Did you happen to see the student email recently from Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Kari Rusch-Curl? If not, check out her message to students:
I hope the fall semester is going well for you. Whether you are enrolled in online or on-campus classes (or both!), I’m grateful you’re a member of our community.
I’m writing today to share information about increased mask protocols on campus. We are committed to creating a campus that cares for one another, especially our students and employees who might be more vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus. Taking precautions can also help to ensure learning is not disrupted. We are trying to avoid the need to move classes or the campus to remote learning again.
Thank you to all of you who are properly wearing masks each and every time you are on campus. As we continue to see an increase in cases of COVID-19 in Dakota County and in Minnesota, the requirement to wear masks is consistent across all MN State institutions in areas with substantial or high transmission rates.
Since the mask mandate went into effect in early August, college employees and security staff have been reminding students to wear masks or wear them properly when they have seen the need to do so.
Starting Monday, October 25, we will be issuing warnings to students who aren’t wearing a mask or who aren’t wearing it properly over both the nose and mouth. Your name and StarID will be shared with Student Affairs, and you will receive a warning. If you are found without a mask or if you choose to not wear a mask properly again, you will be issued a summary suspension per the Inver Hills and MN State Code of Conduct for one day, and your on-campus instructors will be notified why you are not on campus.
We recognize that in some rare cases, students may request an exemption to masking. Please contact me to discuss any requests for an exemption.
Thank you in advance for your increased awareness and diligence in properly wearing a mask when inside our campus buildings. Removal of masks for a very brief time to eat or drink in a common area away from others is acceptable.
If you have any questions about this message, please let me know. I wish you good health and success as we enter the final weeks of the semester.
Sincerely, Kari Rusch-Curl
Interim Vice President of Student Affairs