Covid-19 Response Plan Updates

FinnU's Latest Updates Regarding the Coronavirus Covid-19 Response Plan

The latest campus-wide updates.

Finlandia University plans to open for face-to-face instruction for the Fall 2020 semester. Learn more at finlandia.edu/safeopen.

Covid-19 Cases on Finlandia’s Campus
Active Student Cases (includes on- and off-campus)3
Active Employee Cases0
Total Recovered Cases74
Students in Quarantine3
Employees in Quarantine2
On-Campus Isolation Suite Occupancy0%


Governor’s Executive Orders




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 internetessentials.com.

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.

The Table Student Needs Pantry

The Table, student needs pantry — located in the lower level of the Chapel of Saint Matthew —  will remain open with limited hours.
Mondays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. – Noon
As of 3/30, the pantry is stocked with the basics –canned and dry goods, as well as frozen meat, bread and bagels, and personal care items. We invite the Finlandia student community who remain it the Hancock area to use this resource and please spread the word about its availability!

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 michelle.rauch@finlandia.edu.  Need help submitting an assignment? Check out this guide on how to submit assignments in Canvas.


Finlandia is currently in Phase 2 of the Back to Work Safely Plan. All employees must complete the Covid-19 and MIOSHA training before returning to work. In addition, all employees must complete the Daily Covid-19 Symptom Tracker Survey before reporting to work. Those who can work from home, may continue to do so.

Open Buildings

The Jutila Center will be open to the public from 10am-2pm daily. North Wind Books is also open to customers. Please be respectful of social distancing guidelines and wear a mask when in these spaces.

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

All employees must complete the Daily Covid-19 Symptom Tracker before reporting to work. Anyone who is ill is asked to stay home.


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.

Campus Ministry Support


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 (sarah.semmlersmith@finlandia.edu) or through the link provided in Sunday Stories.

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

More on Coronavirus


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.
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