July 24: Athletic Programming Update
July 24: Fall Online Curriculum
July 24: Face Coverings, Isolation & Quarantine
July 9: Fall Planning Groups
July 8: Review Fall Classes Registration
July 1: Housing Updates Fall 2020
July 1: Change to Term Start & Schedule
Posted: July 30, 2020
Athletic Programming Update<
Dear Campus Community,
On Tuesday evening, the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted to modify the schedule for fall volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer.
Per the directive of the governance group, UMAC leadership will postpone fall competitions and pursue opportunities to provide conference events in the spring of 2021 for these fall sports. The spring schedule could include a conference post-season tournament/championship and other conference activities.
Like Northland, UMAC institutions remain focused on providing meaningful experiences for all student athletes in the fall of 2020, which will include multiple opportunities for practice, small-group training, skill development, strength and conditioning, and leadership programming. Moreover, UMAC schools have been given authority to arrange for non-conference games, if safety and health protocols are maintained and travel follows risk management provisions.
As low contact sports, men’s and women’s golf and cross country will continue to compete this fall, and conference championships will be conducted as scheduled. Cross country matches will be aligned with social distancing requirements and other health precautions recommended by regional health authorities.
While I recognize this was a difficult decision that impacts a large group of fall athletes and coaches, we know that the health and safety of our students is a priority. I want to take this opportunity to express thanks to our student athletes and families for their understanding, as well as the shared commitment to meeting the challenges of COVID-19 with the same determined spirit they bring to their respective teams.
It is our hope and intention that if conditions permit, winter and spring sports will continue as planned and fall and spring competitions will be pursued in tandem. Together with the presidents and athletic directors of the UMAC schools, I will be evaluating the options in the months ahead.
Karl Ivan Solibakke
Posted: July 24, 2020
Fall Online Curriculum
One of the things that makes Northland special is our approach to experiential learning and the connections you make in the classroom, with your professors, and outside in the field. We are working hard to provide this important educational experience to you this fall.
At this time, Northland is not offering a comprehensive, online curriculum. While some faculty will offer fully online classes, most faculty are preparing for an in-person delivery with our Northland approach at its core. Students are expected to attend classes in person. However, all courses will be taught with online components, so that students can maintain their class requirements remotely, should they be unable to attend classes in person for a limited period of time.
We acknowledge that some of you may feel anxious about coming back on campus and attending classes during this pandemic. Northland is taking substantial steps to keep you as safe as possible. This includes adjusting the course schedule, reducing classroom capacity, requiring face coverings, increasing campus sanitation, and more.
We are excited to have you back on campus and in the classroom. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Dean of Academic Affairs
Posted: July 24, 2020
Face Coverings, Isolation & Quarantine*
Dear Campus Community,
As the school year approaches, we continue to define specific guidelines and protocols that will support the reopening of our campus in August. The guidelines and protocols described below are designed to curtail the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure a healthy living and learning environment on campus.
At the forefront are face covering guidelines and protocols for testing, isolation, and quarantine.
In order to minimize health risks, face coverings or masks will be required of all students, faculty, staff, and visitors in campus buildings, in campus vehicles when traveling with other passengers, or in outside venues in which social distancing is not feasible. Evidence shows that COVID-19 can be spread, even when the carrier does not feel ill or show symptoms of illness. Face coverings limit the spread of the COVID-19 in these instances and help to protect those around us.
We wish to emphasize that face coverings will not serve as a substitute for social distancing at Northland. Whenever possible, all of us will adhere to social distancing (six feet apart at minimum) when engaging with campus constituents in campus spaces, other than in the spaces listed above.
Protocols for face coverings during sanctioned athletic activities are currently under review and subject to approval by NCAA and conference authorities. We will provide updates as soon as these are available.
The College will provide face coverings for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors; however, individuals are also welcome to use their own face coverings, as long as they meet CDC guidelines.
Exceptions to face covering requirements may occur while eating in designated cafeteria locations, and for our student residents, when you are alone with your roommate in your residence hall room. Likewise, employees will not be required to wear face coverings when working alone in their offices.
If you have questions, concerns, or believe you warrant a waiver from Northland’s face covering policy, please consult with the Office of Accommodations (students) or the Office of Human Resources (employees).
Testing and Contact Tracing
All students, faculty, and staff will be required to undergo COVID-19 testing at the beginning of the fall term. Northland College health services will conduct nasal swab testing during move-in, upon arrival on campus, or as scheduled. Samples will be tested on-site and test results provided within thirty minutes. Test results will only be used to determine current infection status, not past exposure.
Family and friends traveling to campus with new or returning students will not be tested. To minimize risk of exposure to the campus community, students are encouraged to limit the number of individuals who help them move into the residence halls.
All test results will be reported to the State of Wisconsin Department of Health. For positive results, Ashland County Public Health, working collaboratively with Northland College health services, will conduct contract tracing protocols
Isolation and Quarantine
Isolation spaces have been reserved for on-campus residents who test positive for COVID-19. Residential students will receive isolation instructions from the Office of Health Services and be required to continue in isolation, until two consecutive negative results have been reported within a 24-hour period.
Quarantine spaces are reserved for on-campus residents who have been exposed to anyone who has contracted COVID-19. As with isolation, you will receive quarantine instructions from the Office of Health Services and compliance will be required.
Although Northland courses are designed for in-person delivery, they will be taught with online components, so that students in isolation or quarantine can complete their class requirements remotely. Participation in virtual course activities and completion of assignments is expected when students are well enough to do so.
Northland will provide meal delivery and other services as needed to on-campus residents during isolation and quarantine.
Off-campus residents are expected to isolate or quarantine at home.
Personal Responsibility & Behavior
We are asking that all students, faculty, and staff conduct self-checks on a daily basis, practice good hygiene, maintain social distancing, and comply with institutional face covering requirements.
Faculty, staff, and students are strongly encouraged to show heightened attention to the health needs of the Northland community and the City of Ashland by following the guidelines and best practices of health experts, including the Centers for Disease Control and other national and local health organizations. Although it will not be possible to mitigate every risk, each of us can contribute meaningfully to reducing risk.
Adhering to personal hygiene practices and frequent sanitation will be the responsibility of every member of our campus community. Please do your part in keeping us safe and vibrant!
Please watch for future communications. For questions, email email@example.com.
Karl Ivan Solibakke
*This communication was amended August 3, 2020, to reflect current testing protocols.
Posted: July 9, 2020
Fall Planning Groups
Dear students, faculty, and staff:
In early June, I formed four new planning groups to support Northland College leadership in the College’s systematic and comprehensive planning process for a COVID-safe campus. The groups listed below are expected to designate best practices and policies for developing and maintaining a healthy environment and delivering an effective educational experience.
Fall Planning Work Group
Charged to propose recommendations for adapting orientation formats, residential living, food service, student services, academic registration and curriculum delivery, and athletic programming. See email for membership list.
Risk Management Fall Work Group
Charged to develop effective protocols, adjustments to facility infrastructure, and health and safety policies for reopening in fall 2020. See email for membership list.
Faculty IT Work Group
Charged to determine instructional technology needs for faculty, work with the IT department to provide the technology, and offer resources and training so that faculty can effectively use technology in developing student learning options. See email for membership list.
Faculty Risk Management Work Group
Charged with planning for classroom, field, and transportation safety; developing protocols for faculty and student interaction including quarantine or isolation instruction; and attendance policies. See email for membership list.
These four work groups serve as recommending agencies to Administrative Council, as the following preparations for the fall semester are undergoing final review:
- Face covering policy and social distancing expectations
- Testing procedures and quarantine protocols
- Sanitation of spaces on campus
- Instructional delivery and classroom configurations
- Athletic programming and competitions
- On-campus dining and shared living specifications
- Adjustments to orientation programming and new/returning student arrival
- Social and civic responsibility to the community
- Campus wellness and well-being
- Travel and visitor limitations
- Restrictions on campus gatherings and events
The protocols will be communicated to campus constituents as they are finalized and entered into a comprehensive reopening plan that will be accessible through northland.edu and updated as requirements change.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
President Karl Ivan Solibakke
Posted: July 8, 2020
Review Fall Classes Registration
This communication is a follow-up to President Solibakke’s announcement regarding our fall 2020 reopening plans during the pandemic.
We have divided our 15-week term into two sessions (session 1 and session 2) in which students will typically take two courses per session, one in the morning “AM”, and one in the afternoon “PM”. A select number of courses will be delivered over the full term. Your fall schedule has been updated to accommodate these changes and can be viewed online.
As you view your schedule please note the following:
- Courses are currently scheduled daily in AM or PM blocks, but specific days and times have not been finalized. Generally, courses will be meeting 5.5 hours/week for a 3-credit course and 7.5 hours/week for a 4-credit course, within the designated time period. A notification will go out when specific times have been determined.
- Pay special attention to the dates on your schedule to determine which session the course is scheduled. Session 1 will meet August 31 through October 13, and session 2 will run October 15 through December 2.
- There have been a small number of course cancelations or course capacity adjustments, for which a class may have been dropped from your schedule. Please contact your advisor if you need assistance in choosing a new class. If there was a course conflict, an advisor will be contacting you with scheduling suggestions.
If you wish to make changes to your schedule, you will have the opportunity to do so online according to the following schedule:
- Seniors (90+ earned credits): Monday, July 13th at 8 a.m. until August 30th at midnight*
- Juniors (58-89 earned credits): Tuesday, July 14th at 8 a.m.
- Sophomores (27-57 earned credits): Wednesday, July 15th at 8 a.m.
- Freshmen (0-26 earned credits): Thursday, July 16th at 8 a.m.
- Incoming and re-enrolled students: Friday, July 17th at 8 a.m.
*Last day to add classes online is August 30th at midnight
Use the course search to view the new schedule, determine if there are seats available, and add or drop courses. Note that the “Term” drop-down within the course search can be adjusted for session 1, session 2, and full-term course offerings. For financial aid eligibility, you must be registered in at least 12 credits for the term, AND you must be registered in at least one course in session 1 and one course in session 2, or a full-term course. Contact the financial aid office if you are planning on taking less than 12 credits to speak with a staff member about financial aid implications.
Please contact the registrar’s office or your advisor with questions or concerns about these updates.
Posted: July 1, 2020
Housing Updates Fall 2020
Hello On-Campus Residents,
The message below is housing related updates for the fall semester. More specific information about move-in will be shared later in July. Please let me know any questions- I will respond as quickly as I can, but I still ask for some patience in the process of sorting this all out!
Housing and Meal Plan Agreement
- Agreements are now active
- Residential life will confirm your room placement once your housing and meal plan agreement has been signed. Priority date for agreements will be Sunday, July 12. Your roommate and placement will be sent to your Northland email, and will be your official housing placement for next year.
- Anyone required to live on-campus who does not sign housing and meal plan agreement by Sunday, July 26 at 11:59 p.m. will have the 2020-21 traditional double rate of $4,470 and Meal Plan 3 of $5,218 added to their fall bill. This will remain on your account until you sign up for housing.
Fall Room Placement
- ELLC, Fenenga and McMillan Halls will operate with traditional double rooms.
- Memorial and Mead Hall will hold double occupancy with all traditional rooms and singles will be used for accommodations.
- Students will now all be placed with a roommate. If you did not request a roommate, but have someone in mind, please let me know right away.
- I will absolutely sell single rooms for the fall semester as space provides; we should know more by August 1.
- Townhouses, ELLC suites and apartments will be held for any potential self-isolation or quarantine.
- Residential Life will confirm your room placement once your housing and meal plan agreement have been signed, priority date of July 12.
- Monday, August 24 will start move-in for returning students
- We will have a sign-up for move-in times.
- You will not be permitted to return before your approved time.
- We will be able to allow early arrivals.
- More information will come on all things move-in in a few weeks!
- Wednesday, December 2 at 7 p.m. will be when the residence halls close for fall and transition into break housing. We will communicate more once we get closer to that point in the semester, but encourage and anticipate majority of students departing at Thanksgiving Break.
We are all in this together
- We still want our on-campus living environment to be engaging and fun. The role you play as a returning student in role modeling safe and healthy behavior for our incoming students is even more necessary now! There will still be activities offered in new creative ways.
- Hand sanitizing stations and wipes will be provided around campus, but we encourage bringing your own cleaning and sanitizing products.
- Common spaces will have furniture adjusted to accommodate 6-foot social distancing guidelines and face coverings will be utilized in common spaces.
- Community kitchens will no longer have supplies left out for anyone to use and personal items will need to be stored in alternative locations than the countertops. Please bring personal kitchen items you need with you; we will offer a first come, first serve item check-out process each semester.
Please continue to review this page for updates.
Director of Residential Life
Posted: July 1, 2020
Change to Term Start & Schedule
Dear Northland Students,
In light of the COVID-19 crisis, I am writing to share some important news about the upcoming fall term. The following modifications are designed to maintain a healthy environment and an uncompromised educational experience for you.
Fall Term Start & End Date
Fall term will commence on August 31 and end on December 2. Instruction will take place on Labor Day as well as on Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week. In-person courses will end on November 24 and any remaining academic requirements such as assignments, tests, papers, etc. can be completed remotely. A full academic calendar is here.
Per the NCAA Board of Governors, fall athletic practices are allowed to begin August 10. Northland will be launching a phased-in approach, sport by sport, to welcome fall athletes back to campus. Move-in dates will be coordinated and communicated through residential life, athletics, and admissions.
Course Schedule & Registration
In order to optimize the flexibility of instruction and enhance your learning experience during this pandemic, we divided the fall term into two academic sessions. The sessions will run August 31 to October 13 and October 15 to December 2. Students will generally be enrolled in two courses during the first session and two during the second session.
If you have already registered for the fall term, we will make every attempt to transfer your current courses into this new schedule. Academic advisors will step in and attempt to resolve any conflicts or consider alternative courses, so please regularly check your Northland email for communications from them. You will receive your new course schedule and have the opportunity to review and make adjustments online, at a designated time, before the start of the term.
Orientation & Move-in Dates
Student move-in dates will be organized in a phased structure at pre-determined times. New incoming students will be scheduled August 22 and 23. Returning students will be scheduled August 24–26. Residential life will coordinate and communicate the details. Orientation for incoming students will receive specific information in a separate communication from admissions.
More Information to Come
We will continue to share information about the fall through email and on this Fall 2020 Reopening webpage, including policies on face coverings, social distancing, social gatherings, as well as information on adherence to federal, state, and local health agency guidelines.
Please be well. I look forward to having you on campus soon.
Karl Ivan Solibakke