Muskingum University is excited to welcome both our new students, as well as our returning students, for the Fall 2023 semester.  The University continues to monitor health conditions on campus and in our community.  After reviewing applicable federal, state, and local guidance, the University is continuing the COVID-19 policies that it applied in Spring 2023 to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors while encouraging relationships and connections that allow our community to thrive.

Several key points of our policies are included below.  For additional information, please review our COVID-19 Policies page.  As always, these policies are subject to change based on local conditions and changes in applicable guidance.  The Health and Safety Team will continue to monitor both, and updates will be communicated promptly.

Return-to-campus testing:  The University encourages students to take a COVID-19 test within 48 hours prior to moving in or, if the student does not live on campus, before attending their first class. 

If a student tests positive for COVID-19 prior to move-in or, for commuter students, the first day of classes, please do not come to campus.  Notify the Student Health Center by using the COVID-19 Notification Form, and a nurse will contact you about your care and next steps.

Masking:  Muskingum is utilizing a mask optional approach on campus, including in classrooms. All members of the campus community should carry a mask at all times, as you may be required to wear a mask in certain settings.  This includes upon request in individual work or living spaces, and in some classes. The classroom mask policy may differ from class to class; students are required to follow the policy set by each faculty member. Everyone will be expected to comply with those requirements.  This protocol applies to students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

We will continue to respect the comfort levels and privacy of anyone who may prefer to continue to wear a mask, regardless of the reason. Questions about the policy should be submitted on the COVID webpage.

Monitoring your health:  Students and employees should monitor their health closely each day for symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19 should notify the Student Health Center.  Students who test positive will be sent home to isolate.  If a student is unable to go home, the Student Health Center and Student Life Office will address the student's housing needs.  Any student who is placed into isolation by the Student Health Center will have the ability to participate in remote learning. 
  • Any employee who tests positive for COVID-19 should advise the Human Resources Office.  Individuals who test positive will be placed into isolation in consultation with the Human Resources Office.

These measures are designed to protect the health and safety of the campus community and to facilitate regular campus activities as much as possible.  We look forward to seeing you on campus!


These policies were developed in accordance with guidance from the state, federal and local health authorities and may be adjusted as guidance changes. If you have any questions for specific University departments around these policies, please contact:


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