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Niamh Coomey, Campus Administration Editor

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Tracking COVID-19 at the University of Minnesota

Tracking COVID-19 at the University of Minnesota

January 26, 2021
The Minnesota Daily staff updates the COVID-19 tracker every Friday.
Illustration by Jane Borstad

Faculty Senate discusses potential temporary salary reductions

May 6, 2020

As the University of Minnesota continues to face financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, discussions have begun about potential cuts to faculty salaries.  The Faculty Consultative Committee...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein. 

Under new policy amendments, courses with low enrollment can’t be canceled after first class

May 2, 2020

Amendments to a University of Minnesota policy will ensure that courses with a low enrollment cannot be canceled after the first day of classes, lessening the impact on students and faculty.  The...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

How is University governance operating during COVID-19?

April 30, 2020

As the University of Minnesota continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the governance system has undergone some changes to reflect current challenges.  The University is making essential decisions...

Hailee Schievelbein

In light of COVID-19, U’s employee retirement plan transition pushed to June

April 28, 2020

Due to current uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Minnesota is delaying its transition of employee retirement funds to Fidelity Investments until June. The Retirement Plan...

Graduate school advising programs make improvements based on gradSERU data

Graduate school advising programs make improvements based on gradSERU data

April 23, 2020

The University of Minnesota Graduate School has been working to improve advising based on data from last year’s Graduate Student Experience in the Research University survey. The 2019 data was made accessible...

Folwell Hall on Saturday, March 21. 2020.

Students, faculty respond to summer classes moving online

April 13, 2020

University of Minnesota students and faculty are preparing for the summer semester to continue online. Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, University President Joan Gabel announced last week that the University...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

University administration invokes hiring freeze, other financial measures

April 10, 2020

As the University of Minnesota makes rapid decisions in response to COVID-19, employees anticipate what’s to come. The University implemented a hiring and promotion freeze, which will be maintained through...

Illustration by Sarah Mai

Researchers leave lab animals, equipment on campus

April 9, 2020

As only essential COVID-19-related research continues at the University of Minnesota, many researchers have put their work on pause, leaving lab equipment, samples and animals on campus.  Researchers...

Athletic Director Mark Coyle addresses the Board of Regents in regards to a contract extension signed by head football coach P.J. Fleck at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. The deal, signed by Fleck last week, extends his contract through the 2026 season and will increase his base salary to $4.6 million.

U administrators answer COVID-19 questions in virtual town hall

April 8, 2020

University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel hosted an online ‘town hall’ Tuesday to answer community questions about the University’s response to COVID-19.  In advance of the livestreamed meeting,...

President Joan Gabel addresses the Board of Regents at the regents retreat in Duluth on Wednesday, March 11

UMN announces classes will be moved online through summer semester

April 6, 2020

Due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19, University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel announced Monday in a system-wide email that all summer classes will be administered online. “While we manage through...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

Adjunct faculty see support from the University during online course transition

April 2, 2020

For adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota, the transition to online courses due to the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted new challenges as well as opportunities for support. Adjunct faculty, who...

Sophomore Austin Morrow completes the last lap of his run at Hidden Ponds Park in Eden Prairie on Saturday, March 28. “Running is a big part of physical fitness,” he said.

Despite pandemic, ROTC adapting to help students enter the military

April 1, 2020

Despite major changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Minnesota’s Reserve Officer Training Corps is working to ensure students’ commission into the military.  Students in the ROTC...

Freshman Marissa Mazzetta loads her belongings in preparation for her return to Illinois with her father, Jim Mazzetta, at Middlebrook Hall on Saturday, March 21. Mazzetta, like many freshmen at the University of Minnesota, is moving out of University housing as a result of COVID-19.

Students, parents express frustration with room and board refund

March 27, 2020

The University of Minnesota announced partial refunds for University housing Monday, prompting backlash from the campus community.  Students who have chosen to leave their University housing early...

Morrill Hall as seen on Saturday, Oct. 12.

U’s administrative spending is “within the range” of its peers, report finds

March 26, 2020

Over recent months, conversations have continued about addressing administrative spending among the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents. The board has long discussed the University’s administrative...

Courtesy of Lisa German.

University libraries welcome new dean as services operate online-only

March 26, 2020

The University of Minnesota welcomed a new dean of libraries to campus last month. Colleagues say she is well-equipped for the tumultuous times at hand. Lisa German is stepping into the role after the...

Illustration by Sarah Mai

Amid study abroad chaos, students share experiences about coming back home

March 19, 2020

All study abroad programs at the University of Minnesota have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic — leaving many students frustrated and unsure about the future.  The about 1,100 students...

Morgan La Casse

Rape reported in 19th Avenue parking garage

March 7, 2020

A sexual assault involving rape occurred around 8:20 p.m. on March 6 inside the 19th Avenue Parking Ramp on the University of Minnesota’s West Bank Campus, according to a campus-wide safety alert sent...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

Looking to add diversity in educational fields, group charged with approving courses expands

March 5, 2020

The University of Minnesota’s Council on Liberal Education, which is responsible for approving new courses, is including more representation from different areas of study. The council’s work was put...

New draft policy seeks to balance freedom of speech with safety for campus events

New draft policy seeks to balance freedom of speech with safety for campus events

March 5, 2020

A new draft policy seeks to emphasize the University of Minnesota’s commitment to freedom of speech while balancing safety and resources for large events. The new Major Events Policy, which outlines...

Since 2017, 37% of faculty agree action has been taken to improve work environment

Since 2017, 37% of faculty agree action has been taken to improve work environment

March 1, 2020

Thirty-seven percent of University of Minnesota employees reported feeling that some action was taken toward improvement in the work environment since 2017. The employee engagement survey, which has been...

Teamsters Local 320 members stand present at an MSA forum to support a resolution drafted by Austin Berger on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Teamsters union votes to accept final contract offer from UMN

February 26, 2020

More than seven months after their contract expired, the Teamsters Local 320 workers union voted to accept the University of Minnesota’s final offer Monday. The final offer, which came after months of...

Morrill Hall as seen on Saturday, Oct. 12.

UMN lays out steps to address lack of faculty diversity

February 24, 2020

Acknowledging that a low percentage of faculty are from underrepresented backgrounds at the University of Minnesota, administrators have laid out plans to recruit and retain a more diverse set of faculty. Data...

Scooters prompt old concerns, new conversations about accessibility

Scooters prompt old concerns, new conversations about accessibility

February 17, 2020

Within the first years of electric scooter rentals being introduced to Minneapolis streets, concerns have been raised in the city and on the University of Minnesota campus about accessibility for people...

The Board of Regents convene for their December 2019 meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Dec. 12.

Renaming, faculty diversity among topics at first regents meeting of the semester

February 14, 2020

Renaming, real estate, unions, student mental health and diversity were all topics discussed at the University of Minnesota Board of Regents' first meeting of the semester.  President Joan Gabel presented...

Pedestrians make their way into Moos Tower on Wednesday, Nov. 20.  As temperatures drop Moos Tower sees an increase in foot traffic.

Faculty, staff express concern with new campus security measures

February 13, 2020

While some feel safer, some staff and faculty have voiced discontent with the tightening of security in several University of Minnesota buildings.  The security changes, which came after a recent...

A pedestrian walks by the International Student and Scholar Services center on West Bank on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Training on international students accelerates for graduate school staff

February 6, 2020

International Student and Scholar Services will offer its first training solely for University of Minnesota graduate school program coordinators and other staff later this month.  The training on...

Demonstrators from Teamsters Local 320 gather outside Pioneer Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 21. The group said that more than 30 University employees were unfairly laid off over the summer.

As one union reaches an agreement with the University, another waits in limbo

February 2, 2020

After months of contract negotiations and demonstrations, unionized clerical workers have reached an agreement with the University of Minnesota. After pushing for wage increases and a reduced number of...

UMN China study abroad programs suspended due to coronavirus outbreak

January 31, 2020

The University of Minnesota has suspended all student travel and study abroad programs in China for the spring semester due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to an email sent to staff and faculty...

Melissa Kenney, Associate Director of Knowledge Initiatives, poses for a portrait in her home on Sunday, Jan. 26. Kenney's work focuses on decision making and how that impacts viewpoints on policies.

University governance examines the needs of non-tenure track faculty

January 27, 2020

University of Minnesota governance is examining the needs of faculty who are not on the path to tenure. These employees comprise a large portion of teaching and research roles at the University. The Faculty...

Faculty and staff training to facilitate new gender equity policy

Faculty and staff training to facilitate new gender equity policy

January 20, 2020

University of Minnesota staff and faculty are training to facilitate the recently passed gender equity and access policy.  The policy asks that faculty use students' specified names and gender pronouns,...

Hailee Schievelbein

Faculty committee discusses research priorities with Gabel

December 11, 2019

A faculty committee met with University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel Monday to discuss research priorities for the systemwide strategic plan. Improving communication about research to greater Minnesota,...

The University Senate convenes in Mondale hall on Thursday, Dec. 5. Those involved in the vote decided to continue discussions around changing the University's liberal education requirements.

No changes to liberal education requirements — for now

December 9, 2019

At a lively meeting Thursday, the University of Minnesota Senate decided to prolong discussions around changing the University's liberal education requirements. The Liberal Education Redesign Committee...

Sarah Mai

Website for free textbooks at UMN gains attention

December 5, 2019

From biology to design, faculty members in departments across the University of Minnesota are using a website to publish textbooks. Use of the Pressbooks website has spread among faculty in recent years,...

Hailee Schievelbein

University initiative reviews faculty for community engagement

November 26, 2019

This year, the University of Minnesota expanded an initiative aiming to assess faculty engagement with outside communities. The Review Committee on Community-Engaged Scholarship, an initiative by the Office...

Sophomore Bradley Hartwyk works on an assignment in Walter Library on Friday, Oct. 26.

Big Ten libraries begin creating shared collection

November 25, 2019

This year, Big Ten university libraries have begun work on creating a more collective system of books across institutions, including the University of Minnesota.  Earlier this semester, library leaders...

Hailee Schievelbein

Some faculty concerned as UMN changes retirement plan

November 21, 2019

After a yearlong process of reevaluating its plans and practices, the University of Minnesota will transfer its faculty retirement plans to a sole service provider this spring.  Fidelity Investments...

Anjali Oleksy, a sophomore at the university, poses for a portrait during the campus conversation, “Our University History: Understand, Acknowledge, Engage” in Coffman Union on Thursday Nov. 14.

Faculty, staff and students discuss moving forward on reckoning with University’s past

November 17, 2019

Staff, faculty and students gathered at Coffman Union Thursday to discuss how to reckon with controversial aspects of the University of Minnesota’s institutional history. After the Board of Regents voted...

Professor Ellan Tadmor, who sits back right, listens to students present their findings to the class science court on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

University professor Ellad Tadmor is using science to fight polarization

November 11, 2019

A University of Minnesota professor is working against political polarization using a course called ‘Science Court’ that examines a controversial issue through a scientific lens.  Ellad Tadmor...

Fond Du Lac City Councilman Dan Degner presents at a College Republicans weekly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Conservative student leaders seek more involvement in campus government

November 10, 2019

Some conservative students at the University of Minnesota say they feel discouraged from voicing their opinions and getting involved on campus.  Campus data show students at the University are more...

Professor Sally Gregory Kohlstedt, chair of the LE Redesign Committee, speaks with faculty during a forum in the Northstar Ballroom at the St. Paul Student Center on Thursday, Oct. 31. Faculty from various departments offered feedback on proposed changes to liberal education requirements.

Liberal education redesign process continues with several public forums

November 6, 2019

Looking to gather feedback on potential changes to liberal education requirements, a UMN committee has hosted public forums over the past two weeks for faculty and academic advisers. The Liberal Education...

Hailee Schievelbein

Faculty committee looks to gather data about grad students with disabilities

November 2, 2019

A faculty committee is looking to obtain more data on how students with disabilities experience the University of Minnesota.  The Disabilities Issues Committee has begun to look at the questions around...

Hailee Schievelbein

UMN proposed gender identity policy nears implementation

October 31, 2019

The University of Minnesota’s proposed gender expression and identity policy, which has been three years in the making, is nearing implementation in November.   University community members attended...

Illustrated by Jane Borstad

Incoming UMN students may see mandatory academic integrity training

October 27, 2019

A University of Minnesota faculty committee is drafting a resolution that aims to implement mandatory training on academic integrity for new students.  The resolution, written by the Student Academic...

Sarah Vast, Human Resources Assistant for the University of Minnesota, poses for a portrait outside Peik Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 23. Last winter Vast struggled to find child care when schools closed due to extreme cold weather and ended up bringing their child to work at times. Other parents also coordinated when they had difficulty finding child care on short notice. 

University groups work to ensure employees can use sick leave for unscheduled child care

October 24, 2019

After extreme winter weather caused school and daycare closings earlier this year, groups at the University of Minnesota are making efforts to clarify language ensuring that employees can provide unscheduled...

The Board of Regents convene for their October 2019 meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Potential University research priorities presented to regents

October 17, 2019

Board of Regents members discussed potential opportunities to advance research at the University of Minnesota at last week's meeting. Vice President for Research Chris Cramer presented to the board and...

Morgan La Casse

One found dead after homicide in Marcy-Holmes

October 16, 2019

A 27-year-old male was found dead at the intersection of 7th Street Southeast and 5th Avenue Southeast early Wednesday morning. The manner of death was ruled a homicide, according to a police press release. Police...

Teamsters Local 320 members stand present at an MSA forum to support a resolution drafted in support of workers on Tuesday, Oct. 8. 

UMN student government passes resolution in support of campus workers

October 13, 2019

The Minnesota Student Association passed a resolution in support of the Teamsters Local 320 labor union last week, showing solidarity for workers on campus as contract negotiations continue. Several unions...

Associate professor of international development Greta Friedemann-Sánchez, left, and colleague Peggy Grieve, right, pose for a photo in Colombia where they did field work in their efforts against intimate partner violence. Courtesy of Greta Friedemann-Sánchez.

UMN researchers work to prevent violence against women in Colombia

October 10, 2019

University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs researchers are working to impact legislation to prevent violence against women in Colombia. After years of research and field work, associate...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

Faculty weigh in on changes to UMN liberal education requirements

October 9, 2019

As the school year progresses, the Liberal Education Redesign Committee faces difficult conversations about what changes to make to the liberal education requirements at the University of Minnesota.  The...