Two students wearing masks walk outside on campus

COVID-19 Updates - Spring 22

Be well. Be prepared.

Last updated: June 2022. This information is for summer residents and guests. We are currently monitoring the situation and will update this webpage as necessary for the Fall 2022 semester.

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.

Email questions to [email protected], and visit the Safe Campus website for more details.

Please note

Masks are no longer required inside University-owned facilities (except for certain environments). This means that residents and guests will no longer be required to wear masks in our residence halls and apartments except for residents who are completing isolation or quarantine on campus. Individuals are welcome to wear masks if they wish.

What should I do?

Helpful steps and resources for students living in on-campus housing. More on Isolation and Quarantine.

Health and Safety

Community safety remains a top priority. Getting vaccinated, wearing masks, hand washing, testing, and other healthy behaviors are pivotal to reducing the spread of COVID-19 and ensuring a successful return to campus. It is up to each of us to continue to take precautions to keep our community safe and reduce transmission on campus.

Isolation and Quarantine

Separation from others for a period of time is an important additional step in breaking the chain of community transmission of contagious disease. Isolation separates people who have tested positive for COVID-19 from others. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of unvaccinated people who were exposed to COVID-19 to see if they become sick.

Isolation and quarantine infographic.

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 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.