Mask Requirement Lifted
Effective March 4, 2022, students, employees and visitors are no longer required to wear a mask on campus. Exception: Students in nursing clinicals will continue to be required to wear masks until Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance is updated.
Quarantine and Isolation Guidance
The Minnesota Department of Health (and Minnesota State) have adopted the Centers for Disease Control's new Isolation and Quarantine Recommendations effective January 13, 2022.
If you tested positive for COVID-19:
Isolate, regardless of vaccination status
Stay home for at least 5 days (the count starts your first day of symptoms)
If you don't have symptoms or your symptoms are resolving, and you are fever-free without fever-reducing medication, you can leave your house after 5 days
Wear a mask around others for an additional 5 days
Before returning to campus, you need to evaluate your symptoms using the Centers for Disease Control's symptom-based strategy. You may return to campus if: 1) You have been fever-free for 24 hours, 2) you have experienced improvement in all symptoms, and 3) it has been at least 5 days since your symptoms began or tested positive.
If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19:
If you are Up To Date with COVID-19 vaccination, meaning you've been boosted, had 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna in the last 5 months, and/or had the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the last 2 months, then take these steps:
- You do not need to stay home
Wear a mask for 10 days
Test on day 5, if possible
If you develop symptoms, get tested and stay home
If you are Not Up To Date with COVID-19 vaccination, meaning you've had 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 5 months ago and are not boosted, had only 1 dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, had the Johnson & Johnson vaccine over 2 months ago, and/or are unvaccinated, then take these steps:
Stay at home for 5 days - quarantine. Wear a mask around others for an additional 5 days.
Test on day 5, if possible.
If you develop symptoms, get tested and stay home.
COVID-19 Student Illness Report (self-report exposure or diagnosis)
Students who have been exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19 are encouraged to complete the COVID-19 Illness Report. Students may be contacted by an NHCC response team member for more information and/or to connect them with campus and community resources. Click here to submit the Illness Report.
Updates Effective April 29, 2022
In late March, 2020 federal legislation was passed to provide economic relief to individuals and organizations dealing with the ramifications of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This legislation-titled the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (or CARES Act) established a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) for colleges and universities in the United States. Two additional bills were also enacted to provide supplemental HEERF funds and ensure learning continued for students during the COVID-19 pandemic: HEERF II - through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Act (or CRRSAA) in December 2020 and HEERF III - through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) in March 2021.
North Hennepin Community College has received funding from each of the HEERF programs to support continued delivery of classes and emergency financial aid grants to students. A description of these HEERF awards and the support available to students can be found by accessing the reports listed below.
Note to students: If you need additional financial support, funds are also available through the Emergency Grant.
HEERF I, II and III: Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students
The U.S. Department of Education required that higher education institutions prioritize the funds to support students with exceptional financial need. Therefore, grants are distributed to students through the following three methods for summer 2021, fall 2021, and spring 2022.
- ARP Base Grant Awards
Degree seeking students enrolled for one or more credits receive a $300 grant award to assist with the additional internet and technology expenses incurred for online classes. Students may receive this grant award for each term they are enrolled.
- ARP Supplemental Grant Awards
Degree seeking students enrolled at any credit level during the term who received a base grant award and either submitted a Dream Act application or a FAFSA that resulted in an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) value at or below $10,000 receive an additional $500 grant disbursement. Students may also receive this grant award for each term they are eligible.
- ARP Emergency Grant Awards
Eligible students can also submit an online application to request up to $1,000 to cover any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care. Students can also request the funds to go towards a past due balance owed to NHCC for the term. A small designated committee will review the applications to confirm eligibility and award grant funds on a first come first serve basis until funds are expended. International students will be eligible to apply for the emergency grant.
Federal and Minnesota State guidelines placed restrictions on who is eligible to receive the ARP Emergency Grant payments. Students who fall under any one of the following criteria, are not eligible for an ARP Emergency Grant:
- High school students (including PSEO and concurrent enrollment)
- Employees of MN State using their tuition benefits to pay for their own classes
- Students that received the senior citizen discount
- Incarcerated students
All grant awards are released to students through the refund preference the student set up with BankMobile. More information was communicated directly to eligible students through their NHCC email address.
HEERF I, II, and III (CARES, CRRSAA, ARPA): Institutional and Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Funds
- ARP Base Grant Awards
- Please reference frequently-asked-questions prepared by Minnesota State.
- Minnesota State
- Minnesota Department of Health: Information for Schools
- Minnesota Department of Health
- Hennepin County Public Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
- Free resources for mental health:
- NHCC Counseling Services provides free and confidential personal counseling and consultation to promote student personal development and well-being.
- The State of Minnesota offers two Employee Assistance Programs (EAP): Work/Life Counseling for work and personal life matters, and Organizational Health for leadership and workplace consultation.
North Hennepin Community College, as a diverse, equitable and inclusive community, is committed to upholding a campus culture that is respectful and welcoming. In light of COVID-19, we are aware of the racial stigmatization happening on many campuses towards individuals of Asian descent. At North Hennepin Community College, discrimination, bias treatment or harassment toward our Asian community members will not be tolerated. If you are a student or employee and have experienced or witnessed an incident of discrimination or bias, please fill out this complaint form.
We are dedicated to upholding anti-racist practices, and we recognize that the richness of our diversity is our fundamental strength. Learn more about the college's discrimination policy.