Coronavirus

Covid-19 Response Plan Updates

STUDENT RESOURCES

Student Resources Email 3/16/20.

Federal Student Loan Borrower’s Can Suspend Payments for 60 Days

Read more here.

Free WIFI
Comcast and Spectrum are offering free wifi for students who do not have internet access. Students may contact Spectrum at 1-844-488-8395 to enroll. Students may enroll for Comcast’s services at internetessentials.com.

Tutoring & Student Support Services

Students may sign up for a Zoom Online Tutoring Session here

Students may sign up for Tutoring and Learning Lab here

TRIO SSS staff would like it to be known that they are ready to serve students. They can support through email, Zoom meetings, and over the phone.

The Table Student Needs Pantry

The Table, student needs pantry — located in the lower level of the Chapel of Saint Matthew —  will remain open with limited hours.
Mondays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. – Noon
As of 3/30, the pantry is stocked with the basics –canned and dry goods, as well as frozen meat, bread and bagels, and personal care items. We invite the Finlandia student community who remain it the Hancock area to use this resource and please spread the word about its availability!

Canvas & Zoom Help

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Canvas Tutorial Video, the Canvas & Zoom tutorial sheet, or contact Dr. Michelle Rauch at michelle.rauch@finlandia.edu.  Need help submitting an assignment? Check out this guide on how to submit assignments in Canvas.

Free Textbooks
RedShelf in collaboration with the academic publishing community is providing students with free, convenient access to their learning materials. Please access the link below, digital textbooks will be available until May 25th.
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EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

Finlandia is currently in Phase 2 of the Back to Work Safely Plan. All employees must complete the Covid-19 and MIOSHA training before returning to work. In addition, all employees must complete the Daily Covid-19 Symptom Tracker Survey before reporting to work. Those who can work from home, may continue to do so.

Open Buildings

The Jutila Center will be open to the public from 10am-2pm daily. North Wind Books is also open to customers. Please be respectful of social distancing guidelines and wear a mask when in these spaces.

Mail Room Hours

The Finlandia Mail Room is reducing its hours to the following days and times:

Monday-Tuesday: 9am-3pm

Wednesday: 9am-12pm

Thursday-Friday: CLOSED

Working Remotely

Human Resources has created a guide for working remotely that can be accessed here.

VPN Access for Remote Work

Please review the VPN for Remote Work email sent by REMC regarding VPN access for remote work. REMC can also be reached at (906)487-7624 with any questions.

Personal Care

Anyone who is ill is asked to stay home.

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Testing 

For faculty/staff with MESSA health insurance, MESSA will fully cover testing and medically necessary treatment for COVID-19 for all MESSA members and their covered dependents. Members will not have to pay a deductible, copayment or coinsurance. If you have any questions, please contact MESSA’s Member Service Center at 800.336.0013.

Meetings

All meetings will be held virtually until further notice.

Travel
All University-related air travel by any employee of the University is suspended.

Campus Ministry Support

Pastoral Letter

Pastoral Letter in Response to Covid-19 March 19, 2020

Support

For emotional, spiritual, or social support during this time of physical isolation, look for these resources coming from Finlandia and the office of Campus Pastor:

  1. Sunday Stories – to inspire, offer healthy practices, and connect with your Finlandia community – you can look for these each Sunday evening via email.
  2. Instagram – For a daily meditation, prayer, or uplift – follow #FinnU_Faithlife on Instagram.
  3. Zoom-Check-ins: Need a listening ear?  Pr. Sarah is available for individual Zoom sessions, to support you, ask questions, and offer prayer as needed. Email her directly to sign up (sarah.semmlersmith@finlandia.edu) or through the link provided in Sunday Stories.

Mental Health Services

It is not uncommon at this time to experience anxiety. As with any significant change or health
concern, there may be an increase in existing mental health condition symptoms or a triggering
of new ones. Finlandia students and employees are eligible for free counseling via Northstar
and can use this link to request an appointment. Northstar has counselors across the Upper
Peninsula.

Additional Mental Health Resources:

American Psychological Association

Self Care and New Ways of Working

Status of Campus Events

NameOriginal DateCurrent StatusRescheduled Date
Tanzania Soup & Silent Auction3/14/20Canceled
Rooted Prayers for Grace3/15/20Canceled
All Means All Community Meal3/16/19Canceled
Giving Day3/18/20PostponedTBD
SCAS Lecture Series: Laughing All the Way to the Bank3/19/20PostponedTBD
Healing for the Healers3/21/20Canceled
SCAS Lecture Series: What Does Dopamine Really Do?3/26/20TBD
ALD Initiation3/27/20Canceled
Student Juried Exhibit/Fashion Show 4/2/20Canceled
SCAS Lectures: Representation and Appropriation in Open-World Video Games4/2/20TBD
RAINN Day Vigil4/4/20Canceled
Health & Wellness Fair4/4/20Canceled
All Means All Community Meals4/6/20Canceled
Honor's & Awards Banquet4/17/20Canceled
All Means All Community Meals4/20/20Canceled
TRIO Awards4/23/20Canceled
Capstone Presentations4/27/20-4/30/20TBD
Diploma Works Presentations4/27/20-4/30/20TBD
Vappu5/1/20TBD
Nursing Pinning Ceremony5/2/20TBD
Virtual Baccalaureate5/3/20
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Tanzania Service Learning Study Abroad TripCanceled
Criminal Justice Study Abroad TripCanceled
Paloheimo Fellows Undergraduate Research Study AbroadCanceled

More on Coronavirus

Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following for every day prevention:

  1. Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  2. Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  3. Staying at home when you are sick.
  4. Covering your cough or sneezes with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash and washing your hands.
  5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using CDC-recommended cleaning sprays and wipes. 
  6. Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  7. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

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