COVID-19 Resources

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the College of Design has collected resources to help support our faculty, staff, and students. You will also find a list of previous communications from University and College of Design leadership for easy access. For the most recent University updates visit the University's Public Health Alerts webpage. For statewide updates and health best practices please visit the Minnesota Department of Health's website.

Top Five Things to Know

Updated August 4, 2020

  1. Fall 2020 plans: The University will resume in-person instruction and re-open residence halls, dining facilities, and other campus services for the Fall 2020 semester.

  2. Face covering requirement: Effective July 1, 2020 all University students, faculty, staff, and visitors are required to use a face covering at all times when in any enclosed or indoor space on University campuses and properties.

  3. COVID-19 Testing: Testing is an important part of a comprehensive public health plan to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Learn more about the University's testing protocol and procedures for students, faculty, and staff.

  4. Sunrise Plan for returning to work: On May 1, President Gabel introduced the University's Sunrise Plan, which includes an evolving process for certain faculty and staff to request a return to their worksite using the Request for Return to On-Site Work Authorization form. It also guidelines for all University units as they begin to plan for employees to return.

  5. Stay Safe order: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz issued a “Stay Safe” order for the State of Minnesota that encourages all Minnesotans, including the University community, to stay home, wear cloth face coverings (masks), and avoid indoor gatherings of more than 10 people. The University will continue to follow statewide guidance and executive orders as they are issued.

Student Resources

As we prepare to return to campus this fall we all need to work together to stop the spread of COVID-19. Find out how you can help keep our community safe, how the University is preparing for our return to campus, and more on the Return to Campus website.

Linked below are resources available to all students for help with...


Faculty and Staff Resources

We have put together a Google Doc that answers common questions we have received from CDes faculty and staff.

Emails from College of Design Leadership

Emails from University Leadership

Message from the Office of Student Affairs with a Comprehensive List of Student Resources | March 27, 2020

Message from President Gabel with COVID-19 Updates | March 27, 2020

Message from President Gabel with COVID-19 Updates | March 26, 2020

Message from President Gabel with Updates on Governor Walz' "Stay at Home" Order | March 25, 2020

Message from President Gabel with COVID-19 Updates | March 23, 2020

Message from VP for Research Cramer on Essential Supplies Sought for COVID-19 Clinical Response | March 21, 2020

Message from President Gabel with COVID-19 and Grading Updates | March 20, 2020

Message from President Gabel with COVID-19 Updates on Policies and More | March 19, 2020

Message from VP for Research Cramer with Updated Research Guidance | March 18, 2020

Message from President Gabel with COVID-19 Updates | March 18, 2020

Message from President Gabel with Further University Operations Update | March 17, 2020

Message from President Gabel with an Update on University Operations | March 16, 2020

Message from President Gabel on Minnesota's Closure of K-12 Schools | March 15, 2020

Message from President Gabel Thanking the University Community | March 14, 2020

Message from Interim VP for Human Resources Horstman | March 13, 2020

Message from President Gabel on Minnesota's Declaration of Emergency | March 13, 2020

Message from VP for Research Cramer on Research Guidance in Response to COVID-19 | March 12, 2020

Message from President Gabel on Travel and Other COVID-19 Updatess | March 12, 2020

Message from VP for Research Cramer on COVID-19 Guidance for Research with Human Participants | March 11, 2020

Message from Provost Hanson on Further Guidance on Alternative Modes of Instruction | March 11, 2020

Message from President Gabel on Spring Break Extension and Move Toward Alternative Forms of Teaching | March 11, 2020

Message from President Gabel on Cancelling all Non-Essential Travel | March 10, 2020