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Fall Schedule Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about plans for the Fall 2020 semester. If your questions aren't answered here, please use the contact information in the answers below or to the right for more information.

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  • I need to change my schedule, who can I contact for assistance?

  • Do I need to change my own registration for classes?

    • You will remain registered for the courses you scheduled prior to the change in course formats. Your course formats may have changed, however. No action is necessary on your part, unless you would like to remove yourself from a course (drop).
  • Will my classes cost the same?

  • What if the college has to move to all online in the Fall because of COVID-19?

    • NMC will continue to monitor and respond to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation. You will be notified via your NMC email if our course formats need to be changed to completely online.
  • Will campus be open so I can use the Wi-Fi?

    • Campus opened for students starting in August. As of June 15, NMC is in Stage 2 of its reopening plan. This plan is designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 while allowing the College to meet the needs of our learners and continue important business functions. At this time, buildings will remain locked and only accessible by authorized employees. Stage 2 allows for services by appointment only and some small lab classes to be performed on campus following the College’s safety guidelines. Work that can be done remotely, should continue to be performed remotely.
  • What technology will I need to complete my classes?

  • Will pass/fail grading be used in Fall 2020?

    • Currently there is no plan to change grading structure for Fall 2020. This is because many of our students will transfer to a 4-year college or university and those institutions have not committed that they will accept pass/fail credits at this time.
  • What if I don’t have internet access at home?

    • Campus opened for students starting in August. If you’re in need of a secure Wi-Fi connection, you can still log on to NMC’s Wi-Fi network from campus buildings or from your vehicle while in NMC parking lots. For the strongest outdoor Wi-Fi signal, refer to these maps. For the best Wi-Fi reception, park as close to the building as possible, and park facing the building.
    • Wi-Fi is also available in downtown Traverse City through a partnership between the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority and Traverse City Light & Power, though the connection has a 60-minute time limit. Online sources for locating other free Wi-Fi hotspots include Yelp, Wi-Fi Space, Wi-Fi Map and Wiman. (Note that many are password-protected.)
  • I’m a high school dual enrolled or early college student, what does this mean for me?

  • Will the Tutoring, Math, and Writing & Reading Centers be open to help me with my classes?

    • NetTutor Online Tutoring: Tutoring is available 24/7 in most subject areas. Visit this NetTutor link to access the subject list. Access NetTutor through Moodle: Go to the online tutoring tab at the top of Moodle then choose the NetTutor link provided for login access. This is a free service to NMC students.
    • Since campus has reopened, additional tutoring options have become available including 1*1 Virtual scheduled meetings during a scheduled time. To arrange this option and view other options, please visit the Tutoring Center homepage or email the Tutoring Office at tutoring@nmc.edu. Please provide your name, the NMC class you need help with, and when you are available to meet. Please allow 24–48 hours for appointments to be arranged.
  • I have signed up for on-campus housing. If all of my classes are online, how can I cancel my housing plans?

    • A: Contact Lisa Eiden, the Office Manager for Residence Life, to cancel or update your housing reservations. Lisa’s contact information is leiden@nmc.edu or (231) 995-1409.
  • I received an email that my class has been canceled. Now what?

  • What happens if I sign up for a face to face class and I develop health concerns? Will there be a way to participate virtually?

    • If instructors have livestream alternatives, they may be able to switch you into their remote section. If there is no remote alternative, instructors will work to accommodate health impaired students but the learning outcomes of the course may require that you take an incomplete to finish the face to face components of the course later.
  • My schedule includes on-campus classes that start/end 15 minutes before/after a livestream class that I need to be online for. Will I be able to stay on campus to attend my livestream class?

    • Yes, campus is open and spaces are available for students to utilize. As will all spaces on campus, masks will be required and social distancing maintained.
  • Can I purchase technology tools (webcam, laptop, etc.,) at the NMC Bookstore?

    • New computers, webcams, and other technology accessories are available to from the bookstore. Students can order one laptop on their financial aid during their time at NMC; it will take about a week for computers to arrive. Orders have to be done in person at the store. Refurbished computers are also available for purchase at the bookstore. Other tech accessories are also available at the bookstore and on the bookstore's website, including web cams and headphones with microphones.

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