Fall Opening

Fall 2020

Dakota College at Bottineau will be open for on-campus classes this fall at all of our various sites. Classes are scheduled to start on August 25th, with residence halls open for new students on August 20th. With everyone’s safety in mind, there will be numerous changes and adjustments implemented across the College. Watch this page as we are gearing up for a return to campus life.

For students who return for on-campus classes, we are developing appropriate safety measures for our campus community for academic and other activities. We are currently working on incorporating a number of health and safety measures on campus to ensure the safety of our community. Precautions may include hybrid classes, limiting the number of students gathered in person, technologies embedded into courses at the start of the term, and changes in residence halls, dining services, and other social areas across campus to ensure safe interactions.

 

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Throughout this pandemic, a COVID response team has been meeting and planning regularly as the situation has unfolded. Several precautionary measures have already been installed across campus, from additional hand sanitizing stations to protective barriers at the cashier’s windows. All personnel and students will be encouraged to wear masks. Masks have been ordered and will be provided for all campus personnel and students. We will continue to update the campus as safety precautions are initiated.

As we make a transition back to campus, we are working to support you with advising, registration, financial aid, student health, housing, and dining questions. We will continue to be available virtually and on campus by appointment, to support you as you work to achieve your educational goals. We know we will need to alter our operations as we return to campus, for the well-being of our community, but in true Dakota College spirit, working together will allow us to remain committed to your academic success. We are anxiously awaiting your safe return this fall.

Re-Opening FAQs

 

What can I expect for Summer Orientation: June 26 and July 13

Our goal is to showcase Dakota College campus while preparing you for the fall semester. You will leave Summer Orientation with a class schedule and an expectation for fall opening. When scheduling your summer orientation make sure you can pass the screening questions on the form provided to you.

• Enter campus at the main entrance of Thatcher Hall
• Upon arrival you will be asked to complete the screening
• You may bring a face mask for the visit. If you do not have one, DCB has disposal masks available for you to use.
• You will be set up in the group you registered with
• All lectures will be held in the Alumni Center where groups will be maintained.
• The admissions rep will lead tours in small groups. You will be asked to wear your face mask during the tour, unless social distancing may be maintained.
• A boxed lunch will be served.
• A computer will be assigned to each student guest for the day.
• Student guests and admission reps will wear a face mask when social distancing may not be maintained, i.e. computer lab assistance.

 

What is happening to on-campus/in-person classes on Dakota College Campus fall 2020?

Dakota College at Bottineau will be open for on-campus classes this fall at all of our various sites. Classes are scheduled to start on August 25th, with residence halls open for new students on August 20th. With everyone’s safety in mind, there will be numerous changes and adjustments implemented across the College. Watch this page as we are gearing up for a return to campus life.

For students who return for on-campus classes, we are developing appropriate safety measures for our campus community for academic and other activities. We are currently working on incorporating a number of health and safety measures on campus to ensure the safety of our community. Precautions may include hybrid classes, limiting the number of students gathered in person, technologies embedded into courses at the start of the term, and changes in residence halls, dining services, and other social areas across campus to ensure safe interactions. Throughout this pandemic, a COVID response team has been meeting and planning regularly as the situation has unfolded. Several precautionary measures have already been installed across campus, from additional hand sanitizing stations to protective barriers at the cashier’s windows. All personnel and students will be encouraged to wear masks. Masks have been ordered and will be provided for all campus personnel and students. We will continue to update the campus as safety precautions are initiated.

As we make a transition back to campus, we are working to support you with advising, registration, financial aid, student health, housing, and dining questions. We will continue to be available virtually and on campus by appointment to support you as you work to achieve your educational goals. We know we will need to alter our operations as we return to campus, for the well-being of our community, but in true Dakota College spirit, working together will allow us to remain committed to your academic success. We are anxiously awaiting your safe return this fall.

 

What is the plan for reopening?

1)Beginning Tuesday, June 9, most of the DCB campus buildings and offices will be moving back to our normal summer work environment.The expectation will be for all areas across campus to reopen and resume operations in the on-campus environment. Several areas have already reopened on campus.

2) Although the Bottineau campus will be open,the only entrance doors that will be unlocked during the day will be the two south entrances and the east entrance to Thatcher Hall.These entrances will be open from 7 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. The remaining building entrances will be locked, which is the usual practice during the summer. Employees with offices in locked buildings will be able to enter the facility with their key or fob.

3) Within a number of departments we have made, and will be making, physical modifications to the office areas, especially those that potentially have more contact from the outside public, to minimize the risk or potential of infection and/or the spread of COVID-19. This has included such elements as new signage, marking/lining on the floor, plexiglass installation, and additional sanitizing protocols. If you have concerns, thoughts, suggestions, about your individual workspace area, please visit with your supervisor who will work with you in ensuring a safer workplace for all of us.

4)Please review COVID-19 poster carefully and encourage any visitors to do so as well; it will be posted n the door of every campus entry.

5) Wherever possible, you certainly have the option towork with external visitors to conduct business by phone, email, or online, and also utilize a strict appointment routine to minimize the number of visitors in your area at any time.

6) It is absolutely paramount that every one of us respect the rights, privacy, and expectations of our fellow employees, and a key way of doing this is ensuring we adhere to the 6-foot physical distancing guideline.If you are working near another employee(s) and cannot maintain this distance, we highly recommended that all parties involved wear a mask. More information about masks is available here, and DCB will provide a mask for you if needed: (CDC guidelines) We have plenty of room and space on our campus (especially during the summer months), and there are lots of spaces where small group meetings can be held with plenty of space to spread out (including outdoors!). Physical distancing is repeatedly mentioned by all health experts to be the single most important factor we can use in combatting the spread of the virus, and we must mandate its expectation on campus as we re-open.

7) Our plans will remain fluid and flexible as necessary, depending on environmental changes and/or if guidelines shift.

8) Any employee who is at a higher risk for severe illness such as COVID-19 should inform their supervisor and/or HR so accommodations can be considered. More information here:CDC Information for High Risk Indviduals.

9) Disposable wipes or other disinfectants will be provided so you can regularly wipe down commonly touched surfaces such as door handles, keyboards, telephones, and other items in your workspace. Gloves and masks will also be provided as necessary.

10) These are the hallmarks we all must maintain as we reopen the campus:

A. Practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet
B. Wear a mask if that distancing is not possible
C. Stay home if you are sick (and remind others to do the same if necessary)
D. Practice good handwashing for at least 20 seconds with soap and water (especially after coughing or sneezing) and sanitize surfaces regularly
E.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

The ND Smart Restart protocols remain a great source of further information:https://ndresponse.gov/covid-19-resources/covid-19-business-and-employer-resources/nd-smart-restart/nd-smart-restart-protocols

 

What is DCB doing to prevent the spread of illness on campus?

DCB has a COVID-19 Planning Response Team to address campus prevention, planning and preparedness for COVID-19. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 closely in partnership with First District Health Unit and the North Dakota Department of Health. DCB is following the guidelines prescribed by the CDC, NDDoH and ND Smart Restart. We will continue to assess and evaluate risk and take preventive actions as recommended by federal, state and county health authorities.

A large number of motion-activated hand sanitizer dispensers have been put in the entrance of buildings across campus. We also are working to ensure our buildings and facilities are appropriately prepared and supplied and reviewing daily custodial operations.

Should the DCB community experience a COVID-19 outbreak, further personal protective and community measure recommendations will follow. DCB continues to monitor the rapidly evolving situation frequently and will provide updates as indicated. We encourage you to monitor campus announcements closely by downloading the Dakota College app (iPhone App store | Android Play Store)  and following this page.

 

I am feeling unsure and anxious, are the Dakota College campus Counselors available?

It is understandable to feel uncertain or anxious during a public health crisis. It is important to remember to not make assumptions about others’ perceived symptoms, travel history or identity.

DCB campus counseling is here for you! Students can continue to receive counseling services through video chat or phone sessions. Please contact Corey Gordercorey.gorder@dakotacollege.eduor 701-228-5451.

If you are having a mental health emergency, please call 2-1-1 or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255. Or our local emergency room at 701-228-9300.

For employees who are looking for support, theEmployee Assistance Program(EAP): 800-627-8220 is a resource available to help employees through stressful situations and events.

Resources to practice mindfulness:
Mindfulness Can Help You Navigate the Coronavirus Panic - posted by Mindful.org
Download Headspace - guided meditation for any pocket of time (the beginning meditation series is free but the rest is by subscription)
Download Motivation - an app that provides motivational phone wallpapers
• Keep (or start!) a journal using prompts (click here for prompts) or an app (click here for some journaling apps). 
• Try Meditation
Insight Timer App
Headspace - While usually a paid app, they now offer a small collection for free called "Weathering the Storm"
Calm - Usually a paid app, now has collection of meditation (including for kids) for this crisis called "Take a deep breath"
Oak- Meditation & Breathing

 

Is the Cardio and Weight room open?

The Cardio and Weight rooms are located in Thatcher Hall and are open to individuals with a membership. Please practice these guidelines when using the facilities:

• Use front entrance of Thatcher Hall
• Read the posted healthcare questionnaire on the front door. You may not enter the building if you answer yes to any of the questions.
• Available hours are Monday-Friday 7:00 am - 4:30
• The physical capacity is limited to 8 people in the Cardio Room and 15 people in the Weight Room.
• Physical distance yourself from other users by currently recommended guidelines i.e. 6 feet
• Hand sanitizer and individually wrapped masks are available at the front door if you choose to use them
• Wipes available within the Cardio and Weight rooms. It is your responsibility to wipe down all the equipment you use before and after use to prevent the spread of any virus.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
• Stay home if you are sick (and remind others to do the same if necessary). If tested for COVID-19 and waiting for results, do not use our services.
• Cleaning and disinfecting are conducted by DCB staff on a daily basis.
• If there is an issue during use, contact Physical Plant, 228-5441
• If not followed, privileges may be suspended

 

What if I don’t have access to WiFi, a laptop, or computer to access my courses online?

Currently, the Library is open for computer usage. If you have internet connectivity issues, contact DCB Computer Services at 701-228-5429jacob.p.nelson@dakotacollege.edu or visit www.dakotacollege.edu/student-life/computer-services/email-help.

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:

Blackboard App on Your Apple Device
Blackboard App on Your Android 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 thisCnet article for more information on various national carriers.

 

Will residential halls and dining services be open for fall 2020?

Yes, residential halls and dining services will be open. Details coming soon.

 

How do I register for classes?

Registration is open for fall 2020. Please check the Forms Processing section for information on how we are currently processing forms with faculty and students being off campus.

Click here to apply for admissions
Click here to view our programs

 

How do I request my transcript?

We are currently only accepting transcript orders online through theNational Student Clearinghouse.

 

How can I request a campus tour?

Tours may be requested here

• When scheduling the tour make sure you can pass the screening questions on the form.
• Upon arrival you will be asked to complete the screening.
• You may bring a face mask for the visit. If you do not have one, DCB has disposal masks available for you to use.
• The admissions rep will lead the tour.
• All subsequent meetings (admissions, financial aid, advisor, athletic) will be held in one location such as the Dean’s Suite or a conference room to limit contact of all offices. Meetings can also be held via Teams for those staff and faculty not on campus or not willing to take part in a face-to-face meeting.
• When visitors leave the admissions rep will disinfect the meeting area and log all face-to-face contacts that visits had with faculty and staff.

 

How do I return books for buyback by the bookstore if I am unable to take them to the bookstore?

Book buyback is held the last week of each semester and the week to follow. This allows distance students time to ship their books back.

You should call or email to verify if your books will be bought back.

Phone: 701-228-5458
Email: janeen.pollman@dakotacollege.edu

The bookstore will only purchase books that a professor has confirmed will be used during an upcoming semester. Once your books are confirmed you should ship your books to:

Dakota College at Bottineau Bookstore
105 Simrall Boulevard
Bottineau, ND 58318

Your refund will be credited to your Campus Connection account.

If you have a balance due your refund will be applied as payment. Otherwise, the Business Office will issue a refund (check or direct deposit). Please make sure your address is correct in Campus Connection. It could take up to 14 days for the refund to be processed in the Business Office.

 

Is the Ireland Study Abroad Trip still happening?

Dakota College continues to plan the sponsored international travel outside to Ireland scheduled for September 27-October 4, 2020. Student trips to domestic locations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis until further notice. If you are part of the travels planned, please contact Clint Saunders at 307-702-2368 orclint.saunders@dakotacollege.edu.

Clint will address concerns you may have. If cancelation of the trip needs to occur, it will be done at the latest possible time. If registered participants are unable to take the trip as scheduled, we will first try to reschedule. If we cannot reschedule, or if students aren’t comfortable with traveling due to COVID, we will offer full refunds.

 

COVID-19 FAQs

 

How can I get tested for COVID-19?

Testing for COVID-19 is done through a medical provider. If there is a shortage of tests or collection supplies, testing will be prioritized for patients hospitalized with respiratory illness, healthcare workers, those living or working in group settings (i.e., long term care, group homes) or those who are identified as a close contact to an existing case and are ill. Dakota College student health is not a testing or collection site for COVID-19.

• Stay home if you feel sick.
• If you have mild or no symptoms, stay home and practice good social distancing.
• If you have a fever (100.4 or higher), cough, or shortness of breath, call your provider. If you are having an emergency, go to the ER or call 911.
• If you don't have a provider, providers are available locally.
If you are ill and unable to be tested, the NDDoH is asking you to isolate yourself from those you live with and have contact with for at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared or 72 hours without a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
• Please call prior to visiting any medical provider.
• You can also call the NDDoH COVID-19 Hotline at 1-866-207-2880.
• If you have traveled to areas where there are cases of COVID-19 please complete the NDDOH COVID-19 Travel Survey.

 

What do I do if I am sick?

Stay home if you feel sick:

• Again, stay home if you feel sick.
• If you have mild or no symptoms, stay home and practice good social distancing.
• If you have a fever (100.4 or higher), cough, or shortness of breath, call your provider. If you don't have a provider, here is a list.
• If you are having an emergency, go to the ER or call 9-1-1.
• Take this NDDoH Risk Assessment to help determine if your symptoms align with COVID-19.
• If you are ill and unable to be tested, the NDDoH is asking you to isolate yourself from those you live with and have contact with for at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared or 72 hours without a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
• Please call prior to visiting any medical provider.

For more information on what to do if you are sick, go to the CDC “What to do if you are sick” page or call the NDDoH COVID-19 Hotline at 1.866.207.2880.

 

How can I protect myself and prevent the spread of COVID-19?

You can protect yourself and help prevent the spread of respiratory illness, including COVID-19, by following basic prevention guidelines:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Refrain from attending large gatherings where you can not physically distance 6 feet.
• When going to a public setting (e.g. grocery store, doctor’s office) or where it is difficult to maintain social distancing, you should wear a homemade cloth face covering. This is to protect people around you if you are infected, but do not have symptoms. CDC instructions to make a homemade mask.
Adhere to social distancing of 6 feet.

You can do your part to prevent transmission by following the30 DAYS TO SLOW THE SPREADguidelines.

 

What can I do to address the rumors and misinformation about COVID-19?

The DCB community can help minimize the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the social and economic impacts when we areconfronted with rumors and misinformation.We want our campus community to be educated on facts.

It is understandable to feel uncertain or anxious during a public health crisis. It is important to remember to not make assumptions about others’ perceived symptoms, travel history or identity.

At this time, nobody is considered a contact until a person is notified by the NDDoH, furthermore, they do not need to self-isolate.

If we have a positive case of COVID-19 at DCB, the NDDoH will notify the appropriate DCB personnel so that proper actions can be taken.

We encourage you to follow reputable sources for information. For guidance, go to theCenter for Disease Control, North Dakota Department of Health, or First District Health Unit COVID-19 webpage. The World Health Organizationis also a useful source of information. For questions or concerns contact the NDDoH Coronavirus hotline 1-866-207-2880.

 

Where can I get support if I am in an abusive relationship?

Self-isolation during a pandemic can be dangerous for those in abusive relationships. Remember that you are not alone and supports remain available to you. VisitDCB’s title IX pagefor resources on campus and within the community.

 

What should I do if I lose my job?

Along with millions of Americans, many of our DCB students and their families have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is essential to act quickly and apply for unemployment benefits to protect your financial future.

Go toNorth Dakota Job Serviceand fill out an unemployment claim.

Due to challenges surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic,Dakota College has funds available.

 

What precautions should I take if I'm traveling?

If you plan to travel domestically or out of the country, you may experience delays or restrictions, including returning to the U.S. or North Dakota. Please refer to theNorth Dakota Department of Health Travel Quarantine Orders and check for CDC travel advisoriesprior to traveling.

Persons that are athigh riskfor serious illness from COVID-19 should contact their medical provider regarding travel to COVID-19 affected regions.

Adhere tobasic prevention guidelines.

Avoid unnecessary domestic and international travel.

 

Cares Act FAQs

Have you experienced a hardship related to the disruption of DCB on-campus operations due to COVID-19 that resulted in reduced income or extra expenses? If so you may qualify for relief funding.

 

How do I find out if I am eligible for relief funding?

The Higher Education Relief Application is available here

Students Must:

• Have a valid 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with DCB. If you have not filed a FAFSA and would like to, please do so immediately. Please let the financial aid office know if you are planning on filing a FAFSA for this reason.
• Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
• Males must be registered with Selective Service, if required.
• Must not be in default, owe a refund or repayment to a federal financial aid program.
• Must be meeting DCB Financial Aid's satisfactory academic progress (SAP) policy.
• Must be enrolled in a degree seeking program.
• Have not been convicted for the sale or possession of an illegal drug offence that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid.
• Cannot have been enrolled 100% in online classes during the spring 2020 semester before March 13, 2020.
• Must have been enrolled during the spring 2020 semester.
• Must be registered for classes during the summer 2020 or fall 2020 semesters.

 

What eligible expenses should the grant be spent on?

The Federal CARES Act, Section 18004, Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, allows schools to consider students for federal emergency financial aid grants for: expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Eligible expenses under a student's cost of attendance are food, housing course materials, technology, health care and child care.

More information can be found here https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/caresact.html

 

How much grant will I receive?

The value of this grant may vary based upon your unique circumstances. A grant offered will be paid to you through a mailed check. Federal funding for the Emergency Relief Grant is limited and will be awarded to eligible students meeting the consideration criteria. Submitting an application does not guarantee approval of the requested funds. Once the review is complete, students will receive an email to their email account regarding their grant eligibility.

 

Will this grant pay any outstanding balances owed at DCB?

No these funds will not be applied to any balance to DCB and will be paid directly to you. Once funds are received, if you elect to apply the funds to your student account, you are encouraged to make payment arrangements with the DCB business office, you may contact them at 701-228-5430.

 

Faculty & Staff Resources

 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was signed into law on March 18th and is in effect April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. The FFCRA provides additional paid sick time and expands family and medical leave (FMLA), to employees who meet certain criteria, through the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act.

DOL FFCRA Employee Rights
DOL FFCRA Information

 

Village Employee Assistant Program

The Village Employee Assistance Programis taking COVID-19 very seriously and we are working to provide the best continued services to you. Below you will find multiple resources to help you work, manage, lead and live during these difficult times.

For Supervisors
Decreasing Workplace Anxiety from COVID-19
What to Remember When Transitioning Staff to Remote Work Arrangements
How to Keep Workers Engaged Remotely

For Employees
COVID-19 Information and Resources – National Alliance on Mental Health
Managing COVID-19 Anxiety – Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Coping with Anxiety in a Time of Pandemic – Medical Press
Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders– National Institute on Drug Abuse

 

How to work securely from home

Start by reading through the "Teaching and Learning Securely from Home" guide provided by NDUS Core Technology Services.

 

How to keep yourself engaged

Working remotely can come with many challenges for employees who may not be used to working from home. Your normal interactions with colleagues have changed, finding ways to stay connected and engaged is important to remain productive and to continue meeting team goals. Here are sometips for social engagement while working remotely.

Set yourself up for success, put a little time and energy intosetting up your work spaceat home.

It is normal in any crisis or public health emergency to feel stress, especially if you are now adjusting to an entirely new work environment from home. Here are sometips for managing stress during a time of crisis.