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NEWS & RESOURCES FOR OUR COMMUNITY

To ensure the health and safety of the MVNU community, our Emergency Response Team is actively monitoring the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) around the globe and here at home. As part of this ongoing effort, we remain in direct communication with county and state health officials and will provide additional information on this respiratory illness as it becomes available.

While there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Knox County, there are currently no cases connected to Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

All campus events have been cancelled through April 30. For the most up-to-date event cancellations, visit mvnu.edu/events.

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UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

MVNU Community,

As you may have heard, President Trump has extended Social Distancing guidelines through April 30, affirming our decision to cancel all campus visits and events through April 30. Events scheduled for May will be decided by April 15.

  • Students: Traditional undergraduate students need to carefully read and consider the email sent out by the University Registrar, Mel Severns. It has pertinent information regarding the option to choose S/U (Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory) grading in University General Core classes this SP20 semester.
     
  • On-Campus Employees: All employees need to take their temperature before coming to campus. Work from home if you possibly can. Anyone with a temperature over 100.4o should stay home. All employees continue to work from home, if possible.
If you need immediate information, please contact the following individuals:

MVNU Community,

There will be no Commencement Exercises on May 1-2. We have moved commencement to August 15, conditioned upon directives from the state of Ohio and the CDC.

If you need immediate information, please contact the following individuals:

MVNU Community,

Each day brings new challenges and changes as health officials face COVID-19. We at MVNU pray for you as we miss our daily contact, but this crisis will not defeat us. We will endeavor to keep you informed with relevant information as it becomes available. We are already anticipating the joyous return of students in late August.

Students:
  • You may be aware that Dr. Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, with the approval of Governor DeWine, signed a mandatory “Stay at Home” order. This order only allows for essential travel. Therefore, no one will be allowed on campus to retrieve items left until this order is lifted. We will inform you through this update when it is possible to retrieve your personal items.
  • Graduating seniors, there will be no Commencement Exercises as scheduled for May 1-2, but we will be honoring our graduates. The current health crisis in the United States will dictate when we are able to schedule an event.
  • We are in the process of calculating your refund/credit for room and board. Your patience is appreciated, as this is a complex process.
  • Last week, President Trump announced Testing Waivers and Student Loan Relief. Details are available at the following links:
Staff:
  • Please stay in contact with your Director/Vice President to ensure that essential tasks are accomplished. Certain staff will be reassigned to help with admission and retention efforts. All staff is expected to check in with their supervisor and work. We expect your engagement during this “Stay at Home” period.

This may be a dark valley, but we serve a God of light and deliverance.

If you need immediate information, please contact the following individuals:

MVNU Community,

The new normal is beginning to set in as we attempt to adjust to the COVID-19. Future COVID-19 Updates will be sent as relevant information dictates. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the University.

Students:

You are encouraged to remove all personal belongings from your room by April 5. Contact your Resident Director to arrange a time to collect your belongings. If this is not possible, we could store your items if you petition Student Life.

Staff:
  • We are in the process of distributing letters to those who are designated as essential employees (necessary to work on campus), and they will be sent out shortly.
  • If you have questions, please contact your Director, Vice President, or Human Resources.
If you need immediate information, please contact the following individuals:
Here is a little treat from MVNU Assistant Professor of Communication Science and Disorders Dr. Florence Hardjono and her family that I’m sure you will enjoy:

Day #3 being homeschooled for my kids and they were bored! So they came up with this song… https://www.facebook.com/wearesweetnsour/videos/202414534326776/. Hope this video make you smile in this difficult time.

These are difficult days, but we can Shine Forth with love and compassion as a community of faith.
MVNU Community,

There is not much to report today. We do want to keep everyone informed.

Students:
  • We approved several requests to stay on campus. You will be notified regarding your petition soon.
  • Please be safe and return next fall (unless you are graduating).
Staff:
  • Those staff who have been designated essential (those who should report to work) will be notified by letter or email.
  • Those Staff who have been designated non-essential (those who do not need to report to work) will be assigned to make phone calls for us, primarily by Admissions and Retention. Otherwise, your Director will assign specific tasks.
  • Please be patient with us as we attempt to adjust to a different operation (hopefully, temporarily).
Please know that we love you and desperately hope that COVID-19 does not visit your home.

(posted 3/18/2020 5:35 p.m. DST)
MVNU Community,

Several other important updates have come through since we communicated this morning. The information below expands today’s COVID-19 Update.

Students:
In light of the MVNU COVID-19 Daily Update this morning, students are being urged to go home as soon as they have completed all face-to-face classes on Wednesday. On Wednesday and Thursday, classes being delivered synchronously will be recorded so that students may access them once they are home. Students should check with each of their Moodle course sites to see how their classes on these two days are being delivered. Classes resume on Friday in both synchronous and asynchronous modes.

The MVNU Administration hopes that these additional notes will help students transition off campus and continue their educations remotely:
  • Wifi options are being made more accessible to students via various internet providers. See https://keeplearning.osu.edu/ and click on Internet Access. If students need help navigating this site, they should contact motherboard@mvnu.edu.
  • Campus Ministries is waiving Spiritual Formation credit requirements for the rest of the semester. No chapel fines will be assessed for spring semester. Students are encouraged to access “A Good Word” postings with Pastor Steph and Dr. Hank. Stephanie.Lobdell@mvnu.edu and Hank.Spaulding@mvnu.edu remain available via email and social media.
  • Academic Support will continue to be offered online. Students should email student.success@mvnu.edu or be in contact with their tutors via email or Zoom.
  • The physical library is closed as of 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 19. However, https://library.mvnu.edu/ remains open for online research.
We want you to stay safe and healthy. We want you to thrive in your academic endeavors, even as how that is accomplished requires flexibility and adaptability—both character qualities that employers value in their employees!

General information:
Knox Community Hospital Coronavirus Update
In our continued effort to respond appropriately to the COVID-19 outbreak, and with the guidance of Knox Pubic Health and the Ohio Department of Health, Knox Community Hospital is taking additional steps to ensure the safety of our patients and community:
  • All KCH support groups, education activities, lectures, and interest meetings are suspended until further notice.
  • Several non-essential clinical services are being suspended at this time, including Cardiac Rehabilitation, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, and all Wellness Activities at the KCH Center for Rehabilitation and Wellness. (PLEASE NOTE: Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Occupational Therapy appointments are continuing at the Center for Rehabilitation and Wellness at this time.)
  • The CRW Fitness Center will be closed to the public until further notice.
Point of Entry, Visitor Changes
As of Tuesday, March 16, Knox Community Hospital will enforce a visitor restriction policy allowing only one visitor per patient. Individuals under 18 years of age are not allowed to visit at this time. Exceptions to this policy will be made for end-of-life circumstances.

Additionally, KCH has implemented changes to entry points at Knox Community Hospital (the main building), Knox Medical Pavilion, Knox Medical Center, Center for Rehabilitation and Wellness, and provider offices until further notice. Entry to the hospital will be limited to the main and Emergency Department entrances.

Upon arrival or entry, all patients and visitors will undergo a brief illness screening. Visitors will receive a badge, which will include the date of the visit and department and/or the patient room location they are visiting.

Potential visitors, who have symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should refrain from visiting patients at Knox Community Hospital at this time, and should instead call the Knox County COVID Call Line, which will be operational at 12pm on Wednesday, March 18.

Call-line to help with potential COVID-19 cases in Knox County
Beginning Wednesday (March 18), Knox County residents who think they might have COVID-19, will have a new resource to get answers to their medical questions.

Knox Public Health and Knox Community Hospital are joining forces to open a call-line for local residents to talk directly with a medical professional about their symptoms and concerns. The call-line number will be released Wednesday morning and will be operational from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

The call-line will help residents who are symptomatic or concerned they might have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. By talking directly with a medical professional, residents will be assessed and screened for further evaluation, care or consultation, before going to a clinic.

The new call-line is for medical questions only. For other questions regarding COVID-19, residents are requested to call the state hotline at 833-4-ASK-ODH (833-4-275-634). The state hotline is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

COVID-19 is highly transmissible. Health experts have said that every individual who has the illnesses will infect an additional 2-3 individuals. For that reason, they want to curb the spread of the illness by limiting contact among potential patients and those who are not sick.

“It’s really important that people use the call-line before going to their doctor, or the ER or urgent care,” said Knox County Health Commissioner Julie Miller. “The call-line staff can determine if your symptoms warrant coming in for further examination,” said Miller.

Symptoms of COVID-19, which generally appear two to 14 days after exposure, include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Unlike the flu or common cold, most COVID-19 patients do not experience sneezing, headaches, or a runny/stuffy nose.

The majority of patients who are infected with COVID-19 will, at most, feel ill for a few days or a couple of weeks, but will recover without complications. There is no treatment for COVID-19, and no vaccine. “Many of the people who use the call-line will likely be advised to stay at home, get plenty of rest, and monitor their symptoms for any changes,” said Miller. “It’s important to self-isolate so you don’t pass the virus to others.”

For a small percentage of patients, COVID-19 can lead to serious complications. These patients are likely to be older, have underlying health conditions or have compromised immune systems. Some potential COVID-19 patients may also require in-person medical attention for other reasons.

“Whether you are someone who just needs to stay at home and recuperate, or you need to see a healthcare provider for additional follow-up, it’s important to use the call-line,” said Miller. “It will enable us to track and assess how widely and quickly the virus may be spreading locally.”

Locally, there is no testing for COVID-19. Most testing is done at the Ohio Department of Health laboratory in Columbus. Testing can also be done at private labs including Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp, as well as the Cleveland Clinic.

“What can be done locally, is the collection of a specimen – usually a nasal or throat swab - which must be ordered by a healthcare provider and then sent to the lab for testing,” said Miller. To order a specimen for COVID-19 testing, an individual must meet certain criteria, such as being symptomatic and testing negative for seasonal flu.

“If you think you are sick, use the call-line,” said Miller. “And if you are sick, follow the advice given to you.” Added Miller, “Consider it your civic duty – you are protecting yourself and the other members of the community.”

These are challenging days, but God is bigger than the challenge before us.

(posted 3/17/2020 4:45 p.m. DST)
MVNU Community,

Yesterday was a whirlwind of decision-making. The decision to close the dorms was one of the most difficult of my life and my tenure as MVNU President. In light of a confirmed case of COVID-19 at East Knox, the decision announced late last-night strengthens the argument for our action. Most colleges/universities in Ohio, as well as Nazarene universities, are making similar decisions.

Staff:

  • Effective 3/23/2020 and until further notice, all non-essential employees will be working from home.
  • Essential employees will have some on-campus requirements, as determined by their supervisor.
  • Vice Presidents will be meeting with Directors to determine essential employees.
  • Essential employees will be informed by email/letter of their status (essential/non-essential).
  • Depending on state or local travel restrictions, some non-essential employees may be needed on campus for specific tasks.
  • All employees should communicate with their supervisors on a frequent basis.
  • Directors across departments will be developing a task-sharing process to assist employees whose jobs do lend themselves to working at home. For example, we will need many employees to make calls for recruitment and retention.
  • All employees will be paid regular hours during this period.
  • Further instructions will be coming from HR.
Students:
  • If you have concerns regarding attending class today and tomorrow in light of packing up, please contact your professor directly.
  • The Vice President for Finance and the Director of Student Financial Services will be addressing refunds for room and board early next week.
Regarding Events on Campus:
  • We will make a final decision regarding Commencement on April 9, but it is unlikely that the scheduled May Commencement will take place. We are definitely planning an event to honor our Spring 2020 Graduates in the summer.
  • All scheduled events in April have been canceled per the recommendation of the CDC and the Director for Public Health in Ohio.
  • The NAIA cancelled all Spring Inter-collegiate sports yesterday.
Please know that we will miss you, but we are committed to the safety of this community as a first priority. If you need immediate information, please contact the following individuals:

More information will follow.
(posted 3/17/2020, 12:30 p.m. DST)
During these days of stress and frustration, we need to look to the eternal and loving God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Let us live in the faith that God will provide. MVNU leans into the future with exuberant hope that He who called us to our mission will be faithful to us to complete it.

I know that students and their parents, as well as faculty and staff, are very anxious these days. Each new day brings more troubling news for us to digest. The evolving situation dictates that although there are no confirmed cases of infectious disease within our community, the following changes to its traditional academic program are prudent:

  • While most classes have already moved to remote delivery, beginning Thursday, March 19, all courses (including labs, studios, and performance courses) will be delivered remotely through the end of the academic year.
     
  • We will do everything that we can to assist graduating seniors and all other students to progress through their academic programs this year. Additional information regarding commencement and other campus activities will be forthcoming.
     
  • Students are directed to leave campus no later than Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
     
  • Our campus will remain open to accommodate specific student housing needs, specifically international students and others who do not have a place to go. These students may petition to stay on campus. Students in some fields and clinicals that are still open may also petition to stay on campus. These students should be in communication with lead faculty, as these situations are subject to change. Please follow this link to submit a housing petition.
     
  • Those approved to stay on campus will have food service available to them.
     
  • Student workers are not allowed to reside on campus for campus jobs and should check with their supervisors for work-at-home options.
     
  • Students are encouraged to take their belongings home with them. For those unable to do so, further instructions are forthcoming.
     
  • Faculty and Staff (in communication with supervisors) are encouraged to work from home if possible.
     
  • We are working to address the financial impact that this unique situation will bring to students and their families. We ask for your patience, as additional information is forthcoming.
     
Let us pray and depend upon one another in these days. God will lead us through this difficult time. Let us give witness to our faith by our attitudes and actions.

If you have any questions regarding this information, please direct them to the following:

(posted 3/16/2020, 5:55 p.m. DST)
NAIA President Jim Carr announced on Monday that the NAIA has canceled the remainder of the 2020 spring sports season, effective immediately.

MVNU and the Crossroads League had announced on Friday, March 13 that the spring sports season would be suspended until April 1. President Carr’s announcement today overrides that original decision, ending the 2020 spring sports season immediately. This includes all MVNU matches against schools not affiliated with the NAIA, including the men’s lacrosse scrimmage dates of April 3, April 4 and April 18.

President Carr also announced that NAIA spring sport athletes will not be charged with a season of competition for the 2020 year. All MVNU spring sport athletes are given two additional semesters of eligibility.

MVNU women’s soccer also announced that their ID camp set for March 28 has been canceled as part of MVNU’s cancelation of all on-campus events before March 29.

Jonathon Loughbridge, Sports Information Director (posted 3/16/2020, 3:45 p.m. DST)
Per the recommendation of Governor DeWine the Dining Commons will close tonight after dinner.

Only carry out service will be available until further notice. If you have a compromised immune system you should seriously consider not returning to campus.

Anyone who is nervous about returning to campus is welcome to stay home.

Dr. Henry W. Spaulding II
MVNU President

(posted 3/15/2020, 7:10 p.m. DST)
March 15, 2020

Dear Esther Jetter Preschool families,

MVNU earlier announced that we will follow Mount Vernon City Schools in regards to any closure of the Esther Jetter Preschool. Since MVCS announced earlier today that district schools will be closed Monday, March 16, the Esther Jetter Preschool will also be closed on Monday, March 16. We will remain closed for the extended spring break of three weeks, now starting on Monday, March 16, that Gov. Mike DeWine mandated for all public, private, and charter K-12 schools.

We will be closed as planned for the preschool spring break from Monday, April 6 through Monday, April 13. Our plan is to reopen on Tuesday, April 14.

We will remain vigilant in communicating during these unique times to our Esther Jetter Preschool staff and families the latest and best information provided to us by Gov. Mike DeWine, the CDC, the Ohio Department of Health, and local health departments. You may also visit https://www.mvnu.edu/stayinformed for MVNU community updates.

Thank you,

Melanie A. Timmerman
Dean, Jetter School of Professional Studies

Posted 3/15/2020, 3:30 p.m. DST
March 14, 2020

Valued patients and families,

In accordance to following recommendation regarding “social distancing” from Gov. Mike DeWine concerning the spread of COVID-19, we have decided to suspend practices in the Hunter Hall Clinic for Communications Sciences and Disorders until March 29, 2020.

It is with an abundance of caution we have determined this decision is in the best interest of the health and safety of our patients of all ages, staff and students, and the overall prevention of the community spread of the virus. As of today, there have been no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 connected to MVNU, the Hunter Hall Clinic or in Knox County. Our goal is to ensure we do everything possible to limit potential exposure to anyone who may affiliated with our clinic.

The COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly and we will continue to monitor and assess if the suspension should continue.

Those with questions should contact Professor Florence Hardjono, CSD program director, at florence.hardjono@mvnu.edu or 740-397-9000, ext. 3278.

We are proud to provide our services to the Knox County community and are grateful for your trust in our abilities. Thank you for your patience and consideration as we all address current enhanced health concerns.

Sincerely,
Florence Lim-Hardjono
Program Director, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Mount Vernon Nazarene University

(posted 3/14/2020, 9:00 p.m. DST)
Dear MVNU Community and Friends,

We know that this is a stressful time and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to take steps to keep our campus community safe. We plan to send an update every weekday at noon to the entire student body and our constituents.

We understand that in light of Governor DeWine’s press conference on March 12th, many families are aware of the extent of this situation.

  • We realize that some families may be more comfortable with their student(s) returning home.
  • We recognize that many students have already elected to return home and that is an acceptable option.
  • You are free to leave the campus if you are more comfortable to return home and continue your coursework online.
  • Many field placements, clinicals, labs, and studio courses continue to operate face to face. You need to remain in contact with your faculty for the most up-to-date information regarding these requirements.
  • Students may remain on campus. This includes, but is not limited to international and long-distance students. • We will continue to keep the dining room, library, lobbies, and gymnasiums open.
  • All intercollegiate athletic competition has been suspended through April 1.
  • If you travel, take precautions to protect yourself and those you come in contact with.
Please remember, you still have access to your faculty, Campus Ministries staff, Student Life staff, resident directors, counseling services, administration, and other employees during this time. We are not closing our campus, and we remain available for you. Please understand that the situation is rapidly evolving in the state of Ohio and the Country. We have to remain vigilant to address the issues as they arise. We will endeavor to keep you informed and answer any questions you have. We can do this. For more information on MVNU’s response to COVID-19, visit mvnu.edu/stayinformed.

Dr. Henry W. Spaulding II
MVNU President
(posted 3/13/2020, 1:20 p.m. DST)

With the guidance of MVNU’s administration and recommendations from Gov. Mike DeWine concerning the spread of COVID-19, the Schnormeier Gallery is cancelling all public events through Friday, March 29, 2020.

Leah Shaffer’s exhibit, “A Song We Used to Know,” will be open by appointment only to students in groups 10 or less, between the hours of 1:00-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. To visit the gallery, please schedule an appointment with Laura Tabbut at laura.tabbut@mvnu.edu.

MVNU University officials will continue to assess this fluid situation and provide updates to our community at mvnu.edu/stayinformed. The Schnormeier Gallery will make email and social media announcements when and if events are rescheduled. In the meantime, please keep checking the Schnormeier Gallery website for the latest schedule updates.

Respectfully,
The Schnormeier Gallery Committee (posted 3/13/2020, 10:50 a.m. DST, updated 1:45 p.m. DST)

Mount Vernon Nazarene University Athletics has announced the suspension of all games and events until April 1, 2020, in accordance with today’s decision by the Crossroads League to suspend activities until that date.

This includes all of this weekend’s games and events, both at home and on the road. MVNU baseball’s doubleheader against Grace is cancelled, along with MVNU softball’s doubleheaders against Saint Francis and Goshen. MVNU men’s lacrosse have also cancelled their match at Concordia (Mich.) set for Saturday; MVNU men’s volleyball have cancelled their two games against Waynesburg (Pa.) and Grove City (Pa.), which were also set for Saturday.

The Crossroads League and MVNU will continue to monitor the situation and re-evaluate by April 1. A further announcement will be made at that time.

Jonathon Loughbridge, Sports Information Director (posted 3/13/2020, 10:30 a.m. DST)

March 13, 2020

Dear Esther Jetter Preschool families,

Yesterday afternoon, Gov. Mike DeWine announced that all public, private, and charter K-12 schools will be closed for an extended spring break of three weeks, starting at the end of the school day on Monday, March 16. MVNU earlier announced that we will follow Mount Vernon City Schools in regards to any closure of the Esther Jetter Preschool. Based upon Gov. DeWine’s three-week closure of K-12 schools, which includes Mount Vernon City Schools, the Esther Jetter Preschool will also be closing for three weeks as of the end of the preschool day on Monday, March 16.

We will be closed as planned for the preschool spring break from Monday, April 6 through Monday, April 13. Our plan is to reopen on Tuesday, April 14.

We will remain vigilant in communicating to our Esther Jetter Preschool staff and families the latest and best information provided to us by Gov. Mike DeWine, the CDC, the Ohio Department of Health, and local health departments. You may also visit https://www.mvnu.edu/stayinformed for MVNU community updates.

Thank you,

Melanie A. Timmerman
Dean, Jetter School of Professional Studies

Posted 3/13/2020, 9:45 a.m. DST

Dear Esther Jetter Preschool families,

As of Tuesday, March 10, at 6 p.m., there are no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in Knox County, Ohio. In response to Governor Mike DeWine’s recommendations to Ohio colleges and universities, all in-seat MVNU classes will be delivered through distance learning starting Monday, March 16th.

Governor DeWine is not currently recommending that K-12 schools be closed. Based upon this recommendation for K-12 schools to remain open at this time, the Esther Jetter Preschool will remain open. MVNU will follow the lead of Mount Vernon City Schools in regards to any future closure of the Esther Jetter Preschool.

MVNU and the Esther Jetter Preschool continue to be committed to following the precautions to reduce the risk of infection as recommended by the CDC, ODH, and our local health department.

We remain committed to doing everything in our power to support the health and safety of all Esther Jetter Preschool staff, students, and families. We will remain vigilant in communicating to our Esther Jetter Preschool staff and families the latest and best information provided to us by the CDC, the ODH, and local health departments. You may also visit https://www.mvnu.edu/stayinformed for MVNU community updates.

Thank you,

Melanie A. Timmerman
Dean, Jetter School of Professional Studies
Dear MVNU Community,

MVNU is implementing the following actions in response to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s recommendations to Ohio colleges and universities:

  • All in-seat classes on all campuses are suspended Thursday, March 12, and Friday, March 13, as we transition to distance learning starting Monday, March 16, 2020.
  • Faculty will use a portion of class time on Wednesday, March 11, to discuss their protocol and expectation for distance learning.
  • Chapel is cancelled beginning Wednesday, March 11, through March 27.
  • Students must maintain communications with their faculty members during the distance learning period.
  • Residence halls and dining service will remain open.
  • Most public gatherings/events are cancelled through March 29. Visit mvnu.edu/events to confirm if an event is taking place.
  • Athletic competitions will continue as scheduled. Indoor events will continue without spectators.
  • Staff will continue to report to campus. Employees should work with their direct supervisor to determine if working remotely is necessary.
  • As of Tuesday, March 10, at 6 p.m., there are no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in Knox County, Ohio.

These decisions will remain effective until March 29. University officials will continue to assess this fluid situation and provide updates at mvnu.edu/stayinformed.

MVNU continues to work closely with Knox Public Health to stay abreast of the latest developments in Knox County.

The Senior Leadership Team is continuing to finalize the plan for distance learning. Additional details will be released Wednesday, March 11.

Student and parent inquiries should be directed to the Office of Student Life, at 740-392-6868, ext. 4600. All media inquiries should be directed to Samantha Scoles, Coordinator of Communications/PR at 740-392-6868, ext. 4347. Other questions can be sent to stayinformed@mvnu.edu.

Dr. Henry W. Spaulding II
MVNU President

March 3, 2020

Spring break at Mount Vernon Nazarene University means global engagement and, because of that, MVNU officials are monitoring the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). While at this time (March 3, 2020) there are no confirmed cases of the virus in Ohio, we are monitoring conditions closely.

A number of MVNU students have been participating in various travel programs over the past two weeks — including in Italy, a country with significant clusters of coronavirus.

Because of the higher risks that have emerged relative to travel in Italy, the Knox County Health Department has prescribed that MVNU trip participants follow a 14- day quarantine procedure. The university has communicated the protocol to trip participants and are providing support to them as they continue in their classes from home rather than on campus.

The trip’s itinerary did not include visits to towns where the virus has been most active but did include regions where the virus has been present. Travel followed state department guidelines that were in place as the trip unfolded. The trip’s host organization, CHA Educational Tours, is committed to following state department guidelines for all their tours and has the capacity to alter an itinerary on the ground if necessary. No alterations were deemed necessary for this trip.

As students and employees return to campus next week, it is important to keep in mind that the risk of contracting coronavirus is small. Even so, vigilance is in order, and we all benefit from observing good hygienic practices.

Here are recommendations from the CDC:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Anyone who feels ill should stay home and contact their doctor. Employees and supervisors are encouraged to adopt flexible work-from-home practices or to take time off in the event of illness. Students who are sick should not attend class, chapel, athletic events or other activities. The university will loosen its class attendance policy to ensure that students who are sick do not attend class. Sick students should communicate directly with their instructors and also communicate their symptoms by phone to Student Health Services (740-397-9000, ext. 4632). Students sick outside of business hours should communicate their symptoms by phone to a local health provider who can provide further instructions.

“Our number one concern is the safety of our students, staff, faculty and community,” said Dr. Henry Spaulding II, MVNU president. “We will remain vigilant in communicating to our campus and local community the latest and best information provided to us by the CDC, and the state and local health departments.”

The University asks that any student or employee who has travelled internationally over break on trips not associated with the university, to email Krissta Hadsell at Krissta.Hadsell@mvnu.edu.

March 3, 2020

Due to the CDC Level 3 (Avoid Nonessential Travel) warning and the US State Department’s Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) travel advisory to all parts of Italy and Level 4 (Do not Travel) warning for Lombardy and Veneto due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), MVNU has been monitoring the situation closely.

The Knox County Health Department has prescribed a 14-day quarantine period for all participants of the MVNU trip to Italy. MVNU is committed to following the Health Department’s prescription and will follow this protocol:

  • All students will be quarantined at their home off campus for the duration of the 14 day period. Students who remain free of the virus are invited to return to campus on Thursday, March 19.
  • Students, faculty and staff will go directly to their homes from the airport, unless they need to return to campus on MVNU-provided transportation to meet a ride or pick up their car. Students returning to campus will not be allowed to enter dorms, apartments or academic buildings (restroom facilities will be provided).
  • After students return home, they will be contacted by university staff for a list of materials from campus (laptops, textbooks, etc.) needed by students to continue their studies from home. These materials will be provided.
  • Faculty have been informed of the situation, and have been instructed to work with students to continue their studies during the quarantine period.
  • Any off-campus experience (clinical, student teaching, practicum) will be cancelled for quarantined students for the duration of the quarantine period.
  • All quarantine absences, including chapel, will be considered excused.
  • The Knox County Health Department prescribes that we share contact information for all trip participants with them; health department officials have indicated they will share that list with other appropriate county health departments.

Your county health department will be in touch with each of you regarding their protocol for the quarantine. In the event that your health department fails to contact you, please contact their office directly.

We look forward to having you back on campus! In the meantime, keep in touch with your faculty and the administration as you have questions.

Thank you,

B. Barnett Cochran
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Mount Vernon Nazarene University

March 3, 2020

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – Spring break at Mount Vernon Nazarene University means global engagement and, because of that, MVNU officials are monitoring the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

A number of MVNU students have been participating in various travel programs over the past two weeks — including in Italy, a country with significant clusters of coronavirus.

Because of the higher risks that have emerged relative to travel in Italy, the Knox County Health Department has prescribed that MVNU trip participants follow a 14-day quarantine procedure. The university has communicated the protocol to trip participants and are providing support to them as they continue in their classes from home rather than on campus.

The trip’s itinerary did not include visits to towns where the virus has been most active but did include regions where the virus has been present. Travel followed state department guidelines that were in place as the trip unfolded. The trip’s host organization, CHA Educational Tours, is committed to following state department guidelines for all their tours and has the capacity to alter an itinerary on the ground if necessary. No alterations were deemed necessary for this trip.

As students and employees return to campus next week, it is important to keep in mind that the risk of contracting coronavirus is small. Even so, vigilance is in order, and we all benefit from observing good hygienic practices.

“Our number one concern is the safety of our students, staff, faculty and community,” said Dr. Henry Spaulding II, MVNU president. “We will remain vigilant in communicating to our campus and local community the latest and best information provided to us by the CDC, and the state and local health departments.”

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327- acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 29 states and 14 countries/U.S. territories.

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WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is flu-like in nature with symptoms that include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear between 2 to 14 days after exposure. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends contacting your professional health care provider if you are experiencing symptoms, have been in contact with someone with a confirmed case or have traveled to a destination with sustained or on-going transmission including China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea. For more information about the coronavirus, visit the CDC's webpage.


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