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COVID-19 Expectations and Guidelines

UMR faculty are known for their innovative teaching and UMR students can expect vibrant learning experiences.

Welcome to the University of Minnesota Rochester!

Whether you’re arriving on campus to live and study, work or visit, you’ll notice many new safety features to assist in reducing the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Expectations and Guidelines

The safety of UMR’s students, staff and faculty remains the top priority as we navigate COVID-19. The UMR community has plans and processes in place to pivot if the pandemic and state or local public health guidelines require that we do so.

Important information and updates will be sent to your university email. It is vital that the UMR community checks their UMR email address regularly. Finally, rely on your support network, Student Success CoachDisability Services and UMR’s mental health counselors who are all here to support you.

We are all looking forward to the excitement and energy of a new fall semester — gathering face to face with colleagues and friends on campus in pre-pandemic ways, attending events and learning and engaging with each other face-to-face. 

We can have a fall semester full of all of these things and more if we take one final step together: Get the vax today!

Anyone – vaccinated or not – is welcome to wear facial coverings on UMR leased space at any time.

Extensive plans have been in place as we continue to #ProtectTheNest. These plans include a carefully scheduled move-in to on-campus housing; consideration of how classes will be taught and the precautions necessary to do so; dedicated isolation and quarantine space for those with housing contracts; instructions for on- and off-campus students, faculty and staff if they become sick or test positive for COVID-19; a comprehensive testing process that follows Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines; and many other public health and medically-recommended adjustments.

Attendance Policy
Please review the updated attendance policy:

  • If you are a student with heightened risk factors for COVID-19 needing  an accommodation, follow the steps below:

    • Contact Disability Resources for an initial exploration conversation.
    • Obtain a letter from Disability Resources and share this with the course instructor. 
  • If you are a student displaying symptoms, caring for someone else with COVID-19, or in isolation/quarantine and need to be absent from class, follow the steps below:

    • Complete the COVID Care form.
    • Email course instructor directly.
    • Work with the course instructor to discuss accommodations for class participation, makeup work and more.
    • If your absence is longer than two weeks, work with the Disability Resource Center for an accommodation.