March 27: Expectations for Campus Access During Stay Home, Minnesota Order

Dear Colleagues;

With Gov. Walz’s Stay Home Minnesota order taking effect tonight at 11:59 p.m., I wanted to provide some clarification for what this order means for building access at Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College.

We are aligning with the Minnesota State system and with the Governor’s orders to treat remote work, telework or other off-campus work as our default expectation. The Governor’s order is clear — “All workers who can work from home must do so.” We have already established remote work as our default at both of our campuses, and this order reinforces our need to continue this arrangement.

As you know, some of our employees must be on campus in order to do their work. For example, remote work isn’t possible for mailroom or physical plant employees, those who care for our remaining on-campus resident students, or for a very small group of our faculty.

To protect their health, safety, and wellbeing to the greatest extent possible, the rest of us should not be on campus.

We are complying with requests to stay home in our personal lives. It is my expectation that we also comply with our directive to stay home in our professional lives, as well.

Unless you have received direction from your supervisor that you are required to be on campus, and unless you have a scheduled shift, you should not be on either the BSU or NTC campuses until the Stay Home Minnesota order expires on April 10.

Mail Access
For the next two weeks, campus mail will be available in the mailroom. If you need to pick up your mail, contact Chris Haley at 755-3921 or Christopher.Haley@bemidjistate.edu; he will tell you if you have mail and, if you do, will deliver it to you outside of Deputy Hall.

Sincerely,

Faith C. Hensrud, Ed.D.
President
Bemidji State University & Northwest Technical College
1500 Birchmont Drive NE, #3
Bemidji, MN 56601
(218) 755-2011