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Stay InformedCoronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Student Impact

Academics

Classrooms have been returned to full capacity seating. Assigned seats will be required so that seating charts can be utilized in the event contact tracing is needed.
No. Fall 2021 classes will be offered face-to-face only. Streaming and Zoom options will NOT be offered.
We are returning to our traditional Attendance Policy. Students who must miss class for any reason will be required to address the absence with their instructor. The Fall 2021 Attendance Policy is available here.
Clinicals, internships, practicums, and fields will be held as scheduled with appropriate adaptations to current conditions. Students in these programs may be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and/or submit saliva screenings at the discretion of the host organization. If conditions change and warrant cancellation, advisors will notify you. Direct any questions to your advisor.
There is a wide range of protocols that can be implemented to reduce the spread of the virus on campus. The COVID-19 Response Task Force, in consultation with local health care experts, is monitoring the situation on campus, as well as the surround community, to make timely changes based on current information.

Healthy Campus

No; however, MVNU is strongly recommending vaccination. Those who are fully vaccinated (and report as required) are exempt from random weekly saliva screening and quarantine if exposed to the virus.
Contact your primary care physician or your local health department for information on vaccinations. You can also visit vaccines.gov to search for vaccine availability in your community. If you need assistance with vaccination, please contact nurse@mvnu.edu.
Students, staff, and faculty should report vaccination by sending a photo or scan of their vaccination card to nurse@mvnu.edu or submit it here. Cards should be submitted by Aug. 23 to properly document any exemptions before the start of classes. If you are in the process of being vaccinated, please submit your card after you receive your second dose. Vaccination records are subject to HIPAA and FERPA regulations.
Effective Friday, Oct. 29, face masks are optional with the following exceptions:
  1. Face masks will be required in Student Health Services.
  2. Faculty reserve the right to require face masks in the classroom. Please refer to each course syllabus, or faculty announcement, for such requirement.
  3. Participation in Mask to Stay, Test to Play. (Updated Oct. 29, 2021)
All individuals (regardless of vaccination status) who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to submit a sample for saliva screening. The Student Health Services Nurse will provide direction should further testing be required.

Random weekly saliva surveillance screening will be required of students, faculty, and staff who are NOT vaccinated. Those selected to submit a sample will be notified by Sunday. Samples must be deposited between Sunday at 8 p.m., and Wednesday at midnight. Results will be posted to health.mvnu.edu in the evening of the day after your drop off your sample. Each week, a new randomly-selected population will be required to screen.
Yes. Any vaccinated students, faculty, or staff may submit one saliva sample each week. Samples can be dropped off between Sunday at 8 p.m., and Wednesday at midnight.
Boxes are available in the following locations:

ACADEMIC BUILDINGS
  • Chapel — Down the hall from University Relations Office
  • Faculty Hall 106
  • Hunter Hall – Inside back door (Note this is a new location)
  • Hyson Campus Center — Second Floor outside Campus Ministries
  • Lakeholm – Inside door facing Parry
  • Clarence and Jennie Moore Center 200
RESIDENCE HALLS
  • Birch F Lobby
  • Oakwood Lobby
  • Pioneer Lobby
  • Galloway Lobby
  • Central Complex Lobby
Samples can be left in boxes between 8 p.m. Sunday and midnight on Wednesday.
You can pick up tubes and labels from the Student Life office.
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. However, this space is reserved for those who live six (6) hours or more from campus. Those needing to quarantine or isolate who live less than six (6) hours from campus will be required to return home to quarantine or isolate. Every residential student is required to fill out a form found here to acknowledge their understanding of the policy.

Spiritual Life

Chapel is open at full capacity. As of Friday, Oct. 29, face masks are optional in chapel. (Updated Oct. 29, 2021)
Credit requirements are: Freshmen, 30 credits; Sophomores, 26 credits; Juniors and Seniors, 22 credits.

Dining

The Caf will return to full capacity, barriers have been removed, and self-service has been reinstated.

As of Oct. 29, face masks are optional. (Updated Oct. 29, 2021)
No. The 586 Café will be open and will continue to offer the Hot Meal Exchange with Grab and Go meals at lunch. In addition, Grab and Go meals will be available during lunch at the library and Hunter Hall 211.
Faculty and staff are permitted to eat in the Caf. However, they are restricted during the time of 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.  
The Caf will continue to be closed to the public.

Events and Activities

Of course. The MVNU Experience will be vibrant during Fall semester!.
Intramurals will continue without restrictions.
Yes! Athletic competitions are open to students, faculty, and staff without restrictions. Check wnzr.tv for livestream availability of your favorite Cougar teams.
Yes, they will be open to students, faculty and staff. Please follow the rules posted and be kind to the student workers. As of Oct. 29, face masks are optional. (Updated Oct. 29, 2021)

Residence Halls

No.
Effective Friday, Oct. 29, face masks are optional with the following exceptions:
  1. Face masks will be required in Student Health Services.
  2. Faculty reserve the right to require face masks in the classroom. Please refer to each course syllabus, or faculty announcement, for such requirement.
  3. Participation in Mask to Stay, Test to Play. (Updated Oct. 29, 2021)
Yes. It will be important to inform SHS about your visitors should you become involved in contact tracing. Please refer to the Student Handbook for rules/regulations.
Yes, if they are MVNU students. Please refer to the Student Handbook for rules/guidelines.