COVID-19 Policy Update FAQs

Last updated: June 8, 2021

According to CDC guidance, once fully vaccinated, individuals do not need to wear a mask or maintain social distance due to the protection provided by the vaccine. The vaccines have proven effective in preventing COVID-19 (especially severe illness and death) and reduce the risk of people spreading the virus. With that in mind, as state and local restrictions have eased, our policies are adapting, too.

Unvaccinated individuals who do not wear a mask risk transmitting COVID-19 to other unvaccinated persons, but there is very limited risk to those who are vaccinated. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear masks indoors in common and shared areas on campus, and outdoors when social distancing is not possible, and are encouraged to maintain a six-foot social distance between themselves and others.

Vaccination is one of the best things anyone can do to prevent getting or spreading COVID-19, and we continue to strongly recommend that those who have not yet been vaccinated do so if able. Appointments can now be scheduled directly at one of the state’s community sites through Minnesota’s Vaccine Connector, and at many pharmacies.

Per CDC and MDH guidelines, unvaccinated individuals should wear a mask indoors, and outdoors when social distancing is not possible. As part of this community, we must rely on each other to demonstrate personal responsibility and accountability to keep each other safe. If you have concerns about a member of the community not following established protocols, talk to your supervisor or Human Resources if the individual is an employee, or the Office of Student Affairs if it is a student. 

At this time, we are not requiring vaccination for all members of our community. Those who are not vaccinated still risk getting and spreading COVID-19, so unvaccinated individuals are required to continue wearing face coverings to protect themselves and others who are not vaccinated while on campus.

Yes. In keeping with current recommendations from MDH, CDC and the ACHA for institutes of higher education, we will continue to require daily health screening (through the LiveSafe app or online form), adhere to social distance recommendations in classroom and lab settings, encourage good hand hygiene, continue campus cleaning and disinfection procedures, encourage people to stay home if they are sick, and follow isolation and quarantine guidelines.

As state and local restrictions have eased, we have all experienced that it can take time to reacclimate, and we recognize that not everyone is ready to go without a mask. We encourage anyone who feels more comfortable wearing their mask, even when vaccinated, to do so, and virtual meeting opportunities remain available.

The vaccines have proven effective in preventing COVID-19 (especially severe illness and death) and reduce the risk of people spreading the virus. We continue to strongly encourage vaccination for those who are able to do so.

Yes. Medical masks and face shields will continue to be available. Students attending in-person classes can request these supplies from their faculty, and faculty and staff can request them through the same processes that have been in place.