Employee Expectations

This Return to Work Strategy and all University actions relating to work during the COVID-19 health crisis are based on guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and the University’s own experts.

At this time, the Minnesota Department of Health does not recommend mass testing of people who do not exhibit symptoms of COVID-19. However, public health may recommend that people who do not have symptoms get tested in certain situations. These include:

  • People who are told by public health workers that they were in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19 or are connected to a setting where an outbreak is occurring; or
  • Before certain medical procedures

If you believe you may have COVID-19, contact your primary health care provider. As with any illness, stay at home and report your absence using the standard process for your unit.


Employee Self Screening

Please help us reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. All employees are required to complete a self-screening on a daily basis, regardless if they plan to come to campus or not.

  • Employees are expected to self-screen for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 daily prior to returning to work. Self-screening signage will be placed at building entrances, as well as all common departmental entrances.
  • If an employee has been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 (like a person in your household), but the employee is not sick, the employee must notify their supervisor and stay home for 14 days. Employees should telecommute during this time if possible.
  • If an employee is advised by their healthcare provider to get tested for COVID-19, the employee should stay home and wait the 2-4 days for the test result.
  • Employees who test positive for COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and call the Campus Reporting Hotline at (507) 389-2030.
  • Employees who seek to return to work after testing positive for COVID-19 must follow directives from their healthcare provider. Employees returning to work must still follow all mask wearing and social distancing guidelines.
  • Employees should report their work status to their supervisor as soon as possible, or prior to the start of their next work shift. Employees that need assistance with any applicable leave policies or benefits should contact Human Resources at hr@mnsu.edu, or (507) 389-2015.

In the Workplace

  • Staff members must be at least six (6) feet away from each other.
  • If a meeting must be in-person, it must be in a large room with attendees at least six (6) feet away from each other and wearing cloth masks.
  • Break rooms/lunchrooms should only be utilized for food preparation (while maintaining social distancing). This does not include the University dining center so long as social distancing is practiced. Employees should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds prior to entering and leaving the room.
  • Visitors who are not directly related to the employee’s or department’s work are not allowed.
  • Employees who become sick while at work are required to go home.

Good Health Habits

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Whenever possible, keep hand sanitizer available.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze.
  • Regularly clean all high-touch areas in your workplace.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

Health Information Privacy

The University protects the privacy of our employees’ health status and health information through consistent compliance with the Minnesota Data Practices Act.

The Minnesota Department of Health will work with the University to inform employees if they have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 in the workplace, and the Minnesota Department of Health will require them to self-quarantine for the recommended amount of time. The University will not perform contact tracing unless requested by the Minnesota Department of Health.


Leave Policies

Minnesota State Mankato though Minnesota State and Minnesota Management and Budget has implemented leave policies that promote workers staying at home when they are sick, when household members are sick, or when required by a health care provider to isolate or quarantine themselves or a member of their household.

MMB has initiated a paid COVID-19 administrative leave benefit for the duration of the state emergency as declared by Governor Walz. This benefit provides paid leave to University employees who must be absent from work for reasons related to COVID-19. Information about this leave can be found at HR/LR Policy # 1440 Paid COVID-19 LeaveThis information includes references to federal legislation relating to leaves associated with COVID-19.

Sick leave policies are governed by collective bargaining agreements and personnel plans for all University employees. In general, employees should use sick leave in cases of personal illness, exposure to a contagious disease, or illness in the immediate family. Sick leave rules vary by contract, so please consult your agreement for the rules that apply to your position. The contracts can be accessed on the Human Resources website.

MMB policy on Family and Medical Leave (PDF download) 

In general, eligible employees are entitled to up to twelve (12) weeks of leave each fiscal year for certain family and medical reasons pursuant to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), relevant state law, and collective bargaining agreements and plans. Contact Human Resources with any questions about FMLA.

Accommodations for workers with underlying medical conditions or who have household members with underlying health conditions have been implemented. Please consult the paid COVID-19 administrative leave policy referenced above, or the sick leave and FMLA policies described above for more information. Specific questions should be directed to Brian Breck, Assistant Director, Human Resources at Brian.breck@mnsu.edu.

The policy of Minnesota State Mankato is to follow Minnesota Department of Health and local health department guidance and direction on informing workers if they have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 on campus and requiring them to quarantine for the required amount of time.