COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information & Support

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19

Please know that Northland is continually reviewing and updating the FAQs as new guidance and information is shared from the CDC, Minnesota State System Office, and local, state, and federal health authorities.

Academics & Classes

Section last updated updated 04/10/2020, at 1:00 p.m.

Are classes cancelled?

Classes, including online classes, will be suspended from March 16 to March 29. Faculty and staff will spend the two weeks preparing to continue instruction in alternate formats starting March 30.

Will classes resume on March 30, 2020?

As of today, we plan to resume classes on Monday, March 30, in alternate formats. Check the Northland COVID-19 page for updates as they are available. Please check back frequently as this is a dynamic and fluid situation. We also recommend you monitor your Northland email daily to receive all updates and follow Northland on Facebook and Twitter.

Read Northland Message to Students re: Classes Resume at Northland at Northland on Monday, March 30!

NEWWhen will my in-person classes/labs resume?

Due to the updated "Stay At Home" order issued by Minnesota Governor Walz, all in-person instruction is suspended at least through Sunday, May 3. Students please be sure to check D2L and your email for the latest updates from your instructors on specific classes, and/or contact your instructor(s) and/or advisor with any questions directly related to a specific course. Select classes with required lab activities will resume once the stay at home order is lifted, but be certain to contact your instructor prior to coming to campus for any activities.

UPDATEDWill campus offices be open April 1 - May 18?

Business hours for services remain 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, but almost all Northland employees are working remotely. Please contact individuals directly through information located in the college employee directory or contact departments via information found in the department directory.

What is meant by “alternate formats” for classes?

Alternate formats means any number of possible changes to how a class is held. For example, it could mean using technology in a different way or even a change in the number of times a class is held. Because many students do not have adequate access to technology, and some subjects cannot be taught in an online format, we are actively exploring a range of alternatives.

Read Northland Message to Students re: Classes Resume at Northland at Northland on Monday, March 30!

UPDATEDWhat if I don’t have any internet access or a reliable internet service provider?

Every effort will be made to have alternative course formats that will work for everyone. Students who do not have home internet access can explore various temporary no-cost and low–cost internet and communication services that some companies are now offering. Northland is aware of the following companies offering limited, no-cost/low-cost services during the coronavirus outbreak.

How do I know how my class will be taught?

Check your Northland e-mail for direction from your instructors.

Read Northland Message to Students re: Classes Resume at Northland at Northland on Monday, March 30!

Are assignments that were due during the weeks of March 16 and March 23 still due?

As of today, we plan to resume classes on Monday, March 30, in alternate formats. Check the Northland COVID-19 page for updates as they are available. This web page will be updated daily, and more frequently as needed.

NEWWhat impact will COVID-19 have on Summer Session 2020 courses?

We are making changes to the summer schedule now in order to best assure that those of you taking summer classes are (1) best informed of how the class will be delivered in advance and (2) to assure that the courses have as little interruption in their delivery as possible. To summarize the changes:

  • All courses that are lecture and/or primarily lecture will be delivered in a distance education format (i.e., online).
  • Clinical, field experience, and internship classes will remain on our campus specific schedule. Actual placements are dependent upon the businesses we partner with to provide these learning experiences.
  • Certain lab intensive courses in specific program areas will be delivered in-person with modifications to assure safety (e.g., alternative formats with social distancing).

If you have already registered for a summer class on one of our campuses, and it is a class that we are moving to online, you will receive a separate email specific to your class(es).

The changes are in response to uncertainty surrounding the length of the ongoing impact of COVID-19 within our communities.

Student Services & Support

Section last updated updated 03/30/2020, at 3:30 p.m.

What Student Services can I access and how?

Student Services (Registrar, Financial Aid, Admissions, Counseling, Advising, Disability Services, Academic Success Center, Dean of Student Affairs office, and general student support) continue to be available to help support you. Many of our employees are working remotely, but are still available during business hours through email, phone, and Zoom videoconferencing.

To speak with any Student Affairs staff member, please call or email the office that you are looking to contact and a staff member will respond to you and find the best way to connect with you.

NEWAre the campus libraries open?

The physical library spaces are closed until further notice. However, library services are still available through remote access only. Please contact Librarian Cynthia Jorstad during business hours by email or by phone at 218-683-8757 for all your library needs and questions.

In addition to direct help from the Northland library, students may use AskMN. AskMN is a 24/7 online research help service available to all Minnesota residents and students. It is a cooperative service of Minnesota libraries. On the AskMN site, in the column on the right, there is a specific option for college research help.

NEWIs the Academic Success Center open?

Until further notice and in alignment to the "Stay At Home" order issued by Minnesota Governor Walz, the Academic Success Center will provide tutoring through remote access only. A student may sign up for tutoring on WC Online. This mode of delivery gives a student the opportunity to interact with their tutor face-to-face via video conference. A student may upload written papers and assignments for tutors to review during their session. Below is a list of tutors and their respective areas of expertise.

  • Jennifer Borsvold
    English & Humanities Tutor
  • Cory Floden
    English, Humanities, and Biology Tutor
  • Dewitt Johnson
    Math & Science Tutor
  • Ethan Peterson
    Math & Science Tutor
  • Diane Dahle
    Accounting/Business/Computers Tutor
  • Shelby Frazer
    Nursing Tutor

If a student needs tutoring outside of business hours, they have access to online tutoring through which is located in their D2L Brightspace. is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. I have attached the directions to sign up for an account in WC Online as well as step-by-step directions to access through D2L.

If a student receives services through the Academic Success Center for a documented disability and they have testing accommodations the student should contact Chris Fossum to set up an accommodated test.

  • Chris Fossum
    Access Specialist
    (218) 683-8564

If a student needs their accommodation letter updated due to changes in course format the student should contact Sara Johnson or Chris Fossum.

  • Sara Johnson
    Director of Academic Success Center
    (218) 683-8560
  • Chris Fossum
    Access Specialist
    (218) 683-8564

Events & Athletics

Section last updated updated 03/19/2020, at 1:30 p.m.

Will commencement ceremonies be held this spring?

No, Northland's spring commencement ceremonies have been cancelled. We know this is disappointing, and we did not make the decision lightly. Effective immediately, and according to current Minnesota Department of Health and CDC guidelines, any campus-related gathering must have less than 50 people if social distancing can be adhered to. Meetings or gatherings where social distancing cannot be accommodated should be moved to a virtual environment, postponed, or cancelled.

In light of these recommendations, Spring 2020 in-person commencement ceremonies at Northland have been cancelled.

Northland will explore different options to celebrate students' achievements. We will inform you of how Northland will proceed as soon as it's been established. As long students have met all their degree requirements, they will receive their degrees.

Are spring athletic events still being held?

All NJCAA conference sporting events are cancelled through the end of the academic year, including spring sports that compete beyond the academic year. In addition, the NJCAA has cancelled all remaining winter and spring championships.

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Are you still hosting campus tours and admissions events?

All admissions events are postponed until further notice.

The Northland virtual tour is an excellent way of exploring Northland from the comfort of your own home. Experience life in the Northland’s classrooms, labs, libraries, and bleachers on your phone or tablet — no VR glasses necessary.

Will student clubs and organizations have meetings or events?

No, there will be no student club/student organization meetings or events from March 16-29.

Are all campus events cancelled?

Effective Sunday, March 15, all college hosted events with more than 50 people will be suspended until further notice.

Health & Wellness

Section last updated updated 04/09/2020, at 6:00 p.m.

UPDATEDWhen will the Governer's "stay at home" order be lifted?

The stay at home order is effective from March 27 at 11:59 p.m. to May 3 at 11:59 p.m.

What are you doing to help keep us safe?

Northland’s COVID-19 Task Group is monitoring circumstances closely and receiving guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. Our facilities department is spending extra time cleaning buildings and sanitizing commonly touched surfaces (such as railings and door handles). Hand sanitizer stations are provided throughout campus.

How is Northland making decisions about COVID-19?

We are following the recommendations and direction of the Minnesota Department of Health, in coordination with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

What can I do to reduce the risk of getting sick?

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person. Washing your hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds is your best defense against the flu and COVID-19. Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. For more information, visit the CDC website.

What steps can I take to protect others?

Do not come to campus if you are sick. Cover coughs and sneezes. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. Wash your hands frequently.

I have a compromised immune system; what should I do?

It is important to use your best judgment and take actions to ensure your health and safety. If you feel that you should not come to campus, please communicate with faculty or other staff via email.

What should I do if I get sick?

Do not come to campus when you are sick. Communicate with faculty or other staff via e-mail. Contact your physician or medical clinic by phone or email.

I may have been exposed to COVID-19. What should I do?

Contact your physician or medical clinic by phone or email.

What would happen if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus?

We would act on the advice of the Minnesota Department of Health and in coordination with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

I feel anxious about COVID-19. What can I do?

Northland Community and Technical College wants all students, employees, and visitors to feel safe and supported during their time on our campus. Students who need to talk with a counselor or have questions may contact counseling.

I am concerned about stigma or discrimination related to COVID-19. What can I do?

A lack of knowledge about how COVID-19 spreads can cause fear and anger. The best way to counteract the stigma associated with COVID-19 is to educate yourself by knowing the facts.

Any incidents of discrimination and/or harassment should be promptly reported.

What can I do if I am experiencing suspected bias or discrimination?

Northland is committed to creating an inclusive climate for all of our community members. The CDC offers guidance on countering stigma related to this virus. If you believe that you are experiencing discrimination or bias related to your national origin, race, or other protected characteristic, please contact Northland.

Can I travel?

All college-related international travel and college-related out-of-state travel through Northland Community and Technical College is suspended.

Personal travel should be approached with caution. For more information regarding domestic and international travel related to COVID-19, please visit the Minnesota Department of Health.

Where can I find more information about COVID-19?

It is important to have access to accurate and consistent information regarding COVID-19. Reliable sources include:

Financial Aid, Tuition & Fees

Section last updated updated 03/20/2020, at 3:40 p.m.

What happens to my financial aid if classes are moved online or conducted in some other format because of COVID-19?

When your classes are converted to an alternative format, you are still expected to participate. If you participate, your financial aid will not be affected.

What happens to my financial aid if I am quarantined and miss class or am unable to complete the semester because of COVID-19?

If you must miss class, please contact your instructor. If you will be unable to complete the semester, we encourage you to start by contacting Advising to discuss your best academic options. If needed, you will be directed to the Financial Aid Office for special circumstances consideration.

I am a work-study student. Do I still report for work while classes are suspended?

Effective at the end of the day on Friday, March 20, 2020, all work study assignments will be suspended from March 23 thru March 27. The only exception to this is work study assigned to the maintenance and IT departments. We recognize students may depend on the earnings of work-study and we, like all Minnesota State institutions, are working to determine how to minimize or eliminate the financial impact to students this causes. More information will be forthcoming in the days ahead.

Registration & Advising

Section last updated updated 03/20/2020, at 4:15 p.m.

Are advising appointments still available?

Advisors are available via alternative methods other than in-person advising meetings. Please call or email your advisor, they will contact you to set up a phone, Zoom, or email meeting so that you can chat about class selections and receive your access code for the fall 2020 semester.

Will class registration begin April 1, 2020 as scheduled?

Yes, class registration is still scheduled to open on April 1, 2020. If you need help with registration, please contact your advisor, and they will assist you via phone, Zoom, or email.

Prospective Students & Admissions

Section last updated updated 03/23/2020, at 7:00 p.m.

Is Northland still accepting applications at this time for fall?

Yes! We look forward to having you join our community. Our application process is easy. Fill our our free online application today.

Are campus tours available?

Due to ongoing concerns and preventative measures regarding COVID-19, Northland is suspending all campus visits/tours until further notice. While you may not be able to physically tour Northland, we encourage you to explore Northland’s beautiful campuses by taking our Virtual Tour today!

I'm a prospective student and I still have questions, where can I get help?

Our admissions team is excited to meet with you. At this time all meetings with prospective students are being set up remotely to ensure the health and safety of everyone. Our admissions representatives can set up a phone call or Zoom (video) meeting with you or contact Admissions at

You can also explore our digital Viewbook, the primary guide to the Northland experience, our academic programs, and find out what it's like to be an student at Northland.

Minnesota State Specific Guidance & Information

Section last updated updated 03/05/2020, at 9:00 a.m.

Frequently Asked Questions: Minnesota State Specific

COVID-19 Back to Campus Preparedness Plan



Updated 03/27/2020, at 12:00 p.m.

Due to the "Stay At Home" order issued by Minnesota Governor Walz, all Northland campuses are temporarily closed to the public until further notice. Northland students, faculty and staff are welcome on campus using select entrances. Please see campus entrance signage for more details.

Building Hours

Monday - Friday
7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Media Inquiries

Members of the news media should contact Northland Marketing & Communications with any questions about Northland’s response to COVID-19.

Chad Sperling
Director Of Marketing & Communications
(218) 793-2436