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.
In June, we lifted most pandemic-related protocols and returned to a more normal summer term. As a reminder, our current protocols are as follows:
- Face coverings will be required in all classrooms and labs, regardless of vaccination status.
- Those who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear face coverings or maintain physical distancing in non-classroom or non-lab environments, whether indoors or outdoors.
- Those who are not vaccinated should continue to wear face coverings and maintain six feet of physical distance while on campus, whether indoors or outdoors.
- Face coverings are not required in residential facilities.
- We fully respect the comfort levels of those who are vaccinated who may prefer to continue to wear face coverings.
- We ask that you employ compassion when regarding the comfort levels of others on campus regarding face coverings. If someone should request that you use a face covering when entering their office or personal space, please show courtesy and care by complying.
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.”
- 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.
- Those vaccinated individuals – students, faculty, and staff – presenting a valid, physical vaccination card indicating that at least an initial dose has been received are eligible for a $100 incentive made possible via CARES Act funding. Students should visit the Student Health Center and faculty and staff should visit the Office of Human Resources to show proof of vaccination. The deadline for this incentive is September 30. More details will be forthcoming, including locations for additional vaccination verification opportunities on campus.
- Vaccination clinics will be offered on campus this fall. Dates and times will be announced via email.
- 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.