COVID-19

Information for Students (Student Policies)

Muskingum continues to make the health and well-being of the University community our highest priority.

For the Fall 2022 semester, Muskingum’s COVID-19 mitigation strategies, developed based on local, state, and federal guidance, have been designed to both connect and protect our friends, colleagues, and community. The following information will let you know what to expect on campus this semester.

These policies and procedures may be adjusted based on campus and local conditions, as well as local, state, and federal guidance. The University’s Health & Safety Team will continue to monitor both as we move through the academic year.


Return to Campus Testing

Students are strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 test prior to your first day on campus.  We recommend that you test within 48 hours prior to your arrival on campus.

If you test positive for COVID-19 prior to move-in or, for commuter students, your 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.

If you are able to bring self-tests with you, you may want to keep a few in your room or at your home.  We recommend that you order free tests now at https://www.covid.gov/tests.  Please allow for sufficient shipping time.

At this time, the University does not intend to conduct surveillance testing.


Face Masks

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.

Faculty, staff, and students are expected to provide your own, clean face covering that covers your nose, mouth, and chin. Building and other departmental administrative assistants will have disposable masks in the event a student or employee forgets their face covering. These masks are provided as a courtesy and are not to be used in lieu of your own personal face coverings.


Isolation, Quarantine, and Vaccinations

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 prior to starting classes, whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated, please contact the Student Health Center at askanurse@muskingum.edu. Based on current COVID trends, we ask that you seek medical assistance rather than self-diagnosing your condition. 

Regardless of vaccination status, if students develop ANY symptoms of COVID-19, they must be tested.  The Student Health Center will test students if they are symptomatic.

Isolation: Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be sent home for their period of isolation following consultation with the Student Health Center.  If the student is unable to return home, the University will provide temporary housing.  Regardless of housing, the Student Health Center will coordinate accommodations for remote classwork during the period of isolation.

Quarantine: As determined by the Student Health Center, contact tracing will be limited to those who have a significant level of contact with the individual who has tested positive.  Individuals who are not up to date with their COVID-19 vaccine may be required to quarantine at home for up to 5 days and produce a negative COVID test result to resume classes and activities on Day 6 of quarantine.  Instructions regarding masking will be provided by the Student Health Center.  Individuals whose vaccines are up to date will not need to quarantine but will need to test themselves on Day 5 as instructed by the Student Health Center.

“Up to date” means that the individual has received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months OR that they have received the single dose Johnson & Johnson dose within the last 2 months OR that they have received a booster shot.

Vaccinations: Although vaccination and boosters against COVID-19 are strongly encouraged, they are not required.

If you are vaccinated and/or boosted, please be sure to upload a copy of your card using the Vaccination Verification Form for the Student Health Center’s records.  

If you are interested in being vaccinated or boosted after school starts, the University will plan to host a vaccination clinic on campus early in the fall semester.  More details will be shared.  Northside Pharmacy in New Concord, as well as several pharmacies in Cambridge and Zanesville, also offer the COVID-19 vaccine and booster.


Health & Safety

Daily health checks –  Students should monitor their own health on a daily basis. 

  • If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, please notify the Student Health Center using the COVID-19 Notification Form, which is available on the COVID-19 webpage and also through the Muskie Safe App, or call 740-826-8150.    
  • If you take a test on your own and test positive, you must report any positive results using the COVID-19 Notification Form.   

  • Between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., or 24-hours per day on Saturdays and Sundays, you can contact Genesis Healthcare System by calling 740-454-5000. 

Underlying health conditions – Employees and students with underlying health conditions may need accommodations to comply with health and safety protocols. Students will work through the accommodations process managed by the Disabilities Education Office, while employee requests are reviewed by the Human Resources Office.


Academics

Remote instruction – Students who are placed into quarantine or isolation by the Student Health Center will continue to participate in classes through use of remote instruction.  Recorded lectures and classroom discussions, joining classes via Teams, and online submission of assignments and assessments are among the tools faculty will use to provide maximum learning opportunities during this time. Students and faculty members will be notified of start and end dates for remote instruction accommodations, based on quarantine and isolation periods determined for each student.

 

Students, if you have any questions about this information, or any other aspect of your Muskingum University experience, please do not hesitate to email muskiehelp@muskingum.edu, and the appropriate person will respond to you as quickly as possible.

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