Latest on COVID-19

March 11, 2020

The University of Minnesota and the Department of Computer Science & Engineering are closely monitoring the emerging public health concern involving the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This space provides the latest information for CS&E faculty, staff, and students.

University of Minnesota information

For the remainder of the spring 2020 semester, classes will continue through alternative instruction.

April 6 systemwide updates from President Joan Gabel on remote summer 2020 session
April 3 systemwide update from President Joan Gabel of the board's passage of the Comprehensive Student Refund Plan
April 1 systemwide update from President Joan Gabel
March 27 systemwide message from President Joan Gabel
March 26 systemwide message from President Joan Gabel
March 26 systemwide message from the Office of Human Resources
March 25 systemwide message from President Joan Gabel
March 24 systemwide message from President Joan Gabel
March 23 systemwide message from President Joan Gabel
March 20 systemwide message from President Joan Gabel
March 19 systemwide message from President Joan Gabel
March 18 systemwide message from President Joan Gabel
March 17 systemwide message from President Joan Gabel
March 17 message sent to Twin Cities students from the Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
March 16 systemwide message from President Joan Gabel
March 15 systemwide message from President Joan Gabel
March 13 message from the Interim Vice President of the Office of Human Resources
March 13 systemwide message from President Joan Gabel
March 13 strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota from the MN Department of Health
March 13 COVID-19 guidance from the Office of the Vice President for Research
March 13 information regarding coronavirus & international students and scholars
March 12 systemwide message from President Joan Gabel
March 12 message from the Interim Vice President of Human Resources
March 11 message from the Executive Vice President and Provost to Twin Cities faculty and staff
March 11 systemwide message from President Joan Gabel

COVID-19 University public health alerts
General information for students, faculty and staff
U of M response and preparation

CS&E faculty information

CS&E faculty information
CSCI classes online: Q&A for faculty
CSCI classes online: Notes for TAs
FAQs from the Graduate School (latest information about prospective student visits, TA/RA appointments, and final examinations)
OVPR frequently asked questions: COVID-19 and Federal Sponsored Awards
COVID-19 Academic Planning FAQ from the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
COVID-19 Academic Planning from the Center for Educational Innovation

CS&E graduate student information

Advising updates: 

  • All drop-in advising has been cancelled for the remainder of the semester. Advisors will be offering virtual appointments M-F during normal business hours, however, quick advising questions that have normally been addressed during drop-in hours can be sent to csgradmn@umn.edu.

  • All in-person advising appointments are cancelled. Students will have the option to communicate with their advisors online via Zoom appointments; you can also have appointments via phone calls. Students are also welcome to email questions to csgradmn@umn.edu.  

  • To participate in meetings remotely, please be sure to log into Zoom before any scheduled virtual meeting to get comfortable with its features and layout.

Step-by-step instructions to change the grade basis: 

 Starting Wednesday, April 1, you are able to change the grading basis from A/F to S/N for Spring 2020 courses.

Please carefully consider your option to change to S/N and consult with an academic advisor if you have questions or want to talk through your options. If you choose to change your grade basis, you will need to log into MyU and adjust the grade basis manually starting April 6. Step-by-step instructions are available on the One Stop Student Services website.

The deadline for you to change your grade basis for any course is Thursday, April 30. Grade base changes will not be allowed after the deadline and decisions will be considered final.

The last day to cancel classes without college approval has moved to Friday, May 1 for full semester and second 7-week session classes. If you choose to cancel a class, you will receive a ‘W’ on your transcript.

Courses taken S/N WILL be allowed for use in any Department of Computer Science & Engineering graduate program. The regular limits and restrictions will not apply for Spring 2020 course.

CSCI course updates:

  • Plan to hear from your instructors and/or TAs regarding how courses will be run beginning Wednesday, March 18. All questions related to courses, labs, office hours, assignments, and grading should be directed to your instructors.
  • If you anticipate any issues or challenges with accessing courses or appointments online, please contact your advisor and/or course instructor right away. 

Information on scheduled or planned OPE/Thesis Defense/Master’s Plan A or B Defense:

  • Students pursuing a Computer Science Ph.D., Data Science M.S. or Computer Science M.S. plan A or B can still complete their oral presentation by doing so remotely. Zoom is a good option for this and is free to use for all University of Minnesota students, faculty and staff. You are able to schedule a “meeting” and invite your committee. Please let us know if you have difficulty with this process.
  • If you will be delivering a Ph.D. final defense, you should not be doing so in front of a physical audience. The University requires that all such final doctoral defense presentations be made public, you can do so through Zoom or a similar platform. 
  • The Graduate School requires that any defense conducted remotely be viewed concurrently by all committee members. This means that you should not record your defense for view by your committee. 

Form signatures:

Where to direct questions:

Graduate students can contact ; all other questions can be directed to csdesk@umn.edu

CS&E undergrad information

Office of Undergraduate Education: COVID-19 /Coronavirus Updates 
Undergraduate Student News from the College of Science and Engineering

Advising updates: 

  • All drop-in advising has been cancelled for the remainder of the semester. Advisors will be offering virtual appointments M-F during normal business hours, however, quick advising questions that have normally been addressed during drop-in hours can be sent to csciug@umn.edu.

  • All in-person advising appointments are cancelled. Students will have the option to communicate with their advisors online via Zoom appointments; you can also have appointments via phone calls. Students are also welcome to email questions to their advisors.

CSCI course updates:

  • Plan to hear from your instructors and/or TAs regarding how courses will be run beginning next Wednesday, March 18. All questions related to courses, labs, office hours, assignments, and grading should be directed to your instructors.
  • **If you anticipate any issues or challenges with accessing courses or appointments online, please contact your advisor and/or course instructor right away.**