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COVID-19 Prevention and Wellbeing

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

Updated May 11, 2022

During the pandemic, our students, faculty, and staff overwhelmingly made decisions that protected the health and wellbeing of our community. Those choices helped slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and protect our friends, classmates, and colleagues.

Being vaccinated, staying up-to-date on boosters, wearing a well-fitted mask indoors,  getting tested, washing your hands, and staying home if you are sick can all help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Along with these efforts, the University continues its increased cleaning and sanitization efforts in all campus facilities. 

Wearing a face mask

Masks are required Masks are not required
  • In posted healthcare settings
  • In settings where Personal Protective Equipment is required due to environmental or hazardous material conditions
  • Isolation and quarantine spaces
  • In any other indoor or outdoor settings at University-owned locations

If you have specific concerns, please contact [email protected].

Everyone may wear a mask in settings that do not require them if they choose. We recommend KN95 or N95 masks for greater protection. 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 (UHS).

Faculty and staff may order enhanced masks from U Market Services through their departments.


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Can I ask classmates or colleagues to wear a mask in spaces that don’t require them?

You may ask them, but they aren’t required to wear a mask. Please be respectful of those who choose to wear a mask, as well as those who choose not to wear one.

What additional steps can I take to promote my own and others’ safety now that the mask mandate has been lifted in most spaces?

  • Ensure that you are fully up to date with your vaccinations and boosters.
  • Wear a well-fitting N95 or KN95 mask yourself. 
  • Stay home if you have symptoms or are feeling unwell.
  • If appropriate, you may request to change the location of a meeting to one that permits more physical distancing and/or moves outdoors.
  • If you have an underlying health condition, you can visit the Disability Resource Center to request an accommodation.

Events guidance

University events are managed by departments, units, colleges, or campuses, with recommended safety protocols in place. View updated FAQs for event planners.

Health and wellbeing resources

Whether you are a student, faculty or staff member, we recognize the pandemic may have and may continue to affect the health and wellbeing of individuals throughout our community. Learn more about Twin Cities campus resources below.

Staff and Faculty Support

Student Academic Support

Student Mental Health Support

Resources are provided through the Office for Human Resources.

These include mental health resources and the Employee Assistance Program.

Resources are offered at all levels of instruction.


For campus-wide resources:
Academic Success Centers
Student Academic Success Services

Your college, school, or department may also offer academic support services that fit your specific area of study. Be sure to check with your advisor or instructor.

There are a variety of services offered to students, from formal counseling sessions to drop-in consultations.

• U of M Crisis Line:
Text "UMN" to 61222 on evenings and weekends.

Student Counseling Services
Boynton Mental Health Clinic
Let’s Talk
• International Student & Scholar Services

Additionally, the Office of Student Affairs Care Program provides case management, support, and resources.

Systemwide COVID-19 Response Resources

Crookston Campus COVID-19 Response Health Center: 218-281-8512
Duluth Campus COVID-19 Response UMD Health Services: 218-726-8155
Morris Campus COVID-19 Response Health Services: 320-589-6070
Rochester Campus COVID-19 Response OMC Triage Line: 507-292-7266
Twin Cities Campus COVID-19 Response Boynton Health online
If symptoms are severe and need to be evaluated by a medical provider, please call 612-625-3222.


Email the University of Minnesota at [email protected].