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March 30, 2020: Welcome Back!

Posted Monday, March 30, 2020 | Announcements to Students

Email from Provost Gort

Dear Students,

Welcome back! I hope you are adapting well to the remote instruction changes in your courses. If you encounter challenges, please visit our COVID-19 webpage at for academic and student services support, including information about accessing computers and internet. You will also find several resources to promote your health and well-being. The faculty, staff, and administrators at Metropolitan State University are committed to supporting you and your success.

Spring Semester Academic Updates

Using your Metro State Zoom Account: You do not need to develop a new Zoom account to be able to engage in remote classes, schedule meetings, or to work with classmates using video conferencing. Simply go to and sign in using your StarID and Metro State password.

Grading: You may know that many universities are using pass/fail type grading to provide additional support to students who may need it. At Metropolitan State, we have a competence (satisfactory)/no-competence (S/NC) grading option that students can elect early in the semester. We are evaluating whether that grading option can be made available to you, past the normal deadline, for this spring semester. You will receive an email from me by April 10, 2020 letting you know if you can choose S/NC grading for spring semester and factors you should consider when making that decision.

Withdrawing from class: The Minnesota State System has extended the deadline for withdrawing from classes. For this spring semester, the deadline has been moved to April 23, 2020.

Do not feel like you need to decide right away whether you can successfully complete your courses. Take some time to adjust to the instructional changes and take advantage of the support available. If the S/NC grading option is approved, you will have time to elect that more flexible grading option. The later withdrawal deadline also means that you can wait and see how you adapt to remote instruction.

Summer Semester Academic Updates

All Minnesota State colleges and universities must continue remote instruction with very limited in-person instruction for the summer semester. Deans and faculty are working to review the current summer schedule and adjust course offerings. If you have already registered for a summer courses that were scheduled as a course with regular in-person meetings, please do not drop the course. We will use current enrollment numbers to help guide revisions to the schedule. All changes to the schedule will be reflected in eServices by April 10, 2020.

If you have questions or concerns, please send them to

Best regards,