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MVNU Student, Faculty and Staff COVID-19 Dashboard

This dashboard details the current and cumulative COVID-19 cases among the MVNU Community since Jan. 13, 2021. This information will be updated weekdays by 4 p.m.

  • Current Active Cases — 10
  • Currently Monitoring — 34
  • Total Cumulative Cases — 10
Updated Jan. 15, at 2:47 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.


Masks – Required everywhere (inside and outside), except in your residence hall or apartment room.

Residence Life Visitation — No visitors, including other MVNU students, will be permitted in your apartment or dorm room.

Weekly Screening Schedule for Students

Residential students
•Sunday evening — Athletes and high exposure students (first screening)*
•Monday evening — Residents of Birch, Cedar, Cypress, Elmwood, Maplewood, Rosewood and Spruce
•Tuesday evening — Residents of Galloway, Oakwood, Pioneer and Redwood
•Wednesday evening — Athletes and high exposure students (second screening)*

*High exposure students are those participating in clinicals, field placements, student teaching, internships, and other programs that require work off campus as part of their academic programs, as well as athletes. Instructors and coaches will inform you if you are required to screen twice a week. Students required to screen twice a week will follow the Sunday and Wednesday submission schedule and not that of their residence/commuter status.

Commuter students
Commuter students may deposit a sample any day from Monday to Thursday.

•Lobbies of Oakwood, Galloway, Pioneer, and Birch F
•Regents Hall 139  
•Chapel – University Relations (first suite on the left) 
•Moore 200 
•Hunter Hall 302 
•Hyson Campus Center outside Campus Ministries 
•Outside Athletics Department offices in Ariel Arena

Samples will be collected for delivery to the lab each morning by 7:30 a.m., so make sure your sample is deposited on your assigned evening.


As MVNU adjusts to campus life in the midst of a global pandemic, our COVID-19 Response Task Force and Working Groups are collaborating 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 all the latest statistics and recommendations to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe and healthy.

This page will be your source of information regarding everything from cleaning to academic protocols in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread.



Since March, our COVID Response Task Force has been researching the science behind COVID-19 and following the changes in requirements and recommendations from trusted leaders in all levels of public health. Our number one goal is to return MVNU to the active and vibrant campus that we know and love, and to introduce our new students to the MVNU community that makes us unique and authentic. 

To access the plan please click here.


Find answers to questions about:

  • COVID-19 and its symptoms
  • How to protect yourself
  • Travel restrictions

Find answers to questions about:

  • Academics
  • Athletics
  • Campus Life
  • Dining/Food Service
  • Health Services
  • Residence Life
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Travel

Find answers to questions about:

  • Dining/Food Service
  • Events
  • Health Services
  • Housekeeping
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Technology
  • Travel

Find answers to questions about:

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  • How COVID-19 could impact your studies
What is the CARES Act?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund within the CARES Act provided money to colleges and universities to disburse to students as emergency grants for expenses related to the disruption of on-campus operations due to COVID-19.

When will funds be available to students?

MVNU has submitted the application for the funding and has been approved to begin disbursing funds. We anticipate beginning the disbursement of funds during the week of May 11. Eligible students will receive an email notice prior to the release of the funds.

Who is eligible for the CARES Act funds?

Students who meet general criteria for federal financial aid are eligible to CARES Act funds. This includes students who have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and those who are eligible to file the FAFSA but did not file. The Student Financial Services Office will determine eligibility. Unfortunately, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s rules, CARES Act funds cannot be released to international students, undocumented students, non-matriculated students, students enrolled in fully online programs or College Credit Plus/Dual Enrollment students. If you are a student from one of these groups, please see the questions below for an opportunity to apply for funds through the MVNU Emergency Grant Program.

Are there funds available if I do not qualify for CARES Acts funds?

MVNU has established the MVNU Emergency Grant Program for all students to apply for emergency funds regardless of eligibility for CARES Act funds. The emergency assistance can be used by students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations as a result of the coronavirus such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.

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 on a continual basis beginning May 11; priority will be given to applications submitted by May 10. A committee will be reviewing all applications for COVID-19 Emergency Funds and students will be notified via email of the decision of the committee.


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 ( for additional information and specific guidance regarding Emergency Financial Aid Grants, including to review program information, eligibility requirements and directions for submitting an application.