Campus Alert: For updates on Mid Michigan College's response to COVID-19, visit Mid’s Study Safe, Stay Healthy webpage.

Fall 2020 - Student FAQ

This information will be regularly updated when changes occur. In light of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, and recommendations from health authorities, adjustments may be made before they can be accurately reflected below.

When to Come to Campus, Qurantine, Monitor, and Report COVID Tests

If you have been exposed to someone, or been in close contact* with someone with COVID-19

Self-monitor for symptoms** for 10 days. You do not need to self-quarantine if you do not have symptoms. You may still come to campus, ensuring that you comply with all safety precautions in place. If you develop any symptoms**, get a COVID-19 test and begin to self-quarantine until results are received.


If you have been Tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results

Complete the COVID Self-Report of a Test Form and self-quarantine until you receive results. Exceptions apply in cases of people getting regularly tested for employment reasons: ie. Long-Term Care Facilities' employees who are being tested weekly per the Governor’s Executive Order.


If you receive a negative COVID-19 test result AND are asymptomatic**

You can return to campus with no restrictions. You should continue to self-monitor for symptoms** for 10 days, and if symptoms arise, we recommend being tested again.


If you test positive for COVID-19

Self-quarantine and self-monitor for symptoms** for 10 days. After 10 days from when symptoms** appeared (or from your positive test date if you are asymptomatic**), you may be permitted to return to campus. The following conditions apply: you must be symptom-free** and fever-free without fever-reducing medicines for at least 24 hours.


*Close Contact Definition

The CDC defines close contact as having been within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting two days before illness onset or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection.


COVID -19 Symptoms

• Fever >100.4 ° F

• Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing

• Coughing

• Chills

• Repeated Shaking with Chills

• Unexplained Muscle Pain

• Headache

• Sore Throat

• Recent loss of the sense of taste or smell (classical symptom which typically tests positive)


Quick Reference for Questions about Campus Attendance, COVID reporting, etc.

Thank you for your patience and assistance as the College works to respond to the rapidly-evolving COVID-19 situation.

At this point, College leaders maintain careful contact with partners at Michigan Department of Health and the Governor's office. We have and will continue to adhere to the cautious advice and direction of these entities.

Such precautions include:

  • Restricting gatherings to accepted attendee levels and to necessary staff and students only
  • Reconsideration of all work-related travel
  • Accommodations for those at elevated health risk
  • Increased remote work and delivery of student services and courses
  • Additional disinfecting practices and social distancing on campus facilities

Mid's course offerings include a mix of online, hybrid, and on-campus courses. The College’s plan also includes a mix of on-campus and online resources, academic supports, and services to help students succeed.

The College's Study Safe, Stay Healthy COVID Response Plan includes a variety of measures based on scientific and expert recommendations to limit exposure and maintain a clean environment. Social distancing measures will be enforced, along with the use of face coverings, and an enhanced cleaning schedule across each campus. Classrooms will be reconfigured to facilitate social distancing and classroom equipment will be sanitized between course sessions.

Despite the ability for students to return to campus, the College recognizes that students are still being impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. To help students during this difficult time, Mid is disbursing federal CARES Act funds to qualified students. Additional information can be found at midmich.edu/cares.


Withdrawing from your Fall 2020 course(s) due to COVID-19?

If you withdraw from all of your courses or withdraw from your final remaining course due to complications related to COVID-19, you need to complete the COVID-19 Attestation Form to see if you qualify for a Return of Funds Waiver.

The Return of Funds waiver refers to the CARES Act, which waives the requirement for the school or student to return Title IV funds when a student withdraws due to COVID-19 during the Fall 2020 semester.

Questions? Contact Financial Aid at (989) 386-6664 or finaid@midmich.edu.

Don't see your question answered below? Want to contribute your ideas, participate in planning, or add to the list of what is being considered? We want to involve you!

Use the Question/Feedback Form below to submit unanswered questions, share ideas for how we can serve you more effectively, or offer feedback. We will continue to update this page and thoughtfully consider all submissions we receive.

FAQ

How does the most recent Emergency Order issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, now extended through December 20, impact current practices?

The new order is similar to the one it replaced so the College, and your courses, will largely be operating as they have been for the last few weeks. Please contact your instructor if you have any questions about your courses. The extended Emergency Order runs through the end of the current semester. We recognize that this is a trying and complicated time. There are a number of supports available to you and faculty are eager to help.

  • The Testing Center and the Campus Stores are open. You simply need to schedule an appointment to take a test. We will also keep each campus open so you can use computers and Wi-Fi in the hallways if needed. However, most offices on campus will continue to operate remotely.
  • The Campus Cupboard, Mid’s food pantry, will remain open. You can submit requests online. Additional student wellness and support services are available remotely.
  • Enrollment for the Winter 2021 semester is ongoing and courses begin January 11. You can register for courses and access all enrollment services online. Mid Mentors are available online by appointment or by visiting their Virtual "Walk-in" Office - No Appointment Needed!

Conversations about the Winter 2021 semester are ongoing. At this time, we are planning to have a mix of face-to-face, online, and hybrid courses available to students. Please check your MidMich email over the holiday break and visit www.midmich.edu/covid for updates. You may also contact your Winter 2021 instructors for information about specific courses.

As we look forward to 2021, I am confident that brighter times are ahead . . . and we’ll get there together. Be well, stay safe, and enjoy this holiday season!

When do courses begin? And will they be online, Zoom, or canceled?

You may receive specific communication from your instructor(s) about course meeting times and delivery methods that differs from the information below. In these circumstances, please rely on what was provided to you by your instructor(s).

Mid's course offerings include a mix of online, hybrid, and on-campus courses. Students can expect to receive additional information directly from their instructor(s).

The College’s plan also includes a mix of on campus and online resources, academic supports, and services to help students succeed.

The College will take all necessary precautions to ensure that safe and healthy practices are followed, including a variety of measures based on scientific and expert recommendations to limit exposure and maintain a clean environment. Social distancing measures will be enforced, along with the use of face coverings and an enhanced cleaning schedule across each campus. Classrooms will be reconfigured to facilitate social distancing and classroom equipment will be sanitized between classes.

The Remote Teaching and Learning website offers guides for how to use Zoom and access courses.

Can I come to campus? Are any buildings open to me?

Campus main entrances are open to students, visitors (community members, vendors, etc.), faculty, and staff based on course scheduling. These hours of operation are likely to differ from pre-COVID operating hours. If you need to access campus facilities, contact Safety & Security to ensure access will be available. All students, visitors, faculty, and staff are required to wear a face covering and practice social distancing.

Student and Employee Screening Protocols

The College is closely following the local health department recommendations, which include requiring self-screenings. Before entering campus locations each day, every student, visitor, and employee must self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms and any risk factors. If you have any of the following symptoms, do not come to campus.

  • Fever
  • Shortness of Breath or difficulty breathing
  • Coughing
  • Chills
  • Repeated Shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Recent loss of the sense of taste or smell

Again, if you have any of these indicators, do not come to campus. Please inform your instructor(s) or supervisor of your absence. Thank you for doing your part in making Mid a safe and healthy environment for everyone!

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Wireless internet access continues to be available in campus parking lots.

I have limited internet access. What can I do to join my classes remotely?

There are some Internet Provider offers that may assist you with internet access during the pandemic.

Charter is offering free access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi for 60 days for K-12 and College students who do not currently have internet.

Comcast is offering free internet for 60 days to new families signing up.

ATT is also responding with internet service options.

Most Telecom companies are supporting the Keep America Connected pledge. In most cases, late fees are waived and data limits are removed in order to expand cell and data availability. Connect with your current providers to learn about programs for which you are eligible.

Wireless internet access continues to be available in campus parking lots.

I do not have a connected device. What can I do to join my courses remotely?

The College has a very limited number of devices that can be checked out by students. Because of the limited quantities, the College asks that students respectfully refrain from requesting these devices unless they have no other options. Those students who need to check out a device can do so by submitting a Help Desk ticket.

Are Student Services still available?

Yes. Student Services are available on-campus and via remote delivery methods.

You can request virtual and on-campus appointments in order to receive admissions, financial aid, academic advising, and registration assistance.

There are a few ways to connect with these teams.

  • On-Campus Availability Limited on-campus appointments with Mid Mentors are available and can be scheduled using the Mentor-specific 'Click Here to schedule an appointment' button. On-Campus services are available via appointment only and are limited to the student and Mentor. Walk-ins or those students who would like to have others attend their academic advising appointment with them, may utilize the Mid Mentors Virtual Room via Zoom.
  • Virtual “Walk-In” Assistance You can quickly connect with a friendly staff member Monday-Friday from 9am-3:30pm. You will first enter a Virtual Waiting Room. When you reach the front of the queue, you will be directed into a private breakout room with the staff member who can best answer your question(s) or meet your need(s).

ENTER THE MID MENTORS VIRTUAL ROOM

ENTER THE FINANCIAL AID VIRTUAL ROOM

Is the Campus Cupboard Food Pantry still available?

Yes, the Campus Cupboard is open, and we've doubled the amount of items that students can request.

Each week, our security team fills requests received before Noon on Thursday and has orders ready for pickup outside on Fridays.

You can submit an online request and pick up your order on campus.

Are Library and Learning Services available?

Yes. Library & Learning Services are available on-campus and via remote delivery methods.

  • For online databases, students or faculty without a Library/student I.D. card should use a generic barcode number that can be used to authenticate into the Electronic Research Database: 23243004626908
  • Laptop checkouts are available in very limited amounts. We encourage only those students with no other device access to check these out. Requests can be made through a HelpDesk ticket.
  • Writing and Reading Center: Consultations can be accessed through Moodle online submission and via Zoom sessions. All students will have 24-hour access to assistance with turnaround timeframes varying by method. Here is a video to help students submit assignments online for feedback, and students can fill out this form to set up a virtual face-to-face meeting. Full details available on the Library and Learning Services site.
  • Math Lab: The Math lab continues to be available during its regular hours, but tutors will not be available on campus. Instead, students should access services through the online math lab link. This link allows students to schedule a tutor. Services will be provided at an arranged time through a Zoom meeting.
  • Testing services: Visit the Testing Center web page for the latest hours and procedures.

How can I come to campus safely?

Check-In/Health Screening Protocols

  • All students, visitors (community members, vendors, contractors, etc.), and employees must complete a self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors. If any of these symptoms are present, individuals are advised not to come to campus.
  • Sign-in is not required.
  • Main entrance doors are open based on course scheduling.These hours of operation are likely different from pre-COVID operating hours. If you need to access campus facilities, contact Safety & Security to ensure access will be available.
  • Face coverings and practicing social distancing are required inside all campus buildings.
  • Signs with directions on how to sign-up for E2Campus emergency notifications are posted on all entry doors. If you sign up, you will be notified of any COVID-19 occurrences on campus.
  • Signs on Health Screening are also posted on all entry doors.

The College is closely following the local health department recommendations, which include requiring self-screenings. Before entering campus locations each day, every student, visitor, and employee must self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms and any risk factors. If you have any of the following symptoms, do not come to campus.

  • Fever
  • Shortness of Breath or difficulty breathing
  • Coughing
  • Chills
  • Repeated Shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Recent loss of the sense of taste or smell

Accommodations

  • If a student is unable to wear face covering of any type, they will be referred to Accommodations.
  • If an employee is unable to wear a face covering of any type, they will be referred to Human Resources.
  • If a campus visitor is unable to wear a face covering of any type, they will be referred to Safety & Security.
  • Medical documentation will be required in order to receive an accommodation for not wearing a face covering.
  • The Coordinator of Student Accommodations or the AVP of Human Resources will provide Safety & Security a list of those who are not required to wear face covering while on campus.

Enforcement of Face Coverings Inside Campus Buildings

  • Safety & Security is responsible for monitoring and enforcing the use of face coverings inside all campus buildings, and will approach anyone not wearing a face covering, without an accommodation, inside any campus building. Faculty and employees may call Safety & Security if they have a student or visitor who is not wearing a face covering.
  • Safety & Security will inquire if the individual has some type of face covering available and if so request that they wear it. If they do not have a face covering available, one will be provided.
  • If the individual says they cannot wear a face covering, Safety & Security will refer them to Accommodations or Human Resources.
  • If the individual says they do not want to wear a face covering, Safety & Security will inform them that face coverings are required inside any campus building and provide them with a face covering.
  • If the individual refuses to wear a face covering, Safety & Security will escort them to the closest exit. If they refuse to leave, the police will be called and they will be escorted out of the building.
  • Safety & Security will then complete an Incident Report for tracking purposes and a Maxient Report will be submitted.

What if I’m at elevated risk, sick, or facing challenges that prevent me from attending class?

Communicate, communicate, communicate!

We all need to work together and support one another during this time. Keep your instructors, your Mid Mentor, and other Mid staff informed and aware about how you’re feeling, what concerns you have, and what you think you need.

Learn about ways to prevent spread and recommendations about who is at elevated risk.

If you get sick, please stay at home.

What College events have been canceled?

In light of the increasing number of infections in our communities, the taskforce has decided to put additional limitations on Mid events. As you know, external groups are not allowed to hold meetings or events on campus. The intent is to limit the number of people gathering together and to reduce the risk of exposure and spread.

Starting October 27, 2020, attendance at Mid-sponsored events will be limited to necessary students and employees only. Community members are not allowed to attend Mid-sponsored events. In addition to social distancing, food and/or drink should not be served at these events so that masks may be worn at all times.

Lifelong Learning Classes: Visit the Lifelong Learning web page for complete class schedules and information.

Short-Term Training and Professional Development Workshops: Visit the appropriate page on the Corporate and Continuing Education site to learn about these offerings.


I’m struggling to use Zoom and/or Moodle. How can I get help?

We’ve assembled resources for students at the Remote Learning and Teaching webpage.

The Writing & Reading Center also has staff members available to help you navigate your online classes.

For specific tech questions, submit a HelpDesk ticket.

How will the College communicate with me about important changes and updates?

We want you to stay informed and aware. The College will continue emailing you and updating its midmich.edu/covid19 web area.

For course-specific updates and information, you should expect to hear directly from your instructor(s). Consult your syllabi or communications from them about the ways information is shared in each course.

How does this affect athletics?

Athletic practices and events are temporarily suspended. Updates will be announced when available.

What about student workers and their jobs?

Communication is Key

Specific information will be provided to student workers by their supervisors. Every student job is different, so we encourage student workers to connect with their supervisors about how their role will be impacted and how to shift to remote work.

General Info for Student Workers

The College recognizes the impact COVID-19 continues to have on its student workers. We realize that many student workers rely on their College job pay, and as such, Mid will honor their employment when at all possible.

Student employees will be given access to remote working tasks and projects as available. They can also decide that they want to reduce their hours going forward or determine they do not want to work during this time.

The College is working to quickly determine details and to answer more questions, which will be communicated to student workers by their supervisors.

Are the campus stores open?

Campus Stores are available on-campus, and are also operational via the website and email. Contact us at campus-store@midmich.edu for current hours of operation or if you need assistance.

How do I return a textbook that I rented?

If you rented a textbook from a Mid Michigan College Campus Store, you will receive an email with the following instructions and UPS Quantum View link.

UPS Quantum View provides instructions on how to get a shipping label, how to prepare your package, and how to drop off the package or arrange for a pickup. This process is ONLY for RENTAL books from Mid Michigan College.

How do I sell back my textbooks?

Will I receive CARES funds from Mid?

Mid Michigan College has received funds from the federal CARES Act to support students during the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that the effects of this crisis are both immediate and long term and that all students are facing unforeseen hardships and expenses.

In addition, qualifying students who are facing economic hardships can request funds from Mid's CARES Student Support Fund.

For complete details, visit midmich.edu/cares.

Can I connect with the Career Center remotely for assistance?

Career discussions, polishing resumes, and practicing mock interviews can be effectively done remotely using real-time virtual technologies like Zoom. Career Center staff are available via email, phone, and Zoom 8am-4:30pm Monday-Friday. To schedule an appointment, contact us at least 12 hours in advance of the preferred appointment time at careercenter@midmich.edu or (989) 317-4613.

Visit the Career Center web area for additional resources including local job postings, career exploration tools, and a simple form you can use to contact us.

Are face coverings required on campus?

All students, visitors, faculty, and staff are required to wear a face covering and practice social distancing.

In order to provide a safe environment on campus and to protect the health and wellbeing of students, faculty, staff, and visitors, the College has made the follow statement in regards to face coverings. Face coverings are required to be worn by all students at all times. Students who cannot wear a mask for a documented reason must contact Amy Dykhouse (adykhouse@midmich.edu) in Accommodations. Violations of this policy are considered a breach of the Student Code of Conduct and will be referred to Security and the Director of Student Conduct as appropriate.

How do I know if I should come to campus?

Campus main entrances are open to students, visitors (community members, vendors, etc.), faculty, and staff based on course scheduling. These hours of operation are likely to differ from pre-COVID operating hours. If you need to access campus facilities, contact Safety & Security to ensure access will be available. All students, visitors, faculty, and staff are required to wear a face covering and practice social distancing.

Student and Employee Screening Protocols

The College is closely following the local health department recommendations, which include requiring self-screenings. Before entering campus locations each day, every student, visitor, and employee must self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms and any risk factors. If you have any of the following symptoms, do not come to campus.

  • Fever
  • Shortness of Breath or difficulty breathing
  • Coughing
  • Chills
  • Repeated Shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Recent loss of the sense of taste or smell

Again, if you have any of these indicators, do not come to campus. Please inform your instructor(s) or supervisor of your absence. Thank you for doing your part in making Mid a safe and healthy environment for everyone!

What is the drop deadline for Fall 2020 courses?

The DROP deadline for Fall 2020 courses has been extended. You now have extra time to decide whether to drop a course or not. This extended deadline will give you time to try out the course and become familiar with the instructional method before deciding to drop the course. The new DROP date for most classes is Friday, September 11 – contact your Mentor or see the Academic Calendar for details. You have until that new date to DROP a course with a full refund. After that date, you will not receive a refund.


Attention Students with Financial Aid: Check with Financial Aid BEFORE dropping courses. You may be required to return a portion of your aid (including loans) and it could affect your future aid eligibility.

Where can I attend a Zoom course on campus?

Mt. Pleasant Campus

  • First Floor
    • CSS Outside Student Services (Zoom without video, computers are not video compatible - Headphone/mic compatible)
    • CLAB Library & Learning Services (Zoom without video, computers are not video compatible - Headphone/mic compatible)
    • CLAB Two Student Meeting Rooms located in Library (Must be reserved ahead of time - Must bring your own device)
  • Second Floor
    • CLAB 257 (Headphone only jack, computers do not support headphone mics - Computer mic is available)
  • Third Floor
    • CLAB 317 (Headphone only jack, computers do not support headphone mics - Computer mic is available)
    • CLAB 317 Two Student Meeting Rooms located in 317 (Must bring your own device)

Harrison Campus

  • West Entrance SOAR Center Lobby (Zoom without video, computers are not video compatible - Headphone/mic compatible)
  • Library & Learning Services (Zoom without video, computers are not video compatible - Headphone/mic compatible)
  • Two Student Meeting Rooms located in Library (Must be reserved ahead of time - Must bring your own device)

If you need technical support, email helpdesk@midmich.edu for assistance.

Where can I remove my mask to eat on campus?

There are several designated locations on campus where masks can be removed while you eat.

Mt. Pleasant Campus

  • First Floor
    • CSS Student Lounge near Security
    • CLAB Student Lounge near Library & Learning Services
    • CLAB Student Lounge near Room 174 and the North Stairwell
  • Second Floor
    • Doan 213 Student Lounge
    • CSS Hallway near Rooms 234 and 235
    • CSS Student Lounge near Room 238 and entrance to CLAB
    • CLAB Student Lounge near BIS/CIS Faculty Offices and North Stairwell
    • CLAB Student Lounge near Room 258 and West Stairwell
  • Third Floor
    • CLAB Student Lounge near Room 317 and Windows

Harrison Campus

  • First Floor
    • SOAR Lobby near Room 119
    • Student Lounge near Security and Help Desk
    • Student Lounge near Veterans Resource Center and Campus Cupboard Food Pantry
  • Second Floor
    • Student Lounge near Campus Store and Laker Cafe
    • Student Lounge Room 251 near Nursing Lab

What are the protocols for reporting a COVID-19 test or positive result?

If you get tested for COVID-19 because you are exposed to the illness or show symptoms, please complete the COVID-19 Self Report Form. Even if you are still awaiting the results of your test, you should alert the College so that our COVID-19 Care Team can consider the appropriate actions to ensure the wellness and safety of our campus communities.

No identifiable information or details from these forms will be communicated or shared outside of trained College officials. No personal information will be included in any College alerts or communications.

For information about the College's communication of positive COVID-19 cases and protocol for returning to campus, visit the Confirmed COVID Cases Management page.

How is the College communicating and managing COVID-19 cases?

Our Confirmed Case Management and Communication webpage plans outlines these and other important protocols.

How do I report a COVID test result or pending result?

If you get tested for Covid-19 because you are exposed to the illness or show symptoms, please complete the Covid-19 Self Report Form. Even if you are still awaiting the results of your test, you should alert the College so that our Covid-19 Care Team can consider the appropriate actions to ensure the wellness and safety of our campus communities.

No identifiable information or details from these forms will be communicated or shared outside of trained College officials. No personal information will be included in any College alerts or communications.

For information about the College's communication of positive COVID-19 cases and protocol for returning to campus, visit the Confirmed Covid Cases Management page.

 
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