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Student Information for Coronavirus (COVID-19)


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

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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?

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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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Where can I get emotional support?

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College is a time of change that can be very exciting as well as stressful and challenging. Stress, depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, loneliness, or other personal issues can affect students' well-being. SMSU Counseling Services is staffed by mental health professionals who provide confidential, short-term counseling services to enrolled students. Students do not have to be in crisis to access counseling services! To schedule a confidential appointment please call 507-537-7150 or email Counseling.Testing@SMSU.edu.

United Healthcare is offering an EMOTIONAL SUPPORT HELP LINE FOR ALL STUDENTS through one of their subsidiary companies called Optum. Their toll-free help line number, 866-342-6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as necessary and the service is free of charge and open to any student, not just international students. Students would have access to specially trained mental health specialists to support them if they feel they are experiencing anxiety or stress related to the recent developments around COVID-19.

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What happens if I become ill?

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Please do not come to campus or attend classes if you are likely contagious. Contact your healthcare provider.

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What technology services are available?

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Technology services are available at the Technology Resource Center.

 

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What tips for maintaining information security do you have?

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During events like the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID 19), cyber attackers often use these opportunities to, unfortunately, try to take advantage of the situation. We ask that you pay close attention to your emails & communications during this time. Cybercriminals may try to scam you, or launch phishing attacks that attempt to get you to click on malicious links or open infected email attachments. Here are some of the most common indicators that the phone call or email you may receive is probably a scam or attack:

  • Emails that end up in your junk mail often do not need to be opened. Only open an email in your junk mail if you were expecting a message.
  • Any messages that communicates a tremendous sense of urgency. The bad guys are trying to rush you into making a mistake.
  • Any message that pressures you into bypassing or ignoring our security policies and procedures.
  • Any message that promotes miracle cures, such as vaccines or medicine that will protect you. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Be very suspicious of any phone call or message that pretends to be an official or government organization urging you to take immediate action.  

Please keep in mind Coronavirus scams and attacks can happen at work or at home, via email, text messaging or even over the phone.

How to report a suspicious email at Southwest Minnesota State University:

  • Highlight the suspicious message in your inbox. Do not forward it.
  • Utilize the  Report Message button on the right-hand side of the Home ribbon. If you do not see the Report Message button, please complete the following steps:
    1. Highlight the suspicious message in your inbox.
    2. Use the key combination  (CONTROL)(ALT)(F) on a windows machine to create a new email that automatically attaches the suspicious email (this is important).

Anytime you receive a suspicious email:

  • NEVER click on the links.
  • NEVER act on an email that asks for your login credentials.
  • ALWAYS report it immediately. Use the instructions above.
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Last Modified: 6/8/21 1:59 PM