On August 18, 2021, Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra circulated a memorandum noting that, “Minnesota State will not mandate proof of COVID-19 vaccination or require COVID-19 testing for all students. However, our colleges and universities will require vaccination attestation for specific student groups or populations that are in settings where there is close and frequent contact with others.”
As has been the case since the pandemic’s start, Metropolitan State University’s top priority is the health and safety of all students, faculty, and staff, as well as ensuring students can successfully achieve their educational goals. To that end, starting October 4, 2021, students who are involved in the following activities are required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated or get tested weekly for COVID-19:
- College of Nursing and Health Sciences students, as determined by clinical and simulation lab requirements (nursing and dental hygiene)
- Haute Dish Magazine
- Metropolitan State University Student Association (MSUSA)
- Soccer Club
- The Metropolitan Newspaper
- Theater Underground
Refusal to provide proof of vaccination or weekly test results may impact your ability to participate in selected college or university activities. We strongly encourage you to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
As more on-campus activities are resumed, additional students may fall into these categories (such as students appointed by MSUSA to serve on university councils or committees). Students will be notified if/when they need to comply with this policy. Student employees must also comply with the MMB Policy #1446: COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination and Testing and are currently notified and attest through a separate process.
Attestation for these students may be done directly through eServices by logging in with the StarID and password and selecting “COVID-19 Attestation” on the upper left side of the screen (immediately below the Dashboard). Separate instructions about how to complete the attestation will also be emailed directly to students. For students who choose not to attest and instead choose to go through the weekly testing protocol, more information will be coming as we plan to have testing in place no later than October 25. If there are any questions, please email COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org to get those questions answered.