March 29: Emergency guidance from Office of Higher Education: face-to-face instruction suspended for two weeks

In new guidance issued tonight by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, we have been advised that in-person instruction will not be allowed at Minnesota State system institutions for the duration of the Governor’s Stay Home Minnesota executive order. This is a change from guidance given earlier this week.

We will allow students to come to campus and pick up materials they will need for their off-site courses (course materials, kits, etc.).

We have been advised that this guidance does not prevent faculty research in a lab, as long as it is not part of any class or instructional activity, but that it does affect non-credit courses.

The Office of Higher Education will be issuing additional information on this guidance at some point on Monday, March 30.

This new guidance should not impact either Bemidji State University or Northwest Technical College, as we do not believe that any in-person instruction is being scheduled during this two-week period.

However, if any members of our faculty are planning in-person instructional activities between now and April 10, tonight’s new guidance means you will need to change these plans.

We will share any additional information about this new guidance after we hear from the Office of Higher Education at some point tomorrow.