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Friday, March 27, 2020

UMD COVID-19 Updates and Resources - Email to Students

Dear Students,

As you know, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced a “stay at home” order beginning at 11:59 p.m.,today, March 27. We must do our best to follow this instruction. Just as you work to complete your studies in alternative formats, you can continue to access many student services, programs, and resources designed to support your academic success, health, and wellbeing.

Health Services and Counseling:
  • For medical or counseling information, appointments, and questions call 218-726-8155.
  • Health Services is not currently testing for COVID-19 and is open limited hours. Students are encouraged to call for appointment availability or to receive advice. Check the Health Services website for the latest updates.
  • Counseling Services is preparing to offer telehealth counseling, and in the meantime will continue to offer Clinical Consultation Appointments via telephone. Find updates on the Counseling Services website.

Academic Information:
You have probably already seen the email allowing undergraduate students to opt-in to Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory (S/N) grade options for spring semester and late spring semester starts (those courses that begin during the second half of the spring semester). This option is also being extended to all graduate students at UMD.

We continue to work with our University of Minnesota colleagues to implement this grading option process. Currently, we believe that the options will be operational beginning April 1 (and available through April 30). The UMD One Stop Student Services website will have specific information about S-N grading considerations, an FAQ and overview of how-to make the change per class. Students should not make decisions until this and more information from their colleges are available. There is no immediate need to make a decision, you will have until April 30, 2020. One Stop Student services will send an email to all students when the information is available. 
Learning remotely is a change and we want to ensure that you continue to be successful. Learn how to successfully adjust your study habits during COVID-19. UMD Stores works with several publishers who are offering many free digital materials for students, learn more on the UMD Stores COVID-19 website.

Staying Connected
  • Student organizations are here to help you stay connected with other students. The same tools you're using for class (Zoom, Hangouts/Meet, other G Suite tools) are great to connect with members of your student orgs, continue student org business, and stay in touch with your friends.
  • If you want to join a student organization, sign-in to BulldogLink for contact information.
  • Kirby Student Center staff are here to help with questions about student organizations, future events and meetings, and ways to connect.

Staying Well

Access to Campus - Extended Reduced Operations
As a reminder, UMD has implemented “extended reduced operations” until further notice. Campus is secured and not open to the general campus community or the public. Students should not be on campus unless you are a student living in campus housing, accessing Champ’s Cupboard, or have otherwise been approved to be on campus. 

Dining services locations are closed except to students who are living on campus and have a campus meal plan. Champ’s Cupboard is open and operating from the UMD Mailroom in the basement of the Darland Administration Building, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.

ITSS Updates:

As a reference point for other questions you may have and services that are available to you, please review the Q&A from Vice Chancellor Lisa Erwin.

Additional COVID-19 information and resources:


Lendley C. Black

Lisa A. Erwin
Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Dean of Students