Resources for Students during COVID-19 Disruption

Dragons, hi. We see you. We know this is an uncertain, upsetting time. And we know you’re looking for information and resources for many areas of your life. We pulled together a few resources to help you manage the stress and anxiety produced by what’s happening around us.

Academic Support from MSUM: The Academic Support Center (ASC) has set up a Zoom Room that is available 9am – 3pm, Monday-Friday and 6 – 8pm Monday-Thursday. You can also look at their tips for successful online learning and their resource for MSUM students’ questions about online learning during the COVID-19 disruption. Tutoring has also moved online, get the details here.

Instructions to submit any forms that you would typically submit to the Registrar’s Office can be found here.

Career Development Center at MSUM: Online appointments and resources are available for MSUM Students and Alumni. Visit the website or check the social media feeds for information, resources, and virtual opportunities (Twitter or Instagram or Facebook)

Resource Database for the Fargo-Moorhead Community from FirstLink: this database has information on resources, services, and is up-to-date on what is open and operational in regards to services. Additional information here.

Mental Health

Learn to Live Online Offerings. All MSUM students can enroll for free in any of the interactive programs: Social AnxietyDepressionInsomniaSubstance Use or Stress, Anxiety & Worry. We encourage you to take a quick assessment to find out if any of these challenges are impacting your life. For free access, visit the site and enter the code MSUM.

Here’s a podcast about caring for yourself in a time of crisis and another podcast focused on helping you practice calming techniques.

United Healthcare is offering an EMOTIONAL SUPPORT HELP LINE FOR ALL STUDENTS through one of their subsidiary companies called Optum.  Their toll-free help line number, 866-342-6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as necessary and the service is free of charge and open to any MSUM student.  Students can have access to specially trained mental health specialists to support them if they feel they are experiencing anxiety or stress related to the recent developments around COVID-19.

10 Tips to reduce COVID-19 Anxiety
Image provided by Sanford Health

Food Pantries in Fargo-Moorhead: Great Plains Food Bank, Emergency Food Pantry, Dorothy Day Food Pantry. Cass-Clay Food Resources Comprehensive listing.

Access to Internet Service: see this post or this post for information on an option to get free access as a college student if you don’t have access to the internet where you are

Apply for Temporary Unemployment Benefits: In Minnesota, visit this link to learn more. Information on unemployment in North Dakota.

Information on Utilities Services in Moorhead: visit this link to learn more about organizations that will not cut off service for overdue bills.

Moving & Storage Resources: See how you can get a free month of storage for your stuff and how you can rent a car or truck even if you’re under 25.

MATBUS Transportation: Visit for up-to-date information on route changes or other information related to COVID-19.

Other Informational Resources:

The Center for Disease Control has a specific section on managing anxiety and stress too.

MSUM Updates on COVID-19 and campus as well as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). MSUM information about online learning.

Information for Military Veterans and Family Members: information can be found via this link

As always, you can contact our team OSA [at] with questions or the Dean of Students Office. Here’s to stay safe, sane, and sanitized during this tumultuous time.