Welcome to spring semester 2021 at 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. Throughout campus, you’ll find clear signage about how to Protect The Nest. You’ll find classroom expectations, room occupancy levels, face covering requirements and steps to maintain physical distance. By following the guidelines of the Minnesota Department of Health and public health experts, together, we will Protect The Nest.
Welcome message from Chancellor Carrell
Welcome message from UMR Faculty
The Spring 2021 Experience
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. If you have questions regarding the fall semester, please email FallReturn@r.umn.edu. Your question will be directed to the correct contact. Finally, rely on your support network, Student Success Coach, Disability Services and UMR’s mental health counselors who are all here to support you.
To safely bring students back to campus, we developed the UMR Maroon and Gold Sunrise Plan 2.0
The UMR Maroon and Gold Sunrise Plan 2.0 includes four important steps for how students living in University housing will return to campus, attend classes, and ultimately, enjoy campus life in our new COVID-19 normal.
Below is a brief summary of each stage. Step 1 will go into effect on Friday, January 15, 2021.
- Step 1: Students living in University housing will live and learn almost exclusively within the residence halls. Students may only leave the hall for a limited number of reasons. Students must return to the hall by 10 p.m. No guests allowed.
- Step 2: Students in University housing will have increased access, including visiting all on-campus locations and the surrounding community. Students must continue to return to the hall by 10:00 p.m. One guest per assigned student allowed until 10:00 p.m.
- Step 3: Students will have access to everything under Step2, but must be back in their hall by midnight. One guest per assigned student allowed until midnight.
- Step 4: Students will wear masks, maintain physical distancing, and avoid large gatherings as they continue to have full access to on and off campus locations. There is no "back home" time constraint. One overnight guest per assigned student allowed.
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.
UMR students can expect vibrant learning experiences. UMR faculty are known for their innovative teaching. The courses will be flexible and accommodate all students. Classes will be offered to varying degrees online, in-person, and a mix of the two (“hybrid”) to meet the learning outcomes required for a course. These include digital course delivery, traditional classroom experiences and experiential learning. Some of the most effective learning happens by multiple modalities of learning.
Spring 2021 Academic Calendar and Important Dates:
- Spring semester starts online: Tuesday, January 19
- Spring Break - April 5-9
- Last day of instruction: May 3
- Final exams: May 6-12
- End of Semester: May 12
Please review the updated attendance policy:
- If you are a student with heightened risk factors for COVID-19 wanting an accommodation to take courses online 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.
- Students who wish to take an in-person or blended course online for non-health reasons (including family members at risk) must follow the steps below:
- Talk with faculty to request an online option.
- Faculty will decide if this request will be granted.
- If faculty reject the request, the student would then be required to attend the course as scheduled, or work with their Student Success Coach to find an online option.
- 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.
The experimental and hands-on nature of the learning in labs is difficult to duplicate in an online setting, thus the laboratory component of these courses (BIO-3344 Microbiology and CHEM-2231 Organic Chem-II) has been granted an exception to allow in-person instruction during the first two weeks of the semester.
Please note the following:
- The lecture portion of this course will meet online during the first two weeks of the semester. For subsequent weeks, it will meet as it is currently listed on your schedule.
- The laboratory portion of this course will meet in-person at its scheduled time even during the first two weeks of the semester. It will continue to meet in-person for the remainder of the semester unless circumstances change.
- All labs will comply with current public health guidelines, including face masks and physical distancing, in addition to normal lab safety requirements. Every effort will be made to reduce risks while you are on campus. It is our hope and belief that you will continue to engage in responsible risk-reducing behaviors while you are off campus.
If you plan to live on campus, and wish to move in before the start of the semester, please fill out the Housing Exception Request form. For the "reasons" question, check the "other" box, and in the text field below, note that you are enrolled in this course which will be meeting in-person during the first two weeks.