Return to campus department resources

The latest information from the University of Minnesota in regards to COVID-19 and return to campus can be found on the Safe Campus website.

Top things you need to know (updated 8/16/21)

  • Back on campus in Fall 2021: The University of Minnesota announced that all of its campuses (Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester and the Twin Cities) are planning to return to fully on-campus operations this fall. Read the full news release.
  • Mask requirement on campus: Relying on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and with the advice of our University public health experts, the University of Minnesota is again requiring that all students, staff, faculty, contractors, and visitors to our campuses, offices, and facilities, statewide, wear facial coverings while indoors, regardless of vaccination status.. Learn more by visiting the face coverings information webpage.
  • Vaccination information: The University of Minnesota continues to strongly encourage all members of our community to get vaccinated, and the University will now add the COVID-19 vaccine to those already required for students. The vaccine is safe, prevents serious illness or death, and ensures we are all safer as a community. The University's “Get the Vax 2.0 website” can help answer any questions you or your family may have about the vaccines. Vaccinations are available at Boynton Health.
  • Building access: The University is working to balance public access to campus with greater security and will offer limited public hours in certain buildings, while allowing some buildings to require a UCard to enter. All faculty, staff and students should carry their UCard at all times when on campus, to ensure access. If you need a UCard, avoid the lines, upload your photo, and pick up your card early, if possible.
  • Flexible staff schedules: As staff return to campus, the University of Minnesota issued Work. With Flexibility. guidance that governs flexible work arrangements. The college also offers guidance on flexible work arrangements in CSE that reinforces key aspects of the University’s approach and includes additional guidance at the college level. For more information on campus parking or public transit, visit the Parking and Transportation Services Return to Campus website.

Computer Science & Engineering contact information

To ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, faculty, and guests, the main Computer Science & Engineering office in Keller Hall is closed to the public until the start of the fall semester.

After September 7, 2021, the CS&E front desk will be open, but restricted to those who have a scheduled meeting with a staff member from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The front doors to our office will be locked, and instructions will be provided to those who have a scheduled visit to our office regarding entry.

For the fastest response, please contact the appropriate staff member as listed below:

  • Front Desk: Questions can be directed to csdesk@umn.edu.
  • Purchasing: Questions should be directed to cspurch@umn.edu.
  • Human Resources: Questions should be directed to cshr@umn.edu.
  • Payroll: Questions should be directed to cspay@umn.edu.
  • Undergraduate advising: Students can make appointments online at csci.appointments.umn.edu or email csciug@umn.edu for advising services. We are not currently offering drop-in advising.
  • Graduate advising: Students can make appointments online at csgrad.appointments.umn.edu or email csgradmn@umn.edu for advising services. We are not currently offering drop-in advising.
  • Not sure who to contact: Email csdesk@umn.edu or call 612-625-4002.

Return to campus resources

University email updates

CS&E graduate student information

Resources for graduate students

Advising updates

  • Students can make virtual and phone appointments online at csgrad.appointments.umn.edu or email csgradmn@umn.edu for advising services.
  • All drop-in advising has been cancelled until further notice. Advisors will be offering virtual appointments M-F during normal business hours, however, quick advising questions that have normally been addressed during drop-in hours can be sent to csgradmn@umn.edu.
  • To participate in meetings remotely, please be sure to log into Zoom before any scheduled virtual meeting to get comfortable with its features and layout.

Information on scheduled or planned OPE/Thesis Defense/Master’s Plan A or B Defense:

  • Students pursuing a Computer Science Ph.D., Data Science M.S. or Computer Science M.S. plan A or B can complete their oral presentation either in person or remotely. Zoom is the preferred option for this and is free to use for all University of Minnesota students, faculty and staff. You are able to schedule a “meeting” and invite your committee. Please let us know if you have difficulty with this process.
  • If you will be delivering a Ph.D. final defense, please be sure to share the details with the graduate programs staff at csgradmn@umn.edu. The University requires that all such final doctoral defense presentations be made public, you can do so through Zoom or in front of a live audience.
  • The Graduate School requires that any defense conducted remotely be viewed concurrently by all committee members. This means that you should not record your defense for view by your committee.

Form signatures

  • All students in the computer science or data science graduate program who need to submit a graduate degree plan form should do so electronically. If you have a faculty advisor, they can sign then scan the document to you or to csgradmn@umn.edu. We will take care of the rest.

CS&E undergraduate information

Resources for undergraduate students

Advising updates

  • Students can make virtual and phone appointments online at csci.appointments.umn.edu or email csciug@umn.edu for advising services.
  • All drop-in advising has been cancelled until further notice. Advisors will be offering virtual appointments M-F during normal business hours, however, quick advising questions that have normally been addressed during drop-in hours can be sent to csciug@umn.edu.
  • To participate in meetings remotely, please be sure to log into Zoom before any scheduled virtual meeting to get comfortable with its features and layout.

CS&E faculty information