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COVID-19 FAQ

At UMN Morris, safety is our top priority. University of Minnesota leaders have developed a flexible framework for in-person instruction – with options for robust remote learning – and with residence halls, dining facilities, and other campus services open in a manner consistent with public health guidelines. 

  • The Stop the Spread of COVID-19 initiative is our shared commitment to protect one another with daily individual health monitoring, proper handwashing, and following MDH and CDC guidelines.
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing practices throughout all University facilities has been implemented.
  • The University will be ready to pivot to alternative learning formats if the pandemic and state or local public health guidelines require it.

Vaccination Information

Are COVID-19 vaccinations required for students, faculty, and staff?

All enrolled University of Minnesota students (whether taking courses in person or online) are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Faculty and staff are required to certify that they are complying with the University's COVID-19 vaccination and testing protocols.

Additional information is available:

    Office of Student Affairs, ummvcsa@morris.umn.edu, 320-589-6013

    Health Service—for medical questions, 320-589-6070.

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

All University of Minnesota students, enrolled online or in person, are required to complete a COVID-19 Vaccination Form, providing information regarding their vaccination status and any exemptions from receiving the vaccination. Students were notified via their official University-issued email account.

Students are required to activate their University-issued accounts and are responsible for checking their emails for official University communications. If you did not receive an email soliciting your participation please check with the Office of Student Affairs at ummvcsa@morris.umn.edu, 320-589-6013.

What are the vaccination requirements for student workers?

All University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and student workers must fill out “Report a Vaccination or Exemption” in the My Info tab in MyU. Please note that this step is required even if you have previously completed the University’s vaccine attestation form for employees or the vaccination form for students. The form requires you submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Alternatively, you may submit documentation requesting a religious or medical exemption. Learn more.

Currently, students who are not student workers are not required to complete this step.

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.

You may complete the COVID-19 vaccination requirement once you have received the final dose of your series. You do not need to wait two weeks, until you are fully vaccinated, to report your information.

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

As of August 2021 AstraZeneca/Oxford (Vaxzevria), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Moderna (Spikevax), Sinopharm/Beijing (Covilo), Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, Serum Institute of India/Covishield, and Sinovac/CoronaVac are all authorized by the World Health Organization for Emergency Use. All of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration currently authorized or approved vaccines against COVID-19 are also authorized for use by the World Health Organization.  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 received a COVID-19 vaccination that has not been authorized or approved by the World Health Organization and you do not wish to be vaccinated again with one that has been authorized or approved by the World Health Organization, you may discuss this with a healthcare provider and request a medical exemption.

If you would like to discuss this further, you can schedule a consultation with a healthcare provider at your campus health service or 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

COVID-19 Health Protocols for Students

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

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

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.

Health & Safety

Are masks required?

Beginning May 12, 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.

Is physical distancing required?

Physical distancing is encouraged.

How will physical distancing in classes be managed?

Physical spaces will be adjusted to meet current distancing recommendations, including by having furniture reconfigured as necessary or spacing marked.

Testing and Tracing

Will UMN Morris offer COVID-19 virus 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.

There are COVID-19 community testing sites statewide. Mail-in saliva testing is available to anyone living in Minnesota, and self-test kits are widely available at pharmacies.

If a test is needed, students may call Stevens Community Medical Center (SCMC), 320-589-7636, to schedule. Any student who is symptomatic or had an exposure to COVID-19 may 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). Testing is located next to the Urgent and Respiratory Care Clinic, but not inside. Look for the large red sandwich sign. Call or text 320-349-0166 and wait for directions from a staff member. SCMC testing is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–12 p.m.

MDH saliva testing is available at the Humanities Fine Arts building, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.

How is the University handling 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.

What if my professor or someone in my in-person class tests positive for COVID-19?

The University’s Safe Campus site instructs anyone with symptoms to contact their health care provider immediately. Students should contact Health Service with concerns about significant exposure. We have developed plans in the event that one or more individuals become sick, which include options like moving courses to remote learning environments.

How will the university track positive COVID-19 cases and exposure?

Our campus continues to practice health and safety guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), including working with local health care systems to provide access to COVID-19 testing for our campus community. This testing is part of the state’s response to the pandemic.

A dashboard showing the number of University of Minnesota Morris students utilizing campus quarantine and isolation spaces is available. MDH collects and compiles statewide testing data, which also is available on the dashboard.

Residential Life & Dining

Are residence halls open?

Yes. University Housing is available. Living on campus is a core part of the University of Minnesota Morris experience, and we are committed to fostering a safe, diverse, and inclusive housing experience for all students.

Each of us has a responsibility to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, from staying home if we don’t feel well to limiting large gatherings and respecting physical distancing guidelines.

This continues to be a dynamic, rapidly evolving situation as well as a stressful time for many members of our community. We are all in this together. Be respectful and kind to one another. The Office of Residential Life is working closely with University leadership and partners across campus and across the system and in the surrounding community to manage COVID-19 response and preparations.

Community safety for residents and staff is a top priority. Residential health and safety efforts are rooted in the most current science and based on guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities. Measures will include a combination of the use of physical distancing, hand washing hygiene, limited density in indoor spaces, and other support resources. If you have a specific concern, contact housing2@morris.umn.edu.

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. Follow instructions found here.

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.

Campus Events, Facilities, and Athletics

How will UMN Morris safely host gatherings, clubs and events on campus? Will there still be events?

The University of Minnesota is following MDH guidelines for all gatherings on campus. Where possible, on campus events and activities will also be offered with a remote option. 

In line with the MDH guidance, occupancy capacities for campus performance spaces have been adjusted and attendance limits will be managed.

Will places like the library and Regional Fitness Center be open?

These places will be open to students, faculty, staff, and visitors in a modified way. Units have developed individualized plans in compliance with Minnesota Department of Health guidelines. Services for students who are enrolled but not in residence will be provided to ensure that all students are able to access services. To find out about the status of a specific unit, please check their webpage or contact them directly.

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