Updated: March 31, 2020, 5:35 p.m.
Q: What should instructors do if a student reports concerns about symptoms resembling COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath)?
A: Should any student voice concerns about having symptoms that resemble COVID-19 to their instructor, that instructor should encourage the student to contact their local health facility. The local health care facility will follow the most recent guidelines set forth by the CDC. Should a person test positive for COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) (or your residing state) would be notified. This would set in motion a notification of the local Public Health agency, who would then work with the MDH on conducting contact tracing - to figure out what next steps are needed regarding who you have been in contact with. Contact Stacey Grunewald, RN, with questions, updates, or concerns, 281-281-8512 or email@example.com.
Q: Can I access my building/office on campus?
A: The majority of buildings across our five campuses have moved to require a secure means of access. If you need to pick up any items from your office (books, printer, keyboard, paper, etc.), please do so immediately. Please notify your Unit Head/Supervisor so they can notify Dave Danforth in Facilities and Gary Willhite with Security.
The updated Campus and Building Closing policy is aligned with our official Emergency Operations Plan and provides guidance on how campuses or University buildings adjust operations and access to manage serious risk to the health, safety, or security of the University community. Our campuses will go into extended reduced operations, effective 5 a.m. on Monday, March 23. As with building access, this change allows us to manage and operate safely in these unique times.
Q: Is there a way I can help students in need?
A: The University of Minnesota Foundation has arranged two special funds to help members of our University community. Thanks to our generous community, we now have additional resources for student emergencies. I have asked the Foundation to proportionately distribute those funds to the student emergency programs at Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, and the Twin Cities. If you or one of your students is in crisis, use these links to direct them to this program and we will help as much as we are able. We will also continue to collect and distribute donations.
Q: Are faculty and staff required to work from home?
A: Per President Gabel (email Monday, March 16): All employees are expected to work from home by no later than Wednesday, March 18. This is not optional for faculty and staff at all levels of the organization systemwide, and we expect supervisors to honor this decision. ONLY employees whose work requires them to be physically present will be notified by their supervisors to report to campus. Please work with your supervisor to develop a work plan.
Q: Will I still get paid?
A: The Office of Human Resources is tirelessly reviewing the wide variety of positions within our University workforce to provide policy guidance for compensation and related issues. The updated Pay Provisions appendix outlines those provisions for all employee groups and is consistent with my promise that we will do everything possible to honor our compensation commitments.
Q: How do I handle my campus mail?
A: The University will continue to receive in-bound mail Monday through Friday. Mail will not be delivered to offices. Instead, once a week Supervisors or appointed designee is permitted to pick-up departmental mail Monday through Friday between the hours of 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Outgoing mail must be dropped off in the UMN Crookston Bookstore.
Q: How will Fall 2020 registration be handled?
A: The schedule for registering for fall classes has remained unchanged. Faculty and professional advisors are encouraged to be proactive in scheduling virtual meetings with their advisees. Specific enrollment times for students will populate and will be available by Tuesday, March 24. Please refer to the email from the Office of the Registrar (OTR) on March 17 in regards to registration resources and the class schedule. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact anyone in the OTR.
Q: Are there new grading options being implemented this spring semester?
A: Yes, please see our Spring 2020 S/N Grade and Withdrawal Option for Students informational page.
Q: Is the Library available?
A: The Library building is closed until further notice. Online library services continue to be available. We recommend any student who experiences difficulty accessing what they need for projects or assignments to work with their professor to develop an alternative plan.
Q: I have materials checked out still, will I be assessed any fines?
A: Any materials that are currently checked out from any University of Minnesota library will be renewed until normal operations resume. No fines will be accrued during this time. As all libraries of the University of Minnesota have been temporarily closed and no print materials may be checked out, the Get It service has been suspended for now.
Q: Can we still do Interlibrary Loan requests?
A: Interlibrary loan requests will be limited to items that are available electronically. Please do not hesitate to request an online article; we will try to get it for you.
Q: Are there Research Guides available?
A: The library has created a number of guides that organize our resources by topic. We are working on adding more guides all the time and would welcome suggestions for new topics. Please contact us with any suggestions.
Q: What is the "Library Course Page" in Canvas?
A: There is a new service available in Canvas that includes links to library services. This should be visible in the navigation of every course.
Q: Can I integrate a research guide into Canvas?
A: You can integrate a research guide into your course if you would be interested in doing so.
Q: What other Library services are available for faculty?
A:For more information about library services for faculty, check out this guide.