UND is actively monitoring the coronavirus pandemic, also known as COVID-19.
Learn more about UND's Smart Restart plan at UND.edu/covid-19.
Effective June 1, 2021
In view of the announcement by UND of new pandemic-related expectations that became effective on June 1, 2021, the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) has in turn updated its own guidance on this matter, although there is no change in the expectations in those locations where direct patient care is provided (such as the Centers for Family Medicine in Bismarck and Minot and the Center for Sports Medicine). Because of the potential negative impact of viral spread on vulnerable individuals/patients who may come in contact with UND healthcare providers or learners, the School’s new guidance is, in some regards, more proscriptive than that of UND.
These new UND SMHS guidelines became effective on June 1, 2021, and will apply throughout the summer semester that ends on August 20, 2021. They are as follows:
1. Masks no longer are required for UND-related events outdoors, whether on- or off-campus. Similarly, physical distancing no longer is required outdoors, although it still is encouraged to the extent possible.
2. Masks will continue to be required while in the SMHS building on the Northeast (Grand Forks) campus, as well as in SMHS buildings on the Southeast (Fargo), Southwest (Bismarck), and Northwest (Minot) regional campuses. As before, masks need not be worn when the individual is indoors in one of these facilities when alone in an otherwise unoccupied office with the door closed, or when eating alone in a public area. Otherwise, the physical distancing requirement no longer will apply in those buildings, although it still is encouraged to the extent possible.
3. UND faculty, staff, or students who expect to have (or might have) direct patient contact at some point in the subsequent 30 day period (whether through direct patient care delivery or in teaching situations) are expected to continue to wear masks when indoors (as specified in point 2 above) at all other non-SMHS locations and sites, including when traveling, when they are present in an official UND role.
4. Instructional delivery methods (in-person vs. hybrid vs. on-line) currently in use or planned for the summer semester will be unaffected by this guidance.
Resources specific to the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences will be posted on this page and will change as the pandemic continues.
SMHS COVID Response
Project ECHO: COVID-19
- Presenter: Paul Carson, M.D.
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Project ECHO: COVID-19
- Presenter: Andrew McLean, M.D.
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The UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences (UND SMHS) Deeded Body Program will resume accepting whole body donations on a limited basis starting March 1, 2021. For a complete guide to donors specifics, please visit our UND SMHS Deeded Body Program website.
Resources for faculty who are teaching online:
- Going Online in a Hurry (Chronicle of Higher Education)
- Basic Teaching Strategies and Their Online Translations
- Instructional Design
- Teaching & Learning Resource Repository
Contact the UND Teaching, Transformation and Development Academy (TTaDA) for assistance with:
Information Resources has compiled a variety of Remote Access options to help faculty, staff and students during this time. Information Resources can also help with questions regarding Mediasite and Sharepoint.
Library Resources has compiled a research guide with information pertinent to the COVID-19 pandemic. This page includes information about the ways in which librarians can supplement your online courses, as well as links to information made free by a variety of scholarly publishers and information to help keep you healthy as you transition to a new work environment.
Do you have a question? Please Ask a Librarian!
Consistent with University guidance for University staff, Program Directors will inform residents/fellows about their expectations in the event that residents/fellows experience illness including:
- If residents/fellows feel sick, they should notify their immediate supervisor and Program Director and go home.
- Residents/Fellows should not try to “tough it out” and continue working if feeling ill.
- Instead of taking leave, the preference is for residents/fellows to work from home such as studying for an in-service exam or board certification, research, etc.; however, work from home is at the discretion of the Program Director and resident/fellow.
Questions or concerns should be referred to Kim Becker.
The Imaging Core is instituting the following new policies designed to minimize person-to-person contact and to maintain a safe environment for users and staff. If you have questions, please contact either Sarah Abrahamson or Bryon Grove.
- Training of new users is being curtailed until activity on the UND campus returns to normal. As an alternative, those individuals who need microscopy data for their research will be able to submit samples to Sarah Abrahamson and have the core staff collect the images for them. Please contact Sarah Abrahamson or Dr. Grove to make arrangements.
- For trained users who have straightforward microscopy work to do, we strongly recommend that they also arrange to have core staff collect their microscopy data. Again please contact Sarah Abrahamson or Dr. Grove to make these arrangements.
- If trained core users have complex microscopy work that requires them to use the equipment, they must contact Sarah Abrahamson or Dr. Grove beforehand so that we can ensure that they are aware of the safety and decontamination procedures we have put in place. Users will be required to wear gloves, provided by the core facility, when handling the microscopy equipment and they must notify core facility staff when they are done so that the equipment can be decontaminated.
Please note that a remote session utilizing Zoom is a viable option for most of our equipment. Users will be able to see both the staff member and the equipment screen, which will allow them to guide the staff member during image collection.
The Genomics Core facility will remain open for business for new and ongoing projects. However, it is taking steps to minimize person-to-person contact and to maintain a safe environment for users and staff.
- Until further notice, it is not allowing any personal sample drop-off to core labs. All samples need to be submitted in the drop-off freezer. In case you are not familiar with the location of the drop-off freezer, feel free to email Core Director Bony DeKumar for directions.
- All one-on-one and group meetings to discuss data analysis and project discussion will be scheduled through Zoom.
- Please email queries about a letter of support, budget and technical questions for a grant proposal or any other questions to Bony DeKumar.
It is possible that some services may be delayed due to logistics of ordering and shipping reagents and samples. We are making every effort to eliminate any negative impacts of the current situation and we are looking forward to helping everyone maintain their research productivity.
This bill had two intents: 1) to target dollars to students who are most at risk financially, so they used the number of Pell grant recipients to determine what dollars went where, and 2) since one of the challenges in many institutions was the shift to online education, they targeted the dollars to the institutions that had to make more of a shift to online. UND was doing more online instruction than NDSU. The percentage according to the federal government was 26% at UND purely online and only 11% at NDSU. Thus NDUS received more CARES funding.
The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund-IHE/Student Aid provides funding to institutions to provide emergency financial aid grants to students. Furthermore, institutions have the responsibility of determining how grants will be distributed to students and how the amount of each student grant is calculated. As stated above, institutions are responsible for determining awards; UND main campus financial aid awarded emergency grant funding to undergraduate students. Medical (and graduate/law) students were not awarded emergency grants.
Absolutely! We’ve focused on virtual care in the past, but we can do more. Dr. Wynne invites all faculty to design curricula for all students that helps better prepare them for these public health threats.
Yes when interacting with others. Please refer to UND's Smart Restart Plan.
UND has implemented a hiring "chill" at this time, meaning hires are not prohibited but must be justified as necessary at this time.
No. The learning objectives, content and credits earned (where applicable) remain the same, and is no cheaper to deliver online.
There are many funding sources being considered for reimbursement of some COVID expenses. The School will report these expenses to the State Board of Higher Education and the state Legislature. While the end result is uncertain at this time, it's easier to keep track now than to have to go back and calculate later.
The State Board of Higher Education has temporarily waived the requirement of standardized test scores (i.e., ACT, SAT) through the summer of 2022.
Dining Services has created a Quarantine/Isolation Order form.
According to UND Human Resources, for as long as a large number of staff are working remotely or until the UND Executive Council reverses its earlier decision to implement them.
Departments are free to tailor productivity reports specifically to their areas. Some ask for the percentage of time spent on COVID tasks. According to UND Human Resources, that data may be requested at a later date to potentially garner federal money from FEMA or the CARES Act, for example.
See the SMHS pandemic events guide here.
Generally, you are encouraged to convert your in-person event to a virtual format. Virtual events don't require UND SMHS approval, but do require submission of the UND Virtual Activity/Event Approval Form.
Off-campus events still require UND VP approval, but do not require an Event Approval Form.