“Smart Restart” and masking at UND

UND continues to prepare for August 3, the return of faculty, staff and students to campus. The University, as well as federal and state government, continue to monitor the situation and adapt for the safety of our community.

As of July 6, UND is in the process of transitioning between Safety Level 1 (Red) to Safety Level 2 (Yellow) as we prepare to be at Yellow by August 3. Continue to monitor the blog for updates, as the most current information always will be available there.

In addition to the updated Safety Levels, information on UND’s COVID-19 event policy is now available on the Coronavirus blog.

In developing the University’s policies, UND pays special attention to the North Dakota Smart Restart guidelines, among other sources of expert advice. Because of the density and mobility of our community, UND’s guidelines may be stricter than those of the state or federal governments. A college campus is a dynamic environment, and the University’s safety guidelines are being developed as carefully as possible with that in mind.

Also, in preparation for a COVID-resistant fall semester restart, and as more students and employees are returning to campus, effective immediately the University of North Dakota will require face coverings to be worn on campus.

The face coverings requirement, which pertains to all students, staff, faculty, affiliates and visitors taking part in UND-sponsored activities on campus, is an important layer of defense against the spread of COVID-19 as well as a strong display of our concern for those around us. It also aligns with University’s smart restart plans for the fall semester, when thousands of students, family members, staff, faculty, affiliates and other visitors converge on our campus.

If you come to the SMHS and do not yet have a face covering of your own to wear, reusable cloth face coverings will be available for pick-up in the Office of Student Affairs & Admissions (OSAA). These face coverings have been provided by volunteers from the UND National Student Response Network as a supplement to the masks to be provided by UND.

The pandemic is a fluid situation, and we will continue to monitor public-health guidelines and update as needed. Monitor the Coronavirus Blog for the most up-to-date information.

Thank you for helping to keep our UND community well.