2020 Academic Year

For Employees

Welcome back!

Your health and safety is our number one priority but we need your help to keep our campus safe.

COVID-19 Dashboard

All students and employees are currently learning and working remotely.

Active Student Cases (includes on- and off-campus)1
Active Employee Cases0
Total Recovered Cases71
Students in Quarantine0
Employees in Quarantine0
On-Campus Isolation Suite Occupancy0%

Baseline Testing for Spring 2021

As was done in August, we will again conduct baseline testing for our campus community prior to beginning face-to-face classes.  Whether you left the Hancock-Houghton area over winter break or remained local, all students and employees who will be physically on campus are expected to participate in our free return-to-campus COVID-19 baseline testing. Testing will take place in the Finnish American Heritage Center, as it did in August. Enter the building in the back and follow the signs. When in the FAHC/Bookstore parking lot and facing the North Wind Books, the back entrance is to your left and around the bend. You will exit the building from the front

Returning student athletes have begun their baseline testing (Jan 8th and Jan 11th). The general student population, faculty, and staff will test according to the following schedule:

Thursday 1/14: 1:00pm-4pm

Friday 1/15: 9am-12pm

Tuesday 1/19: 1pm-4pm

Wednesday 1/20: 9am-12pm

Exemptions to testing are few, and include:

  • Fully online students and faculty who are not physically visiting campus
  • If you tested positive for the virus within 90 days prior to your return to campus (any time after October 20, 2020), you are not required to test. Please request an exemption from testing by emailing documentation verifying your diagnosis to contact.tracing@finlandia.edu

Please schedule your free COVID-19 Test using the link below. More info about the test is provided on the COVID-19 FAQ page. 

After the test is completed, you’ll be asked to quarantine in your home until the results have been processed, which should take no more than 72 hours.

In order to receive your results, all employees are asked to create a Healow Account with Upper Great Lakes. This account will also be used should you take advantage of the Finlandia Health Clinic services.

COVID-19 Basline Testing Sign-Up

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All Employees will be required to:

Sign the Community Promise: Such a year calls us to be at our best, to center our lives on a shared purpose, and to hold ourselves and each other accountable for behaviors and practices that may be unfamiliar, uncomfortable, and inconvenient.  By signing this document, you agree to be more than just an individual, but part of the Finlandia Family & Community. 

Complete the Daily Symptom-19 Tracker Survey: The Daily COVID-19 Symptom Tracker Survey enables us to track the health of our campus community and make referrals for symptomatic testing as needed. The survey will be emailed to you daily at midnight and should be completed daily prior to coming to campus. 

Complete the Covid-19 Training: All employees must go through a Covid-19 training prior to returning to campus for work.

Wear a Mask and/or Face Shield: Masks will be required on campus at all times, unless eating, in your office alone, or outdoors where social distancing is feasible. Disposable masks will be available to you throughout campus. Face shields will be available for those who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons.

Follow Social Distancing Guidelines: Please give 6 feet of distance when in close proximity to others. In addition, please follow the social distancing directional signage throughout campus, and stay on the right side of the corridor when walking.

Stay Home If Feeling Unwell: If you feel unwell, please stay home or in your dorm room instead of “toughing it out” and coming to class.

Resources we’re providing:

PPE Kit: You’ll be given a personal protective equipment (PPE) kit upon arriving on campus that will include a mask, hand sanitizer, gloves, alcohol wipes and thermometer. 

Testing: Through our partnership with the Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center, we offered free baseline testing for all students and employees. We’ll also offer symptomatic testing throughout the year for those who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. 

Health Center: Through our partnership with the Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center, we’ll have a new health clinic on campus that you can make appointments at any time to receive care. Complete your Healow account so you can access your records and account. 

Cleaning & Investment in Protective Equipment: We’ve increased our cleaning practices substantially to ensure you are in a safe environment. We have also invested in numerous pieces of equipment that will help prevent the spread of germs including touchless faucets, plexiglass dividers, touchless water fountains. 

COVID-19 Testing & Quarantine

Please complete the Daily COVID-19 Symptom Tracker, found in your Finlandia email. Your results will be sent to Finlandia’s Nurse Practitioner, Cindy Blake, who will determine if you need to be tested. Testing occurs through our partnership with the Upper Great Lakes Family Health System and Michigan Technological University. The test will consist of an oral pharyngeal swab (throat swab). After the test is completed, you’ll be asked to quarantine in your home or campus residence until the results have been processed, which should take no more than 72 hours.

In order to receive your results, all students are asked to create a Healow Account with Upper Great Lakes. This account will also be used should you take advantage of the Finlandia Health Clinic services.

If you are contacted by a Contact Tracer through the Western UP Health Department and they recommend you be tested and quarantine, please reach out to Cindy Blake at cindy.blake@finlandia.edu.

Quarantine & Self Isolation

Who should quarantine?

Individuals who have been exposed to someone who is ill (awaiting COVID-19 test results) or individuals who have been exposed to someone with a known case of COVID-19.

Who should isolate?  

Individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19 and are awaiting test results.

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

  • Isolation separates sick people from people who are not sick.  People in isolation should avoid frequenting shared spaces in their homes and wear a mask when they leave their room.  If possible, people in isolation should have a private bathroom.
  • Quarantine restricts the movement of individuals who may have been exposed to illness.  When in quarantine, a person is expected to stay home and monitor symptoms, but should be safe to interact with others in the household.

How long does a quarantine or isolation period last?

  • Isolation typically lasts 10 days from onset of symptoms or from the positive COVID-19 test result.  A medical provider should provide an exact date at time of testing.
  • Quarantine is usually 14 days from the point of last exposure to someone who is symptomatic or who has tested positive for COVID-19.

If you are asked to quarantine, please remain in quarantine until cleared by a medical professional.

Safe Return to Campus Levels

Effective date: 8/3/2020 until rescinded

Effective on June 10, 2020, Region 8 of the state of Michigan, which consists of the Upper Peninsula, moved to Phase 5 of the state’s Safe Start plan. This Safe Return to Campus plan restates the Health and Safety Levels which Finlandia introduced at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The chart below illustrates how the Campus community will respond in real time to any changes such as a positive COVID-19 case in the campus community; the presence of the virus and health care capacity in the local community; and relevant local, state, and federal guidance and orders.

This Safe Return to Campus plan is put in place in order to comply with applicable state and federal guidance and continue the state and nationwide effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, while allowing a phased and scientifically informed return to campus. Carefully returning employees and students to campus aligns with Finlandia’s educational mission and is essential for the economic health of the University, our employees, and the region.

The COVID-19 Safe Return to Campus Plan provide flexibility, to the extent reasonably possible, for those who are at higher risk for complications from the virus or who have an immediate household member in that category.

Information for Faculty

Effective 11/9/20: Beginning Nov. 16, 2020, all classes, excluding clinicals and some labs, will transition to remote learning for the remainder of the fall semester.


Learning Delivery Models

The University is committed to helping faculty and students return to the classroom safely. When available, selecting how to deliver courses during this unprecedented time will be based on a number of factors, including but not limited to, size of the class, desired outcomes, pedagogical goals, regulatory guidance, the learning needs of the students, and mitigating health concerns for the faculty. The safety of our campus community is of the utmost importance.

Classroom capacities were determined by the Safe Open Task Force, entered into the Empower, and shared with the deans. Classroom changes followed.

Classroom Capacity
Nikander 2211
Nikander 237
Nikander 25 (Math Computer Lab)12
Nikander 26/2722
Nikander 2810
Nikander 2914
Mannerheim 1218
Mannerheim 1228
Mannerheim 1236
Wargelin 201 (Chem Lab)8
Wargelin 20212
Wargelin 203 (Bio Lab)14
Wargelin 20412
Wargelin 20612
Wargelin 303 (Theater)22
Maki Library Computer Lab12
Paavo Nurmi 10120
Chapel of St. Matthew Lower Level8
Chapel of St. Matthew Upper Level24
Jutila Center 323 (Kernanen Room)24
Jutila Center 3248
College of Health Sciences Auditorium70
College of Health Sciences Gym50
Learning Delivery Models
Delivery StyleIs there face-to-face instruction?Is there a virtual component?Can students interact with the professor in real-time?Other considerations
In-person Instruction + Livestream Learning (Blended-Synchronous) Yes, up to half of students are participating face-to-face in the classroomYes, remaining students simultaneously participate through livestream learningYesStudents would be divided into groups that would rotate between attending class in-person and livestream learning.
In-person + Remote Learning (Blended-Asynchronous)Yes, up to half of students are participating face-to-face in the classroomYes, remaining students would work remotely outside of scheduled class time through recorded sessions via Canvas or ZoomStudents doing face-to-face could interact with professors in real time. Students doing remote learning cannot.
Remote Learning Prior to In-person Instruction
(Blended-Flipped, Asynchronous)
YesYes, all students would complete pre-recorded videos and readings prior to classStudents doing face-to-face could interact with professors in real time. While doing remote learning, students cannot.
Blended-Special CircumstanceDependent upon professorDependent upon professorDependent upon professorStudents and faculty arrange meetings through Zoom or Canvas groups
Fully Online (Livestream or Remote Learning)Dependent upon professor, but livestream learning is preferredYesDependent upon professor
Fully In-Person InstructionYesYes, Canvas content used as appropriate with a minimum of syllabus, calendar, and handouts available onlineYes



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