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Health Alert: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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The University of Minnesota is closely monitoring the emerging public health concern involving the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Top things to know:

  • Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz issued a two-week, “stay at home” order for the State of Minnesota beginning at 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 27 until 5 p.m. Friday, April 10. This executive action directs all Minnesotans, including the University community, to stay home and limit trips elsewhere to critical needs only. Only those designated in “essential on-campus roles” will continue to work on campus until further notice. See President Gabel’s March 25 message.
  • The University Board of Regents passed a Comprehensive Student Refund Plan, which provides guidance on student expenses and fees, and outlines appropriate financial credit for these items in light of changes to University operations in response to the public health challenges of COVID-19. See President Gabel’s April 3 message.
  • In-person instruction on all University campuses is suspended through the end of the Spring 2020 semester and commencements are postponed. Students, contact your instructor for further guidance. Instructors, additional resources for alternative modes of instruction are linked below.
  • Discussions are underway for the 2020 summer session, including non-traditional approaches, experiential learning, and non-credit virtual experiences among other possibilities. Please click here to take a brief survey and share your creativity and insights.
  • Most University buildings systemwide now require a U Card or other secure means of access, consistent with the protocol for each of our campuses. Review President Gabel’s March 16 message for additional information.


University of Minnesota System Status (COVID-19)
Last updated on April 3, 2020

Overall Operations All campuses are under extended reduced operations.


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April 2020

  • Systemwide update from President Joan Gabel of the board's passage of the Comprehensive Student Refund Plan: April 3
  • Systemwide update from President Joan Gabel on the Comprehensive Student Fee Refund Plan: April 1

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020