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COVID-19 Health Protocols for Students

Expectations for students

You should: 

  • Self-monitor health every day for any of these critical symptoms: fever, respiratory symptoms, sore throat, or dry cough. 
    • Broader list of COVID-19 symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste/smell; or nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
    • If you do not have a thermometer, Health Service does have some available. Stop by and ask for one OR ask for one at your next appointment in Health Service.
  • Not attend in-person classes or student jobs if you have symptoms.
  • Contact Health Service or consult with your healthcare provider if you feel sick. 
  • Follow guidance from Health Service or healthcare providers about whether a test is needed and where to find testing site locations.
  • Contact instructors as needed to request accommodations for classes as guided by UMN policy for make-up work for legitimate absences due to illness. (Refer to the policy and related FAQs for guidance.)

Resources for students living on campus: 

  1. If you believe you have been exposed and/or develop symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste/smell; or nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea), consult Health Service (320-589-6070 or hlthserv@morris.umn.edu) or your healthcare provider.
  2. Health Service staff will assess your symptoms, determine if testing is needed, and advise on healthcare best practices. 
  3. If Health Service so determines, you can be tested here on campus.
  4. If you have been exposed and receive a positive test result (isolation required):
    1. Health Service and the student care team will coordinate your care and support. We strongly recommend you inform your individual close contacts that they may have been exposed and should seek testing.
    2. Health Service will notify the Office of Residential Life (ORL) regarding isolation housing for students living on campus. (You may choose to isolate off-campus if you have support with family or others nearby.) You will be contacted by ORL staff about next steps to change rooms, if needed. ORL will contact Dining Services in order to provide ongoing dining support while you are in isolation. 
    3. You will be contacted by Health Service to monitor your well-being.  
    4. Students will contact faculty and tutors for ongoing academic support during isolation. Student Affairs can provide additional support and coordination when needed.
    5. If your condition changes or worsens, contact Health Service.  
    6. Public health professionals ask that you isolate for at least 10 days after your symptoms first appear. Isolation should then continue until you have experienced 24 hours without a fever. 
  5. If you receive a negative test result after exposure or if you have been exposed and not tested quarantine may be required.
    1. Health Service and the student care team will coordinate your support. 
    2. Health Service will notify the Office of Residential Life (ORL) regarding quarantine housing. (You may choose to quarantine off-campus if you have support with family or others nearby.) Quarantine will last as directed by health care or public health professionals.  
    3. You will be contacted by ORL staff about next steps to change rooms, if needed. ORL will contact dining services in order to provide ongoing dining support while you are in quarantine. 
    4. You will be contacted by Health Service to monitor your well-being.  
    5. Students will contact faculty and tutors for ongoing academic support during quarantine. Student Affairs can provide additional support and coordination when needed. 
    6. If your condition changes or worsens, contact Health Service.   
    7. Continue to monitor your personal health. Contact Health Service as needed. 
  6. Public health officials will instruct you on appropriate isolation (see flow chart above).

Resources for students living off-campus: 

  1. If you believe you have been exposed and/or develop symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste/smell; or nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea), consult Health Service: 320-589-6070 or hlthserv@morris.umn.edu, or your healthcare provider.
  2. Health Service staff will assess your symptoms, determine if testing is needed, and advise on healthcare best practices. 
  3. When your test results are back: 
    1. Health Service will coordinate your support. We strongly recommend you inform your individual close contacts that they may have been exposed and should seek testing.
    2. Follow the instructions you receive from Health Service, SCMC, and/or public health officials. 
    3. You will be contacted by Health Service to monitor your well-being. 
    4. You should contact faculty and tutors for ongoing academic support during isolation.  
    5. If your condition changes or worsens, contact Health Service.  
  4. Once you are released from quarantine or isolation by Health Service, your healthcare provider, or public health officials you may resume on campus activities and classes. Contact Health Service if needed. 

Contact Information

Physical health and wellness: Health Service 320-589-6070 or hlthserv@morris.umn.edu   

Mental health resources: Student Counseling 320-589-6060 or the UMN Crisis Line at 612-301-4673 or text “UMN” to 61222 on evenings and weekends. Non-emergency scheduling can also be arranged via the Student Counseling website
 
On-campus housing: Office of Residential Life 320-589-6475 to arrange housing and support. After business hours, contact Public Safety.

Campus Public Safety:  320-589-6000 

Classes and academic support: Contact your instructors and advisor or the Student Success Center 320-589-6178 or ummssc@morris.umn.edu.

Student life support and resources: Contact Student Affairs at 320-589-6013 or ummvcsa@morris.umn.edu