Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

Page last updated on June 30, 2020 2:45 pm
NOTICE: The information below is amended frequently. Please check this page daily for updates about M State's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cares Act Emergency Grants

FAQs about the Cares Act Emergency Grants available to qualified M State students are included in the Student FAQ section of this web page.
 

Grading options for spring semester

M State has developed grading options for Spring 2020 to help students stay on track in their academic programs during the COVID-19 emergency. The course withdrawal deadline has been extended to April 27 for full-semester courses. In addition, students now have the option to choose pass or no credit (P/NC) grades for classes in session between March 16-May 8 on a course‑by‑course basis by May 15.

Before choosing the P/NC option, students are advised to review the M State P/NC web page and talk with their advisor or financial aid office.

March 16 message from M State President Carrie Brimhall 

March 16 message from Minnesota State system Chancellor Devinder Malhotra

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

Latest updates

  • June 12: June 12: M State published its Return to Campus Plan outlining how on-campus services and activities will resume and be conducted in the weeks ahead.
  • June 5: The required CARES Act Grant Report has been published.
  • June 3: M State plans to offer Fall 2020 on-campus and online courses, taking into account safety protocols and social distancing guidelines.  Further details on the plan for returning to campus will be shared online by June 5th.  Please check the Fall 2020 course schedule for additional information on specific offerings.
  • April 1: The last day students can withdraw from full-term spring semester courses with a grade of W has been extended from April 15 to Monday, April 27.
  • March 30: A number of offices and departments have collaborated to provide technology support for students as they transition from in-person to online courses.
  • March 30: Nearly all of M State courses resume today with online instruction. The few courses that had planned to resume with face-to-face instruction have been delayed for at least two weeks at the direction of the Minnesota State system office. Impacted students will be notified by their faculty and campus once alternate plans are known.
  • March 27: M State will open its registration window for Fall 2020 courses on Monday, April 6 (revised from the original date of March 30).
  • March 24: In an email to students, Drs. Carrie Brimhall and John Maduko addressed changes to Spring 2020 commencement ceremony plans.
  • March 19: In-person spring commencement has been suspended at all Minnesota State colleges and universities. We're working on alternate ways to recognize our graduating students and celebrate their achievements!
  • March 18: M State will open its registration window for Fall 2020 courses on Monday, March 30. [NOTE: updated on March 27th to April 6th]
  • March 17: You can find a list of M State event cancellations here.
  • March 16: M State's spring break has been extended to March 27, with classes scheduled to resume March 30.
  • March 13: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota State Chancellor Malhotra has directed M State and all Minnesota State institutions to cancel all events between now and May 1 that have a projected attendance of 100 people or more. Events expected to have fewer than 100 people in attendance that may involve at-risk populations are also being canceled at the discretion of the college. Event organizers are being contacted by M State.
  • March 12: M State’s spring break is extended (including for online classes) for the week of March 16-20 as part of the Minnesota State strategy to limit the spread of COVID-19. Classes will resume March 23. All campuses and support services will be open during the week of March 16-20. Contact our Support Center at 877.450.3322 to learn more about our campus hours.
  • Feb. 28: Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra has suspended all Minnesota State-related international travel effective immediately. This includes study abroad programs and any other activities involving faculty, staff and students.

We will continue to monitor reports, guidance and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. State Department and review this action on a recurring basis.

Resources and information that you may find helpful

Minnesota State is cooperating with the Minnesota Department of Health and conveying its information and guidance related to COVID-19 to our colleges and universities. MDH and Minnesota State are maintaining regular communication channels to proactively address school-related topics with regard to COVID.

  • Minnesota State system is constantly updating their COVID-19 information available at https://www.minnstate.edu/coronavirus/index.html.
  • Information that MDH is making available for schools, colleges and universities is available at https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools.html.
  • For questions about COVID-19, call the MDH COVID-19 hotline at 1.651.201.3920. 
  • To date, there have been no positive cases of COVID-19 reported at any Minnesota State college or university or at the system office.
  • Encourage students and employees to:
    • Practice respiratory (coughing and sneezing) etiquette and hand hygiene.
      • Stay at home when sick.
    • Encourage supervisors and faculty to offer flexibly to employees and students who are sick, expressing symptoms of respiratory issues or caring for family members to the maximum extent possible.
    • Be aware that 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.
    • Caution all on actions and language against anyone based on race, ethnicity or religion based on the origins of COVID-19.
    • Carefully assess domestic travel plans for Minnesota State-related business or studies. Assess the conditions of destination communities and travel hubs to carefully consider the potential risks to themselves, participants, co-workers, families and friends. Event hosts and coordinators should also be engaged in this assessment. If you choose to travel, ensure you have essential items you might need if you are not able to return immediately such as medications, laptops or other items related to your coursework or job duties.

Other informational resources

There are many sources of information on COVID-19 including state, national and international organizations. Primary sources for Minnesota State monitoring, planning and response are:

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH):

COVID-19 Home: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html

For schools:  https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools.html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

COVID-19 Home:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Travel: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

State Department (DOS):

Travel Information: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/travelers-with-special-considerations.html

If you have any further questions or concerns regarding M State’s response plan for the COVID-19 virus, please do not hesitate to contact the office of M State's interim executive director of public information and government affairs at 218.631.7810 or email Peter Wielinski.