Update on Working from Home and Working Together: Email to Faculty and Staff from President LaFave 3.27.20 4:33 p.m.

Dear colleagues,

More than a week ago we asked faculty and staff to work from home as much as possible. Now we’re at a point where we must make a stronger statement — that faculty and staff stay away from campus unless there is an essential need to be here.

A few faculty members need to be on campus to deliver their coursework; most do not. The presence of a few staff members is essential to keep the campus going, and many of you have already shown us how you can work effectively from home. We also have a few students who must remain on campus because of their individual circumstances.

For all of you who don’t fall into these special, essential categories, we ask that you please stay at home and diligently observe appropriate social distancing and hygienic protocols.

COVID-19 Update from Residence Life: Email to Campus Residents from Housing Office 3.20.20 3:32 p.m.

Hello Viking Family,

Due to growing concerns over the COVID-19 situation, Valley City State University will be shifting to an online curriculum for the remainder of the semester. With this, we will close all residence halls on campus and facilitate the process for residents to return to campus and move their belongings out. The move out process will be conducted between Monday, March 23 and Friday, April 3 between the hours of 9AM and 6PM daily. Please contact your Hall Director to arrange your check out and move out time during these days.

Any resident within 5 hours of VCSU is expected to gather their belongings within the next two weeks. The residence halls will be available for move out from 9AM to 6PM each day. We also will be staggering move out to have a limit of no more than 10 people in the halls at one time in order to stay in compliance with CDC recommendations. This is all in hopes of minimizing risk of students and families. We ask that each resident has a maximum of 2 additional people assist with move out.

VCSU to move online with all academic instruction for remainder of semester: Email to Campus from President LaFave 3.20.20 3:26 p.m.

Students, Faculty and Staff:

On March 12, we announced a plan to move to online instruction for a couple of weeks after spring break; however, in light of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and the need to respond decisively for the health safety of all our constituents, we at Valley City State University are now moving all academic instruction online for the remainder of spring semester 2020.

This decision has been a difficult one, putting us in a position where we give up the tremendous benefits of learning, working and growing together on campus as we move totally online for the semester. But we’re confident we can continue to flourish given the success of students in our current online undergraduate and graduate programs.

VCSU student in quarantine after test for possible COVID-19, results pending: Email to Campus from President LaFave 3.19.20 12:00 p.m.

Dear campus community,

On March 18, a Valley City State University student was tested for the possibility of COVID-19 — the coronavirus illness — at CHI Mercy Health in Valley City.

Test results are still pending from the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDOH), and the student is quarantined in secure isolation on the VCSU campus per NDDOH and Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. Further information will be released as it develops.

Faculty Presence: Email to Faculty from VPAA Dahlberg 3.17.20 1:49 p.m.

Good Afternoon!

I hope you are finding the work required to move your classes online do-able. Please remember that we do have resources on campus, should you need assistance. Earlier today you received an offer of assistance from our librarian, should you need to gather digital materials for your class; Tony Wendell and Jackie Owen remain available to offer course tools support; you have material from Dr. Boe (see email last Friday) to help you work with Bb Collaborate, should that be the system you choose for class interaction.

Please email these folks for assistance/appointments, so they can set up an online meeting with you or arrange to visit in person if you and they are both comfortable with that arrangement.

I would like to clarify the issue of faculty presence on campus: since the campus is open, it is your decision whether you work in your office or not. Don’t feel you have to carry all your office library home with you, or find another place with WiFi if your home is not a good working environment.

Campus update: Email to Faculty and Staff from President LaFave 3.16.20 3:19 p.m.


The coronavirus COVID-19 situation continues to evolve rapidly. I want to assure you that the VCSU Emergency Management Team is meeting daily, and team members are in constant communication about how we can best protect the health and wellness of the campus community and take proactive steps to help minimize the spread of this very serious illness.

To that end, Valley City State University will change the way it operates. Although we will not close the university, we will ask most VCSU employees to begin working from home no later than Wednesday, March 18, rather than coming to the workplace. We anticipate that this arrangement will last at least through Tuesday, March 31.

Emotional and mental well-being during COVID-19: Email to Campus from Counseling Service Director 3.14.20 8:13 p.m.

Good evening VCSU community,

As students prepare to leave our campus, faculty begin to move courses online, and staff begin to adjust daily office activities in response to COVID-19, it is important to be aware of our emotional well-being along with our physical well-being.

The outbreak of COVID-19 may be a stressful time. Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. An event such as this may also result in loss and with loss comes a grieving process. Some will experience the loss of trips, events, extra-curricular activities, or other major life events and celebrations. Grief is expected with any type of loss. Grief is a normal part of the recovery process. Our emotions are real!

Travel Guidance for VCSU Employees: Email from Health Services 3.13.20 9:50 a.m.

Guidance for VCSU employees who are currently traveling and/or have plans for future travel within the United States.

As you are aware, sustained community spread of a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus (COVID-19) has been reported globally. Sustained community spread means that people have been infected with the virus, but how or where some of them became infected is not known, and virus transmission is ongoing.

Since older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for severe disease, people in these groups should discuss travel with a healthcare provider and consider postponing nonessential travel.

VCSU course delivery change in light of COVID-19: Email to Campus from President LaFave 3.12.20 2:24 p.m.

Students, Faculty and Staff:

In response to coronavirus COVID-19, Valley City State University is taking steps to protect the health and safety of the campus community.

Following spring break, we will change the way academic instruction is delivered for two weeks. From Monday, March 23, through Friday, April 3, 2020, classes will not be held on campus — we will move to online delivery, and faculty will determine how to meet their students’ needs through technology. Other off-campus learning experiences — internships, practicums, clinicals and the like — are dependent on the decision-making of external providers. Students are advised to contact instructors with specific questions.

Residence halls are closed for spring break (with some individual exceptions); that closure will continue until Sunday, April 5. Those students who have traveled for spring break are encouraged to not return until the residence halls reopen. Students on housing and dining contracts will receive additional communication regarding returning to the halls prior to the April 5 reopening.

International travel announcement: Email to Faculty and Staff from President LaFave 3.11.20 9:23 p.m.

Dear faculty and staff,

We are all aware of the steadily increasing reports of the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) which is causing disease and deaths in most countries. With cases now being reported in Minnesota and South Dakota, it is rapidly approaching our own communities.

To better protect our students and faculty, we have instituted a suspension of all university-sponsored international travel through March 31.

As of now, we are not suspending university-sponsored domestic travel, but all university-sponsored travel will receive ongoing regular assessment as this outbreak progresses.

Health and Travel Advisories: Email to Campus from Health Services 3/11/20, 11:50 a.m.

Valley City State University students, faculty, and staff:

The purpose of this communication is to reinforce precautionary travel and health measures to take for Coronavirus COVID-19.

One of the challenges associated with the coronavirus situation is that things can change very rapidly; the recommendations in place currently might change as the virus spreads and as new information is gained.

FW: Spring Break: Email to Faculty from VPAA Dahlberg 3.11.20 11:15 a.m.


This message was sent to students a few minutes ago. Please spend some time during the next week thinking through how you would might plan to offer your courses online. 

I will keep you informed as decisions are being made. We have no plans to go online, but we do need everyone to be prepared for that possibility after spring break.

Spring Break: Email to Students from VPAA Margaret Dahlberg, 3/11/20 11:11 a.m.


At this time, VCSU does NOT anticipate the necessity of moving classes online.

However, realizing that situations can change rapidly, we encourage students to take their computers and necessary books with them when they leave campus for spring break. In addition, please make certain your contact information is correct and you have opted in to our emergency notification system so that we can contact you easily for any updates during Spring Break; VCSU’s website will also have information as needed.

Dr. Dahlberg
Vice President for Academic Affairs

Spring Break Travel Precautions: Campus Email from Health Services 3/6/20 3:06 p.m.

Valley City State University students, faculty, and staff:

As Spring Break approaches, we want to provide you with information regarding precautionary health measures to take for Coronavirus COVID-19. While the risk of coronavirus COVID-19 in the United States remains low at this time and there are no confirmed cases at VCSU or in North Dakota, we continue to prepare for a potential outbreak or pandemic.
This is a global situation which is rapidly evolving. It is highly recommended that if you are planning to travel outside of North America you follow CDC and State Department updates and be mindful of potential associated risks of disruptions to your reentry to the United States. Travel within the United States in areas with no COVID-19 cases is considered low risk at this time. This risk assessment will be updated as needed.

VCSU strongly encourages our students, faculty, and staff to consider these recommendations when making decisions to continue on or schedule travel to any of the affected countries.…

Cold and Flu Season Update: Email to Campus from Health Services 2.27.20 10:59 a.m.

Dear campus community:

As in any cold and flu season, and with recent attention on the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the most important things to do to keep yourself healthy are:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are ill it is important to stay home!
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Most importantly, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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