FAQ: Classes: Continuing Online

Adjusting your study habits during COVID [pdf]

A.  As you know, the COVID-19 virus continues to spread and change daily life for all of us. The best practices to try and minimize the effects of this pandemic continue to primarily revolve around, among other things, social distancing and avoiding crowds. To that end, and in trying to provide as much notice for MSU students who live a distance from Minot, I am hereby announcing that Minot State University courses will be delivered remotely via technology for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.

We appreciatee your understanding and patience as we have worked through this process. This has obviously been a very complex and quite unprecedented situation, so we are trying to make the best decisions with the information we have. More information will be forthcoming in the days ahead as there are many details to sort through related to the completion of the Spring Semester. But, at a minimum, I wanted our entire campus community to have this primary piece of information as soon as possible so they can begin planning accordingly. Classes will resume online as scheduled on Tuesday, March 24 and continue in an online/distance format for the remainder of the Spring semester. There will be no more face-to-face classes this Spring at Minot State.

Please monitor your email as more information, especially related to details for students in the Residence Halls, will be forthcoming in the very near future. My deepest apologies for this unfortunate set of circumstances, particularly to our graduating seniors who will not be able to complete their final semester on the MSU campus. Your senior year is a special time, and it is frustrating to have it end this way. You have my sincerest thoughts and apologies. Regarding Commencement in May, we have not yet made a final decision on that, but more information and a final decision should be forthcoming in the next 10 days on our graduation plans.

Course information will be available through Blackboard as the main communication tool. Individual faculty members are best positioned to determine alternative methods of instruction that will meet course objectives and student needs during this time - especially in courses involving labs, clinical experiences, music lessons/performances, etc. Be sure to monitor Blackboard and your MSU email account for updates from your instructors.

While we are encouraging students to remain away from campus, for those students unable to leave, our residence halls and dining services will remain open. Please note Dining Services will be closed from March 14 until 5 pm on March 22, as previously scheduled for Spring Break.

A.  Currently, the Administration Building is the only building open for computer usage.  If you have Internet connectivity issues, please find a computer to submit a help ticket at helpdesk@minotstateu.edu or call 701-858-4444.

If you have a cell phone or tablet, there is a Blackboard app available for Android and iOS.  Get the App on Your Mobile Device:

Internet options for students

Nationwide carriers have suspended Internet data caps during the coronavirus pandemic. AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Comcast are offering help. Individuals need to contact their carrier for more information. See a Cnet ARTICLE for more information on various national carriers.

Charter Communications is working to ease the strain in this challenging time, beginning Monday, March 16, Charter commits to the following for 60 days:

  • Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with k-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
  • Charter will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are award of these tools to help students learn remotely. Charter will continue to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, high speed broadband program to eligible low-income households delivering speeds of 30 Mbps.
  • Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use.
  • Spectrum does not have data caps or hidden fees.

A. The president has encouraged students to remain away from campus. However, residence halls and dining services will remain open.