SCSU town hall: Oct. 19, 2020; Operations continue after safety level changes to yellow

SCSU held another town hall at 12 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Speakers at the town hall include Robbyn Wacker, SCSU President; Jenn Furan Super, Director of Emergency Preparedness; Phil Thorson, Deputy Chief Information Officer, and Clare Rahm, Student Life and Development Interim Vice President.

University Information and Health Matters

There was a communication sent out by the MINNSTATE Chancellor, Devinder Malhotra last week about saliva testing.

“Saliva testing will be free and available to all Minnesotans with or without symptoms.” shared Wacker.

The testing is not available yet and a communication will be sent out when it is.

Wacker asked listeners to reach out to their fellow huskies and ask how people are doing and to let them know you care.

General Campus Operations

Furan Super reminded everyone to take their self-assessment daily.

There is now a self reporting tool available on the Bring Huskies Home section of the website.

The tool is for people who want to inform the University of a positive case or exposure, not for getting help with the situation.

The Medical Clinic can still be called at 320-308-3191 for questions and assistance.

Last Friday, the safety level was moved to yellow.

IT Update

Thorson reminded everyone that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

“Since COVID-19 began, the U.S. FBI has reported a 300% increase in cyber crimes,” shared Thorson.

“Multi-factor authentication requires individuals to login to a system with more than one verification method,” explained Thorson.

IT is working towards implementing multi-factor authentication into the MINNSTATE system in efforts to reduce the risk that hackers pose to the MINNSTATE community.

Resources

Rahm shared some ways to cope and protect one’s mental health including keeping a routine, taking care of basic needs, and getting outside.

Q&A

Daniel Gregory, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, explained the plan for after Thanksgiving. The academic calendar has remained the same as before COVID-19 and that at this time classes will continue through the end of the semester as planned.

The Atwood Testing Center was relocated to the Miller Center in order to make space for the Women’s Center. It is currently closed and is planned to reopen at the beginning of the spring semester.

More information was shared during the town hall. Only new information was shared in this recap. For all information, please check out the previous town hall recaps.

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