St. Cloud State University’s goal is to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff while our students continue to progress towards their educational goals. We continue to monitor COVID-19 and the rapidly changing rates of infections of the Delta variant. Data provided by the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) showing the rate of transmission of COVID-19 across counties is one of the many sources of information analyzed to determine campus safety protocols. This includes whether masks are required indoors for faculty, staff, students and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.
Masking will only be required when the rate of transmission in Stearns and area counties is classified as substantial and high-risk for four consecutive days. As the rate of transmission levels off and falls to moderate to low levels for consecutive days, the masking requirement will be revisited and will likely shift to recommended for those who are unvaccinated.
Campus communications on the status of masking include emails, signs at building entrances, digital signs, texts via the Star Alert emergency notification system, and alerts on the University homepage. The Bring Huskies Home website will have the latest information posted in Campus Communications.
For athletics competitions that are open to the public, and performances or events held by outside groups — when the majority of attendees are members of the public and not members of the campus community — the masking requirement may be changed to masks being recommended, but not required for attendees for those specific events. The CDC and MDH recommend masking in such settings. To protect members of the campus community during such competitions, St. Cloud State employees (including student workers) will still be required to wear masks indoors at such events at times when there is a mask mandate on campus.
Whenever there is a masking mandate in place on campus, masks are still required for all persons, including visitors, in athletic or other venues at all times outside of these specific competitions/performances/events open to the public. The only exception to the mask requirement at times outside of these competitions/performances/events is while people are engaged in eating or drinking, or for athletes engaged in competition or practice.
If mask requirements change to recommendations for athletics competitions, public performances, or events, signs on the specific venue will indicate that masks are recommended instead of required. Masking protocols are subject to change based on guidance from health officials and conditions on campus. Venue entrances will be clearly signed to indicate whether masks are required or recommended during competitions, performances, or events open to the public. At all other times, masks will be required in these venues while there is a mask mandate on campus.
Learn more about transmission rates locally and across the country via the CDC COVID Data Tracker.
Learn more about CDC’s guide to masks, how to wear, cleaning and storage.
Space capacity limits and physical distancing requirements expired in May 2021 in response to the Governor’s announcements and MDH guidance. However, it is still recommended that students, faculty and staff stay at least 3, and ideally 6 feet apart in common areas and whenever possible. Common areas that may lead to close contact (within 6 feet) among other individuals, can include weight rooms, group fitness studios, pools and saunas, courts and fields, walking/running tracks, locker rooms, check-in areas, parking lots and routes of entry and exit. In environments where students, staff, and faculty have designated areas to sit or to be stationed, all are encouraged to maintain an environment where some extra spacing between people can be maintained.
Minnesota State is following the guidance from the State of Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Health on vaccinations of our students and employees. Currently the State of Minnesota is not requiring vaccinations. St. Cloud State University is strongly encouraging employees and students to get vaccinated.
The COVID-19 vaccine is available through most medical providers and at several pharmacies in the St. Cloud area. MDH’s Where to Get Vaccinated will assist with locating a vaccine provider in your area as well as vaccine clinics serving uninsured and underinsured adults. St. Cloud State University is continuing to work with MDH to offer vaccination clinic information and connections to our campus community.
SCSU Medical Clinic offers different testing options including a rapid PCR test, or molecular test. Students can call or make an appointment via the website rather than just coming in to the office. Face-to-face and telecare appointments are available.
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Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease. These two mitigation strategies are still vital in our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.
St. Cloud State will continue to maintain designated isolation and quarantine areas on campus to support our on-campus residents.
MDH has provided Quarantine Guidance for COVID-19 to assist Minnesotans to understand how to implement quarantine and the options for how long to quarantine. The CDC provides guidance specific to institutions of higher education (IHEs), including addressing how to navigate COVID-19 safety measures within shared housing spaces.
The Facilities Management Department is committed to maintaining the COVID-19 Campus Cleaning Plan established at the beginning of the pandemic. This plan includes cleaning our high traffic, high touch surfaces across campus twice daily.
This information is subject to change in response to the evolving conditions of COVID-19.