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.
MVNU Student, Faculty and Staff COVID-19 Dashboard
- 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.
COVID-19 Protocol Updates
- All nonvaccinated students, faculty, and staff will be required to submit a saliva sample screening next week, Sept. 6-10.
- Chapel will take place outside on Wednesday Sept. 8 and Friday, Sept. 10. There is no chapel on Monday, Sept. 6.
- Online instruction will be available to students in isolation and quarantine.
MVNU FALL 2021 Guidelines - Updated Sept. 2
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.
Masking Protocol FAQs As of Sept. 2
- 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.
- Ariel Arena
- Academic Buildings
- Dining Hall
- Welcome Center
- Indoor Intramural Sports
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.