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

Updated June 3, 2020

  • On May 1, President Gabel’s systemwide message shared the Sunrise Plan, which includes an evolving process for certain faculty and staff to request a return to their worksite using this form, as well as guidelines for all University units as they begin to plan for employees to return.​​​
  • Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz issued a “Stay Safe” order for the State of Minnesota as of Monday, May 18. It encourages all Minnesotans, including the University community, to stay home, wear cloth face coverings (masks), and avoid gatherings of more than 10 people. 
  • As of May 27, proposals for summer programs and activities are now being accepted from program coordinators.
  • All summer non-curricular events through June 30 are to be cancelled (unless they can be offered online).
  • In-person instruction on all University campuses is suspended through the end of the Summer 2020 semester with decisions about Fall 2020 forthcoming. Students, contact your instructor for further guidance. Instructors, additional resources for alternative modes of instruction are linked below.
  • Most University buildings systemwide now require a U Card or other secure means of access, consistent with the protocol for each of our campuses. The University strongly recommends that all students, staff, faculty, and those visiting our campuses
    and facilities wear masks.

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

Nursing Resources

Nursing Stories

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.

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

Student Resources

Summer 2020 Courses

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.