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Stay InformedMVNU Fall 2021

NEWS & RESOURCES FOR FALL 2021 - Updated Sept. 2

As we continue to operate in the midst of a global pandemic, our COVID-19 Response Task Force and Working Groups continue to collaborate to make decisions that will provide an MVNU Experience that is as close to “normal” as possible. As part of our ongoing efforts, we will remain in direct communication with local and state health officials to stay up-to-date with the ever-changing recommendations and conditions to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe and healthy.

This page will be your source of information throughout Fall Semester 2021 as we adapt our guidelines and protocols to the current campus conditions.

MVNU Student, Faculty and Staff COVID-19 Dashboard

This dashboard details the current and cumulative COVID-19 cases among the MVNU Community since Sept. 1, 2021. Information will be updated weekly on Friday afternoons or as conditions warrant.

  • Current Active Cases — 11
  • Currently Monitoring — 3
  • Total Cumulative Cases — 114
  • Pending a PCR test result — 1

*Data updated Friday, Oct. 15, at 3:12 p.m.

Active Cases have a positive test result and are under medical supervision off-campus.
Monitoring Cases are community members possibly exposed to a positive case and in quarantine on and off-campus.
Total Cumulative Cases are the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in the MVNU Community since Sept. 1, 2021.
Pending PCR test result means the virus was detected during saliva surveillance screening. A PCR test is then required to confirm COVID-19.

VACCINATION RATE

As of Sept. 1, 2021, the vaccination rate among the MVNU Community is 42%

Traditional Undergraduate Students — 41%
            Freshmen — 32%
            Sophomores — 46%
            Juniors — 40%
            Seniors — 45%

Faculty — 80%
Staff — 38%

Students, faculty, and staff may upload vaccination cards here.

COVID-19 Protocol Updates

FRIDAY, SEPT. 3

Since Wednesday, Sept. 1, we have experienced a rapid spike in the number of positive COVID-19 cases on our campus. What we are discovering is the Delta variant is exactly as described by scientists and medical professionals — it is far more contagious and spreads more quickly than other strains of the virus. We also know from watching other universities who have experienced debilitating positivity rates that we must act swiftly and intentionally to bring this spike under control to remain an active and vibrant campus. In addition to the mask requirement in indoor public spaces that remains in place, three new protocols have been approved to move us in the right direction and to protect our ability to keep you in the classroom and on campus.

  1. All nonvaccinated students, faculty, and staff will be required to submit a saliva sample screening next week, Sept. 6-10.
  2. Chapel will take place outside on Wednesday Sept. 8 and Friday, Sept. 10. There is no chapel on Monday, Sept. 6.
  3. Online instruction will be available to students in isolation and quarantine.

MVNU FALL 2021 Guidelines - Updated Sept. 2

MVNU community,

As we examine our positivity rates, the number of students placed in quarantine, the severely contagious nature of the Delta variant, and the high infection rates at other colleges, we have determined it is necessary to implement a protocol we believe will slow the spread of the virus, limit the number of students placed in quarantine, and we hope will keep students in the classroom and on campus for the entire semester.

Beginning Thursday, Sept. 2, at 6 p.m., face masks will be required in all indoor public spaces, regardless of your vaccination status. We have been very successful over the last year to initiate protocols that positioned us to reduce virus infection and spread. While the Delta variant adds a new layer of concern, we are confident that as a Christ-centered community, we will love our neighbor and do our part to protect our community and your semester.
 
Click here to read the original guidelines for Fall 2021.

Masking Protocol FAQs As of Sept. 2

We are hopeful this is a temporary measure. As we continue to monitor the number of positive cases, students in quarantine, vaccination rates, and the positivity rates in the county, we will determine when we can lift this protocol safely while keeping you in the classroom and on campus.
  • Rapidly rising COVID cases in Knox County and Ohio.
  • Recommendations from the CDC and Knox Public Health.
  • The increasing number of Knox County schools requiring face masks.
  • The majority of Ohio colleges and universities have already issued mask requirements.
According to the CDC, face masks prevent the circulation of droplets that transmit the virus from one person to another. The proper use of face masks, along with other preventative measures (including vaccination), can reduce the transmission, lower our positivity and quarantine rates, maintain in-seat instruction, and protect the integrity of the semester.
This means any areas on campus that are open to the entire MVNU Community including:
  • Classrooms
  • Chapel
  • Ariel Arena
  • Academic Buildings
  • Lobbies
  • Library
  • Offices
  • Dining Hall
  • Welcome Center
  • Indoor Intramural Sports
Face masks are not required in residence hall and apartments. However, we strongly encourage you wear them in the lobbies.
Yes. By wearing face masks in these areas, it will not be necessary to place you in quarantine should someone near you test positive. In addition, the use of face masks in these areas will diminish the probability of a superspreader event. Please remember that contact tracing will continue for areas not considered indoor public spaces.
Face masks will be required in the serving and dining areas, but may be removed when seated and eating.

Athletic competitions and practices — Spectators and concession workers will be required to wear a mask during athletic competitions and practices.
 

Events — All participants and spectators will be required to wear a mask.

Weight and cardio rooms — Masks must be worn when not working out.

Intramural sports — Masks must be worn by spectators and players not actively involved in the sport.
The Student Life office on the second floor of Hyson Campus Center will issue each student one (1) disposable face mask. You are encouraged to acquire a few permanent masks so that you always have a clean mask.
To see the current COVID-19 dashboard, click here for the “MVNU Student, Faculty and Staff COVID-19 Dashboard.”

HEERF/EMERGENCY FUNDS

What is HEERF?

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds are part of each of the three COVID-19 bills passed by Congress and signed by the presidents through 2020 and 2021. These included the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (2020), the 2021 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (December 2020), and the American Rescue Plan (March 2021). The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund within the acts provided money to colleges and universities to disburse to students as emergency grants for expenses related to and income lost due to COVID-19.

When will funds be available to students?

MVNU submitted the application for the funding and was approved to begin disbursing funds in late April 2020. With each additional act passed, MVNU was granted additional funds to allocate through the original application.

MVNU has emergency grants available to aid students who are facing unexpected financial challenges related to the pandemic. Students may use the funds toward any component of the cost of attendance, or for emergency costs that arise as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic such as food, housing, tuition, health care (including mental health care), or child care, in addition to income from lost wages.

MVNU recognizes the broad impacts of COVID-19 and is making these funds available to undergraduate, graduate and professional students on all campuses.

Who is eligible for these funds?

Emergency grant aid will be awarded in accordance with federal, state, and institutional rules and regulations. Requirements for the American Rescue Plan funds differ from previous allotments. Students can apply for emergency grants through the Emergency Grant Application and address questions to stayinformed@mvnu.edu. Eligibility requirements differ by funding source, but the university will address applications from students who meet these criteria:

  • Registered for classes at MVNU on or after March 13, 2020, the date of declaration of the national emergency considering the novel coronavirus disease; and

  • Have or can demonstrate financial need or hardship caused by or because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Note: MVNU is required to prioritize students with exceptional need.

How can I apply for COVID-19 Emergency Funds?

Please fill out the COVID-19 Emergency Funds application located at this link. Applications will be reviewed by a committee on a continual basis as they are received; priority will be given to applications submitted by September 15, 2021. Students will be notified of the committee’s decision via email.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting

Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students

The following information is provided to comply with the Department of Education's CARES Act Reporting requirements. This information is limited to CARES Act funding and does not include grant programs utilizing institutional funds.

Reporting as of: December 30, 2020

Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) submitted a Funding Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to the Department of Education in April 2020. MVNU was granted a total of $1,310,478 to help mitigate the financial impact of COVID-19. Pursuant to this agreement, MVNU assures that no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(A)(1) of the CARES Act are being used to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University was allocated $655,239 from the U.S. Department of Education pursuant to the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act as of December 30, 2020 is $665,239. MVNU will report updates at least every quarter.

The total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(a) of the CARES Act is 1,232.

All eligible students of Mount Vernon Nazarene University (1,232 students) were given $250 under the Emergency Financial Aid Grants. Students were invited to apply for additional emergency funds, as need arose. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act beyond the initial award is 103. In December 2020, MVNU awarded additional monies to continuing eligible students based on need. The amounts students received is variable and dependent upon financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (if applicable).The number of students awarded these funds is 924.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University has established an application process for students to request funds for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. The Emergency Grant Form is available to all students. Award amounts are determined by MVNU based upon an individualized review of the student emergency grant application in accordance with guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education. As of December 30, 2020, the average additional amount awarded to eligible students is $540.

MVNU announced the availability of emergency grants in a message from the president sent on May 5, 2020, to all students, and the message was reiterated in several follow-up emails to the university community. A message was sent to eligible students in December 2020 notifying them of the additionally awarded funds, sent from the “MVNU CARES Act Committee”. Additionally, the university amplified awareness through a media release and social media. These student notifications include information that funds may be used for allowable expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care expenses.

MVNU students can visit the Student Financial Aid COVID-19 webpage (www.mvnu.edu/stayinformed) for additional information and specific guidance regarding Emergency Financial Aid Grants, including to review program information, eligibility requirements and directions for submitting an application.
MVNU acknowledges that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the MVNU has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

MVNU has received a total of $3,386,824 from the Department for use in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CARES, CRRSAA, and ARP (a)(a) and (a)(4) programs.

As of September 30, 2021, the total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students is $1,444,599, between the CARES, CRRSAA, and ARP allotments.

Approximately 2,875 students are eligible to receive grants.

As of September 30, 2021, 2,495 students have received awards. The average total award is $972.

The amounts students received is variable and dependent upon financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (if applicable). Emergency applications were made available to all eligible students and were prioritized by financial need caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Awards continue.

MVNU announced the availability of emergency grants in messages from the president sent on May 5, 2020, December 21, 2020, April 13, 2021, August 24, 2021, and October 1, 2021.The messages were reiterated in several follow-up emails to the university community. Messages were sent to eligible students notifying them of the additionally awarded funds, sent from the “MVNU CARES Act Committee”. Additionally, the university amplified awareness through media releases and social media. These student notifications include information that funds may be used for allowable expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, childcare expenses, and lost wages.

MVNU students can visit the Student Financial Aid COVID-19 webpage (www.mvnu.edu/stayinformed) for additional information and specific guidance regarding Emergency Financial Aid Grants, including to review program information, eligibility requirements and directions for submitting an application for emergency funds.