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For the 2020/2021 academic year, we have developed a multimodal approach to learning that upholds our commitment to educational integrity and quality.

The curriculum will be a  combination of an on-campus experience with remote instruction. Faculty will have the flexibility for physically distant presentations and demonstrations, small group discussions, and one-to-one meetings. Facilities and classrooms will be available by reservation while students will have access to their studios.

Read MCAD'S COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

Fall 2020 Updates

Last updated: January 13, 2021 at 8:53 a.m. CST


health, wellness, and safety practices  academics and access to mcad facilities  life on campus
 

Special Information For

returning undergraduate students  new undergraduate students  mfa students  MA students
international students  spring 2020 graduates  faculty and staff


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New Health, Wellness, and Safety Practices on Campus

MCAD is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all members of the community. Faculty, staff, and students are MCAD’s most important priority. The collective goal is to enable everyone to work, learn, and live in the safest place possible. The threat from COVID-19 is not over, and it continues to affect everyone in different ways.

Good Health Habits

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Use hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze.
  • Clean all high touch areas in your home and workplace.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cloth masks are required in all public settings (per the Minneapolis Mayor’s Executive Order and following CDC guidance). Staff, faculty, students, and guests need to wear face coverings when visiting campus. 

Consistent with MCAD longstanding compliance with HIPAA and patient privacy, the College protects the privacy of faculty, student, and staff health status and health information. Managers and supervisors are reminded that they have an obligation to protect the privacy of employee health information. 

MCAD will work with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to inform workers if they have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 in the workplace, and MDH will require them to self- quarantine for the recommended amount of time.

Individual Circumstances

If an individual who has been instructed to return to work on-site has concerns about doing so due to a medical condition or other factors that place them at a higher risk, or if individuals wish to seek ADA reasonable accommodations related to returning to the workplace, they should contact Human Resources to initiate a review determine any appropriate accommodation(s).

The College has leave policies that encourage faculty and staff to stay at home when they are sick, when household members are sick, or when they are required by a healthcare provider to isolate or quarantine themselves or a member of their household. This is covered by MCAD’s existing Earned Sick and Safe Time policies as well as MCAD’s Emergency Sick Time policies which can be found on the MCAD Intranet. 

There are some MCAD community members who may be unable to accommodate wearing a mask. For faculty, staff, or students with underlying medical conditions, or who have household members with underlying health conditions, HR has designed an iterative process for ADA purposes and the following policies, resources, and supports are available on the Disability Accommodation page on the MCAD Intranet.  

Cleaning and Disinfection 

Regular housekeeping practices have been enhanced by MCAD, including additional routine cleaning and disinfecting of public use areas, such as the restrooms and the College Center.  Frequent cleaning and disinfecting will be conducted in high-touch areas, such as controls, door handles, elevator panels, railings, etc.

  • All custodial staff have been provided refresher training on proper cleaning techniques, as well as background information on COVID-19. All cleaning products meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements.
  • If there is a confirmed positive case reported to MCAD, the custodial staff will coordinate cleaning and disinfecting of that individual's work space.
  • Custodians will clean public spaces such as building lobbies, restrooms, door handles, handrails, and elevator buttons at least once daily, and more frequently if deemed necessary.
  • Custodians will no longer enter individual private offices or departments. Office users should empty their own trash/recycling into bins that are centrally located outside of the offices and disinfect their spaces. Cleaning kits and training will be provided to each department and staff member. Custodians will disinfect, clean, and vacuum individual offices upon special request. These requests should be directed to Facilities
  • For shared departmental equipment, such as phones, keyboards, and copiers, individual users will be responsible to clean these surfaces prior to individual use. Cleaning kits will be provided to each department.
  • Faculty, staff, and visitors will avoid using anyone else’s personal protective equipment, phones, computer equipment, desks, cubicles, workstations, offices, or other personal work tools and equipment. There are some situations where work tools must be shared. In those situations, employees should take precautions to sanitize them between use, as well as wash their hands before and after use.
  • In areas where there is shared workspace, employees are expected to disinfect those workspaces prior to using it. Where workstations do not permit at least 6' between employees, employees will wear cloth masks at all times.

Restrooms

  • All restrooms have been evaluated for physical distancing, ventilation and sanitation requirements.  
  • Various sinks and urinals are being closed in order to promote physical distancing. 
  • Signs have been installed in every restroom to provide reminders of good health and hygiene habits.  
  • Arm pull handles have been installed on most restroom entry doors where possible.  
  • The exhaust and ventilation systems have been inspected to ensure they are working properly.
  • Hand sanitizer stations have been added near the entries of each restroom.  
  • The restrooms will be cleaned once per day and high touch points surfaces will be disinfected more often.

Ventilation

The Facilities Department has applied a multi-layered approach utilizing control strategies to minimize risk of transmission through the air. Depending on building systems and population density in buildings, control strategies may include:

  • Maximizing the amount of outdoor air ventilation
  • Minimizing recirculated air
  • Increasing filtration efficiency 
  • Bypassing energy recovery systems with potential for cross-contamination
  • Operating building systems 24/7
  • Ongoing maintenance to ensure proper function

These strategies will be coordinated with space allocation, scheduling, planning, disinfection and cleaning measures. MCAD will follow the standards of the American Society of Heating and Refrigerating Engineers (ASHRAE)

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Academics and Access to Facilities

Academics

In order to maintain a healthy, supportive community within these new limitations, MCAD has developed a multimodal approach to teaching and learning. Students will have access to MCAD shops, studios, and facilities in order to complete their work. MCAD will deliver the curriculum through remote instruction, complemented by limited on-campus experiences that follow all safety regulations for MCAD facilities. Faculty will have the option to host on-campus demonstrations, small group discussions or presentations. Facilities and classrooms will be available by reservation as noted below.

No faculty member or student will be required to be on campus.

  • All students who choose to come to campus will have access to MCAD facilities and studios to complete work; there will also be additional, reservable space on campus dedicated for students to attend class remotely or meet in small groups. (see classroom and facilities scheduling section below for details).
  • Effective November 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., the Printshop, Service Bureau, and 3D Shop is closed for in-person access. More information regarding their operations can be found under Academic Facilities.
  • Students will also have access to equipment to check-out on campus in order to complete work. Effective November 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., all Media Center due dates and proposals are still valid. Email  media_center@mcad.edu to arrange equipment check in and check out.
  • Undergraduate class instruction will be delivered remotely online.
  • Faculty will determine the appropriate blend of synchronous and asynchronous remote instruction for each class that best supports student learning outcomes.
  • To complement remote instruction, faculty will have access to facilities for optional demos and small group activities (see classroom and facilities scheduling section below for details). Effective November 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., the Printshop, Service Bureau, and 3D Shop is closed for in-person access. More information regarding their operations can be found under Academic Facilities.
  • Students are expected to complete all assignments through the means they have available to them, whether on campus, in their studios, or remotely.
  • All in-person demonstrations or activities will be live-streamed, prerecorded, or recorded to accommodate the students who are unable to come to campus to participate.
  • Students, faculty, and staff must adhere to MCAD health and safety guidelines while on campus. These guidelines also determine capacity for all activities.
  • The directors of the academic support units (Printshop, 3D Shop, Service Bureau, Media Center, etc.) are the primary decision-makers, in consultation with MCAD leadership, about access and capacity within their spaces.
  • MFA classes are scheduled to be in-person in the MFA Building (separate from the main MCAD buildings).

Critiques

Hallways are shared spaces that make it impossible for appropriate physical distancing and cannot be used for small group activities or critiques.

Students may wish to install or hang their work ahead of class time for asynchronous viewing by peers and faculty who are on campus. All student work, installed on campus or not, should be documented by students and shared with the class for remote critiques. Critiques are organized by faculty according to the specifics of each class and students should adhere to the particulars outlined in their course syllabus.

Digital Resources

Faculty and students have access to Canvas or Blackboard Learning Management Systems for hosting their blended class. MCAD faculty and students may use Google Meet for hosting live online class sessions and office hours. Additionally students and faculty have access to:

  • Personal file storage with studio.mcad.edu and class collaboration file storage on class.mcad.edu. Additional collaboration using the Google Education Suite with the ability to co-edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in real time. 
  • Licensed software, use of high-end 3D animation, and film computers on campus and remote.
  • Additional video resources provided by LinkedIn Learning
  • A wide range of digital learning resources from the library.

Classroom and Facilities Scheduling

Effective November 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., shared, group studio spaces and labs, such as the Entrepreneurial Studios, Comic Studio, Computer Labs, Digital Print Lab, and Animation Studio, will remain open by appointment via http://pas.mcad.edu/ and https://sbdpl.mcad.edu/.

Due to MDH Guidelines for physical distancing, MCAD will limit the number of people in all rooms. This guidance necessitates that students spread their work spaces across the campus by opening up classrooms. Moving to remote instruction for all courses provides the necessary room flexibility to accommodate student work space needs.

Students wishing to use facilities outside of class time will need to make a reservation using the online reservation system (WC Online). Students may also reserve a classroom for work space using the online reservation system.

With few exceptions, the majority of classes will not have a room assignment as they are being taught remotely. MyMCAD will indicate this as REM for remote. Faculty who are teaching remotely who do not have a room assignment may reserve a classroom for a specific date for small group activities or demonstrations. There will be a block of rooms dedicated for booking by faculty for small group activities.

Studio classes that require facilities access for student use during class time will retain their room assignments. The room assignment will be indicated on the room schedule and on appropriate class syllabi.

In order to maintain safe distancing for student use of facilities during scheduled class time, faculty should divide their classes into appropriately sized groups, particular to the specific space, and assign each group a time slot during the class period. Guidance for the occupancy of all campus spaces is being worked on and will be made public in a subsequent communication. 

In-Person Demonstrations

All in-person demonstrations or activities must follow safety regulations for MCAD facilities and must be live-streamed, prerecorded, or recorded and disseminated for students who are unable to be on campus. 

Faculty who intend to hold in-person demonstrations or activities and would like to check-out equipment for use during the session must email AV Support, with your Chair copied, one week in advance so they can prepare the necessary equipment.  

For faculty who would like to conduct in-person demos in facilities and shop spaces, they must email the unit directly to make appropriate arrangements:

  • 3D Shop*: 3dshop@mcad.edu
  • Digital Print Lab and Service Bureau*: service_bureau@mcad.edu
  • Media Center: media_center@mcad.edu
  • Printshop and Papermaking Studio*: printmakingstudio@mcad.edu
  • Academic Services: academic_services@mcad.edu
  • Help Desk: helpdesk@mcad.edu

*Closed for in-person work access until further notice, effective November 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. The Digital Print Lab will remain open by appointment only.

Thanksgiving Break, November 25-27

Due to the safety of our community and limiting the spread of COVID-19, students who return home for Thanksgiving break are advised to not return to the MCAD campus for the final two weeks of the term. Faculty will construct their syllabus to allow for the completion of student work remotely during the final two weeks of the term.

Academic Facilities and Services 

3D Shop 

Starting Wednesday, November 25 the 3D shop will be closed for in-person work access and begin “service bureau”-type non-contact operations until further notice. Shop spaces will be unavailable for access including the woodshop, metal shop, spray booth, composite lab, sewing room, assembly and mold-making spaces, and cnc, machining, and digital fabrication labs.

The 3D shop staff will be on site in a limited capacity to facilitate non-contact services requested by students via email. These services include:

  • 3D printing, laser cutting via our online system located on our intranet page.
  • CNC operations from approved student files.
  • Custom cutting and machining of materials to support ongoing student projects. Pick up and drop off of materials and projects will be set up in the loading dock west of the shop.
  • Tools may be requested via email to the 3D shop account.  All approved tool requests will be placed in drop off bins located in the loading dock. All tools must be returned within 24 hours.
  • Shop staff will also be available for online consultation for faculty and students during class meetings to offer guidance on tools and processes available to them via portal access.
  • Poplar, steel sheets and rods will be available for purchase online with papercut. 

We sincerely appreciate your patience as we work together to stay safe and sound while doing what we can to remain creative and resourceful. Please contact the 3D Shop at 3dshop@mcad.edu if you have any questions.

Academic Services

Academic Services will be closed Wednesday, November 25–Friday, November 27 for Thanksgiving Break.

Beginning November 30 Academic Services will be open 8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Monday–Thursday with reduced staff and closed Fridays. If you need assistance please email academic_services@mcad.edu or call 612.874.3748.

Animation Studio

The Animation Studio will be rearranged so workstations provide 6’ of physical distancing. Regular cleaning will be done by MC Staff. All equipment will still be available for reservations, however, the use of Personal Proposals for equipment and studio reservations will increase. Media Center staff will do what they can to clean surfaces and equipment, but some electronics cannot be cleaned with 70% alcohol and will be considered high-risk to users.

Art Cellar

Starting Wednesday, November 25 the Art Cellar will be doing pick up orders only (no in store shopping). 

Please call ahead of time (612-874-3775). We will put your order together over the phone and set up pick up arrangements. We will be accepting either card payment or you can use your student/faculty/department account (no cash/check).

You may also email the Art Cellar (mcadartcellar@mcad.edu). If you decide to email in an order make sure to include a phone number so we can call for payment and pickup arrangements.  

Pick up instructions: 

  • If you are on campus we will set up a pick up time when you place your order. At the scheduled time you can swing by the store and knock on the door to pick up your order.
  • We can also run orders out to your car and either put them in your trunk for you or we can hand them off. Please remember to wear your mask.  
  • MCAD departments: you can either pick up at the store (knock when you get here) or if you will not be on campus between 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. we can put your order in your mailbox. 

Hours: 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (we will be closed November 26 and 27 for Thanksgiving Break and December 24 through January 1 for Winter Break).

Help Desk

The MCAD Help Desk will maintain standard office availability through 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25.

Our office will be closed from Thursday, November 26 through Sunday, November 29.

We will re–open with the following changes being implemented on Monday, November 30:

  • The Help Desk will switch to a primary work-from-home support model. Staff will be on campus only as needed or by appointment.
  • We will maintain our standard work schedule of 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Mon–Thurs and 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Fri through the end of the semester.
  • The Help Desk can solve most issues remotely using email, video chat, and other remote support tools. We’re still here, and we encourage everyone to take advantage of our resources at a distance!
  • Users needing assistance are encouraged to reach out to the Help Desk via email at helpdesk@mcad.edu (preferred) or telephone at 612-874-3666. 
  • On-campus help will be available through appointment only. Walk-ins will not be allowed, and additional restrictions will be placed on waiting in the Help Desk while work is being completed for scheduled help.
  • Hands-free drop-off and pick-up solutions or deliveries to waiting vehicles outside the main entrance can be arranged as needed or required. In fact, we recommend it!

Information Technology Services

Information Technology Services (ITS) provides operational management and security for MCAD's client, server, and network systems.  They will be available 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and on call 24/7 for system outages and emergencies.  If you are in need of assistance, please email computer_support@mcad.edu.

Learning Center

Monday 11/23–Wednesday 11/25: Regular virtual hours 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Thursday 11/26–Saturday 11/28: Closed
Sunday 11/29: Open regular virtual hours 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Monday 11/30–Friday 12/11 Regular Virtual Hours

M–F: 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 11/29: 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. 

The physical center is closed for the rest of the Fall 2020 semester and there are no in-person meetings until 2021.

Appointments with writing, studio and software peer tutors, along with undeclared student academic advising meetings, and success coaching around organization and time management meetings, can be made on the Learning Center Appointment page. You can watch a video on how to make an appointment on the LC's Covid-19 Update Page.

Meetings with Timothy Gardner or for accommodations can be made through Google Calendar or by emailing disability_services@mcad.edu. There are directions for how to set up appointments through Google Calendar on the LC's Covid-19 Update Page

Library 

Open hours for this week will be Monday and Tuesday 8:30 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

Through Tuesday, November 24, you can come in and pick up materials that you want for the rest of the semester and Winter Break. 

Beginning Wednesday, November 25, we will be closed for in-person use, with the following remote services available to faculty, staff and students: 

  • Online research assistance: contact Allan directly akohl@mcad.edu or  library@mcad.edu 
  • Extended due date to February 1 for returning students
  • Interlibrary loan will continue at this time
  • Curbside pick-up for physical materials: contact library@mcad.edu 
  • Returns cart available at the Gallery entrance
  • Mail-in return option for non-returning students: contact library@mcad.edu 
  • Purchase requests for new materials will continue

More details will be posted on the Library homepage.

We miss seeing you and we look forward to seeing you again in 2021! Any questions: contact library@mcad.edu

Media Center

Staffing Times and Order Pickups

  • The Media Center will be closing at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25 and will not re-open until Monday, November 30. Staff will be in the Media Center on November 30th, but circulations will resume on Wednesday, December 2 to give staff time to approve Personal Proposals and appointments to meet on campus can be determined. Earlier equipment pickups or drop offs may be available based on availability.
  • Staff will be working virtually from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, November 30–December 11, with limited on-campus availability by appointment or for equipment distribution. 
  • Starting December 14 staff will be working remotely from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and coming on to campus on a limited basis or by appointment. The Media Center and studio spaces will also be closed from December 24 to January 3.
  • There will continue to be no self-reservations and Personal Proposals are required for all equipment reservations.
    • Patron Portal will still be available as a guide to what equipment is available at the Media Center but will not be available to use for personal reservations.
  • As needed, MC staff will bring equipment out to you. When you arrive for your pickup appointment, call the Media Center at 612.874.3672 to let us know where you are parked on campus or what door to meet you at.

Media Center Studio Updates

  • The Darkrooms and Sound Studio will be closed until the start of spring semester. There will be limited appointment availability for the Black and Gray Studios that can be requested via Personal Proposal during the final weeks of the semester.

Printshop and Papermaking

  • Students currently enrolled in PPB classes are strongly encouraged to come before we close Tuesday at midnight to prepare for the final two weeks of the semester. For example, this could include tearing paper, washing out, coating, exposing screens, mixing ink, etching a plate, printing a plate, cutting book board. 
  • Starting on Wednesday, November 25, the PPB Studios will be closed for in-person work access for all students. This includes the screenprinting, relief, lithography, papermaking studios (Wet and Dry), acid room, photogravure, book board cutter, guillotine, paper tearing areas.
  • Printshop/Paper Studio Staff will be available on site in a limited capacity, with reduced staffing,  Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., November 30–December 11. Virtual meetings will be available and can be set up through Places and Spaces. We would like to help you with any questions you may have and are here for assistance. 
  • Certain Printshop equipment will be available to be checked out on Places and Spaces for one week starting on Monday, November 30 and December 7. Equipment is due one week later or a fine will be assessed. Equipment pick up is 2-5pm and check in is 9am-12pm. There will be a limited number of screen printing boards with hinge clamps and a squeegee, woodcut tool sets with a rubber mat and barren, book cradles, brayer with an ink knife and a piece of plexi will be lent out on a first come, first serve basis. 
  • Starting Monday, November 30, 30 minute appointments for ink mixing of limited colors will be available on Places and Spaces to students currently enrolled in PPB classes. Students will need to provide their own ink containers and limit their time to only mixing ink. 
  • Students are encouraged to clean out their lockers and flat files, and pick up their screens, before closing at midnight on Tuesday, November 24. Students enrolled in Spring 2021 classes, please put a spring tag and tape on their locker and flat file and we will save the contents. Tape and tags are inside the Printshop as you walk in. 
  • If you are not enrolled in a Spring 2021 class, students can contact printmakingstudio@mcad.edu to make an appointment to pick up your items. If any contents in lockers or flat files are not picked up before spring semester classes begin, contents will be recycled. 
  • The Printshop and Paper Studio will be closed after December 11 until the start of spring semester. If students have already left town, and need assistance, please email printmakingstudio@mcad.edu or call 612-874-3643. 

Service Bureau

The Service Bureau will maintain current hours and services through the end of the semester, but with no contact.

Hours:

Mon–Thurs 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Fri 9:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Sat–Sun 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. 

  • All orders to be placed via email where possible.
  • Brief, limited in-person appointments taken if needed.
  • Students can still make their own Epson prints in the DPL as needed.

Regular hours end Friday, December 11 at 8:00 p.m.

Limited services/capacity available between semesters. Please call (612) 874–3786 or email service_bureau@mcad.edu to inquire or make an appointment.

Dec 14–Dec 23, Mon–Fri 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
CLOSED Dec 24, 2020–Jan 3, 2021
Jan 4–22, Mon–Fri 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. 

Student Counseling

Student counseling is not available during the Thanksgiving break, but will resume Monday, November 30, 2020. If you need assistance over the break, please review and access the resources available on the Student Counseling and Wellness Intranet page.

Access to Building Facilities

  • Effective November 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., academic buildings will be closed from 10:00 p.m.–4:00 a.m., with the exception of student studio spaces.
  • Students, faculty, and staff generally have access to the buildings, however specific hours of each service department (3D Shop, Media, Service Bureau, Library) will vary; see the MCAD Intranet for departmental hours.   
  • MCAD Academic Building exterior doors will remain locked 24/7 for the safety and health of the community during the fall. Access to the buildings can be gained through the card-access system.  
  • During the day (6 a.m.-8 p.m.) all card-access doors on Main Building, Morrison, and LA Wing allow access to those with valid MCAD ID.
  • During the night (8 p.m.-6 a.m.) card access is allowed only through Main Building card access doors. Anyone who enters should then “e-sign in” at the Public Safety desk or the mobile reader inside the south door, using the same MCAD ID. 
  • Students, faculty, and staff should only visit MCAD academic buildings if the work they are doing cannot be done remotely. Examples include using the academic support department resources, working in studios, and visiting the Cafe for lunch or dinner, etc.
  • Access to instructional spaces, residences, and office spaces will be limited to students, staff, and faculty. All academic visits to campus must be postponed or shifted to an online format, including guest critiques and lectures.
  • Various campus spaces will have signage indicating the maximum occupancy allowed.
  • The Admissions Office will coordinate all prospective student campus visits following the MCAD’s universal safety guidelines including screening, physical distancing, wearing of masks, and handwashing/use of hand sanitizer. They will also limit the size of visit programs based on the guidance of no more than 10 people indoors. Campus visits and tours will consist of the tour guide, prospective student, and 1-2 guests of the student. Effective November 20, 2020–December 18, 2020, small group tours have been canceled. The Admissions Office will continue to closely monitor MDH recommendations.
  • External groups and organizations will not be allowed to reserve or use campus facilities.  
  • Campus vendors are expected to follow MCAD’s universal guidelines including screening, physical distancing, wearing of masks, and handwashing/use of hand sanitizer.  
  • Individuals making deliveries (FedEx, U.S. Mail, etc.) may enter campus without screening, as long as they have followed their own companies’ protocols for screening, wearing a mask, and practicing 6' physical distancing.

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Life on Campus

On-Campus Housing

Living on campus will look different than it has in years past. Efforts to ensure the health and safety of everyone in the community will include closely following medical experts’ recommendations. MCAD’s underlying goal is to keep students, staff, and faculty healthy and safe at all times. Housing fees will be prorated on an as-needed basis (e.g. if a student chooses not to return to campus after Thanksgiving).

Move-In

On-campus move-in will be staggered to encourage physical distancing. Move-ins will be scheduled for the week of August 17 and completed by August 23. More information will be sent  later in July specifically to students who will live on campus. For questions or concerns, please email Housing@mcad.edu

MCAD Apartments and Physical Distancing

MCAD apartments will be set up so that every campus resident has their own personal work/sleep/living space in a bedroom or a living room. Bedrooms will not be shared. Residents will be encouraged to avoid their roommate's personal spaces and maintain appropriate distance within their apartments. It is expected that residents will not loiter in common areas, such as corridors, mailbox/foyer area, and laundry room. 

Apartment cleanliness can help stop infections from spreading. Residents are expected to clean their personal sleeping/work/living spaces as well as shared kitchens and bathrooms. Personal items (e.g., cell phones, laptops, and other electronics) should also be kept clean.

Guest Policy

Only building residents or College staff will be permitted to enter the dorm building (exceptions will be made for assistance during move-in). Residents may not enter apartments other than their own and may not host student or non-student guests in their apartment. 

Face Coverings

Residents are required to wear a face covering in all common building areas. Residents are not required to wear a face covering in their own apartment except when interacting with individuals other than their roommate (such as RAs or Facilities staff).

Cleaning and Hygiene

Residents must always wash their hands after being in a public place with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Additionally, residents should:

  • Cough or sneeze into an elbow or tissue. 
  • Throw used tissues in the trash. 
  • Avoid touching their mouth, nose, and eyes with their hands. 
  • Avoid unnecessary touching of objects such as door handles, countertops, vending machine buttons, etc.

Illness, Isolation, and Quarantine Protocols for Students

The College will follow CDC and MDH guidance regarding isolation and quarantine protocols. Residents who experience COVID-19 symptoms must stay in their living quarters and report to the College if they have COVID-19 symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test result. Residents who test positive for COVID-19 will be moved to a living space identified for isolation purposes. Processes will be in place to provide those quarantined or in isolation with necessary support, including meals.

Additional information regarding health and safety in campus housing will be posted here prior to fall semester move in.

Housing Options

The Whittier neighborhood offers a number of off-campus housing options for students. For those students who need assistance, video chat assistance is available by request. To set up an appointment, email housing_off_campus@mcad.edu using the subject line "Set Up Video Chat Appointment."

To search on their own, students may use the resources posted on MCAD Student Housing for more information.

MCAD Cafe

The MCAD Cafe will continue to serve meals from 11:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Monday–Thursday and 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. on Friday from November 30 to December 11. Online ordering will be required ahead of time at mcad.edu/cafeorder for curbside pick up and for a contactless transaction. 

The MCAD Cafe operations have been modified to meet and exceed all MDH and CDC  guidelines while instituting industry best practices.  

  • MCAD Cafe staff are taking temperature checks, using proper hygiene and staying home when sick.
  • Cafe staff will be following safe food preparation and handling guidelines as recommended by their regulatory bodies and the CDC and MDH.
  • The Cafe staff have instituted increased physical distancing of 6’ where possible in the operations and preparation of food.
  • Cafe employees will wear masks at all times while working and preparing food. Patrons should wear masks at all times except while seated and eating.
  • Disposable service-ware will be offered if eating outside of the Cafe.
  • Cafe regular business hours are Monday-Thursday 11:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Friday 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. These hours are subject to change based on demand.
  • On-campus delivery is also available during all regular hours except 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 
  • Employees are encouraged to use their offices for eating where available. Students who have been assigned a private studio space can use their studio for eating. 
  • The Cafe waiting line has been spaced out with floor marking noting the physical distancing requirements.    
  • A NEW online ordering system is available for pick up in the Cafe. MCAD encourages everyone to use this new feature. More information will be shared at a later date. 
  • A NEW meal card system has been created to be scanned from cell phones. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to use this option for a touch-free transaction.  More information will be shared at a later date
  • Specials such as "Free Refill Fridays" and "Bring Your Own Cup, It's a Buck" promotions have been discontinued to minimize cross handling of products. 
  • The number of microwaves has been reduced in order to reduce congestion.  
  • Additional hand-sanitizer stations have been added in the Cafe. Disinfection/cleaning stations are also available if students, faculty, and staff would like to clean their own seating area before use.
  • Increased disinfection of tables, chairs, vending, and microwave area will occur.

Fitness Center

Effective November 20, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., the Fitness Center is closed until further notice.

Free Shelf

MCAD’s free shelf located in the Main Building will be closed during the 2020/21 school year.

Groceries and Supplies

For more information about local grocery and supply stores, visit our Local Grocery and Supplies page on the intranet.

Medical Care 

Medical assistance and wellness support are available on campus and in the Twin Cities. Free counseling and wellness groups are available with MCAD counselors for undergraduates and MFA students. There are also community mental and physical health services in the neighborhood, including COVID testing. More information can be found on our Counseling and Wellness page on the intranet.

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Continuing Undergraduate Students

COVID-19 Rebate

Since May the MCAD Board of Trustees and the MCAD leadership team have been in many discussions on how to address the financial hardships on students and their families due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After carefully considering a multitude of options, MCAD has decided to offer a one-time COVID-19 tuition rebate. Using an MCAD reserve fund, which is limited and used for major capital projects like the 2017 upgrades on the 2540 Residential Hall, we will give current undergraduate and MFA students a rebate of $1,100 ($550 per semester) as a reduction to tuition costs for full-time enrollment in the academic year August 2020 to May 2021. While reducing tuition was also considered, we were acutely aware that this decision would reduce financial aid awards–significantly impacting our most vulnerable students.

On-Campus Housing Move-In 

On-campus move-in will be staggered to encourage physical distancing. Move-ins will be scheduled for the week of August 17 and completed by August 23. More information will be sent later in July specifically to students who will live on campus. Students should email housing@mcad.edu with questions or concerns. 

Housing fees will be prorated on an as-needed basis (e.g. if a student chooses not to return to campus after Thanksgiving).

“Re-Orientation” 

Reorientation for current students will begin Monday, August 24. Sessions will include virtual and recorded sessions. Students do not need to be on campus to participate. Sessions will cover topics such as academic updates, acclimating to college in a time of COVID, and Title IX updates. More information will be provided later this summer. 

Class Start Date

Classes begin on Monday, August 31, 2020.

Thanksgiving Break, November 25-27

Due to the safety of our community and limiting the spread of COVID-19, students who return home for Thanksgiving break are advised to not return to the MCAD campus for the final two weeks of the term. Faculty will construct their syllabus to allow for the completion of student work remotely during the final two weeks of the term.

Leave of Absence

Admission scholarships have and will continue to follow students even if they take a leave of absence for a semester or year.

Student Work 

Work Study

  • Student work study positions will be rehired or hired on an as-needed basis with approval of the Vice President of that division/area. 
  • Available work study postings will be listed on Paylocity by the first week of fall semester. 
  • MCAD is developing a new, online onboarding process for students.
  • All work study will need to complete the same safety-related training as all staff and faculty on their first day of work. 
  • Cloth masks are required for work study in all public settings (per the Minneapolis Mayor’s Executive Order and following CDC guidance). If they do not have their own, they will be provided one by public safety. 

Casual Labor

  • Casual labor positions will be rehired or hired on an as-needed basis with approval of the Vice President of that division/area. 
  • All casual labor will need to complete the same safety-related training as all staff and faculty on their first day of work. 
  • Cloth masks are required for casual labor in all public settings (per the Minneapolis Mayor’s Executive Order and following CDC guidance). If they do not have their own, they will be provided one by public safety.

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New Undergraduate Students

COVID-19 Rebate

Since May the MCAD Board of Trustees and the MCAD leadership team have been in many discussions on how to address the financial hardships on students and their families due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After carefully considering a multitude of options, MCAD has decided to offer a one-time COVID-19 tuition rebate. Using an MCAD reserve fund, which is limited and used for major capital projects like the 2017 upgrades on the 2540 Residential Hall, we will give current undergraduate and MFA students a rebate of $1,100 ($550 per semester) as a reduction to tuition costs for full-time enrollment in the academic year August 2020 to May 2021. While reducing tuition was also considered, we were acutely aware that this decision would reduce financial aid awards–significantly impacting our most vulnerable students.

On-Campus Housing Move-In 

On-campus move-in will be staggered to encourage physical distancing. Move-ins will be scheduled for the week of August 17 and completed by August 23. More information will be sent  later in July specifically to students who will live on campus. Students should email Housing@mcad.edu with questions or concerns. 

Housing fees will be prorated on an as-needed basis (e.g. if a student chooses not to return to campus after Thanksgiving).

Orientation

Orientation for new students will begin on Monday, August 24. It will include virtual and recorded sessions. Students do not need to be on campus to participate in orientation. There is potential for small break-out sessions with the orientation crew.  Sessions will cover topics such as academics, acclimating to college in a time of COVID, Title IX, and how to succeed at MCAD. More information will be provided later this summer. 

Class Start Date

Classes begin on Monday, August 31, 2020

Thanksgiving Break, November 25-27

Due to the safety of our community and limiting the spread of COVID-19, students who return home for Thanksgiving break are advised to not return to the MCAD campus for the final two weeks of the term. Faculty will construct their syllabus to allow for the completion of student work remotely during the final two weeks of the term.

Admission Deferral/Gap Year

MCAD can defer your admission for up to one year. This means you will not need to reapply to the school if you wish to take time off. In general, deferral requests are discouraged. Please reach out to your admissions counselor by contacting admissions@mcad.edu with specific questions about the process. Students have until August 1 to make their deferral decision. New student housing and tuition deposits will be moved to their chosen deferred semester, either Spring 2021 or Fall 2021.

Student Work 

Work Study

  • Student work study positions will be rehired or hired on an as-needed basis with approval of the Vice President of that division/area. 
  • Available work study postings will be listed on Paylocity by the first week of fall semester. 
  • MCAD is developing a new, online onboarding process for students.
  • All work study will need to complete the same safety-related training as all staff and faculty on their first day of work. 
  • Cloth masks are required for work study in all public settings (per the Minneapolis Mayor’s Executive Order and following CDC guidance). If they do not have their own, they will be provided one by public safety. 

Casual Labor

  • Casual labor positions will be rehired or hired on an as-needed basis with approval of the Vice President of that division/area. 
  • All casual labor will need to complete the same safety-related training as all staff and faculty on their first day of work. 
  • Cloth masks are required for casual labor in all public settings (per the Minneapolis Mayor’s Executive Order and following CDC guidance). If they do not have their own, they will be provided one by public safety.

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MFA Students

COVID-19 Rebate

Since May the MCAD Board of Trustees and the MCAD leadership team have been in many discussions on how to address the financial hardships on students and their families due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After carefully considering a multitude of options, MCAD has decided to offer a one-time COVID-19 tuition rebate. Using an MCAD reserve fund, which is limited and used for major capital projects like the 2017 upgrades on the 2540 Residential Hall, we will give current undergraduate and MFA students a rebate of $1,100 ($550 per semester) as a reduction to tuition costs for full-time enrollment in the academic year August 2020 to May 2021. While reducing tuition was also considered, we were acutely aware that this decision would reduce financial aid awards–significantly impacting our most vulnerable students.

Orientation 

All incoming MFA students began their advising process by filling out a comprehensive survey related to mentor selection, graduate assistantship placement, internships, and more. Orientation details for the class of 2022 will be emailed by August 1. Similarly, there will be an August reorientation scheduled for the class of 2021 to cover the fall semester studio map and the new space-reservation system. 

Class Start Date

Classes begin on Monday, August 31, 2020. All MFA classes are scheduled to be in-person in the MFA Building (separate from the main MCAD buildings). MFA students and MFA faculty have the option to participate remotely if they do not feel safe, but classrooms are reserved for all courses, and all MFA students are scheduled to have access to the MFA studios for making and installing work.

Thanksgiving Break, November 25-27

Due to the safety of our community and limiting the spread of COVID-19, students who return home for Thanksgiving break are advised to not return to the MCAD campus for the final two weeks of the term. Faculty will construct their syllabus to allow for the completion of student work remotely during the final two weeks of the term.

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MA Students

Orientation 

MA Students will participate in the regularly scheduled fully online orientation, which will take place August 17-21. 

Class Start Date

MA classes will begin on Monday, August 24. Add/drop period for MA students, as well as undergraduate students enrolled in MA classes, will be from August 24-August 28. 

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International Students

MCAD is committed to supporting our international students in light of the recent ICE announcement. Since the announced changes to the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP), MCAD leadership has been working with an SEVP representative who is the advisor to all international student advisors in Minnesota. All international students should remain in contact with MCAD's International and Off-Campus Programs Advisor, Britt Nelson, for further details and updates.

Housing Move-In 

On-campus move-in will be staggered to encourage physical distancing. Move-ins will be scheduled for the week of August 17 and completed by August 23. More information will be sent  later in July specifically to students who will live on campus. For questions or concerns, students should email Housing@mcad.edu

Housing fees will be prorated on an as-needed basis (e.g. if a student chooses not to return to campus after Thanksgiving).

Orientation for New Students

Orientation for new undergraduate and MFA international students is scheduled for August 18 and 19. More information will be emailed later this summer.

“Re-Orientation” 

Reorientation for current students will begin Monday, August 24. Sessions will include virtual and recorded sessions. Students do not need to be on campus to participate. Sessions will cover topics such as academic updates, acclimating to college in a time of COVID, and Title IX updates. More information will be provided later this summer. 

Class Start Date

Classes begin on Monday, August 31, 2020.

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Spring 2020 Graduates

MFA Graduates

Continuing Education Benefit

May 2020 MFA graduates may take two free Continuing Education classes. MFA students enrolled during the Spring 2020 semester, but who have not yet graduated may take one free Continuing Education class. This offer is available for a two-year period. See full details here.

Facilities

MCAD is committed to making up for lost facilities access to graduating MFA students. The details and information will be available in the coming months.

BFA/BA Graduates

Access to Campus Facilities

MCAD is providing dedicated access to campus for May 2020 graduates from August 3-28, 2020 to complete their work for the Commencement Exhibition. This includes temporary access to campus facilities (i.e. Printshop, 3D Shop, Animation Studio, Media Center) and a studio, if needed. Access to MCAD facilities is not dependent upon the assignment of a studio. Students may request to extend their access beyond August. When requesting extended access, students should keep in mind that MCAD need to accommodate demand and physical distancing when new and returning MCAD students arrive on campus.

Graduates who want facility access are required to complete a work proposal that includes:

  • A description of the work planned for the exhibition
  • Whether an on-campus studio is required to complete the work for the exhibition
  • Which campus facilities and resources are needed to complete the work
  • Whether extended access to facilities and/or a studio beyond August 28 is needed to complete the work for the exhibition
  • If on-campus storage space for the work is needed until the fall exhibition.

Once a student’s proposal is submitted, it will be reviewed by the department chair and shared with the academic facilities directors. They will follow up with additional questions or comments.  

Additional information about the commencement exhibition will be sent later this fall. For additional questions, or to access the Work Proposal Form, students should contact Academic Affairs at academic_affairs@mcad.edu

December Commencement

Commencement for December 2019 MA graduates and Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020 graduates will be held virtually on December 11, 2020. Participating in the ceremony is not required for degree completion. All graduating students will have their names read at the ceremony whether they attend or not. 

Continuing Education Benefits

May 2020 graduates may take two free Continuing Education classes. Students enrolled during the Spring 2020 semester, but who have not yet graduated may take one free Continuing Education class. This offer is available for a two-year period. See full details here

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Faculty and Staff

As many MCAD employees as possible should continue to work from home until further notice. Governor Tim Walz reinforced this advice for all Minnesotans when he announced May 13, 2020 new executive orders to replace Minnesota’s “Stay at Home” order.

A growing number of employees may need to return to campus (either regularly or intermittently) to effectively complete their work. Some categories of work permitted may include functions that are not otherwise possible if working from home. In particular, returning employees should only include:  

  • Those who would normally engage with students, faculty, staff, or the public, but can work without permitting others into their work space or those that can maintain the 6’ physical distancing.
  • Those who can demonstrate an ability to maintain social/physical distancing, which could include staggered shifts by time or day, relocating some staff, or other solutions.

Employees who were already designated as “Essential On-Campus” employees and have been working on-site can continue to do so without seeking additional approval. It is also important to note that if transmission of the COVID-19 virus becomes significant on campus, the college may determine that employees who have received approval must return to working from home.

Request for Return

Individual employees who meet the criteria above may request a return to their worksite under this Plan. Any requestor must discuss with their direct supervisor before initiating a request. Requests must be submitted to the area Vice President who will approve the request. Once approval is given, the area Vice President should email Public Safety and Human Resources. Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that their current offices allow for physical distancing in shared spaces. Where questions exist, Facilities, the Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator, the Supervisor, and Employee(s) can evaluate the space together, discuss how it is used, and establish protocols for each work environment.  

No member of the College community may return to work on site until they have received the appropriate approval and they have acknowledged their personal responsibility to comply with the Stay Safe Plan for the Workplace (sent via email on June 29, 2020) . Failure to receive approval will result in immediate on-site work stoppage.

Guidelines for Employees who Return to the Workplace

  • Take your temperature in the morning and when you return home from work. Log those results and report any fever to your supervisor. MDH’s self screening checklist can be used for guidance.  
  • Report any exposure to COVID-19 positive individuals, respiratory symptoms, sore throat, or dry cough to your supervisor and Human Resources. Sick employees must stay home.
  • Employees must be at least 6’ apart.
  • Cloth masks are required in all public settings per the Minneapolis Mayor’s Executive Order and following CDC guidance.  
  • In-person meetings are discouraged. Even if employees are on campus, meeting software should be used to gather. If a meeting must be in-person, it must be in a large room with attendees 6’ away from each other and wearing cloth masks until everyone is seated.
  • Employees should wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds prior to entering and after exiting the building.
  • Visitors who are not directly related to the operational needs of the campus are not allowed.

Individual Circumstances

If an individual who has been instructed to return to work on-site has concerns about doing so due to a medical condition or other factors that place them at a higher risk, or if individuals wish to seek ADA reasonable accommodations related to returning to the workplace, they should contact Human Resources to initiate a review to determine any appropriate accommodation(s).

MCAD has leave policies that encourage faculty and staff to stay at home when they are sick, when household members are sick, or when they are required by a healthcare provider to isolate or quarantine themselves or a member of their household. This is covered by MCAD’s existing Earned Sick and Safe Time policies as well as MCAD’s Emergency Sick Time policies which can be found on the MCAD Intranet.

MCAD will implement a policy for informing workers if they have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 at their workplace including quarantine and contact tracing elements. MCAD policy regarding testing, notification, contract tracing, and self-quarantine will reflect the most current guidance from MDH and will be finalized to reflect those recommendations. 


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