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The promise of a fulfilling year with in-person classes, events, and social interactions grows daily thanks to the commitment of students, faculty, and staff to keep our community safe and healthy.

We can have a year full of all of these things and more if we take final steps together: Get the Vax today!


Vaccine Boosters 

December 27, 2021: President Gabel sent a message regarding vaccine boosters.


Requirement to Provide Proof of Vaccination

November 23, 2021: Message from Vice President for Human Resources Ken Horstman regarding the requirement to provide proof of vaccination or exemption

The University is taking important steps to comply with a federal executive order to protect vital federal funds. As a result, all University of Minnesota faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate student workers, adjuncts, professionals in training, and postdoctoral associates must fill out the “Report a Vaccination or Exemption” form in MyU in the My Info tab under Vaccination by December 3, 2021.

We understand this is an additional responsibility related to COVID-19 and want to thank you in advance for your assistance in taking this extra step. Our collective response continues to be effective in managing COVID-19 rates on our University campuses and workplaces.

More information on the process, how-to resources and tips, are available from the Office of Human Resources. If you have questions about the forms or process, or need help, reach out to UMN Crookston Human Resources staff. You can also reach out to the OHR Contact Center at 612-624-8647, 800-756-2363, or [email protected]. Additional information is included in the new COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Protocol Requirements for University Employees and Student Workers.

Also see October 22, 2021:  Message from President Joan Gabel regarding proof of vaccination changes


Presentation

Jakub Tolar giving a COVID-19 Update. Click to view video.

 

September 16, 2021: Dr. Jakub Tolar Presentation to UMN Crookston regarding the importance of getting the COVID vaccination.


Students

On August 23, 2021, the FDA approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, and with that, the University has officially added the COVID-19 vaccine to those already required for students. All students systemwide received an email with instructions on how to confirm their vaccination status by October 8, 2021. The two exemptions are a medical exemption, which requires a doctor’s signature on a UMN form, or a sincerely held religious exemption, which requires a notarized signature by the student on a UMN form. As with our other required immunizations, we will place a registration hold on the account of any students who do not comply, and we will lift the hold as soon as they are in compliance. 

Student workers: If you previously attested or shared information about your vaccination status as an employee or through the vaccination form for students, you are required to upload proof under this new process due to changes in government regulations. We realize that this is an additional step, given that you already provided some vaccination data, and we appreciate your attention to the requirement. You will not need to take further action if you have already filed a request for exemption from vaccination through the student mandate process.

Faculty and Staff

Beginning November 23, 2021, faculty and staff, are expected to submit proof of vaccination or exemption status by December 3, 2021.  See Faculty & Staff FAQ's below for more information or letter from Kenneth E. Horstman, Vice President for Human Resources.


Schedule your vax today

The Minnesota Department of Health has a vaccine connector to assist with getting signed up to get vaccinated.

It is also recommended to check with your primary health care provider or use the MDH Vaccine Locator map to find a vaccine appointment near you. Listed below are local vaccine sites you can also contact to make an appointment to get vaccinated.

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Where to get the Vaccine

The North Dakota Department of Health has opened access to the public to receive the COVID vaccine. If you are a North Dakota resident or if your healthcare provider is in North Dakota, you are eligible to get vaccinated in North Dakota. To assist you in finding a North Dakota location, log onto the North Dakota vaccine locator.

If you live outside Minnesota or North Dakota, you can use vaccines.gov to find the closest location near you.

Vaccine Info

Vaccine Info by Jakub Tolar, Dean of the UMN Medical School/VP for Clinical Affairs

Vaccine Info Sheets

Frequently asked questions for faculty/staff, students and families.

Students

Q: How can I report my vaccine date(s)?
A: Students who have received a World Health Organization approved vaccine for COVID-19 can report the vaccine type and date online.
Updated December 14, 2021

Q: Can I be exempt from receiving the COVID vaccine?
A: Students may complete a medical exemption or an exemption for a sincerely held religious belief online. There will a form for your exemption type in the survey that you will need to download, complete, and upload back into the survey.
Updated December 14, 2021

Q: If I work on campus as a student worker, do I need to submit proof of vaccination again?
A: If you previously attested or shared information about your vaccination status as an employee or through the vaccination form for students, you are required to upload proof under this new process due to changes in government regulations. We realize that this is an additional step, given that you already provided some vaccination data, and we appreciate your attention to the requirement. You will not need to take further action if you have already filed a request for exemption from vaccination through the student mandate process.
Updated November 23, 2021

Q: Who is exempt from getting the vaccine? How do I appeal exemption criteria?
A: The two exemptions are a medical exemption, which requires a doctor’s signature on a UMN form, or a sincerely held religious exemption, which requires a notarized signature by the student on a UMN form.  Notaries are available on-campus, of whom are: Renee Mulcahy and Donna Larson, in the Business Affairs Office.
Updated September 7, 2021

Q: Is there an option for students who elect not to get the vaccine to test weekly?
A: There is not an option for students to elect to test weekly instead of getting vaccinated or completing documentation for an exemption.
Updated August 23, 2021

Q: If a student has been vaccinated with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, but only the Pfizer is FDA approved, will the student have to get the Pfizer vaccine? 
A: Once one of the vaccines receives formal FDA approval, any vaccine the FDA has approved for emergency use, or the World Health Organization for that matter, will meet the vaccination requirement.
Updated August 23, 2021

Q: What are the outcomes if the student doesn’t provide a COVID form?
A: Students who have not complied with the vaccination requirements will have a registration hold placed on their account.  They will not be able to begin classes in the following semester unless they meet vaccination requirements.  This is the same as for UMN’s other vaccination requirements. 
Updated August 16, 2021

Q: If we are required to be vaccinated, why are we still required to wear masks?
A: Masks are an effective means of preventing the spread of COVID, including the Delta variant.  At this time, the vaccination requirement has not gone into effect; thus, the masking requirement is our best tool (in addition to the current voluntary vaccinations) to prevent the spread of COVID.  As with all procedures aimed at protecting our community, we will continue to monitor infection and vaccination rates as well as the best scientific information to revise the policy when appropriate. 
Updated August 16, 2021

Q: Are students studying online required to get the vaccine?  
A: All students taking 1.0 credit or more--including in online courses--will be required to abide by the vaccination requirements. 

Updated August 16, 2021

Q: Does Vax 2.0 apply to students taking less than 6.0 credits? 
A: The COVID vaccination requirement applies to all students completing 1.0 credit or more of coursework. 
Updated August 16, 2021

Q: Do PSEO students need the vaccine, or do they just need to comply with their High School policies?
A: PSEO students will be required to be vaccinated. 
Updated August 23, 2021

Q: Do College in the High School (CIHS) students need the vaccine?
A: CIHS students will follow their high school policies and not have to abide by the University's Vax 2.0.

Updated August 23, 2021

 

Faculty/Staff

NOTE: Please read the November 23, 2021 update from Vice President for Human Resources Ken Horstman regarding the requirement to provide proof of vaccination or exemption.


Q: Why has there been a change to provide proof of vaccination?
A: The University is taking important steps to comply with a federal executive order to protect vital federal funds.
Updated November 23, 2021

Q: When and how do I need to provide proof of vaccination or exemption?
A: By December 3, 2021, all University of Minnesota faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate student workers, adjuncts, professionals in training, and postdoctoral associates must fill out the “Report a Vaccination or Exemption” form in MyU in the My Info tab under Vaccination. 
Updated November 23, 2021

Q: How can faculty and staff file to be exempt from getting the vaccine?
A: Yes, faculty and staff can request a medical or religious exemption. The medical exemption must be completed and signed by a licensed healthcare professional. The religious exemption should be completed by
you and notarized. Do not submit additional documents with your exemption form. Those who elect not to take the vaccine must test weekly.

Updated November 23, 2021

Q: How do I submit my medical or religious exemption?
A: Forms will need to be submitted using these instructions. You will not receive an email saying you have successfully completed the process or that your exemption has been approved. You only receive an email if there is a missing document or other issue with your certification or exemption.  You can use a smartphone or tablet to photograph and upload your information as a JPG, JPEG, PDF, or PNG file. More information and how-to resources are available for both certifying vaccination information and uploading exemption forms.
Updated November 23, 2021

Q: I am vaccinated, how do I provide proof of vaccination?  
A: If you are vaccinated, you will need to submit your proof of vaccination for each dose received, including the name of the COVID-19 vaccine, dates, the vaccine provider, and an image of documents proving your vaccination. If you received a two-dose vaccine, enter your first dose information and image, and then click the plus icon (+) to submit the second dose. Note that you'll need to upload your image again when entering the information for your second dose. Step-by-step instructions are available.
Updated November 23, 2021

Q: I am seeking an exemption, do I still need to test weekly?  
A: At this point, those who have not been vaccinated continue to follow existing federal guidelines and laws regarding weekly testing. This includes faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate student workers, adjuncts, professionals in training, and postdoctoral associates. Testing guidelines for employees are available from the Office of Human Resources. Our current process of weekly testing for the unvaccinated will continue as a commitment to the health and safety of our community.  We will update you if our testing approach changes due to new federal or state guidance.
Updated November 23, 2021

Q: Can faculty remove students from the classroom if not wearing masks properly, or refusing to wear them?
A: Faculty should first encourage students to comply with the facial covering policy.  If the student refuses, please follow the Protocol: How to Respond to a Non-Compliant Student
Updated September 7, 2021

Q: If a student is showing symptoms of a respiratory virus, regardless of vaccination status, can they be prevented from attending their classes? 
A: All employees and students are asked to stay home if they are demonstrating any COVID symptoms and follow current MDH guidelines for monitoring, testing, and quarantine.  That said, it is also possible that students will come to class with a known non-COVID medical ailment (e.g. allergies).  Faculty and employees may always encourage students to take care of themselves when showing signs of illness, but students may not be removed from class unless their behavior is so significant as to disrupt the educational experience for others.
Updated August 16, 2021

Q: Can we require a student who is showing symptoms to get tested, even if they have been vaccinated?  
A: Short of published testing requirements such as those for student-athletes, we do not require students to get tested.  That said, we can always demonstrate care, not that we observe the individual is struggling with a symptom, and encourage them to see the Campus Nurse or a medical professional. 
Updated August 16, 2021

Q: What level of schoolwork accommodation will be expected for students in isolation/quarantine?  
A: Given the number of students who we expect to get vaccinated plus the number who have increased immunity because they have had the disease, we do not expect the volume of accommodation requests this year that we had last year.  That being said, we do expect them, and encourage you to review the language in our student absence policy as you prepare for fall.  When there are unique cases or challenges, we encourage you to consult with your Division Head. 
Updated August 16, 2021

Q: What if an employee refuses to complete/comply with the attestation?  Will they be disciplined?
A: Disciplinary procedures and protocols are currently being developed and, where necessary, being vetted with bargaining units.
Updated August 16, 2021

Families

Q: With the new federal mandate, if my student works on campus, do they need to submit proof of vaccination?
A: The University is taking important steps to comply with a federal executive order to protect vital federal funds. As a result, all University of Minnesota faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate student workers, adjuncts, professionals in training, and postdoctoral associates must fill out the “Report a Vaccination or Exemption” form in MyU in the My Info tab under Vaccination by December 3, 2021. If your student previously attested or shared information about their vaccination status through the form for students, they are required to upload proof under this new process due to changes in government regulations. We realize that this is an additional step, given that they already provided some vaccination data, and we appreciate your attention to the requirement. They will not need to take further action if they have already filed a request for exemption from vaccination through the student mandate process.
Updated November 23, 2021

Q: How can my student apply for a vaccination exemption?
A: First, we do want to impress upon you that the vaccine is safe and effective and the requirement is based on the best scientific evidence of leading experts in the country including those here at the University of Minnesota. As of August 23, 2021 students will have six weeks to verify that they have received the vaccine, get the vaccine, or provide documentation for an exemption. The two exemptions are a medical exemption, which requires a doctor’s signature on a UMN form, or a sincerely held religious exemption, which requires a notarized signature by the student on a UMN form.  Notaries are available on-campus, of whom are: Renee Mulcahy and Donna Larson, in the Business Affairs Office.
Updated September 7, 2021

Q: Is there an option for students who elect not to get the vaccine to test weekly?
A: There is not an option for students to elect to test weekly instead of getting vaccinated or completing documentation for an exemption.
Updated August 23, 2021

Q: If a student has been vaccinated with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, but only the Pfizer is FDA approved, will the student have to get the Pfizer vaccine? 
A: Once one of the vaccines receives formal FDA approval, any vaccine the FDA has approved for emergency use, or the World Health Organization for that matter, will meet the vaccination requirement. 
Updated August 23, 2021

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