Covid-19 Information & Response

Anoka Ramsey remains committed to the following priorities:

  • Safeguarding the health, safety, and welfare of the faculty, staff, and students.
  • Enabling students to complete the spring semester, and progressing towards their educational goals.

For more information regarding Covid-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website by clicking here, or the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) by clicking here.

For a list of frequently asked questions regarding teleworking click here.

For a list of official communications from Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Minnstate, click here.

SAVE THE DATE: Star Alert Changes are coming October 7, 2019

Anoka-Ramsey Community College is revamping the way Star Alert (college emergency and weather-related messaging notification system) registrations occur.  We are moving from an Opt-In (self-registration) to an Opt-Out (auto-registration) process. 

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) will be purging current registrations by October 7, 2019 and auto-registering current students, faculty and staff into the Star Alert system. 

If you are external to ARCC (parent of a student, contract employee, etc.), you will need to re-register into the StarAlert portal on or after October 7, 2019.

Instructions to re-register will be made available on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.

What to do before you leave for the Migration Weekend

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is pleased to share the following reminders for the Migration Weekend, beginning 6:00 PM, Friday, June 14.

In preparation for the migration weekend, please do the following:

  1. Make backups of any Outlook personalization, like Signatures and Rules
  2. Export personal contact lists or users
  3. If you the owner of a shared account, please backup your files and/or settings

**For more information, review the Outlook Pre-Migration Tasks**
**Note:  Calendar items updated on Friday, June 14 may not be copied.  Please limit CALENDAR changes or keep separate notes for Friday.**

If you work with students during the summer or teach courses, please remind your students:

  1. D2L, eServices, and installed version of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc) are available
  2. Online versions of Microsoft Office will not be available
  3. Email to/from college-provided accounts (, will not be delivered/sent until the migration is complete

**For more information, review the Pre-Migration and During Migration FAQs**

Access to Outlook and other Microsoft-related sites/applications will use STARID@MINNSTATE.EDU (staff/faculty) or STARID@GO.MINNSTATE.EDU (students) beginning Monday, June 17.

The Service Desk team members will update employee’s Outlook client beginning Monday, June 17.  In the meantime, you can access your email via WebMail ( or via the EMAIL drop-down option from the college homepage.

**For more information, review the Post-Migration FAQs**

Please contact the Service Desk if you have any questions regarding any information provided for the Office 365 Migration project.

FREEZE started Friday June 7 at 6:00 PM

In preparation for the Office 365 transition, documents within OneDrive, SharePoint and Teams will be migrated to the new shared tenant.  Your current OneDrive, SharePoint, and Teams files will be copied to the new tenant which will require a FREEZE, beginning 6:00 PM, Friday, June 7, 2019

Changes made to OneDrive, SharePoint, and/or Teams saved documents during this window will NOT be automatically copied to the new tenant.

You can continue to access documents in OneDrive; however, if you need to edit or create new documents during the migration window, please copy/save the files to your desktop, removable drive, or network drive (like H:, N:, S:, etc.).  Your new and updated files can be copied back to OneDrive after the migration is complete (6:00 AM, Monday, June 17, 2019).  Documents currently in any shared drive (H:, N:, S:) will not be affected by the OneDrive, SharePoint or Teams FREEZE.


  • Teams conversations will not be migrated to the new tenant; Channels, Files, and Membership will be copied
  • Intranet content owners­ – Changes to the Intranet site will not be copied to the new tenant during the freeze window. Apply changes before 6:00 PM, Friday, June 7 or after 6:00 AM, Monday, June 17.

For more information, check out the OneDrive FAQ and other How-To Guides

Please contact the Service Desk if you have any questions regarding the FREEZE or Office 365 Migration project.