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COVID-19 at UMN Morris

Updated 8/7/2020

The University of Minnesota is closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and aligning our actions with all recommended guidelines. For the most up to date information from the University of Minnesota System, visit the systemwide Safe Campus website.

To learn more about the fall 2020 semester, visit the Return to Campus page. 

Operational Updates

Overall Campus Operations

Most facilities remain closed to the public. Library services are available online.

The University will resume in-person instruction and re-open residence halls, dining facilities, and other campus services for Fall 2020 semester in a manner consistent with public health guidelines. Increased on-campus staff presence will begin Thursday, July 30, in anticipation of fall semester.

Effective July 1 and continuing until rescinded, all University of Minnesota students, faculty, staff, and visitors (including contractors, service providers, vendors, and suppliers) are required to use a face covering at all times when in any enclosed or indoor space on University campuses and properties with few exceptions.

Classes

All May and summer 2020 courses will be delivered remotely. 

The fall semester begins August 19. Instruction this fall will be delivered by one of these four methods:

  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. The combination will vary from course to course and is determined by each instructor.

The course schedule has been updated to reflect the anticipated fall delivery mode of each class. To learn more, visit the Return to Campus FAQs (see "Fall 2020 Courses")

Study Abroad

Individual study abroad and exchanges for fall 2020 and spring 2021 are a case-by-case basis and dependent on the partner or host institution. Faculty-led study abroad for the spring and summer of 2021 are currently going forward as planned. Registration for these programs will open during the fall semester based on guidance from the GPS Alliance office. Visit the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance website to learn more.

Faculty and Staff Travel

Consistent with CDC recommendations, the University has modified its travel policy in the following ways, effective June 15:

Health Services

Health Service will not see walk-ins at this time. Please call 320-589-6070 or email hlthserv@morris.umn.edu to talk with a staff member. Student Counseling will transition to a hybrid tele-mental health counseling and in-person counseling service beginning August 17. 

Athletics

Cougar athletics games, practices, and travel are suspended immediately and indefinitely.

Events

Remote events are listed on the campus events calendar.

See Campus Events and Activity Guidelines for information on planning safe events.

Housing

Residence halls are open for fall 2020 with reduced capacity to meet Minnesota Department of Health recommendations. Single and double occupancy residence hall rooms will be available. No triple rooms will be available. Housing is guaranteed to incoming first-year students. Visit the Return to Campus FAQs to learn more (see "Residential Life & Housing").

Dining

Transportation

Morris Transit will not be making our hourly stops on campus until classes resume in person. Call 320-589-1000 for pick up.

Information and Resources for Students, Faculty, and Staff

Students

  • Effective June 15, undergraduate student workers and researchers in any University facility may apply to return in collaboration with their supervisor. Your return must be voluntary and students, like all University staff and faculty, must follow all relevant personal hygiene requirements as appropriate for your work environment. Please check with your supervisors for more information and the Sunrise plans outlining safety approaches.
  • New Student Orientation will be held Saturday–Tuesday, August 15–18. Fall semester classes will begin on Wednesday, August 19
  • Instruction this fall will be delivered by one of these four modes:

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

  • The course schedule has been updated to reflect the anticipated fall delivery mode of each class. You also can expect to get an email from each of your instructors providing more detail about the delivery method of each of your courses. 

  • If you have not yet registered for fall, now is the time to do so! Reach out to your success coach, or visit One Stop to get started.

  • The University’s Safe Campus site instructs anyone with COVID-19 symptoms to contact their health care provider. If someone tests positive with COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health will contact the patient with additional information. 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.

  • Testing will be available for students who become ill or believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 at Stevens Community Medical Center (SCMC), near campus. 

Resources

Faculty and Staff

  • Extended Reduced Operations ended June 22. This shift does not mean that all staff and faculty should immediately return to worksites. If you can work from home you must continue to do so.

  • We will begin the process of returning more faculty and staff to their work spaces, as outlined in the Sunrise Plan. In Morris, we will do this with particular attention to local guiding principles that speak to our own campus values and priorities: 
    • UMN Morris Principles for Planning and Decision Making, Fall 2020
      • The safety, health, and wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff is the foundation upon which all decisions are made at the University of Minnesota Morris. We commit to responding with flexibility and integrity to evolving conditions. In that spirit we will:
        • Prioritize the quality and continuity of student academic and co-curricular experiences to support student learning and degree progress.
        • Align all decisions to advance the UMN Morris mission, strategic vision, and plan. 
        • Honor our commitments to equity, diversity, respect for differences, and community. 
        • Enhance institutional viability and sustainability. 
        • Act with respect, transparency, and timeliness.
        • Collaborate with our University of Minnesota System colleagues.
    • In anticipation of fall semester, our earliest date for return to an on-campus staffing presence will be Thursday, July 30. Supervisors will be working with their teams to craft Sunrise plans for their areas.
      • Guidance from the Governor’s Executive Order remains in place: those who are able to work from home should continue to do so whenever practicable.
      • Offices should be staffed with the minimum number of staff necessary to assure student access and ability to be responsive to campus needs. Not all unit staff should be working from campus at the same time. If you have questions or concerns, please let your supervisor know.

Resources

Supervisors

Morris Campus COVID-19 Announcement Archive

For systemwide communications, visit the Safe Campus page

UMN System FAQs