COVID-19

Life on Campus

Muskingum welcomed you to the fall semester with the health and well-being of the University community as our highest priority. 

This fall, our COVID-19 mitigation strategies were developed based on local, state and federal guidance. Our goal is to both connect and protect our friends, colleagues, and community. The following information will let you know what to expect on campus this fall.

Policies and procedures may adjust based on campus conditions as well as local, state and federal guidance. We will continue to monitor both as we move through the academic year.


Face Masks

Students are required to wear face coverings in all shared indoor spaces on campus. They do not have to wear face coverings when alone in their residential facility room. Campus roommates will be assisted in discussing their expectations for wearing face coverings as part of their roommate agreement.

Students also do not have to wear face coverings when in the shower or when brushing teeth; when seated to eat; and in certain performance classes or science labs, as directed by the instructor. Student Athletes will follow all face covering requirements established by the University Athletic Department following NCAA guidance during mandatory group activities.

Facial coverings may be worn by any individual on campus at any time but are not required outdoors unless mandated for particular group activities.

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. Please do not bring N95 masks or respirators.  

Vaccinations

Fully vaccinated individuals:

  • Will not be required to quarantine if identified through contact tracing as exposed to someone who has COVID-19, as long as they have no symptoms.
  • Will not be required to participate in COVID-19 surveillance testing.

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated:

  • Are strongly encouraged to complete the vaccination series as soon as possible.
  • Are expected to maintain social distancing wherever possible.
  • Will be required to participate in regular COVID-19 surveillance testing.
  • Will be required to quarantine if identified through contact tracing as exposed to someone who has COVID-19.

Anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 must be tested regardless of vaccination status.

 

Health & Safety

Daily health checks – All employees and students should monitor their own health on a daily basis. If you exhibit new or usual symptoms of COVID-19, you must submit a COVID-19 Symptom Notification form, which will be located on both the Muskie Safe app and online.

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 employees must submit accommodation requests to the Human Resources Office. 

Residential facility adjustments – Common areas will be organized to follow social distancing spacing, and additional cleaning protocols have been instituted for all residential spaces.


Academics

Classroom reassignment – Classrooms have been reconfigured, so the majority of classes can meet for face-to-face instruction, while carefully maintaining appropriate social distancing. Many computer labs and classrooms are outfitted with plexiglass dividers for maximum health and safety. Please check MuskieLink for your most up-to-date classroom assignment.   

Remote instruction – Students who are placed into quarantine or isolation 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.


Dining & Campus Services

Dining spaces – All campus dining facilities will operate at regular capacity.

Bookstore – Muskingum University launched the First Day Complete program for fall semester, so traditional undergraduate students had the option to have their course materials mailed to them or schedule a time to pick them up in the bookstore prior to the first day of classes. Pickup dates/times are scheduled to accommodate social distancing.

University offices – Plexiglass dividers are installed in offices with walk-up desks or counters to ensure the health of students, faculty and staff. Counseling, tutoring and career services have online options available to meet student needs in addition to following social-distancing guidelines when meeting in person.  

Student Life – Clubs, Greek Life, recreation and leadership activities will be planned to maintain social distancing and hygiene protocols.  Student leaders will submit plans for prior approval. 


Athletics

As of this point in time, all NCAA intercollegiate athletic competition will commence as scheduled for the academic year. There also will be no limitations on spectators.

Muskingum is dedicated to delivering a safe and healthy environment for Muskie student-athletes to stay actively engaged with their teams and coaches throughout the academic year. Specific plans for each team are being put in place.


Keeping in Touch

These precautionary measures will help us to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on campus and maximize the time we are able to spend together. We will share additional information as it becomes available. Students, please check your Muskingum email regularly for messages and visit https://www.muskingum.edu/covid-hub for updates on the latest developments. 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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