COVID-19 updates for faculty and researchers

General information

The University is updating its mask requirements starting March 21:
Face coverings information webpage

Additional guidance on mask requirements for faculty and staff:
March 14 message from Vice President Kenneth Horstman

Based on advice of public health authorities and the University’s medical and public health experts, the University of Minnesota is updating its isolation and quarantine guidance:
Read President Gabel's Jan. 12 message regarding the updated guidelines

Due to a federal contract mandate, the University is requiring all faculty and staff systemwide to submit proof of vaccination (with medical and religious exemptions available):
Read Vice President Ken Horstman's Nov. 23 message about proof of vaccination

The University asks that all students, staff, and faculty get a booster shot as soon as they are eligible and will ask that they submit proof of their booster shots soon:
Read President Gabel's Dec. 27 message regarding booster shots

Information regarding the University's Get the Vax 2.0 plan for the COVID-19 vaccine:
University vaccination requirements, information, and planning

Information about the importance of getting vaccinated:
Messages from the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs

Helpful information about vaccines and boosters, COVID variants, and staying healthy:
Office of Academic Clinical Affairs COVID-19 updates

Information about the University's COVID-19 Saliva Testing Program:
MTest webpage

University's COVID-19 Restriction Exception information for units who wish to keep restrictions in place:
COVID-19 Restriction Exception process

University of Minnesota COVID-19 updates:
Safe Campus website

Research resources

In July 2021, the Office of the Vice President for Research sunsetted COVID-19 guidance for the UMN research community.

Ordering protective products and cleaning supplies:
U Market

Teaching resources

Resources and real-time help for remote teaching:
UMN Keep Teaching

What instructors need to know regarding accessibility, accommodation, and the Disability Resource Center:
Disability Resource Center

Undergraduate education policy updates and other resources:
Office of Undergraduate Education website

Graduate education updates and resources:
Graduate School

Communications from the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost:
Updates for faculty, staff, and students from the Executive Vice President and Provost

Supervisors toolkit

Information and resources for reporting and managing COVID-19 cases for employees:

Human resources

Guidelines for the University's flexible work approach:
Office of Human Resources "Work. With Flexibility" website

Information for faculty and staff with caregiving responsibilities:
Information on childcare resources, tenure clock extension, and more

Remember that emergency leaves due to COVID-19 are available for employees and student workers:
Office of Human Resources emergency paid leaves information

Information regarding Promotion and Tenure, Awards, and Annual Reviews:
Faculty and Academic Affairs

Workplace guidance for COVID-19 including leaves, benefits, and working remotely:
Office of Human Resources workplace guide

Services and technologies for working at home:
Office of Information Technology Working and Learning Off Campus 

Technology Help

Personalized technology help with Canvas from the Office of Information Technology:
Academic Technology Support Services

Download and log in to Zoom:

Zoom auto-transcription: 
Zoom: Manage Automatic Live Transcription

Zoom self-help guides:
Teach, Meet, and Learn with Zoom

Zoom security tips:
Zoom quick guide

UMN and CSE-branded Zoom backgrounds:
Zoom virtual backgrounds

Health and wellness

UMN RecWell COVID-19 updates and frequently asked questions:
Recreation and Wellness website

Physical, mental and financial health resources:
Office of Human Resources Virtual Care

On-campus clinics:
Boynton Health COVID-19 updates

Wellbeing resources:

Once you're back on campus, get an escort from the Safe Walk Program by calling 612-624-9255 (WALK). Learn more on the UMN Safe Campus website

Diversity and inclusivity

Virtual resources and trainings:
Office of Equity and Diversity Resources

Community of diversity advocates:
CSE Diversity and Inclusivity Alliance

News and events

University COVID-19 news: 
University stories, insights, expertise

Events at the university: 
Events Calendar - University of Minnesota

Events for the CSE Community:
CSE Events Calendar

Report racial bias and discrimination

Disease does not discriminate. Racial discrimination and stereotyping is not tolerated at the U of M. If you experience or witness harassment or discrimination related to the COVID-19 outbreak, report it to the Bias Response & Referral Network.

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