Replay of August 11 Student Zoom Forum Available

Thank you to the more than 60 members of the Bemidji State University campus community who joined today’s Zoom forum for BSU students on our plans for the Fall 2020 semester. A replay of today’s forum is available on Zoom.

This was our third of three scheduled Zoom forums for students this summer. In case you missed them, replays of the previous forums are also available:

We enjoyed providing this opportunity for you to ask questions about the fall semester, and appreciated your attendance and your questions. If you would like to see these forums to continue once classes begin, please let us know using the “I Have a Question” form on the Coronavirus website.

August 10: Screening Tool – Helpful Information for Employees

Hello BSU/NTC faculty and staff:

As you know, Monday August 10 marks the beginning of the COVID-19 screening tool that all faculty, staff, and students are required to use every day prior to coming onto campus (students who live on campus will use the screening tool each day prior to leaving their residence).   Screening tool can be accessed here:

Further information about the screening tool can be found on the Bemidji State University Coronavirus web site, including a video tutorial and an FAQ.

Other helpful information for employees and supervisors:

The Employee Screening Tool BSU-NTC  is a quick reference guide that employees can print/post at home to make using the online tool easier.

  • The document reflects the questions that are included in the online screening tool.
  • The document does not replace the requirement to use the online screening tool.

If an employee does not have access to technology at home to complete the online screening tool – they should use the Employee Screening Tool BSU NTC document to self-assess at home to determine if they can or cannot come to work.

  • If their responses allow them to come to campus – they can report to work and use their work computer/iPad to complete the online screening tool at the start of their shift.
    • If employees do not have a work computer/iPad – they should work with their supervisor to gain access.
  • If their responses do not allow them to come to campus – they should follow the instructions in the document (contact healthcare provider, supervisor and Carol Hess).
    • The employee CANNOT come to campus to fill out the online screening tool if their responses indicate to STAY HOME.  HR will work with employees to ensure we collect the necessary data.

The Operating Instructions – OI – Health Screening Tool provides additional information related to the required use of the online screening tool by all employees, students and visitors.

The BSU NTC Employee and Supervisor COVID Related Protocol has been updated to reflect the system screening tool.  The document contains helpful information for employees and supervisors for COVID related situations.

If you have any questions – please contact your supervisor or HR (Megan.Zothman@bemidjistate.edu).

August 7: Student Survey to Gauge Technology Needs for Fall 2020

The following message was sent to all BSU and NTC students on Friday, Aug. 7.

For BSU students:

Dear BSU Student,

As you begin or continue your coursework at Bemidji State, Information Technology Services would like to ensure that you have the tools and support that you need to succeed.  To better understand your needs we ask that you complete this short, six question survey.  The survey will ask questions about your access to computers, accessories, and internet and should only take a couple of minutes to complete.

Information Technology Services will continue to be available for technology support.  For the fall semester the IT Help Desk will have normal operating days/hours of Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm; however, due to COVID19 the default mode of support will now be remote.

If you need assistance from the IT Help Desk, please first do one of these two things:

Email us at helpdesk@bemidjistate.edu or call us at 218-755-3777

If we can’t resolve your issue over the phone, via email, or using any other form of remote support, we will schedule an in-person appointment.  Please do not come to the Help Desk area for support unless you have scheduled an appointment.

Thank you ahead of time for completing the survey.

For NTC students:

Dear NTC Student,

As you begin or continue your coursework at Northwest Technical College, Information Technology Services would like to ensure that you have the tools and support that you need to succeed.  To better understand your needs we ask that you complete this short, six question survey.  The survey will ask questions about your access to computers, accessories, and internet and should only take a couple of minutes to complete.

Information Technology Services will continue to be available for technology support.

If you need assistance from the NTC Help Desk, we are located in room 303.  You can also reach the NTC Help Desk at 218-333-6651 or at helpdesk@ntcmn.edu.  You can also contact the BSU Help Desk at 218-755-3777.

Thank you ahead of time for completing the survey.

Aug 6: Important Fall Housing Update: Revised “Drop and Go” Reservation process Coming Soon

The following message was sent to all students who completed a housing application and who were assigned a residence hall room for the Fall 2020 semester on Aug. 6.

Dear Students,

I am writing to provide an update on Bemidji State’s plans for the Fall 2020 semester related to student housing, and to inform you of some important and difficult changes.

Earlier this summer, we reported that BSU was on track to reopen safely for the Fall 2020 semester with the capacity to house more than 900 residential students in individual rooms. We also said that we would continue to closely monitor local and national trends and modify our plans as necessary, based on public health considerations and guidance from local and state departments of health.

As we bring people back to campus, we have two essential priorities:

  1. to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of our students, staff and faculty;
  2. to enable students to progress toward their educational goals.

The persistence and spread of COVID-19 is trending in the wrong direction nationally and locally — both in the state of Minnesota and in Beltrami County. Based on the latest guidance from medical experts at Sanford Health and public health officials, we anticipate that matters may worsen in the weeks ahead.

In light of these conditions and to address the increased prevalence of the coronavirus in the Bemidji community, we have made an extremely difficult decision to further decrease the on-campus residential population. Given current conditions and future projections for the Coronavirus in Bemidji, we believe this is the best way to ensure that we can provide appropriate care and support to our students.

To achieve this necessary reduced density, BSU campus housing for the Fall 2020 semester will now be limited to BSU and NTC students who have an on-campus academic or other experience(s). These could include, but not be limited to, courses, science labs, music rehearsals and intercollegiate athletics or competitions.

As we have in the past, we will continue to provide safe, secure and comfortable housing to students who have emergency circumstances that necessitate on-campus housing. Requests to remain on campus for emergency circumstances will be approved on a case-by-case basis by the Department of Housing and Residential Life.

While our plans for the Spring 2021 semester remain tentative and will be based on health and safety conditions at that time, including guidance from our local and state departments of health, we do expect to be able to house those of you who had hoped to live in our residence halls this fall.

To make this as seamless and convenient as possible, Housing and Residential Life will automatically carry forward your Fall 2020 housing assignment to the Spring 2021 semester. You will receive an email with additional information from their office early next week with details regarding your eligibility for Fall 2020 housing, the revised “drop and go” reservation process, and early arrival information.

All students who planned to live on campus this fall will also receive an email regarding Spring 2021 housing options. Should conditions improve to the point that we can safely expand the number of residential students, we will make this option available even if the academic term has already begun.

As you are already aware, COVID-19 has necessitated that we pivot to a hybrid of both online and in-person classes for the Fall 2020 semester – with the majority of courses being delivered via alternative methods of instruction. We had hoped to offset this primarily online academic experience with some semblance of a traditional residential and on-campus experience.

Students who live on or off campus will have very limited access to campus facilities for academic purposes. BSU administrative and student support services offices will be accessible during regular business hours (i.e., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday) and will provide a combination of online and in-person delivery of services, with a skeletal crew on campus.

Because we anticipate that COVID-19 will significantly limit our ability to provide robust on campus programming, the dedicated and caring staff who provide direct student services and activities have been working hard and thinking creatively to provide ample opportunities for students to engage in activities – either remotely or in person – designed to foster community and to promote your success

Universities and colleges throughout the state and across the nation are grappling with similar decisions and are thinking long and hard to do what is best for their communities. Some might feel that our approach is too conservative while others might feel we are not doing enough. Regardless, our decisions are guided by our top priorities: to safeguard the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, employees and guests, and to enable you, our students, to progress toward your educational goals.

We will continue to monitor and assess how COVID-19 is impacting our community, and we will continue to work closely with Sanford Health, Beltrami County Public Health and the Minnesota Department of Health when making decisions regarding academic, residential and co-/extra-curricular experiences at Bemidji State.

We understand that this difficult, yet necessary, decision may have a significant impact on you and your family. Please know that we remain continuously focused on the health and safety of our students and other members of the campus community.

Sincerely,

Travis Greene
Associate Vice President for Student Life & Success

Aug. 6: BSU ID Request Now Available Online

By the hard work by our Information Technology Services, we’re happy to announce that BSU faculty, staff & students can now request their BSU photo IDs online through MyBSU!

To learn about the process or request your ID, visit https://www.bemidjistate.edu/mybsu/resources/id-cards/. The request includes uploading a photo (appropriate based on provided guidelines) and the webform.

Faculty/staff who submit the form will be contacted to confirm how they would prefer their ID be sent to them (pick-up, intercampus mail, or postal mail to their homes.) Faculty/staff that already have ID’s do not need to resubmit unless they need a replacement.

If you have any additional questions about BSU ID cards, please contact the HMU Info Desk at (218) 755-3760.

Aug. 5: Minnesota State Health Screening Required For Campus Access

Beginning August 10, all visitors to Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College will be required to complete an online health self-assessment questionnaire before being granted access to campus as part of continuing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The online health screening tool is part of a system-wide initiative by the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and is being implemented at each of the system’s 37 colleges and universities and at the system’s offices in St. Paul.

All visitors to campus — including faculty, staff, administrators, employees and students — will be required to complete the survey each day before visiting either the BSU or NTC campuses. Once completed, the screening tool will either indicate that a person is cleared to visit campus, or indicate that they are not allowed to come to campus for health-related reasons. Persons cleared to visit campus will receive an email from the survey tool indicating that they are cleared, and once on campus should be prepared to produce this email if requested to do so.

The web-based screening tools are available at:

Links to the surveys are also available at bemidjistate.edu and ntcmn.edu.

If a person intends to visit both campuses in the same day, the survey need be completed only once. It includes an option to receive clearance to visit both campuses during the same day.

Visitors who lack appropriate technology to complete the web-based survey can complete the screening tool in person. Visitors to BSU can check in at the welcome center located inside doors A-B-C of Deputy Hall, while NTC visitors will find surveys located inside each public entrance to the campus.

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