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Current Risk Status: HIGH


While the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned Wisconsin’s “Safer at Home” order, Milwaukee City and County remain under a similar shelter at home order. Therefore, in order to protect students, faculty and staff, MIAD continue 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 want 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)

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.

Blended Learning

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.

Online options

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.

Working Groups

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
  • Curriculum
  • Technology Infrastructure
  • Digital Equity
  • Blended Learning
  • Scheduling
  • Academic Policy Support

Check the FAQs page for answers to specific questions about the plan.

Updated May 25, 2020

May 15 - COVID-19 Task Force Summary

The plan is based on the following premises and assumptions:

  • That the vast majority of students, faculty and staff want in-person, face-to-face instruction in MIAD’s facility.
  • That at some point during the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semester, at least some students, faculty and staff will need to learn/work remotely.
  • Covid-19 will still be a day-to-day reality, and a focus on community safety is paramount.
  • Flexibility will be the best/only way to address issues.

In March 2020 MIAD, along with every other college in the nation, faced the Covid-19 pandemic. In response to the pandemic, we:

  • Pivoted to online instruction, and completed the semester
  • Allowed students to choose to stay in MIAD-sponsored housing or return home
  • Continued to offer student services including accommodations and mental health services
  • Created a new Online Learning Partner program: MIAD students were trained to help faculty and fellow students adjust to online learning and assist with technology issues. This very successful program also helped students continue their student employment.
  • Hosted our Senior Exhibition online
  • Provided over 1,200 students meals at no cost
  • Distributed over $50,000 in emergency funds to assist students
  • Returned various fees to students as available
  • Continued to pay students workers, even those who couldn’t actively work on campus
  • Returned student belongings left on campus, at MIAD’s expense
  • Implemented an optional Pass/Fail grading system
  • Registered and retained 94% of all returning students for Fall 2020

The task force will begin by asking questions, then using MIAD’s entire staff to provide answers and solutions. Here are the broad areas of focus for the task force:

  • Social Distancing
  • Testing / Monitoring
  • Quarantine Procedures 
  • Facility
    • Main building access
    • Housing
    • Specialty lab / equipment access
    • Studio access
    • Food service
  • Academics
    • Multi-platform instruction
    • Curriculum
  • Student Services
    • Mental health concerns
    • Accommodations
    • Digital equity

  MIAD will deliver classes this fall. We intend to use the building and facilities as much as possible. The planning process and educational experience will be guided by these certainties: We will…

  1. Prioritize student, faculty and staff well-being and safety.
  2. Deliver on MIAD’s promise to educate and graduate professional, creative, empathetic thinkers and problem-solvers.
  3. Give students agency to make decisions where possible.
  4. Preserve our community of curiosity and determination.
  5. Create robust learning experiences that transcend delivery options, ensuring that whatever the situation, courses can be delivered successfully.
  6. Inspire students to continue to dream big and work diligently despite all circumstances.

The MIAD task force will work in five phases and utilize everyone in the college:

Phase One: Taking Stock (complete early-May)
Asking questions, determining challenges

Phase Two: Searching for Flexpoints (complete mid-May)
Determine the opportunities for flexibility

Phase Three: Searching for Solutions (complete mid-June)
Bring targeted questions to various on-campus experts, and develop solutions

Phase Four: Planning and Adjustment (begins early-July)
Make changes, establish an infrastructure for solutions, work with new challenges

Phase Five: Implementation (start of Fall 2020 semester)
As the semester starts, fluid and dynamic adjustments will occur, but in smaller scope

Summaries of the plan will be updated publicly here periodically with increasingly specific details as we progress.

May 14 - COVID-19 Task Force Update and MIAD Fall Planning


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.  Food service may be delivered differently, we’ll likely be wearing masks, you may have different access to the facility – but the core of MIAD will remain.  MIAD will continue to deliver thoughtful, progressive, student-centered learning, based on our mission and values. 

To that end, MIAD has created a task force to help guide the college into forming the most robust experience possible for our students. The task force is focused on ensuring that MIAD continues to educate and graduate professional, creative, empathetic thinkers and problem-solvers. In other words, the MIAD that you know and love will continue to be a dynamic place bursting with the culture of ambitious learning and experimentation.

At this point, you have questions about exactly how this will happen. But any fixed plan, especially one determined too early, is likely to miss important factors or fail altogether. In order to thrive, the college must manage what we can, and be flexible in how we respond to what we can’t control. The thing we have the most control over right now is how we plan deliberately for uncertainty. Therefore, the task force is developing the MIAD COVID-19 Plan as a multi-faceted, evolving document focused on delivering the highest quality educational opportunity for our students, balanced with safety measures to reduce community vulnerability. Flexibility is key. Be assured – we will be ready.

MIAD is developing this plan with the intention of using the building and facilities as much as possible. COVID-19 will have a major influence on how that will happen; at some point during the year, at least some students and/or faculty will need to learn or work remotely. We will be prepared to adjust as needed.

Why we are doing this

Why we are doing this

estimates from Covid Act Now


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 Wisconsin. 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 Memo from President Morin

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.

March 12 Spring Break extended, online classes

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: