All clinical experiences are suspended until further notice.

All in-person classes will be delivered online for the remainder of the semester.


The School of Nursing and University are closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and aligning our actions with Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations.

Below you will find resources for University students, faculty, staff and other employees as well as School of Nursing-specific information.


Cancellations & Postponements

Cancellations & Postponements

Childhood Obesity Prevention: The Role and Importance of FamilyScheduled for March 19, 2020, Postponed

Code Blue for Patient Earth: Pathways to a Secure Future, Scheduled for April 4, 2020: Canceled

Re-imagining How We Die: New Innovations in End-of-Life Care, Scheduled for April 5, 2020: Canceled

New Graduate Mentoring, Scheduled for April 9, 2020: Canceled

All School Reunion 2020, Scheduled for April 16, 2020, Postponed

Research Day 2020, Scheduled for April 17, 2020, Canceled

Nursing Discoveries Lunch, Scheduled for April 22, 2020, Postponed

Dean's Dinner, Scheduled for April 15, 2020, Postponed

Rochester Alumni/Student Leadership, Scheduled for April 22, 2020, Canceled

Emerita and Ad Honorem Luncheon, Scheduled for April 29, 2020, Canceled

Spring 2020 Commencement, Scheduled for May 15, 2020, Postponed

Nursing Knowledge: Big Data Science Conference, Scheduled for June 9-11, 2020, Moved to 4 online sessions (June 4, July 2, August 6 and September 17)


University Updates

University Updates

  • Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz issued a two-week, “stay at home” order for the State of Minnesota beginning at 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 27 until 5 p.m. Friday, April 10. This executive action directs all Minnesotans, including the University community, to stay home and limit trips elsewhere to critical needs only. Only those designated in “essential on-campus roles” will continue to work on campus until further notice. See President Gabel’s March 25 message.
  • In-person instruction on all University campuses is suspended through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. Students, contact your instructor for further guidance. Instructors, additional resources for alternative modes of instruction are linked below.
  • University events with an attendance of 50 people or more have been canceled for the Spring 2020 semester. In addition, all athletic competitions have been canceled. Commencements are postponed and the following form is currently open for suggestions on alternatives.
  • The University has canceled all study and education abroad programs. All returning travelers will be expected to comply with guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health pertaining to returning to their communities.
  • Most University buildings systemwide now require a U Card or other secure means of access, consistent with the protocol for each of our campuses. Review President Gabel’s March 16 message for additional information.

University Resources

Safe CampusThe best up-to-date resource for university system-wide information on COVID-19 infections and action

Global Programs and Strategy Alliance

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy Resource Center

Faculty and Staff

School of Nursing Intranet (Requires x.500)

This page has Nursing-specific information for faculty and staff, such as:

  • School of Nursing contacts for efforts regarding COVID-19
  • School communications archive
  • Resources
  • FAQ's


Effective immediately, all clinical experiences are suspended until further notice.

Effective March 18, all in-person classes will be delivered online for the remainder of the semester.

Frequently Asked Questions

Drop-in Advising:

  1. Drop-in advising has been suspended. We encourage you to make use of email, phone, or virtual appointments with any questions you might have.

  2. All advising appointments will be conducted virtually. Students will have the option to meet with their advisors virtually via Zoom or over the phone and are welcome to continue emailing questions to their advisors. If you feel an in-person meeting is absolutely needed, please let us know and we can assess the situation. BSN students should continue to utilize to schedule advising appointments.

Practicum courses:
Effective Thursday, March 12, you should not go to your clinical site. We will be letting your clinical sites and preceptors know that you will not be in clinical through March 29. We will continue to keep you and your clinical site/preceptor informed when you can resume clinical experiences. Your faculty may require some alternative clinical assignments.

Didactic courses:
On March 18, you will continue with all your enrolled courses. For courses that required you to come to campus, you now will access the course virtually.  The faculty in each of your courses will provide specific direction and expectations. All School of Nursing courses have a Canvas site and that will be the primary way you will continue to remain engaged in your enrolled courses.   If you are enrolled in a course with a lab component (N3705) or a course that has scheduled simulation, the faculty of those courses will provide you with further information.

Finally, we know that there are many of you who may be concerned about graduating at the end of the spring semester. We are fully confident that you will be able to complete the requirements for your degree to graduate in May.  We will provide more specific communication about the commencement ceremony as soon as we are able.

These are unprecedented times and a time where nurses are needed to provide the reassurance, education, care, and support to our patients and communities. We are fortunate you are in our program and look forward to your contributions to improving health and wellbeing for all.