Yes. Room capacity has been decreased and we have developed a strategic seating chart that lowers contact risks in the event a student tests positive for COVID-19.
There is a possibility you may have some online learning this semester. While most classes will be able to accommodate every student, there may be times when you alternate between in-seat and remote learning. If your class is affected, your professors will communicate the protocol.
For fall 2020, Academic Affairs is not requiring documentation for absences except in the form of MVNU email communication with the professor. Assessment of course objectives should be built into each course syllabus; in some cases, where physical presence is crucial, as in science labs that do not have a virtual counterpart, if students are not in-seat, they will not be able to fulfill course objectives.
Please reach out to the Registrar's Office.
We have doubled the bandwidth available across campus. Every student will be provided a network cable and we recommend a wired connection whenever possible for optimal speeds.
As of July 27, clinicals, internships, practicums, and fields will be held as scheduled with appropriate adaptations to current conditions. If conditions change and warrant cancellation, advisors will notify you. Direct any questions to your advisor.
The Physical Distancing Learning Model employed during the pandemic, which provides for flexibility for the Fall semester, establishes an easy transition to a completely remote instruction model, should we need to adjust our fall plan.
We are asking students to take extra precautions, including a 14-day self-quarantine before returning the campus. Please also follow all CDC-recommended COVID-19 practices including washing hands, staying home if you are sick, wear cloth face mask, practice physical distancing, and avoid large groups of people.
There will be no entry testing, per the recommendation by the CDC. However, we are encouraging all international and out-of-state students to obtain COVID-19 testing prior to travel to MVNU and bring documentation on Move-In Day.
All students, faculty, and staff will be signing a commitment to community and a HIPAA agreement that allows MVNU to engage individuals medically only as it relates to COVID-19. This HIPAA release allows MVNU to communicate with health care officials in the event of a COVID-19 situation at MVNU. It also allow us to follow up with those who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and assist those who are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or infections. This is a commitment to your safety and to gives us the best chance to finish the semester in seat.
We encourage you to make this part of your morning routine as completion activates your ID card for the day.
Stay in your room, put on a mask, and email or text your Resident Assistant with the information. Your RA will come to your room in a mask and gloves to go over some questions and report your answers to the school nurse to determine next course of action.
If you are an athlete, NAIA is requiring tests prior to all competitions. Other students who exhibit symptoms, or was exposed to someone who tested positive, will most likely be asked to be tested by Knox Public Health.
If you have a fever over 100.1 degrees or higher, text or email your Resident Assistant (RA). Stay in your room and put on your mask. Your RA will come to your room in a mask and gloves to go over some questions and report your answers to the school nurse to determine next course of action.
Yes. We have designated areas for quarantine and isolation spaces that are separated from the student population.
Yes! You will receive two reusable cloth masks when you return to campus. Because it is recommended that you launder them regularly, you may want to bring extras.
According to the CDC, face shields are an extra layer of protection and not an alternative to the protections of a face mask.
We will provide you with documentation to share with your professors.
Students who fail to comply will be asked by faculty, staff, and other students to align behavior with expectations. Consistent behavior that is in contrast to expectations will be addressed through a private conversation.
Chapel will take place Mondays and Fridays. You will select one day to attend and then watch through mvnu.tv on the other day. Wednesday Chapel time is devoted to Small Groups designed for Freshmen and upperclassmen.
Credit requirements are: Freshmen, 27 credits; Sophomores, 22 credits; Juniors and Seniors, 19 credits. Streaming credits are limited to 13.
We’ve made a lot of adjustments to the service and dining areas of the Caf. They include new Plexiglass barriers, changes to food service, a new arrangement of furniture, and added spaces to accommodate physical distancing, among others.
Because we cannot maintain 6 feet of physical distancing in the serving area, a mask is required anytime you are in the serving area, and when not seated in the dining area. This includes going back for seconds.
Only during peak hours so that everyone has the opportunity to eat a meal within the parameters of their class schedule. We will not be timing you, but are asking you to be courteous and thoughtful toward your fellow students.
Peak hours are:
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday
5-7 p.m., Monday through Friday
No. The 586 Café will be open and will continue to offer the Hot Meal Exchange in addition to some traditional items from the Caf including smoked meats. In addition, Grab and Go meals will be available during lunch at Moore 132, 586 Café, and Hunter Hall 211.
There will be no changes to meal plans.
No. In order to allocate dining space to our students, we are limiting faculty and staff to the Grab and Go meals. To limit the risk of COVID-19 exposure to campus, we are not permitting the public entry to the Caf.
Events and Activities
Of course. We will have to physical distance and wear masks, but we’ll have plenty for you to do as part of the MVNU Experience.
We realize this is an important aspect of Student Life and there is flexibility with physical distancing during intramural sports. We encourage you to remember your Commitment to Community when participating in your favorite intramural sports.
Not at all. Our Fall semester schedule was designed to eliminate long breaks to limit potential campus exposure to COVID-19 as students travel home and back to campus. However, we are not prohibiting you from going home, or even to the store or local restaurants. We are asking you to make smart choices when doing so. We encourage you to follow the same precautions as used on campus, including wearing a mask and physical distancing. When possible, limit the number of trips and avoid close contact, closed spaces, and crowds.
All international trips for the 2020-21 academic year have been canceled.
Yes. As of July 27, clinicals, internships, practicums, and fields will be held as scheduled with appropriate adaptations to current conditions. If conditions change and warrant cancellation, advisors will notify you. Direct any questions to your advisor.
All international trips for the 2020-21 academic year have been canceled. Any decisions regarding University-supported domestic Spring Break trips will be made at a later date as we continue to assess COVID-19 throughout the country.
Yes, but with everything, it will look different. The NAIA has shortened the fall season and lowered the maximum number of regular-season competitions. For more details of MVNU athletics, visit mvnucougars.com.
In addition to daily symptom monitoring required of the entire MVNU community, athletes will go through a health assessment prior to every practice and competition. The NAIA also requires a negative COVID-19 test seven days prior to the first competition.
No. The NAIA only requires a negative COVID-19 test seven days prior to the first competition. MVNU will coordinate testing in partnership with Knox Public Health and will incur any costs.
No, but athletes are encouraged to use their own towels, water bottles and any other equipment that may spread particles.
Following guidance from Knox Public Health, sports teams are considered family units. When together for practices, competitions, or travel, masks and physical distancing will not be required.
Yes, they will be open to students, faculty and staff with increased cleaning and sanitizing protocols. Please follow the rules posted and be kind to the student workers.
A family unit is defined a group of people living together in close quarters such as your dorm room or apartment. When anyone outside of your family unit enters your dorm or apartment, masks and physical distancing are required.
Masks are not required when you are with your family unit. When someone outside your family unit visits, masks and physical distancing will be required.
Yes, just remember masks and physical distancing will be required.
Overnight guests are not permitted during Fall semester.
Yes, parents are welcome to visit, but will be not be permitted in the Caf, Chapel services, classrooms, weight/cardio rooms and recreational gyms.
Yes, if they are MVNU students. Because they are not part of your family unit, you will be required to wear masks and maintain appropriate physical distancing.
Students will be assigned to one of two groups. Final paperwork and loose ends will be wrapped up in Ariel Arena prior to receiving your room key. Upperclassmen, in face masks and gloves, will help move your belongings into your room.
Yes. Students will be asked if they have any COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to anyone with a positive diagnosis, about recent travel, and other exposure screening questions upon arrival to campus.
Two people can help you and will be required to follow campus requirements for face masks and physical distancing.
Returning students can move in Aug. 16-18. Only two people can help you move in, and they will be required to wear masks and physically distance as much as possible.
Yes. All students will update their health forms upon arrival to campus including medical history, current immunizations, any health concerns and current health insurance information.
In addition to the medical form, you will also be asked to sign: an acknowledgement of HIPAA rights, acknowledgement of risk, general consent for treatment, consent or refusal of yearly flu shot, consent for COVID-19 testing, and acknowledgement by both students and parents of expectations in the event of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.
Of course. We encourage you to follow the same precautions as used on campus, including wearing a mask and physical distancing. When possible, we are asking you to limit the number of trips and avoid close contact, closed spaces, and crowds.