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 or take a weekly COVID-19 test?

Starting Monday, March 14, 2022 there will no longer be a proof of vaccination or testing requirement for students living in residence halls or other designated activities. Some students may remain subject to the MMB requirement as student employees; to NCAA or other testing related to athletic programs; or may be required to be vaccinated or to test by an internal or external organization that serves as a clinical or internship placement site.

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 attend class, events or activities in-person.
    • 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 positive 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 for at least 5 days and until all the following are true:

  • It has been 5 days since you first felt sick
    AND
  • You have had no fever (your temperature is 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or lower) for at least 24 hours, without using medicine that lowers fevers
    AND
  • You feel better. Your cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms are better.
  • 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?

If you have close contact with someone with COVID-19 and are fully vaccinated there is no requirement to quarantine if you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19, however, you should get tested five days after exposure.

If You Have Contact with Covid-19

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

If you have close contact with someone with COVID-19 and are fully vaccinated there is no requirement to quarantine if you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19, however, you should get tested five days after exposure.

If you are not fully vaccinated and exposed, you should stay at home for at least five full days after your last close contact.

If You Have Contact with Covid-19

What if I notice another student 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.

Fully-vaccinated means you have completed ALL recommended doses of COVID-19 vaccine when eligible, including a booster or additional doses. Refer to CDC: Stay Up to Date with Your Vaccines.

U.S. approved vaccinations are Moderna, Johnson and Johnson and Pzier. If you have been vaccinated with a different vaccine, 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 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 or travel internationally?

The vast majority of countries remain at level 3 or level 4 travel advisories from the U.S. State Department, with no clear timeline for when those levels might be lowered. In addition, the recent discovery of the omicron variant has resulted in new travel restrictions and requirements.

The ban on international travel for students aiming to study abroad will remain in place. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates when the timeline for loosening the restrictions is clear, when transmission rates have dropped significantly, and when vaccination rates have increased globally. Campuses can continue to plan for summer 2022 trips, while monitoring 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 official guidelines by ICE

In summary,

  • Students who were in legal F-1 student status in the US in March 2020 and have continued to maintain active F-1 status ever since, have no face-to-face course requirement for spring 2022 classes.

    You may enroll in online courses for the spring semester. You must still fulfill the requirement for full-time enrollment (undergraduate student minimum = 12 credits, graduate minimum = 6 credits).
  • If you became an F-1 student in the US after March 2020 or haven’t continued your status, you must meet the following in-person course requirements during Spring 2022:
    • Enroll in at least 1 face-to-face course
    • Check the Delivery Method in E-services:
      • Classes listed as Hyflex, FlexSync, Blended, or Hybrid all satisfy the face-to-face requirement
      • Classes listed as Completely Online, Remote Teaching, or No In-Person do not satisfy the face-to-face requirement.
    • In addition to satisfying the 1 course face-to-face requirement, you must satisfy the minimum full-time requirement for total number of classes (undergraduate student minimum = 12 credits, graduate minimum = 6 credits).

Student is ultimately responsible for making sure they meet this requirement. Contact your immigration advisor at the Kearney International Center with questions.

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