Lions Covid Safety Guidelines

As we welcome students and employees on campus, guidelines and information surrounding Covid-19 will be shared here.

Fall 2021 Mask Policy

In light of current CDC guidance, consultation with MAHEC, area transmission rates which are currently classified as high, and confirmed vaccination rates on campus, Mars Hill University will continue the current policy that all campus faculty, staff, students, and guests must wear a face covering when indoors and around others for the remainder of the first block of the semester, which ends on October 15. Normal exceptions will continue to apply, such as when eating or alone in a personal office.

Please be reminded that, based on current policy and current CDC guidance

  • The university will conduct weekly surveillance testing during the fall semester, with vaccinated employees exempted.
  • Vaccinated employees will not be required to quarantine when they are a confirmed close contact with a positive COVID-19 case, unless they exhibit symptoms. However, quarantine will automatically be required if you are unvaccinated and identified as a close contact.
  • At such time that the university is able to relax masking policies, it is likely that unvaccinated employees will be required to continue to wear masks indoors.
  • 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.


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.

When can I check-in?

  • First-Year/New Transfer Student Move-In: Wednesday, August 25, 2021, between 8:00am-2:00pm
  • Commuter Students may check-in at 2:00pm on Wednesday, August 25, 2021
  • Continuing Student Move-In: Saturday, August 28, and Sunday, August 29, between 8:00am-2:00pm
  • All check-ins will take place in Ponder Atrium of the Ferguson Math and Science Center.

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.
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.
Lions Covid Safety Guidelines