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Campus Parking

Due to the current pandemic and Augsburg’s effort to limit the amount of people on campus, the Augsburg Department of Public Safety is not requiring parking permits for the 2020 Summer term.

Permits will be required to park in Augsburg-owned lots beginning September 1. Sale dates and prices are as follows:

Sale Dates
August 2: Fourth-Year Students, Staff, and Faculty
August 6: Underground Permits for Staff and Faculty

Permit Prices (Semester/Year)
Adjunct Faculty or Part-Time Staff (below .5 FTE): $105/$210
Full-Time Faculty/Full-Time Staff*: $252/$504
Luther Underground (dedicated parking spot): $470/$1,400
OGC Underground (dedicated parking spot): $505/$1,515

*Staff with an approved remote work plan, filed with Human Resources, will receive a prorated charge for surface lot parking passes.

Please send any questions regarding permits or parking on campus to parking@augsburg.edu

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces reduces the germs in an area and possible spread of COVID-19. Custodial Services is cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces throughout each day. Some areas across campus have cleaning materials that individuals may use before and after spending time in an area. Please put in a custodial request to refill hand sanitizer in building dispensers if they’re empty as well as for more disinfectant wipes, towels, and spray for cleaning up common spaces in offices and similar shared spaces after use.

The best way to protect yourself is to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before using an area and afterward. Carry hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes so you may clean an area before (for your health) and after (for the next person’s health) use. 

COVID-19 Testing

  • Testing is available at several locations for no cost.
  • The most effective time to get a test is 5-7 days after exposure.
  • When transmission rates are high, individuals should consider periodic testing (e.g., weekly) even if there is no known exposure.
  • Staff, faculty, and student workers may use their work hours to get periodic COVID-19 tests.

The availability of COVID-19 testing has improved significantly since last fall. Tests are now available in Minnesota to anyone who wants one—you do not need to have symptoms or an exposure to someone with the virus. Of course, if you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, you should get a test.

The most effective time to get a test is 5-7 days after exposure. The incubation period for COVID-19 is two to 14 days. If you get tested immediately after an exposure, the virus level may still be too low to be detected, resulting in a negative test result even though you may still develop COVID-19.

Regular testing. When transmission levels are high in the area, many people report getting COVID-19 without knowing where or how they were exposed. Getting tested on a regular basis (e.g., every 5-7 days) even if you don’t have symptoms can help identify people who are infected even before they have symptoms and ensure they isolate early to avoid spreading the virus to others.

Testing locations in the area:

  • Testing is available 12:30-4 p.m. Mondays at the People’s Center across the street from campus. This is a throat-swab test and is available whether or not you have health insurance. Please fill out this form once to be tested as many times as you need.
  • The state of Minnesota offers fast and accurate at-home saliva testing, at no cost, to any person who feels they need a test.
  • The Minnesota Department of Health also operates community testing centers across the state. These are saliva tests and require no identification or insurance. Appointments are recommended, but they accommodate walk-ins as well.
  • Several area pharmacies, clinics, and hospitals also offer tests. For more information, see this searchable map with locations, hours, and eligibility requirements.

Negative COVID-19 Test Results

According to the CDC, if you receive a negative result from a COVID-19 test result, that means that you probably were not infected at the time the sample was collected. You should continue to take precautions against COVID-19, including washing your hands often, keeping 6 feet of distance between yourself and those you do not live with, and wearing a mask in public.

In addition, the Minnesota Department of Health states that if you were in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, you need to stay home for 14 days after your last contact with that person, even if your test result is negative. This is to avoid exposing others if your test result was a false negative. If you develop symptoms after your negative test result, you will need to get tested again.

COVID-19 Vaccines

The COVID-19 vaccine is required for all students, staff, and faculty. Documented medical and non-medical exceptions will apply. Augsburg has been promoting information about free, no-appointment vaccines in the metropolitan area and has partnered with People’s Center Clinic to offer several vaccine clinics for Auggies just across the street from campus. We are also holding on-campus Johnson & Johnson vaccination events during student orientation SOAR events this summer, which are available to all students, staff, and faculty, as well as their families and friends. (See A-mail for details.)

Dining

Einstein’s provides hot sandwiches and coffee drinks along with chilled beverages and grab-and-go items. Payment at Einstein’s is limited to Flex points, meal replacement, and credit cards.

Christensen Center Commons, Kafe Kafeega, and Nabo are temporarily closed.

Face Coverings

Augsburg lifted the campus-wide indoor mask requirement as of Saturday, June 26. If we experience an outbreak of cases on campus, we may temporarily reinstate the indoor mask policy until case rates subside.

There may still be some situations on campus where masks will be required given the particulars of the situation (e.g., large groups with off-campus participants). In those cases, the mask requirement will be communicated to participants in advance to make sure people come prepared to wear a mask.

Of course, any individual who chooses to continue to wear a mask indoors (or outdoors) on campus may continue to do so. The CDC does recommend that unvaccinated people wear masks, as they remain at risk for contracting COVID-19, including newer, more infectious variants.

Hand Hygiene

Frequent hand washing is critical throughout the day. The recommended length of time to wash hands is a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and water. Hand sanitizer is available at the entrances of buildings on campus and may be used as a supplement when using soap and water is not possible. Augburg provided a portable, refillable bottle of hand sanitizer to each employee at the beginning of the semester. These bottles can be refilled at hand sanitizing stations around campus.   

When you use a tissue, promptly throw it away and wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

HINT: Use the mantra: BEFORE AND AFTER. Wash your hands (or use hand sanitizer) before and after every activity – class, eating, using the restroom, etc. Keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you for easy access. 

Helpline

The Augsburg University Helpline is available to handle questions from faculty, staff, and students.

Email: helpline@augsburg.edu

Phone: 612-474-3100

Submit a question using the online form

Information Technology

LFCs and User Support staff are available and their contact info is listed below.  

Mental Health

This is a stressful time. As such, it can raise or increase stress, feelings of isolation or fear, anxiety, sadness, and loneliness. When we’re stressed or anxious, we can experience changes in sleep or eating patterns, difficulty sleeping or concentrating, and/or increase our use of tobacco and/or other substances. 

Here are some links to the Center for Wellness and Counseling website for information that may assist you and others. 

Manage Health and Stress Management Apps and Podcasts 

Coping with COVID resources 

Physical Distancing

Physical distancing is a crucial part of monitoring your own health and safety. The recommended distance between two individuals is 6 feet away, approximately two arm lengths away from each other indoors and outdoors. Physical distancing reduces the spread of COVID-19. 

Physical Health

The gymnasium and athletics fitness centers will be open to all students, staff, and faculty (no guests). The facilities are managed on a first-come-first-served basis, and the number of people will be limited to allow for proper distancing. Those entering the facilities must wear sign in, display their Campus Clear app, and have their temperature taken. Masks are required at all times when using the athletic facilities, including during exercise.

The fitness center is currently closed. Augsburg University Athletics provides several links to at-home workouts that can be done with minimal or no equipment. 

Quarantine and Isolation

Quarantine is required when you might have been or were exposed to COVID-19. It helps prevent community spread. Even if you do not feel sick or have COVID-related symptoms, you need to stay home, separate yourself from others, and monitor your health. You need to quarantine if you were within 6 feet of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes; you had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, kissed); you shared eating utensils or drank from the same container; they sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you; or you provided care at home to someone who tested positive. 

Stay home and monitor your health for 14 days after your last contact with the person who tested positive. Those fully vaccinated will not be required to quarantine if exposed to someone with COVID-19.

If you are in quarantine, you need to complete the following online form. 

The form is monitored by the Augsburg Response Team, led by Alicia Quella, who is an epidemiologist, program director and department chair of the Physician Assistant program and associate professor at Augsburg University. A member of the Response Team will contact you to see how you are feeling, answer any questions you may have, and provide you with resources if needed. 

Consider speaking with family, extended family, and friends and make a plan for what you will do if you may have been or were exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and need to quarantine yourself. 

Isolation is required when you test positive for COVID-19. Isolating yourself from others helps prevent community spread. Anyone who tests positive — those with symptoms and those who are asymptomatic — needs to separate themselves from others. 

Guidelines from the CDC state that the isolation period exists for a minimum of 10 days and may be discontinued 10 days after the first symptom, resolution of a fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, and improvement of any additional symptoms. The isolation period for individuals with no symptoms is 10 days after receiving the positive test. Employees may return to work after being cleared by MDH. A negative COVID test is not required.

Reporting a Diagnosis, Exposure, or Symptoms

As an employee, you may be informed by a student that they have symptoms of, have been exposed to, or have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or you yourself may receive a diagnosis, suffer from COVID-19 symptoms, or be informed that you have been exposed to the coronavirus. Here are the steps to take in these instances.

This decision tree is used to determine the need to isolate or quarantine.

Signage

Do your part to keep the Augsburg community healthy. Use COVID-19 sign templates to provide clear instructions and practices to minimize potential virus transmission. Visit the COVID-19 signage page to view designs that are available for download, place an order for floor markers, request a new signage template, or inquire about a custom graphic.

Student Employees

As with our regular employees, we support extending to student workers the opportunity to work remotely when possible and appropriate. Work assignments may continue on campus, too, so long as the supervisor agrees, health guidelines and protocols are observed, and the student remains well. 

Symptom Screening – Daily

#CampusClear is a brief self-screening free application for iPhone and for Android that everyone in the Augsburg community must complete daily. Self-screening is an easy action to take and one that is critical in helping reduce the spread of COVID-19. Tip: Set an alarm on your phone that reminds you each day to complete the app. 

Updated September 23

Policies and Guidelines