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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The health, safety, and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff is a top priority at Mount Union. When making decisions regarding public health issues such as COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019), the University will always work cooperatively with and follow the guidelines and recommendations of leading health organizations, including the National Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, the Ohio Department of Health, the Stark County Health Department, and the Alliance City Health Department. 
 

Face Coverings

  • Beginning Monday, April 11, 2022, the decision has been made to move to a mask-optional policy for classrooms. As it has since the onset of the pandemic, the COVID-19 Task Force has continued to evaluate campus, regional, and state COVID-19 infection rates, as well as guidance from public health officials. 
  • There may be some courses that still require face coverings for the remainder of the semester. Students will receive notice of these courses via email from the Office of the University Registrar. Please be advised that face coverings will also continue to be required in the institution's athletic training facilities and Student Health Center.

 

Facilities and Events

  • Campus classrooms have been transitioned to their full-capacity setup. Other campus facilities are no longer subject to capacity restrictions.
  • Those hosting indoor events on campus are required to maintain attendance logs should they be needed for contact tracing.
  • The Physical Plant housekeeping team will continue to clean and disinfect offices, classrooms, and labs, as well as restrooms and common areas, daily, when buildings are open. This includes before, during, and after “business hours.”

 

Vaccination

  • Although the COVID-19 vaccine is not being required at Mount Union, we strongly encourage members of the campus community to consider receiving it to protect themselves and others. The COVID-19 vaccine is the single most effective way to protect our community and return to normal interaction.
  • Vaccination clinics will be offered on campus this fall. Dates and times will be announced via email.

 

Testing/Quarantine/Isolation

  • Testing will continue to be available on campus through the Student Health Center for symptomatic students.
  • Non-vaccinated athletes will be tested weekly in accordance with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) protocols.
  • Random surveillance testing may be reinstated for non-vaccinated members of the campus community in October. If it is necessary to do so, an announcement will be made via email.
  • Quarantine and isolation procedures will remain similar to those utilized during the 2020-2021 academic year with one exception. Vaccinated community members will not be subject to quarantine upon exposure unless they are presenting symptoms.

FAQs

  1. Can you provide an online-only attendance option to students who have significant risk factors and/or do not feel safe to be physically present for classes?

    Students may request online-only courses as an accommodation through the Office of Student Accessibility Services. Students will need to provide medical documentation that supports the need for their request. These requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Course availability will depend upon the most reasonable method of accommodating the student's need factoring in the available courses and sections, faculty input, and options for instructional methods.

  2. What are COVID-19 symptoms?

    Signs and symptoms of this illness include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Reported cases have ranged from little to no symptoms to severe illness and death.

    Coronavirus shares many similar symptoms with the common flu and other illnesses that tend to peak during this time of the year. Should you experience any symptoms of this nature, exercise caution and make an appointment with the Student Health Center by calling (330) 823-2692 or reach out to your primary healthcare provider. Please call the Student Health Center or your primary healthcare provider BEFORE going to their offices. 

  3. What are tips to preventing COVID-19 illness?

    The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The following are a few things that the CDC recommends you do to help prevent the spread of any type of illness. 

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 
    • Keep soap, hand sanitizer, and tissues on hand. Make them easily accessible at home and carry with you when possible.
    • Keep household cleaning spray or wipes readily available. Always use according to label instructions.
    • Clean “high-touch” surfaces daily. These include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.
    • Don’t share personal items such as water bottles.
    • Keep informed of recommendations of public health officials using the resources below.

    We encourage you to consider the precautionary measures listed above while following general health guidelines that include getting adequate sleep, maintaining a healthy diet, and incorporating exercise into your regular routine.

  4. How is COVID-19 spread?

    Although the CDC is still studying the transmission of COVID-19, at this point, it is believed that it is spreading via respiratory droplets, much like the flu. Up-to-date information can be found on the CDC webpage. 

    At this time, the CDC believes that COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

  5. What is the University doing to prevent the spread of germs on campus?

    As is typically done during flu season, the University has increased the cleaning of common areas, door knobs, light switches, and other high-touch areas to protect against the spread of any contagious illness. As an additional safety measure, housekeeping staff members have been deep cleaning campus during spring break with heavy-duty disinfectants. In addition, hand-sanitizing stations are being installed around campus.

  6. What should I do if I experience symptoms?

    Should you experience any symptoms of this nature, exercise caution and make an appointment with the Student Health Center by calling (330) 596-7995 or reach out to your primary healthcare provider. Please call the Student Health Center or your primary healthcare provider BEFORE going to their offices. If you cannot reach the Student Health Center or you have any other COVID-19 related questions, please contact (330) 829-4901.

  7. How will the University continue to address the changing situation related to COVID-19?
    Throughout the summer, members of campus planning groups will be focused on academic instruction, monitoring and responding to health and safety issues, and evaluation of classrooms, residences, dining facilities, meeting venues, and workplaces to ensure the safety of our students and our faculty and staff. As these groups continue their efforts, additional details will be communicated.

    When making decisions regarding public health issues such as COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019), the University will always work cooperatively with and follow the guidelines and recommendations of leading health organizations, including the National Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, the Ohio Department of Health, the Stark County Health Department, and the Alliance City Health Department. 

    In this particular situation, the University has also been in close contact with state government officials, peer institutions, and other higher education professional organizations. 

COVID-19 Downloadable Signage

Download and print the provided branded signage resources to post in classroom, offices, facilities, etc.

Institutional Safety Protocols

The University is taking following steps to continue to maintain a safe campus. 
 

Cleaning

The Physical Plant housekeeping team will clean and disinfect all buildings each day, Monday through Friday. Additional disinfecting of high contact areas, including communal restrooms is done daily. Weekend cleaning and disinfecting of all residence hall communal restrooms will continue to take place. The University will provide sanitizing materials for faculty, staff, and students who would like to clean and disinfect their own workspaces, rooms, or communal areas throughout the day.

 

The University uses a CDC-approved, hospital-grade disinfectant. Our cleaning practices follow all CDC and OSHA approved procedures.