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COVID-19 Updates

Be well. Be prepared.

Last updated: September 2022

We know there is no way to ensure full protection from COVID-19, but we are in this together. Students, staff, and faculty have all stepped up to take vital prevention measures seriously and slow the spread of COVID-19. We welcome residents and guests to join our continued commitment to the health and safety of everyone on campus. Visit the Safe Campus website for more details.

Please note

  • Masks are not required inside University-owned facilities (except for certain environments). Individuals are welcome to wear a mask if they wish, but residents and guests are not required to wear masks unless they are completing isolation on campus.
  • We have N95-type masks and rapid test kits at the Information Desks at the lobby in all of our buildings. Residents can stop by the desk to ask for one or more at any time.

What should I do?

Here are some helpful steps and resources for students living in on-campus housing.

Health and Safety

Community safety remains a top priority. Maintaining your vaccination status, wearing masks, getting tested, and practicing other healthy behaviors are pivotal to reducing the spread of COVID-19. It is up to each of us to continue to take precautions to keep our community safe and reduce transmission on campus.


Separation from others for a period of time is an important additional step in breaking the chain of community transmission of contagious diseases. Isolation separates people who have tested positive for COVID-19 from others.

Respecting Mask Usage

Mask usage is common around the world to prevent illnesses from COVID-19 to common colds. While indoor masking is no longer required at the University of Minnesota, some individuals are likely to continue wearing masks for a number of reasons. Remind yourself and others to respect mask usage and to slow the spread of coronavirus and other illnesses by practicing good health habits.

Disease does not discriminate. Xenophobia, racism, and other forms of bias are not tolerated. We will not tolerate any type of bias or intimidation towards individuals who continue to wear masks.

Our Behavioral Standards reflect a respect for the rights and responsibilities of all community members. If you experience harassment or discrimination, reach out to your Community Advisor or your building’s Residence Director. You can also report to the Bias Response and Referral Network.