Ebola (Official Notice)

U.S. health officials have determined that the risk of acquiring the Ebola virus in the U.S. is very low.

That said, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued advice for colleges about Ebola.  Students, faculty and staff who have traveled to Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, or Sierra Leone since August 1, 2014 should phone the College Health Service SVC at (651) 450-3524.  Health Service hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday-closed.

If you have any of the following symptoms, please do not come to campus.  Symptoms include fever and severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain or unexplained bleeding or bruising.  Please call Student Health Services at 651-450-3524.  If you receive no answer, please call your own healthcare provider if you have one or The Minnesota Department of Health Infectious Disease Prevention and Control office at 651-201-5414.

The full CDC advisory appears at the following link:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/advice-for-colleges-universities-and-students-about-ebola-in-west-africa

Inver Hills Prohibits Discrimination, Harassment and Certain Consensual Relationships

Inver Hills embraces and is governed by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities’ (MnSCU’s) 1B.1 Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination in Employment and Educationpolicy. This policy prohibits discrimination in employment, and in access to and participation in programs, services and activities based on race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The policy also prohibits harassment—between faculty/staff and student, and between any employees—on any of these discriminatory bases.

The policy has some additional provisions relating to consensual relationships. It forbids faculty and staff from entering into a consensual sexual or romantic relationship with a student or an employee over whom the faculty/staff exercises direct or otherwise significant academic, administrative, supervisory, evaluative, counseling or extracurricular authority or influence.

The policy prohibits initiating a consensual relationship with a student or another employee while the faculty or staff member is in a position to exercise such direct or otherwise significant authority or influence.

If a faculty or staff member has a current pre-existing consensual relationship with a student or employee, and is now in a position to exercise the described authority or influence over that individual, the faculty or staff member must immediately inform his/her supervisor, manager or Administrator, so that the college can determine whether that duty should be reassigned.

To make a complaint about an employee or supervisor engaging in discrimination, discriminatory harassment, or in a consensual relationship where an evaluative role exists–please contact Liz Newberry, Human Resources Director at (651) 450-3654, enewber@inverhills.edu, or Room 233 Liberal Arts Building.

To make a complaint about a student engaging in discrimination or discriminatory harassment, please contact Jessica Stumpf, Vice President of Student Affairs at (651) 450-3692, jstumpf@inverhills.edu, or Room 232 College Center.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities policy on Nondiscrimination in Employment and Education Opportunity and procedures may be viewed at the following links:

1B.1 Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination in Employment and Education and http://www.mnscu.edu/board/procedure/1b01p1.html (complaint procedure).

Community Garden Event

Inver Hills Community College and Metropolitan State University students are partnering for a community event designed to provide healthy foods for community residents in the Dayton’s Bluff area. Our goal is to prepare over 50-100 fresh apple piesand we need your help in harvesting apples and making the pies.

Sunrise River Farm has agreed to donate the apples used for the pies (www.sunriseriverfarm.com). Our apple picking date will be Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 1:00 pm. Once the apples have been picked we will wash, peel and prepare them for the pies on two (2) dates:

Thursday, September 25, 2014 and Thursday, October 2, 2014 both at 11:00 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Saint Paul (http://lovegrowshere.net/). Volunteers please meet in the community kitchen located in the community center. Once pies are baked they will be distributed to community members during their community dinner (6:00 pm). Needed items for the pie baking event include pie tins, rolling pins, pastry sheets, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, flour, milk, and butter (Please let me know if you will be bringing these items – you can bring these items with you to the kitchen).

We Need Your Help! Please contact Barb Curchack (BCurcha@inverhills.mnscu.edu) or August Hoffman (august.hoffman@metrostate.edu) to let us know if you intend to help out on either date.

Thank you for your help!

Growing a Stronger Community!

It’s harvest time in the Community Garden, and your help is needed to pick vegetables and start preparing the garden for the upcoming winter season. This year’s volunteers have already donated over 255 lbs. of fresh produce to local food shelves, and we’re on our way to beating last year’s total of 1186 lbs. Gardening dates and hours are:

Wednesday September 3rd                            10-11 AM

Wednesdays, Sept. 10, 17, & 24                    10-noon

Saturdays, Aug. 30, Sept. 6, 13, 20, & 27    noon-3 PM

So, grab your grubbies and come help Inver Hills grow a stronger community!

TuitionMatch-MN

Are you interested in FREE money to help pay for your tuition? Then TuitionMatch-MN may be the program for you! For every $1 that you save we will match it with $3, thus turning your dollar into $4. You can save up to a maximum of $960 and we will match it with a maximum of $2,880, giving you the opportunity to access $3,840 to pay for tuition and fees. To see if you are eligible for the program visit our website at www.inverhills.edu/tuitionmatch. If you are interested in applying or would like more information please contact Kim Shaff (kshaff@inverhills.edu, 651-450-3561) or Steve Yang (syang@inverhills.edu, 651-450-3330).

University of Minnesota Transfer Fair

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 21th from 10:00am and 1:00pm. Representatives from the entire University of MN system (Duluth, Rochester, Twin Cities etc.) and its various colleges (Biological Sciences, Pharmacy, Agriculture, Education and more) will be here to answer your questions about potential transfer to the University and its many programs. This large scale event only happens once per year so be sure to make the best of this opportunity. All representatives will be located at tables in the College Center upper level.

International Student Club Meeting

Traveling around the world to learn about different cultures is expensive. Join the International Student Club and learn about different cultures for free without leaving the campus! Our mission is to promote multicultural students on campus, to build support and friendship. Join the International Student Club today by showing up to our first meeting on Wednesday September 3rd, 2014 at 10am in CC117 or contact us thru email wshifer@inverhills.edu.  We will make your college life fun by helping you make new friends and gain new experiences. Everyone is welcome!

OFFICAL: 2014 Annual Security Report Issued

Federal statute 20 U.S.C. §1092 (f), with implementing regulations in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations at 34 C.F.R. 668.46 requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. Compliance is monitored by the United States Department of Education.

In accordance with the above Federal Law, better known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, Inver Hills College monitors criminal activity and publishes an annual report, maintaining a three- year statistical history on the Inver Hills College campus and at off campus facilities used by the college or by recognized college organizations.

The annual report contains:

  • Crime Reporting Policies and Procedures
  • Policies Concerning Safety of and Access to Campus Facilities
  • Security Considerations of Campus Facilities
  • Policies Concerning Law Enforcement
  • Educational Programs Regarding Security and Prevention
  • Crime Statistics for the last three years
  • Policies Regarding Illegality of Drug and Alcohol Use on Campus
  • Policy and Procedure Regarding Sexual Assault

The College will provide a paper copy upon request. To request a paper copy, please call 651.450.3000 or stop by the Information Center.