- Macalester will require, with limited exceptions, all students and employees who will work or study on campus to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by August 2, 2021. Details about the vaccine requirement were shared with students, faculty, and staff in an April 23 campus update.
- As President Rivera announced on March 31, we are working on plans to reopen the campus in fall with regular occupancy in our residence halls and in-person instruction for most courses. We anticipate continuing to adhere to an updated version of our Mac Stays Safer community commitment to maintain public health behaviors. We also are thinking through how we can support students who may not be able to learn on campus in the fall.
- Our College Dashboard provides an overview of COVID-19 status, including campus testing results and case numbers. Self-reported COVID-19 vaccination data for students and employees is included on the dashboard.
- Macalester’s Mac Stays Safer community commitment and face covering policy requires everyone on the Macalester campus wear a face covering when indoors, and outdoors when six-foot physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Students: If you are a student currently living on campus or in the Twin Cities and are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please contact the Hamre Center during business hours at 651-696-6275. If you are a student living on campus, please contact Macalester Public Safety evenings and weekends at 651-696-6555. For all students, if you have medical questions during the evening or on weekends, you can call the NurseNow line at 651-696-6275, option 3, to get medical advice.
Faculty and staff: The Minnesota Department of Health announced guidance for increased access to COVID testing. For more information about COVID-19 testing and related Macalester benefit programs, refer to this Employment Services COVID-19 Employee Resource Guide.
If you are a student, staff, faculty member, or contract employee who has been tested at a location other than the Hamre Center and received a positive COVID-19 result, please email the Macalester Contact Tracing team (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as you receive your result. Macalester is required to coordinate contact tracing with the Minnesota Department of Health.
If a close contact (someone you have been within 6 feet of for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period) tests positive for COVID-19 you should begin a period of quarantine for 14 days from the date of last contact with the positive case. Additionally, you should get tested for COVID-19 5-7 days after your last contact with the person who tested positive. You must complete the 14 day quarantine (including not coming to work, campus, or class) regardless of these test results. Students: learn about COVID-19 testing in the Hamre Center.
If someone in your household or pod has been in close contact with a positive case but you have not been in close contact with the positive case, you do not need to formally quarantine. However, it would be prudent, until your household member receives their test results and/or ends their own quarantine, to limit contact with others, stay home as much as possible, and be extra mindful of the community commitment behaviors. Employees or supervisors: if you are unsure whether someone should be staying home from work, please have the individual consult with their health care provider or the MDH helpline.
Learning and Building Community During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has required a re-envisioning of teaching and learning, new approaches to working, and creative solutions to help us find community when we are separated by distance. We are making this change together and we are finding strength in our community.
Responsive Teaching and Learning
A collection of resources for teaching, learning, and working during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Virtual Community and Wellness
An online hub for student engagement, community, and involvement.
Thanks to those of you who’ve asked how to support students. You can make a gift to the Macalester Fund, which provides critical flexible support that can be deployed rapidly wherever it’s needed. Gifts will help our students with unanticipated expenses and help every campus department reimagine remote student support and programming.
Reviewed: May 4, 2021