Return to Campus Fall 2021
At the School of Public Health, we recognize prevention as a core value and we will lead in building a culture of health on our campus and within our community to protect ourselves and others — especially the most vulnerable and at-risk. The health and safety of our SPH community is our number one priority.
As we return to on-campus learning, teaching, and working, we will bring you up-to-date information on what is happening at the U of M and our school. If you have a question we didn’t answer in these pages, please submit it online.
Top Things to Know As We Return to Campus
Updated on 9-1-2021
Masking and Face Coverings on Campus
- Masks are required indoors for everyone, vaccinated or unvaccinated, effective Aug. 3. View the University’s official Face Covering Protocol.
- All SPH instructors with fall 2021 in-person teaching responsibilities will receive seven (7) N95 masks. Instructors should contact their division administrator for information about when and where to pick up their masks.
Vaccination is the best path to beating the COVID-19 pandemic. Review details and timing about the University’s Get the Vax 2.0 plan that includes COVID-19 vaccination requirements and information.
Working with Flexibility
- On Aug. 2, we shifted to pilot a newly imagined post-pandemic workplace where there are a variety of fixed (onsite) and flexible space/time options across the school.
- Employees and supervisors are encouraged to maintain maximum work flexibility during September and October 2021. For more information, view the SPH Working with Flexibility Guidelines.
U Cards and Accessing University Buildings
Carry your U card with you on campus at all times to ensure access to buildings. Get your U Card.
Feeling sick? Stay home.
For the safety of everyone, including yourself, if you are feeling sick, please stay home. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to remain flexible, understanding, and help accommodate individual needs.
As of July 1, 2021, the Office of the Vice President for Research sunsetted COVID-19 guidance for the research community, but SPH remains committed to reducing the spread of COVID-19 to protect the health and safety of our community.
Parking and Transportation
- Metropass: Deeply discounted metro-area transit pass.
- Campus Zone Pass: allows you to ride between the three campus light-rail stops on the METRO Green Line – West Bank, East Bank and Stadium Village – without paying a fare.
- UMN Part-Time Parking Program: Provides a fixed number of parking days at a reduced rate at select facilities.
- Return to Fall Parking & Transportation Services FAQs