Coronavirus (COVID-19) & the Campus Community

  • Important Information About COVID-19

    At MSUM, we are working closely with the Minnesota State system office to monitor the developing situation about the impact of COVID-19 and taking steps necessary to protect the health and safety of our students, our faculty, and our staff. We will update the campus community as news is available. If you have any questions, please email covid19questions@mnstate.edu.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    News & Announcements

    April 9, 2020 - Message to Students, Faculty & Staff

    Campus Community –
    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we are constantly assessing our plans and making necessary adjustments.

    Campus Buildings & Services
    For the safety of our entire campus community and to minimize areas of exposure for employees responsible for cleaning and caring for our buildings, we are taking steps to further reduce access to our academic buildings. Effective tomorrow, Friday, April 10, 2020, students will not have access to our academic building exterior doors for the next several weeks. The expectation for our employees is that only employees physically needed on campus should be present at the university. We understand the necessity of staff and faculty to occasionally access their office areas for very brief periods of time. So, for the time being, employees will continue to have limited access to all exterior academic building doors with their DragonID card. Please note that we will be lowering temperature to reduce our energy consumption and custodial services will be very limited.

    Academic buildings include:

    • Bridges Hall
    • Center for Business
    • Dille Center for the Arts
    • Flora Frick Hall
    • Hagen Hall
    • King Hall
    • Langseth Hall
    • Lommen Hall
    • MacLean Hall
    • Murray Hall
    • Weld Hall
        

    Many of our campus services that are located in these buildings and that you would normally experience face-to-face have found unique ways to bring services to you virtually. You can find out more on the latest FAQ on our website.

    Computer Labs
    The computer lab in the Library will remain open on a limited basis with appropriate social distancing and frequent cleaning of surfaces. The usage of the lab will be monitored and we will assess whether other computer labs need to be opened for students to complete their academic work. If you are not able to get your academic work completed in the library computer lab, please contact the Help Desk to make other arrangements.

    Nemzek Hall
    Nemzek Hall remains closed for all activities. This includes both indoor and outdoor facilities. Special requests for athletics can be made by emailing petersd@mnstate.edu. Information for requests associated with Health and Physical Education will be shared soon.

    Summer Classes & Events
    As part of being indispensable to our community, we have a broad offering of summer learning for all ages. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are aligning all summer event offerings with the timing and guidance put in place by federal and state entities and we are including consideration for required planning and execution of quality learning opportunities. To that end:

    • Summer Session classes will be solely online.
    • Internship opportunities will be determined by employer.
    • Research projects will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
    • University-sponsored summer events on campus:
      • All summer events are cancelled through Sunday, June 7.
      • June 8-June 30 events will be determined by Monday, May 4.
      • July events will be determined by Monday, May 11.
      • August events will be determined by Monday, June 1.
    • No additional University-sponsored summer events on campus will be added to the calendar or conducted without the approval of the MSUM Emergency Management Team.
        

    Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR)
    To protect the health and safety of all involved, the Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) program will be conducted in a virtual format for summer 2020. In order to provide the best program for our new students and their guests, we are in the process of making the necessary adjustments to the program and we will be reaching out to the faculty, staff and departments involved to help come up with a plan. We will be sharing the framework for our plan with campus by Friday, May 1.

    2020 U.S. Census & MSUM students
    Students, it’s important for you to be counted in the census.

    • Living on campus. Census responses are submitted by MSUM Housing & Residential Life on behalf of our college students living in on-campus housing (even if you were already moved out of the halls on April 1, 2020 (Census Day).
    • Living off campus. College students living off-campus should be counted where you live and sleep most of the time. You must complete the on-line Census questionnaire for your off-campus location. Never got a questionnaire? Visit U.S. Census official website to participate and learn more.
    • Watch the video made by MSUM students
    • Read the article written by President Anne Blackhurst regarding student participation in the U.S. Census
        

    Viruses Don’t Discriminate and Neither Should We
    I remind you to be respectful of all members of our campus community. No actions or language should be directed against anyone based on race, ethnicity, or religion based on the origins of COVID-19. #MinnStateCommunity #ResilientBunch

    If You Feel Ill
    If you feel you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommends:

    1. Patient should stay at home until after:
      • 3 days (72 hours) from when fever has subsided without the use of fever reducing-medication and an improvement in symptoms like cough or shortness of breath, AND
      • 7 days have passed from onset of symptoms
    2. Use the CDC website on how to Care For Yourself at Home with COVID-19.
    3. If your household contacts were exposed to you while you had symptoms, they should try to stay home as much as possible for 14 days.
      • They should closely monitor their health, and if symptoms occur, they must isolate themselves. More guidance on this can be found here: MDH COVID-19 Basics
      • Use the CDC website for How to Minimize Spread.

    I continue to serve as the primary contact on our campus in relation to the impact of COVID-19. I will also continue to send email updates. You can find our latest FAQ on our website. Please send any questions to covid19questions@mnstate.edu.

    Thank you for your patience as we do our best to improve the security of our campus in the face of uncertain circumstances. Although we are unsure when it will happen, we are looking forward to resuming normal campus operations after this unprecedented situation improves.

    Jean Hollaar
    Vice President Finance & Administration
    Minnesota State University Moorhead

     

    April 8, 2020 - Message to Students

    Students–
    We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has had profound impacts on the way we live and learn. One of our top priorities throughout our response to the COVID-19 pandemic is to help you, our students, successfully finish spring semester and progress toward your educational goals. To that end:

    • The modification of course delivery which began on Monday, March 30 will extend until the end of the Spring Semester 2020 including alternative delivery of final exams.
    • The following grading policy changes will be implemented for Spring Semester 2020 only.
        

    Faculty
    Faculty will grade all students using the grade method they had been using for each student prior to the disruption of Spring Semester 2020.

    Undergraduate Students
    Undergraduate students (including freshmen) are able to decide on a course-by-course basis whether to change your grading method to Pass/Fail (P/F) for Spring Semester 2020 courses only. You may take any or all of your Spring Semester 2020 courses on a P/F basis.

    • For Spring 2020 courses only, a course taken as P/F can be used in LASC.
    • For Spring 2020 courses only, a course taken as P/F can be used in Writing Intensive (WI).
    • For Spring 2020 courses only, a course taken under a student-chosen P/F option can be used for major/minor requirements unless those requirements require a specific letter grade or higher be earned in that course.
    • The P/F option may not be utilized for courses to count as a repeat. If you are taking a course again in order to earn a better grade and increase your GPA, you must earn a letter grade to complete the repeat.
    • Spring 2020 Pass grades will not be included in the limit of sixteen credits of Pass grades that are permitted to count towards undergraduate graduation requirements.
        

    Cautions and limitations on the use of Pass/Fail:
    There are possible downsides that you should consider in making your decision to change your grading method to Pass/Fail.

    • Courses taken on a Pass/Fail basis do not count in your qualification for the Dean’s List. You must still have at least the twelve-credit minimum of A-F letter grades to qualify.
    • Courses taken on a Pass/Fail basis may not be eligible for transfer to certain four-year institutions.
    • External rules or regulations may require that grading must occur in the typical A-F letter grade scale. Examples may include:
      • Students in certain accredited programs (e.g., Nursing)
      • Students applying to graduate schools or professional programs (e.g., Medical School)
      • Students needing letter grades to advance in their major (e.g., Education)
          

    Additional guidance about the pros and cons of the grading methods will be developed and distributed to advisors, faculty and students before the end of the semester. Please consult with your faculty advisor before making your decisions about changing your grading methods.

    Graduate Students
    Graduate students will need to consult with your graduate program faculty. Since most graduate programs have programmatic accreditation or licensing issues, it is important to maintain consistency with those requirements. By Wednesday, April 22, the faculty in each graduate program will determine whether students may take their courses Pass/Fail and have them count toward their graduate program requirements.

    Process to Request Pass/Fail
    The process for you to request a Pass/Fail grade will be described in greater detail in coming weeks.

    Deadline
    You will have until 4:00 pm on Monday, May 25, to make your final decision on a course-by-course basis about whether to change your grading method to Pass/Fail for Spring Semester 2020 courses. This date is approximately one week after grades are due for Spring Semester 2020.

    Viruses Don’t Discriminate and Neither Should We
    I remind you to be respectful of all members of our campus community. No actions or language should be directed against anyone based on race, ethnicity, or religion based on the origins of COVID-19. #MinnStateCommunity #ResilientBunch

    If You Feel Ill
    If you feel you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommends:

    1. Patient should stay at home until after:
      • 3 days (72 hours) from when fever has subsided without the use of fever reducing-medication and an improvement in symptoms like cough or shortness of breath, AND
      • 7 days have passed from onset of symptoms
    2. Use the CDC website on how to Care For Yourself at Home with COVID-19.
    3. If your household contacts were exposed to you while you had symptoms, they should try to stay home as much as possible for 14 days.
      • They should closely monitor their health, and if symptoms occur, they must isolate themselves. More guidance on this can be found here: MDH COVID-19 Basics
      • Use the CDC website for How to Minimize Spread.

    I continue to serve as the primary contact on our campus in relation to the impact of COVID-19. I will also continue to send email updates. You can find our latest FAQ on our website. Please send any questions to covid19questions@mnstate.edu.

    Thank you for exhibiting grit, heart and humility as we work together towards our shared priorities.

    Jean Hollaar
    Vice President Finance & Administration
    Minnesota State University Moorhead

     

    March 30, 2020 - Message to Students, Faculty & Staff

    Our apologies for this late notice.

    This evening, Sunday, March 29, 2020, we received a directive from the Executive Branch that holding in-person instruction, even as we had planned with social distancing and CDC cleaning standards, should be delayed for at least two weeks. This is a change in their guidance from earlier this week.

    About 90% of instruction and student services throughout the Minnesota State system have been moved online, thanks to a lot of creativity and hard work by faculty and staff. These classes will continue as planned. However, given tonight’s change in guidance, face-to-face classes have been suspended.

    I ask that faculty reach out to students as soon as possible to communicate directly regarding specific classes and if course plans have changed for the week.

    I sincerely apologize for the late timing of this message and the inconvenience it causes, and I thank everyone for your patience as we navigate through this ever-changing situation.

    March 24, 2020 - Message to Students

    Students,

    We hope this message finds you safe and healthy and ready to resume classes in alternative formats on Monday, March 30. Our highest priorities remain protecting your health and safety and helping you successfully complete the academic year.

    Spring Semester Calendar
    As we prepare to resume classes next week, here’s an overview of the plan for the remainder of the semester.

    Adjusted Spring 2020 Calendar
    • Online or alternative classes | March 30 - May 5
    • No classes | April 10 - April 13
    • Online Student Academic Conference | April 21
    • Study Day | May 6
    • Final exams online | May 7 - May 13
        

    Advising for Fall Has Started (March 23)
    Advising for Fall semester began on Monday, March 23. Your advisor will be reaching out to schedule an online appointment. Registration for Fall semester opens Monday, April 6. For additional questions, please visit the Academic Support Center website or take a look at all of the advising resources available.

    Classes Resume in Alternative Formats (March 30)
    As classes resume, we are here to help as you navigate the changes in course delivery and campus services due to COVID-19. No matter where you are, we want to provide you with the resources you need to succeed. Our Quick Guide to Online Learning is intended to provide you with a snapshot of resources and links for more information.

    Registrar’s Office Updates
    We’ve made an adjustment to the spring 2020 course withdrawal schedule due to the suspension of classes.

    • Withdrawal date for all full-term courses will remain as scheduled on Monday, April 20, 2020.
    • Withdrawal dates for courses that begin the second half of the semester (Monday, March 30) and short sessions have changed. Please refer to your course schedule in eServices for the updated times.
        

    Please feel free to contact the Registrar’s Office with questions.

    Campus Buildings & Services
    For the safety of our campus community, we are limiting access to our academic building exterior doors until further notice. As students, you will have access with your DragonID card from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. If your DragonID card doesn’t grant you access where it should, please call Public Safety at 218.477.2449 or report the issue to MSUMKeys@mnstate.edu.

    Many of our campus services that you would normally experience face-to-face are finding unique ways to bring services to you virtually. Here are a few campus services that have gone virtual this week (watch for more examples soon):

    • Library. The library building is now closed to visitors. Library services continue to be available virtually including reference service, access to databases, and interlibrary loan. Visit the Library’s LibGuide with links to library resources, hours and other information. The library is available for questions. Contact the library at refdesk@mnstate.edu or Text a Librarian at 218-258-0009. Follow the library on Twitter and Facebook.
    • Wellness Center. The Gerdin Recreation & Wellness facility is now closed to visitors. The Recreation & Wellness team is offering select online services that students and members can access remotely until the facility can re-open. Follow the Gerdin Recreation & Wellness center on Instagram and Facebook for wellness tips and motivation.
    • Career Development Center. The Career Development Center is now taking student and alumni appointments via Zoom, phone, and email. Additionally, we will be hosting virtual programming focused on developing your professional skills and answering your career related questions. To schedule an appointment, please sign-in to your Handshake account by clicking here or email careers@mnstate.edu. To see our scheduled events, visit our DragonCentral page.
    • Academic Support Center. The Academic Support Center is available for students, faculty, and staff. Email us any time at asc@mnstate.edu or join our drop-in Zoom chat any time between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mon-Fri or 6 – 8 p.m., Mon-Thur. The Academic Support Center will also begin offering virtual options for tutoring starting March 30. This includes both scheduled and drop-in options. If you have existing tutoring scheduled, please look for communication from your tutor by Friday, March 27, 2020 regarding plans moving forward. If you would like to submit a new request for tutoring, please fill out the tutoring request form.
    • Accessibility Resources. If you have approved accommodations through Accessibility Resources (AR) or if you feel you would benefit from services provided by AR; you are encouraged to reach out to the Director of Accessibility Resources at Charles.Eade@mnstate.edu.
        

    Computer Labs
    The computer lab in the Library will remain open on a limited basis with appropriate social distancing and frequent cleaning of surfaces. The usage of the lab will be monitored and we will assess whether other computer labs need to be opened for students to complete their academic work. If you are not able to get your academic work completed in the library computer lab, please contact the Help Desk at support@mnstate.edu to make other arrangements.

    Nemzek Hall
    Nemzek Hall is closed for all activities. This includes both indoor and outdoor facilities. Special requests for athletics can be made by emailing petersd@mnstate.edu. Information for requests associated with Health and Physical Education will be shared soon.

    1. Patient should stay at home until after:
      • 3 days (72 hours) from when fever has subsided without the use of fever reducing-medication and an improvement in symptoms like cough or shortness of breath, AND
      • 7 days have passed from onset of symptoms
    2. Use the CDC website on how to Care For Yourself at Home with COVID-19.
    3. If your household contacts were exposed to you while you had symptoms, they should try to stay home as much as possible for 14 days.
      • They should closely monitor their health, and if symptoms occur, they must isolate themselves. More guidance on this can be found here: MDH COVID-19 Basics
      • Use the CDC website for How to Minimize Spread.

    Please report any COVID-19 health updates to our Dean of Students Office by leaving your name and Dragon ID by phone at 218-477-2391.

    For More Information & Support

    • Guidelines from MDH: Information that MDH is making available for schools, colleges and universities is available on their website.
    • Info from Minnesota State: The latest information on the Minnesota State response to the COVID-19 outbreak is available on their website.
    • Updates from MSUM. You can find the latest updates on our website.
    • MSUM FAQ. You can find our latest FAQ on our website.
    • Support.
    • Employees and family members: The State of Minnesota Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provided by LifeMatters is available on their website (password stmn1) or by phone 800-657-3719.
    • Student Emergency Assistance Fund. The Student Emergency Assistance Fund provides emergency funding to students facing unexpected circumstances. If you are facing additional financial stress in our current COVID-19 challenging times, please know that you can apply for funds through this resource.

    I remind you to be respectful of all members of our campus community. No actions or language should be directed against anyone based on race, ethnicity, or religion based on the origins of COVID-19.

    I continue to serve as the primary contact on our campus in relation to the impact of COVID-19. I will also continue to send email updates. Please send any questions to covid19questions@mnstate.edu.

    Thank you for your patience as we do our best in the face of an uncertain and rapidly changing situation.

    Jean Hollaar
    Vice President Finance & Administration
    Minnesota State University Moorhead

     

    March 20, 2020 - Message to Students

    Students, Our highest priorities remain your health and safety and helping you successfully complete the academic year. As the week comes to an end, we have some positive news to share with you.

    Get Ready for Classes - Student Quick Guide to Online Learning
    We are here to help as you navigate the changes in course delivery and campus services due to COVID-19. No matter where you are, we want to provide you with the resources you need to succeed when classes resume on Monday, March 30. Our Quick Guide to Online Learning is intended to provide you with a snapshot of resources and links for more information.

    The guide includes:

    • Questions? We Are Here to Help You
    • Online Learning Tools: How-To Guides
    • Online Learner Resources and Support
        

    A Message from President Anne to the Graduating Class of Spring 2020
    When we communicated the cancelation of the May 15 ceremony, we did not intend to communicate that we wouldn’t celebrate with Spring 2020 graduates. Watch this video from President Anne to find out more:

    Thank you for your patience as we do our best in the face of an uncertain and rapidly changing situation.

    Jean Hollaar
    Vice President Finance & Administration
    Minnesota State University Moorhead

    March 20, 2020 - Message to Faculty & Staff

    Campus Community,

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we are constantly assessing our plans and making necessary adjustments.

    Academic Building Exterior Doors
    For the health and safety of our campus community, we are limiting access to our academic building exterior doors effective today, March 20, 2020, until further notice. Employees will continue to have access to all exterior academic building doors 24/7/365 with their DragonID card. Students will have access to exterior academic building doors with their DragonID card from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. If your DragonID card doesn’t grant you access where it should, please report this issue to MSUMKeys@mnstate.edu.

    Academic buildings include:

    • Bridges Hall
    • Center for Business
    • Dille Center for the Arts
    • Flora Frick Hall
    • Hagen Hall
    • King Hall
    • Langseth Hall
    • Lommen Hall
    • MacLean Hall
    • Murray Hall
    • Weld Hall
        

    For your safety, please remember:

    • Carry your DragonID card to ensure access to academic buildings.
    • Close doors behind you
        

    Computer Labs
    The computer lab in the Library will remain open on a limited basis with appropriate social distancing and frequent cleaning of surfaces. The usage of the lab will be monitored and we will assess whether other computer labs need to be opened for students to complete their academic work. If you are not able to get your academic work completed in the library computer lab, please contact the Help Desk at support@mnstate.edu to make other arrangements.

    Housing & Residential Life
    We continue to work on a process and timeline for students to move home or to other off-campus locations. We are also developing a plan for students who need to continue living on campus for the duration of the semester. More details will be communicated directly with students living in our residence halls.

    Other Areas

    • Campus Post Office. The Campus Post Office will have limited hours of operation between 12pm-2pm each day. Please follow safe social distancing guidelines when picking up mail.
    • Copy2Print. Copy2Print will be available through the Print Request Form and closed to dropoffs and walk-ins. Staff will notify you when jobs are ready.
    • Bookstore. The Bookstore will be closed. Course materials and general merchandise can be purchased on their website. More information about book rental returns will be sent directly to students. For questions, call 218.477.2111 or email Bookstore@mnstate.edu.
    • Student Union. The CMU will be open weekdays between 8am-6:30pm with limited access to some parts of the building.
    • Library. The library building is now closed to visitors with services available virtually including reference service, access to databases, and interlibrary loan. Visit the Library’sLibGuide for more information.
    • Wellness Center. The Gerdin Recreation and Wellness Center is now closed to visitors with select online services offered for students and members to access remotely until the facility can re-open.
    • The Early Education Center will close today until further notice.
        

    Thank you for your patience as we do our best in the face of an uncertain and rapidly changing situation.

    If You Feel Ill
    If you feel you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please take care of yourself by following the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommendations:

    1. Patient should stay at home until after:
      • 3 days (72 hours) from when fever has subsided without the use of fever reducingmedication and an improvement in symptoms like cough or shortness of breath, AND
      • 7 days have passed from onset of symptoms
    2. Use the CDC website on how to Care For Yourself at Home with COVID-19.
    3. Household or college contacts do not need to quarantine themselves, but they should:
      • Monitor health and limit interactions with the public as much as possible for 14 days and adhere to social distancing
      • Use the CDC website for How to Minimize Spread.

    Please report any COVID-19 health updates to your supervisor. Supervisors, please notify Human Resources. In addition, if students report any COVID-19 health updates to you, please forward that information along with the student name and Dragon ID to our Dean of Students Office by phone at 218-477-2391.

    For More Information & Support

    • Guidelines from MDH: Information that MDH is making available for schools, colleges and universities is available on their website.
    • Info from Minnesota State: The latest information on the Minnesota State response to the COVID-19 outbreak is available on their website.
    • Updates from MSUM. You can find the latest updates on our website.
    • MSUM FAQ. You can find our latest FAQ on our website.
    • Support.
    • Employees and family members: The State of Minnesota Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provided by LifeMatters is available on their website (password stmn1) or by phone 800-657-3719.
    • Student Emergency Assistance Fund. The Student Emergency Assistance Fund provides emergency funding to students facing unexpected circumstances. If you are facing additional financial stress in our current COVID-19 challenging times, please know that you can apply for funds through this resource.

    I remind you to be respectful of all members of our campus community. No actions or language should be directed against anyone based on race, ethnicity, or religion based on the origins of COVID-19.

    I continue to serve as the primary contact on our campus in relation to the impact of COVID-19. I will also continue to send email updates. Please send any questions to covid19questions@mnstate.edu.

    Thank you for your patience as we do our best to improve the security of our campus in the face of uncertain and rapidly changing circumstances. Although we are unsure when it will happen, we are looking forward to resuming normal campus operations after this unprecedented situation improves.

    Jean Hollaar
    Vice President Finance & Administration
    Minnesota State University Moorhead

    March 19, 2020 - Message to Faculty & Staff

    MSUM Colleagues,

    A Minnesota State University Moorhead student has self-reported a case of COVID-19 (coronavirus) to our Dean of Students Office. The student has not returned to campus since spring break and is in self-quarantine. First and foremost, my thoughts are with this student and I know we all send our wishes for a speedy recovery.

    I understand that this creates a new sense of unease for our Dragon family. This is our first notification of a case of COVID-19, and we are thankful to this individual for taking responsibility for reporting their condition. As access to diagnostics increases (both through clinical diagnosis and laboratory confirmation), so will the number of positive cases—both in the wider community and here at MSU Moorhead. If you feel ill, please take care of yourself: Seek medical attention and follow social distancing recommendations. In addition, I encourage you to report any COVID-19 health updates to your supervisor.

    The safety, security, and health of our faculty, staff, and students is our top priority. As you know, we can all further protect ourselves and others by:

    • Washing your hands often with soap and water; covering your cough and sneeze; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
    • Practicing self-care by eating a healthy diet and taking time to rest
    • Frequently cleaning all commonly touched surfaces
    • Avoiding large gatherings
    • Staying home if you are sick

    If you feel you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommends:

    1. Patient should stay at home until after:
      • 3 days (72 hours) from when fever has subsided without the use of fever reducingmedication and an improvement in symptoms like cough or shortness of breath, AND
      • 7 days have passed from onset of symptoms
    2. Use the CDC website on how to Care For Yourself at Home with COVID-19.
    3. Household or college contacts do not need to quarantine themselves, but they should:
      • Monitor health and limit interactions with the public as much as possible for 14 days and adhere to social distancing
      • Use the CDC website for How to Minimize Spread.

    Jean Hollaar
    Vice President Finance & Administration
    Minnesota State University Moorhead

     

    March 18, 2020 - Message to Students

    MSUM Students,

    Our faculty and staff are working tirelessly to ensure that you remain healthy and safe as you pursue your academic goals and complete this semester.

    I know that the actions taken to ensure your health and safety also bring waves of disappointment. Canceled trips and performances. Athletic seasons incomplete or canceled altogether. And the loss of in-person connection with your Dragon Family.

    Yesterday, the Minnesota State Chancellor made the difficult decision to cancel spring commencement ceremonies across the system. We don’t take these decisions lightly. As the capstone celebration of the college experience, commencement is one of our favorite days of the year. Current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control made it clear that large gatherings won’t be recommended for the foreseeable future. Making the decision now gives families time to cancel the plans they may have made to travel to campus. While we don’t know, yet, how we will celebrate commencement, know that we’ll be discussing options once the semester resumes.

    Even as we grieve the loss of on-campus experiences, the necessity of finding new ways to stay connected is bringing out so much creativity in the Dragon family.

    Your classes. You will be hearing from your faculty by the end of the week how they plan to modify their courses to ensure you can complete the semester.

    Advising. Advising for Fall semester will begin on Monday, March 23. Your advisor will be reaching out to schedule an online appointment.

    Campus services. Many of our campus services that you would normally experience face-to-face are finding unique ways to bring services to you virtually. For the safety of our staff, many buildings will be closing and offices will be available by appointment only. Here are a few campus services that have gone virtual this week (watch for more examples soon):

    • Library. The library building is now closed to visitors. Library services continue to be available virtually including reference service, access to databases, and interlibrary loan. Visit the Library’s LibGuide with links to library resources, hours and other information. The library is available for questions. We plan to keep our computer labs open and are making plans for ensuring the health and safety of students who use the labs. Our plan will be shared before classes resume.
    • Wellness Center. The Gerdin Recreation & Wellness facility is now closed to visitors. The Recreation & Wellness team is offering select online services that students and members can access remotely until the facility can re-open. Follow the Gerdin Recreation & Wellness center on Instagram and Facebook for wellness tips and motivation.
        

    Housing & Residential Life. Our residence halls remain open at this time and we are working on a process and timeline for students to move home or to other off-campus locations. We will also develop a plan for students who need to continue living on campus for the duration of the semester. These plans will be communicated directly with students living in our residence halls.

    Financial impacts. We understand that the above changes raise many questions about the financial impacts to students. We are working to mitigate the costs and minimize the financial burden to students and families. More information will be coming soon.

    There are many more plans in progress and we will continue to update you as we know more.

    Remember, the latest information is always posted on our website: mnstate.edu/emergency/covid-19. And, you can direct your questions to covid19questions@mnstate.edu.

    With Dragon Pride,
    Anne

    March 18, 2020 - Message to Faculty & Staff

    MSUM Colleagues,

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines encourage us to stay at home as much as possible and late yesterday Chancellor Malhotra shared his commitment to making that possible for every employee on our campus, where job responsibilities allow.

    Our expectation is that only employees physically needed on campus should be present at the university after the close of business on Friday, March 20, 2020. After this date, the vast majority of our employees will be working at a remote location, likely at home.

    As we work through what this means for all of us, there is some guidance we can provide immediately:

    Telework by default:

    This commitment to telework is really flipping the “norm” on its head—meaning our “default” is that we are all working remotely, and only a small number of employees will be physically present on campus. We know that we need to have campus services operational and available and are working diligently to make as many of these services as “virtual” as possible. Our focus will be ensuring that students have access to campus resources to complete their academic work. We’ll all need to rely on our Dragon Grit; our scrappiness and resourcefulness will be put to good use as we navigate our current reality.

    Make a work plan:

    Employees should work with their supervisor on a work plan, including identifying the resources needed for teleworking. This may mean a change of hours, changing work days, identifying specific projects that can be done from home, etc. We will be as flexible as possible as we develop productive work plans and meaningful learning opportunities. Our Human Resources team is available to assist.

    Options for everyone:

    It is our intention that there will be some type of telework available for virtually all employees, even those who will also need to spend time physically present on campus. Examples of this work could be reviewing operating guidelines, reviewing policies and procedures, or completing training (job specific training, annual required training, etc.). In addition, we hope to offer some professional development opportunities remotely and welcome your thoughts and ideas on this as well.

    Compensation questions:

    Last night, Governor Walz released Emergency Executive Order 20-07, which directs a new COVID-19 Leave policy for all State employees, including Minnesota State faculty and staff. As we implement this Executive Order, we are working on compensation and leave guidance for all categories of employees (including students) and expect to provide more clarity very soon. Feel free to contact hr@mnstate.edu or any member of the HR team with questions about your personal circumstances.

    We know many of you may be caring for someone who needs assistance or have young children to care for due to the closure of K-12 schools or day care centers. We know it may be difficult to commit to a traditional, full work day. We trust you to do your best and will work with you to be flexible. Take care of yourselves and your families. Be creative, be resourceful, and watch out for each other. That’s what Dragons do!

    With Dragon Pride,
    Anne

     

    March 15, 2020 - Campus Update #2

    Campus Community –

    You just received a message from Chancellor Malhotra and now I am writing to reiterate the key messages and to provide further guidance specific to MSU Moorhead.

    Classes suspended until Monday, March 30
    The suspension of all classes, including online and graduate classes, has been extended until Monday, March 30. Courses will resume on Monday, March 30 with modifications of course delivery which will extend until the end of the semester including alternative delivery of final exams.

    Student Communication from Faculty
    Before Wednesday, March 18, students can expect the faculty in each of their classes to contact them to ensure communication functions are working and intended messages are being received.

    By noon on Friday, March 20, students can expect to receive communication from their faculty letting them know what the alternative mode of delivery will be for each class.

    Self-Quarantine Effective Immediately for Travel outside of Minnesota
    New guidance and the necessary precautions after returning from travel outside of Minnesota replace the social distancing practices which were communicated in the e-mail sent this afternoon.

    • Travelers returning from outside of Minnesota should self-quarantine at home for three (3) days to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
    • Travelers returning from CDC Level 3 Destinations should self-quarantine at home for fourteen (14) days to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
    • During this quarantine period, you are not permitted to come to work, attend class in-person, or participate in any other in-person campus or community activities.

    If you are a faculty or staff member that needs to stay home to monitor your health after traveling, please notify your supervisor and notify Human Resources at hr@mnstate.edu or by phone at 218-477-2157.

    If you are a student that needs to needs to monitor your health and practice social distancing after traveling, please notify the Dean of Students office. Please leave your name and Dragon ID at careteam@mnstate.edu or by phone at 218-477-2391. We are developing protocols for students returning to ensure that we know their recent travel status.

    Workplace Flexibility
    Because of these necessary precautions, it is important that maximum workplace flexibility is allowed for both employees and supervisors. Supervisors, additional information will follow soon regarding faculty and staff work expectations for the coming weeks and the different accommodations available.

    Meetings at MSU Moorhead
    Because of the self-quarantine precautions and the resulting workplace flexibilities, meetings of four (4) or more people will occur using teleconferencing technology (e.g. Zoom) rather than in-person. Meetings of three (3) or fewer people with everyone maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from each other can still occur in-person.

    Prevention Tips
    Please remember you can help prevent the spread of the virus by:

    • Practicing respiratory (coughing and sneezing) etiquette
    • Washing your hands
    • Staying at home when you’re sick

    For More Information & Support

    • Guidelines from MDH: Information that MDH is making available for schools, colleges and universities is available on their website.
    • Info from Minnesota State: The latest information on the Minnesota State response to the COVID-19 outbreak is available on their website.
    • Updates from MSUM. You can find the latest updates on our website.
    • MSUM FAQ. You can find our latest FAQ on our website.
    • Support.
    • Employees and family members: The State of Minnesota Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provided by LifeMatters is available on their website (password stmn1) or by phone 800-657-3719.
    • Student Emergency Assistance Fund. The Student Emergency Assistance Fund provides emergency funding to students facing unexpected circumstances. If you are facing additional financial stress in our current COVID-19 challenging times, please know that you can apply for funds through this resource.

    Thank you for exhibiting grit, heart and humility as we work together towards our shared priorities:

    • To safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of our faculty, staff, and students
    • To enable students to complete the spring semester and progress toward their educational goals

    Please send any questions to covid19questions@mnstate.edu.

    Jean Hollaar
    Vice President Finance & Administration
    Minnesota State University Moorhead
    www.mnstate.edu

     

    March 15, 2020 - Campus Update

    Campus Community –

    As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we are constantly assessing our plans and making necessary adjustments to protect the health and safety of our students, our faculty, and our staff.

    Travel Advisory
    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated their COVID-19 Travel Information where most countries in Europe have now been designated along with China, Iran, and South Korea at Level 3 (Warning, Avoid Nonessential Travel) and the rest of the world, including the United States, has now been designated at Level 2 (Practice Enhanced Precautions). Full CDC travel guidelines are available here on their website.

    If you have questions regarding exposure as a result of travel, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) asks you to call 651-201-5414 or 877-676-5414 for guidance.

    Self-Quarantine Effective Immediately for Travel from CDC Level 3 Destinations
    Depending on an individual’s travel history, they may be asked to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time they left an area with widespread or ongoing community spread (CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice).

    If you are faculty or staff member that needs to self-quarantine after traveling, please notify your supervisor and notify Human Resources at hr@mnstate.edu or by phone at 218-477-2157. Supervisors, additional information will follow soon regarding faculty and staff work expectations for the coming weeks and the different accommodations available.

    If you are a student that needs to self-quarantine after traveling, you will need to do so at an off-campus location as, unfortunately, the university does not have the capacity to provide self-quarantine locations on campus. If students need assistance to find a location to self-quarantine or need accommodations to self-quarantine, please notify the Dean of Students office. Please leave your name and Dragon ID at careteam@mnstate.edu or by phone at 218-477-2391. We are developing protocols for students returning to ensure that we know their recent travel status.

    Social Distancing Effective Immediately for Travel from all Destinations, including the United States
    If individuals have traveled to any other destination, to include the United States during the past 14 days:

    • Monitor your health and practice social distancing.
    • Social distancing means staying out of crowded places, avoiding group gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.

    If you are a faculty or staff member that needs to stay home to monitor your health after traveling, please notify your supervisor and notify Human Resources at hr@mnstate.edu or by phone at 218-477-2157. Supervisors, additional information will follow soon regarding faculty and staff work expectations for the coming weeks and the different accommodations available.

    If you are a student that needs to needs to monitor your health and practice social distancing after traveling, please notify the Dean of Students office. Please leave your name and Dragon ID at careteam@mnstate.edu or by phone at 218-477-2391. We are developing protocols for students returning to ensure that we know their recent travel status.

    If You Get Sick
    If you get sick with fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough, or have trouble breathing:

    • Stay at home
    • Avoid contact with others.
    • Seek medical advice. Call ahead before going to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
    • Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
    • Do not travel while sick.

    K-12 School Closures
    We are aware that Governor Walz has just ordered a closure of Minnesota K-12 schools starting Wednesday, March 18. We are actively discussing the impact on our campus and will communicate as soon as we know more.

    For More Information & Support

    • Guidelines from MDH: Information that MDH is making available for schools, colleges and universities is available on their website.
    • Info from Minnesota State: The latest information on the Minnesota State response to the COVID-19 outbreak is available on their website.
    • Updates from MSUM. You can find the latest updates on our website.
    • MSUM FAQ. You can find our latest FAQ on our website.
    • Support.
    • Employees and family members: The State of Minnesota Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provided by LifeMatters is available on their website (password stmn1) or by phone 800-657-3719.
    • Student Emergency Assistance Fund. The Student Emergency Assistance Fund provides emergency funding to students facing unexpected circumstances. If you are facing additional financial stress in our current COVID-19 challenging times, please know that you can apply for funds through this resource.

    I continue to serve as the primary contact on our campus in relation to the impact of COVID-19 and I will continue to send email updates. Please send any questions to covid19questions@mnstate.edu.

    Jean Hollaar
    Vice President Finance & Administration
    Minnesota State University Moorhead
    www.mnstate.edu

     

    March 13, 2020 - Campus Update

    Campus Community,

    As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, all Minnesota State colleges and universities are acting in a unified manner to meet the needs of our students during this time. Here are some additional details to help you understand MSU Moorhead’s action plan to ensure a smooth transition to alternative course delivery of instruction with appropriate communication to all of our students.

    Transition to Alternative Course Delivery
    The suspension of all classes next week, Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 20, includes online and graduate classes. During the week, our faculty will work to create plans for alternative delivery of instruction. Courses will resume on Monday, March 23, with at least one of the following modifications, listed in order of preference:

    1. The course moves entirely online without live lectures requiring students to be online at a specific time (asynchronous).
    2. If asynchronous learning is not possible, the course moves to synchronous teleconferencing (e.g. Zoom).
    3. If the above are not possible given course content or learning outcomes, correspondence methods (e.g. US Postal Service) will be implemented.
    4. If none of the above are possible and with the approval of University leadership, the course will be modified to achieve social distancing.

    The modification of course delivery will begin on Monday, March 23 and extend until the end of the semester including alternative delivery of final exams.

    During this time, staff will also be working to identify resources available for students who may need assistance with any alternate delivery methods or may need accommodations through Accessibility Resources.

    Student Teaching, Clinicals or Internships
    Students who are student teaching or engaged in other clinical experiences can continue as long as the host site is open for business and allows their continued participation.

    Student Communication from Faculty
    Before Wednesday, March 18, students can expect the faculty in each of their classes to contact them to ensure communication functions are working and intended messages are being received.

    By noon on Friday, March 20, students can expect to receive communication from their faculty letting them know what the alternative mode of delivery will be for each class.

    Campus Offices, Library, Computer Lab and Residence Halls
    For the remainder of the semester, all campus offices and operations, including the Library and computer labs will remain open and appropriately staffed. Residence halls are currently open with dining services available beginning on Sunday, March 15 at 4:45 p.m.

    Student Workers
    Appropriate staffing of campus offices and operations may include student workers and graduate assistants where they are needed and able to return to campus. Any student worker or graduate assistant who does not wish to return to campus should contact their supervisor.

    Travel Advisory
    Travelers returning from countries identified by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) as Level 3 are required to observe a 14-day period of self-quarantine and monitoring.

    • You can learn if the country you visited is on this list here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices
    • During this quarantine period, you are not permitted to come to work, attend class in-person, or participate in any other campus or community activities.

    Prevention Tips
    Please remember you can help prevent the spread of the virus by:

    • Practicing respiratory (coughing and sneezing) etiquette
    • Washing your hands
    • Staying at home when you’re sick

    For More Information & Support

    • Guidelines from MDH: Information that MDH is making available for schools, colleges and universities is available on their website.
    • Info from Minnesota State: The latest information on the Minnesota State response to the COVID-19 outbreak is available on their website.
    • Updates from MSUM. You can find the latest updates on our website.
    • MSUM FAQ. You can find our latest FAQ on our website.
    • Support.
    • Employees and family members: The State of Minnesota Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provided by LifeMatters is available on their website (password stmn1) or by phone 800-657-3719.
    • Student Emergency Assistance Fund. The Student Emergency Assistance Fund provides emergency funding to students facing unexpected circumstances. If you are facing additional financial stress in our current COVID-19 challenging times, please know that you can apply for funds through this resource.

    I continue to serve as the primary contact on our campus in relation to the impact of COVID-19. I will also continue to send email updates as we are constantly assessing our plans and making necessary adjustments to protect the health and safety of our students, our faculty, and our staff. Please send any questions to covid19questions@mnstate.edu.

    Jean Hollaar
    Vice President Finance & Administration
    Minnesota State University Moorhead

     

    March 12, 2020 - Message to Faculty & Staff

    Colleagues –

    As you know from today’s updates, MSU Moorhead will be suspending all classes next week, March 16-20. Here’s a little more detail about what that means:

    • We will be suspending all classes, including online and graduate classes.
      • If you have an assignment due in an online class, the dates should be adjusted to be due when classes resume.
      • No synchronous online instruction should be conducted next week.
    • When you return to campus next week, we will ask you to work through the logistics to teach your classes using alternative delivery modes.
      • You will find many resources in the Continuity of Instruction section of our website. We’re also attaching a quick reference guide to help you prepare.
      • The online learning team are working to develop a training schedule for next week.
      • The Faculty Development Center will be sending an email that will inform you of the training opportunities for various academic technologies including Zoom.
      • The IFO encourages faculty who have experience with alternative modes of delivery to work collaboratively with their faculty colleagues.
      • If you have questions about how to use our online tools, please submit a support ticket to support@mnstate.edu.
      • Cases in which instruction cannot be done remotely are expected to be limited and modified in ways that maximizes distancing.
    • Once your alternative methods of delivery are identified, you should:
      • Inform your College Dean of your strategies as they will need to track changes to course delivery. This will be needed to generate a report for the system office.
      • Communicate with your students, letting them know what the alternative mode of delivery will be for each class.
    • Advising for Fall Semester 2020 will be postponed and will begin on Monday, March 23.
    • Effective Monday, March 16, all out-of-state business-related travel for students, faculty and staff will be suspended without an end date. Local travel to North Dakota will still be permitted.

    We look forward to your creative solutions to address the learning outcomes of your courses. We know these are trying times. Thank you for all you have done and for tackling the work ahead of you with grit, humility and heart.

    Arrick Jackson, Ph.D
    Vice President of Academic Affairs
    Owens Hall 206F
    1104 Seventh Avenue South
    Moorhead, Minnesota 56563
    mnstate.edu
    218-477-2415(T)

     

    March 12, 2020 - Campus Update

    Colleagues –

    The situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly. As you read in the message from Chancellor Malhotra, all Minnesota State colleges and universities are acting with a unified voice and action plan to meet the needs of our students during this time. Here are a few additional details to help you understand what that action plan will look like for MSU Moorhead.

    • Week of Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 20:
      • We will be suspending all classes, including online and graduate classes.
      • During the week, our faculty will work through the logistics to teach classes using alternative modes of delivery. They will reach out to the students in each of their classes, letting them know what the alternative mode of delivery will be for each class.
      • Advising for Fall Semester 2020 will be postponed and will begin on Monday, March 23.
      • Effective Monday, March 16, all out-of-state business-related travel for students, faculty and staff will be suspended without an end date. Local travel to North Dakota will still be permitted.
    • Starting Monday, March 23:
      • All face-to-face classes, wherever possible, will transition to alternative modes of delivery. We will plan as if this will continue through the end of the semester.

    All campus offices and operations, including residence halls, dining facilities, and student support services will remain open and appropriately staffed. This may include student worker assignments where students are needed and able to return to campus.

    For more information:

    • Guidelines from MDH: Information that MDH is making available for schools, colleges and universities is available on their website.
    • Info from Minnesota State: The latest information on the Minnesota State response to the COVID-19 outbreak is available on their website.
    • Updates from MSUM. You can find the latest updates on our website.

    Please remember you can help prevent the spread of the virus by:

    • Practicing respiratory (coughing and sneezing) etiquette
    • Washing your hands
    • Staying at home when you’re sick

    I will continue to serve as the primary contact on our campus and I will continue to send email updates as we know more about the impact of COVID-19. Please send any questions to covid19questions@mnstate.edu. If you need support, the State of Minnesota Employee Assistance Program (EAP) LifeMatters website or EAP LifeMatters consultants are available by phone at 651-259-3840 or 1-800-657-3719.

    Jean Hollaar
    Vice President Finance & Administration
    Minnesota State University Moorhead
    www.mnstate.edu

     

    March 11, 2020  - Campus Update

    MSUM continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. To date, there have been no positive cases of COVID-19 reported at any Minnesota State college or university or at the system office. At this time, operations on our campus will continue as normal and we’ll assess our plans on a daily basis. Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra shared a memo with campuses today, noting that the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) does not recommend tele-learning or closures for Minnesota universities at this time. You can read the full memo on the Minnesota State website.

    Although we currently have no plans to cancel classes or close campuses, we are working with faculty to develop options should circumstances warrant this action. For example, some classes or programs may be moved to alternate instructional means so that teaching may continue. Our goal will be to accommodate students and help them continue their education despite interruptions caused by COVID-19.

    As you know, suspension of Minnesota State-related international travel went into effect on February 28. Although Minnesota State-related domestic travel is not suspended at this time, we are carefully assessing the potential risks of domestic travel plans including the consideration of the conditions of destination communities and travel hubs. Prior to traveling or making plans to travel domestically, travel plans are to be discussed with your division leader in order to ensure that final decisions are made using the most current and up-to-date information as possible.

    For more information:

    • Guidelines from MDH: Information that MDH is making available for schools, colleges and universities is available on their website.
    • Info from Minnesota State: The latest information on the Minnesota State response to the COVID-19 outbreak is available on their website.
    • Updates from MSUM. You can find the latest updates on our website.

    Please remember you can help prevent the spread of the virus by:

    • Practicing respiratory (coughing and sneezing) etiquette
    • Washing your hands
    • Staying at home when you’re sick

    I will continue to serve as the primary contact on our campus and I will continue to send email updates as we know more about the impact of COVID-19. Please send me any questions you have. If you need support, the State of Minnesota Employee Assistance Program (EAP) LifeMatters website or EAP LifeMatters consultants are available by phone at 651-259-3840 or 1-800-657-3719.

    Jean Hollaar
    Vice President Finance & Administration
    Minnesota State University Moorhead
    www.mnstate.edu

     

    March 6, 2020 - Message to Students

    Students,

    I’m writing to update you on the University’s planning related to the COVID-19 virus. At MSUM, we are working closely with the Minnesota State system office to monitor the developing situation about the impact of COVID-19 and taking steps necessary to protect the health and safety of our students, our faculty, and our staff. I will serve as the primary contact on our campus and will update the campus community via email.

    Late yesterday, the Minnesota State system office published a website with updates about COVID19. You will find the latest guidance about Minnesota State policy and FAQs, which will be used to keep you updated as we monitor the impact of COVID-19. Of particular note:

    • No end date to travel suspension. The suspension of all international Minnesota State related business travel for students, faculty, or staff does not have a specific end date and the suspension policy is being reviewed on a recurring basis. Given the circumstances, anyone with Minnesota State-related international travel planned for the future should be in contact with their carriers and destination or hosts on cancellation or change polices and alternatives or options.
    • Students will be refunded any money prepaid to the University for canceled trips. The University will work to secure refunds and will absorb the costs of any fees that cannot be refunded.

    Please remember anyone in the U.S. who has not traveled to China or been in contact with someone confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days is at low risk of becoming sick with the virus. Be respectful of all members of our campus community. No actions or language should be directed against anyone based on race, ethnicity, or religion based on the origins of COVID-19.

    You can help prevent the spread of the virus by:

    • Practicing respiratory (coughing and sneezing) etiquette and washing your hands
    • Staying at home when you’re sick

    I will continue to send email updates as we know more about the impact of COVID-19. Please send me any questions you have. If you need support, please reach out at any time to the Dean of Students Office. They’re located in Flora Frick 153 or available by phone at 218.477.2391.

    Jean Hollaar
    Vice President Finance & Administration
    Minnesota State University Moorhead

     

    March 6, 2020 - Message to Faculty & Staff

    Campus Colleagues,

    I’m writing to update you on the University’s planning related to the COVID-19 virus. At MSUM, we are working closely with the Minnesota State system office to monitor the developing situation about the impact of COVID-19 and taking steps necessary to protect the health and safety of our students, our faculty, and our staff. I will serve as the primary contact on our campus and will update the campus community via email.

    Late yesterday, the Minnesota State system office published a website with updates about COVID-19. You will find the latest guidance about Minnesota State policy and FAQs, which will be used to keep you updated as we monitor the impact of COVID-19. Of particular note:

    • No end date to travel suspension. The suspension of all international Minnesota State-related business travel for students, faculty, or staff does not have a specific end date and the suspension policy is being reviewed on a recurring basis. Given the circumstances, anyone with Minnesota State-related international travel planned for the future should be in contact with their carriers and destination or hosts on cancellation or change polices and alternatives or options.
    • Students will be refunded any money prepaid to the University for canceled trips. The University will work to secure refunds and will absorb the costs of any fees that cannot be refunded.

    Please remember anyone in the U.S. who has not traveled to China or been in contact with someone confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days is at low risk of becoming sick with the virus. Be respectful of all members of our campus community. No actions or language should be directed against anyone based on race, ethnicity, or religion based on the origins of COVID-19.

    You can help prevent the spread of the virus by:

    • Practicing respiratory (coughing and sneezing) etiquette and washing your hands
    • Staying at home when you’re sick

    I will continue to send email updates as we know more about the impact of COVID-19. Please send me any questions you have. If you need support, the State of Minnesota Employee Assistance Program (EAP) LifeMatters website or EAP LifeMatters consultants are available by phone at 651-259-3840 or 1-800-657-3719.

    Jean Hollaar
    Vice President Finance & Administration
    Minnesota State University Moorhead
    www.mnstate.edu

     

    March 2, 2020 - Message to Students

    MSUM Students,

    The news is filled with international stories about the impact of the COVID-19 virus. I’m writing to update you on planning that is happening on our campus. At MSUM, we are working closely with the Minnesota State system office to monitor the developing situation related to COVID-19 and to take steps necessary to protect the health and safety of our students, our faculty, and our staff.

    International travel
    On Feb. 28, Minnesota State Chancellor Malhotra suspended all international travel related to Minnesota State including study abroad programs and any other activities involving faculty, staff, and students. MSUM staff are working with our students who are affected by the travel suspension to help them navigate the change.

    Our campus
    Minnesota State is cooperating with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). At this time, MDH assesses the risk of becoming sick with COVID-19, including for people in Minnesota schools, as low, and is not recommending that events or extracurricular activities be cancelled. To date, there have been no positive cases of COVID-19 reported at any Minnesota State college or university or at the system office.

    More information from MDH about the impact of COVID-19 for schools, colleges and universities is available on the Minnesota Department of Health website.

    What you can do
    Anyone in the U.S. who has not traveled to China or been in contact with someone confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days is at low risk of becoming sick with the virus.

    You can help prevent the spread of the virus by:

    • Practicing respiratory (coughing and sneezing) etiquette and washing your hands
    • Using appropriate leave to stay at home when you’re sick

    I remind you to be respectful of all members of our campus community. No actions or language should be directed against anyone based on race, ethnicity, or religion based on the origins of COVID-19.

    We will continue to keep you updated as we monitor the impact of COVID-19.

    Anne Blackhurst
    University President
    MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MOORHEAD

     

    March 2, 2020 - Message to Faculty & Staff

    Campus Colleagues,

    The news is filled with international stories about the impact of the COVID-19 virus. I’m writing to update you on planning that is happening on our campus. At MSUM, we are working closely with the Minnesota State system office to monitor the developing situation related to COVID-19 and to take steps necessary to protect the health and safety of our students, our faculty, and our staff.

    International travel
    On Feb. 28, Minnesota State Chancellor Malhotra suspended all international travel related to Minnesota State including study abroad programs and any other activities involving faculty, staff, and students. MSUM staff are working with our students who are affected by the travel suspension to help them navigate the change.

    Our campus
    Minnesota State is cooperating with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). At this time, MDH assesses the risk of becoming sick with COVID-19, including for people in Minnesota schools, as low, and is not recommending that events or extracurricular activities be cancelled. To date, there have been no positive cases of COVID-19 reported at any Minnesota State college or university or at the system office.

    More information from MDH about the impact of COVID-19 for schools, colleges and universities is available on the Minnesota Department of Health website.

    Continuity of Instruction
    An emergency closing of the University, campus closure and/or suspension of classroom meetings is not a suspension of instruction. Faculty duty days remain in effect and scheduled instructional duty days remain intact, though the means of delivery may change. The work you’re doing to ensure continuity of instruction in case of a flood will also be required in the case of a potential closure due to COVID-19. Please refer to the Continuity of Instruction guide on the Academic Affairs website.

    What you can do
    Anyone in the U.S. who has not traveled to China or been in contact with someone confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days is at low risk of becoming sick with the virus.

    You can help prevent the spread of the virus by:

    • Practicing respiratory (coughing and sneezing) etiquette and washing your hands
    • Using appropriate leave to stay at home when you’re sick

    I remind you to be respectful of all members of our campus community. No actions or language should be directed against anyone based on race, ethnicity, or religion based on the origins of COVID-19.

    We will continue to keep you updated as we monitor the impact of COVID-19.

    Anne Blackhurst
    University President
    MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MOORHEAD