COVID-19 and MCAD | Minneapolis College of Art and Design


MCAD is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all members of the community. Faculty, staff, and students are MCAD’s most important priority. The collective goal is to enable everyone to work, learn, and live in the safest place possible. The threat from COVID-19 is not over, and it continues to affect everyone in different ways.

Spring 2022 Updates


Students attending in-person classes who are fully vaccinated*


Employees working or teaching in-person who are fully vaccinated*


Total number currently in isolation/quarantine at MCAD due to positive test results


Population in isolation/quarantine at MCAD due to positive test results


Total cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at MCAD for the 2021/22 Academic Year 

Total Population: 894

Last updated: August 5, 2022 at 8:09 a.m.

Vaccination Policy for Spring 2022

*In order to be considered 'fully vaccinated' at MCAD, individuals must be up-to-date with their initial vaccination(s) and booster shot, as recommended by the CDC and MDH. 

A person is considered 'fully vaccinated' two weeks after they receive a second Pfizer or Moderna shot and up to five months from the date of their second shot. A person is considered 'fully vaccinated' two weeks after they receive their Johnson & Johnson shot and up to two months after the date of the shot. When the time periods have elapsed, a person must receive a Covid booster shot to maintain a 'fully vaccinated' status.

Staff, faculty, or students who do not meet and submit their 'fully vaccinated' status will not be able to enter any MCAD building, even as a guest or visitor. Accommodations for a medical exception can be made through the Student Affairs Office and Human Resources Office.  

While fully remote students, staff, or faculty are not required to participate in this policy, they are highly encouraged to seek the initial vaccination and booster shot. 

Mask Policy

While the city of Minneapolis has lifted its indoor mask mandate, MCAD continues to require mask-wearing inside all of our buildings. We appreciate your compliance. Any questions, please email

Based on current health conditions and alignment with CDC guidance, as well as our commitment to deliver in-person learning, we will require the indoor use of 3-ply surgical or higher-grade (KN95, KF94 and N99) face masks for all staff, students, faculty, visitors, contractors, etc. regardless of vaccination status. Cloth masks will not meet the new face covering requirement. However, you may combine a cloth mask (top layer) and a 3-ply surgical mask (bottom layer) to improve fit and increase protection.