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In the late afternoon of March 12, Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra announced in an email to all faculty, staff, and students that all Minnesota State campuses will have their classes in suspension.
The reasoning of suspension is due to the current pandemic of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its exponential spread throughout Minnesota.
“Minnesota State is continuously reviewing a range of strategies to limit the spread of COVID-19 and its impact on our campuses and the communities in which we live and serve,” wrote Malhotra.
32 of those campuses, including St. Cloud State University, who are currently on spring break have their classes suspended during the week of March 16-22. Classes for these campuses will resume on March 23.
Other campuses who are scheduled to have spring break next week, are facing suspension of classes during the week of March 23-29. Classes for these campuses will resume on March 30.
Chancellor Malhotra writes that the main purpose of the suspensions is for faculty and staff on the campuses, so they can prepare for accommodations of coursework and otherwise during the pandemic of the Coronavirus.
“While there will be no classes during each campuses’ extra week, administrators, faculty, and staff will spend that week exploring alternative modes of delivery and adjust campus learning spaces to ensure the safety of our communities,” wrote Malhotra.
However, even though classes are not in session Malhotra also announced that other services on campuses will remain open to help provide students with the resources that they need.
“All campuses, including residence halls, dining facilities, and student support services will remain open and appropriately staffed, including student workers,” wrote Malhotra.
Minnesota State has now also suspended any travel outside of Minnesota which will be in effect starting March 16.
In addition, all large events that are scheduled to take place on the campuses with more than 100 people are canceled until May 1.
Minnesota State’s Plan of Action for Health and Safety
The Minnesota State system is stating that any students who believe they were in contact with someone who is diagnosed with the Coronavirus to self-quarantine and contact your primary doctor until further notice. They also recommend that these students let their campus services know of the situation as soon as possible and to get in contact with all professors to find accommodations so classwork can still be submitted.
Malhotra closes by writing Minnesota State’s commitment to maintaining welcoming campuses.
“The diversity of our student body and employees is one of our greatest strengths,” wrote Malhotra. “As such, we are committed to ensuring welcoming and supportive campus environments for all of our students faculty, and staff. It is vitally important we work together, follow the practices recommended by the public health officials, and proceed with preparedness, calm, and understanding.”
Bethanie is a junior at St. Cloud State and is a mathematics education major with minors in mass communications and special education. This year, she is the Managing Editor for the University Chronicle, a director for in house productions at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center and a math tutor. She enjoys writing, rock concerts, and serving her community and fellow students.