In addition to the frequently asked questions outlined below, several departments have compiled their own:
- COVID-19 Information for Graduate Students
- COVID-19 Information for International Students
- COVID-19 Information for Researchers
- Facilities Management: COVID-19 Information
- Human Resources: COVID-19 Information
- Instructional Continuity
- Registered Student Organizations: COVID-19 FAQs
- Registrar's Office: Pass/Fail Grade Option for Fall 2020
- Study Abroad: COVID-19 FAQs
How long will MTU Flex last?
We are prepared to continue MTU Flex as long as necessary to keep our campus and community safe.
Will I still be able to get practical, hands-on experience?
Yes. Procedures and protocols have been developed to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and staff, while also ensuring that students get the education and experience for which Michigan Tech is known. We expect that labs and facilities will be available, with appropriate safety measures.
Will MTU Flex be accessible for students with disabilities?
Yes. Student Disability Services will be able to provide virtual support and resources. Students do not need to have documentation of a disability to meet with the coordinator. Incoming students should make a virtual appointment as early as possible in their first semester.
Who can I talk to if I have questions about MTU Flex?
You can email questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will all instructors wear face shields?
During Health and Safety Levels 3-5, when face-to-face instruction is permitted, instructors will be expected to wear cloth face coverings to and from class, but will be permitted to wear specially designed face shields while teaching credit-bearing courses where six feet of distance can be maintained. The face shields will allow for better airflow, allow students to see the instructor's face and will be equipped with headsets to enable remote learning for those students who are not able to be in the classroom.
How are remote and online classes different?
Remote classes are offered synchronously, which means they have scheduled meeting times that students attend virtually, usually through a conferencing system like Zoom.
Online classes are offered asynchronously, which means that although there are deadlines, students can complete class activities with time and place flexibility. There are generally no scheduled full class meetings, though students may need to connect virtually with peers or the instructor at times they arrange, and may need to complete assignments or take exams within specific windows of time.
What is the new Attendance Policy? How does it work for students who are ill from COVID-19?
In response to recommendations from the American College Health Association, Michigan Tech has changed our attendance policy so students who become ill will not be required to make unnecessary visits to a health care provider for the purposes of obtaining documentation.
These students will work with the Dean of Students Office for assistance and support. Each situation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis, but we are hopeful that even though a student is ill, symptoms will not be so severe that they are unable to keep up with classes remotely during the full period of isolation.
In addition, students no longer need to contact the Dean of Students Office for excused absences involving fewer than three consecutive days unless they missed a major assignment, examination, or other graded requirements of the class. Students can review the Attendance Policy for more details.
Where can students go to participate in remote classes while on campus?
Students can take part in remote classes in any of these locations:
- The MUB Ballroom, Monday–Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (seating will be socially distanced)
- Wireless lounges located across campus (see list of lounge locations)
- The Van Pelt and Opie Library
How can a hands-on lab or class adjust to remote instruction?
As an example, a typical online physics lab makes use of your camera phone and specialized software to capture frame-by-frame motion of a ball falling, rolling down a ramp, etc. After calibrating the video for scale, careful measurements are taken, graphed, and analyzed to determine the rate of acceleration of the ball. The marked-up picture, graph, and analysis are all submitted for instructor review and feedback. Again, your phone camera comes in handy here to scan and upload graphs, drawings and worked out equations. An online discussion board is available throughout the process as questions arise, or so you can discuss or compare results with your classmates.
I'm an international graduate student. What does this mean for me?
International Programs and Services (IPS) can give you helpful information about the international student experience at Michigan Tech, and also has a list of frequently asked questions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and how it may affect international students.
For specific questions regarding immigration, visa interviews, and travel, please email email@example.com. Be sure to check the US Department of State website for the latest on visa application, wait times, and other announcements.
Are graduate students still able to conduct research?
Yes. However, the specifics of research activities will vary depending on the type of research activities, equipment, and whether fieldwork is involved. Research may also be impacted by the University's current Health and Safety Level.
If the Health and Safety Level has changed and you are not certain whether your research is impacted, contact your supervisor for guidance. Research-related updates are also posted to the COVID-19 Research Information page on the Research website.
What resources are available to support my graduate research?
The specifics of research activities will vary depending on the type of research activities, equipment, and whether fieldwork is involved. Here are some of many resources you can contact for more information:
- Your graduate program director or department.
- Information Technology, for technology support to work remotely or on campus.
- The Graduate School resources archive, compiled to assist students with research and professional development.
- Michigan Tech Van Pelt and Opie Library offers information on the research process, reference help, citation and copyright documentation. It hosts workshops and consultations on citation software, data management, poster design, company research, etc. The library also provides remote access to electronic resources and research guides on special topics.
I'm a master's degree student and my thesis research has been delayed. Can I switch my degree to coursework-only?
Master's students whose graduation is delayed because of research progress this semester may want to consider converting their degree to a coursework option. The Graduate School can allow research credits to be considered toward a coursework degree. Please reach out to your graduate program director for additional details.
Will I still be able to get a research assistantship?
Yes, in almost all cases. Students supported through assistantships funded through the University are continuing to be paid, even as access to campus is restricted to all but essential personnel. Teaching assistants are helping with online instruction; research assistants have adapted to the online only environment in a variety of ways. Research involving interaction with human subjects is restricted in some ways that other research is not. Funds to support this type of research may be delayed. Check with your program for details on whether you are impacted by this.
Will the disruption caused by access to campus/facilities/laboratories increase my time to degree?
Michigan Tech is committed to ensuring that all students graduate in a timely manner. Research never goes exactly the way you intend. There are always unforeseen circumstances. Projects are constantly being reimagined and refocused. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. We are encouraging all students and faculty to examine their research goals and adjust so that students may finish their degrees in a timely manner.
What resources are available for remote instruction?
Instructors are using Zoom, Huskycast, Panopto, and specific lab-focused software
for remote instruction, and are being assisted by staff in IT and the Jackson Center
for Teaching and Learning through instructional continuity tools and consultations.
Through Husky Innovate, Michigan Tech IDEA Hub, and other resources, faculty is collaborating with colleagues on campus and around the world; tag @mturesearch on Twitter to help share ideas.
What can I do if I don't have reliable high-speed internet access or a computer at my permanent residence?
Will the Library be open?
The Van Pelt and Opie Library building will be open in accordance with the University's current Health and Safety Level, as state mandates permit, and with all safety protocols in place. In instances when our library building is not able to be open, it will continue to serve our community with online resources, as it has throughout the pandemic.