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

Fall 2021 - 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.

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:

  • Limiting events and invitees to only those necessary
  • Cancelation of all gatherings of 50+ people
  • Accommodating those at elevated health risk
  • Remote and on-campus delivery of student services
  • Additional disinfecting and social distancing practices at campus facilities

Mid's course offerings for Fall 2021 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 COVID-19 Study Safe, Stay Healthy 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 throughout each campus. Classrooms will be reconfigured to facilitate social distancing and classroom equipment will be sanitized between courses.

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.

Fall 2021 UPDATE

Registration for Fall 2021 semester courses at Mid Michigan College begins April 19.

We're full of optimism as we continue moving through 2021, and we're excited to share that the most recent public health guidelines from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services allow for in-person courses on college campuses. Mid’s courses are scheduled to take place on-campus and remotely through a variety of delivery methods utilizing the latest technologies.

The College has also extended its deadline to drop courses with a full refund so students can try out courses without any risk. Students have two weeks to make sure that their courses work for them, and students can drop their courses at any point during that time for a full refund.

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

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

If you have been in close contact* to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

You should quarantine and monitor for symptoms** for 14 days form exposure. If you show symptoms of the virus** you should immediately isolate and get tested.

Difference between isolation and quarantine:

  • Isolation is for people who have been exposed to the virus and are exhibiting symptoms.
  • Quarantine is for people who have been exposed (close contact*) to the virus, but are not exhibiting symptoms.

Testing after possible exposure

If you are quarantining because you have been exposed (close contact*) to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, but you do not have symptoms, it is recommended you wait at least 5 days from when quarantine began before getting tested. If you have a negative test result, Health Department guidelines still recommend quarantining for the entire time period.


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.


If you have received the COVID-19 vaccination and have been in close contact* to someone who has tested positive for the virus

Fully vaccinated persons who meet the criteria below are no longer required to quarantine following an exposure to someone with COVID-19. Individuals should keep their COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to confirm their exemption from quarantine.

The immune period begins two weeks after vaccination.

  • If given a two-dose vaccination series, immunity builds two weeks after the second dose
  • If given a one-dose vaccine, immunity builds two weeks after that dose

Based on the above, you may be exempt from quarantine, provided you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms**.


*Close Contact Definition

Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a COVID-19 compromised individual for 15 minutes, including brief encounters in a 24-hour period totaling 15 minutes or more; OR having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g. being coughed on).

Examples of close contact

  • Caring for, living with, or visiting someone who has COVID-19
  • Being near someone who has COVID-19 in a confined space and the person was not wearing a face mask

**COVID -19 Symptoms

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Common symptoms are

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea


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 can I come to campus safely? Are buildings open?

Campus is 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 outside of your course schedule, 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.

Health Screening Protocols

The College is closely following the local health department recommendations, which include requiring self-screenings. As part of our comprehensive strategy for controlling the spread of COVID-19 on campus, we are deploying #CampusClear, a daily self-screening app and campus "Fast Pass." Everyone in our learning community is required to use #CampusClear prior to coming to campus.

To get started, download the app from the app stores.

We encourage you to enable notifications from the app. There will only be 1 notification each day to prompt you to take the self-screening survey.

Once you've downloaded #CampusClear, log in by entering your Mid email address. You'll receive an email confirmation, and after clicking the confirmation link in the email, you will have access to the app.

If you do not have a smartphone, you may log onto the #CampusClear website to complete your screening using this link.

There will be signs at all entry doors with QR codes so visitors can download the app. Visitors will be able to use a phone number when signing in to receive the confirmation link.

It only takes a few seconds to self-screen, and your participation helps to keep our campus safe for everyone. Likewise, please be sure to self-screen daily, even if you have no symptoms.

COVID-19 Symptoms

  • 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

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we strive to ensure Mid's campuses are safe, healthy spaces.

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.

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 can I access Student Services?

Student Services are available on-campus and via remote delivery methods leading up to and during the Fall 2021 semester. 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.

Connect with a Mid Mentor in our Virtual "Walk-in" Office - No Appointment Needed!

  • Email us! Have a quick question? Please send us an email!
  • Will courses be on campus, online, or on Zoom?

    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 for Fall 2021 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 throughout each campus. Classrooms will be reconfigured to facilitate social distancing and classroom equipment will be sanitized between courses.

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

    I have limited internet access. What can I do to join my courses 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 on campus and 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 and hotspot internet access 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.

    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 courses.

    For specific tech questions, submit a Help Desk ticket.

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

    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 is the drop deadline for Fall 2021 courses?

    The DROP deadline for Fall 2021 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. Contact your Mentor or see the Academic Calendar for details. You have until the 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.

    Are Library and Learning Services available?

    Yes. Library & Learning Services are available on campus and via remote delivery methods leading up to and during the Fall 2021 semester.

    • 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 and hotspot internet access devices 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.

    Is the Campus Cupboard Food Pantry still available?

    Yes, the Campus Cupboard is open, and we've adjusted 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.

    Can I connect with the Career Center for assistance?

    Career discussions, polishing resumes, and practicing for interviews can be done on campus or 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 the campus stores open?

    Campus Stores are open 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 sell back my textbooks?

    Selling Textbooks

    Returning Rented Textbooks

    • Remember—do not sell any books you’ve rented. Students who rented books will be sent information and should follow the rental book return process.

    Questions? Email us at campus-store@midmich.edu

    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 and Study Safe, Stay Healthy web areas.

    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.

    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 Emergency Student Support Fund

    For complete details, visit midmich.edu/cares.

    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.

    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 equal to their average hours as appropriate. Communicate with your supervisor for the latest information.

    What College events have been canceled?

    Limited events will be planned for the Fall 2021 semester. All events will be evaluated and plans will be announced when they are available.

    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.

    Are student-athletes competing?

    Laker Athletics competing according to adjusted schedules. Teams are not able to welcome spectators at this time. Visit midmich.edu/athletics for sport-specific updates.

     
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