Augsburg University is implementing a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for students, faculty, and staff for fall semester 2021. Documented medical and non-medical exemptions will apply. Learn more.
Protocols for vaccinated vs unvaccinated students for Fall 2021
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Required. Per CDC recommendations, unvaccinated individuals should wear face coverings in indoor or crowded settings.
May be required for certain activities. Also required when experiencing symptoms.
Self-report health form
Required if you:
- Are experiencing COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms
- Have been exposed to someone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19
- Test positive for COVID-19.
Stay home if sick
Stay home and submit a self report form. A COVID-19 test may be recommended.
Required for up to 14 days if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19.
Positive COVID-19 test
Isolation is required for any individual who tests positive for COVID-19. Stay home and submit a self-report form.
Required. Due to regional transmission rates, Augsburg University has reinstated its indoor mask requirement.
Not required unless you experience symptoms.
Self-report health form
Required if you test positive for COVID-19.
Vaccinated individuals may also submit a self-report form if they would like a member of the Augsburg COVID-19 Response Team to contact them about the steps to take after exposure.
Stay home if sick
Stay home until symptoms of illness resolve. For example, you must be fever free for 24 hours. In addition, nasal congestion, cough and/or sore throat should be improving.
Not required if there are no symptoms.
Positive COVID-19 test
Isolation is required for any individual who tests positive for COVID-19. Stay home and submit a self-report form.
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Q and A
For intercollegiate athletic teams, the Athletics Department will adhere to the testing protocol outlined by the NCAA and Minnesota Department of Health, which ensures student-athletes and necessary athletics staff are tested and individuals with COVID-19 or exposed to someone with the virus are quickly moved into isolation and quarantine to mitigate spread.
Per the NCAA Division III blanket waiver issued last October, student-athletes may compete up to the established dates of competition maximums without being charged a season of intercollegiate participation during the 2020-21 academic year. All MIAC programs in the competition segment will follow the safety guidelines recommended by the NCAA Medical Advisory Board and Minnesota Department of Health.
In-person shopping hours are now 1-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Mondays, 9:30 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, 2-5 p.m. Wednesdays, and 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursdays. If you can’t make it to campus for in-person shopping, email email@example.com to sign up for an off-campus grocery delivery.
Permits will be required to park in Augsburg-owned lots beginning September 1. Prices are as follows:
Permit Prices (Semester/Year)
Student Resident: $195/$390
Student Commuter: $179/$358
CARES Act Student Aid
Under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Augsburg issued $700 of relief funding to day undergraduate students and $275 of relief funding to graduate and adult undergraduate students enrolled in the spring semester 2020. The U.S. Department of Education has directed that these funds be paid directly to students and did not allow the funds to be distributed using the university’s student accounts system, so the payments were delivered to students via emailed digital checks, using their augsburg.edu email address.
Augsburg University has returned to face-to-face classes. For full details, read President Paul Pribbenow’s email from March 22, “Our plans for Fall 2021.”
Clinical and field experiences: During the pandemic, special rules may apply for supervised clinical or field experiences in programs such as education, nursing, or social work. Some of these experiences cannot be moved online given the requirements of accreditors and licensing agencies. Others might continue if the clinical partner determines it is possible to meet new health guidelines. If students cannot complete these courses this semester, Augsburg will assign a grade of “X” to show that the clinical or field experience could not be completed during the semester for reasons beyond Augsburg’s and the student’s control. The “X” grade will be replaced by the grade the student earned when the experience is completed.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces reduces the germs in an area and possible spread of COVID-19. The university 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. The best way to protect yourself is to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before using an area and afterward.
Watch “Keeping Spaces Clean and Safe During COVID-19” to learn more.
HINT: 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.
- 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.
- Additional easy-to-access testing is available at the Minneapolis Convention Center, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on weekdays. Walk-ins are welcome, but you are encouraged to make an appointment if possible. You can schedule an appointment online.
- 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 are unvaccinated and were in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, you need to stay home for 14 days after the exposure or onset of symptoms, even if your test result is negative. This is to avoid exposing others if your test result was a false negative. You may quarantine for only 10 days if you test on day 8 and receive a negative result from that test. If you develop symptoms after your negative test result, you will need to get tested again.
Fully vaccinated individuals who were in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 should get tested 3-5 days after exposure or right away if you develop symptoms. You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms or get a positive test result.
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.)
On August 23, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fully approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for those 16 and up. This means that the vaccine is not considered experimental and that it meets the high standards the FDA requires for approval.
The Commons offers a variety of foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Einstein’s provides hot sandwiches and coffee drinks along with chilled beverages and grab-and-go items. Kafe Kafeega is open 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays; it offers coffee and other hot beverages as well as pastries, fruit cups, salads, and wraps.
Nabo is temporarily closed.
Watch “Campus Dining During Fall 2020” to learn more.
All students, staff, and faculty are required to wear face coverings in indoor campus spaces, except when eating in dining areas or when in one’s own residential unit or individual office with the door closed. This applies to all U.S. Augsburg locations. (International Augsburg locations are following local protocols.) Masks or face coverings are not required outdoors.
Augsburg reinstated the indoor face covering requirement, effective August 3, 2021, because regional case rates moved to a “substantial” transmission rate (between 50 and 99.99 cases per 100,000 population over 7 days, as defined by the CDC) over the weekend of July 31-August 1.
Starting in Summer 2021 and continuing thereafter, Augsburg will follow all standard policies as outlined in its catalogs.
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 will be available at the entrances of buildings on campus and may be used as a supplement when using soap and water is not possible.
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 & AFTER. Wash your hands (or use hand sanitizer) before and after every activity – class, eating, hanging out, talking with a classmate or professor, using the restroom, etc. Keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you for easy access.
The Augsburg University Helpline is available to handle questions from students, faculty, and staff.
Life on Campus
Student leaders, clubs, and organizations have planned various events and opportunities to be engaged on campus, including a dynamic Augsburg Bold speaker series on the Quad. Spaces, such as student lounges, study spaces, computer labs, etc. are available on campus for commuter students to study and relax, even as we maintain social distancing practices.
This is a stressful time. As such, it can raise or increase mental health issues, such as 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, alcohol, and/or other substances. Addressing these and other mental health-related issues earlier rather than later can lead to a sense of relief, an awareness that you are not alone, and may enable you to meet your goals effectively.
Here are some links to the Center for Wellness and Counseling website for information that may assist you and others.
HINT: Be proactive and check out these resources before you might need them. Consider talking with someone at the Center for Wellness and Counseling (CWC) at the beginning of the semester so you know them when you might need to talk with them later in the semester.
- The After Hours Urgent Phone Counseling line is open 24/7 when the CWC is closed. Call 612-330-1707 and choose Option 1.
- Skills Group (an online psychoeducation and support group). Contact Josh Kent at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Mobile-friendly help for stress, anxiety, and depression through the TAO online self-help program is now available to the entire Augsburg community.
- Our website lists several self-help resources, including these topics: depression, anxiety, skills to feel better now, self-care for activists, and healing from racial trauma.
- Follow us on Instagram at #augsburgcwc for more resources.
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.
HINT: Instead of shaking a hand of or hugging someone you know, extend your arm to establish approximately 3 feet of distance and ask the other person to do the same to establish 6 feet between you.
REMINDER: It is important at this time that everyone in all facilities, including the library, wear face coverings.
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 dome and ice rink will have more limited hours and availability; see the Athletics information on the Student Services Index for specific hours and contact information.
Augsburg University Athletics also provides several links to at-home workouts that can be done with minimal or no equipment.
Quarantine and Isolation
Fully vaccinated people on campus do not need to quarantine after exposure to COVID-19 unless they are experiencing symptoms.
If you have not been fully vaccinated, 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, or 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.
If you are in quarantine, you need to complete this online form.
The form is monitored by Alicia Quella, who is the program director and department chair of the Physician Assistant Program and associate professor at Augsburg University. She will contact you to see how you are feeling, answer any questions you may have, and provide you with resources if needed.
Students living in the residence halls who are unable to go home will quarantine in their space and monitor their health. Meals may be picked up by friends or delivered upon request. Resident students will be given specific protocols to follow by the Department of Residence Life.
Students in quarantine whose class participation may be impacted need to contact their professors and discuss ways to remain active in each class.
HINT: Talk 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. Resident students will be given specific protocols to follow by the Department of Residence Life.
Recently revised guidelines from the CDC state that the isolation period exists for 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. People with mild to moderate COVID-19 may leave isolation without receiving a negative COVID test. The isolation period for individuals with no symptoms is 10 days after receiving the positive test.
Students living in the residence halls who are unable to go home will isolate in a designated space on campus. Meals will be delivered to the student. Someone from the Contact Tracing Team will check in and follow up with the student every day.
Students in isolation whose class participation may be impacted need to contact their professors and discuss ways to remain active in each class.
HINT: Talk with family, extended family, and friends and make a plan for what you will do if you test positive for COVID-19 and need to isolate yourself.
Summer/fall registration for undergraduate students starts March 24. Specific registration timeline windows can be found on the Registrar’s Fall and Summer Semester 2021 page.
For all students, registration will remain open until the drop/add deadline for each term.
Our residence halls are open. The Department of Residence Life sent students information about health and safety precautions related to COVID-19 in advance of their move-in.
Augsburg is working to ensure that Minnesota Department of Health guidance is carefully observed in residential spaces. Our custodial team has been intensifying its work, observing new protocols as they clean and disinfect common areas and high-use touch points, such as doorknobs and elevator buttons.
We currently limit guests to two from the resident halls per unit. Guests do not include students, family, or friends from off campus.
Student Emergency Fund Request Form
Students in need of emergency financial assistance to help cover expenses such as food, rent, medication, or course materials should fill out the Student Emergency Fund Request Form.
As with our regular employees, we support extending to student workers the opportunity to work remotely when possible and appropriate. A few work assignments may continue on campus, too, so long as the supervisor agrees, health guidelines and protocols are observed, and the student remains well.
Student Services Index
Featuring 40+ searchable info boxes, the Student Services Index explains how to access departments and services during a unique time when there are both in-person and virtual opportunities for engagement. The tool provides bite-sized descriptions, location and contact information, and additional key details for the Augsburg offices and departments that are dedicated to student success and support.
Check out the Student Services Index today.
Study Abroad and Study Away
To safeguard the health of students, staff, faculty, and community members on our programs, Augsburg CGEE requires program participants to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of full vaccination at least 2 weeks prior to the program start date. This policy applies to international and domestic programs run and operated by Augsburg CGEE.
Students wishing to request an exemption from this policy for a medical reason or due to a sincerely held religious belief must submit a Vaccination Exemption Form to begin the accommodation process. Accommodations will be granted only where they do not cause undue hardship or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others. Host country entry requirements override any exemptions.
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.
Watch “Symptom Screening App” to learn more.
HINT: Set an alarm on your phone that reminds you each day to complete the app.
Augsburg’s Information Technology (IT) team has posted information about access to laptops and internet for students who do not already have those tools for online coursework.
- Need a laptop? Request one through the Student Laptop Reservation Form. Augsburg is currently taking requests for laptops for fall semester for those in need of one to complete their coursework. If you need a laptop, fill out the above form or email email@example.com for more information.
- Hotspot Loans: Augsburg has shifted to providing Mobile Hotspots as part of the Emergency Broadband Benefit program. To learn more about the process or to submit an application, please visit Augsburg’s EBB page.
- If you would prefer to purchase a personal computer and potentially charge the expense to your student account, Augsburg’s bookstore has a limited supply of HP Chromebooks in stock.
Augsburg University is implementing a a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for students, faculty, and staff for fall semester 2021. Documented medical and non-medical exemptions will apply. Learn more.
Note: On August 23, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fully approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for those 16 and up. This means that the vaccine is not considered experimental and that it meets the high standards the FDA requires for approval.
Recent Communications to Students
Mask Up Email from Dean of Students (September 2)
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs (April 15)
A-mail: Free On-Campus COVID-19 Testing (March 3)
Auggie Guide for Spring Semester 2021 (January 7)
A-mail: Textbook Rental Return (December 8)
COVID-19 Campus Update from President Pribbenow (November 20)
A-mail: Free Testing for COVID-19 (November 10)
Guest Policy Change from Dean of Students (October 18)
COVID-19 Guest Policy from Dean of Students (August 28)
Top 2 Things Students Need to Know This Week (August 26)
Community Commitment Statement (August 25)
Auggie Guide for Students – Fall 2020 (August 1)
President’s Fall 2020 Planning (July 9)
Top 3 Things Students Need to Know this Week (April 30)
Top 3 Things Students Need to Know this Week (April 23)
Top 2 Things Students Need to Know this Week (April 15)
New Augsburg University Helpline to handle questions from students, faculty, and staff. The Helpline will be open from noon to 4 p.m. each day. Call 612-474-3100. We will expand Helpline hours beginning March 30.