Fall 2021 OHR Updates
For those who are returning to campus this summer and fall, the Office of Human Resources wants to support you as you transition back to campus and a new routine.
Mask Up for the COVID-19 Delta Variant
Starting August 3, a mask or face covering is once again required for all students, faculty, and staff in University buildings, regardless of vaccination status, due to the increased transmission risk of the Delta variant. The University will continue to follow state guidelines and the advice of our own medical and public health experts to ensure that we support the health and safety of our employees and students. Learn more about University face covering protocol here.
Coming to the Donhowe Building. The Office of Human Resources is working to ensure that we continue to provide services safely. Currently:
Face coverings (see above) are required as of August 3, 2021, for faculty, staff, students, visitors, and contractors.
Access to the OHR office may be limited for a period as we reopen. If you need to meet with a benefits counselor or other staff, please reach out to the Contact Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-624-8647 (800-756-2363).
I-9 services will continue to be available through your campus, college, or unit human resources staff and you will not need to come to the Donhowe Building if you are on the Twin Cities campus.
Farmers Market. The Twin Cities campus Farmers Market is not being held this summer or fall, but there are other options to get fresh fruits and vegetables:
- Visit the U of M Landscape Arboretum's AppleHouse Market starting in mid-August.
- Find farmers markets statewide using the Minnesota Grown Directory.
- Remember Your U Card. As the University works to balance public access to campus with greater security, one step we are taking is to continue offering limited public hours in certain buildings, while allowing some buildings, based on use and occupancy, to require a U Card to enter.
- All faculty, staff, and student workers should carry their U Card at all times when on campus, to ensure access as you move about.
- We’re expecting more students than usual to need new U Cards this year, and recommend those who need a U Card avoid the lines by uploading a photo, and picking up the card early, if possible.
Change is always hard, even if we’re returning to something that’s familiar. We can help you and your family navigate through this transition.
Finding individual help
Those who are covered by the University’s medical plan have two options if you want to get advice and feedback from someone on managing stress, coping with uncertainty, and other emotions that you may be navigating right now. You can:
Talk with a depression, anxiety, or stress coach through the Wellbeing Program. Stress is a part of life and the Wellbeing Program offers coaches who can help you make a plan to address the challenges you’re facing.
Use free and confidential counseling through the Employee Assistance Program. Counselors can talk with you and your family about personal and workplace issues. Confidential and free, meetings can be scheduled in-person on the Twin Cities campus or via phone or online. There is a limit on the number of visits.
Find a counselor or therapist just for you through Medica or Amwell. If you participate in the University’s medical plan, you have access to counselors, therapists, and psychiatrists both in-person and virtually. You can look for a mental health provider who meets your needs and has experience in specific issues and therapy approaches. If you have questions on your co-pay for these services or how to find a therapist who will meet your needs, contact either Medica or Amwell.
Tips and Ideas to Build Your Resilience
Learning more about how you get ready and roll with change is easy with resources from the University’s Employee Assistance Program:
Learn simple and helpful tips on building your resilience (pdf).
Watch a webinar on a range of topics, like helping your teenager succeed in school, or work-life balance. available from the University’s Employee Assistance Program provider, Sand Creek, an AllOne Health Company.