University community impacted by state confinement order

The University of North Dakota community should be advised that on Saturday, March 28, State Health Officer Mylynn Tufte signed a confinement order for all North Dakota residents (including UND students, faculty and staff) traveling back to the state from international locations and U.S. states with widespread disease, as classified by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

The updated list of states can be found on the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) website at (or view the list below).

UND staff and faculty planning to travel should read the order carefully and understand the possible ramifications of such actions before departing.

The order states that individuals who have traveled to these areas must quarantine immediately upon reentry to the state of North Dakota and for a period of 14 days, and individuals who have returned from international locations or states with widespread community infection within the last 14 days, should self-monitor for symptoms and follow prevention tips (see below).

UND previously suspended all University-funded travel until further notice.  Any requests for exceptions must include the travel approval form routed through the department chair and dean and then sent to VPRED Faculty Fellow Justin Berg ( Dr. Berg will route for approval from a vice president and the president.

Residence hall students:

Students planning to return to campus from any of the states identified as having widespread community infections in order to check-out of their residence hall and collect their belongings are able to do so. If you are not feeling well at the time of your scheduled check-out, stay home. If you have been exposed, or in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 over the last 14 days, do not come to campus.

There is no hurry for students to move out of their residence halls, and student belongings will continue to be secured in their room until a time when they can retrieve them safely. A student’s inability to move out of their residence hall as a result of issues related to COVID-19 will not impact their ability to receive a refund.

Up-to-date info:

For the latest information about UND’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and important news for the University community, go to the UND Coronavirus Updates blog.

States with widespread infection:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Washington

COVID-19 symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath

Prevention Tips:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.