COVID-19 Department Resources

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 updates and information for CS&E faculty, staff, and students.

CS&E Faculty Information

University of Minnesota Information

University email updates

CS&E Graduate Student Information

Summer 2020 classes will continue through alternative instruction. For Fall 2020, many courses will still be online. View the Fall 2020 update for instructions on how to check your schedule.

Advising updates: 

  • All drop-in advising has been cancelled for summer 2020. 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.

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. 

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Where to direct questions:

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CS&E Undergraduate Information

Summer 2020 classes will continue through alternative instruction. For Fall 2020, many courses will still be online. View the Fall 2020 update for instructions on how to check your schedule.

Advising updates: 

  • All drop-in advising has been cancelled for summer 2020. 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.