Area colleges, universities make plans for remainder of school term


With COVID-19 continuing to rage across the country, area colleges and universities have begun making plans and announcements on the future of their educational facilities as it relates to the remainder of the school term.

North Dakota State University

At North Dakota State University, all courses will continue remotely through the rest of the spring semester. Face-to-face instruction will not resume. Faculty will work with their students regarding both completion of coursework, including finals. Through the end of the semester, students are discouraged from physically coming to, returning to or staying on the NDSU campus unless they have a legitimate reason.

Regarding commencement, the University says, “it is not possible at this time to anticipate an ability to safely hold the ceremonies.” Spring 2020 graduates will have a separate and distinct ceremony at the end of the fall 2020 semester.

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Colleges across Minnesota will move to online and remote learning beginning Monday, according to information from the Minnesota State Colleges and University system. In addition, the Minnesota State Chancellor made the difficult decision to cancel spring commencement ceremonies across the system.

Rasmussen College

Rasmussen College has moved its operations to an online modality as part of its social distancing protocol. The College is still operating, but as of March 17, most employees are working remotely. And, while there may be light staffing at the Fargo and Moorhead campuses, they are not open to public traffic at this time.

Mayville State University

All on-campus classes will be moved online, effective March 14 through April 5, 2020. On-campus classes and normal campus operations will resume Monday, April 6, 2020, pending further assessment.

The university will continue to fulfill its mission by ensuring students are able to meet their educational requirements and faculty are able to continue their research and scholarship. All campus facilities will continue to operate. Effective March 14, students who left campus for spring break (March 16-20) have been asked not to return to campus for an additional period of two weeks (March 21-April 4). Accommodations are being made for those students who are unable to leave.

University of North Dakota

The University of North Dakota has extended remote instruction period for students through the end of the spring semester. “We are asking UND students not to return to the Grand Forks community at this time,” a message to students said. Spring Commencement is cancelled.

Lake Region State College

At Lake Region State College, academic and lecture based courses, including those scheduled through the Devils Lake Campus, the GFAFB, and UND Launch!, will be taught online (for the remainder of the semester) using the Blackboard learning management system.  Students should watch for an email from their instructor, the base director, and/or the Launch! coordinator.  Students should log into their courses on Monday, March 23rd unless otherwise directed. 

Career and Technical Education students in Wind, Auto, Precision Ag, and Simulation Technology should return to campus after spring break and report to their program location at 9 am on Monday, March 23rd.

The Minot class of the Peace Officer Training Program will resume as scheduled.  Lt. Maritato will provide detailed information on Monday March 23rd regarding new protocol.

The Devils Lake, Grand Forks, and Mayville students in the Dakota Nursing Program will resume learning, testing, clinicals, labs, and simulation as coordinated by the DNP Consortium Director.

North Dakota State College of Science

NDSCS has announced that it will continue to facilitate academic classes through distance delivery methods through the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Distance and online learning is scheduled to begin Monday, March 23, and was originally scheduled through April 3. The College remains open with limited staffing, with employees who are able to work remotely doing so.