Student FAQ

Frequently asked questions from students about COVID-19 safety measures.


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Proof of Vaccination and Testing Policy


Are students required to be vaccinated?

At the current time, there is not a requirement for all students to provide proof of vaccination to attend Minnesota State University, Mankato.

However, the Minnesota State system has announced that certain groups of students, including those who live in on-campus or University-managed housing and those who participate in select campus programs and activities, will be required to show proof of vaccination or undergo weekly surveillance testing beginning Oct. 4.

In addition, student workers and graduate assistants are considered employees and must abide by the Proof of Vaccination and Testing Policy.

Do students have to take a weekly COVID-19 test?

At the current time, there is no testing requirement for all students at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

However, the Minnesota State system has announced that certain groups of students, including those who live in on-campus or University-managed housing and those who participate in select campus programs and activities, will be required to show proof of vaccination or undergo weekly surveillance testing beginning Oct. 4.

I have a work study job in an office on campus. Does that make me an employee?

Yes. Student workers at either the main Mankato campus or one of the University’s other locations are considered employees of the state and as such, must comply with the proof of vaccination and testing policy.

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COVID-19 SCREENING, TESTING AND NOTIFICATION


What if I am experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever or feverish feeling, chills, a new cough, shortness of breath, a new sore throat, new muscle aches, new headache, new loss of smell or taste?

  • Quarantine, seek medical advice, and do not come to campus.
    • A COVID Healthcare Hotline is available at Student Health Services at (507) 389-5591.
  • If the medical advice is to get tested, the student should quarantine until test results are received.

How do I report my positive COVID-19 test result?

If the test result is positive for COVID-19, then the student should call the Campus Reporting Hotline at (507) 389-2030.

Student Notification Process

When can I return to campus after testing postive to COVID-19?

Students who seek to return to campus after testing positive for COVID-19 must follow directives from their healthcare provider.

MDH guidelines state if you have COVID-19, stay home until all three of these things are true:

  • You feel better and are symptom-free
    AND
  • It has been 10 days since you tested positive for COVID-19.
    AND
  • You have been fever-free for 24 hrs without use of any medication.
  • There is no need/requirement for a negative COVID test to return to work/school.

If You Test Positive to COVID-19

If I am exposed to someone with COVID but am already vaccinated, do I have to quarantine?

The current guidance from the CDC and MDH is that vaccinated people who are exposed to the virus do not need to quarantine unless they are experiencing symptoms.

If You Have Contact with Covid-19

What if I have been in contact with someone that has COVID?

If you are vaccinated, continue to monitor symptoms.

If you are not vaccinated, please call the Campus Reporting Hotline at (507) 389-2030 for the most up-to-date instructions.

  • For questions about symptoms, testing, or risk of COVID-19, call the Student Health Services COVID Healthcare Hotline at (507) 389-5591.
  • Contact your faculty members to inform them that you will not be attending class.
  • Students living in University housing should contact Residential Life to arrange accommodations for isolation/quarantine at reslife@mnsu.edu or (507) 389-1011.
  • Students that need assistance with services should contact the Student Affairs Office at student-affairs@mnsu.edu or (507) 389-2121.
  • For general questions, contact the Provost’s Office at provost@mnsu.edu or (507) 389-1333.

If You Have Contact with Covid-19

What if a student is exhibiting symptoms? What do I do?

There are many reasons why someone might cough, sneeze, or have a runny nose (including, for example, seasonal allergies). We all must avoid making assumptions about others’ health status or impermissibly discriminating against others based on perceived health status. Accordingly, no individual should be assumed to be infected with COVID-19 on the basis of apparent symptoms; you should not attempt to make medical diagnoses in class.

Students who wish to report concerns or issues about hygiene and respiratory etiquette can contact the Student Affairs Office at student-affairs@mnsu.edu or (507) 389-2121.

If I have traveled internationally, do I have to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test before returning to campus?

If you are traveling internationally and you are fully vaccinated with a U.S. approved vaccination, you are not required to test or quarantine prior to returning to campus.

If you are not fully vaccinated, please complete a covid-19 test 3-5 days upon returning. It is also recommended to quarantine for 10 days after returning to the U.S.

U.S. approved vaccinations are Moderna, Johnson and Johnson and Pzier. If you have been vaccinated with a different vacine, you are not considered fully vaccinated.

Can students get tested on campus?

Yes. Please call the Student Health Services COVID Healthcare Hotline at (507) 389-5591 for more information and to make an appointment. Tests are by appointment only.

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CAMPUS SAFETY PROCEDURES INCLUDING FACE COVERINGS


Do I have to wear a face mask on campus?

Effective Monday, August 9, all students, employees, visitors, contractors and vendors of Minnesota State Mankato are required to wear a face covering over both the nose and mouth in all indoor spaces regardless of vaccination status. This action is being employed under MDH and Minnesota State system guidance and in care for the wellbeing of our campus community.

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CAMPUS SERVICES, FACILITIES, AND OPERATIONS (INCLUDING TRAVEL & GRADUATION)


Are all campus services open?

All campus services are open, however some may be open virtually or have modified hours of operation.

Will I be able to study abroad fall 2021?

As per the updated guidance document from Chancellor Malhotra (August 6, 2021), the following is in effect until further notice.

“For student travel, the international travel ban will remain in place. The state system will reevaluate and communicate an update on potential loosening of the travel ban no later than October 15, 2021. Colleges and universities can continue planning for study abroad trips occurring in the spring of 2022, while attending to key planning, cancellation, and refund deadlines.”

For more information visit the Center for Education Abroad and Away.

If campus has to close, do I have to move home?

If we have a similar situation as we did during the spring 2020 semester, the residence halls will remain open for students who wish or need to stay.

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COURSE DELIVERY AND FLEXSYNC


What are the different class delivery options?

In-Person classes will have required  face-to-face interaction in a classroom, lab or field experience. Some course components may be delivered in alternative formats, but the majority of the course is delivered in-person in a space that has been prepared to accommodate students and faculty safely.

Hybrid courses will largely be delivered online, but they may include  some  required face-to-face interaction as well.  For example, one week the class may meet in-person; the next week, it may have online-only activities.

Online Only classes will be offered online, with no in-person interaction. Some online classes are asynchronous, which means that there are no required video conference meetings; others are  synchronous, which means that you must engage with the instructor at a scheduled time. Online courses have additional fees associated to them, although those fees do not apply to classes that have moved online as a result of the pandemic. The removal of online course fees for classes that moved to online as a result of the pandemic are currently being processed; reductions will be reflected on your student tuition bill next week.

FlexSync courses are held in-person by instructors in the classroom with the option of remote attendance of students via Zoom. In-person attendance is strongly encouraged.  Students who need to participate remotely for any reason should contact their instructor by the end of the first week. Instructors may set attendance expectations for those who have not arranged remote attendance. International students attending class remotely from home countries will be granted remote attendance automatically.

Note: You may see the term HyFlex on your course schedule; the Minnesota State system uses HyFlex to describe flexible classes in general – but FlexSync is Minnesota State Mankato’s more comprehensive learning solution designed to support you.

How will faculty decide who gets to go to class for FlexSync?

Undergraduate FlexSync courses are held in-person by instructors in the classroom with the option of remote attendance of students via zoom. In-person attendance is strongly encouraged. Students that need to participate remotely for any reason should contact their instructor by the end of the first week. Instructors may set attendance expectations for those that have not arranged remote attendance. International students attending class remotely from home countries will be granted remote attendance automatically.

How do I meet with faculty if they say they won't be on campus this semester?

Faculty will be holding virtual office hours to accommodate if they, or their students, aren’t on campus.

Can I refuse to attend in-person courses if I am concerned with my health?

Yes, if you don’t feel comfortable attending class in-person accommodations can be made via FlexSync classes.

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS


I am an international student, what is the new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Guidance?

Current students:

  • For Fall semester, current students even outside the US may remain in active SEVIS status and study online if they have a full course of study and current students in the US may take all of their classes online and remain in active SEVIS status if they take a full course of study.
  • Current students on campus are free to take any type of instruction (but will need to be enrolled full-time and abide by regular immigration guidelines).

New incoming international students:

  • The guidance changed on July 24th and new incoming international students are not allowed to study all online on campus.
  • Students should read the attached and contact Jacy Fry, the Director of the Kearney Center for International Student Services and advising staff to assure that they attend some in person. Student is ultimately responsible for making sure they meet this requirement.

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