Healthy Campus

Our Healthy Campus Plan

Living, learning and working on campus in Fall 2020 will look and be different due to the protocol in place to keep our campus open and healthy. Guidelines and protocol have been created with the health and safety of students and employees in mind. Therefore visitors to campus must be pre-approved unless attending a public event where precautions are in place, such as a concert, art gallery, presentation, etc. Visitors to offices must be pre-approved. ALL visitors must use CampusClear screening app to be cleared to be on campus. Go to your App Store on your smart phone or to campusclear.com to download and record your condition prior to a visit. 

MNU has partnered with the following organizations to ensure this plan meets current best practices for public health. Following the requirements is a responsibility shared by all.

  • Johnson County Department of Health and Environment
  • Olathe Health Systems
  • NAIA
  • State of Kansas 

This page will be amended as information and guidelines surrounding COVID-19 continue to develop. 

Full details of the comprehensive protocol for MNU students and personnel is on MNU’s Portal at my.mnu.edu (login required). 

students walking near campus business building

  • Basic Requirements

    Health CampusThe following procedures will help us reduce the spread of the coronavirus to the extent it is possible.

    • social distancing of 6 ft.
    • personal responsibility for self and caring for others
    • hand washing
    • special cleaning procedures
    • wearing face masks
    • stay home or in your room if you feel ill

    Masks are required on campus in buildings, and outside when social distancing of at least 6 feet is not possible. Anyone requesting special accommodation should be directed to the Academic Success Center for students, and Human Resources for faculty and staff. These are the expected minimums from each MNU community member.

    CampusClear Mobile Reporting App
    Students will receive a free personal CampusClear mobile reporting app. The mobile app will require daily self reporting. It provides daily screening and clearance to come to campus and attend classes. Students with symptoms will report them to MNU's COVID Response Coordinator* and receive step-by-step guidance. In certain situations, the university will conduct initial testing, however, the student's primary health provider, our local Olathe Health System partners or the Johnson County health department will assume the lead for further testing of those reporting symptoms. The student's insurance, co-pay or self-pay for services may be necessary, however, Johnson County will provide free testing for students without a primary care physician.

    The CampusClear reporting app is required of all students who are on campus for any reason. SPGS students should use the app to report on the day(s)/night(s) they are on campus for any purpose. 

    *The COVID Response Coordinator will not release for a return to campus from quarantine or isolation until notified and directed by healthcare provider or Johnson County Health Department.

    Quarantine and Isolation
    Residential students believed to be exposed to COVID-19 will be assigned a room in designated quarantine space on campus away from other students, as space allows. These students may quarantine at home if preferable. Confirmed cases of COVID-19 will be isolated from the campus population until they can safely return home to recover. Students will have access to other modalities of instruction so they can continue their education.

    Full details of the comprehensive protocol for MNU students and personnel is on MNU’s Portal at my.mnu.edu (login required).

  • Additional Health & Safety Measures

    Your safety is important to MNUSanitation and Cleaning Measures

    • Deep cleaning and disinfecting of all common spaces, restrooms, showers, residence halls, and locker rooms with all touchpoints (doorknobs, handles, handrails, keyboards, printers, etc.) disinfected, is done at regular intervals during the day.
    • Hydration stations and drinking fountains have been disabled.
    • Installation of additional hand sanitizer stations across all campuses.
    • Deep cleaning of Campus Center dining hall is completed. Regular sanitation of all touchpoints and high traffic areas in the hall is done at regular intervals during the day.
    • All residence halls are sanitized and certified by an industrial hygienist. Electrostatic cleaning devices to provide ongoing sensitization of high touch point and high traffic areas are in use. Ultraviolet air filters are being installed in campus buildings to help ensure appropriate indoor air quality.
    • Residential Hall Safety
    • Additional cleaning, sanitation, and social distancing measures are being implemented in residence halls.
    • We work with Johnson County public health officials on guidelines for residence halls to ensure that we are providing housing safely and have rooms available to quarantine and isolate students temporarily.
    • We will care for students who are quarantined on campus by providing meals and access to their courses through live streaming, hybrid and other delivery modifications.

     

    Campus Dining Health and Safety

    • The dining hall will be open and follow guidelines for dine-in eating that is appropriately distanced. Pioneer College Caterers and MNU have worked to ensure that hot meals are available for takeaway.
    • Serving lines are expanded to ease crowding and allow for social distancing. Tables are marked to ensure 6 ft. distance between diners.
    • Regular deep cleaning of the dining hall area and all touchpoints at regular intervals during service hours.

    Full details of the comprehensive protocol for MNU students and personnel is on MNU’s Portal at my.mnu.edu (login required).

  • Academics

    Healthy Academics is important to MNUOur first commitment is to the health and safety of the campus, but our tradition of academic excellence and instructional support will continue to be of the highest priority.

    Physical Spaces
    Classroom set up now incorporates social distancing. This includes significant changes in all classes but especially those spaces in which close contact is a normal occurrence. For example, music classes and practices have special protocol including instrument coverings, protective measures and time limits for socially distanced groups such as choir or band in rooms. Science labs are taking extra precautions regarding their standard operating procedure. Protocol for these special areas was determined with input from scientific studies in appropriate disciplines.  

    Instructional Delivery
    While in-person classes is our goal, students requiring quarantine or isolation will have access to continued instruction.

    Full details of the comprehensive protocol for MNU students and personnel is on MNU’s Portal at my.mnu.edu (login required).

  • Athletics

    Healthy Athletics is important to MNUAt the present time the university plans to welcome spectators to athletic events; however, physical space and health and safety requirements, including face masks, will be required in designated venues. Public participation may change should conditions require. 

    Athletes, coaches and those in close contact with same, will be required to be screened each day at practice or team activity. Game-day participants, (student-athletes, coaches, support staff, officials, etc.) are required to be screened within six hours of the beginning of the contest. All screening must be done by an athletic trainer or designated healthcare professional. If an institution does not have an athletic trainer or healthcare professional on site, it will be the responsibility of the host institution to conduct all prescreening requirements for the visiting team(s).

    Our athletes will compete primarily with the 14-member Heart of America Athletic Conference this fall. NAIA national tournaments for fall sports will likely move to spring 2021.

    Full details of the comprehensive protocol for MNU students and personnel is on MNU’s Portal at my.mnu.edu (login required).

  • Travel

    As we seek to minimize the spread of COVID-19, we are asking all community members to do their part in helping stem the tide of the pandemic. Residential students are allowed to leave campus, but we ask that they exercise prudence and caution at all times. We also ask residential students to do what they can to minimize the need to leave campus (for example, have groceries delivered or seek on-campus employment before exploring off-campus options). We discourage traveling beyond the immediate area. Depending on prevailing guidance at the time, residential students may be asked to self-certify their compliance with state, federal, and local guidance around travel if they leave the state.

    Commuters and other off-campus students are welcome on campus and must follow the same screening protocols as residential students and practice the same mask-wearing, social distancing, and hygiene habits as on-campus students.

  • Events, Chapel & Other Activities

    Healthy Events, Chapel & Other Activities are important to MNUAll MNU events (clubs, ASG, Chapel, Intramural sports, etc.) will meet social distancing guidelines as well as the guidelines for hygiene, health and safety. Outdoor events will be encouraged, weather permitting. Public groups will not be allowed to rent space on campus this fall.

    Chapel expectations are modified due to the change in the fall semester schedule and are required for traditional students. For more information visit www.mnuspirituallife.com. Small groups and other virtual spiritual life opportunities will be provided throughout the semester.

Contact Information

Office eMail Phone
Academic Affairs slmcleod@mnu.edu 913.971.3393
Academic Success Center asc@mnu.edu 913.971.3387
Admissions (professional and graduate) pgadmissions@mnu.edu 913.971.3800
Admissions (traditional students) admissions@mnu.edu 913.971.3380
Registrar  registrar@mnu.edu 913.971.3626
Residential Life dcbrown@mnu.edu 913.971.3544
Student Financial Services traber@mnu.edu 913.971.3298

Moving into the dormsMidAmerica Nazarene University is excited to welcome all incoming first-time freshmen students to our Fall 2020 New Student Orientation [NSO]. On Friday, August 21, 2020 the residence halls will open at 5 p.m. for new freshman to move into your assigned rooms. For more information visit New Student Orientation.

Our Fall 2020 Schedule

MNU plans to resume in-person classes for our SPGS students on August 24 and Traditional students on August 25, 2020.

Move in dates: Traditional Students

  • New first-year students (non-athlete or off-season athletes) move in August 21 starting at 5 p.m. Information on New Student Orientation is found here
  • Returning students (non-athlete or off-season athletes) move in August 22.
  • Fall Athletes follow this schedule:
    • Football & Volleyball - August 11
    • Football & Cross Country - August 12
    • Men's & Women's Soccer - August 13
    • Drumline & Cheer - August 17
  • International and students traveling from a quarantine state/location (see Kansas list here) must quarantine for 14 days beginning the day they arrive in Kansas. This may be done on or off campus. If on campus, athletes should arrive July 27 if in a fall sport and August 7 if in a winter/spring sport. Meal service is available for students quarantining on campus.
  • Residential Life will contact students via email regarding move-in schedules on the listed days. Questions regarding move-in? Contact Residential Life Director Devon Brown at 913-971-3544 or dcbrown@mnu.edu.

Traditional Academic Calendar Adjusted - Fall 2020

  • Classes Begin - August 25
  • Fall Break - Canceled
  • Thanksgiving Break/end in person class sessions - November 25

Fall Break, originally Oct. 9, is canceled so that we can end in-person class sessions earlier, at Thanksgiving Break, Nov. 25. The remainder of coursework for the fall semester will be completed remotely (largely projects and exams).

By adjusting the academic calendar, we hope to prevent the need for students to travel back and forth, which would enhance transmission of the virus at a time of the season when we are likely to see a considerable amount of respiratory-borne illness.

School of Professional and Graduate Studies calendars will not be affected.

Federal HEERF / CARES Act Grant

August 10, 2020 - Federal HEERF / CARES Act Grant Reporting

  • As of August 8, 2020, 905 students have received $520.00 each; for a total of $470,600. On 5/20/20 eligible students were notified to their MNU email address to set up their ACH refund capability in order to receive the CARES Act Funds. Reminder emails were sent on 5/29/20 and again several times in June 2020. To date, 57 eligible students have not set up the necessary means to receive their funds.
  • The application deadline for students has been extended to August 15, 2020. 

July 30, 2020 - Federal HEERF / CARES Act Grant Reporting

  • On June 30, 2020, the HEERF committee administering funding for eligible students through the CARES Act posted on SharePoint (MNU’s internal portal), the application for students to use in order to be considered for the limited funds available. This application will be available until July 30, 2020.

July 8, 2020 - Federal HEERF / CARES Act Grant Reporting

  1. MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU) submitted the signed Certification and Agreement for the student portion of the HEERF / CARES Act grant to the Department of Education on April 10, 2020.
  2. MNU was scheduled to receive $599,857 for the student portion.  However, $703,200 was received on April 28. The excess of $103,343 was returned on May 12, 2020.
  3. As of this date, $454,480.00 have been distributed to students.
  4. The number of MNU students eligible to participate in the emergency grant program: 962. Eligibility is defined as enrolled in and completed the Spring 2020 term, filed a 1920 FAFSA and are not enrolled only in online only courses prior to the closing of campus in March.
  5. As of this date, 872 students have received the emergency grants.
  6. The methodology used to determine the amount of the distribution was an equal distribution to all eligible recipients.  All MNU students have suffered financial hardship as a result of the COVID pandemic. A portion of the funds is also available to be distributed on a case-by-case basis to students that have special needs above and beyond the initial funds delivered to them. A committee of appropriate managers will determine and oversee that distribution.
  7. An email from the President, that included a discussion of the upcoming HEERF / CARES Act distribution, was sent to students and parents on May 11. Two separate emails from the CFO/VP Finance, discussing the HEERF / CARES Act distribution were sent May 12, the first to undergraduate students and their parents, the second to eligible graduate students. Finally, an email with instructions on setting up ACH information in MNU’s payment system, was sent on May 20 from the Bursar to all eligible students, to facilitate a quicker distribution of the funds. 

May 14, 2020 - Federal HEERF / CARES Act Grant Reporting

  1. MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU) submitted the signed Certification and Agreement for the student portion of the HEERF / CARES Act grant to the Department of Education on April 10, 2020.  
  2. MNU was scheduled to receive $599,857 for the student portion.  However, $703,200 was received on April 28. The excess of $103,343 was returned on May 12, 2020.
  3. As of this date, none of the funds have been distributed to students.  However, the distributions are to begin next week.  
  4. The estimated number of MNU students eligible to participate in the emergency grant program: 1,085.
  5. As of this date, no students have received the emergency grants.  However, that distribution will begin next week.
  6. The methodology used to determine the amount of the distribution was an equal distribution to all eligible recipients.  All MNU students have suffered financial hardship as a result of the COVID pandemic. MNU will also hold back approximately $100,000 of the $599,857 student portion to be distributed on a case-by-case basis to students that have special needs above and beyond the initial funds delivered to them. A committee of appropriate managers will determine and oversee that distribution.
  7. An email from the President, that included a discussion of the upcoming HEERF / CARES Act distribution, was sent to students and parents on May 11. Two separate emails from the CFO/VP Finance, discussing the HEERF / CARES Act distribution were sent May 12, the first to undergraduate students and their parents, the second to eligible graduate students. Finally, an email with instructions on setting up ACH information in MNU’s payment system, will be sent this week or early next week from the Bursar to all eligible students, to facilitate a quicker distribution of the funds.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Admissions

    When will in-person visits resume for prospective students?

    • Please contact the Admissions Office for arrangements to visit in person. 913.971.3380 or admissions@mnu.edu.
    • School of Professional and Graduate Studies admissions is available at 913.971.3800 or pgadmissions@mnu.edu.
  • Fall Semester Schedule

    When do classes begin?

    • SPGS classes begin August 24.
    • Traditional classes begin August 25.

    What changes have been made to the Fall schedule?

    • The beginning and ending dates for the Fall 2020 semester will remain as established; however, to reduce mass student travel and to avoid the potential spread of COVID-19, the university will hold regularly scheduled classes on Friday, October 9, 2020 and will not observe the scheduled Fall Break. All traditional campus-based classes will conclude at Thanksgiving break November 25-27. Traditional students will not return to campus following Thanksgiving and will complete semester projects and final exams remotely. Students involved in athletics, nursing practicums, student teaching, work responsibilities or who choose to do so (with approval) may remain on campus with housing and food services available through the end of the semester.
    • SPGS students enrolled in campus-based and online classes will continue as scheduled through the remainder of the semester.
  • In-person guidelines on campus

    Are masks required on campus?

    • As of June 29, 2020, we require that everyone wear masks indoors, and if social distancing of 6 ft. is not possible, outdoors. Signs are posted on campus as reminders of this and other guidelines. These guidelines are in agreement with state and county guidelines and could change. Changes will be noted as they are made.
    • Precautions to avoid the spread of COVID-19 are shared responsibility. 
    • Wash your hands, scrubbing for 20 seconds. 
    • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if you cannot wash hands.
    • Wear a mask in public (see previously stated policy).
    • Stay home if you are ill.
    • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue and throw it away.
    • Social distance. If someone is coughing, move away from them 6 ft. or more.
    • Disinfect frequently-touched surfaces in your residence.https://www.jocogov.org/sites/default/files/safety-precautions-infographic-web.pdf

    CampusClear Screening App 

    MNU is using CampusClear, an app that logs individual's symptoms or lack of symptoms to clear them for being on campus. CampusClear is free, non-invasive and allows MNU to obtain data crucial to monitoring the health of students, employees and visitors to campus. Just download the app from your App Store on your smart phone or from CampusClear's website. Also, see our app instruction page.

    Who Must Use CampusClear?

    • Students
    • Employees
    • Visitors who will be here longer than 10 minutes. Not required for quick deliveries to campus. 
  • Residential Information

    When do students move in?

    • On Friday, August 21, 2020, residence halls will open at 5 p.m. for new first-year students to move into their assigned rooms. Fall sports teams that are required to move in before August 21 will receive communication and details from the Athletic Department. Returning students move in Saturday, August 22. Details regarding the NSO weekend can be found here.

    Orientation and Move-in Details for New Students 

    • In order to reduce contact and maintain social distancing, new students are encouraged to work with his/her assigned roommate to stagger arrival times on Friday, August 21. This will prevent the two parties from having to occupy the same small space as they work to settle their students into their new MNU home. Each resident should have received an email from the University detailing who their roommate will be and providing contact information for that person. If you do not have this information, please contact the Student Development office (913.971.3297).
    • Students may bring up to two guests with them to help settle into their new home. You will get the opportunity to spend time saying farewell to family and participate in a mini service of affirmation and assurance. Guests will then be asked to depart, and student orientation activities will commence. 

    Residence Hall Occupancy and Protocols

    • Residence halls will operate at close to normal capacity for fall term. A limited number of single rooms are available for an additional single room charge. Residents will receive instruction on health and safety protocols from the Residence Life staff during move-in. Mask-wearing and social distancing will be required in hall common areas, lobbies, and lounges. Floor and building events will be modified to promote healthy practices while maintaining a sense of hall and building community. We ask students to remain vigilant and practice health safety measures at all times.

    Campus Events

    • Residence Life and ASG are working to develop programming and outlets through which students—whether first-year, transfer, or returning students—can meet and build a community with fellow students. This information will be communicated directly to students before and during the fall semester.

    Cleaning Protocols

    • MNU has implemented a higher level of cleaning. Facility Services will continue to clean all common areas and bathrooms, including in residence halls, daily. In apartments and suite-style rooms, students are responsible for maintaining good cleaning practices. 

    Dining Changes

    • Meal plan options will remain the same, but the service and set up will change to reduce risk, including:
    • Controlling the flow of traffic with signage and floor markings
    • Converting all stations to employee-serve stations and limiting self-service to fountain drinks (with frequent cleaning and sanitizing)
    • Offering disposable to-go containers
    • Placing hand sanitizer stations at entrances of all dining venues
    • Training staff on heightened sanitizing procedures and hygiene requirements including extra handwashing, mask and glove usage, and temperature checks
    • Reducing seating in the dining hall and offering additional “grab and go” options

    Hygiene and Safety Protocols

    • Students will be asked to participate in a community pledge wherein they commit to following the plans and protocols for their own safety and for the safety of others on campus. 
    • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms
    • Wear facemasks to cover nose and mouth when in public spaces
    • Practice 20 seconds of handwashing with warm water and soap often
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
    • Practice proper respiratory etiquette (coughing or sneezing into a tissue or upper arm) 
    • Practice social distancing in public places
    • Sanitize shared surfaces
    • Cooperate with testing and quarantine guidelines
    • Screening 

    Screening App

    • Students will complete a COVID-19 screening each morning via the CampusClear mobile reporting app. Students with symptoms will report them to MNU’s COVID Response Coordinator and receive step-by-step guidance. Testing will be completed as needed by the student’s primary health provider, our local Olathe Health System partner, or the Johnson County health department. The student’s insurance, copay, or self-pay for services may be necessary. However, Johnson County provides free testing for students who are without a primary care physician.

    Campus Visitors

    • MNU has always been a place that practices hospitality, but we realize the pandemic is requiring us to rethink our existing protocols. We will welcome visitors across campus but are asking them not to enter residence halls or classrooms. While on campus, we ask that visitors maintain appropriate social distance and wear a mask at all times while indoors and when social distancing outdoors is not possible.
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