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Stay InformedCoronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Faculty and Staff Impact

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 to search for vaccine availability in your community. If you need assistance with vaccination, please contact
Students, staff, and faculty should report vaccination by sending a photo or scan of their vaccination card to 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.
If you are ill, please contact your direct supervisor. The symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • Fever above 100.1 degrees or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
This list, provided by the CDC, does not include all possible symptoms.
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 for those who are not vaccinated including students, faculty, and staff. 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 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.
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. Faculty and staff are permitted to eat in the Caf with the exception of weekdays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. Carry out is available with Green on the Go containers ($5 deposit for reusable container) or Grab N Go options. MVNU ID will be required. As of Oct. 29, face masks are optional. (Updated Oct. 29, 2021)

The Caf is also open to you, along with your family, on evenings and weekends. Remember, you will be asked to show your MVNU ID.
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.