Student Notification Processes

Minnesota State University, Mankato values the health and safety its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. To assist with maintaining a healthy campus community, the University asks students to follow these notification procedures to assist with any response to positive COVID-19 cases.

Notification Processes (PDF)


Daily Self-screening

Before coming to campus each day, please complete a self-screening.

  1. If you answer yes to any of the questions, isolate and seek medical advice.
  2. If the medical advice is to get tested, isolate and wait the 2-4 days for the test result.
  3. If the test result is positive for COVID-19, call the Campus Hotline at 507-389-2030.

Self-Screening Tool


Cases reported to the University

In the event of a positive COVID-19 case reported to the University by the student or someone else, the following process will be followed:

  1. The person should call the Campus Hotline at 507-389-2030 to share they (or someone) are COVID-19 positive.
  2. University Security will provide a daily report of new cases to 
    • Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management
    • Director of Student Health Services
    • Director of Environmental Health, Safety, & Risk Management.
  3. The Director of Student Health Services will share the name with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to confirm the case.

Cases reported to the Minnesota Department of Health

In the event of a positive COVID-19 case reported to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the following process will be followed:

  1. A positive COVID-19 case is reported to MDH by a healthcare provider or laboratory.
  2. Once MDH determines the person to be a student, MDH will call the Campus Hotline at 507-389-2030 to notify the University.
  3. University Security Dispatch will record the information and maintain an inventory of reported cases.
  4. University Security will provide a daily report of new cases to:
    • Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management
    • Director of Student Health Services
    • Director of Environmental Health, Safety, & Risk Management.
  5. MDH may begin contact tracing, which may include contacting the Director of Student Health Services or any Instructors of record.

Assistance with Attendance Policies

Students that need assistance with any applicable attendance policies or services should contact the Student Affairs Office at student-affairs@mnsu.edu or 507-389-2121.

Isolation and/or quarantine accommodations

Students living in university housing should contact Residential Life to arrange accommodations for isolation and/or quarantine. Isolation rooms will be available for students who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have been told by a health care provider to release this information to Residential Life. Quarantine rooms will be available for students who have been notified by Department of Health that they were in contact with a COVID-19 positive person or the student’s health care provider notified Residential Life that the student needs to quarantine.


Other Important Reminders

A suspected case or notice of a positive COVID-19 is serious and calls for action. At the same time, there are some additional privacy matters that are important to keep in mind.

Reporting is Optional

Each individual with a positive COVID-19 case has the option to notify the University of their positive test result. This is not a requirement, and no one will be compelled to notify us. However, it is our hope that the individual will notify us so we can take appropriate steps to protect the campus community.

Health Status is a Private Matter 

Each individual’s health status is a private matter, and no one should publicly declare someone as sick. In the event others need to be notified of a suspected or positive COVID-19 test result, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will provide guidance on how to do that. Do not notify classes, office colleagues, student clubs, teams, etc. of positive cases unless with specific guidance. 

Do Not Require Doctor's Notes

Current MDH recommendations include self-isolating if you have contact with a COVID-19 positive person. With the fluidity of the health of our community and the demands on healthcare providers, students and employees may not have doctor’s notes to share. For the Fall 2020 semester, please extend some grace to students and colleagues who report being COVID-19 test positive. This is also true if someone has contact with someone who has COVID-19.