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Current Risk Status: HIGH


There are now 1843 active COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin and the local area, including 945 in Milwaukee County. The State of Wisconsin is under a “Safer at Home” order, meaning non-essential businesses will be closed and we’re all asked to stay at home. Therefore, in order to protect students, faculty and staff, MIAD will take the following measures:

  • MIAD’s facility will be closed to all but essential personnel. No equipment will be available for checkout.
  • Classes will be delivered online for the remainder of the Spring 2020 Semester.
  • On campus events through the end of semester will be cancelled or postponed.
  • Senior Thesis will be redefined into a digital exhibition.
  • More detailed information can be found at
  • If you are sick and want to receive care from Marquette Medical Clinic, DO NOT GO IN PERSON.  From MU:
    • Marquette Medical Clinic is currently open, but is requiring students call the clinic to speak with a health care provider. 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. Thank you.


(Updated April 3)

Questions and Answers

We have moved the Questions and Answers section of this page to our Spring 2020 Academic Plan Page.

Why we are doing this

In the State of Wisconsin alone, if we do nothing it is estimated 116,000 people will die. As we move to a “shelter in place” model, that number can drop to 3,000, saving an estimated 113,000 lives.  And that’s just in Wiscsonsin. If you’d like updated information about your state, visit the COVID ACT NOW website.

By implementing “heavy social distancing” and “shelter in place”, we can limit the number of people who get this virus, or at least slow it to the point that the medical system can handle the influx of seriously ill people.  If unchecked, the virus could infect 1/3 of the population – that’s 100 million people in the United States.  Of those people, 80% will have minor symptoms similar to a cold or mild flu.  The remaining 20% will have severe symptoms, or 20 million hospitalized.  And it’s estimated that 3.4% of those who get ill will die.  That’s 3.4 million people in the United States.  That may seem alarmist and grim, but it’s the reality we face as a nation and a world, and together we can make it better, literally save lives by taking these steps.

To understand how the virus transmits through mathematical simulations, read this insightful Washington Post article.

So, while as a young college student you are likely to not get the virus or have mild symptoms, those who are older or already have weakened immune systems are vulnerable, and you don’t want to be the person who transmits it to them.  That’s why colleges and schools across the country are closing. We understand this a huge disruption to your education and life, but it’s for everyone’s benefit.

Remember MIAD’s value of courage, kindness, integrity, community, innovation, and inclusion.  Literally of them apply to this situation – we need to have courage to weather through, show kindness to those we know and those we don’t, think of our community more than the personal inconvenience,  innovate to continue to provide excellent educational opportunity through this difficult time, and include everyone equally in solving this unprecedented global pandemic.



Emily Landon explains why staying at home is crucial to protecting everyone

MARCH 17, 2020



As you know, colleges across the country are making decisions to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  We have a shared responsibility to make decisions that will ensure the health and well-being of our students as well as our staff and faculty. Because the virus has a 14-day incubation period, we need to take important precautions to help “flatten the curve” and reduce the impact of the virus on the population.

MIAD leaders have met to make decisions that will help students complete the semester while also taking the precautions to ensure everyone’s health and safety.  These decisions do not come easy, but they do reflect our concern for everyone’s welfare. It is with that spirit that we have determined the following:


The Center for Disease Control has urged colleges to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Accordingly, we will complete the semester through online delivery. The semester will resume on March 23 and end on May 1.  Faculty will contact you about how to adjust to online instruction. We know that this shift will cause significant disruption in the semester. For that reason, we are asking you to keep as visible and engaged as possible over these last five weeks of the semester.

Please know that this shift to online discussion will require some changes to course assignments and course deliverables. Be sure to keep in close contact with your faculty about your questions and concerns, as well as your course progress. We are here for you and will work with you. We want you to finish the semester strong.



Beginning Thursday, March 19, all college labs will be limited to restricted access. Only college authorized personnel will be given access to these facilities. This restriction also applies to the openlab  as well. Student studios will remain open.


Because we are switching to online instruction, you are encouraged to gather your things so that you can complete your work at home.


Because of the 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. We will provide more specific information in the next day or two.  Your instructors will also be in contact with you to assist in this transition.


Beginning Thursday, and until further notice, building hours will change to 6:30am – 6:00pm on weekdays, 8:00am – 6:00pm on Saturdays, and 10:00am – 6:00pm Sundays.


The Innovation Center will remain open.  Innovation Center projects will continue online. You are encouraged to work with Drew and Kyle.

Post History

March 12, 2020

As you know, the country is responding to the rapid spread of COVID-19.  As a precautionary measure, many colleges are shifting their face-to-face instruction to fully online discussion. This is being done to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus.

MIAD has been planning for such an event and is now taking immediate steps to keep everyone in our community healthy.
Here are the steps we are taking:
1.  Beginning Monday, March 16, we are taking an additional week of Spring Break to give everyone a chance to catch up on their course work and prepare to finish the semester strong.
2.  Classes will resume Monday morning, March 23, through online delivery via your course Moodle sites.  Please look for information from your faculty for details on how to proceed.
3.  We will continue to teach online until further notice. 
4.  The last day of the semester will remain Friday, May 1.
Important Facts:
  • At this time, the college building is open; all staff will report as usual. We are only shifting instruction to online delivery.
  • At this time, facilities such as the 3D Lab and the various labs will remain open during normal lab hours.
  • At this time, students will have access to their studio as well as the facilities.
  • Two50Two and satellite residence facilities will remain open, but students can choose to stay home.
  • Beginning March 16, the college’s food service will be open according to normal cafeteria hours.
  • Please look to the MIAD website and MIAD emails for ongoing additional information. MIAD email is the official way that faculty and the college will contact you.
Important Details:
  • Please be sure to practice safe health protocols.
  • Thoroughly wash your hands frequently.
  • Clean the surfaces of your tools, phone, studio, and computer.
  • Refrain from touching your face.
  • Cough into your elbow.
  • Students: If you are sick or experience flu-like symptoms, please
    • self-quarantine yourself
    • call your doctor or Marquette’s Medical Clinic at 414-288-7184
    • send an email to to let staff know
    • send an email to your instructors
    • remain self-quarantine until your fever subsides for 24 hours
  • Faculty or Staff: If you are sick or experience flu-like symptoms:
  • Practice the social distance protocol, meaning as much as possible stay 6 feet from others.
Please watch your email and the college website at for important updates.  We also have a new, dedicated email account for this pandemic:  If you are sick or have questions, you can use this email account and a team of MIAD staff will read it, answer your questions, or forward it to the appropriate MIAD personnel.
March 11 - Marquette University Clinic message

March 11, 2020

Marquette University Clinic has provided the following message:

At this time we are asking all students (Marquette and MIAD) that if they are suffering from Fever AND cough, congestion, runny nose to not enter our clinic. We ask that they call the MU Medical Clinic at 414-288-7184 to speak with a medical provider before coming or scheduling an appointment.

March 10 - 2 additional Wisconsin positive tests

March 10, 2020

There have been two additional people in Wisconsin who have tested positive for the COVID-19 Coronavirus, one in Osceola, Wisconsin (roughly 330 miles from Milwaukee) and one in Dane County (roughly 90 miles from Milwaukee).  As of today, there have been no positive tests in Milwaukee County or bordering counties.

March 6 - Study Abroad cancelled

March 6, 2020

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

March 4 - MIAD COVID-19 Plan

March 4, 2020

As you likely know, the world is dealing with a growing outbreak of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, a new strain of contagious flu-like respiratory virus.  As of this writing Wisconsin has had only one confirmed case, a college student who traveled to China, and has since been released.  However, the situation can change quickly and we must all be vigilant and prepared.

MIAD has plans and procedures in place to react to the situation as it develops. Currently, there is no immediate impact on the college or its operations. MIAD has a created a Response Team to monitor the situation nationally and locally with the recommendation of health experts, and make decisions based on the safety and well-being of the college’s students, faculty and staff.


You may be traveling over Spring Break, and you should be aware of any travel restrictions: and use reasonable precautions to prevent the spread of disease.

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

Symptoms of COVID-19 Coronavirus

Runny nose, sore throat, cough and fever, breathing difficulties, and pneumonia

The CDC regards the following groups as being of high risk of complications from influenza:

  • Children younger than 5;
  • People aged 65+;
  • Adolescents under 18 years of age who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy and who may be at risk for Reye’s Syndrome;
  • Pregnant women;
  • Adults and children who have asthma, other chronic pulmonary, cardiovascular, hepatic, hematological, neurologic, neuromuscular, or metabolic disorders such as diabetes;
  • Adults and children with immunosuppression (including immunosuppression caused by medication or HIV).

Individuals who are at high risk and become ill should contact their healthcare provider as soon as possible to determine if they need antiviral treatment.

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

You cannot. If you show symptoms of the flu, seek medical care early.

Risk reduction:

  • Frequently wash hands for 20 seconds
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with anyone that has a fever or cough
  • Frequently clean your living quarters including surfaces such as phones, doorknobs, refrigerator handles, computer keyboards, remote controls and countertops.
  • If you have a fever or cough, seek medical care early. If you are a student, call your healthcare provider or Marquette University’s Medical Clinic (414-288-7184) – DO NOT GO TO THE MU Medical Clinic. Make sure you have your student ID.
  • Do not wear a mask unless you have cold symptoms. A surgical-type mask keeps your germs away from others, it does not prevent others’ germs from you!
  • Don’t fall prey to remedies found on social media or other uncredited sources. They can be ineffective and dangerous.

More information can be found at the CDC (Center for Disease Control) Coronavirus website: