Vaccination & Testing
- All UMN students systemwide must complete the Student COVID-19 Immunization Vaccination Form by Oct. 8, 2021.
- UMN Get the Vax 2.0 plan for the COVID-19 vaccine: University vaccination requirements, information, and planning
- The importance of getting vaccinated: Messages from the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs
- UMN COVID-19 Saliva Testing Program: MTest webpage
- Masks are required indoors for everyone, vaccinated or unvaccinated, effective Aug. 3. View the University’s official Face Covering Protocol.
SPH mask distribution:
- Students: New students who attended SPH Orientation on August 25 received a UMN mask. Students who did not attend the event and want to receive one can pick one up from SPH Student Services (Mayo A395).
- Additional classroom masks: Facilities Management will have additional surgical masks available in classrooms, located in the instructor podium drawer, for situations when a student comes to class without a mask.
Effective masks and mask fittings:
- UMN Disability Resource Center (DRC) Mask Room
The mask room is open every Thursday, from 9-11 a.m. in the basement of Boynton. Students, faculty, and staff can come for mask fittings, mask recommendations, and pricing options.
- University Health and Safety Mask support program
This program is designed to help you choose a high-quality mask and provide instructions on its use and care to minimize transmission of respiratory diseases.
- CDC guides: Effective mask wearing | Types of masks | Improving mask use
Upon returning to campus, some buildings will require a U Card to enter: Make sure you have a U Card
Information and support for international students: UMN International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) website
Classroom Air Quality
- HVAC systems in all 780 classrooms on the UMN Twin Cities campus have been tested and will meet CDC, OSHA, and ASHRAE guidelines (see Aug. 23 message for more details).
- Student Services Center
- Center for Career and Professional Development
- Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Students are also encouraged to contact their program coordinator with questions.
UMN Graduate School offices:
- The fall semester will start Tuesday, September 7, 2021.
- Students must attend the first day of class per University policy.
- Students observing Rosh Hashanah do not need instructor approval to miss the first day of class, but the U recommends that students contact instructors directly to alert them to anticipated absences, or send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Fall 2021 courses will largely return to their pre-pandemic modality. Most SPH courses will be conducted in-person, with some online as well.
- Classes have been updated with their room and building locations on MyU: Academics.
- Class schedules are subject to change, and you are encouraged to check your schedule again prior to the first class meeting.
- When a course is synchronous the teaching and learning happen at the same time.
- Asynchronous courses allow students to access course materials within a weekly schedule, and interactions are via email or online discussion boards.
- Note that asynchronous courses still include set due dates for assignments, discussion posts, and assessments.
- SPH will adhere to the University’s Face Coverings Protocol for class attendance and participation in other in-person events.
- Individuals whose unique circumstances require an exception to this protocol, as indicated by a medical or similar subject matter professional, may request one from the Disability Resource Center.
- As of July 1, 2021, central campus approval (via petition or blanket exemption) is no longer required for students to conduct in-person fieldwork or non-clinical community-engaged learning activities for credit.
- Yes. SPH partners with One Stop Student Services to provide and administer emergency funding for SPH students. This funding is available for, but is not limited to: assistance with food/rent, temporary housing, space to self-quarantine, loss of job/income, and technology equipment support (laptops, WiFi, etc.). The goal of the program is to get students the relief you need as quickly as possible.