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Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 Testing

The Twin Cities campus will host a testing site at the Field House on Monday, Nov. 16, and Tuesday, Nov. 17, from noon to 6 p.m. each day. This saliva test is free to students, faculty, staff, who are on or near campus, whether or not they have symptoms. Make an appointment in advance. In addition, the University is offering COVID-19 saliva testing. Faculty, staff, and students, receive one free mail order saliva test from Vault Health for personal use at their discretion. This program is part of the overall testing strategy for the University, which also includes MTest.

Distance Learning

Beginning Nov. 30, undergraduate and graduate classes will shift to distanced instruction until the end of the fall semester, and finals will take place remotely during the scheduled time frame. The University will remain in "Step Three" of the Maroon and Gold Sunrise Plan aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Visit the Maroon and Gold Sunrise Plan and Housing website for more information.


Students returning home for the holidays, should know the facts, make a plan with family and friends and "lay low before you go." If you are staying on or near campus over the holidays, please follow the same safety guidelines. The Twin Cities Winter Break Guide provides safety precautions for the holiday season as well as building access information.

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 workspaces to complete their work should follow the guidance in the University’s Sunrise Plan

Face Coverings 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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