Ready for Spring 2021 Semester

January 11 kicks off the beginning of Spring Semester and Minneapolis College is ready to welcome students back from winter break. While most students will be returning to their classes using online tools, some classes and activities that cannot occur in a virtual environment are being provided using distancing, sanitizing and other virus-prevention protocols.

COVIDaware MN App
To help slow the spread of the virus, anyone can download this free smartphone app that accesses Minnesota’s exposure notification system. Once downloaded from Google Play or the App Store, COVIDaware MN will notify you of potential COVID-19 exposures if you’ve been near someone who tested positive for COVID-19. And, if you test positive, you can use the app to anonymously notify anyone you’ve been near. Understanding exposure risk allows app users to make more informed decisions and reduce the risk of spreading the virus to others.

Inclement Weather Preparations
With most courses currently being offered online or in blended format, the College does not intend to cancel classes due to severe weather this semester. Online classes and activities will carry on as scheduled. Faculty who are scheduled to teach in-person classes will be asked to shift their instruction for the day to “alternate delivery.” This may include shifting instruction to synchronous online delivery at the same time the class normally meets in person, giving student an alternate assignment for the day, rescheduling the class to another day or using other means to ensure the day’s course content is covered. Faculty will notify students in their in-person classes what their method of alternate delivery will be. Additional information about weather related cancellations and closing is available in College Policy 8.04 and Procedure 8.04.01.

Spring Semester Updates
Visit minneapolis.edu for information about courses, services and resources including the following:

Free Internet Service for Students 
Minneapolis College has partnered with Comcast to offer eligible students its free Internet Essentials service. Use this form to request a Comcast Promo Code for 10 months of free internet service. And then visit Internet Essentials Program. For additional information, please contact Technology Support at 612-659-6600 or technology.minneapolis.edu.

Financial Support for Students
For students who are struggling with the financial aspects of attending college, Work Study positions are available including several Public Safety Student Ambassador positions providing customer service on campus. Also, be sure to watch for messages from Enrollment and Student Support Services that include important information about scholarships and other financial support for students.

As guidance from the Governor, the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities continues to adapt to changing circumstances relating to COVID-19, Minneapolis College will continue to assess the level of activities that can occur on campus.  Please stay informed by visiting minneapolis.edu and checking College email. Protecting the health and safety of the entire campus community remains the top priority for Minneapolis College. Everyone’s compliance with protocols will help maintain the current level of having NO known cases of the coronavirus being transmitted on campus!