To mitigate the potential risk of exposure to the virus, all five University campuses have moved to alternative instruction methods. Faculty and staff have been instructed to work from home, unless other arrangements have been made. Please review the latest announcement from President Gabel for more information.
I am a student, do I have to go to class?
All five University campuses have moved to delivering all curriculum through alternative instruction, including online, as of March 18 for the remainder of the Summer 2020 semester. As a result, the University is suspending in-person instruction, including field experiences and clinicals. Contact your instructor for further information.
If you are unable to participate in your coursework due to illness, you should contact your instructor immediately via email or phone. If verification is requested, please see the Makeup Work for Legitimate Absences Policy for all campuses except for Duluth. For the Duluth campus policy, please review the Excused Absences policy.
Please also review the Self-Reporting of Medical Absence.
I am graduated this semester, how do I receive my diploma?
Students must continue to apply for graduation in the normal manner. If you meet the requirements for graduation you will graduate. As is standard procedure, graduates will receive their degree via U.S. Mail. Students who fulfill the requirements will still earn their degree.
Housing and dining
Is housing available for students?
Open for students who need housing, as students are encouraged to stay home. Visit your campus’ housing and residential life websites for more information.
Are dining centers open?
Dining options during the summer months vary across campuses:
- No dining options are available on the Crookston, Morris, or Rochester campuses
- Some dining options are available on the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses
Review your campus's dining website for more information.
What types of refunds or credits are being offered by the University?
As recommended by President Gabel, the Board of Regents approved a Course Fee Refund for Spring 2020 plan at their meeting on May 8.
Course fees charged for Spring semester were reviewed individually based on whether the student received the benefit that the fee was designed to provide. Fee refunds were determined as follows:
- Students did not receive the goods or services provided by the fee – full refund
- Field trip cancelled
- Guest speaker cancelled
- Project materials not received
- External assessment cancelled
- Students received partial benefit of the goods or services provided by the fee – prorated refund based on Regent approved dates for each campus (same as for Housing and Residential Life)
- Use of consumable supplies curtailed
- Use of specialized facilities or equipment curtailed
- Access to animals curtailed
- Field trips partially completed
- Students received the full benefit of the goods or services – no refund
- Field trip taken
- Guest speaker presented
- Consumable supplies used or delivered
- External assessment completed
- Fee in lieu of tuition where credit is earned
Refunds related to Study Abroad program fees are determined based on the Education Abroad Refund Policy for Programs Suspended Due to COVID-19.
I’m a student, should I return to campus?
Please do not return to any University campus if you have a safe alternative, be it with friends or family. While we will ensure there are sufficient residence hall rooms available for students who have no other alternatives.
We cannot predict how long the present situation may last and, should you remain on campus, you might be here for some time with very limited services.
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. As of Monday, March 23, the University’s five campuses have moved into extended reduced operations.
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.
Are University libraries open?
All libraries systemwide are closed until further notice. Online library services will continue to be available.
Are University Recreation Centers open?
All Recreation Centers across the University system are closed until further notice. Recreation and Wellness programs, other than those supporting student mental health needs, are canceled.
Travel and events
Are University events canceled due to COVID-19?
University events with an attendance of 50 people or more have been canceled for the Spring 2020 semester. All summer non-curricular events for May and June are cancelled (unless they can be offered online). Smaller events should not be held unless social distancing of six feet or more can be implemented.
Under the State of Minnesota's "stay safe" order, Minnesotans are can gather with friends and family in groups of 10 or less with safe social distancing practices in place.
Are athletic competitions canceled?
Yes, all athletic competitions are canceled for the Spring 2020 semester.
Will study abroad programs continue for the spring 2020 semester?
The University has suspended all study and education abroad programs and required all students to return to the U.S. All returning travelers will be expected to comply with guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health pertaining to returning to their communities.
Health and wellbeing
What is the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that causes respiratory illness. Since first being detected in China late last year, confirmed cases have occurred in North and South America, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Australia.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continuously updates its website with information as public health officials learn more about the virus. Visit the CDC's website.
What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?
How is it transmitted?
How can I protect myself from contracting COVID-19?
There are steps you can take to prevent the spread of all types of respiratory illnesses, such as:
- stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed;
- washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water;
- avoiding those who are sick;
- avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
- covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing it in the trash; and
- cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Who can I contact if I have symptoms?
For any student feeling ill or experiencing symptoms of a respiratory illness of any kind — with fever and cough — the Minnesota Department of Health recommends you stay home to prevent spreading it to others. When seeking care at your preferred healthcare provider, please call ahead for guidance. Those seeking care from an on-campus health care facility, view campus-specific contacts below.
Is there a vaccine?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 illnesses.
I am a person impacted by the evolving, global situation surrounding COVID-19. It has left me feeling anxious and worried. Where can I turn for help?
The University recognizes this is a stressful situation for many members of our community.
For students, please find resources below for each of the University’s campuses. Students can also call the U of M Crisis Line at 612-301-4673 anytime or text "UMN" to 61222 on evenings and weekends.
Respect and reporting bias
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
Click here or on the "Report Online" button, or contact EOAA at: (612) 624-9547 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*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
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.
- Student Support: resources for undergraduate students on the Twin Cities campus
- University of Minnesota Admissions FAQ for international, prospective students.
- University of Minnesota Global Programs and Strategy Alliance.
- University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy Resource Center.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- World Health Organization.