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COVID-19 FAQ

The University recommends following all public health guidance and recommended practices, including staying up-to-date on vaccinations, staying home when ill, and taking other precautions such as washing hands thoroughly.

Vaccination Information

Are COVID-19 vaccinations required for faculty and staff?

All University of Minnesota faculty, staff, adjuncts, professionals in training, residents, and fellows must provide proof of vaccination or submit a religious or medical exemption from the vaccination requirement to the “Report a Vaccination or Exemption” form on the My Info tab in MyU.

Please note: Faculty, staff, adjuncts, professionals in training, residents, and fellows who provided proof of vaccination or submitted a religious or medical exemption previously do not have to do so again. 

New employees must fill out the form on their first day of work. More information on how to do this can be found on the Office of Human Resources’s Vaccination Requirement webpage and the Vaccination FAQ page. Providing proof of vaccination is required under the University's COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Protocol Requirements for University Employees and Student Workers.

Questions about this process and expectations should be discussed with supervisors/managers or unit Human Resources leads. You can also call the Office of Human Resources Contact Center at 612-624-8647 (800-756-2362) or email ohr@umn.edu.

What is the University of Minnesota's COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for students?

All University of Minnesota students* (including all undergraduate, graduate, professional, and Post Secondary Enrollment Option) must provide proof of vaccination or submit a religious or medical exemption from the vaccination requirement to the “Report a Vaccination or Exemption” form on the My Info tab in MyU. Students who want to work for the University must fill out the form on their first day of work.

*Students who are both 1) in specific fully online or offsite programs and 2) are not employed by the University, are exempt from the requirement; please check with your degree program for more information.

Note: Students who were employed by the University in the 2021–22 academic year and previously provided proof of vaccination or submitted a religious or medical exemption do not have to provide it again.

Students who do not complete the “Report a Vaccination or Exemption” form will be out of compliance with the University’s vaccination requirement and prohibited from registering for future classes.

Why is the University implementing the COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for students?

The University cares deeply about the safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and faculty. The situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic is being constantly monitored with input from the Minnesota Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other experts in immunology, law, and public health. Decisions are made based on the best information available and are subject to change if conditions change.

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccination in Morris?

Vaccinations are available at the following locations in Morris, MN:

Stevens Community Medical Center (SCMC)

Prairie Ridge

Horizon Public Health

Thrifty White

If you need a ride to any of the Morris locations, Morris Transit can get you there for free. Be sure to tell Morris Transit you are going for a COVID-19 vaccination. Free transportation to Prairie Ridge Healthcare may require advance coordination with the Prairie Ridge facility.

The Minnesota COVID-19 Response Vaccine Connector has information for sites across the state. Use the zip code or city name search below the map.

All COVID-19 vaccines are free. However, health care providers can charge an administration fee to insurance companies for giving the vaccine to someone. Vaccine information from the Minnesota Department of Health is available here.

What does “fully vaccinated” mean?

Students are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

Which COVID-19 vaccines are authorized or approved by the World Health Organization?

As of 8 April 2022, WHO has evaluated that the following vaccines against COVID-19 have met the necessary criteria for safety and efficacy:

    AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine
    Johnson and Johnson
    Moderna
    Pfizer/BionTech
    Sinopharm
    Sinovac
    COVAXIN
    Covovax
    Nuvaxovid
    CanSino

For the most up-to-date information on World Health Organization authorized or approved vaccines visit World Health Organization COVID-19 Vaccines Advice.


 

What if I received a COVID-19 vaccination that has not been authorized or approved by the World Health Organization?

If you received a COVID-19 vaccination that has not been authorized or approved by the World Health Organization and you wish to be vaccinated with one that has been authorized or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or World Health Organization, you may do so.

If you would like to discuss this further, you can schedule a consultation with a healthcare provider at Health Service on campus or at a clinic of your choice.

What are the consequences of not meeting the COVID-19 vaccination requirement?

If you do not complete the COVID-19 Vaccination Form, you will be out of compliance with the University’s vaccination requirement and will be prohibited from registering for classes. 

If you do not complete the form, a registration hold will be placed on your record preventing registration for subsequent semesters until you comply with the requirement. Multiple reminders will be sent in advance of any action. To remove the record hold, students must comply by completing the COVID-19 Vaccination Form.

I don’t remember the name of the vaccine I received, or I don’t know the dates I received my dose(s). What should I do?

Contact the clinic, pharmacy, public health office, or health department that administered your vaccination for this information.

Tip: Check your schedule; you may have noted it in your calendar. Or you may have received confirmation emails sent by your vaccination provider. Moderna second doses are given 28 days or more after the first dose. Pfizer second doses are given 21 days or more after the first dose. Janssen/Johnson & Johnson is a one-dose vaccine.

A registration hold has been placed on my account. How do I have it removed?

If you received a hold on your account, you should use the COVID-19 Vaccination Form to complete your COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement. Once you complete and submit the form, it may take one to two business days for the registration hold to be removed from your account. 

If you are a new student to the University of Minnesota and have not yet completed the non-COVID-19 immunization requirement, which is required of all incoming students, you can complete that using the information provided by the health service office on your campus. Once you complete and submit the form, it may take one to two business days for the registration hold to be removed from your account.

If you do not know which requirement is incomplete, please contact UMN Morris Health Service at 320-589-6070 or email hlthserv@morris.umn.edu for clarification.

How will I know if I am in compliance with the COVID-19 vaccination requirement?

Once you have submitted the COVID-19 Vaccination Form electronically, you will see a confirmation page and will receive a confirmation email confirming you are compliant with the COVID-19 requirement.  Keep your confirmation email for your records.

As a new student at the University of Minnesota, what are the immunization requirements?

New students to the University of Minnesota must complete the COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement, as well as the previous immunization requirement, which includes Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) and Tetanus/Diphtheria.  For more information, please visit our campus immunization requirements information page: UMN Morris Immunizations and Medical Records

Health and Safety

What are the expectations, resources, and contact information for students?

Click here for COVID-19 health protocols for Morris students.

Are masks required?

Face masks are not required in any University space unless officially designated by the University as a “masks required” space. The University expects all community members to respect those who choose to wear a mask, as well as those who choose not to wear one.

If a space is officially designated by the University as a “masks required” space, while in that space, University of Minnesota faculty, staff, students, and visitors (including contractors, service providers, vendors, and suppliers) are required to wear a well-fitted face mask that covers the wearer’s nose and mouth, wraps under the chin, and does not have any noticeable gaps, at all times. Officially designated spaces other than classrooms and instruction spaces will be posted with University signage indicating masks are required.

Find more information by reviewing the University’s Face Covering Protocol. 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). Additionally, UHS has launched a Mask Support Program for faculty, staff, and students. The program assists in selecting a high-quality mask and provides instructions for use.

Will UMN Morris offer testing?

UMN Morris is working with Stevens Community Medical Center (SCMC) to provide COVID-19 testing for students who are showing symptoms or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. Faculty and staff should seek medical resources from their regular healthcare providers.

If a test is needed, students may call SCMC, 320-589-7636, to schedule. SCMC offers testing to symptomatic and asymptomatic adults and children. Call to schedule an appointment and go to the SCMC Urgent Care/Respiratory Clinic entrance, which is on the north side of the building next to the Emergency Department (not the main clinic entrance). Call or text 320-349-0166 and wait for directions from a staff member. SCMC testing is available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Prairie Ridge Hospital and Health Services Morris Clinic offers testing to symptomatic adults and children. Testing is available Monday through Friday 8 a.m. until noon. Call 320-589-4008 to arrange a test. You will be tested outside the clinic.

Find other COVID-19 testing locations in Minnesota.

What should I do if I have been exposed to COVID-19?

If you have come into close contact with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, follow the steps below, which are in line with CDC guidance.

Regardless of vaccination status, those who have been exposed to COVID-19 should:

  1. Continue to attend classes and fully participate in all activities, including employment, or
  2. Stay home if you have symptoms. Follow the full quarantine guidelines outlined by the CDC.
  3. Without symptoms, get tested at least 5 full days after the close contact or as soon as possible if you don’t know when you had close contact.
  4. Consider wearing a mask for 10 days following close contact or until your test result is negative. Please note, the University requires masks in posted healthcare/clinical settings, where Personal Protective Equipment is required because of environmental or hazardous conditions, and in isolation spaces. Members of the University community may choose to wear masks anywhere on campus at any time if they choose.

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

Students

If you test positive for COVID-19, we strongly recommend you inform your individual close contacts that they may have been exposed and should seek testing. In addition to following the CDC’s guidance for isolation and quarantine, please take the following steps:

You may receive guidance from MDH with information and a request to complete an online survey. Completing the survey will help MDH better understand the current state of COVID-19 transmission in our state.

Review and act on guidance about how to identify close contacts so that you can notify them that you have tested positive for COVID-19.

  • If you live on campus, Health Service and the Office of Residential Life (ORL) will help to coordinate your isolation. See the Health Protocols for Students for more information.
  • If you live off campus, Health Service will help to coordinate support. You will need to make a plan in case you are instructed to isolate or quarantine in your residence. See the Health Protocols for Students for more information.

Inform your instructors of your need to isolate and make arrangements to stay on track with your courses. Instructors may also help you identify close contacts in your classrooms or labs where close contacts can be identified. Please note: The University’s guidance is aligned with the CDC.

Reach out to your manager or supervisor if you work on campus to arrange for time off and request assistance with notifying those with whom you have had close contact if needed.

Follow all public health or medical guidance about isolating and taking additional steps to protect others, including staying home if you are ill.

 

Faculty and Staff

If you test positive for COVID-19, we strongly recommend you inform your individual close contacts that they may have been exposed and should seek testing. In addition to following the CDC’s guidelines for isolation and quarantine, please take the following steps:

  • You may receive guidance from MDH with information and a request to complete an online survey. Completing the survey will help MDH better understand the current state of COVID-19 transmission in our state.
  • Review and act on guidance about how to identify close contacts so that you can notify them that you have tested positive for COVID-19. 
  • Inform your manager or supervisor if you need to arrange for time off or if you would like assistance identifying and notifying those with whom you have had close contact.
  • Follow all public health or medical guidance about isolating and taking additional steps to protect others, including staying home if you are ill. Please note: The University’s guidance is aligned with the CDC.

How will the University handle positive cases?

If a member of the University community tests positive for COVID-19, they will be instructed by public health officials to isolate themselves.

While it may be concerning to learn of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases on campus, it is up to everyone to respect their privacy and HIPAA regulations. Names of those positive or exposed will be not released, per HIPAA and FERPA rules.

Where can I get a thermometer to check my temperature?

If you do not have a thermometer, Health Service does have some available. Please stop by and ask for one.

Courses

Will classes be in person or remote learning?

Most fall classes at UMN Morris are being offered in person, and we have tried to limit online courses to places where an in person alternative is also available. The four instructional modes are still in use:

  1. In-Person Class (in-person): Students and instructors meet in person for class at regularly scheduled days and times.
  2. 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. Exams are also all online.
  3. 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. Exams are also all online.
  4. Blended Class (both in person and online or remote): Students can expect a combination of delivery methods: in person, online, or remote.

In-person instruction will conform to or exceed MDH guidance.

How will I know how a specific class will be taught?

The course schedule has been updated to reflect the anticipated fall delivery mode of each class, and Schedule Builder provides the easiest way to see that information, in “view details” or in your weekly schedule view. Please note that one of the headings in Schedule Builder currently refers to “independent study, online/distance learning, and unscheduled classes,” and “unscheduled” here simply means a confirmed class has no assigned meeting time (this is the “Online Class” mode noted above).

The delivery mode information is also in the course registration system in MyU, although the correct information may not be obvious immediately. See the class attributes heading for each class to determine the delivery method of that course.

What should faculty and staff do if a student is sick or has been exposed?

Here are instructions for faculty and staff concerning what to do if a student is sick or has been exposed to COVID-19 in a classroom, advising, or other learning or student life setting.

Residential Life & Dining

What happens if I become ill?

 

If you feel ill or are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness of any kind—with fever and cough—contact Health Service at 320-589-6070 for guidance (including on the possible need for testing, quarantine, and isolation). Staff are available to support you in receiving the support, medical attention, and resources needed.

UMN Morris has Cougar Care isolation and quarantine spaces set aside to support our residents should the need arise. UMN Morris will work with you to determine the best housing option for any necessary quarantine or isolation period.

The best solution for students needing to isolate from others due to a COVID-19 diagnosis will depend on many factors. For some students, going to their family residence off campus may be the best and safest location. For other students, Cougar Care housing on campus will provide the best support during their isolation period. We will work with students to find the best way to support their care and wellbeing and avoid spreading COVID-19 to others.

What support will be available to students?

We recognize this time of heightened health fears can take a toll. Community Advisors on each floor and other dedicated building staff in each building are just down the hall or an email, phone call, Google hangout, or Zoom meeting away.

Students can contact Student Counseling at 320-589-6060 for additional support.

How is safety handled in the Dining Hall?

Tables in the Dining Hall provide for three foot distance between diners. Students can also take food to go in provided reusable containers to dine outside or in other locations. Please, bring the containers back to the Dining Hall for washing and reuse. The Dining Hall will be open when classes are in session.

Will my medical/dietary accommodations be supported?

The University of Minnesota is committed to providing equitable access for all students. The is the campus office that collaborates with students who have disabilities to provide and/or arrange reasonable accommodations.

Housing accommodations: If you have a disability or health condition that requires a specific housing accommodation, such as a certain room type, accessible room, single user bathroom, etc., contact the Disability Resource Centerat 320-589-6178.

Dietary needs: If you are a student living in a residence hall, you are required to have a meal plan. Dining Services will work with you individually in regard to your special dietary needs. Visit for more information on special diets. If you have a condition that requires health-related dietary accommodations, please work with the Disability Resource Center in addition to Dining Services.

If you are a returning student with a housing contract who may need medical accommodations, we will still work with you to accommodate your needs. We may be unable to guarantee your original room, roommate(s) and/or building assignment.

Xenophobia and Bias

Disease does not discriminate, and racist behavior or stereotyping is not tolerated on our campus.

 

If you experience harassment or discrimination, reach out to your Community Advisor or your building’s Residence Director. You can also report to the Bias Response and Referral Network.

 

Our Community Behavioral Standards reflect a respect for the rights and responsibilities needed to foster engaged and inclusive community living experiences. We encourage all students to know their rights and what is expected of them as residents. Learn more about policies, regulations, and more.

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