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In an effort to support faculty, staff, and students in fall, and to allow for maximum flexibility on campus, we are not requiring parking permits in Augsburg-owned surface lots during the fall semester. This “no permit required” policy right now does include Augsburg-owned streets where parking is available. These streets are 8th Street South, between 20th Avenue South and 21st Ave South; and 21st Ave South, between 7th St South and the Interstate 94 sound barrier. Please email email@example.com with other questions.
We will continue to monitor the parking lots and may require permits at a later date if the number of vehicles exceeds our expectations. We will give ample notice to the community when the decision is made to return to requiring permits in Augsburg-owned parking lots.
For those who will be on campus regularly and are interested in underground parking, we have permits for Luther and Oren Gateway underground garages for sale.
Permit prices are listed on the Department of Public Safety website, https://www.augsburg.edu/dps/parking/#registration.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Cleaning and disinfecting of high touch surfaces reduces the germs in an area and possible spread of COVID-19. Custodial Services is cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces throughout each day. Some areas across campus have cleaning materials that individuals may use before and after spending time in an area. Please put in a custodial request to refill hand sanitizer in building dispensers if they’re empty as well as for more disinfectant wipes, towels, and spray for cleaning up common spaces in offices and similar shared spaces after use.
The best way to protect yourself is to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before using an area and afterward. Carry hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes so you may clean an area before (for your health) and after (for the next person’s health) use.
You should get a COVID-19 test if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, if your care provider recommends it, or if a test is recommended by a public health official. The People’s Center Clinic and Services, across the street from Augsburg’s Minneapolis campus, offers COVID-19 testing. You may also work through your primary care physician.
There are two dining options open to faculty, staff, and students. Einstein’s provides hot sandwiches and coffee drinks along with chilled beverages and grab-and-go items. Payment at Einstein’s is limited to Flex points, meal replacement, and credit cards. Christensen Center Commons offers grab-and-go itmes for all meals as well as expanded hot breakfast and lunch service. The Commons accepts all meals plans, including Flex points, and credit cards. There are no cash transactions at either location at this time.
Kafe Kafeega in the Hagfors Center and Nabo are temporarily closed.
Beginning on Saturday, July 25, 2020, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz mandated face coverings be worn in all public indoor spaces and indoor businesses as well as outdoors when physical distancing is not possible to maintain. All students, staff, and faculty must wear face coverings in any common areas (anywhere outside of an individual office or residential unit) while on Augsburg property. We recommend having multiple face coverings and keeping them in convenient places, such as your car and bag. Using cloth coverings enables you to wash them regularly so you always have a clean face covering available.
Frequent hand washing is critical throughout the day. The recommended length of time to wash hands is a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and water. Hand sanitizer is available at the entrances of buildings on campus and may be used as a supplement when using soap and water is not possible. Augburg provided a portable, refillable bottle of hand sanitizer to each employee at the beginning of the semester. These bottles can be refilled at hand sanitizing stations around campus.
When you use a tissue, promptly throw it away and wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
HINT: Use the mantra: BEFORE AND AFTER. Wash your hands (or use hand sanitizer) before and after every activity – class, eating, using the restroom, etc. Keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you for easy access.
The Augsburg University Helpline is available to handle questions from faculty, staff, and students.
LFCs and User Support staff are available and their contact info is listed below.
This is a stressful time. As such, it can raise or increase stress, feelings of isolation or fear, anxiety, sadness, and loneliness. When we’re stressed or anxious, we can experience changes in sleep or eating patterns, difficulty sleeping or concentrating, and/or increase our use of tobacco and/or other substances.
Here are some links to the Center for Wellness and Counseling website for information that may assist you and others.
Physical distancing is a crucial part of monitoring your own health and safety. The appropriate distance between two individuals is 6 feet away, approximately two arm lengths away from each other indoors and outdoors. Physical distancing reduces the spread of COVID-19.
In order to maintain appropriate physical distancing of 6 feet between you and anyone else, each public area on campus has an occupancy count set for the room. The occupancy listed for the space is the maximum number of people allowed for safety. Also, circles placed 6 feet apart on the floor in public areas delineate the recommended distance between community members.
Augsburg University Athletics provides several links to at-home workouts that can be done with minimal or no equipment.
The Hoyt Messerer (weight room) and James Haglund Family (cardio room) fitness centers are currently open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At this time, there are no reservations; users will be allowed into the facility on the hour, on a first-come-first-serve basis. Access is limited to current Augsburg students, faculty, and staff (no alumni or guests).
Please refer to the Augsburg Athletics website for the most up-to-date information; a video related to safety protocols and expectations for users is linked below:
Quarantine and Isolation
Quarantine is required when you might have been or were exposed to COVID-19. It helps prevent community spread. Even if you do not feel sick or have COVID-related symptoms, you need to stay home, separate yourself from others, and monitor your health. You need to quarantine if you were within 6 feet of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes; you had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, kissed); you shared eating utensils or drank from the same container; they sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you; or you provided care at home to someone who tested positive.
Stay home and monitor your health for 14 days after your last contact with the person who tested positive.
If you are in quarantine, you need to complete the following online form.
The form is monitored by the Augsburg Response Team, led by Alicia Quella, who is an epidemiologist, program director and department chair of the Physician Assistant program and associate professor at Augsburg University. A member of the Response Team will contact you to see how you are feeling, answer any questions you may have, and provide you with resources if needed.
Consider speaking with family, extended family, and friends and make a plan for what you will do if you may have been or were exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and need to quarantine yourself.
Isolation is required when you test positive for COVID-19. Isolating yourself from others helps prevent community spread. Anyone who tests positive — those with symptoms and those who are asymptomatic — needs to separate themselves from others.
Guidelines from the CDC state that the isolation period exists for a minimum of 10 days and may be discontinued 10 days after the first symptom, resolution of a fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, and improvement of any additional symptoms. The isolation period for individuals with no symptoms is 10 days after receiving the positive test. Employees may return to work after being cleared by MDH. A negative COVID test is not required.
Do your part to keep the Augsburg community healthy. Use COVID-19 sign templates to provide clear instructions and practices to minimize potential virus transmission. Visit the COVID-19 signage page to view designs that are available for download, place an order for floor markers, request a new signage template, or inquire about a custom graphic.
As with our regular employees, we support extending to student workers the opportunity to work remotely when possible and appropriate. Work assignments may continue on campus, too, so long as the supervisor agrees, health guidelines and protocols are observed, and the student remains well.
Symptom Screening – Daily
#CampusClear is a brief self-screening free application for iPhone and for Android that everyone in the Augsburg community must complete daily. Self-screening is an easy action to take and one that is critical in helping reduce the spread of COVID-19. Tip: Set an alarm on your phone that reminds you each day to complete the app.
Updated September 23
Policies and Guidelines
- COVID-19 Protocols for Faculty (September 23)
- Classroom Procedures (August 25)
- Community Commitment Statement (August 25)
- Return to Campus Guide for Faculty/Staff (August 10)
- Upcoming Fall 2020 Town Hall Sessions for Parents and Families (July 27)
- President’s Fall 2020 Planning (July 9)
- Letter to Students about Augsburg Bold fall 2020 plan (June 11)
- Augsburg Employee COVID-19 Benefits Guide (May 8)
- FERPA Consent for Classroom Recording Release (April 9)
- Faculty Electronic Form Filling and Signing
- Reporting Absences and Recording Time During the Outbreak
- Remote Work Guidelines for Staff During Modified Operations
- FERPA considerations from Registrar when switching course modalities and to modified operations