Covid-19 Response Plan Updates


Student Resources Email 3/16/20.

Federal Student Loan Borrower’s Can Suspend Payments for 60 Days

Read more here.

Comcast and Spectrum are offering free wifi for students who do not have internet access. Students may contact Spectrum at 1-844-488-8395 to enroll. Students may enroll for Comcast’s services at

Tutoring & Student Support Services

Students may sign up for a Zoom Online Tutoring Session here

Students may sign up for Tutoring and Learning Lab here

TRIO SSS staff would like it to be known that they are ready to serve students. They can support through email, Zoom meetings, and over the phone.

Library Services

Canvas & Zoom Help

For help with Canvas or Zoom, check out Finlandia’s Canvas Tutorial Video, the Canvas & Zoom tutorial sheet, or contact Dr. Michelle Rauch at  Need help submitting an assignment? Check out this guide on how to submit assignments in Canvas.

Free Textbooks
RedShelf in collaboration with the academic publishing community is providing students with free, convenient access to their learning materials. Please access the link below, digital textbooks will be available until May 25th.


Building Closures

The following University buildings are closed to all personnel:
• Paavo Nurmi Athletics Building
• Finnish American Heritage Center
• Finlandia Hall
• Nikander
• Mannerheim West
• Wargelin including Library
The following buildings are closed to the public with limited access to University personnel:
• Old Main
• Chapel
• Servant Leadership House
• Jutila Center
• Mannerheim East and Central
• Hoover
• North Wind Books (online order fulfillment only)

Supervisors will be contacting those impacted by these most recent response updates.
Please contact security at 487-7307 if you need access to any of the buildings.

Working Remotely

Human Resources has created a guide for working remotely that can be accessed here.

VPN Access for Remote Work

Please review the VPN for Remote Work email sent by REMC regarding VPN access for remote work. REMC can also be reached at (906)487-7624 with any questions.

Personal Care

Anyone who is ill is asked to stay home.

Any employee who has been exposed to a known case of COVID-19 or may be exhibiting symptoms of fever, coughing, or difficulty breathing, or out of an abundance of caution for any reason believes that he or she poses a risk to others, is asked to report to their supervisor and make arrangements for medical attention and self-quarantine for 14 days.


For faculty/staff with MESSA health insurance, MESSA will fully cover testing and medically necessary treatment for COVID-19 for all MESSA members and their covered dependents. Members will not have to pay a deductible, copayment or coinsurance. If you have any questions, please contact MESSA’s Member Service Center at 800.336.0013.


All meetings will be held virtually until further notice.

All University-related air travel by any employee of the University is suspended through April 13, 2020. Employees are asked to report personal air travel to supervisors prior to returning to campus.

All University-related travel must be reported to supervisors for prior authorization. Employees are asked to report personal travel to their supervisor prior to returning to campus to determine risk and if self quarantine is needed.

Mental Health Services

It is not uncommon at this time to experience anxiety. As with any significant change or health
concern, there may be an increase in existing mental health condition symptoms or a triggering
of new ones. Finlandia students and employees are eligible for free counseling via Northstar
and can use this link to request an appointment. Northstar has counselors across the Upper

Additional Mental Health Resources:

American Psychological Association

Self Care and New Ways of Working

Campus Ministry Support

Sunday Sisu

Sunday Sisu Message: March 22, 2020

Pastoral Letters

Pastoral Letter in Response to Covid-19 March 19, 2020


For emotional, spiritual, or social support during this time of physical isolation, look for these resources coming from Finlandia and the office of Campus Pastor:

  1. Sunday Stories – to inspire, offer healthy practices, and connect with your Finlandia community – you can look for these each Sunday evening via email.
  2. Instagram – For a daily meditation, prayer, or uplift – follow #FinnU_Faithlife on Instagram.
  3. Zoom-Check-ins: Need a listening ear?  Pr. Sarah is available for individual Zoom sessions, to support you, ask questions, and offer prayer as needed. Email her directly to sign up ( or through the link provided in Sunday Stories.

Status of Campus Events

NameOriginal DateCurrent StatusRescheduled Date
Tanzania Soup & Silent Auction3/14/20Canceled
Rooted Prayers for Grace3/15/20Canceled
All Means All Community Meal3/16/19Canceled
Giving Day3/18/20PostponedTBD
SCAS Lecture Series: Laughing All the Way to the Bank3/19/20PostponedTBD
Healing for the Healers3/21/20Canceled
SCAS Lecture Series: What Does Dopamine Really Do?3/26/20TBD
ALD Initiation3/27/20Canceled
Student Juried Exhibit/Fashion Show 4/2/20Canceled
SCAS Lectures: Representation and Appropriation in Open-World Video Games4/2/20TBD
RAINN Day Vigil4/4/20Canceled
Health & Wellness Fair4/4/20Canceled
All Means All Community Meals4/6/20Canceled
Honor's & Awards Banquet4/17/20Canceled
All Means All Community Meals4/20/20Canceled
TRIO Awards4/23/20Canceled
Capstone Presentations4/27/20-4/30/20TBD
Diploma Works Presentations4/27/20-4/30/20TBD
Nursing Pinning Ceremony5/2/20TBD
Tanzania Service Learning Study Abroad TripCanceled
Criminal Justice Study Abroad TripCanceled
Paloheimo Fellows Undergraduate Research Study AbroadCanceled

Governor’s Executive Orders

EO 2020-04 – Declaration of State of Emergency

EO 2020-05 – Temporary prohibition on large assemblages and events, temporary school closures [No longer effective]
Frequently Asked Questions

EO 2020-06 – Temporary restrictions on entry into health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities [No longer effective]

EO 2020-07 – Temporary restrictions on entry into health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities Rescission of Executive Order 2020-6
Frequently Asked Questions

EO 2020-08 – Enhanced restrictions on price gouging [No longer effective]

EO 2020-09 – Temporary restrictions on the use of places of public accommodation [No longer effective]
Frequently Asked Questions

EO 2020-10 – Temporary expansions in unemployment eligibility and cost-sharing
Frequently Asked Questions

EO 2020-11 – Temporary prohibition on large assemblages and events, temporary school closures – Rescission of Executive Order 2020-5
Frequently Asked Questions

EO 2020-12 – Enhanced support for deliveries

EO 2020-13 – Temporary enhancements to operational capacity and efficiency of health care facilities

EO 2020-14 – Temporary extension of deadline to redeem property for nonpayment of delinquent property taxes

EO 2020-15 – Temporary authorization of remote participation in public meetings and hearings and temporary relief from monthly meeting requirements for school boards

EO 2020-16 – Expanding child care access during the COVID-19 emergency

EO 2020-17 – Temporary restrictions on non-essential medical and dental procedure

EO 2020-18 – Enhanced restrictions on price gouging

EO 2020-19 – Temporary prohibition against entry to premises for the purpose of removing or excluding a tenant or mobile home owner from their home

EO 2020-20 – Temporary restrictions on the use of places of public accommodation
Frequently Asked Questions

EO 2020-21 – Temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life

More on Coronavirus

Know the symptoms

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing

If you are exhibiting these symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider to discuss next steps and testing options.


The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following for every day prevention:

  1. Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  2. Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  3. Staying at home when you are sick.
  4. Covering your cough or sneezes with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash and washing your hands.
  5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using CDC-recommended cleaning sprays and wipes. 
  6. Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  7. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.