Housing Updates Related to COVID-19

Living on campus is a core part of the UMD experience and we are committed to fostering a safe and inclusive housing experience for students this academic year. We all share in the responsibility to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

This continues to be a dynamic, rapidly-evolving situation as well as a stressful time for many members of our community. We are all in this together. Be respectful and kind to one another.

Housing & Residence Life is working closely with University leadership and partners across campus to manage COVID-19 response and preparations. Visit the UMD Coronavirus website for the latest information.

Reporting COVID-19 Symptoms & Exposure

If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive to COVID-19, please remember to complete the Health Services Screening Form.  The form is also available on the Housing website homepage.  After completing this form, Health Services will reach out to talk about any necessary next steps.

In addition to completing the form, if you have any symptoms, it’s also important to minimize contact with others until you have communicated with Health Services.

Community safety for residents and staff is a top priority.

Residential health and safety efforts are rooted in the most current science and based on guidance from federal, state and local health authorities. Measures will include a combination of the use of physical distancing, hand hygiene, limited density in indoor spaces, appropriate face coverings when distancing is challenging, and other support resources.  

Below are several frequently asked questions. We will share information as it becomes available by updating this page and direct email as necessary. 

If you have a specific question or concern, email is best. Contact us at [email protected]

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Assignments & Contracts

Who will get housing this fall?

We have planned for multiple scenarios and contingencies for the 2021-2022 academic year.  It is our expectation that we will be able to honor all applications for incoming new students as well as existing ontime fall contracts for returning students.


Will my medical/dietary accommodations be supported?

The University of Minnesota Duluth is committed to providing equitable access for all students. Disability Resources is the campus office that collaborates with students who have disabilities to provide and/or arrange reasonable accommodations.

If you have a disability or health condition which requires a specific housing accommodation such as a certain room type, accessible room, single-user bathroom, etc., contact Disability Resources at [email protected]

Specific housing accommodations take time to arrange and space is limited. More information can be found on the Disability Resources website.  


When will I learn more about my housing assignment?

Assignments will be communicated via your UMD email in mid-July 2021.  This communication will include information about the room or apartment you have been assigned to, contact information for roommates, and information about move-in.


Will I have roommates this year?

In order to support physical distancing, some rooms will be assigned fewer occupants. We are anticipating no more than two people will occupy rooms in residence halls.  Our on-campus apartments will allow for two students in each bedroom, with a total of four students in each apartment.


It appears that all of my courses will be delivered remotely - can I cancel my housing and meal plan for fall semester?

Yes, students can cancel their housing & meal plan up to the point at which they check-in for housing.  To cancel their housing, students should email our office ([email protected]) letting us know that they wish to cancel and indicate a brief reason why.


Health & Safety

What can I do to be as safe as possible in my building?

All campus health and safety efforts will be based on the most current science as well as guidance from federal, state and local health authorities. Visit the UMN Safe Campus website for details on the campus-wide measures to be taken and the requirements being put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.

In addition to COVID-19, there will likely be members of our community with common colds, influenza, or other illnesses over the course of the semester. Remind yourself and others to slow the exponential spread of coronavirus and other illnesses by practicing good health habits.


What happens if a resident becomes ill?

Housing & Residence Life works in close partnership with UMD Health Services to address cases of COVID-19 that arise in our residential communities. 

  • For anyone feeling ill or experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness of any kind — with fever and cough — the Minnesota Department of Health recommends you remain as isolated as possible in your room to prevent spreading it to others.

  • Students should complete this form so that Health Services may follow up on medical attention, testing, and other resources.

  • We will also have isolation and quarantine space set aside to support our residents should the need arise.


What is the plan to operate the dining center and other foodservice?

Dining Services has implemented operational processes based on Minnesota Department of Health guidelines. 

For more information, please check out the UMD Dining Services website.


How are you cleaning buildings?

We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Minnesota Department of Health and will continue to adjust as new information emerges.

This is a shared responsibility. Please do your part to keep your spaces clean and to avoid sharing spaces and/or equipment.


Student Support
We recognize this time of social isolation and heightened health fears can take a toll. Resident Advisors on each floor and other dedicated building staff in each building are an email, phone call, Google hangout, or Zoom meeting away.

Please find additional campus resources below:

Xenophobia and Bias
Disease does not discriminate and racist behavior or stereotyping is not tolerated.

If you experience harassment or discrimination, reach out to your Resident Advisor or your building’s Residence Director. You can also report to the Campus Climate Initiative.

Our Community Behavioral Standards reflect a respect for the rights and responsibilities needed to foster engaged and inclusive community living experiences. We encourage all students to know their rights and responsibilities as a community member living on campus at UMD. Our policies and procedures are outlined in the Housing Guidebook on our website.

Vaccination Approach

All University of Minnesota students enrolled online or in person (including all undergraduate, graduate, professional, and Post Secondary Enrollment Option who are not employed by the University) must complete this Student COVID-19 Immunization Vaccination Form if they have not done so already to lift the hold on academic records. The form, originally required early in Fall 2021, asks students to submit their vaccination information or submit documentation of a religious or medical exemption. Students can determine if there is a hold on their account at One Stop Student Services.

Students who do not complete the Vaccination Form or an exemption will be out of compliance with the University’s vaccination requirement and prohibited from registering for future classes, including for Spring 2022.  

If you have questions about the student vaccination requirement, please view the FAQ below and the Vaccine FAQ from UMD Health Services or the Get the Vax FAQ.

Face Coverings

Effective August 3, 2021, the University of Minnesota is reinstituting the requirement that all students, staff, faculty, contractors, and visitors to our campuses, offices, and facilities, statewide, wear facial coverings while indoors, regardless of your vaccination status. Masks or facial coverings are not required outdoors.  

Within our residential facilities, students do not need to wear face coverings when in one’s assigned residence hall room or apartment without any guests.  Additionally, students do not need to wear face coverings when engaged in water-based activities or wet conditions that would result in the mask getting wet, such as showering or brushing their teeth.

Wearing a mask or facial covering indoors has been shown to slow the transmission of COVID-19 and, as we saw as a nation, virtually eliminate other airborne illnesses like the flu. This requirement applies to all of our campuses and offices statewide, whether a given location is in a substantial or high transmission county or not.

For more information, visit the University's face covering policy page.

Testing Information

Testing On-Campus and in Duluth

On-campus residential students may receive a self-administered rapid antigen COVID-19 test from the UMD Housing Office during normal business hours.  Students will be asked to present their UCard to verify that they are an on-campus resident.

UMD Health Services is providing COVID-19 testing for students - contact Health Services to determine eligibility and to schedule an appointment.  

The State of Minnesota has a testing site available at the Duluth Entertainment & Convention Center (DECC) with both rapid and PCR test options.

The State of Minnesota has also prepared this listing of locations that offer COVID-19 testing.