Minneapolis College is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for students, faculty, staff and all members of the campus community. Individuals who are not vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a mask, and to stay 6 feet from others. Individuals who are vaccinated do not need to wear a mask, but may wish to wear one, and are welcome to do so.
Students, staff and faculty should notify Minneapolis College by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if they receive a positive COVID-19 test result, have symptoms or have been exposed.
Social distancing and wellness etiquette is being implemented on campus through the following actions:
Administration will continually assess on-campus work needs and make determinations about continued telework options based on business needs and employees’ safety. Options such as flexible work hours, staggered shifts and additional shifts are helping reduce the number of employees on campus. Employees who are scheduled to work remotely should not be on campus unless it is required and approved by their supervisor.
Employees and students must maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and others whenever possible.
Everyone on campus is encouraged to remain aware of and avoid crowded spaces including break rooms, elevators and restrooms.
In-person instruction and other academic-related gatherings (testing, student services, advising, internships, clinical rotations, customized training campus visits, etc.) can proceed with no more than 25 attendees. Meetings and non-academic gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited unless written consent from the President or Vice President of Finance and Operations is provided to Central Scheduling when requesting the use of space. Face-to-face meetings of any size are to be limited as much as possible.
Classrooms and labs have been arranged to accommodate appropriate social distancing. Seating and tables in common areas have been spaced six feet apart. Everyone utilizing these spaces must follow appropriate social distancing and cleaning guidelines.
Spaces on campus where face-to-face interactions are unavoidable have been arranged according to CDC and MDH guidelines.
Employees and students need to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms. The following practices and protocols are being implemented to assess employees’ and students’ health status before they arrive on campus and establish reporting expectations when they are sick or experiencing symptoms.
Employees and students should not come to the Minneapolis College campus or to other locations where Minneapolis College offers instruction if they:
Are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 that CANNOT be attributed to another health condition such as:
Feverish/temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
A persistent cough that is new or worsening
Shortness of breath that is new or worsening or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Have had a COVID-19 test and are awaiting results
Have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days
Employees who meet any of these 3 conditions should notify their supervisor. For additional information about how Minneapolis College is planning a safe, gradual return to campus, email email@example.com. Students should notify their instructor if they are not able to attend class or meet their class obligations due to illness.
In addition, students should notify Minneapolis College if they receive a positive COVID-19 test result and they have been on campus at any point in the 14 days prior to being tested. For additional information about how Minneapolis College is planning a safe, gradual return to campus, email firstname.lastname@example.org. If the College learns that someone has been on campus while experiencing COVID-19, staff will work with the Minnesota Department of Health to determine next steps and coordinate a response. Students who are participating in internships, clinicals or practica are responsible for knowing and following COVID-19 safety procedures at their work sites.
The campus’ Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system continually brings in outside air that is heated or cooled and then circulated downward from the ceiling forcing the existing air up and into the air return system. This constant, positive air pressure in occupied spaces prevents return air from entering other adjacent areas. There is no lateral transfer of air in occupied spaces by mechanical means.
All outside and return air passes through MERV 13 air filters. MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values and is an industry-created standard that evaluates the efficiency of air filters.
The MERV ratings for air filters range from one to 16, with a rating of one being the least efficient and a filter rating of 16 being the most efficient. For example, a filter with a MERV 3 rating would only be able to remove a small percentage of the largest airborne particles, while a more efficient filter with a MERV 15 rating would remove even the tiniest airborne particles.
A MERV 13 rating is standard for large, complex commercial applications such as college campuses. MERV 13 is also consistent with Minnesota State Design Standards. The higher the MERV rating, the smaller the pores in the filters which restricts airflow. Therefore, MERV ratings determine both air quality and operating efficiency. If a MERV rating for a building system is too high, it becomes ineffective and blocks air intake and exhaust.
The Facilities staff continually consults with and follows the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) guidelines for operating HVAC systems to reduce COVID-19 transmission. In addition, CDC guidelines are continually monitored for recommendations.
For additional information, please contact Roger Broz, Director of Facilities.