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.

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. 

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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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.

Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to an individual who has COVID-19 should review the isolation & quarantine information.

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.  

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 March 22, 2022, the University of Minnesota is no longer requiring face coverings in many indoor spaces.  

Face coverings are still required in the following spaces:

  • In all classroom and instructional laboratory settings
  • In posted healthcare settings
  • In settings where masks are required due to environmental or hazardous material conditions
  • Isolation and quarantine spaces

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.