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.
Updated August 12, 2020
- The University will offer in-person and remote instruction and re-open residence halls, dining facilities, and other campus services for Fall 2020 semester in a manner consistent with public health guidelines.
- The “Stay Safe MN" campaign encourages all Minnesotans to stay home as much as possible, wear cloth face coverings (masks), and adhere to physical distancing and other safety precautions. For the University, only employees who have been approved to return individually under the Sunrise Plan or through a comparable department-level plan will work on campus until further notice.
- Learn more about the University's testing and contact tracing protocols, called MTest.
- Campuses and units may order masks for faculty and staff from U Market Services (limit two per employee and student at no cost). Learn more about how departments and offices can order branded masks from U Market.
- The international restriction for all University-purpose travel by students, faculty, and staff has been extended to Nov. 20, 2020. Domestic travel by staff or faculty using personal or fleet services vehicles is allowed, but faculty and staff domestic air travel for University purposes is discouraged unless absolutely necessary.
- Most University buildings systemwide require a U Card or other secure means of access, consistent with the protocol for each of our campuses.
Safe Campus: The best up-to-date resource for university system-wide information on COVID-19 infections and action
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
Effective immediately, all clinical experiences are suspended until further notice.
All in-person classes will be delivered online for the remainder of the semester.
Drop-in advising has been suspended. We encourage you to make use of email, phone, or virtual appointments with any questions you might have.
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 z.umn.edu/bsnadvising to schedule advising appointments.
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.
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.