Student Notification Process

Students are encouraged to get vaccinated and to self-screen for covid symptoms prior to coming to campus.

reporting positive covid-19 Status

  • 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.
  • Report positive test result to the Campus Reporting Hotline (507-389-2030).
  • Students that need assistance with services should contact the Student Affairs Office at or (507) 389-2121.
  • For general questions, contact the Provost’s Office at or (507) 389-1333.

If you are a student living on campus and test positive for COVID-19

Housing COVID Information

Any student living in Residential Life Housing who tests positive for COVID-19 will have 2 options:

  • Return to permanent address to self-isolate until isolation period is complete.
  • Move to designated isolation housing until isolation period is complete.

Students will not be allowed to stay in their current room assignment with a positive test result.

Protocol for Students

  1. Report positive test result to the Campus Reporting Hotline (507-389-2030).
  2. Contact a health care provider and self-quarantine immediately.
    • During business hours, call the COVID Healthcare Hotline in Student Health Services at 507-389-5591.
    • After hours, call the COVID-19 Public Hotline at 833-431-2053.
  3. Student should contact a Residential Life staff member at or (507) 389-1011 and request temporary isolation housing.
  4. While waiting to hear from a Residential Life COVID team member on next steps, the student should remain in their room.
    • If the student needs to leave the room (for instance – to use the restroom), they should mask up and socially distance from other students.
    • An incident report submitted by Residential Life Staff triggers a response from the Res Life COVID team.
    • Incident reports are reviewed 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Incident reports that come in after 10 p.m. will be reviewed the next day.

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 Encouraged

Each individual with a positive COVID-19 case is encouraged to notify the University of their positive test result by calling (507) 389-2030. If you choose not to report your positive test results, the Minnesota Department of Health may report this to the University on your behalf following a consultation.

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-quarantining 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.