Resources for the CSE community during COVID-19

In these unsettling and changing times, we're here for you!

Top 5 things you need to know - updated 10/14/20


Fall 2020: All courses originally scheduled to be in-person or blended have now resume as planned. The University is currently in "Step Three" of the Maroon and Gold Sunrise Plan aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19. The plan details what undergraduate students living in residence halls should expect when living on campus. Visit the Return to Campus website to review the plan and a brief FAQ.


Sunrise Plan for returning to work: All employees who can work from home should continue doing so until the end of this calendar year (Dec. 31, 2020). Employees who have returned or still may need to return to their University work spaces to complete their work, should follow guidance in the University’s Sunrise Plan.


Spring break 2021: The Faculty Senate has voted to retain a contiguous, five-day Spring Break during the 2021 spring semester. The date of spring break on the Twin Cities campus has been moved to April 5-9.


COVID-19 testing protocols: The University, in partnership with Governor Walz and the State of Minnesota, is launching the COVID-19 saliva testing program. Faculty and staff and students, systemwide, will receive one free mail order saliva test from Vault Health for personal use at their discretion. This program is part of the overall COVID testing strategy for the University, which also includes MTest.


Face covering requirement: All University 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. Review President Gabel's message. An executive order by Gov. Tim Walz also requires people in Minnesota to wear a face covering in all indoor businesses and public indoor spaces, unless alone. Read more about state mask requirements.

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The University of Minnesota is closely monitoring the emerging public health concern involving the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Check for the most up-to-date information on the Safe Campus website.