COVID-19 Updates & Response

Welcome, Students!

We understand this is an interesting and challenging time, but it is also an opportunity for growth and learning. Northland is preparing for a return to a full campus experience for the fall 2021 semester.

In order to ensure that we can provide you with the best possible education and prioritize your safety, we are making unprecedented changes this fall. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to supporting you during this time. We remain committed to providing you with the absolute best learning experiences so you will have the greatest chances for success.

We are committed to following state health and safety guidelines, and if these change in the coming weeks, our operations will adapt as well. We are also committed to our mission of providing our students with a high-quality education.

Keeping our Campuses Safe

Everyone will be required to wear a face covering or mask while on campus.

Academic Instruction

For Fall 2021 Northland:

  • Analyzed and adjusted classrooms and class sizes to determine options for social distancing
  • Evaluated and adjusted seating arrangements throughout our campuses
  • Implementing a HyFlex technology-enhanced instructional model that allows students and faculty to fully interact in person or remotely.

Course & Lab Delivery

Technical Programs

Technical programs will have in-person, hands-on labs adjusted to assure student and staff safety with social distancing and other safety protocols.

Lecture-based Courses

Lecture-based courses will be adjusted to assure student and staff safety, including alternative formats that provide some in-person and/or live video instructional time (e.g., Zoom). Specific formats will vary by program and instructor.

Note: Depending on requirements by State and Health officials, delivery format of courses on our campus schedules may be adjusted during the semester.

Student Life

We are pursuing creative approaches to co-curricular activities, to foster learning and growth that comes from experiencing groups while following physical distancing guidelines.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to questions the Northland community is asking about related to COVID.

Wearing Face Coverings & Coming to Campus

Do I have to wear a mask if I'm coming to campus?

Yes – masks are required on campus, whether you are in the classrooms, common areas, cafeteria, library, bookstore, or anywhere else where you may encounter other individuals. All individuals on our campuses – employees, students, visitors, vendors and service providers – are required to wear a face mask/covering upon entering any college building.

The only exceptions are as follows:

  • While eating in appropriate areas, but only while eating – before and after eating a meal, face masks/coverings must be worn and social distancing must be maintained when seated with others. Eating in labs, shops and active classes in not permitted. While eating, you must be stationary (not moving through hallways or other spaces).
  • Outdoors on our campuses with physical distancing in place – but we strongly encourage wearing a face mask/covering when you are with other people in any situation.
  • Individual office spaces when in office alone.

What if I have a medical condition?

Individuals with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that makes it unreasonable for the individual to maintain a face covering. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals who have a medical condition that compromises their ability to breathe, and individuals who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance.

To receive any modifications, employees must work with Human Resources and students with the Academic Success Center director (Sara Johnson).

What if someone in my class tests positive for COVID-19? What happens and will I be notified?

The College will continue to work with MDH and county officials to closely track COVID-19 cases. Given the sensitive nature of sharing private medical information, the college as a whole will not be notified of positive cases. However, the college’s Safety/COVID Contact will be informed of all positive COVID-19 tests and depending upon the results of initial investigation and contact tracing will take the necessary steps to notify those individuals who have been impacted and implement action plans..

Fall Semester 2021 Course Delivery

Will the fall semester start and end as scheduled?

Fall semester begins on Monday, August 23 and ends with finals week December 13-16. See all semester dates and deadlines.

Please note, in-person classes could be cancelled or converted to online/remote if the COVID situation gets worse. To ensure the safety of our faculty, staff, and students, we must be prepared to adjust. We will continue to follow the recommendations from the State of Minnesota and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for COVID-19 guidelines and safety measures.

When and how do I know if my classes will be taught face-to-face on campus, online/remote, or hyflex?

You should check your course schedule and read all the notes. You can review your course schedule by logging in to e-Services with your StarID and password. If you do not know or cannot remember your StarID or password, please visit for assistance.

What is the difference between hyflex, face-to-face, online asynchronous and online synchronous?

Northland offers students multiple options when taking courses ranging from traditional face-to-face to completely online, allowing you to choose the delivery method that accommodates your goals and your learning style. Its education designed to fit your life! See Northland's Course Delivery Guide for more information.

  • Online Only (remote) classes will be offered online, with no in-person interaction.
    • Some online classes are asynchronous, which means that there are no required video conference meetings which you need to join at a certain time.
    • Others are synchronous, which means that you must engage with the instructor at a scheduled time.
  • Face-to-Face – Select classes will operate with face-to-face interaction in a classroom, lab or field experiences for all course work. Some course assignments may be delivered in alternative formats, but the majority of the course is delivered in-person in a space that has been prepared to accommodate students and faculty safely.
  • Hyflex - Face-to-face class where students have the option to participate remotely in either a synchronous (e.g., Zoom) or asynchronous (e.g., recorded lecture) manner.
  • Hybrid Course - Reduces the face-to-face class time by combining online instruction with in-person instruction.

Food & Dining Services

Will dining service be available on campus?

Dining service will be available.

Vending machines will be available at both campuses. Additionally, the Northland Store will have snacks and other food items available for purchase when open.

Can I bring food or beverages to campus? Where and how can I consume them?

Students may bring food and beverages to campus. Masks may be removed while eating. However, before and after eating a meal, face masks/coverings must be worn. Social distancing must be maintained when seated with others while eating.

Food must be consumed in appropriate areas, such as the campus dining areas. Eating in labs, shops and classrooms in not permitted.

Student Technology

What kind of equipment/technology will I need to complete an online course?

Typically you will need access to the following items for the best online learning experience:

  • Laptop, computer or tablet
  • Webcam or built-in camera
  • Headset, earbuds, or a microphone/speaker

What if I do not have a computer, webcam or internet to participate in online classes?

If you do not have a computer to participate in online/remote classes, our campus computer labs will be set up with social distancing for use on both campuses. If you have technology concerns, please contact your advisor or instructor.

Do I need a different login to access my online courses via Zoom?

No. You can log in to your zoom account using your StarID and StarID password. If you do not know or cannot remember your StarID or password, please visit for assistance.


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