Dragons Care Plan for Living & Dining

Campus residence halls, apartments, and dining services will remain open and available for students for the remainder of the Fall semester with the following limitations:

  • Only students who live in MSUM residence halls and John Neumaier apartments are permitted as guests in other residence halls or apartments.
  • Students living on campus are permitted to have only one guest in their room at a time.
  • Occupancy limits in some community spaces have been reduced and will be posted. Physical distancing is still expected.
  • Kise Commons remains open for dining and take-out before and after Fall Break. The number of seats available at each table will be reduced.

Living On Campus

We have spent months planning for your arrival on campus, carefully considering how to do so safely while providing ample opportunities for you to connect with other Dragons. We’ll ask you to “Mask Up, Dragons” and “Keep a Dragon’s Tail Apart” to show care for other campus community members. You’ve received detailed FAQs in an email from the Housing and Residential Life staff. These highlights will remind you what you need to do as a student living on campus to show that Dragons Care.

  • Establish your local medical provider (Sanford, Essentia, Family Healthcare, etc.). If you need assistance, contact MSUM’s Case Manager/Navigator at 218.477.2327.
  • Complete the daily COVID screening tool. This is required of all students, faculty, staff and visitors (including your guests). A “green screen” is required before coming to campus or leaving your residence hall room. This means that students living on campus must do the screening daily, even on weekends. If you receive a message indicating that you are not approved to be on campus for classes, work and events, submit the Student COVID-19 Reporting Form to the Dean of Students Office and a representative will follow up with you about next steps. Additional resources for you to review include the Symptoms, Screening and Testing page and the Dragons Care What To Do Chart.
  • Wear your mask. Wearing a mask inside campus facilities and outside when physical distancing isn’t possible is a campus policy. You are not required to wear a mask in your residence hall room, but it must be worn elsewhere in the hall.
  • Stay 6 feet apart, Dragons. Community areas have occupancy limits posted. It is the responsibility of those using a space to ensure that occupancy limits are followed and physical distancing is maintained.
  • Limit residence hall room guests to two, and make sure you have permission from your roommate. Your guests should use public restrooms available in lobbies.
  • Clean your room regularly. Sanitize high touch areas, such as door handles, using your cleaning supplies. Community areas will have disinfecting wipes for you to wipe down surfaces before and after use. General Maintenance Workers will clean residence halls daily and high touch areas as often as possible using cleaning products approved by the CDC.
  • There is still lots to do! Staff and students from many areas on campus are planning a lot of fun activities for you to help you get to know other students. A variety of small group and virtual events will be offered throughout the semester. Watch DragonCentral for upcoming events and download the Corq app to have it all on your phone.
  • If you need to quarantine or isolate and need to do so on campus, we have beds reserved. Food and mail delivery, regularly cleaning, and check-ins will be available. The first step to determining if you need to quarantine or isolate is to submit the Student COVID-19 Reporting Form to the Dean of Students Office.
  • Clay County Public Health is performing contract tracing when an MSUM student tests positive for COVID-19. The contact tracer will determine if you will be notified based on your level of contact with the individual who tested positive for COVID-19.
  • If you’re concerned students aren’t following policies, talk to them and ask them to comply. You can also contact your Resident Assistant or Apartment Assistant,call Public Safety, or file a COVID-19 Concern and Report form.
  • We’re in this together! Our goal is to educate one another about following safe practices and being vigilant in following policies for our campus community's health and safety. Be kind and keep our Dragons safe.

Drop ‘n Go
August 7-9 and 14-16 | 8am – 5pm

Fall semester is approaching and we wanted to give you information on how Fall Move-In will work this year. We are implementing a Drop ‘n Go format to allow for better physical distancing. All first-year students must sign up for a Drop ‘n Go date.

Residents will sign up for a date and time to come to campus, unpack, set up your room, and then return home until Move-In Day on August 20. Residents will keep their keys and pick up their Dragon IDs on their Drop ‘n Go date. Students who have preregistered for a parking permit will also be able to pick it up on their Drop ‘n Go date.

Returning Residents have the option of signing up for Drop ‘n Go appointment and returning to campus on Move-In Day, August 20; or moving in Friday, August 21 – Sunday, August 23, 9am – 9pm (no appointment needed).

New students should be back on campus and ready for the Welcome Week kick-off at 3pm on Thursday, August 20. The residence halls will open at 8am on Move-In Day and our staff will be excited to officially welcome students to campus!

How to Pick your Drop ‘n Go Day:

On Monday, July 20 you will receive an email with the link to select your Drop ‘n Go appointment date. Registration runs July 20 – August 6. These spaces are limited to accommodate physical distancing, so be sure to sign up as soon as you know what best works for you. Please note, you cannot select a Drop ‘n Go date if you have not yet selected your room.

Drop ‘n Go Dates are August 7-9 and 14-16, 8am-5pm (you select a 3-hour time slot). August 20 is specifically reserved for those traveling a significant distance to campus and requires approval from Housing and Residential Life; however, you still may opt to choose from one of the earlier drop-in dates.

On your Drop ‘n Go Day:

Residents should limit the number of helpers to three. All people are required to wear a mask when physical distancing cannot be maintained; we also ask residents to wear a mask when they pick up their key and Dragon ID. We encourage students to bring their own cart if they have one.

We will communicate more details on July 20. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Visit the Housing Move In page for full information, maps and a what to bring guide.

COVID Shopping List

We’ve compiled a shopping list for items you might want to bring from home to help in your safe return to campus, as some of these items are in short supply locally.

Cleaning Supplies

  • Disinfecting Lysol or Clorox wipes
  • Disinfectant spray (Lysol)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Small bucket
  • Sponge or cloths for cleaning
  • Single-use disposable gloves
  • Paper towels
  • Tissues


  • Bedding sheets (two sets)
  • Water bottle
  • Washable, reusable masks or face coverings (three or more, as one will be provided)
  • Can opener


  • Daily vitamins
  • Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen
  • Prescription medications
  • Cough drops
  • Cough syrup (Dayquil/Nyquil)
  • General cold and flu medicine (Mucinex)
  • Allergy medication (if prone to allergies)
  • Chloraseptic spray (sore throat)
  • Hydrocortisone cream (anti-itch)
  • Triple antibiotic ointment
  • Anti-fungal cream
  • Anti-diarrheal medication
  • Saline nasal spray
  • Eye drops
  • Tums


  • Thermometer
  • Hand sanitizer (above 60% alcohol)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Band aids and other bandages/gauze
  • Heating pad
  • Cold pack (instant cold compress or reusable)
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clipper


  • Emergency contact
  • Insurance card


  • Healthy and ready-made food and meals
  • Soup
  • Water (or reusable bottle)
  • Electrolytes (Pedialyte)
  • Juices (100% fruit juice)
  • Tea

For questions about MSUM housing and residential life please contact Housing & Residential Life Office.

Dining Guidelines

We will continue to operate residential and retail dining for the campus community with modifications to help keep you safe.

  • Queuing will be expected at all dining locations. You’ll find Dragons Care signage to help navigate how to stay a Dragon’s tail (6 feet) apart.
  • Masks or face coverings will be required at all dining locations and can be removed once you are seated.
  • Seating capacity will be reduced by about 50 percent at sit-down locations. We encourage you to plan your mealtime accordingly. Enjoy sitting outside, weather permitting.
  • Purchases accepted using Dragon ID (Dragon Dollars), debit or credit card, with diners swiping their cards. No cash, please.
  • Plexiglass is in place to provide even greater protection for our Dragon family.
  • Where possible, designated entryways will be identified as entry or exit only. Please follow the Dragons Care signage.
  • We encourage diligent handwashing, and hand sanitizer will be available at most dining locations.

Please don’t sit at a table until you see a card posted indicating that the seating area has been sanitized (green) or not (red).

If you have meal swipes as part of a meal plan, you have four dining options in exchange for a swipe: Kise Commons, Kise Take-Out, Kise To-Go and Kise Grill.

  • Employees will serve food to guests in Kise Commons & Kise Take-Out.
  • Kise Grill wil be available for lunch and dinner only, weather permitting.
  • Order Kise To-Go on the Bite app to pick-up at your selections at the CMU Food Court.
  • Kise will be closed for sanitization from 2:00-3:00 pm daily.

All students and employees and diners who have Dragon Dollars as part of a meal plan, can purchase food in the four retail venues: C-Store, Starbucks/Jamba Juice, SubConnection, and WoW Café, all in the CMU, and Dragon Café in Flora Frick.

  • For convenience and added safety, mobile ordering via the Grubhub app is available at all four retail venues.
  • Reusable coffee mugs may not be used at this time. All coffee will be served to you, with creamer and sugar upon request.

For questions about MSUM dining provided by Sodexo, please contact Sodexo General Manager Deb Nordgaard or 218.477.2851.