Current Risk Status: HIGH
While the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned Wisconsin’s “Safer at Home” order, Milwaukee City and County remain under a similar order. Therefore, in order to protect students, faculty and staff, MIAD continues to take the appropriate safety measures.
- MIAD’s facility is currently closed to all but essential personnel.
- Classes are being delivered online for the Summer 2020 Semester.
- If you are sick and need to receive care from Marquette Medical Clinic: DO NOT GO IN PERSON. Visit the FAQs page for more details on what to do if your are ill.
(Updated June 25)
UPDATE ON JULY 21, 2020
Throughout the summer the COVID-19 Task Force and working groups have been planning for multiple scenarios so that MIAD is prepared to provide you with an outstanding learning experience this fall. We released initial details of the fall plan on May 25 and information on guiding principles for the plan on May 15 (available below).
This plan continues to evolve as we learn more about the parameters health experts and government officials (including the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County and the State of Wisconsin) will place on colleges and universities in August and beyond due to the pandemic.
First and foremost, we intend to return to campus in the fall, to the greatest extent prudent and permissible. Our goal remains to enable you to approach your college career in a way that works best for you and that maximizes flexibility, without delaying your progress toward your major and your degree.
The 2020-21 plan focuses on creating a safe, robust academic environment that does not sacrifice quality regardless of how the student accesses programming.
Frequently Asked Questions
College COVID-19 Planning Updates
May 25 - Fall 2020 Plan Update
As we move from the end of spring semester and look ahead to fall, it is clear that MIAD’s extraordinary educational experience will evolve and grow in response to the global pandemic. First and foremost, we intend to return to campus in the fall, to the greatest extent prudent and permissible. But we can’t pretend that 2020-21 will be a typical academic year.
None of us has a crystal ball; we do not know how much the virus will be mitigated by August, or what parameters health experts and government officials (including the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, and the State of Wisconsin) will place upon colleges and universities. Given these complex circumstances, our goal is to enable you to approach your college career in a way that works best for you and that maximizes flexibility. For now, we want you to know that we are planning to respond to multiple scenarios so that we are prepared to provide you with an outstanding learning experience.
MIAD has made the following decisions for the Fall 2020 semester:
Fall 2020 Academic Calendar
We will start the semester on August 31, and continue without a fall break until November 21 for Thanksgiving Break, November 21 – 29. After Thanksgiving Break, students will have the option to either return to campus or remain at home to complete the semester. MIAD’s facility will continue to be available to students, but projects in the final three weeks of the semester will be developed in a way to allow students to complete the semester without the need to access the facility. Classes will end on December 18, 2020. Spring 2021 will begin on January 11, 2021.
Fall 2020 Courses
A MIAD education comprises three core learning values: access to the facilities, access to the faculty and one another, and access to studio learning. We will offer two course delivery options this Fall: 1) Face-to-face blended courses that include a variety of delivery strategies, and 2) Fully online. All learning will be delivered in a way that keeps students and faculty safe, provides essential access to MIAD’s facility, and maximizes student choice.
To address all possibilities of what may occur during the semester, course content will be delivered in a blended fashion, meaning a combination of robust face-to-face faculty interaction, access to the facility, and significant online learning. For example, we know that at some point during the semester for every class there may be students or faculty who need to self-quarantine; in a blended course, the student could continue to complete coursework safely online without penalty, and the faculty could continue to instruct from a distance as needed. In addition, this will allow for flexible scheduling, with students split into groups to access the facility and faculty at different times.
Every course offered in Fall 2020 will be offered in an optional online-only delivery. Students must declare their intent to take their courses fully online before the start of the semester (we are still developing this process, so please do not contact the registrar’s office at this time). Students who declare online courses will have access to the facility at their own discretion, but will not be required to complete coursework using it. Please note that the cost of tuition and fees will remain the same regardless of which delivery method students choose.
Studios and Labs
Students who have an individual studio space will have access to it during the semester. Specialized labs and equipment will remain available to students, but students may be required to sign-up for a specific date and time in advance for access. Please note that if we have another city, county or state mandated lockdown, such access may need to be restricted or rescinded.
Housing for Fall 2020
To address safety concerns for student housing, MIAD and General Capital (the owners of 252 student apartments and coordinators of off-site housing) have agreed to eliminate triple rooms for 2020-21. All rooms will be double rooms unless a disability-related housing accommodation is arranged.
The COVID-19 Task Force has created several working groups to address various aspects of our Fall 2020 solution. Focusing on community safety, these working groups will begin to explore in depth the questions posed by the task force, and come up with creative solutions.
- Facilities Access and Safety Protocols
- Technology Infrastructure
- Digital Equity
- Blended Learning
- Academic Policy Support
Check the FAQs page for answers to specific questions about the plan.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019
- From the World Health Organization
- World Health Organization Daily Reports
- From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services
- City of Milwaukee Health Department
- Tips for Coping with Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Concerns
- CDC Travel Guide
- Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, an how to “flatten the curve”