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Spring 2020 Academic Plan

In compliance with Governor Evers’ Stay at Home order, MIAD’s academic building is closed to all but essential personnel effective March 24. See Facilities below for more information.

MIAD student learning support services are being provided online. The following information guides you on how to access tutoring, counseling, medical and accessibility services & resources. In addition, we are providing you tips for managing online classes and social distancing, as well as information on facilities, finance and 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.

Students, to request assistance from MIAD’s Student Emergency Fund, please fill out this application form.


How will we complete courses?

Classes resume on March 23. Due to the national public health emergency, classes will be delivered fully online for the remainder of the spring semester. The semester will end on May 1, as scheduled. Please see additional information below and a message to you from Vice President of Academic Affairs David Martin about our return to classes.

How might our classes change in the online environment?

The shift to online instruction requires some changes to course assignments and course deliverables. Faculty members are working together to refine assignments and courses to make them successful in this new environment. Faculty also are joining national online communities formed to teach art and design in an online environment during this emergency. Faculty for each class will contact you about how to adjust to online instruction, including studio work and critiques. Please see the message from Vice President of Academic Affair David Martin about your success in the digital environment.

How can I contact instructors for my classes?

Your faculty have likely already emailed you at your MIAD email. If you have questions, contact via email unless instructed differently by the professor.

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.

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.

Will the Senior Thesis Exhibition happen?

Yes, but in a redefined form. Because of  restrictions on public gatherings, the college is shifting the senior thesis from a traditional exhibition to a digital exhibition. Seniors will create posters and websites to promote their capstone work. Student websites will appear on the college’s website. We will develop a communications plan to promote seniors’ work to the community and to prospective employers  Your instructors will be in contact with you to assist in this transition. In addition, please note that Gallery Night/Day has been canceled by the Third Ward Association.

What is happening with Graduation?

Graduation is currently on hold, and will not happen on May 8. Once the pandemic has abated and large gatherings are allowed, MIAD will determine when and how graduation will occur.

Are study abroad programs still happening?

School officials have canceled a four-week study abroad program in Florence, Italy, originally scheduled to begin in May 2020.

How can I reach the Advising Office?

Email Alea Cross 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.

How can I access Library resources?

The physical location of the Library on campus is closed. General access to physical materials in our library, and delivery from any SWITCH libraries, is no longer possible. 

However, 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

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

Do I still earn the same number of credits for my courses now that they’re all online?

Yes, and students are required to complete all coursework as assigned.

Can I still withdraw from a class?

Yes. MIAD has extended the deadline to withdraw from a class to Friday, March 27 at 2pm. Email the registrar if you wish to withdraw from a class.

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

If I am located near my instructor, can I meet with them off campus to discuss and review my work?

To help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus and reduce public health risks, we are asking all teaching and learning to be conducted online. Your cooperation in this will protect the health of individuals involved in your courses and keep students, faculty, or staff as safe as possible.

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. Teaching and learning are being conducted remotely. Your cooperation will help protect the health of the community.

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

For the remainder of the semester, students will not be able to use MIAD’s labs or check out specialized equipment. These restrictions are in place to ensure the safety of not only MIAD students but also MIAD staff.  Contact your faculty to determine alternative methods of completing your course work.


What facilities are closed?

Under Governor Ever’s Stay at Home order effective March 24, MIAD’s academic building is closed to all but essential staff personnel. The building is closed on weekends.

Students may come in to retrieve your property this week only between 9 am and 3 pm. Unfortunately, with the Governor’s Stay at Home Order, students are no longer allowed to work in the building effective Tuesday, March 24.  Please sign in at Security and practice safe social distancing. No property or artwork will be disposed of while the building is closed.

How do I get my belongings from the academic building?

Because we are switching to online instruction, you are encouraged to gather your belongings so that you can complete your work at home. See building hours in Building Access above.

How will I get my belongings if I can’t come in this week

Once the State of Wisconsin “Stay at Home” order ends and the pandemic emergency abates, MIAD will contact students regarding retrieval of their belongings.

Are on-campus events canceled?

Until further notice, all on campus events have been either canceled or postponed. See Community Programs and Events for further information.

Are the Galleries open?

Per the gallery schedule, no exhibition is currently on view MIAD’s Galleries. As part of the Academic Building, the Galleries are closed.

Is the MIAD Innovation Center open?

Yes, the MIAD Innovation Center is open virtually and students are working with clients remotely. Students should contact Drew Maxwell or Kyle James with questions.

Is mail being delivered?

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


Is the 252 Residence Hall open?

Yes. MIAD’s housing, including 252, is open.

Should I return to housing?

If you currently living at home or other housing, you should remain there.

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

The MIAD cafe is closed. MIAD is supplying wrapped sandwiches, drinks and other food items at 252 free of charge in compliance with guidelines set by public health authorities.

Will I get a refund for my meal plan?

Students with meal plans will receive a refund check for the unused portion of their meal plans.


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

Will I receive a refund for fees?

College leadership continues to evaluate various comprehensive fees, and where possible, will refund any unspent funds to students.


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.

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


If I don’t feel well, what do I do?

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. 

  • Let support staff know by emailing the response team at
  • 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)?

Runny nose, sore throat, cough and fever, breathing difficulties and pneumonia. You may have some or all of these symptoms.

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. 

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.


Tips for Managing Social Distancing

Our semester is now fully online and 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!


Will I be able to work since the campus is closed?

Owing to the statewide Shelter in Home order, the academic building is closed to all but essential personnel. We have a limited number of student positions able to work remotely (IT and Learning Center). We are exploring additional opportunities to open up other student employment online where possible. Supervisors will be in contact with students as appropriate.


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

Yes, at this time, we are accepting applications to the Summer Pre-College Program. Due to the temporary closing of many high schools nationwide, MIAD is extending the Pre-College Scholarship deadline to April 19. All required materials must be received by our office by April 19. Please contact with questions.

Are adult Continuing Education or high school Pre-College courses still happening?

All weekend Continuing Education and Pre-College classes have been canceled for the remainder of the spring semester, effective March 16. We are accepting registrations for the Summer and Fall semester, and will continue to monitor the situation. Contact with questions.

Is the Creative Educators’ Institute happening this summer?

Yes, at this time, we are accepting applications to the Creative Educator’s Program.

Is Creative Fusion 2020 postponed?

Yes, Creative Fusion on May 2, 2020 is postponed. Creative Fusion supports student scholarships. We will provide an update with more information as it is available.

Are MIAD’s Galleries open?

Per the gallery schedule, no exhibition is currently on view MIAD’s Galleries. The Galleries are currently closed.

Is the Senior Thesis Exhibition happening as scheduled?

Yes, but in a redefined form. Because of  restrictions on public gatherings, the college is shifting the senior thesis from a traditional exhibition to a digital exhibition. We will inform the public about the virtual exhibition as details are available. In addition, please note that Gallery Night/Day has been canceled by the Third Ward Association.


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. Nearly 44% 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.

You can donate at


Can I still apply to MIAD?

The MIAD Admissions team is actively working on fall enrollment and engaging with prospective students. Contact them at or visit for individual emails.


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 or Vivian Rothschild