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August 19, 2020: MetroSafe Update

Posted Thursday, August 20, 2020 | Announcements to Employees

To the Metropolitan State University community:

As the fall semester start approaches, I want to provide an update 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 those courses, as well as to deliver student services to the members of our community that need them and the staff members needed to keep our university operating, 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. Staff should be aware that on-campus working hours are going to be limited to posted building hours. As a reminder, those who do not have in-person classes, do not 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:

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 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, 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. Supervisory approval is required for working on campus. Discuss your work on campus schedule with your supervisor in advance, and on each day that you are approved for coming to campus for work, forward the email you receive after completing the COVID-19 screening tool to your supervisor, so they know if it is safe for you to come to campus. If your supervisor is unavailable, please forward it to your supervisor’s supervisor. Face coverings are required while in the buildings. More details on Metropolitan State’s face covering mandate can be found on the website.

Minnesota State COVID Training information

Human Resources has several courses available to support your health and well-being wherever you are working.

Online Training

  • Minnesota State COVID-19 Return to Campus/Work Preparedness Plan (30 min.)— Details on returning to campus safely, with links to individual campus plans.
  • Navigating the Post-Pandemic Workplace (8 min.) (SkillSoft)—Tips for safely returning to work in person, including social distancing in the workplace, sustaining relationships with coworkers, and practicing self-care.
  • Tips for Navigating Work During COVID-19 (20 min.) (Minnesota State)—Tips and resources for working from home or collaborating with team members who are working from home during the pandemic.
  • Managing Performance During COVID-19 (30 min.) (Minnesota State)—Resources to effectively support and manage staff members during telework and return to campus.
  • Pandemics (approx. 1 hour) (SkillSoft)—Detailed information about pandemics, including COVID-19, and how to control its spread.

Accessing the Training

All courses are available through Employee Self Service/ELM.

  1. Log in to the State of Minnesota Self Service site using your eight digit State ID Number and password. (The one you use for paycheck and insurance information.)
  2. Click on the ELM tile.
  3. Choose Find Learning under Quick Links and then search for the course title.

Choose the “Enroll” button and then use the blue “Launch” link to start the course.

More information

Remember to look for the latest updates on our COVID-19 response on the website.

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

Metropolitan State has also created an employee signature image to boost awareness. Simply follow the signature creation guide in the Service Portal, and copy and paste the signature image from this email into the signature box below your name and contact info.