Finlandia’s Open Safe Taskforce, in partnership with the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department and the Finlandia Emergency Management Committee, has been working diligently over the summer months to prepare campus for the return of students. Across campus, new policies will be implemented to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff.
– First and foremost, the health, safety and welfare of students, faculty, staff, and our neighbors in the Hancock community;
– limit and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 throughout our campus and Hancock community;
– providing an excellent Finlandia education to every student; and
– standing by our commitment to being a learning community dedicated to academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service.
Finlandia is committed to opening safe for all. The systemic racism that contributed to the violent killing of George Floyd and other black Americans in the past weeks calls us to reaffirm Finlandia’s essential commitment to foster enduring positive change in how we think, act, and feel in matters of the self, others, and the wider world.
Finlandia is small. We are multi-colored. We are from various faith traditions and no faith traditions. We are rural and urban. We are gay and straight. We are local. We are from coast to coast and beyond. The common calling of ELCA Lutheran higher education urges the practice of radical hospitality, of service to neighbor, of bold questioning, and to love one another as God has loved us. We welcome all to learn from all so that all may flourish. Finlandia’s spiritual and intellectual tradition calls us to embrace and value each story, in order to more fully understand and celebrate our differentness and work toward a more just and peaceful world. To this we aspire. This is our shared vision. You are welcome here.
Opening safe for all means thoughtfully and deliberately preparing for a year of honest talk, deeper reflection, and sustained action. This work may be unfamiliar and uncomfortable for many. We will not all hold similar convictions or draw the same conclusions. Perhaps the riskiest work of all is the journey inward; exploring and naming one’s own deeply seated motivations, assumptions, and fears. Finlandia is committed to accompanying you in your daring self-examination as well as in your unique self-expression. In all of this, our community’s speech and action will be life-giving, not life-diminishing.
Over the coming weeks I will work and learn with you, our campus pastor, our equity and diversity committee, and other faculty and staff. We will imagine meaningful ways to foster conversations, encourage reflection, and engage in constructive action that leads toward enduring positive change in how we think, act, and feel in such matters. We will be doing this together because Finlandia believes opening safe for all matters as much as a safe open.
The fear and anxiety caused by the COVID-19 outbreak has provoked cognitive bias and discriminatory behaviors against people of certain ethnic backgrounds as well as anyone perceived to have been in contact with the virus. That fear and anxiety can also create a stigma aimed toward specific people, groups of people or places, which can lead to discrimination, labeling or stereotyping. We know that people of all races, ethnicities, religions, genders, sexual orientations, ages, and physical abilities are susceptible to COVID-19.
Finlandia University is committed to creating and maintaining an environment in which all members of the community (students, faculty, and staff) are respected and treated with dignity, free from bias and harassment.
We encourage victims of hate crimes, harassment, or bias to report the incident to the appropriate authorities or use the Maxient reporting form.
It is more important than ever for the Finlandia community to treat one another with kindness and respect.
August 06, 2020
Finlandia is excited to launch its new Fall 2020 web pages just in time for the new semester. Students, employees and community members can conveniently find information as it pertains to their group on the new pages. In addition, there is a new Covid FAQ page that includes information on FinnU’s Covid-19 case count, testing, quarantining procedures, contact tracing and prevention measures.
“This year is obviously a bit different than before, so we thought it crucial […] Read More
August 06, 2020
In an effort to keep the campus community safe, all Finlandia University students will be required to complete the Daily Covid-19 Symptom Tracker Survey beginning August 6. The survey will be emailed to all students daily at midnight and takes approximately 1 minute to complete. Students are asked to complete the form daily in the weeks leading up to the start of classes. Once classes begin, students only need to complete the form if coming to campus or residing […] Read More
June 26, 2020
Starting on Monday, June 29, 2020, Finlandia University will resume on-campus visits to prospective students and their families on a limited basis. Virtual visits will continue to be an option, and may be encouraged depending on visitor status (health, location of residence, method of travel, etc.). Finlandia asks visitors that have been in contact with anyone that has tested positive for COVID-19, have traveled internationally two weeks prior to their campus visit, or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms visit virtually […] Read More