Return to Campus

As we return to campus, guidelines and information for the 2020-21 school year will be shared here.

As we welcome students, employees and visitors back 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.
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.
For Campus Visitors
All commuter students, vendors, and campus tour guests, must adhere to the guidance and policies outlined in our Return to Campus guide.

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.
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.

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