Lions Covid Safety Guidelines

As we welcome students and employees back to campus for spring, guidelines and information for the 2020-21 school year will be shared here.

As we welcome students, employees and visitors to campus, be aware of safety precautions we have in place with your health and wellness in mind:

  • Wear a face mask anywhere on campus where more than one person is present.
  • Practice social distancing by staying six feet apart from others.
  • Wash your hands frequently, or use hand sanitizer. The number of sanitizing stations has been increased in buildings around campus.
Spring Move-In Information
Procedures will be shared on this page.
For Students
Updates for students and families about the return to campus will be made available here.
For Employees
Policies and Back to Campus Guide for Employees can be found on this page.

Symptom Checker

  • Two weeks prior to arriving on campus, begin entering daily symptom-check information through SWOL.
  • Scroll down to Single Sign-In Login
  • Enter your login information for MHU websites. Make sure to use your full email with @mhu.edu
  • Once logged in, you will see this screen. To access the COVID-19 symptom check, tap the 3 lines in the top left corner.
  • Once you click on this icon, you will see a list pop down. Click on COVID-19
  • If you are not experiencing any symptoms, please check ‘none of the above’
  • There will be a section at the bottom asking about any exposure or travel that you may have had. If you have not been exposed, check ‘none of the above’ and click the check mark in the top right to save your entry.
  • This is what the COVID-19 symptom check in will look like. Enter your temperature in the top box. Then you will scroll through the symptoms, marking any that you are experiencing.
  • For additional information and tips, view this flyer
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.

Mask Policy

For Students

  • Proudly wear a mask on campus.
  • Wear disposable masks for a maximum of one day before disposing of them. If you find yourself without a mask on a temporary basis, a limited number of disposable masks are available by calling Campus Security 828-689-1230/828-206-1230.
  • Wear cloth masks for a maximum of one day before laundering. The university recommends that you purchase seven or more reusable masks which may be laundered once a week.
  • Remember that laundering is always the best way to ensure a sanitary mask.
  • Keep a mask with you at all times, even when outdoors or alone, so that it can easily be slipped on when you encounter others.
  • Wear a mask at all times in common areas such as bathrooms, lounges, etc., and in public spaces such as classroom buildings, the library, etc.

For Employees

  • Wearing a mask is required anywhere on campus where more than one person is present.
  • Employees must have a face mask readily available and on their person at all times, allowing one to quickly put on a face mask when encountering others.
  • If workspaces are closer than 6 feet, appropriate for social distancing, the work place must be reconfigured to allow 6 feet of social distancing, or masks must be worn at all times.
  • In common office areas such as restrooms, breakrooms, copy rooms, etc., masks must be worn at all times.

For Everyone

  • Wearing a mask is required anywhere on campus where more than one person is present.
  • Bring with you a personal mask, which will be required for close contact on campus. If you do not have a mask, MHU will provide you with a disposable mask.

Face Coverings for Presenters in a Classroom Setting

  • Cloth Face Coverings Instructors should wear cloth face coverings in all instances in which social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained.
  • Face Shields Face shields are generally not acceptable as a replacement for face coverings in current Mars Hill policy. Face shields are appropriate for presenters/speakers to use in a teaching situation in which social distance can be consistently accomplished. They may also find special use, still combined with social distancing, in some settings such as labs where toxic vapors could accumulate in a cloth covering, or in conversations with students who may read lips due to hearing impairment. Face shields should be curved around the face and drop below the chin per CDC guidance, and should be disinfected by the user between each use. They should not be shared among users. Face shields will be made available to instructors, with distribution planned for prior to the start of on-campus instruction.
  • Acceptable Alternatives Generally, the only settings in which cloth face coverings and/or face shields could be exempted would be in large rooms or outdoor settings, such as auditoriums or amphitheaters, in which a minimum of 10-12 feet of social distance can be consistently maintained by the presenter.