Updated: June 30, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Q: Are plans in place for returning to campus for spring semester?
A: We are planning to hold classes on campus during the spring semester. As we monitor the environment, various accommodations similar to those planned for this fall may be needed to provide a high-quality educational experience while promoting the health and safety of all members of our campus community. Much like we are implementing for fall 2020, we need to be flexible and mendable in this new reality, and we will continue to monitor the situation and notify you when information becomes available.
Q: Where can I find the University's gradual reopening plan?
A: Please see the University of Minnesota Sunrise Plan for the latest updates.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Friday, June 12th): Extended Reduced Operations ended on June 22. "The change will allow us to gradually reopen more facilities and welcome back maintenance and other staff necessary to support University work, particularly in light of the enhanced cleaning and hygiene protocols we have put in place. This shift does not mean that all staff and faculty should immediately return to worksites. The Governor’s executive orders still say that if you can work from home you must continue to do so." Please contact your supervisor if you need clarification or would like to discuss a Return to Work Plan if your work cannot continue to be done remotely.
Q: Will I still get paid?
A: Employees will continue to be paid as outlined in Administrative Policy: University State of Emergency - Human Resources Implications
- Employees without work they can do remotely will continue to receive pay until further notice. These employees may propose on-site work under the Sunrise Plan, as well as on-site or distanced work through the Talent Share program.
- The pay augmentation associated with this operational status for essential on-campus employees ended on June 21.
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.
There are no FAQs at this time.
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.