Please take a moment to review COVID expectations for Spring 2022. As the pandemic continues to impact every facet of our lives, we’re grateful for your continued diligence to keep Mount Mary University safe.
Everyone should be alert to the possibility that, should COVID cases continue to escalate, the university may be required to pivot to online instruction and/or increase COVID safety plans. University leadership has developed a readiness plan that can be implemented as necessary. Communication to campus will continue as the semester unfolds – read your email regularly.
1. COVID Reporting:
- If you have COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive, or have had significant exposure to someone who has tested positive, you must complete the COVID Symptom Screening. DO NOT come to campus until you have clearance from a staff member to do so.
- Even if you are fully vaccinated and you are exposed to COVID you MAY not have to quarantine, but you do have to complete the COVID Symptom Screening and be approved to return to campus.
- If someone is in quarantine because the COVID Coordinator has designated it as necessary, faculty will receive communication about quarantine start and end dates and students will need to have course modifications during that window of time.
- Mount Mary will be following all CDC guidelines for quarantine, isolation, symptoms and contact tracing. For further information, review this link.
- Beginning in 2022, all university employees and student workers must provide proof of vaccination or test weekly.
- Vaccinations are currently not required for students but we STRONGLY encourage it.
- For those who are 6 or more months past their last vaccination (Pfizer and Moderna) or 2 months (J & J) the CDC is recommending a booster shot.
- The university may require others to get vaccinated in the coming months as we increase our capacity to manage the reporting of testing.
- Vaccination clinics will be organized this semester with more information forthcoming.
3. Vaccine Registry:
If you have not yet completed the vaccine registry, PLEASE do by clicking Student Vaccine Registry. All new employees and student workers will be required to complete the registry prior to beginning work.
- All employees and students will wear masks indoors at all times unless they are alone in their office/room.
- The CDC has indicated that cloth masks are not as effective as KN95, N95 or 4-ply surgical masks. We strongly encourage you to use one of these masks. Masks are available at the Caroline Hall Desk, the Welcome Center, or Aleah Drake’s office in Fidelis Hall.
5. Class Meetings:
All classes will meet according to the modality listed in the course schedule (online, hybrid, on-campus). All students are expected to attend classes in the modality listed.
6. Campus Events and Meetings:
Campus events and meetings may be booked indoors and outdoors as long as groups follow the protocols in place at the time of the event for room capacity, social distancing, food/beverage expectations and any other campus COVID protocols in place.
7. Social Distancing:
Social distancing will be 3-feet on campus and students are asked to sit in the same places in classrooms. In instances where this is not possible, additional precautions, such as Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), will be expected.
8. Dining Rooms:
- Alumnae Dining Room (ADR) will allow four per table, but no more. Masks are expected to be worn immediately following completion of your meal.
- Please refrain from eating in ADR if you have symptoms or have been exposed.
- To-go containers will be available for anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable eating in the dining room.
- Social distancing is also expected in Cyber Café and Parkway Place, as is putting your mask back on immediately after eating.
9. Residence Halls:
- A limited number of COVID quarantine rooms are available for students who wish to remain on campus if they have COVID.
- In the event designated quarantine rooms are full, arrangements for students will be made on a case-by-case basis, and students may be required to quarantine off-campus.
- Three feet of social distancing is expected in all student lounges and masks are required in all common areas.
- Visitors must answer the COVID Symptom Screening without a red stop sign before entering on-campus housing. Proof of visitor completion of the form may be required by residence life and front desk staff. No more than two guests per roommate are allowed in student rooms at the same time. Campus visitors are expected to follow all university COVID policies.
Questions about COVID policies can be directed to email@example.com