Lions Covid Safety Guidelines

Guidelines and information surrounding Covid-19 will be shared here.

Mask Policy

Mars Hill University has moved to a mask-optional status for all areas. As the semester progresses and we continue to monitor CDC guidance, we may revisit this stance. Wearing masks does help contain the spread of disease, and so we also encourage wearing a mask if one is so inclined to do so, and we ask that we all be courteous and respectful of anyone who elects to wear a mask.

Surveillance Testing

  • The university will continue to require testing of individuals who are not up to date on vaccinations. Up to date means that an individual has received a full series (1 J&J, or 2 Moderna or Pfizer) AND the booster.
  • The weekly testing period will be on Tuesdays from 10am until noon during the spring semester.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals will continue to be exempted from weekly surveillance testing. (Note vaccination status definitions below.)

Vaccination Status

  • We anticipate adopting the latest definitions for full vaccination on February 1. As such, fully vaccinated will be defined as follows:
    • Those who have received a booster shot with Moderna, Pfizer, or J & J.
    • Those who have been vaccinated with Moderna or Pfizer within the last 6 months or Johnson & Johnson within the last 2 months.
    • Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days.
      • Look for updates from Human Resources and Health Services about updating your information, if you have not already done so.
    • If you have not yet been vaccinated, the University continues to recommend vaccination for all who are able to do so.  Visit this website to find the latest information on vaccination locations and availability in North Carolina.

Boosters

  • If you are eligible for a booster and have not yet received it, please consider getting boosted in order to continue to be considered fully vaccinated. We hope to hold at least one and possibly two vaccination/booster clinics on campus prior to February 1. We will announce those dates and times as soon as they are available. Vaccines and boosters are also available at local pharmacies and the health department.

Quarantine

  • Unless they are exhibiting symptoms, fully vaccinated individuals will be exempted from quarantine when they have been identified as a close contact.
  • We will adopt the most recent guidance on quarantine, which will allow for return to campus after a 5-day quarantine for individuals without symptoms who have been fever-free for at least 24 hours. However, returning after 5 days will require screening and approval by Health Services.

FAQ

What if I want a remote semester?

Courses: It is important to note that there are only a limited number of courses that have been scheduled for fully online delivery.  For courses that are scheduled as seated courses, offering a remote option for the full semester upon the request of a student is at the discretion of the instructor.  Please consult your advisor to discuss online course availability.

How does this affect residential living?

Residential LivingStudents should contact the Office of Residence Life if they would like to request an exception to the residential requirement.  Generally, students must qualify under the commuter policy in order to be eligible for off-campus residency. The residential requirement is independent of a student’s course schedule.

Vaccine Card

For those who have not sent their vaccination card, or for those who have added a vaccination over the break, please email Student Health (renee_sprinkle@mhu.edu) with a picture of your vaccination card.

COVID Guidelines  

The COVID guidelines will remain the same:

  1. Masking is optional outside of instructional spaces. This means that, masks will still be required in classrooms and labs, where we most frequently have high concentrations of individuals together for extended periods.  You do not need to mask while you are outside.
  2. Guests: You may continue to visit friends in other residence halls.  However, gatherings in residence halls with 10 students or more are subject to suspension from residence halls.  No non-MHU student guests are allowed in residence halls
  3. Testing: Non-vaccinated students will be subject to weekly testing on Tuesdays from 10-noon.

Student Health Ambassadors

MAHEC Student Health Ambassadors (SHA): Our SHAs are here to offer you peer support and answer questions, to provide resources to help keep MHU safe and healthy, and to help promote a culture of wellness on our campus. If in need of a mask, feel free to contact them at SHA@mhu.edu.

Campus community members can hold other members accountable through the COVID Accountability Form

Remember that three violations of any of these violations could result in a suspension from campus housing.  Gatherings of 10 or more people in residence halls could result in automatic suspension, no matter how many COVD violations you have.

Am I eligible for a grant this semester?

Mars Hill University is providing grants to help eligible students pay their fall 2021 semester billing charges. The grants are part of the third round of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, a part of the American Rescue Plan which was signed into law in March, to help institutions of higher education serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Covid-19 Reponse and Updates
Updates related to COVID-19 and CARES ACT/HEERF distribution will continue to be posted to this page.
Athletics
Schedule changes and updates to athletics will be shared on the Athletics website.
Academic Calendar
As of June 18, the academic calendar has been updated for the fall and spring semesters.