March 25: President Hensrud Letter to Campus re: “Stay At Home” Order

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Minnesota Gov. Walz has issued a Stay at Home order, effective Friday, March 27, at 11:59 p.m., to help the state in its battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. This order will remain in place for two weeks, until Friday, April 10, at 5 p.m.

You may be wondering how this order will affect us at Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College. The attached memo from Chancellor Devinder Malhotra indicates that the 37 Minnesota State colleges and universities have been granted an exception from this order, as we provide essential services for the people of Minnesota.

During this two-week Stay at Home order, we will continue to provide our instructional services beginning on Monday, March 30, via alternative delivery methods, as we have been planning. We also will continue to provide services and support for our students, also using alternative modes of delivery and following social distancing protocols for any necessary in-person interactions.

In addition, we will continue to limit public access to our campuses.

Review the chancellor’s attached memo for additional information. I will have more to share with all of you on this tomorrow, as I understand that this new order is sure to raise many questions about how we operate moving forward.

Sincerely,

Faith C. Hensrud
President of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College