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Stay InformedMVNU Spring 2022

NEWS & RESOURCES FOR FALL 2022 - Updated Aug. 24, 2022

INFECTIOUS DISEASE PROTOCOL

PREVENTING ILLNESS:  
MVNU desires to create a safe and healthy environment for our students to learn and grow. There are several basic tips for maintaining your health and managing sickness:  
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol  
  • Cover your mouth and nose with an elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing 
  • If you are sick and/or are experiencing a fever, stay isolated and consult Student Health Services at nurse@mvnu.edu or call/text 740-507-0275.

MASKING ON CAMPUS:*  
All visitors and members of the university community may now choose whether to wear masks on campus
Faculty reserves the right to require masks in their classes  
* Please note that some individuals may continue to wear masks full time for a range of possible reasons. We ask that you respect their decisions. 

IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS: 
You should isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have the flu, a stomach “bug,” COVID-19 or other infectious disease or illness.  
  • Students, faculty, and staff can take a COVID test or seek other consultation for illness at Student Health Services 
  • If your results are negative, you can end your isolation
  • If you had severe illness or have a weakened immune system, consult your healthcare provider before ending isolation. If you are unsure if your symptoms are moderate or severe, or if you have a weakened immune system, talk to a healthcare provider for further guidance

TESTING POSITIVE FOR COVID-19:  
Regardless of vaccination status, you should isolate from others when you have COVID-19. 

Stay isolated for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home. You are likely most infectious during these first 5 days. Wear a high-quality mask when you must be around others at home and in public. 

Student isolation
  • Those needing to isolate who live less than six (6) hours from campus should return home to isolate
  • Those who live six (6) hours or more from campus should contact Elijah Arns at Ext. 4648 for dedicated on-campus space for isolation

If after 5 days you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication, and your symptoms are improving, or you never had symptoms, you may end isolation after Day 5. 

You should wear a high-quality mask through Day 10. 

Regardless of when you end isolation, avoid being around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 until at least Day 11. 

If you had moderate illness (if you experienced shortness of breath or had difficulty breathing) or severe illness (you were hospitalized) due to COVID-19 or you have a weakened immune system, you need to isolate through Day 10. 

After you have ended isolation, if your COVID-19 symptoms worsen, restart your isolation at Day 0. Talk to a healthcare provider if you have questions about your symptoms or when to end isolation. 

EXPOSURE TO COVID-19:  
If you were exposed to COVID-19, you are not required to quarantine, the CDC recommends that you wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and get tested on Day 5. 

Please direct any questions to stayinformed@mvnu.edu.

Those interested in following local and state data on positive cases can do so at the following links:

  • To view numbers regarding Knox County, click here.
  • To view numbers throughout Ohio, click here.
  • Students, faculty, and staff may continue to upload vaccination cards here.

HEERF/EMERGENCY FUNDS

What is HEERF?

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds are part of each of the three COVID-19 bills passed by Congress and signed by the presidents through 2020 and 2021. These included the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (2020), the 2021 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (December 2020), and the American Rescue Plan (March 2021). The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund within the acts provided money to colleges and universities to disburse to students as emergency grants for expenses related to and income lost due to COVID-19.

When will funds be available to students?

MVNU submitted the application for the funding and was approved to begin disbursing funds in late April 2020. With each additional act passed, MVNU was granted additional funds to allocate through the original application.

MVNU has emergency grants available to aid students who are facing unexpected financial challenges related to the pandemic. Students may use the funds toward any component of the cost of attendance, or for emergency costs that arise as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic such as food, housing, tuition, health care (including mental health care), or child care, in addition to income from lost wages.

MVNU recognizes the broad impacts of COVID-19 and is making these funds available to undergraduate, graduate and professional students on all campuses.

Who is eligible for these funds?

Emergency grant aid will be awarded in accordance with federal, state, and institutional rules and regulations. Requirements for the American Rescue Plan funds differ from previous allotments. Students can apply for emergency grants through the Emergency Grant Application and address questions to stayinformed@mvnu.edu. Eligibility requirements differ by funding source, but the university will address applications from students who meet these criteria:

  • Registered for classes at MVNU on or after March 13, 2020, the date of declaration of the national emergency considering the novel coronavirus disease; and

  • Have or can demonstrate financial need or hardship caused by or because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Note: MVNU is required to prioritize students with exceptional need.

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 by a committee on a continual basis as they are received; priority will be given to applications submitted by September 15, 2021. Students will be notified of the committee’s decision via email.

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 (www.mvnu.edu/stayinformed) for additional information and specific guidance regarding Emergency Financial Aid Grants, including to review program information, eligibility requirements and directions for submitting an application.
MVNU acknowledges that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the MVNU has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

MVNU has received a total of $3,386,824 from the Department for use in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CARES, CRRSAA, and ARP (a)(a) and (a)(4) programs.

As of September 30, 2021, the total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students is $1,444,599, between the CARES, CRRSAA, and ARP allotments.

Approximately 2,875 students are eligible to receive grants.

As of September 30, 2021, 2,495 students have received awards. The average total award is $972.

The amounts students received is variable and dependent upon financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (if applicable). Emergency applications were made available to all eligible students and were prioritized by financial need caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Awards continue.

MVNU announced the availability of emergency grants in messages from the president sent on May 5, 2020, December 21, 2020, April 13, 2021, August 24, 2021, and October 1, 2021.The messages were reiterated in several follow-up emails to the university community. Messages were sent to eligible students notifying them of the additionally awarded funds, sent from the “MVNU CARES Act Committee”. Additionally, the university amplified awareness through media releases 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, childcare expenses, and lost wages.

MVNU students can visit the Student Financial Aid COVID-19 webpage (www.mvnu.edu/stayinformed) for additional information and specific guidance regarding Emergency Financial Aid Grants, including to review program information, eligibility requirements and directions for submitting an application for emergency funds.
MVNU acknowledges that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the MVNU has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

MVNU has received a total of $3,386,824 from the Department for use in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CARES, CRRSAA, and ARP (a)(a) and (a)(4) programs.

As of December 31, 2021, the total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students is $2,639,273, between the CARES, CRRSAA, and ARP allotments.

Approximately 2,875 students are eligible to receive grants.

As of December 31, 2021, 2,495 students have received awards. The average total award is $1,057.

The amounts students received is variable and dependent upon financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (if applicable). Emergency applications were made available to all eligible students and were prioritized by financial need caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Awards continue.

MVNU announced the availability of emergency grants in messages from the president sent on May 5, 2020, December 21, 2020, April 13, 2021, August 24, 2021, and October 1, 2021.The messages were reiterated in several follow-up emails to the university community. Messages were sent to eligible students notifying them of the additionally awarded funds, sent from the “MVNU CARES Act Committee”. Additionally, the university amplified awareness through media releases 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, childcare expenses, and lost wages.

MVNU students can visit the Student Financial Aid COVID-19 webpage (www.mvnu.edu/stayinformed) for additional information and specific guidance regarding Emergency Financial Aid Grants, including to review program information, eligibility requirements and directions for submitting an application for emergency funds.

Questions?

Still have questions or concerns about classes, illness or MVNU’s approach to COVID-19?

Email stayinformed@mvnu.edu