COVID-19

Preparing for Campus Return

As Muskingum prepares to welcome you to the fall semester, we do so with the health and well-being of the University community as our highest priority. 

This fall, our COVID-19 mitigation strategies have been 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 help you prepare for 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.


Vaccinations

Fully vaccinated individuals:

  • May engage in most regular university activities without wearing a mask or social distancing.
  • 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.
  • Must submit the online Vaccination Verification Form no later than August 1, 2021, to be exempt from arrival 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.
  • Are expected to wear masks in shared indoor spaces.
  • 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.


Before You Arrive

Face masks – All students should bring a supply of face masks for situations that require wearing masks (e.g. masks are required for transportation in university vehicles or to university-related activities). We also do not know the impact COVID-19 will have on the campus community, therefore all individuals should have a supply of face masks available.

Pack cleaning supplies – Physical Plant staff will thoroughly clean bathrooms and residence hall common spaces, but students must clean their own personal living space and do laundry regularly. Consider bringing laundry soap and appropriate cleaning sprays and wipe cloths to keep your room clean.

Personal use hand sanitizer – While multiple sanitizer stations will be posted throughout campus, access to your own supply is strongly encouraged.


Arriving on Campus

Students without a vaccination card on record must either complete an antigen test upon arrival to campus or bring verification of a negative COVID-19 test completed within the previous two days. Unvaccinated residential students will be tested during their assigned move-in date and time. New commuter students without a vaccination card will complete testing on Friday, Aug. 20. Returning unvaccinated commuter students will complete testing on Monday, Aug. 23 or Tuesday, Aug. 24 prior to attending their first class.

Move-in dates – First year student and transfer student move-in day will be Friday, Aug. 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Returning student move-in day will be Aug 21 and 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students who need to arrive earlier will be contacted by a coach or supervisor with their move-in date. The move-in schedule will have assigned times to avoid congestion and maintain safe distancing. Be on the lookout for an email with move-in information from the Residence Life office with details about your move-in date and time.


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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