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COVID-19 updates for CBS undergraduates

CBS Student Services staff is advocating for the health, safety, and care for you and your loved ones during this hectic time. We hope that the resources below serve as a starting point as we all navigate these unprecedented times. 

As we move classes online this week, the transition may be bumpy particularly for lab courses. We will do our best to adapt as quickly as we can. Many of you are no doubt navigating more than one challenge given the extraordinary circumstances. Please let your instructors know and reach out to an advisor for support if you are unable to complete coursework on schedule. They will work with you to identify solutions.


Due to the COVID-19 outbreak:

  • No UMN classes will be held March 16-17. 
  • On Wednesday, March 18, students will resume classes through online or alternative instruction through the remainder of the Spring 2020 Semester. 

The College is working closely with the University to monitor and respond to COVID-19 developments. See all COVID-19 announcements from the University here.

CBS emails and announcements about COVID-19

Scheduling Academic Advising and Career Coaching appointments:

  • Effective Monday, March 16, we are offering all student advising and career appointments exclusively in remote formats, via Zoom or phone call. 
  • To schedule an appointment, please visit cbsss.appointments.umn.edu.  A Zoom link will be automatically generated for the appointment, although you can indicate if you'd prefer a phone appointment in the intake form.
  • If you choose a phone appointment, the advisor will call you at the scheduled appointment time. Note that the call will likely come from a private or blocked number.
  • If you would like to reschedule a future appointment, please email cbs-ss-office@umn.edu or email the staff member directly.

Drop-in Advising

Drop-ins will take place in Zoom. To view drop-in advising hours and access the drop-in Zoom link, please visit the CBS Drop-in Advising Calendar. Find the link in the calendar for the current date and copy/paste into your browser. This will open the Zoom drop-in page for that given day/time. Note that we will be using the waiting room feature, so only one student will be in the meeting at a time and there may be a short wait. 

    For students returning from a learning abroad program:

    • The University of Minnesota announced it is requiring all students abroad to return immediately to the U.S. (3/15/20 message from Global Programs and Strategy Alliance)
    • After you get home and are ready to talk about your academic transition, connect with your academic advisor. They will also be reaching out to discuss your options for the remainder of the Spring semester and beyond.

    For up-to-date MN system-wide information on COVID-19 infections:

    If you suspect you have COVID-19 symptoms, contact:

    For international students affected by the coronavirus: 

    For mental health:

    Buildings Systemwide Go To Weekend Mode

    • Beginning Tuesday, March 17, most University buildings systemwide will require a U Card or other secure means of access, consistent with the protocol for each of our campuses. If you need to be on campus, please have with you at all times what you need to gain building access.
    • The health sciences buildings on the Twin Cities campus will continue to have public access by appointment only. There will be three staffed entrances from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. These entrances are: the second floor of Moos Tower at Washington, the second floor of Mayo Building at Church Street, and the third floor of Phillips-Wangensteen Building at the Delaware circle.
    • Each building will have signs posted giving more information to the University community, the public, and vendors and contractors, should they need access.
    • Check with your local campus for access to other healthcare resources in your community.

    Recreation Centers Close Systemwide

    Libraries Close Systemwide

    • Public health officials strongly urge all members of the University community and beyond to avoid gatherings and to practice social distancing. As a result, all University libraries systemwide will close beginning Tuesday, March 17 until further notice.
    • Online library services continue to be available. Any student who experiences difficulty accessing what they need for projects or assignments to work with their professor to develop an alternative plan.

    Events Are Cancelled Through End of Semester

    • On Friday, March 13, President Gabel communicated that all University events systemwide would be canceled based on MDH recommendations of avoiding events 250 people or larger.
    • On March 16, the White House announced all individuals should avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.
    • The University will now cancel all events 50 people or larger through the end of the semester.
    • Smaller events should not be held unless social distancing can be implemented (6 feet between people).