Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information

Monday, April 13

Across the country and state of Minnesota, there have been a growing number of individuals of Asian-descent experiencing racist remarks and stigma in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. At Century College, we are committed to developing and sustaining a culture of equity and inclusion. Within this guiding value, we take very seriously any discrimination, including racism and xenophobia, that may be occurring to our Asian-descent students and employees, and these discriminatory actions will not be tolerated.

If you are a student or employee of Asian-descent, we want you to know that we are here to support you, and we are concerned for your well-being. If you are experiencing discrimination in regards to COVID-19, students and employees can contact Rosa Rodriguez, Campus Diversity Officer at 651-779-5786; and employees can contact Mary Nienaber, Human Resources Director. Learn more about the Century College discrimination complaint process by visiting century.edu/discrimination.

Additionally, Governor Tim Walz recently introduced a discrimination helpline (1-833-454-0148) where Minnesotans can report bias and discrimination that they’ve seen or experienced to the state Department of Human Rights. The helpline is staffed Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30pm. We believe that all of our students and employees deserve an environment that is safe, respectful, supportive, and free from all forms of discrimination, bias, or harassment. Please join us to ensure that Century College continues to be a welcoming, inclusive, and tolerant community. 

For additional information:

General/National Guidance and Information

What do I need to know about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have provided this Fact Sheet on COVID-19.

What should I do if I am sick and diagnosed with COVID-19 or suspect I am infected with the virus that causes COVID-19?

The CDC has provided this Fact Sheet outlining steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people.

What can students, faculty and staff do to protect themselves and each other?

We encourage students, faculty and staff to practice respiratory (coughing and sneezing) etiquette and hand hygiene. Those who feel sick are recommended to stay home until they are free of fever, signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick and seek medical attention depending on the severity of their symptoms.

Minnesota State Specific Guidance and Information

You can find up-to-date COVID-19 information including letters from the Chancellor, resources, and FAQs on the Minnesota State COVID-19 webpage.

Other Resources

Past communications:

March 5, 2020 - 3:50 PM

While at this time the risk of becoming sick with COVID-19 is low, Century College, in close collaboration with the Minnesota State System Office, is monitoring the developing situation related to COVID-19 and we are committed to taking steps necessary to protect the health and safety of our faculty, our staff, and our students. 

At this time, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) assesses the risk of becoming sick with COVID-19, including for people in Minnesota schools, as low, and is not recommending that events or extracurricular activities be cancelled. To date, there have been no positive cases of COVID-19 reported at any Minnesota State college or university or at the system office.

At Century College, we understand that this has become a concerning and distressing situation for many. As we continue to monitor and respond to this public health issue, we ask that you exercise consideration, compassion, and respect to those who have been personally impacted by COVID-19, and we caution all on actions and language against anyone based on race, ethnicity, or religion based on the origins of COVID-19.

We will continue to monitor reports, guidance and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. State Department and review this action on a recurring basis.

March 12, 2020 - 7:14 AM

With much attention to Coronavirus  (COVID-19), now a pandemic, I wanted to assure you that the college leadership is actively engaged with the Minnesota State System Office and Minnesota Department of Health in monitoring, planning, and preparing our campus response in alignment with our commitment to a safe, welcoming, and inclusive campus environment for all our employees, students, and visitors.

As of today, Century has not yet made the decision to shift all courses online nor has it made the decision for early closure.  Additionally, there have been no positive cases of COVID-19 reported at any Minnesota State college or university or at the system office. All faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to heed the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health, and in particular, staying home when sick, covering your cough, and practicing good hand hygiene. 

The Minnesota Department of Health issued the following message Wednesday to higher education partners:

  • With five coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases reported in Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) knows there is increasing concern around what the next steps are for institutes of higher education, given that other colleges and universities across the country are taking various measures including tele-learning and closures.   
  • At this time, MDH is not recommending those measures. Minnesota currently does not have evidence of ongoing community transmission, nor are there any cases currently in a college or university setting. If an institute of higher education has a case in a student, staff, or faculty member, MDH will work closely with the impacted college or university to provide guidance. Moreover, depending on how transmission and spread evolves in the state, we will work with colleges and universities throughout the state on our recommendations. 

Due to the fluidity of all of this, over the next two days, we will participate in multiple conference calls and share written communications with Minnesota State to explore options to ensure safety, minimize disruptions, and to deliver instruction to our students in the most flexible, highest quality manner possible.

What does this mean to all of us?  As you know there is much at stake and the health and safety of everyone is top priority.  This is the time for us to work together as we have done so many times before.  We ask for serious but positive and calm communication and reactions to any circumstances that arises, flexibility in ensuring our continued operations, participation by reading all communications, practice responsible hygiene, and work with your respective Executive Cabinet members as requested.  

Vice President Swenson will send an email to faculty to consider how we can manage temporary interruptions, ending the semester early, and exploring ALL options to deliver instruction remotely/online through the end of the semester considering all methods available to us.  

Vice President Yang has created a message to students similar to the message you are receiving along with our plans to manage delivery of instruction through other modalities than face to face instruction. 

Please know that your leadership team remains in constant communications about COVID-19, and how we manage safety and our responsibilities related to students’ successful course completion.  Continue to monitor your email and the college website for additional updates.  I commit that we will share information as quickly as possible with you.

March 12, 2020 - 2:49 PM

As Chancellor Malhotra reported in his recent email, the Minnesota Colleges and Universities system will extend Century’s Spring Break one week through the week of March 16-21.  College offices will remain open, but classes for next week have been cancelled.  

During the week of March 16, Century staff and faculty will work on plans to continue delivery of our courses to students beginning Monday, March 23.  Students: please continue to regularly monitor your college email and this webpage for more information from your faculty about how classes will resume on March 23.

During the week of March 16, Century staff and faculty are required to report to campus to work on plans to continue delivery of our courses to students beginning Monday, March 23.

Century recognizes that the diversity of our student body and employees is one of our greatest strengths. As such, we are committed to ensuring welcoming and supportive campus environments for all of our students, faculty, and staff. It is vitally important we work together, follow the practices recommended by public health officials, and proceed with preparedness, calm, and understanding.

We recognize that these are stressful times and want to reassure you that the Century faculty and staff are available to assist you through this time.  

Resources for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19:

March 13, 2020 - 3:54 PM

Century College's Spring Break is extended the week of March 16 - 20.  All classes (including online classes) are cancelled March 16-21.  Classes will resume Monday, March 23. 

However, students should look for an e-mail from their faculty members next week as to how your face to face and/or clinical courses will be modified and delivered beginning March 23, through the end of the semester.  It is important that students regularly check their official college student e-mail account for updates from their faculty members.  If you do not know how to access your Century College email, please visit our Student Technology website here.

Century College buildings will be open March 16 - 20: All Labs closed.

Monday (3/16) - Thursday (3/19)

7 AM - 7 PM

Friday (3/20)

7 AM - 5 PM

Beginning Monday, March 23, Century College building hours will return to regular schedule as follows.  All Labs open with physical distancing modifications, which could limit capacity at peak times.

Monday - Thursday

7 AM -  10 PM

Friday

7 AM - 5 PM

March 15, 2020 - 2:20 PM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its COVID-19 Travel Information as follows:

  • Most countries in Europe have now been designated, along with China, Iran, and South Korea as Level 3 (Warning, Avoid Nonessential Travel) countries.
  • The rest of the world, including the United States, has now been designated as Level 2 (Practice Enhanced Precautions).  

Effective immediately:

All travelers, including all Century College students, faculty, and staff, who are returning from a Level 3 country must stay home (i.e., self-quarantine) for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice physical distancing. See the full guidance from the CDC here.

All travelers returning from other countries or from domestic travel, including all Century College students, faculty, and staff, need to monitor their health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning from travel. Travelers who are sick with fever, cough, or have trouble breathing should stay home and call ahead before seeking medical care.  See the full guidance from the CDC here.

If you are a student who needs to self-quarantine to monitor your health after traveling, please wait for the email from your faculty regarding how your course will be delivered starting Monday, March 23.  If there is still a face to face component for all or part of your course, please email your faculty after you know the format of your course.

If you are a faculty or staff member who needs to self-quarantine to monitor your health after traveling, please notify your dean or supervisor with a copy to Vice President Swenson and Mary Nienaber.

If you have questions regarding exposure as a result of travel, Minnesota Department of Health asks you to call 651-201-5414 or 877-676-5414 for guidance.

March 16, 2020 - 11:34 AM

Yesterday, Sunday, March 15, Minnesota State Chancellor, Devinder Malhotra communicated his decision to suspend classes for two weeks starting Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 29, instead of the one week originally communicated.  The purpose of the extension is to give Century faculty and all Minnesota State system of College and University faculty more time to modify face-to-face courses in preparation to complete the spring semester. This means that all classes at Century will resume on Monday, March 30, including those offered online.  You should also have received this information in a communication from the Minnesota State Chancellor Malhotra, stating the same.

Prior to March 30, all students should expect a communication from your faculty about alternative formats for your face-to-face and hybrid courses and giving you guidance relative on how to prepare for the change.  Students who are taking online courses will then resume as normal.  Please check your Century College email regularly.

March 26, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Century College will resume classes in mostly online formats on Monday, March 30. Students should check their email and D2L to learn more about course plans from instructors and to find the information you need to be ready. The COVID-19 Student Resources page is updated frequently to assist you in preparing for classes to resume. We look forward to continuing the semester in alternate formats and are here to assist you in any way we can.

Letter from Chancellor Malhotra to Students

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor Devinder Malhotra has just emailed all students within our system to communicate several key updates. Read Chancellor's Malhotra's email to students.