Coronavirus: UND Today roundup

Here’s the latest on how UND is responding to – and helping to slow – the spread of COVID-19

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As the University has moved to remote teaching and working, it can be tough to keep up with all the changes on campus. Here is a quick synopsis of this week’s announcements and other information. Subscribe to the Coronavirus Updates blog for the latest news.

President Wynne’s editorial

“Short term pain for long term gain,” a message from President Wynne, discusses the coronavirus from both a University and medical standpoint, and has been published across the state. He focuses on the value of “flattening the curve” to reduce the number of new cases and offers practical suggestions to stay healthy.

Stand up and be counted!

The 2020 Census invitations have arrived, and Grand Forks – and UND – depend on those numbers for federal and other funds.

As noted before by UND Today, college students who live in their college town for the academic year should, in general, be counted as residents of that community. But what about students who now are living at home and taking classes remotely because of the coronavirus?

This week, the Census Bureau answered that question. “Per the Census Bureau’s residence criteria, in most cases students living away from home at school should be counted at school, even if they are temporarily elsewhere due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Census Bureau announced.

In the last Census, the city of Grand Forks received $1,910 in federal funds for every resident. That money is used to fix roads, aid schools, hospitals, and other programs that benefit UND and the Greater Grand Forks community.

Please respond to the U.S. 2020 Census.

On teaching remotely

UND Today visited with faculty and experts at the Teaching Transformation and Development Academy for tips on teaching remotely. The story also includes resources to help faculty and students with technical and other issues.

From Vice President for Research & Economic Development John Mihelich: Research and creative activity will continue

John Mihelich, interim vice president for research & economic development, focuses on continuity of research and creative activity.

Most campus buildings are closed

Because most faculty and staff are working remotely, the majority of buildings on campus are closed and locked. Current occupants can gain access with keys or electronic door access. McCannel Hall, Wilkerson Commons, Facilities, Safety, and Ina Mae Rude Center for Innovation will remain open during business hours.

Parking enforcement continues on limited basis

Parking Services remains open with limited staffing. Students and others with any permits may park in “A” zone parking lots between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays without being ticketed. The office is still enforcing parking for safety issues with a limited staff with a focus on our housing lots, handicap and reserved parking spots, service vehicle spots, loading and timed zones.

Writers Conference is canceled

Like so many other events, the UND Writers Conference, previously set for March 25-27, has been canceled.

North Dakota Museum of Art is closed

For the safety of our visitors and staff, the North Dakota Museum of Art has decided to close to the public through Sunday, April 5. The Café is closed, and the Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction is postponed.

Ralph Engelstad Arena is closed

The Ralph is closed, but fans and customers may continue to buy tickets online, by email or by phone. Tours are also canceled, and Hockey Academy sessions are postponed. The Sioux Shop will offer sales online only.

University Children’s Learning Center is closed

The University Children’s Learning Center is closed, and will reopen when the Grand Forks Public Schools resume classes.

General Counsel can assist with University community’s legal concerns

The Office of General Counsel is offering assistance to faculty and staff who have legal or contractual questions regarding a cancellation, postponement or other circumstances arising out of the coronavirus situation.