August 19 MetroSafe Update

Posted Thursday, August 20, 2020 | Announcements to Students

To the Metropolitan State University community:

As the fall semester start commences, this message is to provide information on building hours, and entry procedures. Remaining aware of these details and following all of our campus entry protocols, in accordance with Center for Disease Control and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines, is the best way to keep yourself and the university community #MetroSafe.   

When will the campus be open? 

Metropolitan State University has greatly reduced the number of face-to-face class sessions taking place at our locations this fall. However, some of our classes and programs require a limited amount of on campus sessions. To accommodate these courses, as well as to deliver student services to the members of our community that need them, we are maintaining building access at our locations according to the schedule below. Note that these scheduled hours are subject to change; the latest information on building hours can be found at our building hours and parking information page.

Students should be aware that on-campus working hours will be limited to the posted building hours. As a reminder, those who do not have in-person classes, require services that need to be met face-to-face, and/or are not required to be on campus to perform work should continue to work from home to minimize possible exposure to the university community. In order to promote a clean and healthy environment, it is important that everyone do their part to help keep our campus safely open. 

Hours for our locations this fall are:

Saint Paul Campus

Founders Hall*, New Main, St. John’s Hall and Jason R. Carter Science Education Center

Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Saturday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Sunday Closed

Holidays Closed

Student Center*

Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed

Holidays Closed

Library and Learning Center*

Monday–Thursday noon–8 p.m.

Friday–Saturday 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Sunday Closed

Holidays Closed

University Bookstore-On Campus hours

Monday–Thursday 1–5 p.m.

Friday 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Metro State students can purchase books online at Metrostateshop.com and have materials shipped to their home address or pickup during in person store hours.

Parking Ramp

Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–11 p.m.

Saturday 7 a.m.–5 p.m.

Sunday Closed

Holidays Closed

Midway Center – Separate Campus

Midway Technology Center (1450 Energy Park Drive, Saint Paul)

Monday and Friday 7 a.m.–6 p.m.

Tuesday–Thursday 7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Saturday Closed, except Sept. 19 and Oct. 31 (8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.)

Sunday Closed

Holidays Closed

Minneapolis College – Separate Campus

Management Education Center (1300 Harmon Place, Minneapolis)

Monday–Friday 6:30 a.m.–10 p.m.

Saturday 7 a.m.–5 p.m.

Sunday Closed

Holidays Closed

Hours may vary depending on decisions from Minneapolis College. Please check their building hours.

Hennepin Technical College (LECJEC) – Separate Campus

Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center (9000 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Park)

Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Saturday 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Sunday Closed

Holidays Closed

Dental Clinic – Separate Location

Metropolitan State Dental Clinic (1670 Beam Avenue, Suite 203, Maplewood)

Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Friday–Sunday Closed

Holidays Closed

*Denotes Health Screening Access Point

How can I access the buildings?  

Access points to all Metropolitan State University campuses and buildings varies by location:

  • Saint Paul Campus
    • Founders Hall door nearest the auditorium
    • Student Center
    • Library (Seventh Street entrance, not the entrance near the parking lot)
  • Midway Center
    • East entrance Security Desk
  • Management Education Center (MEC), Minneapolis
    • Security Desk
  • Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center (LECJEC), Brooklyn Park
    • Security Desk
  • Dental Clinic, Maplewood
    • Ring bell at entrance, screening will be conducted on site

Implementation of a new Minnesota State COVID-19 screening tool went into effect Thursday, August 13. The tool requires all faculty, staff, students, contractors, and guests to self-screen every day before coming onto campus. Taking the self-screening tool survey in advance will reduce time spent at access points upon arrival. Face coverings are required to be worn while in the buildings and when physical distancing of six feet cannot be maintained. The face covering needs to cover both nose and mouth. More details on Metropolitan State’s face covering mandate can be found on the website.

More information

Remember to look for the latest updates on our COVID-19 response on the website. Student Services will have significantly reduced face-to-face hours during the fall, and several areas also have specific requirements for using that particular service this fall. Check below for schedule and details:

  • Bookstore

    • Mode of service delivery: remote (see special note)

    • Hours: Monday–Thursday 1-5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; available by phone or email Monday–Thursday 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

    • Special note: The bookstore is asking students to use the bookstore website at metrostateshop.com for all Fall 2020 course materials purchases. The store remains open for in-store pick-ups.

  • Career Center

    • Mode of service delivery: remote

    • Hours: Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

  • Center for Academic Excellence (CAE)

    • Mode of service delivery: remote

    • Hours: Monday–Saturday: 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

  • Center for Accessibility Resources (CAR)

    • Mode of service delivery: remote

    • Hours: 9 a.m.–6 p.m., and based on need

    • Special note: Accommodations for in-person classes and limited in-person testing will still be made and processed through CAR

  • Counseling and Health

    • Mode of service delivery: remote

    • Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

  • Food for Thought food pantry (FFT)

    • Mode of service delivery: remote with scheduled food pick-up appointments

    • Hours: See website for available times (generally 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., varies by day)

  • Gateway Student Services

    • Mode of service delivery: remote with limited on-campus hours

    • Hours:

      • Remote: Monday–Thursday 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

      • On-campus: Monday noon–4 p.m., Wednesday 2–6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

        • Only at 700 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106

        • Cashier closes 60 minutes prior to closing time to allow for bank reconciliation at the end of the day

  • Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarships (ICES—specifically academic internships)

    • Mode of service delivery: remote

    • Email, phone, and zoom meetings: Monday–Thursday 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

  • Information Technology (IT)

    • Mode of service delivery: Primarily remote for initial contact and escalation to an on-site technician as needed

    • Hours: https://services.metrostate.edu/TDClient/1839/Portal/KB/ArticleDet?ID=102222

    • Special notes: Faculty, staff and students who are at a campus location can get support by using the Service Portal or contacting us via phone or chat/remote support and we will assess the support needs and dispatch a technician on site or schedule a time for someone to assist on site depending on the priority of the issue. 

  • International Student Services (ISS)

    • Mode of service delivery: remote

    • Hours: Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

  • Library and Learning Center

    • Mode of service delivery: members of the team will continue to staff the Library and Learning Center primarily for Internet and computer access and very limited onsite library services; programming and other supports will largely remain remote

    • Hours: Monday–Thursday noon–8 p.m. Friday–Saturday 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Remote research services hours—TBD

  • Multicultural, American Indian, and Retention Services (MAIR)

    • Mode of service delivery: remote

    • Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–6 p.m.

  • Placement Assessment

    • Mode of service delivery: remote

    • Hours: general operations Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

    • Special notes: The Testing Center started offering remote proctoring of the Accuplacer exams in July 2020. Additional times are scheduled (varied morning, evening, and Saturdays). Schedule is available through the RegisterBlast website. During the pandemic, students also have the option for self-placement.

  • Student Life and Leadership Development (SLLD)

    • Mode of service delivery: members of the team will continue to staff the Student Center, and programming and other supports will largely remain remote

    • Hours:

      • Remote: Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

      • On-campus Student Center open: Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

        • Primary use is for internet on the first floor

        • Fitness Center has not yet reopened

  • Student Parent and Resource Center (SPRC)

    • Mode of service delivery: remote

    • Hours: Monday 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Tuesday 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Wednesday 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

  • TRIO

    • Mode of service delivery: remote

    • Hours: Monday–Thursday 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–noon

  • TRIO UB/UB M-S

    • Mode of service delivery: remote

    • Hours: Monday–Thursday 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–3 p.m.

Social Media

You can boost Metropolitan State’s Wearing is Caring, #MetroSafe messages in your social media—add a ‘Wearing is Caring’ profile frame on Facebook.