Coronavirus (COVID-19): Campus Response
- Dunwoody College COVID-19 Preparedness Plan (5/6/2020)
- 5/4/2020 Update from the President’s Office
- 4/9/2020 Update from the President’s Office
- 4/8/2020 Update from the President’s Office
- 4/7/2020 Update from the President’s Office
- 4/6/2020 Update from the President’s Office
- 4/3/2020 Update from the President’s Office
- 4/2/2020 Update from the President’s Office
- 4/1/2020 Update from the President’s Office
- 3/31/2020 Update from the President’s Office
- 3/30/2020 Update from the President’s Office
- 3/27/2020 Update from the President’s Office
- 3/26/2020 Update from the President’s Office
- 3/25/2020 Update from the President’s Office
- 3/24/2020 Update from the President’s Office
- 3/23/2020 Update from the President’s Office
- 3/20/2020 Update from the President’s Office
- 3/19/2020 Update from the President’s Office
- 3/18/2020 Update from the President’s Office
- 3/17/2020 Update from the President’s Office
- Dunwoody Departmental Contact List
- IT Resources and Information
- Letter from Provost Jeff Ylinen to Students, 3/17/2020
- Letter from President Rich Wagner to Students, 3/12/2020
Due to Minnesota’s recent Stay at Home order, Dunwoody will be temporarily closing its physical location to all visitors, students, and non-essential employees beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 27.
We have transitioned our classes and learning over to a virtual environment and we will continue to serve students in that capacity during this time. Our support staff are working remotely and are available to answer questions, assist with support, services, and resources, and meet one-on-one in a virtual environment.
Our main priority continues to be the health and safety of the Dunwoody community.
Facilities Update: providing a clean and safe environment
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and provide a safe and healthy work environment for employees who have an essential need to be on campus during this time, Dunwoody has implemented a number of additional cleaning protocols.
These measures include:
- Utilization of a new battery-powered backpack unit, which sprays a commercial grade disinfectant in all of the areas of the buildings, including classrooms, offices, labs, common areas, and restrooms. This unit also disinfects the air, which helps kill any airborne virus.
- To sanitize surfaces, all areas of the building are being wiped down by hand, including computers, keyboards, desks, equipment, and elevator buttons on a daily basis. Frequently touched items in common areas are sanitized several times a day.
- A plexiglass shield has been installed at the Department of Public Safety desk to create a barrier between people when checking in and out of the building. This, along with social distancing, minimizes exposure between individuals. Plexiglass shields will be installed in other areas of the building as needed.
- Touch-free handles have been installed at two of the doors to the West entrance of the Main building. More will be installed as needed.
- Disinfecting wipes and disinfecting sprays will be kept in all of Dunwoody-owned vehicles and drivers will be asked to wipe down the vehicles before and after each use.
- Sealing the floors in areas of the buildings to make it impermeable and easy to disinfect and prevent the growth of bacteria or viruses that survive on porous surfaces.
- The air handling systems are being reviewed to increase the cycling of clean air into the buildings.
The College continues to monitor cleaning and safety recommendations from the CDC and update protocols as needed. Dunwoody is working to providing an environment that is safe, spotless, and disinfected during these difficult times. As a reminder, all visitors to the campus should practice social distancing and frequent hand washing.
What you should know:
- Card access to the buildings is being turned off, and doors will be locked, beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 27.
- Security personnel will be available at the West Entrance in the Main Building between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, for those who have an essential need to access the building. ALL individuals entering the building will have to sign-in with Public Safety.
- Students should refrain from visiting campus during this time.
- The College has now transitioned staff to working remotely, while still providing the services and support needed to serve students and recruit for Fall Semester. Staff are available between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Open Houses and student recruiting events will have online options.
- The Dunwoody Bookstore will still be accepting online book adoptions and orders. More information about book return options will be coming soon.
- At this time, there are no identified cases of COVID-19 at Dunwoody College of Technology. For up-to-date numbers on cases in Minnesota, see the MDH website.
- The College has asked any faculty, staff, or students who are returning from a country where there is CDC Warning – Level 3 Travel Notice to remain off campus for 14 days after their return. This self-quarantine is consistent with current federal policy requiring returning travelers to stay home, monitor their health, and practice social distancing for 14 days upon return. Click to view current Warning Level 3 Travel Notices.
- The SAT testing scheduled to take place on the Dunwoody campus on Saturday, March 14, was cancelled. The College Board/SAT has informed those students signed up to take the test of the cancellation. At this time, we do not have a rescheduled date for the test. The College Board will contact students at a later date to reschedule.
Here are the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC):
- People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
As mentioned above, we are extending Spring Break by one week and then holding classes virtually through April 3.
The campus was disinfected during deep cleaning over the Spring Break, and the College verified that all of our cleaning chemicals are effective at killing the virus. Areas of the campus will also continue to receive extra cleaning attention, including common areas, door handles, etc. Hand sanitizer has been installed at all entrances, including the cafeteria.
The College is emphasizing that all students, employees, and campus visitors should follow CDC preventative practices.
First, you should stay home.
Second, you should monitor yourself for the symptoms identified with COVID-19. That includes fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Please contact your primary health care provider.
To slow the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) into the United States, CDC is working with state and local public health partners to implement after-travel health precautions.
Depending on your travel history, you will be asked to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread or ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice). Current countries include China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea.
For an up-to-date list and the full set of precautions, see the CDC webpage on travel precautions.
Students can use Talk One2One, which offers FREE, confidential 24/7 support for any problem that can be challenging their emotional health, well-being, or focus. The number is 1.800.756.3124. No issue is too big or too small.
Employees can call our Employee Assistance Program at 800.316.2796 for confidential consultation and resource services. Or visit mutualofomaha.com/eap.
In addition, The College offers Learn to Live, a free 100% confidential online program. Visit https://www.learntolive.com/partners and enter the code DUNWOODY.
If you are a student and have questions about your classes, please contact your faculty advisor or program Dean.
Please contact Student Affairs at email@example.com.
Resources for Internet Access
The following is a list of internet service providers that are offering free or discounted options to help alleviate financial burdens during this time:
- Comcast is offering two months of free service to new customers, and available to eligible low-income households. More Information
- Comcast is also offering access to all Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots, for free, to anyone who needs it. More Information
- Find a hotspot near you. More Information
- CenturyLink is offering telephone and internet service for eligible low-income households. More Information
- City of Minneapolis has opened their Wi-Fi for free temporary internet access. More Information
- Cellular Service: If you have cell service, including a data plan, you can use your phone as a hotspot for your laptop. Check with your service provider for all available options. You can also use your cell phones mobile applications to gain access to many of the services required for your education, such as, Canvas, Launchpad, and Office 365. See the IT Resources section in Launchpad for directions on how to install the mobile applications on your cell phone.
- Local Restaurants, Coffee Shops, or Dunwoody: Even though the majority of these places are not open, you can often access the Wi-Fi when near the location, such as, from the parking lot.