COVID-19 Updates: Fall 2022

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. Questions? Email the University of Minnesota at

Top Things to Know for Fall 2022

Updated on 8-23-2022

Vaccination and Booster Shots

Vaccination is the best path to beating the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes booster shots. Review details and timing about the University’s Get the Vax plan that includes COVID-19 vaccination requirements and information.

Isolation and Quarantine Guidance

Updated isolation and quarantine guidance from the University that will help our community safely maintain a high level of continuity.

Masking on Campus

  • Masks are not required in any indoor or outdoor settings at University-owned locations, except in: posted healthcare settings, in settings where PPE is required due to environmental or hazardous material conditions, and in isolation spaces. View the University’s official Face Mask Protocol.
  • While masks are not required in many University spaces, we know that masking is an important preventive measure against COVID-19. 
  • SPH has ordered KN95 masks for employees and students who will be on campus in fall semester 2022. Learn more about the SPH mask distribution.

Working with Flexibility

  • On Aug. 2, 2021, 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.
  • As of Mar. 14, 2022, SPH employees should fully enact their pilot flexible work arrangements. New employees and others may still need to establish work arrangements pursuant to 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.

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