Skip to main content
Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

COVID-19 Student FAQ  Last updated 5/22/2021

Please note that this page will be continuously updated as this situation develops.

For a list of community support resources, see the Minnesota Office of Higher Education website.

General Questions



What should I do if I am sick, suspect I have COVID-19, or test positive for COVID-19?

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, stay off campus, seek medical guidance, and get tested. 

  • Our COVID-19 Testing and Vaccinations page lists locations and availability for getting tested. 
  • If you receive a positive test result for COVID-19, notify your instructor or Vice President of Student Affairs Josiah Litant (, 507-453-1420). 
  • If you must stay off campus, please communicate with your faculty with regard to your absence. Work with your instructors to try to stay on track with completing your coursework while absent.
  • Some people can still get sick again or spread the virus even if they have already had COVID or have been vaccinated. Even if you have recovered, if you develop symptoms it is recommended that you stay off campus until you have consulted with your medical provider to determine the best course of action.

What should I do if I have been exposed to someone who is being tested or has tested positive for COVID-19?

If you have been exposed to someone who is being tested for COVID-19, you should continue to self-monitor for symptoms. If you develop symptoms, you should stay off campus until you have consulted with your medical provider to determine the need for testing or quarantine.

If you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19:

  • If you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19: You must stay off campus 14 days from last contact and seek medical guidance. Note that you must stay off campus for 14 days from last contact even if you yourself receive a negative COVID-19 test.
  • If you have been vaccinated against COVID-19: As long as you are at least two weeks beyond your last dose of the vaccine, you do not need to quarantine and may continue to come to campus.

NOTE: Exposure is defined as having:

  • Been within 6 feet of a person for at least 15 minutes (cumulative in a 24 hour period), OR
  • Had direct contact with a person’s mucus or saliva, OR
  • Been contacted by public health and told you were in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19. 

Note that there are different guidelines for those working in healthcare sites, and individuals in that category should refer to the MDH website for guidance.

When and how can I get a vaccine for COVID-19?

Vaccines are now widely available to anyone over the age of 12. Check our COVID-19 Testing and Vaccinations page for more information.

Are there any restrictions on travel? 

There are no restrictions on travel within the United States. However, we recommend that everyone get tested before and after traveling out-of-state, for example, home for Spring or Summer break. It is critical to be tested to learn if you are an asymptomatic carrier. Don’t wait until the last minute – get results back before traveling. See our website for a list of resources for getting tested.

The Chancellor of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has imposed out of state travel restrictions on business travel. This impacts employees as well as travel for student clubs and groups. Student organizations should speak with the Dean of Students for guidance on current travel restrictions, as needed. 

What do I need to know about the college's COVID-19 Preparedness Plan?

As guidelines have changed, the COVID-19 Preparedness plan will be updated by the end of May 2021 and a new edition will be posted.

(back to top)  

© 2021 Minnesota State College Southeast

RED WING CAMPUS | 308 Pioneer Road | Red Wing, MN 55066 | 651-385-6300
WINONA CAMPUS | 1250 Homer Road | Winona, MN 55987 | 507-453-2700

Minnesota State College Southeast is an affirmative action/equal opportunity educator and employer. ADA accessible. MSC Southeast is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment and education opportunity. No person shall be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment, personnel practices, or access to and participation in, programs, services, and activities with regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, or sexual orientation. In addition, discrimination in employment base on membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law is prohibited.


Minnnesota State Logo - vertical

Minnesota State College Southeast
A member of Minnesota State

This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 877-853-8324 or 507-453-2700.