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Spring 2021 Academic Plan: Frequently Asked Questions

MIAD's Fall 2020 Plan

Click the image above to download the Fall 2020 Academic Plan.

The following questions and answers guide you on how to access tutoring, counseling, medical and accessibility services and resources. In addition, you can get tips for managing online classes and social distancing, as well as information on facilities, financial aid, housing, student employment, and more. Below that you can find information on community events, how you can help our students, and links for admissions and employees.


What is the plan for Spring 2021?

For Spring 2021, both students will again have the option to attend classes remotely or in-person, similar to Fall 2020. See more details in the Academics/Classes section below.

When and how will students register for spring classes?

Students registered for classes in early November 2020. Open enrollment for classes ends on January 16, 2021. The last day to withdraw from classes is March 19, 2021.

When will Spring 2021 classes begin and end?

The Spring 2021 semester starts January 11, 2021 and continues until Spring Break, March 812, 2021. Classes resume March 15, 2021 and end April 30, 2021.

What is happening with Spring 2021 graduation?

A graduation ceremony has been scheduled for May 8, 2021. Please check the Graduation Blog for up-to-date information.

Is the 2021 Senior Exhibition happening?

Yes. More details on the exhibition’s format will be announced later in the semester.


How will we complete courses in Spring 2021?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MIAD’s academic plan allows students, faculty and the college to adapt quickly as information and situations may change, and to make decisions that are right for their individual comfort level and health.

To address all possibilities of what may occur during the semester, students have two choices for course delivery: Blended learning that combines robust face-to-face faculty interaction, access to the facility, and significant online learning, and fully online courses. Please note that the cost of tuition and fees remains the same regardless of the delivery method students choose.

Spring courses will be completed in a manner similar to Fall 2020. For more details, download the full Fall 2020 Academic Plan.

Who can I contact with questions about accessing a lab?

3D Lab 
google chat: 3D Lab Booking

Emerging Technology Center (formerly openlab) or 

Photography Lab

Printmaking Lab
google chat: Printmaking Lab Booking

Sculpture Lab
google chat: Sculpture Lab Booking

Textiles Lab

How can I reserve a First-Year Student Workspace?
We now have a new app that will enable students to reserve individual desks in FYE workspaces. Using this app will enable you to know if a workspace is available before you enter the building.
Here’s the links to app:
A few important things to note: 
  • Please don’t come to use a workspace without making a reservation first.  
  • Only FYE students can reserve spaces in the FYE workrooms.  Sophomore, Juniors and Seniors should use their studios, or other common areas of the building.

Students can see the email from Ben Dembroski, sent on Sept. 24, 2020, for additional details on how to set up the app. Don’t have a smartphone? Email Ben.

What percentage of time will students be face-to-face vs. online in the blended model?

The amount of time spent in face-to-face learning vs. online learning will depend on the course content and instructor.

If I sign up for online-only classes, will I still have access to labs?

Yes, students will still have access to studios and labs on campus such as the 3D Lab, Emerging Technology Center (formerly called the Open Lab), Photography Lab and other labs; however, students will need to sign up in advance to use the lab space. More information on this will be available prior to classes beginning.

How will classes that require a heavy presence and participation between student and professor, such as figure drawing, continue as an online option?

The college’s Curriculum Working Group is currently evaluating each course and identifying best options for each course offered.

If a class requires materials or something to be physically turned in, how will I receive or turn in those materials?

For students who have chosen the online-only option, materials required to complete assignments will be provided to them. For students taking in-person classes, some materials will be made available for pick-up in the lobby.

How will remote learning work, if I am in a different time zone than the instructor?

If you have a significant time zone difference, contact your faculty for advice.

How can I contact instructors for my classes?

If you have questions, contact the instructor via email unless instructed differently by the professor.

How can I access Library resources?

The Library is now open for study and research.

In addition, library staff are working remotely and able to help with your research needs. Email with any questions or to set up a virtual chat session. Staff are available Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. or by appointment.

The following digital library resources are available 24/7:

*Please be sure you are logged into your MIAD email account to access

Are study abroad programs still happening?

Staff are currently evaluating options for study abroad in future semesters. Information will be provided to students when more information is available.

How can I reach the Advising Office?

Email Duane Seidensticker at with questions. Meetings with your academic advisor may occur as a Google Hangout or by phone. Please respond to your advisors when they reach out to you.

What digital tools do I need for my online coursework?

Below is a list of tools your faculty are using to conduct courses online. 

  1. Moodle: A course management system, Moodle is where your faculty will post assignments, grades and class resources. Moodle Link | Moodle Training for Students 
  2. Gmail: Gmail is a great way to stay connected and communicate with your professors and fellow students. Gmail Link | Gmail Training
  3. Google Chat: Google Chat is an instant messaging service that includes text, voice and video communication. Unlike Google Hangouts, Google Chat has integrations with Google Drive, Google Meets and allows users to set up dedicated chat rooms.
    Google Chat Link | Google Chat Training
  4. Google Meets: This video conferencing app allows users to make video calls with up to 30 users per meeting.The app allows users to join pre-scheduled meetings from Google calendar events, using a link or a meeting code. Google Meets Training  
  5. Google Hangouts: Google Hangouts gives you the ability to contact other Google users via messaging, video calls and phone calls. Normally used for smaller groups.  Google Hangouts Link | Google Hangouts Training 
  6. DigiCOPY: You can utilize DigiCopy for any of your printing or mailing needs.
    DigiCOPY Online Portal | DigiCOPY Online Printing Instructions | DigiCOPY Mailing instructions 

Information and instructions on how to use and access the services listed above is located in the Student Resource Shared Drive at Online Class Information. If you have any questions for IT, please submit a ticket at  or call 414-847-3220.

Do I still earn the same number of credits for my courses in the blended or online-only option?

Yes, and students are required to complete all coursework as assigned for either course delivery option they choose.

How can I get help with my courses?

In addition to working with your faculty, you can receive tutoring and other student support services by contacting A full list of support services is available here

What if I am feeling ill? Do the same attendance policies apply?

If you are feeling ill, see the directives below under Student and Health Services

Can groups of students gather off-site to work together?

You should not. To help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus and reduce public health risks, we are all practicing safe social distancing. Your cooperation will help protect the health of the community.

What if I need special equipment and materials to complete my work?

Please contact your faculty to discuss the needs for this equipment or materials, and to determine if an alternative method of completing the course work is necessary.


Is the Two50Two Residence Hall open in Spring 2021?

Yes, Two50Two is currently open. To address safety concerns for student housing, MIAD and General Capital (the owners of Two50Two student apartments and coordinators of off-site housing) have agreed to eliminate triple rooms for 2020-21. All rooms are double rooms unless a disability-related housing accommodation is arranged.

Will I be able to return to housing in Spring 2021?

Yes, students who received a housing exemption in Fall 2020 can request to be place in MIAD-sponsored housing for Spring 2021, subject to availability.  Contact General Capital for further information.

Students who signed housing leases in fall will be obligated to stay in MIAD-affiliated housing for spring.

Will there be a quarantine period for people living in MIAD Housing after Spring Break?

No, we are not currently planning on having a quarantine period for students returning to campus after Spring Break. MIAD Housing will remain open during Spring Break. The college does encourage students to monitor their health and to get tested if they’ve been traveling. We encourage students to check their MIAD email for information about testing after Spring Break.

Is there food service available for students in 252 or MIAD's off-site housing for 2020-2021?

Yes, food service is available. MIAD’s cafeteria has been converted to “pick-up” only, with new options to order and pay online. While cash continues to be accepted, cashless options of payment such as credit cards, debit cards and MIAD’s meal plan cards are preferred. There is limited seating in the cafeteria.

The cafeteria follows safety guidelines set by public health authorities. Download the MIAD Cafe COVID Safety Plan for details.

If I was supposed to have a triple, how will being in a double affect my room fee?

If you signed a lease for a triple by June 12, the triple room rate will be honored. If you have applied to live in 252, but have not yet received a lease, the contract will be for a doubler room lease. If there are concerns about the cost difference between a triple and double room rate, please contact Carol Masse in the Financial Aid Office for information on available aid to match the difference.


What should I do if I or my family is having trouble paying my bill?

MIAD’s Student Accounts and Financial Aid offices are committed to working with our students and families to the best of our ability through these challenging times. We understand that families may be negatively impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis. For assistance with account balances, payment plans, and financial aid, please contact:

Student Accounts

Laura Maniaci (414) 847-3232
Bonnie Murphy (414) 847-3303

Financial Aid

Are the online-only classes going to be discounted in Spring 2021?

Tuition and fees will remain the same for the blended learning and online-only options.

What happens to my scholarships or financial aid if I take a semester off or take a gap year?

Students considering taking a semester off or taking a gap year are encouraged to talk with their academic advisor and the Financial Aid Office before making that decision to understand the impact of the decision on progressing in your Program of Study and the implications on availability of federal financial aid, timeline for loan repayments and more.

How do students apply for emergency aid?

MIAD’s Student Emergency Fund is designed to provide immediate financial support to MIAD students who are experiencing financial hardship. All requests for MIAD’s Student Emergency Fund begin in Financial Aid. Please contact Carol Masse at to begin the process.

I hear that MIAD is receiving federal emergency funding. Does that go to students?

As a nonprofit college, MIAD must allocate all emergency funds received from the federal government toward its students, operations and programs in compliance with strict guidelines set by federal regulations.

Students are receiving emergency funds from the Department of Education based on current financial aid information and student eligibility to qualify for federal funding. You do not need to apply for these funds; you will receive an email from the Financial Aid Office if you qualify. 

MIAD is supplementing the Department of Education emergency grant payments with its MIAD Student Emergency Fund. All students, regardless of federal eligibility, can apply for these emergency funds. All requests for the MIAD Student Emergency Fund begin in Financial Aid.  Please contact Carol Masse at to begin the process.

MIAD received federal support from the SBA Paycheck Protection Program to assist in paying faculty, staff and student employees for a period of 8 weeks beginning late April 2020. These funds allowed MIAD to avoid layoffs or furloughs during that time.

Why can’t MIAD use the money it is spending to build out the Raw Space to help students?

MIAD’s construction project is funded by a very low interest loan that was secured to build out the Raw Space for studios, classrooms and student gathering spaces. This is a bank-designated construction loan and can only be used for that purpose.


How can I get help with my courses?

Even though we are temporarily making our services virtual, we are still here to support students. We are available via email and phone, and can also schedule Google hangout or video chats with students.

  • Jennifer Crandall, Associate Dean of Students (, 414-847-3344) is available for medical questions and concerns, counseling resources, time management, and other questions/concerns.
  • Hanna Hobson, Student Support Counselor (, 414-847-3349, is available to mental health support counseling.
  • Becky Skupien, Student Accessibility Counselor (, 414-847-3347, is available for assistance with accommodations and other disability-related concerns.
  • Cathryn Wilson, Coordinator of Learning Support (,414-847-3345 ) is available for online writing reviews and time management.
  • Matthew Stricker, Housing Coordinator (, 414-847-3216) and Tony Nowak, Dean of Students (, 414-847-3240) are available to answer housing-related questions.
Tips for Managing Online Classes

Create Your Workspace: Find a place to regularly do your work that is as free from distractions as possible. This will be the space to set up your laptop (to attend classes and to work on your homework). Avoid “social” or “rest” areas, like the kitchen table or your bed. Make sure you have good lighting and a place to store your “tools and supplies” for classes and homework nearby.

Schedule a Routine: Treat an online course like a “real” course. Using your class schedule complete the attached Study Schedule to identify when you will check on each of your classes AND to plan on what times you will designate for homework time for each of your classes. You are working here to establish a routine. Hold yourself accountable to the schedule you create.

Stay Connected with Your Instructor: While the instructor is not physically present, that relationship is still just as important in an online class. Actively participate in your class discussions and blogs.

Utilize MIAD’s Online Learning Partners: This program supports you during our rapid transition to online learning. OLPs are your peers – student employees who can help “‘fill the cracks” of communication and problem solving when we can no longer just walk down the hall and ask someone a question. Kayle Karbowski is coordinating these students.  Find more information here:


Tutoring: Learning Resource Center (LRC) Online Writing Reviews

LRC Online Writing Reviews will provide feedback on content, organization, clarity and flow of ideas as well as reviewing for assignment requirements. Online Writing Review tutors will not correct grammar, though issues of concern may be included in their response to you. We make every effort to provide feedback on your paper within 24 hours.

To take advantage of Online Writing Reviews send an email Attach your paper AND a copy of the assignment sheet so tutors can review assignment requirements. You can include a note if you would like the tutor to pay special attention to concerns you may have. Then hit SEND.

Once your paper has been reviewed, the tutor who reviewed it may SHARE the reviewed document back to you with a note via Google Drive. Watch for an email!

LRC Helpful Handouts are available for common writing concerns, including grammar, punctuation and MLA format/citation and time management strategies.

TOPCAT Library Research Databases are available online through OneLogin > TOPCAT Library

Catalogue. Watch the Library ePortfolio and RiverRat for additional help options from the Library and LRC.

Computer Program Tutorials are available through OneLogin > LinkedIn Learning.

Any Concerns or Questions can be directed to Cathryn at:

Are disability services available?

Yes, disability support services are available. Email



I think I may have been in contact with someone with COVID. What should I do?

covid flowchart

What is close contact?

For COVID-19, a close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person had any symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19.

Things to remember:

  • Incidental exposure such as walking by someone in the hallway, using the same equipment or the same area/room is not close contact.
  • You are still considered a close contact even if you were wearing a mask while you were around someone with COVID-19. Masks are meant to protect other people in case you are infected, and not to protect you from becoming infected.
If I don’t feel well, what do I do?
  • Let support staff know by emailing the response team at
  • Call either your family physician or the Marquette University Medical Clinic DO NOT GO TO THE DOCTOR/CLINIC WITHOUT FIRST CALLING:

    Marquette University Clinic has provided the following message: Marquette Medical Clinic is currently open, but is requiring students to call the clinic to speak with a healthcare provider. Have your MIAD ID card/number ready and explain to the MU healthcare provider your symptoms. MU will either schedule an appointment with you, or prescribe home care. Please do not go to the clinic without first calling as the clinic doors are locked. 

  • Contact your faculty via email to inform them of your illness.
  • Stay at home until your fever subsides for 24 hours. If you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 but you do not have symptoms, you must self-quarantine for 14 days and take your temperature twice a day.

If your symptoms escalate, particularly difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)?

From the CDC website:

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
Should I “self-monitor” even if I feel well? What does that mean?

You should monitor yourself for a fever by taking your temperature twice a day and be alert for coughing or difficulty breathing. If you develop any of these symptoms, you should self-isolate and contact your healthcare provider by phone immediately per the instructions above. For additional information on COVID-19 visit

Marquette University Counseling Center And Medical Clinic

Marquette University Counseling Center

MU Counseling Center is providing mental health services by telephone. The phone number is 414-288-7172. Please do not go to the Counseling Center.

MIAD students interested in starting counseling: Please call the MU Center at 413-288-7172 to speak with a clinician. They will assist you in getting your treatment needs met in the location where you are residing while you are completing academic responsibilities on line.

MIAD students who have scheduled counseling appointments: You will be contacted by telephone and assessed for mental health needs. Treatment options may include periodic check-ins with your counselor, or referral to a provider on the outside. Typical psychotherapy will not be offered over the telephone.

On-Call Counselors: Are available for students who have safety risks. Students must call the counseling center and ask to speak with the on-call counselor.

Groups: Group counseling sessions have been suspended.

Marquette University Medical Clinic

MU Medical Clinic is currently open, but is requiring students call the clinic to speak with a health care provider. (414-288-7184) Explain to the MU health care provider your symptoms. MU will either schedule an appointment with the student, or prescribe home care. Please do not go to the clinic without first calling as the clinic doors are locked.


How can I tell the difference between COVID-19 and the flu?

You cannot. If you show symptoms of the flu, seek medical care early in compliance with the directives above from the Marquette University Clinic or your family physician. This fall we are strongly encouraging students to get the flu vaccine; the vaccine is free for all students and will be available in early fall.

Tips for Managing Social Distancing

We are practicing necessary social distancing. Understandably, this temporary upheaval of our usual life and schedule may trigger negative emotions, including anxiety and a sense of powerlessness. We want to assure you that this a normal reaction to have during this time of uncertainty. We also want to provide you with necessary tips and resources to help support you through this time.

It is important to mentally and physically prepare yourself for the coming weeks:

    • Set the mental tone for how you think about this quarantine. While there are factors we cannot control, it is important to remember that there are still many things we CAN control.
    • DO NOT overload yourself on the news. Check for MIAD, CDC, and WHO updates only once or twice a day. Constantly checking for updates will only add to anxiety levels and increased fear of the unknown.
    • This is not forever. The pandemic will end. Remember to be mindful that this is not a “forever” situation.
    • Set a schedule and stay busy. Try to maintain your daily rhythm that you had while classes were still in person. Plan for work time, plan out your meals, and schedule in some downtime as you usually would!
    • Stay social, virtually! This is a great time to be intentional about your connections and reach out to family members and friends who you haven’t spoken to in a while. Text, Facetime, GroupMe, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and even Instagram and Snapchat are great ways to stay connected to people.
    • Get outside. Social distancing is possible in the great outdoors. Take a walk around the neighborhood or on a path to get some fresh air and sunshine. Or, if you have one, sit on a deck or balcony!
    • Remember, social isolation does not have to mean emotional isolation. Stay connected to your social support network. Don’t be shy about sharing how all of this is making you feel. If you need further mental health support reach out to Hanna Hobson, Student Support Counselor, to schedule a virtual meeting, or call the Marquette Counseling Center to speak with one of their counselors!
What does it mean to self-quarantine?

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health.

What does it mean to self-isolate?

Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19, from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).

Where can I get tested?

MIAD will continue on-campus COVID-19 testing once per week for the foreseeable future this semester, with 25% of students in MIAD housing being tested each week. There is limited opportunity for additional MIAD students to get a test, based on availability. 

MIAD is also providing transportation for students from MIAD to COVID-19 testing site at Miller Park every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Students must schedule a ride in advance due to limited seating. More information is sent to students’ emails.

In addition, the Wisconsin National Guard is conducting free COVID-19 testing in Milwaukee for anyone age 5 and older, regardless of symptoms. Drive-thru and walk-up testing is available. Monday through Thursday from 11am to 7pm; Friday and Saturday from 11am to 5pm. No appointment needed.

• Milwaukee South – UMOS, 2701 S. Chase Avenue
• Milwaukee North – Barack Obama School – Custer Stadium site, 4300 W. Fairmount Avenue

The Chase Avenue location is closest to MIAD.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Impact have listings of testing sites.

What is contact tracing?

Contact tracing has been used for decades by state and local health departments to slow or stop the spread of infectious diseases. Contact tracing slows the spread of COVID-19 by

  • Letting people know they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and should monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19
  • Helping people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 get tested.
  • Asking people to self-isolate if they have COVID-19 or self-quarantine if they are a close contact of someone with COVID-19
  • MIAD’s Wellness Team will ask who you have been around, and ask where you have spent time while you may have been able to spread COVID-19 to others.
  • Your name will not be shared with those you came in contact with. However, there are ways that individuals can piece information together and make assumptions. We will not confirm or deny your health status and try to help you maintain the greatest amount of privacy as possible.
What is MIAD’s Wellness Team and how will they assist me?

The Wellness team are Jennifer Crandall, Associate Dean of Students; Hanna Hobson, Student Support Counselor and Becky Skupien, Student Accessibility Coordinator. They will assist you by guiding you through the process and answer questions you may have.

  • Location of nearest testing sites in Milwaukee area • Connect with Marquette University Medical Clinic
  • Notify MIAD Housing Coordinator who will arrange quarantine and isolation for students living in MIAD housing.
  • Request support from faculty for absences and extensions on assignments
  • Virtual check-ins with students who are sick with Covid-19.
  • Conduct contact tracing.



What safety protocols will be in place on campus to reduce the spread of COVID-19?

The college released information on safety protocols August 11 in its Fall 2020 Academic Plan document available at Among the safety measures that will be in place, include: 

  • Appropriate social distancing will be followed.
  • Masks will be worn, except in private spaces. 
  • Reduced occupancy of classrooms.
  • Staircases will be labeled as “Up-Only” and “Down-Only” and other one-way foot traffic rules.
  • Plexiglass/wooden protective barriers as appropriate.
  • Quarantine spaces.
  • Less in-person social engagement in residence and student organizations.
  • Cafeteria changes to allow food service to continue safely.
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols throughout the building, including availability of hand sanitizer throughout the building.

For the complete list of protocols, view the Fall 2020 Academic Plan.

Are masks required to be worn in the academic building?

Yes, all students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to wear masks in public areas of the academic building or where more than one person is gathered.  Employees may contact HR with any questions.

What quarantining procedures will be in place for the 2020-2021 academic year?

The college has several off-site locations devoted to quarantine or isolation for students who live on-campus. In this case of a significant campus outbreak, all students in MIAD-affiliated housing may be asked to self-quarantine in their apartments.


Is the Spring and Summer 2021 Pre-College program for high school students still happening?

Yes, the Pre-College Program is happening. Learn more about courses and registration deadlines at:

Please contact with questions.

Are adult Continuing Education courses still happening?

Yes, Spring 2021 Continuing Education is happening. All classes that can be offered online, will be delivered in an online format. Limited in-person courses are also available. View the full list of courses and information on how to register. Contact with questions.

Are MIAD’s Galleries open?

Yes, MIAD’s Galleries are open to the public; however, exhibitions can be viewed in-person by appointment only Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exhibitions also are able to be viewed virtually. See more details at


If you are a student, remain active and committed to your education. See our sections on Academics and Student Services for more information. 

If you are a community member, please consider donating to the MIAD Student Emergency Fund, which provides support to students facing unexpected needs. 40% of our students are Pell-grant eligible (lowest-income). While we all may experience some economic impact at this time, those students and their families are likely to experience significant and immediate impact.

Make a gift today!


Is mail being delivered?

Currently, mail is being delivered and opened by essential staff twice a week. Please check with your supervisor regarding questions about mail.

What should I do if the media calls?

Media inquiries should be directed to Dana McCullough, Communications Manager, at


As of June 25, 2020, MIAD encourages all employees who can continue to work remotely to do so. Employees should talk with their supervisor with questions specific to their situation.