COVID-19 Department Resources

March 11, 2020

Welcome to fall semester 2020 at the University of Minnesota!

The latest information about the adjusted fall 2020 semester plans can be found on the University's COVID-19 Updates site. Resources for students and faculty can be found below.

Computer Science & Engineering Office

To ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, faculty, and guests, all office staff are working remotely.

The Computer Science & Engineering Virtual Front Desk is available via Zoom. To “stop by” the front desk, go to z.umn.edu/csvirtualdesk.

The desk will be staffed from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. during the week (Monday - Friday). If you have a question outside of these hours, or have been waiting for an extended period of time, please email csdesk@umn.edu .  

For other questions, please contact the appropriate staff member as listed below: 

  • Front Desk: Questions can be directed to .
  • Purchasing: Questions should be directed to .
  • Human Resources: Questions should be directed to .
  • Payroll: Questions should be directed to .
  • Undergraduate Advising: There will be no drop-in advising this fall semester. Students can make appointments online at csci.appointments.umn.edu or email for advising services.
  • Graduate Advising: There will be no drop-in advising this fall semester. Students can make appointments online at csgrad.appointments.umn.edu or email for advising services.
  • Not sure who to contact: Email or call 612-625-4002

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CS&E Graduate Student Information

Fall 2020 classes will continue through alternative instruction. View the Fall 2020 update for instructions on how to check your schedule.

Resources for graduate students

Advising updates

  • Students can make virtual and phone appointments online at csgrad.appointments.umn.edu or email csgradmn@umn.edu for advising services.
  • All drop-in advising has been cancelled for fall 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.
  • 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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CS&E Undergraduate Information

Fall 2020 classes will continue through alternative instruction. View the Fall 2020 update for instructions on how to check your schedule.

Resources for undergraduate students

Advising updates

  • Students can make virtual and phone appointments online at csci.appointments.umn.edu or email csciug@umn.edu for advising services.
  • All drop-in advising has been cancelled for fall 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.
  • 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.