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Employee relations

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I am a University of Minnesota employee, do I have to go to work?

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz issued a “Stay Safe" order for the State of Minnesota, encouraging all Minnesotans, and the University community, to stay home as much as possible, wear cloth face coverings (masks), and adhere to physical distancing and other safety precautions. For the University, it remains to be the directive that only those designated in “essential on-campus roles” or employees who have been approved to return under the Sunrise Plan will work on campus until further notice.

Supervisors are asked to be in touch with their teams as much as possible to communicate ongoing plans. For more employee relations information, visit the Office of Human Resources’ COVID-19 page.

Please review President Gabel’s updated guidance for employees in this on the Safe Campus website under archived messages. Also review the Pay Provisions appendix, which outlines pay provisions for all employee groups.

Operational status

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Are University buildings open?

University buildings systemwide require a U Card or other secure means of access, consistent with the protocol for each individual campus. 

The health sciences buildings on the Twin Cities campus will continue to have public access by appointment only. There will be three staffed entrances from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. These entrances are: 

  • the second floor of Moos Tower at Washington Ave.;
  • the second floor of Mayo Building at Church St.; and 
  • the third floor of Phillips-Wangensteen Building at the Delaware Circle.

Each building will have signs posted giving more information to the University community, the public, and vendors and contractors, should they need access.

As needed, check with your local campus for access to other healthcare resources in your community.


If I am an essential on-campus employee, do I pay for parking?

If you have been designated and informed that you are a University of Minnesota essential employee who needs to come to campus, you may also choose to suspend your parking contract. If you choose to suspend the contract, your parking credential will remain active, but you will not be charged to park.

Please visit Parking & Transportation Services for more information for the Twin Cities campus. For information specific to another U of M campus, please visit those websites.

Can I still receive mail deliveries on campus?

For the Twin Cities campus, all major delivery companies have been instructed to deliver to U Market Services, which will distribute parcels to the appropriate locations. 

All employees should immediately halt delivery of personal orders to the University.


Internet access

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What if I don’t have any or a reliable internet service provider?

OIT has additional information on Internet Service Providers available on the Working and Learning Off Campus page.

Health and wellbeing

Travel and events

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What travel guidance should I take into consideration?

As the situation surrounding COVID-19 changes rapidly around the globe, there are multiple items to take into consideration:

Travelers who feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing should seek medical advice. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. If you are experiencing symptoms, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Travelers should wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60-90% alcohol.


Are University events canceled due to COVID-19?

Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-74 on June 10, which provides specific guidance for event venues. The University has begun working with University event venues systemwide to develop safety plans so they may begin hosting some events.

What decisions have been made on University summer programming and activities?

The University is now accepting proposals for summer programs, activities, events and recreation centers in light of the guidance provided by Governor Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health. Please visit the plan for summer camps and activities for specific information on how to submit a proposal. Programs must not occur without explicit approval from the University.

To view the status of University summer youth programs, visit Youth Central for up-to-date information.

What is the University’s recommendation to faculty/staff planning to travel abroad or domestically?

Consistent with CDC recommendations, the University has modified our travel policy in the following ways, effective June 15.

  • Domestic and Canadian vehicle travel: We are ending travel restrictions for staff or faculty using personal or fleet services vehicles. Please follow CDC recommendations to lower your COVID-19 risk. Federal restrictions regarding car travel to Canada can be found here
  • Domestic Air Travel: We will begin allowing domestic air travel, however; we continue to discourage any travel unless it is absolutely necessary for University purposes.
  • International Air Travel: We have extended the ban on international air travel through August 15 and will update this decision by mid-July.

If you have personal, international travel planned, we urge you to consider the following:

  • Know that situations and conditions surrounding COVID-19 are dynamic and could change while you are traveling, potentially complicating return logistics. Review the latest from the CDC here.
  • Before leaving, notify a family member or friend to share destination and contact information.
  • While traveling, take steps to prevent the spread of any respiratory virus by practicing good hygiene, such as regularly washing your hands.

Upon return, review the Actions Steps for Returned Travelers, provided by the University’s Global Programs and Strategy Alliance.

Respect and reporting bias

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What can I do if I am experiencing suspected bias 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 your campus 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 your campus resource listed below. 



Discrimination, harassment, nepotism, related retaliation by a student

Discrimination, harassment, nepotism, related retaliation by an employee, volunteer, vendor, or visitor


Crookston Campus

Crookston HR website


Duluth Campus

Annalisa Peterson



Morris Campus

Morris HR website


Andrew Williams


Rochester website

Twin Cities 

The Office for Community Standards 

Click here or on the "Report Online" button, or contact EOAA at: (612) 624-9547 or

*protected identities include: race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, familial status, disability, public assistance status, membership or activity in a local commission created for the purpose of dealing with discrimination, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.


Public Health preparedness

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How has the University prepared for public health concerns, such as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

The University has a robust public health emergency planning and response system. Public health preparation efforts in the Twin Cities are coordinated by the Health Emergency Response Office (HERO) and Campus Public Health Officer Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D. The Crookston, Duluth, Morris and Rochester campuses are coordinating their responses locally with guidance from HERO. 

What is the Health Operations Team?

The University has established a Health Operations Team, led by HERO, for COVID-19. This team is involved in the planning, coordination, and implementation of the public health plan in the Twin Cities, and for guidance to the Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester campuses.

Currently, the Health Operations Team involves eight University units and MDH. Other University units work with HERO on specific issues that require problem-solving consultation beyond guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and MDH.

The Health Operations Team has several priorities, including:

  • ensuring safety of University students, faculty and staff traveling abroad;
  • ensuring University healthcare professionals and clinics implement CDC guidelines surrounding COVID-19;
  • partnering with MDH on public health surveillance and traveler monitoring activities;
  • providing timely information updates to University communities; and
  • addressing questions and concerns from members of the University community.