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Faculty/Staff information for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  1. Return to Campus Fall 2021:

    What changes will be made in classrooms in the fall?

    1. Occupancy levels of classrooms will return to pre-COVID status
    2. Physical Distancing will not be required
    3. Masking is not required
    4. Plexiglass shields will be left in the classrooms for optional use
  2. Domestic Travel:

    What restrictions are in place for domestic travel?

    1. Effective June 1, 2021, approval of university sponsored domestic travel requests by students, faculty or staff will be approved or not approved by the President. All travel will continue to be subject to adherence to guidance and local advisories.
    2. Updated travel information can be found at: Out-of-State Travel Request Form
  3. International Travel:

    What is the status of international travel?

    1. International travel is currently suspended.
    2. For the 2021 Fall Semester, you can continue to plan for future semester study abroad experiences and short–term study abroad trips. Changes to travel restriction will continue to be monitored and updates will be provided, if and when the international travel ban is modified or rescinded.
    3. CDC International Travel Information

SMSU will continue to monitor the CDC, MDH, and Minnesota State information for COVID-19 changes and will update the webpages as changes occur.

Frequently Asked Questions



Do I need to wear a mask on campus at SMSU?


Masks are no longer required. Individuals who are not vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a mask, and to stay 6 feet from others. Anyone who wishes to wear a mask is welcome to do so.

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Will vaccines be required for all faculty, staff, and students at SMSU?


No. SMSU is following the guidance from the State of Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Health on vaccinations of our students and employees. Currently the State of Minnesota is not requiring vaccinations. We are, however, strongly encouraging our employees and students to get vaccinated. A list of vaccinations sites is available on the Covid-19 news page.

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Last Modified: 6/17/21 4:29 PM