Have you taken the COVID-19 Self-Assessment?
Any student, employee, and visitors (contractor and vendor) who plan to enter any facility as part of the Century College campus, must complete and pass the COVID-19 Self-Assessment prior to arriving to Century College.
Completion of the COVID-19 Self-Assessment is REQUIRED DAILY if you plan to be on the Century College campus. CLICK HERE to access the self-assessment tool.
Health and Safety Measures
To ensure the health and safety of our campus community, Century College created a comprehensive Return to Campus Plan: Fall 2020. We ask all employees and students to read the plan and refer to it when guidance is needed, understand your role in every aspect of the plan, and contact us if you have any questions.
The driving factor behind our decisions will continue to be the health, safety and well-being of students, faculty, and staff. For the foreseeable future, the College will be taking extensive public health and safety measures to protect our community.
COVID-19 Self-Assessment Screening Tool
Starting Monday, August 10, EVERYONE, including employees, students, visitors (contractors and vendors) who plan to enter any facility as part of the Century College campus, must complete a DAILY self-assessment before they arrive each day.
Before the fall semester starts, this is one of many strategies Century College and all of the colleges and universities of Minnesota State will implement to protect the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff. Using this tool to self-assess symptoms before coming to campus is not only the right thing to do in order to keep our faculty, staff, and students healthy, this screening process complies with the Governor’s Executive Order 20-74, which indicated that we "must establish policies and procedures, including health screenings", that are designed to prevent sick students and employees from entering our college campus for in-person or on-site activities.
The self-assessment tool will be available and can be accessed on our Century College website, and from any device capable of interacting with a web page, including most handheld devices. You will be guided through a series of questions to identify COVID-19 related health risks. Individuals who pass the self-assessment will receive an email that reflects approval—anyone may be asked to show this email upon entering campus, classrooms or the workplace. The application will inform individuals who do not pass the self-assessment that they should not come to campus and will display campus-specific contacts and guidance on steps to take to protect themselves and others.
Face Coverings Required On Campus
In accordance with the Governor’s Emergency Executive Order 20-81, all employees, students, and visitors, to include contractors and vendors, are required to wear a face covering when inside Century College buildings, facilities and enclosed places such as classrooms, offices, hallways, service counters, and leased spaces, and when physical distancing is not possible. In addition, face coverings must be worn outdoors when it is not possible to maintain social distancing, including the Century College bridge and any College-sponsored event and gathering.
Century College reserves the right to take appropriate action when non-compliance is identified. If an individual is not complying, College personnel will ask to see identification, will record identification information, and report repeated non-compliance to the Student Conduct office or other appropriate administrative office for possible disciplinary action.
Face Covering Distribution
For Employees and Students. The College will provide the first, reusable face covering at no cost to all students and employees, and additional face coverings can be purchased at the College’s bookstore on West Campus.
Visitors, Vendors and Contractors. Visitors (vendors and contractors) must provide their own face coverings, while conducting business at Century College. Face coverings can be purchased at the Century bookstore on West campus at the open service window. Century will provide face coverings for all prospective students when on campus and for College sponsored events.
For details on the Face Covering Mandate, click here.
Social/Physical Distancing and Campus Space Modifications
Before students return to campus, the College is taking many steps to ensure that academic, student services, and common area spaces are safe and expectations about social distancing and appropriate behavior are clear.
Rearranging all classrooms to ensure six feet between students with some exceptions for health sciences, labs, and other students in clinical settings. In those cases, students as well as relevant faculty and staff, will be provided appropriate training and PPE.
Installing branded public health signage and messaging in all campus buildings and offices to continually reinforce community expectations. Signs will also indicate room and elevator capacities with social distancing and provide floor marks to show people where to stand and sit.
Reducing the density of the on-campus population, through the creation of phased return to work plans. These plans review the requirements for space occupancy related to a phased reopening by limiting the number of staff on campus through a combination of initiatives that will include continued telework, staggered and rotating work/class schedules, and shifts.
Maximizing outdoor locations. As weather and climate permits, the College could use tenting in exterior open areas to create additional multi-use spaces. These spaces would be configured to comply with all the required social distancing measures and gathering limits (less than 250 people) while also taking advantage of fresh air ventilation. Face coverings will be required.
Limiting campus event and gatherings. For the foreseeable future, meetings will be held virtually and with limitations on face-to-face meetings. Face-to-face meetings can only occur when social distance and face coverings are practiced. Century College will comply with the State of Minnesota requirements for group size at each phase of the State’s reopening plan. On-campus events that have had large in- person groups in the past are being reimagined and, in some cases, will be held virtually with smaller groups for in-person components with limitations of no more than 25 persons indoors and 250 outdoors. These limits can be adjusted with any order from the State of Minnesota. This does not apply to numbers of students on campus at any given time, but these guidelines may limit the number of students in classrooms and require stricter social distancing requirements. The College is also working to establish a system to require a sign-up and check-in process for all events to facilitate contact tracing in case it is later needed. Century College may need to, at some point, limit access to buildings to card holders who will be required to badge in to enter. The plan will be updated as new guidance is received.
Encouraging online office hours for faculty and students where possible. However, nothing precludes faculty and students from having face-to-face meetings with students where social distancing can be maintained, and face coverings are worn.
Modifying class attendance policies where appropriate to ensure that faculty and students stay home if they show any signs of illness.
Cleaning and Sanitizing Protocols
Century College will meet or exceed CDC guidelines for cleaning in classrooms, study spaces, and public spaces, with a special focus on high-touch surfaces. Century will make available cleaning supplies, including hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipe dispensers, in classroom spaces, dining areas, study spaces, and other high-traffic areas to allow self-service cleaning. Century College will use cleaning products on the EPA List for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).
Hygiene and safety for service areas. Century College will install safety measures that support hand hygiene and service areas by installing hand sanitation stands and plexiglass barriers where appropriate; and limiting maximum capacity for elevators, classrooms, and other common spaces.
Campus signage and messaging. Century will display signage through the campus to provide directional guidance related to wearing face coverings, hand hygiene, and limits on capacity while in shared spaces.
Safety protocols for instructional labs. Century has developed a detailed safety plan for on-campus lab instruction. The plan strictly adheres to all safety protocols, including population density in labs and other settings consistent with health and safety guidance; prioritizes research related to COVID-19; and incorporates all safety concerns related to biological, chemical, electrical, mechanical, or radiological hazards. The Academic Affairs safety plan, as well as individual division and department plans, will outline more detailed expectations specific to the activities within the department/division to minimize exposure to students, faculty, and staff. In addition, safety plans will, as appropriate, align with licensing and accreditation standards.
Facilities’ ventilation, water, and other systems adherence to CDC guidance. Century College Facilities Department is following CDC guidance for building occupancy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Essential personnel have remained on campus throughout the COVID-19 crisis to ensure building systems continue to operate correctly and water systems are flushed to prevent other health hazards. Century College will adjust HVAC systems to optimize fresh air intake and will monitor and balance the systems to prevent any air flow conditions that could increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission. While face coverings are already required in public areas or in the presence of others, Century College always encourages the college community to wear them to further reduce the risk of transmission.
Restrictions on public access to all campus buildings. Century College will continue to require limited public access for events and meetings until the corresponding jurisdiction (State or Federal) suspends all restrictions on limiting numbers of participants in face to face meetings and event gatherings. Employees and students should not bring children, friends or other family members on campus for the foreseeable future. Only visitors (vendors and contractors) with a business purpose and a specific appointment should be on campus. The employee with whom this visitor will meet must communicate the specific guidance below before allowing the visitor to come to campus.
Guidance for inviting a visitor to campus. Should employees invite a visitor to our campus, please make sure it is necessary and the meeting cannot be achieved through another way. Provide the following guidance at the point of invitation and scheduling.
- Specific directions, including closest building entrance to employee’s office location or meeting place. This will minimize having to ask for directions of others.
- Share that all visitors must always wear a face covering while on campus in public spaces, hallways, meetings, classrooms, and in places where physical and social distancing cannot be achieved.
- If the visitor arrives on campus without a face covering, the visitor should NOT enter, and the employee should meet the visitor and supply a face covering to them at their own expense or reschedule the meeting when compliance can be achieved.
- Complete and submit a screening assessment. The vendor must email the results of this assessment to the employee who invited them to campus before coming to campus
Campus events limitations. Campus event size will be limited to 25 people indoors or 250 outdoors. All events will be coordinated by Events Services Coordinator, Theresa Glass. Century College will require the appropriate mitigation measures such as security, pre-registration, check-in procedures, and cleaning and safety protocols. All participants must register (including name and contact number) before or at the beginning of the event. All visitors are required to wear face coverings for events at the College. For events sponsored by the College (e.g., “Discover Century”), the College will provide face coverings for the attendees or require the use of those already provided depending on when the event occurs. For events sponsored by an external group, the sponsor is required to provide face coverings for the attendees and the size limits will still be enforced.
Modified food services on campus. Century College has two vendor-operated cafeterias. The fall semester will begin with the cafeteria on East campus and one coffee shop on West campus open. Aladdin, our new contracted vendor, will provide limited grab and go food choices in individual packaging and contactless pay systems. Finance and Administration has worked with our food vendors to ensure adequate social distancing, sanitation, and cleaning and will assess how this is working in late September to determine if changes need to be made for this semester and into spring as well.
Cleaning supplies will be provided for all classrooms and departments. Please submit a Facilities work order to request more cleaning supplies.
Archived Century Student Communications
Monday, November 16
Sent: Monday, November 16, 2020
To: All Students
Subject: Important Health and Safety Reminders for the Holidays
Century College students –
As we enter the home stretch of fall semester, we would like to express our appreciation for your commitment to your education and your adaptability during this challenging time.
As you may be aware, Minnesota is experiencing record-breaking COVID-19 positive cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. Minnesota Governor Walz issued new restrictions last week to reduce community spread by limiting social gatherings and closing bars and restaurants early. We ask that you take added precautions going forward, especially in regard to upcoming holiday breaks, where an increase in the gatherings of families and friends, parties, and travel may put people at higher risk for COVID-19.
We encourage you to take the following actions to protect yourself, your loved ones, and each other:
Many with COVID-19 show no symptoms and have no way of knowing they are positive. We urge you to get tested prior to the Thanksgiving holiday or other opportunities to gather. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced a significant expansion in COVID-19 testing access. All testing will be free and available to anyone who wants to be tested whether they have symptoms or not, and it will not require insurance. You can find testing options at the Minnesota Department of Health website, including nasal swab community testing events, saliva community testing sites, home tests, and a map of testing locations throughout the state.
Stay at home.
Even though it is a big sacrifice, anytime you gather with people you do not live with, the risk of infection increases for everyone. The safest option right now to protect family, friends, and communities is for everyone to stay home. Plan a dinner with the people who you live with or have a virtual holiday celebration with your family and friends. Avoid indoor gatherings such as bars or parties with friends unless you know that social distancing and capacity limits will be followed. Crowds and drinking have been associated with outbreaks of COVID-19.
If you do have a gathering, take precautions that will slow transmissions, including limiting attendance from those who have COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, etc.) or have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days, asking all attendees to wear face coverings, arranging furniture to ensure at least 6 feet of social distancing, and keeping the gathering to no more than 10 people from 3 households, per the Governor’s order.
If you are considering traveling during break, be aware of the spread of COVID-19 at your destination, whether you or someone you are traveling with or visiting is at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, and how easy it will be to maintain social distance while traveling. Also, as stated above, get tested prior to traveling to ensure that you do not spread it when you travel or spread to your loved ones when you visit.
Remain vigilant about health & safety measures.
As always, we urge you to stay vigilant about health and safety measures, including washing hands, wearing a face covering, and remaining social distant from others both on and off campus.
We understand that this has been difficult on all of us, but if we all work together to ensure the health and safety of ourselves and each other, we will come through this and have a new normal soon.
Take care and stay well,
Friday, September 25
Friday, September 25, 2020
To: All Students
Subj: Century Students: Important Information and Updates for Fall 2020
Century College students,
We hope your fall semester is going well, your classes are progressing, and that you are receiving the support that you need as we approach mid-term. Now that fall semester is in full swing, this email provides important information and updates for all Century students:
Updated College Support Services Hours and Delivery Options
Century continues to provide support services for our students with flexible options for students taking on-campus classes and those studying online. Please find updated College service hours and delivery options on our College Hours and Access web page, as well as listed on the individual service area web pages. Students will have options for on-campus and/or virtual services throughout the semester.
One important change is, starting Monday, September 28, the West Computer Center will be closed for the remainder of the semester. Students can use the East Computer Center or the Writing Center on West Campus for computer access. The East Computer Center will remain open at the hours indicated.
Resources and Support for Online Learning
As many more students are taking classes online, we want to highlight all the support that is available to our students studying in this format. Century provides a one-stop shop on online learning for students that provides explanations of different types of online learning, links to all student support services, tips and exercises to prepare for online learning, and frequently asked questions. These resources also include online peer tutoring in specific Century classes, general academic tutoring available 24/7 through tutor.com, and drop-in academic advising zoom appointments for quick questions.
IT help for students is available during weekdays at the Century College Student Helpdesk (651-779-3295, email@example.com) and evenings and weekends from the Minnesota State System Information Technology Services (877-466-6728, Service Desk Site).
Century is offering free workshops open to all students: How to Be Successful in Your Online Courses
- Tuesday, October 6, 2020 5:00-6:00pm: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/94664301006
- Thursday, November 5, 2020 11:00am-12:00pm: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/99703339777
All of our College support services personnel are here to assist you, so please do not hesitate to reach out via phone or email, to schedule phone or Zoom meetings, and/or to come on campus during open service hours to connect with staff in person.
Take care, and stay safe!
Monday, September 14
To: All Students
Subj: Important Reminders Regarding On-Campus Health and Safety Protocols
Century College students,
As we settle into the start of fall semester, we hope that your first few weeks of classes have been a positive experience. It has been great to see students back on campus--walking the hallways, using campus resources, and learning in the classrooms. We are truly grateful for your adherence to our new on-campus health and safety protocols. Your commitment to the safety and well-being of our campus community has been wonderful to see.
With that said, as the semester has progressed, we are noticing increasing instances of non-compliance with the required protocols of wearing face coverings at ALL times and social distancing of 6 feet while on campus. We must reiterate the seriousness of this health crisis, and we MUST do even better to protect one another, ourselves, and our campus community.
ALL students, employees, and visitors on campus MUST adhere to the following:
- The COVID-19 health self-assessment tool must be completed each day you come to campus. The tool can be accessed from the Century College home page.
- Face coverings are required on campus AT ALL TIMES. This includes when inside campus buildings, classrooms, hallways, walking the bridge, and outside when you cannot maintain 6 feet of distance from others. Also, face coverings must be worn properly—completely covering your mouth and nose.
- Social distancing is a key component to stopping the spread of COVID-19. You must maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others outside of your household at all times.
- Use proper hand hygiene by washing your hands regularly and utilizing the hand sanitizer stations located throughout campus.
- Please do not bring family and friends with you to campus unless absolutely necessary. And when necessary to be on campus, family and friends must follow the same safety protocols.
Compliance with these protocols is required when on campus. If you are not complying, College personnel will ask you to show your ID, will take your information, and report repeated non-compliance to the Student Conduct office. All students found to be non-compliant will receive a warning and repeated non-compliance could result in further discipline, including but not limited to removal from campus and suspension.
We understand that these protocols are new, but in order to protect the health and safety of our entire campus community, it is important that we are doing our part to protect each other, ourselves, and the entire Century College community. Our ability to continue to offer on-campus classes and services depends on your and everyone’s adherence with these protocols. We are moving in the right direction, and with your continued support and diligence, we will get through this together. We look forward to a safe and healthy fall semester.
Friday, August 21
To: All Century students
Subj: Welcome Fall 2020 Century Students
Century College students,
On Monday, we will start Fall Semester 2020, and a new academic year, as thousands of new and returning Century College students begin their classes online, on-campus, or through a combination of both. We would like to welcome our new Century College students and welcome back our returning students and express our gratitude to you for choosing to be a part of our Century College community.
Months have been spent preparing for the start of this Fall Semester, and we are excited to say, we are ready to deliver you an extraordinary education. This Fall semester will be different from others in many ways, but you will also find that much is the same. You will continue to find instructors who are committed to your success, staff who are dedicated to providing exceptional support services, and a warm, welcoming, and vibrant campus community where you will make new friendships and expand your horizons.
As we begin the Fall Semester, if you are coming to campus, please be aware of and follow the health and safety measures required while on campus. You can learn about those health and safety measures by visiting our Return to Campus: Fall 2020 web page, which includes Century’s Return to Campus Plan. If you are taking classes online and/or hybrid classes, take advantage of the variety of online learning resources and support services available to help you succeed in this learning environment. Also, enjoy the Welcome Week on-campus and virtual activities hosted by Student Life for all students!
As you navigate the start of your Fall semester classes, be sure to stay connected, ask questions, and get the support you need.
We are ready, Century College. It’s going to be a great year!
Friday, August 12
To: All Century students
Subj: Important Reminders Regarding On-Campus Health & Safety Measures
We hope this letter finds you well. We are excited to begin a new academic year!
Century College has worked hard to create an environment that will allow students to learn this fall and connect with each other. We are committed to supporting the health, safety, and well-being of all of our students, employees, and community. In anticipation of any questions that students may have before arriving on campus, we wanted to provide you with some information around expectations of students this fall.
These expectations will help reduce the amount of transmission of COVID-19 on campus, including yourself, others around you, and those who are at high risk and vulnerable to COVID-19. These behaviors will be important for the success and safety of all campus members during the academic year.
Expectations for Behavior at Century College
Before you get to campus
- It is extremely important to pay attention to your health before coming to campus. If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, such as coughing, sore throat, fever, shortness of breath, or headache, you should stay at home.
- Be sure to complete and pass the COVID-19 health assessment. This is REQUIRED DAILY before coming to campus.
While you are on campus
- Please keep your social distance. Social distancing means keeping 6 feet apart from others and keeping your mask on even when there is a close physical distance. The College has enacted many social distancing protocols on campus, but it is all of our responsibility to be aware of our surroundings and maintain our social distance.
- Wearing a face covering when inside Century College buildings, facilities, and enclosed places such as classrooms, offices, hallways, and service counters is REQUIRED. In addition, it is important to wear a face covering properly. See graphic below for an illustration of how to properly wear your face covering.
Answer the call
- If there is an instance of COVID-19 on-campus, you may receive a call from the Minnesota Department of Health and/or designated campus staff. If the health department or designated campus staff calls you, answer, or if you miss the call, call them back. It could be a case investigator or a contact tracer with important questions and information to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and on our campus.
- Discussions with health department staff and/or designated campus staff are confidential. This means that your personal and medical information will be kept private and only shared with those who may need to know, like your health care provider.
- Your name will not be shared with those you came in contact with, unless you have given permission.
- Click here to see how Contact Tracing Slows the Spread of COVID-19.
Follow isolation and quarantine recommendations
- If you become sick with COVID-19 you will need to isolate and stay away from others.
- Click here to see what to do if you have COVID-19.
- If you were in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you may need to quarantine.
- Click here to see what to do if you have had close contact with a person with COVID-19.
- If you begin to experience COVID-19 symptoms while on campus, if possible, please leave campus immediately and notify your instructor. If you are unable to leave campus immediately due to transportation needs, Century College will have care rooms available for temporary isolation.
- Century’s Return to Campus Plan includes information on self-assessment of symptoms, notification, and isolation and quarantine measures, as well as a section on “What to do” related to COVID-19 symptoms, exposure, confirmed cases, and return to school/work.
Wash your hands
- Wash your hands often, with soap and water. Wash for at least 20 seconds.
- Always wash your hands after being in a public place.
- Always wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, throw used tissues in the trash, then wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects or surfaces such as phones, computers, remote controls, keys and doorknobs.
- Clean reusable/cloth face coverings after each use. Face coverings can be washed by hand or with laundry.
- Do not share your phones.
In addition, speak up in a kind and compassionate way and remind your peers when you observe anyone not following these very important safety expectations. It really is up to all of us as a community to make this a successful fall!
We appreciate your support and cooperation as we transition into our new normal on campus this Fall. We are all in this together. For detailed information on Century College’s Return to Campus Plan, please visit the Century College Return to Campus web page.
Stay well and be well,
Friday, August 7
To: All Century students
Subj: Final Century Fall 2020 Plan
Century College is excited to welcome all continuing and new students this Fall Semester 2020 starting Monday, August 24! Century continues its commitment to the health, safety, and well-being of all of our students, employees, and community and is taking an even more comprehensive and planned approach within this pandemic environment. Several things about the fall semester 2020 have been decided.
We will begin fall semester classes Monday, August 24 with both in-person and online components to instruction. Century has created a comprehensive Return to Campus Plan for Fall Semester 2020. To view the complete plan, CLICK HERE. The College will require employees, students, and the entire campus community to participate and adhere to all guidance, as it is more important than ever. We ask all employees and students to read the plan and refer to it when guidance is needed, understand your role in every aspect of the plan, and contact us if you have any questions. The College will provide regular updated information about Century’s response to COVID-19 at www.century.edu/return.
The fall semester 2020 will look different from any previous semester at Century. The driving factor behind our decisions will continue to be the health, safety and well-being of students, faculty, and staff. For classes and teaching, this includes a mix of on campus face-to-face classes, fully online, and blended/hybrid. Physical distancing and the wearing of face coverings on campus will be essential components of this effort. We also anticipate that large gatherings will be strictly limited and regulated. We can and will do this in a responsible manner that works to mitigate risk to the entire college community while preserving the high quality of a Century education, our mission, our quality instruction combined with opportunities for social interactions that make Century unique and special.
There are several other important components to Century’s on-campus operations for fall 2020, as follows:
Face coverings are required effective July 27, 2020, for all employees, students, and visitors (contractors and vendors) when on campus, including but not limited to classrooms, hallways, service counters, and all common and shared spaces. College personnel may ask anyone who is not following this requirement to leave the college premises and students will be denied access to classrooms and services counters if a face covering is not worn.
All Century employees and students will receive ONE FREE reusable and washable face covering when you come to campus. Between July 27 – August 28, a student welcome and safety kit, inclusive of the face covering, will be available for student pick at open College main entrances on both East and West campuses. Face coverings can be purchased at the Bookstore (located on the lower level of West Campus Room 1240) for a minimal charge. Students, employees, and visitors are welcome to supply and wear your own face coverings. Employees can obtain masks from academic departments and human resources.
Starting Monday, August 10, EVERYONE, including employees, students, visitors (contractors and vendors) who plan to enter any facility as part of the Century College campus, must complete a DAILY self-assessment before they arrive each day. The self-assessment tool is available and can be accessed on our Century College website, and from any device capable of interacting with a web page, including most handheld devices. You will be guided through a series of questions to identify COVID-19 related health risks. Individuals who pass the self-assessment will receive an email that reflects approval—anyone may be asked to show this email upon entering campus, classrooms or the workplace. The application will inform individuals who do not pass the self-assessment that they should not come to campus and will display campus-specific contacts and guidance on steps to take to protect themselves and others.
Century College continues to be an open and welcome space for students to attend classes, meet with staff and faculty for support and services, and use campus resources, library, computer and academic labs, and study areas. Some restrictions will apply in order to adhere to physical distancing guidelines. Fall campus building hours are included in the plan and posted on Century’s website. More details on a variety of topics will follow in the upcoming weeks regarding online course resources, on-campus services, health and well-being, financial aid, student employment, and any changes in procedures where needed.
I want to thank all of you — our faculty, staff, and students — for your hard work, commitment, and dedication to higher education. These are unprecedented and difficult times in so many ways, and for many in our community. Together, we will navigate the new challenges, and together we will find a path forward. Whether your fall experience is on campus, online, or a combination of both, Century is ready and looks forward to delivering an exceptional educational experience. We ensure that students who desire to achieve can achieve their deserved educational goals at Century starting this fall and beyond. Students who have any questions related to COVID-19 and/or reporting COVID-19 confirmed cases, please direct these via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continue to practice safety to stay well.