Return to Campus - Fall 2020
Updated: June 30, 2020, 6:20 p.m.
On Friday, June 12, 2020, the Board of Regents endorsed the “sunrise plan” for reopening campuses for on-site instruction and services this fall. The situation continues to evolve and there are many decisions yet to be made, be we now turn our focus to implementation.
The University continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and we are doing everything we can to prevent the spread of the virus among our University community. We all have an important role to play by being honest about our own health and keeping others around us safe.
We look forward to seeing you on campus!
First day of classes is Tuesday, August 25.
As originally planned, UMN Crookston will begin classes on Tuesday, August 25, but we will adjust the Fall 2020 calendar as follows:
We will observe Labor Day as a holiday (no classes). If possible, please try to remain on campus or in the immediate area during the holiday break, so as not to expose yourself and others to the virus.
We will hold classes on Friday, October 23.
Beginning no later than Thursday, November 26 (Thanksgiving), we will move all coursework online while keeping campus open.
November 30 - December 4 will be our final week of regular classes (online) and we will hold final exams December 7-10 also online.
We will tentatively retain the same deadlines for refunds, dropping classes, mid-term alters and graduation applications.
Plans Following Thanksgiving:
- Please note that our plan is to move all classes online following Thanksgiving, but the campus will remain open. We will be able to plan for a healthy campus environment following the Thanksgiving break. While many of you will likely remain home after Thanksgiving, many of you may need to return to campus for jobs, essential employee roles on campus, or athletics.
- We recognize that most of our international students will need to stay on-campus. Others may elect to return because our halls are a positive learning environment for you.
- In total, we anticipate reduced density on campus after Thanksgiving, and with classes online, there will be reduced interactions, which--when paired with guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and the UMN Medical Center--will allow us to ensure the safety of our campus.
These adjustments prioritize the wellbeing of all and allow us the flexibility to adapt as necessary depending on public health guidance.
President Gabel announced that beginning July 1, 2020, all University of Minnesota faculty, staff, students, and visitors will be required to use a face covering at all times when in any enclosed or indoor space on University campuses and properties. Face coverings must cover both the nose and mouth. The policy will apply to contractors, service providers, vendors, and suppliers.
- Face coverings are not required when eating or drinking; however, physical distancing practices must be observed.
- Face coverings are not required within an assigned residence hall room.
- Face coverings are not required when alone in your office, study area, or other space or where permitted by an official University notice posted in a space.
- Face coverings are not required when you are alone in a motor vehicle or utility vehicle used for University business.
- Face coverings are not required when you are unable to wear a face covering while exercising in a campus recreation facility (or during a university-sponsored activity when use of a campus recreation facility is not practicable) as long as all other facility policies, rules, and guidelines are followed.
- Face coverings are not required when the task requires the use of a NIOSH-approved respirator.
- Face coverings are not required for children under the age of 2 years or anyone unable to remove a face covering without assistance.
- Face coverings are not required when an accommodation is necessary as indicated by a medical or similar subject matter expert and granted by express written permission of the University.
Enclosed spaces include covered walkways, hallways, barns and sheds. It also includes exterior doorways.
Face coverings are also required in outdoor settings on the University campuses if safe physical distancing and gathering practices can not be observed. Where safe physical distancing and gathering practices are being observed, face coverings are strongly encouraged but not required. Face coverings are also strongly encouraged when conducting any University business regardless of location (e.g., off-site travel or training).
Two face coverings for every employee and on-campus students have been ordered and should be available by late August (or sooner).
This face covering directive has been established because we respect and care for ourselves and every person that we encounter on campus.
Additional Protective Measures
The following additional protective measures are in place to ensure your safety. Faculty, staff, and students are expected to:
- Self-monitor for symptoms and staying home when you are ill
- Report to your supervisor any exposure to COVID-19 positive individuals
- Washing your hands often and thoroughly
- Refraining from touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth
- Practicing physical distancing
- Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces
- Faculty and staff are to work at home unless you have been granted access to campus
Practice Kindness and Patience
When implementing this directive, we must ensure a sense of wellbeing for all members of our community. We recognize that a directive to wear face coverings may exacerbate biases and existing stereotypes. Avoid any stigmatization of the wearing or not wearing of face coverings. Recognize that some members of our community may be exempt from the requirements of this directive. Patience and kindness should be paramount in all our interactions as we work together to make our campus community safe and healthy and accommodating for all.
The University expects the University community to behave responsibly with respect for the health and safety of others. Any employee, student, or visitor who fails to abide with this directive may be asked or directed to leave the campus space. Faculty, staff, and students who are directed to leave a campus space for failure to comply with these guidelines may be taken off duty and/or subject to disciplinary action. Employees and students should not attempt to directly enforce this directive but instead should share any concerns of suspected violations with their immediate supervisor or appropriate school official.
Individuals whose unique and individual circumstances require an exception to this directive, as indicated by a medical or similar subject matter professional, may request one. To request an exception, faculty and staff should contact Jonathon Fuller. Students should contact the Disability Resource Center.
It is our responsibility to care for ourselves and those around us.
UMN Crookston will continue to provide students with a fully array of residential options including the apartments in Heritage, Centennial, and Evergreen as well as Skyberg with its traditional-style shared kitchens and bathrooms. A greater proportion of requests for single rooms will be directed to Skyberg, and at least one wing of apartments will be reserved for isolation rooms in the event that they are needed.
Health experts suggest that consistent application of the following five strategies will significantly reduce the spread of COVID-19, and we will promote these strategies through educational and public information initiatives this fall including the "Stop the Spread of COVID-19" campaign.
- Hygiene. Wash your hands for 20 seconds at least five times a day and following contact with others; cover your cough; and avoid touching your face.
- Physical Distancing. Maintain a six-foot (two-meter) distance from others during interactions, especially when indoors.
- Monitoring the Duration of Interactions. Limit interactions to 15 minutes when possible.
- Face Covering. Wear a cloth face covering, especially when unable to maintain six-foot social distancing or when interacting for more than 15 minutes. See more about masks on campus.
- Screening, Testing, Isolating, and Treating. Stay at home when you feel ill. Full screening, testing, isolating, and treated procedures will be prepared and required of members of our campus community.
Note that as of this moment, UMN is "strongly encouraging" but not requiring the use of masks. We will share additional information including whether faculty and staff will be able to require masks in their classrooms, offices, or other educational spaces as soon as I have it.