Safety Measures

The safety of our students and employees remain paramount. Our campus will be open and ready to welcome students in the fall, while adapting as necessary to safely serve them and provide them with an extraordinary education.

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Top things to know

  • We are looking forward to welcoming students back in the fall for a mixture of face-to-face and online instruction, as well as a new model that we are calling FlexSync.
  • In order to help keep the campus community safe when the University opens this fall, face masks will be strongly recommended on campus.
  • Employees who can work remotely must continue to do so.
  • Prior to resuming in-person activities, our campus will establish a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.

Face masks Encouraged On Campus

In order to help keep the campus community safe when the University opens this fall, face masks will be strongly encouraged on campus.

This decision is based on guidance from Gov. Walz’s Executive Order 20-74 and recommendations from the CDC.

  • Use of cloth face coverings is strongly encouraged among students, faculty, and staff.
  • Face coverings shall be worn as feasible and are most essential in times when physical distancing is difficult.
  • Do not touch the face covering and wash your hands frequently. 
  • Understand how to properly use, remove, and wash cloth face coverings.
  • Masks are strongly encouraged by everyone on the Mankato campus or at one of our additional locations, including but not limited to:
    • students
    • staff
    • faculty
    • contractors
    • vendors
    • suppliers
    • visitors

Face Mask Protocol

  • Anyone entering a campus building, including a residence hall, should wear a face mask. 
  • Masks should be worn in all hallways, classrooms, public spaces, and common areas, as well as office spaces if social distancing of six feet is not possible. (When in a dorm room, the wearing of a mask is up to individual residents.)
  • Face masks are also encouraged in outdoor settings if safe social distancing and gathering practices are not possible.
  • Individuals may supply their own face masks—but the University will be providing cloth masks to all students, faculty, and staff.

More details about expectations and special circumstances related to masks will available in the coming weeks. 

COVID-19 Preparedness Planning

  • Work on our University’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan is underway, guided by a Return to Learn Advisory Committee.
  • The work of the Advisory Committee is focused on coordinating planning across a range of potential scenarios. It is supported by action teams focused on five key areas: student learning; student life; employee return; financial sustainability; communications and enrollment; and partnerships.
  • The work of the Advisory Committee is also supported by a Pandemic Operations and Tactics team focused on precautions and steps that must be taken in the context of COVID-19.