UMD determines that the fall semester class schedule shift results in numerous classes held on Saturday, the administrative offices will be open and staffed.

Will participants of a student organization event in Kirby Student Center be required to wear a mask?

Beginning July 1, 2020, all University of Minnesota faculty, staff, students, and visitors (including contractors, service providers, vendors, and suppliers) will be required to use a face covering to cover both the nose and mouth at all times when in any enclosed or indoor space on University campuses and properties (including leased facilities) with some exceptions. Find more information about the complete face covering protocol and an FAQ.

Will places like libraries and recreation centers be open?

Many of these places are open to students, faculty, staff and visitors in a modified way. To find out about the status of a specific unit at the University, please contact them directly.

Why should I pay the Athletic Facilities fee if I'm not on campus this fall? (Taking all classes online)

Regardless of in person instruction, the Athletics Facility Fee significantly supports Amsoil Arena that is still being utilized and the fee helps fund online web streaming of games, many of which (excluding hockey) are available at no additional cost.  In addition, while UMD athletics has unfortunately had to pause much of the competitive schedule due to COVID, our athletic programs will continue to work with student athletes. As well, we are hopeful that with efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, we will be able to resume competition yet this semester.  As of Sept. 1, both the men's and women's hockey seasons are scheduled to start on time. 

How do I get my U Card? Is the U Card office open if I need to replace my U Card?

The U Card office remains open Monday-Friday 8-4 and available via phone 218-726-8814. New students may pick up their card in the U Card office.

What does my collegiate fee go toward?

  • All CIS resources & services continue to be delivered online/virtually/phone through remote work to support undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni. These services include: virtual drop-in/on-call hours (M-F/1:00 - 4:30 PM), resume review, virtual/phone one-on-one appointments (M-F/8:00 AM - 4:30 PM*), career assessments & interpretations, class/club/organization presentations*, virtual workshops*, career tips on social media, graduate follow up report data, and website resources. *Due to remote work we are available to offer times outside normal business hours to accommodate schedules.
  • This Fall semester, we continue to engage employers & students through providing 3 UMD only & 6 all UMN system wide** virtual job & internship fairs plus various virtual employer events (info sessions, webinars, job postings, interviews, etc.), as well as plan for our Spring 2021 fairs & events. **Due to virtual fairs we are available to offer more tailored options & greater collaboration between system campuses. The Library Collegiate Fee is dedicated to acquiring electronic resources (e-books, e-journals, and databases) accessible to all UMD students anywhere, anytime.
  • The Collegiate Fee also supports the UCard, and the UCard Office remains open to serve students in person or over the phone.

Dining: Information about campus dining services during COVID

What is the plan to operate dining centers and other food service?

Dining Services has implemented operational processes based on Minnesota Department of Health guidelines that include physical distancing, increased cleaning, employee wellness, reduced seating capacity, a modified service model, and any other requirements needed for a safe dining experience.

What safety measures is Dining putting into place?

All employees will be keeping a wellness log before and after their shifts. We will be maintaining stringent sanitation standards, including face coverings, single-use gloves, and frequent hand washing. Plexiglass is in place at all locations. We are also working on launching mobile ordering to allow for better physical distancing.

I live off campus, can I still eat in Superior Dining?

Due to COVID-19 and reduced capacity in all areas, Superior Dining will be reserved for residence dining only to accommodate their needs.

Are meal plans changing this semester?

The fall semester meal plan will run from Move-In until Thanksgiving break for those who will not be returning to campus after. There is a small meal plan for the time between Thanksgiving break and Winter break for those staying on campus.