School of Statistics Operations Plan

Ford Hall

General Information

The School of Statistics is looking forward to making a smooth transition back to campus after a year and a half absence from Ford Hall. Please see below for who to contact regarding your questions and their availability. Dedicated office hours may change. You can always find the current setup here. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Central Office (

Visit the UMN Safe Campus website frequently for additional guidance and information from the University of Minnesota regarding COVID.

Administrative Offices

The office will be open Monday - Thursday 8-4:30 beginning January 19. 

In line with the university’s Work. With Flexibility. initiative, staff will be in the office as outlined below. They are also accessible by email. Note that these hours will expand during periods of peak demand for in-person services.

Events and Communications
Amanda Schwartz (
Monday - Thursday 10-2, additional hours by arrangement

Student Services
Tuesday - Thursday 8:00-4:30 

Reimbursements and Purchases
Jeremy Terry (
Monday - Thursday 8:00-4:30

Other Administrative Queries
Matt Dangel (
Monday - Thursday 8-4:30

U Cards for Building Access

University policy states that all students, faculty, and staff must keep their U Card on them at all times. Additionally, many University buildings, including Ford Hall, will no longer have public hours (i.e., the doors will not be unlocked, so you will need a UCard to swipe in).

If you do not have an up-to-date U Card, you will need to visit the U Card Office in Coffman Union to have it replaced.  How do you know whether your card is up-to-date?  An up-to-date U Card has a Smart Card number, which is a six-digit number above the magnetic stripe on your U Card after an asterisk. To see more information on current U Cards, see the About The U Card page.

If you update your U Card, you will also need to submit a new Building Access Request to ensure you will have after-hours access to Ford Hall.

Masking and Social Distancing

All University of Minnesota faculty, staff, students, and visitors (including contractors, service providers, vendors, and suppliers) are required to wear a well-fitted face mask that covers the wearer’s nose and mouth, wraps under the chin, and does not have any noticeable gaps at all times when in any enclosed or indoor space on University campuses and properties (including leased facilities), regardless of vaccination status. While cloth masks are still acceptable to fulfill this requirement, we do recommend those be supplemented with a mask that offers greater protection such as KN95 or N95. This directive applies to all University campuses and all properties within the University’s Real Estate Inventory and University transportation services. Enclosed spaces include covered walkways, transit shelters, skyways, and tunnels and include spaces even where exterior doorways or windows are open. Visit the Safe Campus Face Covering Protocol page for more information.

Disposable masks will be made available for those who would like to wear one but forget theirs. Sanitizer stations can be found at these locations:

  • 313
  • 337
  • Student break room (exterior)
  • Outside 300/304
  • Near both elevators on both floors
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