Bring Huskies Home

Bring Huskies Home

Questions & Answers

Due to the evolving COVID-19 environment, these questions and answers are subject to change. 

GENERAL QUESTIONS

What can I do to protect myself and others from COVID-19 and its variants?

There are several things you can do to protect yourself and minimize the transmission of the COVID-19 virus:

  • SCSU strongly recommends all faculty, staff and students get vaccinated for COVID-19
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Cover your mouth when coughing.
  • Clean/disinfect areas that are high touch.
  • Avoid contact with others who are not feeling well.
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well.
  • Wear masks/face coverings when required by the transmission levels – SCSU will notify campus when this is required.
  • SCSU strongly recommends wearing a mask if unvaccinated regardless of the transmission level.

What should I do if I am experiencing symptoms related to those of the COVID-19 virus?

Symptoms related to the COVID-19 virus may include cough, fever, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, loss of taste and smell, congestion and/or nausea. All SCSU employees and students are encouraged to heed the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and, in particular, stay home when feeling sick, even if they are fully vaccinated.

  • Students who experience some or all of these symptoms should call the SCSU Medical Clinic triage line at 320-308-3193 for guidance.
  • SCSU employees should call their medical clinic to discuss their symptoms.

If I am vaccinated, do I need to get tested for COVID-19?

Even if you are vaccinated, if you know you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and you are experiencing symptoms common to COVID-19, it is recommended you get tested. There is evidence that fully vaccinated people may be able to transmit the disease. It is recommended you wear a mask for 14 days or until you receive negative test results.

If I am vaccinated and test positive for COVID-19, do I need to stay away from others?

Yes. Per the Minnesota Department of Health, even if you are vaccinated, if you test positive for COVID-19, you need to stay away from others until you feel better, it has been at least 10 days since you felt sick, and you have not had a fever for 24 hours.

Where can I get a COVID-19 test?

There are many sites in Minnesota to get a free COVID-19 test. The State of Minnesota COVID-19 Response website provides a list of testing locations around the state.

  • SCSU students may get a COVID-19 test at the St. Cloud State University Medical Clinic on campus.
  • The River’s Edge Convention Center offers the St. Cloud community no-cost COVID-19 testing.
  • A COVID-19 Test at Home kit may be ordered at no cost.
  • The University expects to provide testing on campus again this fall – watch for details.

Where can I go to learn more about COVID-19?

How will the University keep our campus community updated about COVID-19-related information?

The University will continue to use its regular communication channels including the University website; social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram); and e-mail (our official communication medium). We will also host town halls, regularly update the “Bring Huskies Home” web pages that may be accessed directly from the SCSU home page, and use the Star Alert system.

Where can a university office get official signage about current COVID-19 protocols?

Print Services has the official campus templates for the COVID-19 protocol. Signage may be ordered by campus departments through Print Services.

How will the University communicate information to parents?

The Husky Family Hub www.stcloudstate.edu/parents is an information portal to support the success of new and returning students and their parents.

How often will President Wacker hold Town Halls?

Town Halls will be held weekly when there is new and updated information to share.

Town Halls are recorded and available on the Bring Huskies Home (BHH) website.

What are St. Cloud State University’s mitigation efforts, in terms of cleaning, for preventing COVID-19 transmission?

  • All cleaning/disinfecting products are effective for 72-hours.
  • Common areas in all buildings will be cleaned daily including glass, floors, and trash; high touch areas will be cleaned twice daily.
  • Restrooms will be cleaned daily including disinfecting fixtures, cleaning walls/partitions and floors; high touch areas will be cleaned twice daily.
  • Classrooms will be cleaned daily including trash, whiteboards/chalkboards, tables/desktops, and high touch areas; floors and walls will be cleaned bi-weekly.

Will there be sanitizing wipes available in offices, classrooms, and other spaces on campus?

There will be sanitizing products in office suites, classrooms, and common areas. If you find the supply is low or unavailable, please put in a work order through the Facilities Management website.

Will there be in-person events on campus?

Yes! We are offering the Full Husky Experience this fall. Campus departments are already planning in-person events such as Huskies First Four and Main Street. President Wacker is personally welcoming our campus community during Convocation Week. Athletics is excited to welcome back our fabulous fans to sporting events and celebrate Homecoming 2021 in October.

What is the general COVID-19 protocol for campus events?

We are excited for our campus and our St. Cloud communities to come together to celebrate the amazing events and programs we host both on and off campus. We encourage you to be engaged. Masks may be required depending upon the Stearns county transmission rates and associated community transmission levels.

VACCINATIONS

What is the University doing to provide vaccinations for our students and employees?

Vaccinations are available to our community, including students and employees, at many locations in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health has a vaccination locator site which may be found at: https://www.health.state.mn.us/people/immunize/basics/vaxfinder.html.

  • SCSU students may receive the COVID-19 vaccine, at no charge, through the SCSU Medical Clinic.
  • The University is currently working on a way to provide on-campus vaccination opportunities for employees.

In addition, SCSU has also joined the White House’s COVID-19 College Challenge where we have committed to three key actions:

  • Ensure every member of our campus community knows they are eligible for a vaccine and has resources to find one.
  • Identify champions for vaccine efforts across campus and implement a plan to get as many members of our campus community as possible, vaccinated.
  • Bring vaccine access on-site.

Why are people not getting vaccinated?

Getting any type of vaccine is a personal choice. There are many reasons people have chosen to not get the COVID-19 vaccination. As a University community, we look to science and data to inform our decisions. We understand the vaccine can protect us from getting severely sick; it helps reduce transmission of the virus in our communities; although the vaccine development may seem fast, it was tested for safety and efficacy using approved processes; although you may have some side effects from the vaccine, they typically last only a day or two; and finally, even if you’ve had the virus, it is important to get the vaccine for added protection. Because of credible research, data, and evidence, we strongly encourage those who can, to get vaccinated. If you have not yet been vaccinated, please ensure your decision is informed by credible research. Consult reliable and respected health sources such as the CDC, MDH, Mayo Clinic, and Johns Hopkins Medical Center; ask questions of medical experts and professionals; and talk about your unique health situation with your trusted medical provider. To learn about some of the common COVID-19 vaccine myths, consider reading this piece published by the Mayo Clinic.

What is the vaccination protocol for our university?

Per the new state and system policy, effective September 8, 2021, all state agency employees, including employees of Minnesota State who are assigned to work at the workplace or otherwise provide agency services outside their home, are required to either show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or be tested at least weekly. We are awaiting further clarification on policies and procedures for the testing that will be required for those employees who are not fully vaccinated.

“Employees” include the following:

  • Administration, faculty, and staff
  • Student workers
  • Graduate Assistants
  • Contractors and vendors serving as an extension of campus (Ex. Bookstore, Food Service, Public Safety)

Is the University considering requiring vaccinations for students ?

At this time, vaccines are not required for students.  To ensure our campus community remains healthy, however, it is strongly recommended that all students practice healthy habits and get the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccine appointments are available at VaccineConnector.mn.gov or by making an appointment for one at the SCSU Medical Clinic, by calling 320-308-3193.

I received my vaccination outside of the United States. Will I be in compliance with the State of Minnesota vaccination policy?

Currently there are three vaccines approved and authorized in the United States

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson

The World Health Organization has determined the following vaccines, in addition to the three listed above, meet the criteria for safety and efficacy:

  • AstraZeneca
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac

All six vaccines meet the State of Minnesota criteria for vaccination.

How will the University ensure employees are either vaccinated or had a weekly COVID-19 test?

An original CDC vaccination card provides evidence of vaccination status. The State of Minnesota is still working out the logistics of how to test state employees. We will share more information as soon as it is available.

What is the University doing to encourage vaccinations?

SCSU is offering incentives for employees and students to get vaccinated. Those who are already vaccinated are also eligible to participate in the drawings.

Weekly Prizes for students 

  • 5 mini–Blizzard Plush figures
  • 10 SCSU T-shirts
  • 3 $50 Blizzard Bucks packs

Grand Prizes for students — drawing on Oct. 1 

  • 1 free annual parking permit
  • Lunch with President Wacker for you and three guests (1 prize)
  • 1 58-inch television
  • One semester free undergraduate tuition*

*There may be tax and reporting implications related to the prize

Weekly Prizes for employees (10 per week)  

  • 2 SCSU polo shirts (male or female style)
  • 6 KVSC mugs
  • 2 KVSC pom-pom hats

Grand Prizes for employees — drawing on Oct. 1 

  • 1 SCSU jacket (men’s or women’s)
  • Lunch with President Wacker for you and three guests (1 prize)

May I ask a student or employee if they have been vaccinated?

No. Vaccination status is private information. While voluntary disclosure of this information is acceptable, employees and students should not inquire about another’s vaccination status.

MASK/FACE COVERINGS

Are masks/face coverings required for students, employees, and guests when they are on campus?

Yes.  SCSU has implemented a masking/face covering protocol that is based on COVID-19 virus transmission levels in the community (Stearns County).  Most recently, the transmission levels were determined to be substantial (orange level) and high (red level). If the transmission rate is determined to be moderate (yellow level) or low (blue level) for fourteen or more consecutive days while a mask mandate is active, the mask/face covering requirement will be removed. When the masking requirement is in place, everyone on campus, regardless of their vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask/face covering, when indoors, during the designated time period.

Are there any circumstances where the mask mandate will be in effect at all times?

Yes. Courses that involve a high level of aerosolization and other droplet-inducing activities, such as choir and band, will require face masks/covering until further notice and are independent of the university masking protocol. Resources that may be helpful:

What are the metrics to determine the transmission levels?

The transmission levels were defined by the Center for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

  • Total number of new cases per 100,000 persons within the last 7 days.
  • Percentage of positive diagnostic and screening nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT) during the last 7 days.

Why are we taking this approach?

We know the community transmission changes daily. We want to monitor and be consistent in watching the data to make decisions for our campus based on current data.

Does the masking/face covering protocol apply to the Plymouth campus?

The process for determining if masks/face coverings are required is the same for the Plymouth campus as it is for the St. Cloud campus. The actual masking/face covering requirement, however, may not align between the St. Cloud campus and the Plymouth campus because they are located in different communities and those communities may have different virus transmission levels.

How will the University communicate the masking requirement?

The university will use its regular communication channels, including the University website; social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram); and e-mail (our official communication medium), to communicate the masking requirement. We will also announce it at Town Halls, put an update on the “Bring Huskies Home” web pages, and use the Star Alert system . In addition, signs will be posted on campus building entrances so guests/visitors are aware of the masking protocol. If you invite guests to campus, we encourage you to provide guidance to our visitors about the masking protocol, in advance of their visit.

May I wear a face shield instead of a mask?

No. The CDC has determined that face shields are not as effective at protecting you or those around you because the gaps in the shield allow respiratory droplets to transmit. The CDC has a Guide to Masks on its website.

When the masking requirement is in place, do we have to wear masks both indoors and outdoors?

When the masking requirement is in place, everyone on our campus (students, employees, and guests) is required to wear a mask/face covering when indoors. If you are in an outdoor setting, you are not required to wear a face covering.

Who is responsible for enforcing the masking requirement?

We are all responsible for the health and safety of our campus community. This is a new process and it is different from last year. A friendly and gentle reminder about the mask mandate is certainly appropriate. Masks will be available at centrally-located places on campus.

If I work alone in a private office and I have my door closed, do I need to wear a mask?

No.

Whether or not the mask mandate is in place, if I want people to wear a mask when meeting in my office/space may I ask them to wear a mask?

Yes. When meeting with others in your office/space, you may ask them to wear a mask. It is equally respectful for you to wear a mask in a confined space, if asked. If you wish others to wear a mask/face covering when in your office, it may be helpful to have door signage that indicates a mask/face covering is requested. It is wise to always carry a mask/face covering with you for these types of circumstances.

Do non-vaccinated individuals always need to wear a face mask/covering when they are on campus?

The University is not requiring students, employees, or guests to disclose their vaccination status except to authorized personnel, in compliance with the state and system office policy on vaccinations. The University, in alignment with the MDH, however, strongly encourages those who are not vaccinated to wear a face covering to protect themselves and others regardless of a campus-wide masking requirement.

CLASSES

What is the plan for classes in the fall?

The University’s strategy for fall semester 2021 is to reignite and support a vibrant campus with students living in our residence halls, classes offered in-person at a ratio similar to fall semester 2019, students engaged in varied activities, our campus community cheering for our athletic teams, and all services operating at full capacity.

Our strategy incorporates the following principles:

  • The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff are our top priorities.
  • Classes will be offered in-person at a similar ratio to fall semester 2019.
  • Technology needs will continue to be evaluated and incorporated into classroom spaces.
  • Our processes and procedures will be considerate of needs and iterative.
  • Our students and employees will continue to navigate the impacts of the pandemic; we will need to continue to be supportive and work with them to develop reasonable solutions.

Will classroom capacity limits be adjusted and/or physical distancing implemented?

Classrooms are scheduled at their regular capacities. There are no physical distancing requirements in the classroom.

Will course modalities change from where they were when students registered?

Course modalities are expected to remain as they were when courses were originally available for student registration. If a course was originally offered as in-person it will remain an in-person course; if a course was originally offered as an online course, it will be delivered as an online course. Certainly, there are unforeseen and atypical situations that may necessitate a course modality change, but those circumstances are rare. Should we receive guidance from the CDC, MDH, and/or MinnState to change course modalities, we will implement that guidance.

Why has the University not moved to fully online courses this fall?

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. This year, compared to last year, we have the COVID-19 vaccination which is proven effective in keeping a vaccinated individual from significant illness from the COVID-19 virus. We are committed to providing our students with a holistic educational experience while keeping them healthy and safe.

How is the University deciding course modalities?

While we recognize that some students prefer to take their courses online while others prefer in-person, each dean takes student needs, pedagogical best practices, and the It’s Time strategy into consideration when determining course modalities. We have committed to both prospective and returning students to offer the full Husky experience which is grounded in building in-person relationships and learning partnerships on campus.

STUDENTS

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

Even if you are vaccinated ….

  • Stay home.
  • Call the SCSU Medical Clinic at 320-308-3193 for individual guidance. Do not go to the Medical Clinic in person.
  • Separate/isolate yourself from people and animals.
  • Per the MDH guidelines, stay away from others until you feel better, it has been at least 10 days since you felt sick, and you have not had a fever for 24 hours.
  • Note: Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks/months and need not delay the conclusion of the isolation period.

What should I do if I have had close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

If you have not been vaccinated:

  • Stay at home.
  • Call the SCSU Medical Clinic at 320-308-3193 for individual guidance. Do not go to the Medical Clinic in person.
  • Per the MDH guidelines, quarantine for 14 days after the last exposure to the individual with COVID-19.

If you have been vaccinated:

  • You do not need to say home if you are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Per the MDH guidelines, get tested for COVID-19 3-5 days after the exposure even if you are not experiencing symptoms; if you develop symptoms, get tested right away.
  • Wear a mask when around others for 14 days following the exposure.

Am I able to continue taking my class online if have to isolate or quarantine? Do I have the option to take my in-person courses online if I have to care for a sick family member?

Each circumstance and class is unique and requires consultation with your professors. Last year the University was given significant flexibility by our accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission and MinnState system. That flexibility is no longer available. We recommend you have a conversation with your professor about options. We will do our best to be flexible within the guidelines to which we must adhere.

Am I able to take a course online if I have a medically-related circumstance?

Just as before the pandemic, we work closely with students who have disabilities recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ensure equal access to programs and services. Please consult the Student Accessibilities Services website or contact the Student Accessibilities Services office for an individual consultation.

Will residence halls have doubles or singles available?

Residence halls have both doubles and singles available. You have the option of requesting a single if you are interested.

Do I have to wear a mask/face covering in my own residence hall?

If the University has mandated a mask/face-covering, you will need to wear a mask indoors, including in the residence hall. You will not need to wear a mask while you are in your residence hall room although if you are not vaccinated, we do encourage you to wear a mask when in close proximity to others, even in your residence hall room.

Are students required to get vaccinated?

Currently, we do not have a vaccination requirement for students. To ensure our campus community remains healthy, it is strongly recommended that all students practice healthy habits and get the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccine appointments are available at VaccineConnector.mn.gov or by contacting the SCSU Medical Clinic at (320) 308-3193.

Are any student groups included in the vaccination attestation protocol for our university?

Yes.  Per the new state and system policy, effective October 4th, 2021, students that are engaged in certain activities at the university are required to either show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or be tested at least weekly. It is important to note that this list will continue to change over the next month and you are encouraged to check periodically for any updates.

SCSU Students included in this policy:

  • Student Athletes
  • Students residing in on-campus residence halls

Please note that some SCSU students may be required by their clinical/internship sites to be vaccinated in order to complete their clinical/internship requirements.  Please contact your faculty advisor for more information.

Can student organizations have banquets or other meetings/gatherings?

Yes! We are excited for our campus and our St. Cloud communities to come together to celebrate the amazing events and programs we host both on and off campus. We encourage you to be engaged. Each event on campus will need to complete the Event/Gathering Safety Plan form prior to holding the event. Masks may be required depending upon the county transmission rates and associated community transmission levels.

FACULTY

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

Even if you are vaccinated ….

  • Stay home.
  • Call Human Resources (HR) for confidential and individual guidance; do not go to Human Resources in person.
  • Advise your dean you are staying home and are in communication with HR.
  • Separate/isolate yourself from people and animals.
  • Stay away from others until you feel better, it has been at least 10 days since you felt sick/tested positive for COVID-19, and you have not had a fever for 24 hours.
  • Note: Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks/months and need not delay the conclusion of the isolation period.

What should I do if I have had close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

If you have not been vaccinated:

  • Stay home.
  • Call Human Resources for confidential and individual guidance; do not go to Human Resources in person.
  • Advise your dean you are staying home and are in communication with HR.
  • Quarantine for 14 days after the last exposure to the individual with COVID-19.

If you have been vaccinated:

  • You do not need to say home if you are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Per the MDH guidelines, get tested for COVID-19 3-5 days after the exposure even if you are not experiencing symptoms; if you develop symptoms, get tested right away.
  • Wear a mask when around others for 14 days following the exposure or until you receive a negative test result.

Am I able to move my in-person or hybrid course to fully online if I have to isolate or quarantine due to a COVID-19 infection?

Each circumstance is unique and requires consultation with your Dean and Human Resources. Last year the University was given significant flexibility by our accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission, and the MinnState system. That flexibility is no longer available. We have committed to our students to not change course modalities unless required by MinnState. Common options HR may discuss with you include a leave of absence through the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or other leaves of absence; or an accommodation through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Am I able to move my course online if I have a medically-related circumstance?

Just as before the pandemic, Human Resources works closely with all of our employees who have disabilities recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ensure equal access to programs and services. Please consult with Human Resources to determine if you are eligible for ADA accommodations .

Do I have the option to offer my in-person or hybrid courses completely online if I have to care for a sick family member?

We have committed to our students to not change course modalities unless required by MinnState. Please consult with Human Resources to discuss options including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and other leaves of absence.

If my students agree to move my in-person or hybrid course to an online format, may I make that change?

No. Any change in course modality must be approved by the dean and the provost. Often, these changes have significant impacts to students in terms of tuition, financial aid, and/or Visa status. These types of changes can disproportionately negatively impact some of our most vulnerable students.

Should I use a seating chart in my classroom?

Using assigned seating in your classroom can be a tool to help you learn students’ names. This is one way to foster an inclusive learning environment. Using students’ names also builds classroom community and often enhances engagement in the classroom. In addition, during COVID-19, a seating chart helps with contact tracing should a student test positive for the virus. Some guidelines to consider should you choose to use a seating chart:

  • Arrange the class so all seats face forward, if possible.
  • Professors may find it useful to use a spreadsheet program (Ex. Excel or Google Sheets); download the Microsoft Seating chart template https://templates.office.com/en-us/seating-charts-tm01018402; to fill in rows/columns with students’ names.
  • Assign or let students select a specific seat; request they sit in the same seat for the duration of the semester. This makes contact tracing more efficient and less disruptive to the learning environment should it be needed.
  • Where practical, take daily attendance. Attendance records are helpful if contact tracing needs to be implemented.
  • Realize that assigned, consistent seating helps reduce number of potential contacts to a known case of COVID-19 as there are less people in a class to whom each individual is regularly exposed.

What should be done if a student informs their Professor of a  positive COVID-19 test?

  1. The professor should not adjust delivery method for the entire class.
  2. Professors are encouraged to make appropriate accommodations for impacted student/s in the course using the same process that would be utilized during a non-pandemic illness.
  3. The SCSU Medical Clinic will be notified of positive tests regardless of where the student was tested. However, please encourage students to notify the clinic directly as it may facilitate the contact tracing process.
  4. The contact tracers may or may not connect with the professor as the circumstance dictates.
  5. Unless the professor receives direct guidance from the medical clinic or public health officials, they shall not notify any of the students in the class of a positive test as this is protected medical information. The contact tracers will contact any impacted students directly as needed.

May I require students/visitors to my office to wear a mask?

Yes. When meeting with others in your office/space, you may ask them to wear a mask. It is equally respectful for you to wear a mask in a confined space, if asked. If you wish others to wear a mask/face covering when in your office, it may be helpful to have door signage that indicates a mask/face covering is requested.

May I have online office hours instead of in-person office hours?

We strongly recommend you consider having in-person office hours whenever possible. Online office hours, as well as other methods of contact, are certainly acceptable. Please ensure you clearly communicate your office hours and the mode of contact to your students.

Can I require my students to be vaccinated? Can I ask my students if they are vaccinated?

No.

May I lecture without a mask even when a mask mandate is activated?

Yes. The CDC and MDH have acknowledged it is appropriate for a professor to lecture without a mask as long as the professor maintains six-foot distancing from others.

Can I require students to wear a mask in my classroom?

  • When the University masking requirement is in place, everyone on our campus (students, employees, and guests) is required to wear a mask/face covering when indoors.
  • If there is no University making requirement, you may not require students to wear a mask/face-covering in the classroom with the exception of courses that have an increased risk of spread due to aggressive expelling of respiratory droplets including courses such as instrument playing and choir; the MDH’s document, “Recommendations for Music activities and Performances” is a good resource.

What do I do if a student refuses to wear a mask/face-covering in my class when there is a University masking requirement?

  • You do not need to let the student stay in class without a mask/face-covering when a University mask requirement is in place.
  • A friendly and gentle reminder about the mask requirement is an appropriate first step.
  • You may choose to let the student know masks are available at centrally-located information desks on campus as well as in the book store; suggest they leave class to secure one.
  • If the student is not willing to leave, step out of the classroom and contact Public Safety.

Will there be disposable masks in classrooms?

No. Masks will be available at centrally located information desks on campus.

If a student is unable to attend my class for a period of time due to COVID-19-related/medically-related circumstances, do I need to also offer my in-person or hybrid course via online to accommodate the student’s situation?

These types of medically-related circumstances will be treated as they were prior to the pandemic.

Please remember students are not required to share specifics about their medical circumstance with you. Students are asked to contact their professors to understand options that may be available to them. Depending upon the type of course, options may be plentiful or may be few. Please feel free to consult with your dean on individual cases. Students may also seek guidance from the University’s Student Accessibility Services to determine if their medical situation is ADA eligible.

May I make statements in the classroom regarding mask usage or vaccinations?

Yes, it is appropriate for you to help ensure students are aware of university guidelines and protocols.   Instructors should be especially mindful to avoid discussing a student’s vaccination status.  Additionally, you may not penalize or criticize students for their vaccination choice or provide tangible incentives, such as extra credit or a higher grade, to students based on their vaccination choice.

EMPLOYEES

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

Even if you are vaccinated ….

  • Stay home.
  • Contact Human Resources, via phone, e-mail, or Teams for confidential and individual guidance; please do not go to Human Resources in person.
  • Advise your supervisor you are staying home and are in communication with HR.
  • Separate/isolate yourself from people and animals.
  • Stay away from others until you feel better, it has been at least 10 days since you felt sick/tested positive for COVID-19, and you have not had a fever for 24 hours.
  • Note: Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks/months and need not delay the conclusion of the isolation period.

What should I do if I have had close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

If you have not been vaccinated:

  • Stay at home.
  • Call Human Resources for confidential and individual guidance. Do not go to Human Resources in person.
  • Advise your supervisor you are staying home and are in communication with HR.
  • Quarantine for 14 days after the last exposure to the individual with COVID-19.

If you have been vaccinated:

  • You do not need to say home if you are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Per the MDH guidelines, get tested for COVID-19 3-5 days after the exposure even if you are not experiencing symptoms; if you develop symptoms, get tested right away.
  • Wear a mask when around others for 14 days following the exposure or until you have tested negative for COVID-19.

I am a new employee. My health coverage is effective 35 days after my date of hire. What are my options if I become sick?

Please contact one of our Benefits Specialists in Human Resources to review options.

Am I able to continue working, but from home, if have to isolate or quarantine? Do I have the option to work from home if I have to care for a sick family member?

Each circumstance is unique and requires consultation with your supervisor and Human Resources. Last year the University was given significant flexibility by our accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission, the State of Minnesota, and the MinnState system. That flexibility is no longer available. We have committed to our students the full Husky Experience. This means our students have the opportunity to connect, in-person, with our amazing employees from all areas of campus. Common options HR may discuss with you include a leave of absence through the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or other leaves of absence; or an accommodation through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Am I able to work from home if I have a medically-related circumstance? What if I am immunocompromised?

Just as before the pandemic, we work closely with employees who have disabilities recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ensure equal access to programs and services. Please consult with Human Resources to determine if you are eligible for ADA accommodations.

What can I do if someone on campus refuses to wear a mask during a University mask mandate?

  • A friendly and gentle reminder about the mask requirement is an appropriate first step.
  • You may choose to let the individual know masks are available at centrally-located information desks on campus as well as in the book store; suggest they secure one right away.
  • If the individual is not willing to secure or wear a mask, step away and contact Public Safety.

What is happening with university-sponsored travel?

  • Requests for university-sponsored international travel to countries under a level 1 or level 2 advisory from the Department of State may be considered for approval by the campus president.
  • Requests for International travel to countries under a level 3 or level 4 travel advisory are to be routed through the campus President’s Office for review and consideration for approval by the Chancellor. In-state and out-of-state national travel requires prior approval; faculty and staff are encouraged to discuss travel plans with their supervisor prior to making any travel arrangements to ensure appropriate approvals are secured.

If I have recently traveled, do I need to be cleared by my doctor before returning to work and/or campus?

While you are not required to be cleared by a doctor, you may consider calling your healthcare provider regarding any questions you may have. Students may call the SCSU Medical Clinic triage line at 320-308-3193 for guidance. If you have traveled to a high risk country, an area within the US with widespread community transmission, or have had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, you should contact your medical provider for guidance about testing and monitor your health for 14 days – even if you are fully vaccinated. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

How are we handling searches? Are we bringing candidates to campus? Will we be hosting open forums?

People are our most important resource. We have both common procedures and specialized bargaining agreement processes we implement to ensure we recruit and hire outstanding teacher-scholars and talented professionals and staff. The search methods we use will be guided by the position for which we are hiring. We will use both technology and in-person meetings/visits during search processes as we did prior to the pandemic.