Minot State 2021-22 COVID-19 Protocols

We are excited about a new beginning and being face-to-face for Fall 2021-22 classes. Minot State University continues our commitment to provide a safe environment for students and employees. Even though we are returning to campus this fall under the “normal” aspiration, we do so with a new reality: we know the 20-29 age range is presently the most significant demographic testing positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota (North Dakota Department of Health, 2021).

For the 2021-22 academic year, Minot State University will be implementing the following practices explained in FAQ format below. These responses are based upon North Dakota Department of Health (NDDOH) policies, the Attorney General’s office, and our experiences from last year. Additionally, these procedures were developed in light of the overall large number of positive cases in the primary age group on campus. The updated 2021-22 policy goes into effect Monday, Aug. 16.

Do I have to wear a mask?

Minot State University does not have a campus-wide mandatory masking policy at this time. However, individual instructors have the discretion to require individuals to wear a mask in their classroom/lab environments. University professors must list this stipulation in their 2021-22 syllabus using the language provided by the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA). Individuals may also require masking within their offices or departments. Anyone choosing to enact this practice, shall notify CovidCore@minotstateu.edu.

What happens if a student refuses to wear a mask?

Students who refuse to wear a mask in a mask-mandatory class or setting will be referred to the student affairs office for a Code of Student Life violation.

What happens if an employee refuses to wear a mask in a mask-mandatory class or setting approved by the VPAA or in the presence of a student or colleague who has an accommodation approved by the student affairs office or the human resources department?

The employee will be referred to their supervisor or human resources for case review and
resolution.

What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

NDDOH: WHAT TO DO IF YOU TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

If you test positive for COVID-19, report your case on the MINOT STATE COVID-19 SELF-REPORTING FORM. Your results will be provided to Minot State from the NDDOH and/or the contact tracing team at the University of North Dakota. All students and employees should follow the protocols recommended by the NDDOH and are not allowed to attend class on campus, participate in any on-campus activities, or work on campus until recovered. Meals will be delivered for on-campus residents who are on a meal plan.

What do I do if I am a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

NDDOH: WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE A CLOSE CONTACT

If you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, report your case on the MINOT STATE COVID-19 SELF-REPORTING FORM. The contact tracing team at the University of North Dakota will inform us after you have been identified as a close contact. All students and employees should follow the protocols recommended by the NDDOH and are not allowed to attend classes on campus, participate in any on-campus activities, or work on campus until the person recovers, unless fully vaccinated. Meals will be delivered for on-campus residents who are on a meal plan. Please note: vaccinated individuals are not subject to being classified as a close contact.

Can I get a COVID-19 test on campus?

Yes, both rapid and PCR COVID-19 tests will be available at the Student Health Clinic on campus. Contact 701-858-3371 for an appointment. Without support from the North Dakota National Guard, we are unable to offer mass testing events on campus at this time.

Can I get a COVID-19 test on campus for travel purposes?

No, please call the First District Health Unit at 701-852-1376 or follow directions at the FIRST DISTRICT HEALTH UNIT.

Will COVID-19 vaccines be available on campus?

Free vaccination clinics will be offered periodically on campus. Our first vaccination clinic will be held on Aug. 27 from 7:30-11 a.m. in the Conference Center, located on the third floor of the Student Center; please bring identification. Future clinics will be scheduled as needed. The COVID-19 vaccine is also commonly available in health centers and pharmacies in the community.

Can the University require a student or employee to isolate or quarantine?

No, the dissolvement of the emergency declaration on April 30, 2021 by Governor Burgum ended any authority to enforce isolation or quarantine in the state of North Dakota.

Can the University require a student or employee to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

No.

What if I’m vaccinated?

If a vaccinated person tests positive for COVID-19, they should follow the protocols recommended by the NDDOH and are not allowed to attend class on campus, participate in any on-campus activities, or work on campus until the person recovers.

Can the University prohibit a student or employee who has tested positive or been identified as a close contact from entering any campus facility?

Yes, all students and employees should follow the protocols recommended by the NDDOH and will not be allowed on campus. Students are not allowed to attend on-campus classes, enter any campus-operated building, or participate in any on-campus activities until they have recovered.

What if I test positive or am identified as a close contact and am living in a residence hall and on a meal plan?

While we cannot mandate that you isolate or quarantine, we can prohibit your entry into any other building on campus until the completion of your recovery. It is your choice to stay on campus or not; accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis for students who decide to stay on campus. The University reserves the authority to move a student or the roommate to an appropriate setting —preferably within the same building if space allows — or to a residence hall with an open room and appropriate restroom facilities. Meals will be delivered for on-campus residents who are on a meal plan.

How do I attend class if I test positive or have been identified as a close contact?

After you report your case on the MINOT STATE COVID-19 SELF-REPORTING FORM and your results have been verified by the NDDOH, the Office of Student Affairs will inform your instructors of your physical absence from class. Your instructors will make appropriate accommodations for verified cases.

What should an employee do if they test positive or are identified as a close contact?

First, report your case on the MINOT STATE COVID-19 SELF-REPORTING FORM so the University can act expediently for any cleaning purposes. Also, notify your immediate supervisor for work accommodations if applicable. Note: if remote work is not possible, sick days must be taken.

What happens if a COVID-19 infectious person attends a class at Minot State University?

The faculty member will receive the following official notification:

Dear [insert faculty name],
You are receiving this notification as you and/or members of your class [specify class] have potentially been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case. You should post the information verbatim to your Blackboard shell or send an announcement to the class.

Dear Students,
You are receiving this notification as you have potentially been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case in [insert class]. It is the recommendation of the North Dakota Department of Health and CDC that you:

  1. Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, loss of taste/smell. See the CDC for a full list of symptoms.)
  2. Wear a mask in public places.
  3. Practice social distancing.
  4. Get tested at Minot State University Student Health Services if you develop symptoms of COVID-19.
  5. Get vaccinated if you have not already done so.

Can the University ask for proof of vaccination?

In certain cases, yes. If a student or employee wishes to be excused from close-contact protocols, the University can require proof of vaccination. If an outside affiliate partner, such as a clinical or an internship, requires proof of vaccination, the University will request it from the appropriate party. All records will be secure, will remain confidential, and will be stored in the Student Health Clinic. Any information concerning employees will be secured and managed by the human resources department.

How do students submit their proof of COVID-19 vaccination to Minot State University?

Students may upload their proof of COVID-19 vaccination at Minotsu.medicatconnect.com.

How do employees submit their proof of vaccination?

Employees may submit their proof of COVID-19 vaccination to human resources.

Will Minot State University be limiting attendance at events?

No.

What has Minot State University done to improve air quality within buildings?

As part of Minot State’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, the University installed fixed bi-polar ionization units in many building HVAC systems and distributed 100 portable ionization units across campus. Additionally, the University upgraded some building HVAC systems in order to improve airflow and reduce transmission of the virus.

On what legal basis did Minot State University develop these procedures?

These procedures were developed in consultation with legal counsel from the North Dakota Attorney General’s Office.