FAQ

Per Minnesota Management and Budget HR/LR Policy #1446 (“MMB 1446”), graduate assistants and work-study students are considered state employees and would be required to either provide an attestation that they have been fully vaccinated or submit to weekly testing. There is no requirement to be vaccinated under this policy.
(response posted 9/1/2021)

Employees would be placed on investigatory leave without pay and would be subject to disciplinary action, which could include termination.
(response posted 9/1/2021)

Minnesota State is providing a standardized, system-wide technology solution which will be used by all employees to determine either their attestation of vaccination or their need to participate in weekly testing. More information about this tool will be available on or after Friday, September 3.
(response posted 9/1/2021)

Minnesota State is providing a standardized, system-wide technology solution which will be used by all employees to determine either their attestation of vaccination or their need to participate in weekly testing. More information about this tool will be available on or after Friday, September 3. Medical information should never be shared via email.
(response posted 9/1/2021)

The Minnesota State system is working on a system-wide technology solution for this. It is expected that it will function similarly to the system being rolled out for employees in early September, but we do not yet have details on this. More to come as we learn more.
(response posted 9/1/2021)

There is no publicly available surveillance testing in the Bemidji community. We are continuing to work through details on the testing location and testing method, and will have a solution in place as quickly as we are able. Per MMB 1446, state agencies are responsible for the costs associated with testing of their employees.
(response posted 9/1/2021)

MMB has not announced an end date for MMB 1446. Per CDC guidance, people are generally considered fully vaccinated:

* 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
* 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. More information is available on the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html
(response posted 9/1/2021)

There is no publicly available surveillance testing in the Bemidji community. We are continuing to work through details on the testing location and testing method, and will have a solution in place as quickly as we are able.
(response posted 9/1/2021)

Testing and vaccination status are not necessarily related. It is entirely possible that someone who is, in fact, vaccinated may elect to not share that information with their employer and instead decide to take the weekly tests. Vaccination attestations that are submitted to Human Resources for verification through the technology solution developed by Minnesota State are not retained and submitted electronic documents are destroyed. Information about an employee’s status as having either successfully attested to vaccination or as being subject to weekly testing will be retained and managed in Human Resources using the same existing security protocols that are in place for other employee medical information.
(response posted 9/1/2021)

Testing and vaccination status are not necessarily related. It is entirely possible that someone who is, in fact, vaccinated may elect to not share that information with their employer and instead decide to take the weekly tests. There is no publicly available surveillance testing in the Bemidji community. We are continuing to work through details on the testing location and testing method, and will have a solution in place as quickly as we are able.
(response posted 9/1/2021)

The anticipated testing volume needed for BSU and NTC to comply with MMB 1446 vastly exceeds the testing done at our on-campus Vault testing clinics during the 2020-2021 academic year. During our November and December 2020 testing events, we administered 765 tests. We are anticipating the need to administer as many as 1,000 tests per week once the student attestation and testing requirement begins on October 8. There is no publicly available surveillance testing in the Bemidji community. We are continuing to work through details on the testing location and testing method, and will have a solution in place as quickly as we are able.
(response posted 9/1/2021)

There is no vaccination requirement. Employees may elect to attest to their status as being fully vaccinated, or may elect to take weekly COVID-19 tests. Information on how employees can use Minnesota State’s technology solution to report testing results will be forthcoming as part of the rollout of that system.
(response posted 9/1/2021)

We cannot speculate at this time what Minnesota State may determine in the future with regard to vaccine requirements. At this time, there is no Minnesota State requirement to be vaccinated, for either students or employees. Certain students may be subject to vaccination requirements enforced by employers or hosts at off-campus clinical or other experiential learning sites. Students who are unable to attest to a vaccination status may instead opt for weekly testing; being in the testing group would not limit a person’s activities unless, of course, they were to test positive. None of the current attestation or testing policies would forbid or prevent students in any way from accessing campus for your coursework.
(response posted 9/1/2021)

A person’s status as being vaccinated or unvaccinated against COVID-19 is treated no differently than any other medical condition. You may ask whether someone is vaccinated against COVID-19 or any other vaccine-preventable disease, but you may not require that they provide a response to your question.
(response posted 9/1/2021)

You would quarantine only if you were identified as a close contact during contact tracing. If you are fully vaccinated and were identified as a close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19, you should get tested within 3-5 days of your exposure to that person and wear a well-fitting mask for 14 days or until your test result comes back negative, whichever comes first.
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We would need to consult with Minnesota State’s Office of the General Counsel to be able to definitively provide any guidance on liability to the institution in the situation you are describing.
(response posted 9/1/2021)

Minnesota State is currently working with the Minnesota Immunization Information Center (MIIC) with the goal of providing estimates of our percentage of vaccinated students and employees using information from the MIIC database. The Minnesota Department of Health updates vaccination information for Beltrami County daily on weekdays; as of September 1, it reports 57.9 percent of Beltrami County’s eligible population is fully vaccinated. Of county residents between the ages of 18 and 49, 41 percent are fully vaccinated and 45 percent have received at least one dose. Based on this data, we are estimating that approximately 30 percent of our students may have received at least one dose of a vaccine.
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Per MMB 1446, state agencies are responsible for the costs associated with testing of their employees — including student employees.
(response posted 9/1/2021)

The COVID-19 dashboards at both Bemidji State and NTC have been update nightly Monday through Friday since August 16. The dashboards are located on each school’s respective Coronavirus website:

* bemidjistate.edu/coronavirus
* ntcmn.edu/coronavirus

We have not had 23 quarantined students on campus at any time since dashboard updates resumed on August 16. The highest number of on-campus quarantine beds in use as reported on our dashboard has been three (3).
(response posted 9/1/2021)

We’re not currently requiring distancing in any classrooms. Our only mandated COVID mitigation strategy at this time is the requirement to wear a well-fitting face mask in all indoor, public areas on campus.

In addition, faculty can encourage distancing where they are able to do so, and are asked to set and maintain seating charts and assigned group partners, among other strategies, for mitigation in their classrooms.
(response posted 9/1/2021)