COVID-19 Information for Students

Grading change for Summer 2020 courses

Students: If you wish to request a change to the grading for your Summer 2020 courses from letter (A through F) grades to Competence (S)/No Competence (NC), complete the Summer 2020 Grade Change Form.

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Resources from Metropolitan State

Find student services, technical help and other support from the university.

  • COVID-19 Resource List pdf

    A list of links to university and community resources that Metro State students may find useful. Updated April 10, 2020.

Resources in the Community

Where to find help outside of the university.

What Students Need to Know

  • Complete a daily self-screening before coming to campus. Read more about the process or complete a self-screening now.
  • Cloth or disposable masks are required for everyone on campus. Read more about university requirements for face masks, compliance with the requirements, and requesting accommodations.
  • Building access and hours may have changed. Find updated building hours on the university's COVID-19 page.
  • Classes are continuing through Summer Sessions. Classes have not been cancelled and the fall semester will begin on August 25. The university is offering alternative methods (such as online courses using Brightspace D2L, Zoom, and others) to deliver as much coursework as possible.
  • Check your university email. All announcements will be sent you your Metro State email address. Your instructors will contact you about coursework.
  • Internship/Practicum — Undergraduate and graduate students who are registered for internship or practicum credits should consult with their internship/practicum coordinators in their home departments. Your internship/practicum coordinator and your agency/service site will work with you to stay safe while you complete the required hours.

FAQs

CARES Act Distribution

Metropolitan State University received $5,159,002 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. At least half must be awarded directly to students. Most of the students who were registered for Metropolitan State University spring semester courses on March 6, 2020, and who are not specifically excluded under the terms of the CARES Act, are eligible for CARES Act grants. Those who are not eligible include PSEO or concurrent enrollment students, students being assessed senior citizen tuition rates, incarcerated students, those enrolled in non-credit classes, international students, DACA students, and students who have their tuition paid via employee waiver through Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

As of August 13, 2020, 5,170 students received the CARES Act disbursements totaling $2,329,300. Others may have been awarded funds from another Minnesota State institution. Additionally, 245 students received CARES Act funding for Emergency Aid Grants totaling $209,089.11.

Disbursements to students are made primarily through their BankMobile account. More information on BankMobile accounts can be found on the university’s website. If students have questions about their BankMobile accounts, they can contact Gateway Student Services at 651-793-1300 (option 5) or see Gateway's web page.

Messages to Students from Metropolitan State University

Posted Wednesday, September 16, 2020 | Announcements to Students

COVID-19 campus exposure update

For the week of Sept. 10–16, Metropolitan State had one confirmed positive test for COVID-19. The individual, an employee, was last at a campus location on Aug. 31 at the Dental Clinic. The location has been cleaned and sanitized in accordance with Metropolitan State COVID-19 procedures.

As an institution with many students and employees studying and working offsite, if a positive case does not trace to an exposure/contact on campus, the campus may not be notified. Data may not be comprehensive or in real-time due to testing and reporting delays and are subject to change. Individuals, particularly those that have been at one of our locations, are also encouraged to report any COVID-19 health updates through our reporting form. As part of the Minnesota State system and in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Health, Metropolitan State posts a link to the Minnesota State COVID-19 dashboard on the website.

Health screening assessment reminder

As we continue through the fall semester, we remind everyone that access to campus locations requires showing a green screen result following the completion of the daily self-screening and emailing the self-screening result to your supervisor. In addition to allowing access to work or classroom areas, the completion of your self-screening will be used for email notifications following possible COVID-19 exposures on campus. Please use your Star ID when using the self-screening to ensure you receive email notices.

MetroSafe pledge

Please join President Arthur and our university community in staying well and protecting each other on campus and in our community to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Following recommended safety steps will help keep students and staff safe to successfully complete the semester. Will you take the pledge to be responsible for your own health, the protection of others, and to keep the Metro State community safe from the spread of COVID-19?

When you complete the #MetroSafe pledge, you will receive a magnetic pin that you can proudly wear during your zoom meetings or in class. Take the pledge today!

In addition, fabric face coverings are available to students upon request; complete the MetroSafe pledge and request a fabric face covering if you need one.

Face covering tips

The CDC recommends the following tips for proper wearing of face coverings:

  • Wash your hands before putting on your face covering
  • Put the face covering over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Try to fit the face covering snugly against the side of your face
  • Make sure you can breathe easily
  • CDC does not recommend the use of face coverings for source control if the face covering has an exhalation valve or vent

Ventilation in campus buildings

The following steps have been implemented to improve ventilation in our campus buildings with industry-recommend practices for infectious aerosols:

  • Increased fresh air is being brought into buildings, air recirculation is being limited, and ventilation systems are being properly used and maintained.
  • Facilities staff meet monthly with a controls consultant to review air handling and controls functions. Ventilation controls to allow increased amounts of fresh air into buildings. The control changes increased fresh air minimums on zones by 10% and when outside temperatures allow adjust up to 100% outside air.
  • We have extended HVAC run times before and after building operating hours to flush spaces with fresh air each day.
  • A review of filtration standards was completed in all buildings, a majority of buildings are utilizing a pre and post level filtration, with a MERV 7 and MERV 13 filtration on air handling equipment.
  • Specific filtration ratings for campus buildings can be found in the COVID-19 resources on the website

Posted Wednesday, September 16, 2020 | Announcements to Students

Building filtration ratings by building

  • Founders Hall—2” Pre-filter MERV 7 rating, 12” Pocket filter MERV 13 rating
  • St John’s Hall Main Building—2” Pre-filter MERV 7 rating, 12” Pocket filter MERV 13 rating
  • St John’s Smart Classroom—2” filter MERV 7 rating
  • New Main—2” Pre-filter MERV 7 rating, 12” Pocket filter MERV 13 rating
  • Library—2” Pre-filter MERV 7 rating, 12 Pocket filter MERV 13 rating
  • Student Center—2” Pre-filter MERV 7 rating, 12” Pocket filter MERV 13 rating
  • Jason R. Carter Science Education Center—
    • Air Handling Unit #1—2” Filter MERV 7 rating, 4” Post filter MERV 13 rating
    • HRU Labs—2” Filter MERV 7 rating, 4” Post filter MERV 13 rating
  • Parking Ramp—4” Filter MERV 13 rating
  • Art Studio—Rooftop Unit 2” Filter MERV 7 rating

Note—Minimum efficiency reporting values (MERVs) report a filter's ability to capture larger particles between 0.3 and 10 microns (µm).

Posted Wednesday, September 9, 2020 | Announcements to Students

Dear Students,

COVID-19 campus exposure update

For the week of Sept. 2–9, Metropolitan State had no confirmed cases of COVID-19 that were active or exposed on campus. As an institution with many students and employees studying and working offsite, if a positive case does not trace to an exposure/contact on campus, the campus may not be notified. Data may not be comprehensive or in real-time due to testing and reporting delays and are subject to change. Individuals, particularly those that have been at one of our locations, are also encouraged to report any COVID-19 health updates through our reporting form. As part of the Minnesota State system and in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Health, Metropolitan State will be posting a weekly case count update on the website; we will provide details on that information and its location soon.

Health screening assessment reminder

As we continue through the fall semester, we remind everyone that access to campus locations requires showing a green screen result following the completion of the daily self-screening and emailing the self-screening result to your supervisor. In addition to allowing access to work or classroom areas, the completion of your self-screening will be used for email notifications following possible COVID-19 exposures on campus. Please use your Star ID when using the self-screening to ensure you receive email notices.

Guidelines reminder

Following these guidelines is key to keeping the community #MetroSafe, and we can all further protect ourselves and others by:

  • Continuing to wear face coverings when in close proximity to others and while inside buildings
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water; covering your cough and sneeze; avoiding touchingyour eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Observing and complying with all posted physical distancing signage, and keeping furniture groupings in their appropriate, marked locations
  • Using hand sanitizer if you are unable to wash your hands with soap and water
  • Frequently cleaning all commonly touched surfaces and following posted cleaning protocols
  • Practicing self-care by eating a healthy diet and taking time to rest
  • Staying home if you are sick

Posted Wednesday, September 2, 2020 | Announcements to Students

Health screening assessment

As we continue through the fall semester, we remind everyone that access to campus locations requires showing a green screen result following the completion of the daily self-screening. In addition to allowing access to work or classroom areas, the completion of your self-screening will be used for email notifications following possible COVID-19 exposures on campus. Please use your Star ID when using the self-screening to ensure you receive email notices.

COVID-19 campus exposure update

As many of you may be aware, a Metropolitan State student that had been on campus has self-reported a case of COVID-19 last week. The case was confirmed to the university on Aug. 29, and the locations affected were the lower level common area of the Midway ETC building and the Library and Learning Center, first floor student study area near the fireplace. All affected spaces have been sanitized and are currently open. The Metropolitan State community is grateful for this individual’s self-awareness in reporting their condition to the university and reminds everyone that we all have a collective responsibility to take preventative precautions and monitor our own health.

It is important to note that, as an institution with many students and employees studying and working offsite, if a positive case does not trace to an exposure/contact on campus, the campus may not be notified. Therefore, if an individual with a tested positive case has not been on campus and has not had close contact with a member of the campus, we will not be including them in the reported case number. Data may not be comprehensive or in real-time due to testing and reporting delays and are subject to change. Individuals, particularly those that have been at one of our locations, are also encouraged to report any COVID-19 health updates through our reporting form. As part of the Minnesota State system and in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Health, Metropolitan State will be posting a weekly case count update on the website; we will provide details on that information and its location soon.

Gathering Spaces – To facilitate appropriate physical distancing in our campus locations, we have worked on adjusting furniture groupings, and in many cases have marked the proper locations for those furniture groupings. We ask you to help us maintain a safe environment by not moving chairs or seating in common areas.

Following these guidelines is key to keeping the community #MetroSafe, and we can all further protect ourselves and others by:

  • Continuing to wear face coverings when in close proximity to others and while inside buildings
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water; covering your cough and sneeze; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Using hand sanitizer if you are unable to wash your hands with soap and water
  • Frequently cleaning all commonly touched surfaces and following posted cleaning protocols
  • Practicing self-care by eating a healthy diet and taking time to rest
  • Staying home if you are sick

This is a challenging time and I know some of you may be feeling stress or anxiety. You can seek support services on our campus by contacting the Counseling, Health, and Wellness department at 651-793-1568, 24/7. In addition, United Healthcare is offering a free emotional support help line for all students through Optum, one of their subsidiary companies. Their 24/7 helpline number, 866-342-6892, is free of charge and open to any student.

We will get through this together as a community and assure you that our faculty and staff are dedicated to ensuring our students end the semester successfully.

Posted Wednesday, August 26, 2020 | Announcements to Students

Dear Students,

Welcome back to campus for fall semester! We know this summer has been busy and challenging as we all adapt to the changes and impact of COVID-19. The university administration and staff have been working hard this summer to prepare campus and our facilities to provide a safe and clean environment. We are excited to welcome you back, whether in a remote environment or in person. Please continue to monitor our website for the latest information on COVID-19.

Face coverings

We are all doing the best we can to work and learn during this pandemic, and we understand that wearing face coverings is new to most people. Each of us is dealing with the discomfort they cause. As a reminder:

  • Face coverings are required on campus, in classrooms, hallways and common spaces, and anywhere physical distancing cannot be maintained. Exemptions are for very young children under the age of five years and individuals who have a medical condition that prevents wearing one.
  • Face coverings are an effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Face coverings prevent your germs from infecting others—Wearing is Caring.
  • Cloth face coverings should be laundered frequently.
  • Face coverings need to cover your mouth and nose when worn properly.

Visitors and contractors will also need to comply with wearing face coverings while doing work on campus. University information and procedures regarding face coverings, self-assessment, and physical distancing should be managed through the visitor’s or vendor’s contacts at the university. Face coverings are required in all buildings and confined spaces or when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Physical Distancing

Please observe physical distancing when on campus, in offices, classrooms and common spaces such as the library and student center. Floor decals are being used around campus to remind us to space six feet apart from others.

Furniture Spacing

Furniture has been adjusted in classrooms, the library, student center and other common spaces on campus to promote safety and provide distancing. Please leave furniture in place and help us keep everyone safe.

Health Screening

A health assessment screening is required to be completed by all students, employees and visitors each day they plan to visit a Metropolitan State University campus or location. This includes the Saint Paul Campus, Midway Center, Minneapolis (MEC), Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center (LECJEC), and the Dental Clinic in Maplewood. The self-screening assessment is required at all university sponsored events held at other venues.

The self-screening assessment should be completed prior to your arrival at campus. This will assist in quicker entry into campus. The assessment can be accessed at the Metropolitan State website and completed on a mobile device or computer. All students, faculty, staff, visitors, contractors, and vendors should complete the self-screening assessment before they arrive each day on campus. If you are clear to come to a Metropolitan State campus or location that day, you will receive an email message with a green screen. Individuals completing the health screening at home on a computer should print out their results and bring that verification to a campus access point. You will be required to show either the green email on your mobile device or the printed verification.

Campus Access Points

Saint Paul Campus

The following access locations will be used at the Saint Paul Campus: Founders Hall (center courtyard entrance near the auditorium), Library and Learning Center (Seventh Street entrance only), and the Student Center. Note: effective Monday, Aug. 31, the library access point will be changed from the Seventh Street entrance to the parking lot entrance.

Check the COVID-19 website for building hours as they vary at the access points. All individuals entering the campus access points will be asked to show verification of clearance to enter campus from the health screening tool to Metropolitan State staff or contracted security personnel.

Midway, 1450 Energy Park Drive

Employees should use the East Entrance at the 1450 Energy Park Drive location. A health screening site is located near the Security Desk. Students at the Midway location will have health screening verification checked either by security or the classroom by Metropolitan State staff.

Minneapolis (MEC)

The health screening verification for employees and students will occur at the Security desk inside the first-floor entryway.

Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center (LECJEC)

The health screening verification for employees and students at LECJEC will be completed at the front entrance.

Dental Clinic

The health screening verification for students at the Dental Clinic will be checked by staff or faculty on site. Employees need to email their supervisor before coming into work the message showing a successful health screening was completed for the dental clinic.

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.

Posted Tuesday, August 18, 2020 | Announcements to Students

Dear Students,

Metropolitan State University is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students, faculty, staff, and members of our campus community. To ensure that, we have developed a Back-to-Campus Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic utilizing guidance offered in Emergency Executive Order 20-40, Allowing Workers in Certain Non-Critical Sectors to Return to Safe Workplaces, April 23, 2020. We are all responsible for implementing this plan.

Back-to-Campus Preparedness Plan

Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our campus(es) and that requires full cooperation among students, faculty, staff and members of our campus community. Only through a cooperative effort, can we establish and maintain the safety and health of our campuses. Campus leaders, supervisors, employees, and students are responsible for implementing and complying with all aspects of this plan. Metropolitan State University leaders and supervisors have our full support in enforcing the provisions of this policy. We are serious about safety and health and keeping our student and employees safe. The full plan can be found online here.

Screening Tool

One major portion of the plan is the safe, limited use of campus facilities this fall. In aid of that, implementation of a new Minnesota State COVID-19 screening tool went into effect Thursday, August 13. The tool requires all faculty, staff, and students 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 while in the buildings. More details on Metropolitan State’s face covering mandate can be found on the website.

As the fall semester start approaches, remember: 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.

Posted Thursday, August 6, 2020 | Announcements to Students

Dear Students,

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our course planning. For this fall semester, we decided to offer the majority of our courses in an online format with a smaller number of courses offered in a hybrid/blended format when in-person instruction was essential for student learning. Our decision-making was also influenced by a number of factors related to the health and safety of you, faculty, and staff, including:

  • The number of campus community members who may be at high-risk for poor outcomes after COVID-19 infection,
  • The number of campus community members who may have uncertain schedules whether due to disrupted work schedules, changes in access to childcare, uncertainty about K-12 school schedules, or one of many other reasons, and
  • The potential negative impacts of changing course delivery after the semester starts.

We have not made any decisions yet about course delivery options for our Spring 2021 or Summer 2021 offerings. I am writing to let you know that we will publish the Spring 2021 schedule on October 1, 2020 and the Summer 2021 schedule on March 1, 2021 in eServices.

You may have already viewed a Spring 2021 schedule that had been available on eServices. Given the adjustments that will likely be needed for spring, we’ve taken down that schedule at this point. If you had already put courses in your cart, the cart data will be lost when the schedule is published on October 1, 2020. I apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

Best regards,

Amy Strohmeier Gort, PhD
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

Posted Wednesday, August 5, 2020 | Announcements to Students

Metropolitan State's continuing work to provide safe working and learning environments for the fall is progressing. The planning team is sharing some updates below with the campus community. This communication is part of a weekly update with information related to COVID-19 that our team will preparing for you this fall to keep us all #MetroSafe.

  • Face coverings are required to be worn on campus and in classrooms. We will continue to emphasize this point, as we follow both state and municipal guidelines in the interests of the health and well-being of our community. Wearing is Caring.
  • All access to Saint Paul Campus facilities will be through staffed access locations, where final screening prior to admittance will take place. The list of designated entrance points to campus buildings on the Saint Paul Campus is as follows:
    • Founders Hall main entrance
    • Student Center entrance toward the parking ramp
    • Library and Learning Center main entrance
  • An online health screening tool app created by Minnesota State is in testing and integration on all Minnesota State institutions, and is scheduled for release next week. This self-assessment health screening tool will be used to check your health before coming onto campus. All students, faculty, staff, and visitors will need to self-assess each day you visit campus. More details will be available next week.
  • The Saint Paul Campus parking ramp will reopen on Aug. 17. A grace period will be in place from Aug. 24–Sept. 6 for Metro State students. This allows students time to get issued student ID cards for the semester. Students needing an ID card can obtain one by mail or in person at the Library and Learning Center. Parking enforcement will be effective Monday, Sept. 7. At that time all employees will need to display a hang tag if parking in the Seventh Street lot at St. John's Hall and the library rear lot parking at the Saint Paul campus, as well as lots at Midway, Hennepin Technical College (LECJEC), and the Maplewood Dental Clinic. MEC staff paying through Minneapolis will receive a hang tag from Minneapolis College.
  • Following physical distancing practices and frequent hand washing or use of hand sanitizer remain the best practices you can follow to keep safe.
  • Some people are at higher risk if they are exposed to the COVID-19 virus. Older adults and people with underlying health conditions have been identified as part of the group that are at a higher risk The Center for Disease Control has more information on these conditions and taking extra precautions.
  • Continue checking the website for ongoing updates and information on the campus COVID-19 plans.

Posted Wednesday, August 5, 2020 | Announcements to Students

Dear Students,

Given the disruptions in your courses and lives this semester due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are providing flexible grading options for Summer 2020 term.

You will have the option to select a standard letter grade or a Competence/No competence (S/NC) grade. Below you will find a Q&A to help you make your decision. Your decision for grading does not need to be made until August 26, so please consider this carefully and seek advice from your academic advisor. You can complete the Summer 2020 Grade Change Form to reflect your decision.

Sincerely,

Amy Strohmeier Gort, PhD

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

Flexible Grading Options

for Summer 2020

Competence/No Competence Grading

What is Competence/No competence (S/NC) Grading?

Metropolitan State University policy #2080 provides the option for competence/no competence (S/NC) grading. It is similar to Pass/Fail grades that you might know from other institutions. Normally, students need to select the S/NC grading option before the end of the second week of the semester and some courses cannot be taken S/NC.

Competence (S): This grade indicates that you have accomplished satisfactorily completed work equivalent to a grade of C- or better.

No competence: (NC): This grade indicates that you have completed unsatisfactory work equivalent to a grade of D or F. An NC grade cannot be used to meet academic requirements and negatively impacts your course completion rate.

S or NC grades do not impact your overall grade point average because they are not included in its calculation.

How are S/NC grades determined?

If you select the S/NC grading option, your professors will continue to grade your assignments using the standard A-F grading scale following their regular practices. At the completion of the semester, your professors will determine your final grade. If you have selected the S/NC grading option and your final grade is between an A and C-, you will earn an S grade. If your final grade is a D or F, you will earn an NC grade and will not earn credit for the course.

Why is it being offered as an option now?

We are experiencing unusual semesters this spring and this summer in which we have been directed to have all of our course meet remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic in our community. For some students, these conditions are particularly difficult and may negatively impact their course success.

We are allowing students to select the S/NC grading option up to one week after final grades are posted for Summer 2020 courses. The deadlines are as follows:

  • Summer 2020 (Full Semester): August 26, 2020
  • Summer 2020 (Second Summer Session): August 26, 2020

For some students selecting S/NC grading may provide some needed flexibility. The S/NC grading option is available to all students in all general education, elective, major, and graduate program courses with the following exceptions:

  • Students some Nursing and Dental programs: ELMSN, MANE BSN, DNP, MS NA, BSDH, and ADT

What do you need to consider before selecting S/NC grading option for your classes?

  • Your academic advisor can provide advice about this decision.

  • You have time to make this decision. By moving the deadline to 11:59 pm on August 26, 2020 you will be able to see what your final grade is before making a choice to change the grading option.

  • S/NC grades will not negatively impact your cumulative GPA, but they won’t increase your cumulative GPA either. Student who are on academic warning, or probation should talk with their advisor before making the decision to select S/NC grading.

  • You will not receive credit for a course in which you earn an NC grade.

  • If you are an undergraduate student who plans to attend graduate or professional school, you should talk with your advisor before making the decision to select the S/NC grading method.

  • Not all universities accept courses with S grades in transfer. If you are considering transferring to another university, review the transfer policies at that university with regards to this kind of grade.

  • Some employers only reimburse students for courses in which they earn a minimum grade. If you are planning on employer reimbursement, check with your employer about the reimbursement policies before selecting the S/NC option.

Posted Wednesday, July 29, 2020 | Announcements to Employees, Announcements to Students

Metropolitan State Fall Semester COVID Updates

Metropolitan State has been engaged in planning and preparation work this summer to provide a safe and healthy fall semester for students, faculty, and staff. The facility, safety, and employee return to campus planning team is sharing some updates below with the campus community. This communication is part of a weekly update with information related to COVID-19 that our team will preparing for you this fall.

  • Employees will continue to telework based on their work responsibilities and the needs of the university. Supervisors will engage employees in conversation about any changes to remote work plans.
  • Student needs are being evaluated as part of the fall semester planning. A list of student services with in-person and online hours of operation for fall will be available next week.
  • The library on the Saint Paul campus, and computer labs at Midway, MEC, and LECJEC locations will be open. Please check the website for specific hours of operation for the library and computer labs.
  • Most buildings are expected to be open. However, there will be a select number of designated entrance points when arriving on campus. More information on access point locations on the Saint Paul and other campus locations will be forthcoming.
  • An online health screening tool will be implemented in August for all Minnesota State schools. This health screening tool will be used to check your health before coming onto campus. All students, faculty, staff and visitors will need to take the health screen protocol each day you visit campus. Additional information on the health screening tool and protection of data will be shared with you soon.
  • Face coverings are required to be worn on campus and in classrooms. The campus website has additional information on face coverings guidelines.
  • High touchpoint cleaning and a disinfection cleaning process has been established for our campus classrooms, labs, and office spaces.
  • Approximately 100 courses for fall will be in blended hybrid format that have some face-to-face instruction.
  • Follow physical distancing practices and frequent hand washing or use of hand sanitizer are some of the best practices you can follow to keep safe.
  • Continue checking the website for ongoing updates and information on the campus COVID-19 plans.

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Posted Monday, July 27, 2020 | Announcements to Students

Dear Students,

Fall semester starts on August 22 and now is the time to register for classes. As we’ve learned more about the financial challenges some of our students are facing, we’ve extended the deadline to receive COVID Relief for the online tuition differential and in some cases, increased the amount of the COVID Relief.

COVID Relief for Courses Converted from In-person to Online

In the original schedule there were courses planned as in-person or hybrid. To keep students and faculty safe during the continuing pandemic, we converted many of those courses to online delivery. We understand that online was not the preferred delivery mode for many of you. Students who are registered for these converted courses by August 21, 2020 will receive COVID Relief to their student account as follows:

  • Students registered for undergraduate courses originally scheduled as in-person or hybrid and converted to online delivery will receive $56 per credit COVID Relief, reducing the online differential to $20 and resulting in a per credit tuition of $254.36.

  • Students registered for graduate courses originally scheduled as in-person or hybrid and converted to online delivery will receive $107 per credit COVID Relief, reducing the online differential to $20 per credit and resulting in a per credit tuition of $440.25.

You will know if your course was converted from in-person to online because it has a section number starting with zero (0). You will see this in eServices in the column named “Sec” for section.

COVID Relief for Completely and Mostly Online Courses in the Original Course Schedule

Students who register for completely online and mostly online courses by August 21, 2020 will receive COVID Relief to their student accounts after the semester starts to offset online differential tuition.

  • Students registered for online undergraduate courses will receive $25 per credit COVID Relief to offset the online differential, reducing the online differential to $56.20 and resulting in a per credit tuition of $285.56.
  • Students registered for online graduate courses will receive $42 per credit COVID Relief to offset the online differential, reducing the online differential to $85.39 and resulting in a per credit tuition of $505.64.

Many of these courses were planned to be delivered online in the original course schedule that opened for enrollment in March and were chosen by you. You will know that your course was scheduled as a fully or mostly online course in the original course schedule if the course section number is between 50 – 59. You will see this in eServices in the column named “Sec” for section. Any new fully online or mostly online course sections added to the schedule beginning today will receive this COVID Relief amount.

Any courses remaining in-person or blended/hybrid or certain “arranged” courses such as internships and practicums are not charged a tuition differential; therefore, those courses are not eligible for the COVID Relief credit.

Similarly, certain academic programs and courses pay specialty rates based on the cost of delivery. Nursing, Dental Hygiene, and Natural Sciences are not eligible for the COVID Relief credit, because they do not pay an online tuition differential, even if their courses are offered online. Full table of tuition rates

Why is there a tuition differential for online courses?

Quality online courses are more expensive to develop and deliver than in-person courses. This has been demonstrated by Minnesota State studies (PDF) as well as in independent research.

Components that have been identified as costing more include faculty development, academic technologies to support online learning, creation of learning materials, student identity verification, administration and proctoring of assessments, accessibility, and accreditation/state authorization.

Despite these costs, we recognize the hardship charging our full online tuition differential rates may pose to students during the ongoing pandemic and resulting economic upheaval. Thus, we are providing the COVID Relief to offset a portion of the online tuition differential as outlined above for Fall 2020.

Financial Aid Appeal

Students who are experiencing a change in their financial situation can ask the Financial Aid staff to review their financial aid package to see if their student aid may be increased. You may complete the Special Circumstance Appeal form (PDF) or call 651-793-1300 with questions.

Fees

For fall term, the standard per credit fees are being charged. These fees allow us to maintain infrastructure and services on campus and remotely, which continue to be available for student use. More information about fees

Supporting You 

Even during this time when most of our employees are working remotely, we continue to provide services to support you.  Information about accessing university services can be found on our COVID-19 information page. 

If you have questions or concerns, please email them to covid-19@metrostate.edu.

Wishing you the best as you prepare for fall semester,
Virginia (Ginny) Arthur (she/her/hers)
President, Metropolitan State University

Posted Monday, July 13, 2020 | Announcements to Students

Dear Students,

Fall semester starts on August 22 and now is the time to register for classes. I’d like to give you some important reminders:

  • Fall courses will be primarily online/mostly online with some hybrid options; 
  • Students who register for “completely online” and “mostly online” courses by July 20, 2020 will receive “COVID Relief” to their student accounts to offset 33% of the online differential tuition; 
    • Undergraduate Courses: $25 per credit
    • (NEW) Graduate courses: $42 per credit
  • All campus locations will be open and following safety protocols to ensure your safety when you come to campus; and
  • Student support will continue to be offered remotely and some support areas may expand to in-person sessions following safety protocols. 

Considerations for Fall
Metropolitan State University is continuously evaluating the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 in our communities and listening to the advice of public health experts to determine how we will offer our classes and serve students during the fall semester.  We’ve also considered factors such as:

  • The number of campus community members who may be at high-risk for poor outcomes after COVID-19 infection, 
  • The number of campus community members who may have uncertain schedules whether due to disrupted work schedules, changes in access to childcare, uncertainty about K-12 school schedules, or one of many other reasons, and
  • The potential negative impacts of changing course delivery after the semester starts. 

Our primary goals are to support the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff while providing you an excellent education and keeping you on track to achieve your educational goals.

Fall Course Options
After careful consideration, Metropolitan State University will be offering several kinds of online, mostly online and hybrid courses. Faculty members determined which format is right for each course to ensure course outcomes are met. You will be able to determine type of course in eServices by looking for “completely online—synchronous,” “completely online—asynchronous,” “mostly online,” or “hybrid/blended” descriptors in the delivery method column.  You will see that most of our class offerings will be completely online for fall.  

Completely Online courses will either have some required meeting times that will be facilitated via Zoom (completely online-- synchronous) or be completed without any scheduled and required meeting times (completely online-- asynchronous).   (will receive COVID relief credit)

  • Synchronous online classes are those that require students and instructors to be online at the same time (for example, meeting via Zoom) 
  • Asynchronous online classes allow you to complete the work on your own time
  • Mostly Online courses include between one and four scheduled in-person/face-to-face class sessions. (will receive COVID relief credit)

Hybrid/Blended courses will include more than four scheduled in-person/face-to-face class sessions.  This is a format that includes some online instruction with limited in-person class sessions.

Pandemic Safety
Our campus locations will be open, following social distancing and public health best practices.  More information will come later in the summer about safety protocols for fall and what you can expect when you come to campus.  hose protocols will include limiting the number of people gathering, requiring masks to limit the spread of COVID-19, and a health assessment when folks come to campus. 

Supporting You
Even during this time when most of our employees are working remotely, we’ve continued to provide services to support you. Information about accessing support can be found on our  COVID-19 information page. We are also developing safety protocols that may allow expanded in-person supports for the fall semester if there is student demand.

If you have questions or concerns, please email them to covid-19@metrostate.edu.

Best regards,
Amy Strohmeier Gort, PhD
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

Posted Monday, June 15, 2020 | Announcements to Students

Dear Students,
Please read the following important information regarding Fall Semester 2020.

  • Courses will be primarily online with some hybrid options;
  • Students who register for “completely online” and “mostly online” courses by July 20, 2020 will receive $25 per credit “COVID Relief” to their student accounts to offset a portion of the online differential tuition;
  • All campus locations will be open and following safety protocols to ensure your safety when you come to campus; and
  • Student support will continue to be offered remotely and some support areas may expand to in-person sessions following safety protocols.

Considerations
Metropolitan State University is continuously evaluating the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 in our communities and listening to the advice of public health experts to determine how we will offer our classes and serve students during the fall semester. We’ve considered factors such as:

  • The number of campus community members who may be at high-risk for poor outcomes after COVID-19 infection,
  • The number of campus community members who may have uncertain schedules whether due to disrupted work schedules, changes in access to childcare, uncertainty about K-12 school schedules, or one of many other reasons, and
  • The potential negative impacts of changing course delivery after the semester starts.

Our primary goals are to support the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff while providing you an excellent education and keeping you on track to achieve your educational goals.

Fall course options
After careful consideration, Metropolitan State University will not be offering conventional face-to-face classes in Fall 2020. Instead we will be offering several kinds of online and hybrid courses. Most of our class offerings will be completely online.

  • Completely Online courses will either have some required meeting times that will be facilitated via Zoom (completely online-- synchronous) or be completed without any scheduled and required meeting times (completely online-- asynchronous).
    • Synchronous online classes are those that require students and instructors to be online at the same time (for example, meeting via Zoom)
    • Asynchronous online classes allow you to complete the work on your own time
  • Mostly Online courses include between one and four scheduled in-person/face-to-face class sessions.
  • Hybrid/Blended courses will include more than four scheduled in-person/face-to-face class sessions. This is a format that includes some online instruction with limited in-person class sessions.
  • Faculty members are determining which format is right for each course, and those decisions will appear in the published schedule on or before June 19. You will be able to determine type of course in eServices by looking for “completely online—synchronous,” “completely online—asynchronous,” “mostly online,” or “hybrid/blended” descriptors in the delivery method column.

$25 COVID Relief per credit for Online Courses
Courses that are “completely online” or “mostly online” are charged an online differential tuition rate. To offset a portion of the increase, students who register before July 20, 2020 will receive a $25 COVID relief per credit for each “completely online” or “mostly online.” For example, if you are registered for four “completely online” or “mostly online” credits, you will receive a $100 COVID relief; registering for 8 “completely online” or “mostly online” credits will result in a $200 COVID relief.

Pandemic Safety
Our campus locations will be open, following social distancing and public health best practices. More information will come later in the summer about safety protocols for fall and what you can expect when you come to campus. Those protocols will include limiting the number of people gathering, requiring masks to limit the spread of COVID-19, and expectation that folks on campus have completed a self-assessment of their health prior to coming to campus.

Supporting You
Even during this time when most of our employees are working remotely, we’ve continued to provide services to support you. Information about accessing support can be found on our COVID-19 information page. We are also developing safety protocols that may allow expanded in-person supports for the fall semester if there is student demand.

If you have questions or concerns, please email them to covid-19@metrostate.edu.

Best regards,

Amy Strohmeier Gort, PhD

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

Posted Friday, May 1, 2020 | Announcements to Students

Email from President Arthur

Dear Students,
Last week I shared information about the CARES Act, which establishes and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), and that $5,159,002 was allocated to Metropolitan State University for COVID-19 pandemic relief using a formula based on student enrollment. Of that amount, at least 50 percent ($2,579,501) must be reserved to provide students with emergency financial aid grants to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. This email contains information about the distribution of these funds, beginning next week.

Who is eligible for CARES Act Grants?
Students who were registered for Metropolitan State University spring semester courses on March 6, 2020 and who are not specifically excluded under the terms of the CARES Act are eligible.

Who is excluded under the terms of the CARES Act?
Those who are not eligible include concurrent high school students, postsecondary enrollment option (PSEO) students, those being assessed senior citizen tuition rates, incarcerated students, those enrolled in non-credit courses, international students, DACA students, those enrolled fully online prior to March 6, and those whose tuition was paid through employee waiver of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

Emergency Aid Grants: Students experiencing financial emergency situations as a result of COVID-19 may apply for emergency funds for support. Those who are not eligible include PSEO or concurrent enrollment students, students being assessed senior citizen tuition rates, those enrolled in non-credit classes, and students who have their tuition paid via employee waiver through Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Submitted applications will be carefully considered and reviewed. To be considered, please submit an application.

How will eligible students receive their cash payment?
If you are eligible, you will receive payment through your BankMobile account. The disbursements to your BankMobile account will occur the week of May 4. All students are encouraged to ensure that your BankMobile account is set up and you have access to log into your account. More information on how to set up your BankMobile account can be found on the university’s website at https://www.metrostate.edu/finances/aid/what-to-expect/disbursement.

BankMobile disbursement notifications will come from the following email address: <refunds@email.bankmobiledisbursements.com>.

If you have questions about your BankMobile account or are experiencing any issues setting up your account, please contact Gateway Student Services at 651-793-1300, and select option 5 or visit https://www.metrostate.edu/students/support/gateway.

[This PDF includes a table that outlines how funds will be distributed.]

Summer Semester COVID-19 Relief - registration deadline has been extended

All students who register for summer semester by May 8 will receive $15 per credit for COVID-19 relief from Metropolitan State University. This is not related to the CARES Act.

  • 4 credits = $60 of COVID-19 relief on your student account
  • 8 credits = $120 of COVID-19 relief on your student account
  • 12 credits = $180 of COVID-19 relief on your student account

Metro’s COVID-19 relief will be applied to your student account at the end of May. The credit will be applied to any balance on your student account. If you have already fully paid for summer, the credit balance will be disbursed via BankMobile.

As spring semester wraps up and we kick off summer semester on May 9, we want you to know that our faculty and staff are here to support you. We will do everything we can to help ensure your academic progress and success. Please reach out if you run into issues by emailing covid-19@metrostate.edu.

Sincerely,

Virginia (Ginny) Arthur, President

Posted Friday, April 24, 2020 | Announcements to Students

Email from President Arthur

Dear Metro Students,
Relief is coming! The CARES Act, which establishes and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), allocated $12.56 billion for relief of higher education institutions and their students nationally, using a formula based on student enrollment. Metropolitan State University received $5,159,002.

Of the amount allocated to each institution, at least 50 percent must be reserved to provide students with emergency financial aid grants to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

The university is working to finalize a plan of how this money will be distributed to eligible students. We will be sending a communication via email as soon as possible with details about the grants, once our plan is approved by the Minnesota State chancellor’s office.

Who is eligible for CARES Act grant?
Students who were registered for Metropolitan State University spring semester courses on March 16, 2020 and who are not specifically excluded under the terms of the CARES Act are eligible.

Who is excluded under the terms of the CARES Act?
Those who are not eligible include concurrent high school students, postsecondary enrollment option (PSEO) students, those being assessed senior citizen tuition rates, incarcerated students, those enrolled in non-credit courses, international students, DACA students, those enrolled fully online as of March 16, and those whose full tuition is covered by an employer.

We know there are students who are not eligible for the CARES ACT grant who are having financial challenges. There will also be Emergency Fund Grants available. We are finalizing details on how to apply for these grants and will share details next week.

Please continue to visit metrostate.edufor important updates. Be well and we’ll update you as soon as we have more information.

Sincerely,
Virginia (Ginny) Arthur, President

Posted Friday, April 24, 2020 | Announcements to Students

Email from Metropolitan State University Registrar's Office

Many of you have already seen the notice about changing course grading method for Spring Semester 2020 classes on the Metropolitan State University's homepage. The Registrar's Office is asking you to wait for all your courses to be graded before submitting the Spring 2020 Grade Change Form .

The grades posting deadline for Spring Semester 2020 is May 7. You have until May 15 to submit the Spring 2020 Grade Change Form .

If you have already submitted the form and have changed your mind and would like to switch back to your original grading method, email records.registration@metrostate.edu and let us know. Additionally, if you have already submitted the form, we will hold it until grades are in and then we will send you an email to make sure you still want to make the change.

If you have questions about how changing your grading method may impact you, please speak to you advisor.

Registrar's Office

Posted Friday, April 10, 2020 | Announcements to Students

Email from Provost Gort

Dear Students,

The university has moved all Summer semester 2020 classes to an online or remote format to help keep you safe and healthy. As of today, the summer schedule has been fully updated in eServices to reflect these changes. Summer semester begins May 9, 2020, so don’t hesitate to register.

I am excited to tell you that we were able to convert most of the summer courses that were planned to meet in-person to remote instruction. Some courses will be online and will not have any scheduled interactions (asynchronous), some will be online with scheduled interactions (synchronous), and others will be taught as independent studies or through correspondence. Information about the course format can be found in the course notes in eServices. Your academic advisor can assist you if you need support selecting summer classes. We also have numerous student resources to ensure you are successful.

Summer Tuition and COVID-19 Relief Funds

Based on guidance from Minnesota State, all remote instruction courses that were initially scheduled and posted as in-person courses will be charged the base tuition rate. Courses that were planned as online courses at the time the schedule was published will be charged the online tuition rate.

To further support students during Summer semester, Metropolitan State will provide each student $15 per credit for COVID-19 Relief when you register by May 1, 2020. For example, if you register for eight (8) credits this summer you would receive $120 for COVID-19 Relief posted to your student account.

Finally, if you know anybody who wanted to start at Metro this summer, we’ve extended the deadline for new applications to April 25, so help spread the word.

We know this is a challenging time, full of changes and unknown territory for all of you. Be assured, we are here to support you and will continue to work to make this summer the best possible experience for you to continue your educational journey.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Amy

Amy Strohmeier Gort, PhD
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

Posted Thursday, April 9, 2020 | Announcements to Students

Email from Provost Gort

Dear Students,

Given the disruptions in your courses and lives this semester due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are providing new grading options that will offer more flexibility, to ensure your success for Spring and Summer Terms 2020.

You will have the option to select a standard letter grade or a Competence/No competence (S/NC) grade. Below you will find a Q&A to help you make your decision. Your decision for grading does not need to be made until May 15, so please consider this carefully and seek advice from your academic advisor.

In addition, Metropolitan State University has extended the Course Withdrawal Deadline for Spring to be April 23. Please carefully read the details below and seek advice from your academic advisor, as you receive no refunds with this option.

I want to reiterate, we are here to support you and help you succeed, not just during this pandemic, but always.

Be healthy and well.

Sincerely,
Amy Gort

Flexible Grading Options for Spring 2020 and Summer 2020
Competence/No Competence Grading

What is Competence/No competence (S/NC) Grading?

Metropolitan State University policy #2080 provides the option for competence/no competence (S/NC) grading. It is similar to Pass/Fail grades that you might know from other institutions. Normally, students need to select the S/NC grading option before the end of the second week of the semester and some courses cannot be taken S/NC.

Competence (S): This grade indicates that you have accomplished satisfactorily completed work equivalent to a grade of C- or better.

No competence: (NC): This grade indicates that you have completed unsatisfactory work equivalent to a grade of D or F. An NC grade cannot be used to meet academic requirements and negatively impacts your course completion rate.

S or NC grades do not impact your overall grade point average because they are not included in its calculation.

How are S/NC grades determined?

If you select the S/NC grading option, your professors will continue to grade your assignments using the standard A-F grading scale following their regular practices. At the completion of the semester, your professors will determine your final grade. If you have selected the S/NC grading option and your final grade is between an A and C-, you will earn an S grade. If your final grade is a D or F, you will earn an NC grade and will not earn credit for the course.

Why is it being offered as an option now?

We are experiencing unusual semesters this spring and this summer in which we have been directed to have all of our course meet remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic in our community. For some students, these conditions are particularly difficult and may negatively impact their course success.

We are allowing students to select the S/NC grading option up to one week after final grades are posted for Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 courses. The deadlines are as follows:

  • Spring 2020: May 15, 2020
  • Summer 2020 (Full Semester): August 26, 2020
  • Summer 2020 (First Summer Session): July 2, 2020
  • Summer 2020 (Second Summer Session): August 26, 2020

For some students selecting S/NC grading may provide some needed flexibility. The S/NC grading option is available to all students in all general education, elective, major, and graduate program courses with the following exceptions:

  • Students some Nursing and Dental programs: ELMSN, MANE BSN, DNP, MS NA, BSDH, and ADT

What do you need to consider before selecting S/NC grading option for your classes?

  • Your academic advisor can provide advice about this decision.
  • You have time to make this decision. By moving the deadline to May 15, 2020 you will be able to see what your final grade is before making a choice to change the grading option.
  • A grade of D is considered a passing grade for all Goal Area courses (per MN State procedure 3.21.1).
  • S/NC grades will not negatively impact your cumulative GPA, but they won’t increase your cumulative GPA either. Student who are on academic warning, or probation should talk with their advisor before making the decision to select S/NC grading.
  • You will not receive credit for a course in which you earn an NC grade.
  • If you are an undergraduate student who plans to attend graduate or professional school, you should talk with your advisor before making the decision to select the S/NC grading method.
  • We do not have to include the Spring 2020 GPA or course completion rates in our Satisfactory Academic Progress calculations to determine Financial Aid eligibility. If you are on Academic Warning or Probation you might benefit from this option. Please talk to your academic advisor for guidance.
  • All Minnesota State Universities will accept S/NC graded classes from Spring 2020 to meet undergraduate major and program requirements if you transfer between MN State institutions. However, other universities may not accept courses in the same way. If you are considering transferring to another university, review the transfer policies at that university with regards to this kind of grade.
  • Some employers only reimburse students for courses in which they earn a minimum grade. If you are planning on employer reimbursement, check with your employer about the reimbursement policies before selecting the S/NC option.

Extension of the Course Withdrawal (W) Deadline for Spring 2020

What is the Withdrawal option?

Normally, the Minnesota State system deadline for withdrawal is set for the date at which 80 percent of the term has been completed. Because of the impacts of the COVID-19, the Minnesota State system has decided to set the withdrawal deadline for the date at which 90 percent of the term has been completed. For Metropolitan State University, that means you will have until April 23, 2020 for the spring semester.

When you withdraw from a course, a W is noted on your transcript. The W indicates that you did not complete the course and does not impact your cumulative GPA.

What do you need to consider before withdrawing from a class?

  • No refunds will be available for courses that you withdraw from.
  • You have time to decide whether or not you should withdraw from a course. Please talk to your professor and your academic advisor before making the decision.
  • Withdrawing from a class impacts your course completion rate which, under normal circumstance can impact your access to Federal financial aid. However, the Federal government is allowing universities to exclude course completion from this Spring 2020 term when determining Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid eligibility.

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 MetroState.edu 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 https://minnstate.zoom.us/ 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 covid-19@metrostate.edu.

Best regards,

Amy

Posted Wednesday, March 25, 2020 | Announcements to Students

Dear students,

Today, Governor Walz announced an official “stay at home” order for all Minnesota residents. This means that we are to stay home and limit movements outside of our homes to only essential needs.

However, as part of his order, the governor has declared educational activities and services as essential, which means the 37 colleges and universities of Minnesota State are exempt from this order. Campus-based essential services will be staffed by a limited number of employees on campus in order to follow social distancing protocols and all other safety precautions. However, students can still access the campuses for needed services not accessible from home. Instruction will resume, as scheduled, on either March 30 or April 6 as previously announced. All classes will be delivered using alternative modes, and campuses will remain closed to the public, but let me be clear – you can access your campus for services that you are unable to access from home, but campus staffing will be limited.

Our top two priorities remain protecting the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students, as well as helping our students to successfully finishing the semester. In the coming days, Minnesota State campuses will be moving their students to an online experience or an alternative method of delivery that is consistent with CDC guidelines. My request is that you have patience; faculty, staff, and campus leadership have been tirelessly working to make this possible. As you might imagine, an effort like this is not without challenges.

Please watch your email for information from your instructors regarding delivery of your particular classes.

I know each day brings serious news. The situation we are in is unprecedented for all of us. We will get through this together. We will continue to share additional detailed information in the coming days. For now, the most important thing is to take care of yourself and your families.

As you know, we can all further protect ourselves and others by:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water; covering your cough and sneeze; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Practicing self-care by eating a healthy diet and taking time to rest
  • Frequently cleaning all commonly touched surfaces
  • Avoiding large gatherings
  • Staying home if you are sick

If you feel you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, The Minnesota Department of Health recommends:

  1. Stay at home for at least 7 days, and for 3 days with no fever and improvement of respiratory symptoms – whichever is longer. (Your fever should be gone for 3 days without using fever-reducing medicine).
  2. Use the CDC website on how to Care For Yourself at Home with COVID-19.
  3. If your household contacts were exposed to you while you had symptoms, they should try to stay home as much as possible for 14 days.
    a. They should closely monitor their health, and if symptoms occur, they must isolate themselves. More guidance on this can be found here: MDH COVID-19 Basics
    b. Use the CDC website for How to Minimize Spread.

Thank you, stay safe, and stay strong.

Devinder Malhotra Chancellor

Posted Monday, March 16, 2020 | Announcements to Students

Email from Provost Gort

Dear Students,

I am writing to provide an update to you on the planning work that is occurring during our current suspension. All instruction at Metropolitan State University is suspended until March 30, 2020. When classes resume, all instruction will occur remotely for the rest of the semester.

Planning for Classes to Resume

The faculty are using this suspension to modify their courses in two ways: 1) to resume using remote instruction, and 2) to accommodate a shorter semester and complete as planned on May 4, 2020. I’ve asked faculty to provide you with a list of technology tools that you will need to be able to use to successfully complete each of your classes. Training materials and sessions will be available next week for the different technology tools. Information will be provided to you by Friday, March 20.

Supporting You

Student support areas are also engaged in planning activities this week. We are working to have academic advising, tutoring, counseling, other student support services, and accessibility meetings available remotely by the end of the week. Each of the four main campus locations (Saint Paul, LECJEC, MEC, and Midway) will be open for students to access computer and internet, until we are told to do otherwise. The Food for Thought Food Shelf will remain open and we are looking at remote distribution options. We are also gathering information about community-based resources that will support our students. More information will be provided by email and on the COVID-19 page (https://www.metrostate.edu/notices/covid-19) once planning is completed.

As you know from reading your email and through the news, this is very quickly evolving situation. We will continue to update you as more information is available. Our goal with these communications is to help alleviate your concerns about being able to successfully complete your semester. Please know that all the faculty and staff are working very hard, on your behalf, to ensure a high-quality learning experience, even if it is very different from the experience we all originally planned. I also want to assure you that this does not represent a long-term change towards an online university. We are adapting at this time to the on-going pandemic.

Please also take good care of yourselves in this very stressful time. Below are a number of mental health resources that you might find helpful.

MetroCares is a 24/7 phone support offered by Counseling Services.

651-793-1568

https://www.metrostate.edu/metrocatalyst/24-7-support-from-counseling-services

When you call the support line:

  • a licensed counselor will answer your call 24 hours a day, 7 days, a week, 365 days a year
  • you will be offered confidential support, information, resources, and practical solutions for coping
  • all services are free and confidential

Crisis Text Line is the free, 24/7, confidential text message service for people in crisis. Text HOME to 741741 in the United States to communicate with a trained Crisis Counselor https://www.crisistextline.org/

Managing Anxiety and Stress

This includes information for yourself, others, parents, responders, and those released from quarantine.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/coping.html

Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4894.pdf

If you have questions, the COVID-19 website is a great resource (https://www.metrostate.edu/notices/covid-19), and you can email other questions to covid-19@metrostate.edu.

Best regards,

Amy

Amy Strohmeier Gort, Ph.D.

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

Posted Friday, March 13, 2020 | Announcements to Students

Email from Provost Amy Gort

Dear Students,

The COVID-19 pandemic is having widespread impacts. MN State Colleges and Universities leadership has been in close communication with the MN Department of Health and state leaders in responding to the evolving situation. The Chancellor has made a number of decisions at the system level that are designed to minimize or slow the spread of the virus with the goal of supporting the health and well-being of our faculty, staff, and students. Of course, there is a great deal of uncertainty about how the illness will unfold in our community and it is very stressful time for all of us. Please know that the Pandemic Planning Team is carefully monitoring the recommendations of health professionals, and the decisions made by the system. We will be providing regular updates by email and on the website.

It is critically important that you take care of your health and do not come to campus if you are ill. We are monitoring the health of our community and would appreciate it if you would report any COVID-19 exposure, symptoms, or diagnosis using this web form (https://www.metrostate.edu/COVID). Reporting via the form is voluntary. However, if you are ill please notify your faculty instructors.

This is going to be a long email with a number of details that are important for you. I’ve organized the information under headings to make it easier to navigate. Please read to the end to ensure that you have full information.

Suspension of Course Instruction through Saturday, March 21 and Resumption of Instruction

Chancellor Malhotra has suspended all classes at Metropolitan State University through Saturday, March 21. This suspension includes all face-to-face, hybrid, online, and independent study courses offerings and there will be no meetings of those course types next week.

The suspension does not cover internships, practica, student teaching, or clinicals at external sites. Students, you can report to those sites next week as long as the external site allows you to do so.

When instruction resumes on Monday, March 23 we will be providing all instruction in a modified way that emphasizes remote instruction. All instruction will continue in this modified, remote mode for the rest of the spring semester.

Modified and Remote Instruction

Starting Monday, March 23 all courses will be offered using instruction methods that will allow course completion remotely or, in very limited situations, with modified class sessions that allow social distancing. The following are options for providing remote instruction:

  • Correspondence education via email;
  • Synchronous Zoom class meetings;
  • Lecture recordings using VoiceThread;
  • Online learning via Brightspace D2L; or
  • Some combination of the four.

In very limited situations, like for labs and studio learning experiences that depend on particular equipment for learning, I will consider approving modified course sessions that will support social distancing in those specialized spaces.

Faculty Planning and Preparations for Remote Instruction

Faculty members will work next week to develop plans for remote instruction. You will be contacted by your faculty members by the end of Friday, March 20 with information about how your courses will proceed when they resume on Monday, March 23.

Modifying Course Content and Activities

This spring term will have 14 weeks of instruction, compared to the normal 15 weeks. Faculty are being asked to review the learning outcomes for the course and make modifications to the course content to accommodate this change. Faculty may also need to modify planned activities to adapt to remote instruction. Please understand that your courses will likely deviate from the syllabus that you’ve received. We will not extend the spring semester beyond Monday, May 4.

Remote Instruction Support for Students

I will send a separate Email next week with the training opportunities for you that will support remote instruction. In particular, we will provide training materials for accessing Brightspace D2L, Zoom, and other online learning tools.

External Learning Sites

Students will be allowed to continue their internships, practica, student teaching, clinical hours, and other experiential learning at external sites as long as the external sites allow them to attend. We know that many programs have minimum hours and/or competency- based assessments for these experiences. MN State and Metropolitan State University administrators are working to gather information from licensing boards and accreditation organizations to understand the impacts on students.

Student Support

Student support services will be offered either in-person or via remote formats. We are developing plans for the library and computer labs at Midway, MEC, and LECJEC to remain open to support students who may have limited computer and/or internet access. More details will be available next week.

Communication

Metropolitan State University is coordinating all communication through the Pandemic Planning Team to ensure that information that is communicated is accurate and consistent. Please monitor your email and the website, https://www.metrostate.edu/notices/covid-19 for updated information.

Please feel free to email covid-19@metrostate.edu with questions. This account is monitored continuously and, while you may not receive an answer individually, all students will receive updates with answers to the questions so you are all well-informed.

Posted Friday, March 6, 2020 | Announcements to Students

Dear students,

As you know, the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is now impacting many countries around the world. I want to assure you that my top priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff at all 37 colleges and universities within the Minnesota State system.

For this reason and out of an abundance of caution, I suspended all school and business-related international travel, effective February 28, 2020. If you are impacted by the travel suspension, I encourage you to contact your college or university for guidance. We are working in close partnership with our colleges and universities with the goal to ease potential impact of this temporary disruption of travel abroad. We will continue to monitor the situation and review our travel restrictions as new information emerges with regard to the size and scope of the threat associated with COVID-19.

In addition, we continue to work closely with our colleges and universities and the Minnesota Department of Health to monitor developments and proactively address school-related topics as it pertains to COVID-19. To date, there have been no positive cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota nor associated with any Minnesota State college or university.

I know many of you are eagerly looking forward to spring break. To protect yourself and your community from COVID-19 or other infectious diseases, good hygiene is the first line of defense. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, schools do not need to take special precautions beyond what is normally recommended to prevent the spread of viruses.

Everyday prevention measures like washing your hands with soap and water, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when sick reduces the risk of spreading respiratory infections. If you experience the most frequently reported signs and symptoms of fever, cough, muscle aches, fatigue or shortness of breath and are concerned about your health, please contact your doctor or your city, county, or state department of health.

I recognize that managing uncertainty during an evolving, complex situation can be unnerving and challenging. For the most current information, please visit our website. Your college or university website offers local insight and additional information, as well.

My wish for you all is good health and a restorative spring break.

Sincerely,
Devinder Malhotra
Chancellor