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.

Coronavirus Updates

CAMPUS COVID UPDATE

COVID-19 has required adjustments to university life and out of due caution the campus calendar and many events have been modified to limit spread of the virus and the complication of crowds or large group gatherings. Several important decisions have been made for the remainder of Fall 2020 and for the Spring 2021 term. These modifications are important as we continue to do all we can to complete the school year in an on-campus format.  

HOMECOMING 2020

Many homecoming events scheduled for October 16-18 will be conducted virtually this year for our alumni and friends. Our alumni office has developed creative and innovative alternatives to our normal gatherings and events. Athletic events and other student activities are scheduled to be “live.” Faculty, staff and students are especially encouraged to participate, support these events and each other. All established COVID-19 precautions will be fully observed at each event.   

FALL SEMESTER SCHEDULE

The university will continue to offer traditional on-campus classes until the Thanksgiving break scheduled for November 25-27. Following the break, traditional classes and final exams will be offered via the on-line distance format until the completion of the semester. Faculty and staff will continue to report to campus and all university offices will be open until the scheduled Christmas break. All SPGS on-campus and on-line classes will continue to observe their currently established schedules.

RESIDENCE HALLS

Following Thanksgiving break, all residence halls will be open and meal plan services will continue for all residential students who desire or need to return to campus. Students who need to remain on campus during the Thanksgiving break may arrange to do so; however, meal services will not be provided during the break. Residential Life will offer a registration process for students who choose to remain on campus during or after the break. All residence halls will close, and meal services will conclude on December 17. Move in for spring semester will begin January 10, 2021.

FALL 2020 MEAL PLAN CREDITS OR REFUNDS

Meal services will continue for all resident students who choose or need to return to campus for the remainder of the semester through December 17. Students who were required by university officials to quarantine at home for a designated period of time and students who choose not to return to campus following the Thanksgiving break may be entitled to a meal plan credit to their account for Spring 2021 or a refund. All meal plan credits or refunds will be calculated individually based on the specific meal plan, total meal plan days missed, the student’s financial aid profile and account status. Meal plan credits for second semester or refunds will vary greatly from student to student and will not be credited or distributed until after December 17th.  

SPRING BREAK 2021 RESCHEDULED

The Spring 2021 semester will follow the established calendar and schedule; however, out of due caution for campus health and safety, traditional classes will continue to be held March 15-19, which was previously scheduled as Spring Break. Spring Break has been rescheduled to coincide with Easter Break. Easter Break will begin March 29 and end April 5. Traditional classes will resume Tuesday, April 6. All SPGS and online classes will follow their current class schedules. In observance of Good Friday and Easter all university offices and facilities will be closed April 2-5.

FITNESS CENTER AND OPEN GYM

Challenges this school year have required many adjustments and some inconvenience to our normal programs and activities. Our fitness center, gymnasiums and other spaces have traditionally provided places for students to gather informally, work-out or exercise.  Unfortunately, these spaces are extremely vulnerable for the spread of the virus and are unavailable for open use until we have confidence that the virus issues are resolved. We know it is an inconvenience, however, this is a necessary precaution for the good of the entire campus and will remain until further notice.

PIONEER SPIRIT

We are grateful for the opportunity to continue on-campus classes and events and we cannot take this for granted. I appreciate the cooperation, diligence and heroic actions of faculty, staff and students to get this done together. Lack of respect or willful negligence regarding safety guidelines will be taken seriously and can quickly and negatively impact the community, athletic teams and a variety of program or activities.

It is imperative that we all continue to follow the prescribed cautions in support of the health and welfare of our campus community. Our situation can change rapidly if we become careless or negligent in our practice. Pioneer Spirit takes many forms and we can accomplish much together, but at its best it is manifested by patience, unselfish acts, mutual support and respect for one another as good neighbors.

Together we can do this.

David J. Spittal
President

  1. MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU) submitted the signed Certification and Agreement for the student portion of the HEERF 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 distribution, was sent to students and parents on May 11. Two separate emails from the CFO/VP Finance, discussing the HEERF 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.

MNU Commencement Ceremonies are rescheduled for August 1, at College Church of the Nazarene. Details are being finalized and will be shared with graduates as soon as possible. Please be aware that plans are subject to change based on conditions regarding the pandemic. MNU will continue to work with public health officials and comply with restrictions for the health and wellbeing of graduates, their families, the public and MNU employees. 

Please read this letter for an update from the Community Counseling and Play Therapy Centers. 

This is an update regarding MNU’s change in operations to online course delivery and the reduction in residential services due to the COVID-19 situation. Many difficult decisions have been and will continue to be made affecting our constituents. Please know the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, families and community is our primary concern.

 

We know you have been anticipating an announcement regarding Commencement. MNU is committed to celebrating graduates’ accomplishments with students, families, and university personnel.  For this reason, and to maintain compliance with CDC guidelines, the May 2 commencement ceremony is postponed.  Our public health agencies advise that the likelihood of having a large gathering while protecting public health by that date cannot be determined. It would be irresponsible to continue to plan as if that will happen. The university is thinking creatively about what the rescheduled celebration will look like and will share those plans with you as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience as we seek to do what is in everyone’s best interest and to honor our human need for community and milestone recognition.

 

Additionally, all events, whether MNU sponsored or held by an outside entity, have been canceled or postponed through May 2. As the situation unfolds, additional events (largely for Bell Center) may need to be canceled.

 

Employees, except for on-campus essential personnel, will transition to working remotely immediately, with the goal of having this move complete by Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Employees will receive separate, comprehensive communication regarding these plans.

 

Questions about refunds of room, board and fees will be answered going forward. Please allow significant time for university personnel to work through a variety of issues to make these determinations before expecting an answer.

 

Residence halls will be open for students to move out through April 1. We ask residential students to observe this schedule.

  • Students whose last names begin with the letters A—G may move out between now and Sunday, March 22
  • Last names beginning with the letters H—N may move out between Monday, March 23 and Friday, March 27.
  • Last names beginning with the letters O—Z may move out between Saturday, March 28 and Wednesday, April 1.

If you are unable to return to move your belongings by April 1, they will be locked in your dorm room until Friday, May 1.

We know technology issues can be a concern in a virtual environment. Our IT team has created processes to address these issues. Please see the information at the end of this communication for accessing help.

To students, please be assured that our highest goal is to help you complete this semester successfully. We are committed to work with each of you—traditional, professional, graduate, certificate and continuing education students—ensuring everyone will finish their program strong.

We will share all current information available to us as we are committed to continued communication with you. It is not possible to put everything in one communication so please prepare for several emails per week. Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate all the issues that come up and change based on government and public health advisories.

Don’t forget to access our regularly updated FAQ section on the Safety and Health section of mnu.edu. If you have a question that is not addressed there, please see the information at the end of this communication for whom to contact with inquiries.

Information Technology                      913.971.3333

Registrar                                             913.971.3626

Student Accounts                               913.971.3504

Student Financial Services                913.971.3298

Residential Life                                  913.971.3297

 

 

Dear Students, Colleagues and Parents,
 
I want to thank the Pioneer Community for your patience, questions, and understanding in recent days as the COVID-19 situation changed life as we know it. This unprecedented situation has required many quick and difficult decisions in the context of constantly changing information from public agencies as they adjust to changing circumstances.
 
Our first concern is the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and families. Second is our effort to continue the spring semester so that students may graduate, credits may be completed, and academic progress can continue.
 
Today we are announcing that beginning March 30, all MNU courses will be conducted online for the remainder of the semester. All Summer 2020 classes will also be moved online. Many School of Professional and Graduate Studies (SPGS) classes are already offered online. Given the availability of remote learning and continued guidance from state and federal officials, we have also made the difficult decision to close residence halls, with limited exceptions.
 
We know that living near others during a pandemic increases the possibility of transmission of a virus. Therefore, all MNU students who live in the residence halls are encouraged to return home as quickly as possible and no later than April 1. Since this transition extends to the end of the semester, students must take all personal items with them so that they can be fully engaged and ready for the academic remote learning experience. Residential Life staff will follow up with residential students to provide additional details and support for the move out process, including a schedule, as well as support for those students who need to remain on campus.
 
We understand there are some students who may have personal and financial hardships, or employment reasons to stay on campus, so we are preparing for a limited number of students to remain on campus for the foreseeable future and we will work closely with these students in the transition. Students wishing to apply to stay on campus should complete the application at this link. These will be approved on a limited, case by case basis.
 
This is a significant change for our residential community. No doubt this will prompt questions regarding refunds for housing and meal plans.  Our team in Student Accounts is already hard at work, but this will take some time. Please allow several weeks for the institution to receive guidance on these issues and process individual accounts.
 
For Traditional Students only, the spring semester is being extended until May 15, 2020. The Traditional summer school semester will be postponed by two weeks and will start May 18, 2020. There are no changes to the SPGS summer semester.
 
Regardless of where our students reside or how they learn, we remain committed to shaping students’ academic, personal, and spiritual growth, even in this unusual time.
 
This week and next, faculty are developing means of instruction and course delivery for this change. I’m deeply appreciative of their work and of all the work faculty will be doing in the days and weeks ahead to provide instruction and care for students. Additionally, our teams in Student Development and Spiritual Life are currently identifying and creating opportunities for student engagement throughout the end of the semester. 
 
To understand student/staff/faculty needs during the transition to online learning, we ask that you take this four-question survey. This will help us address any concerns. Online Learning Survey.
 
In addition, if you need to familiarize yourself with Moodle, this link will take you to all applicable tutorials.
 
These announcements will likely prompt many questions from students, parents, employees and all constituents. We wanted you to know about these changes as soon as the decision was made. Faculty will receive additional information from Academic Affairs and staff will receive information from Human Resources.  We are continuing to work through the ramifications of these changes and will continue to post regular updates and answers to frequently asked questions on MNU’s website as well as communication through email and the RAVE alert system.
 
Finally, let us remember that God the Father gave us his Word for times just like this. May we keep in mind these words.
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.”  Romans 5:3-5
 

With Faith for the Future,

David J. Spittal Ed.D., President

 

CAMPUS COMMUNICATION From Dr. David J. Spittal, president
Coronavirus (COVID-19)  

         
University leadership is closely monitoring the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and will continue to monitor the situation and follow the guidance of the CDC and other health agencies. This virus spreads rapidly and includes increasing contamination rates requiring reasonable efforts but decisive action be taken to contain its spread and the potential impact on vulnerable populations.

 

At present, the university has not identified any cases of the virus within our community and is operating “as usual” based on the guidance we are receiving. Because of the rapid spread of the virus in the U.S., the situation may change quickly, and we will initiate appropriate action as necessary to protect our campus community. We will continue to exercise caution for all concerned and will be mindful of the needs of our faculty and staff. We especially want to assure students that their academic programs, university services and support needs will be fully considered as we move forward.

 

Out of an abundance of caution and to limit exposure to the virus, MNU leadership has decided to extend Spring Break, scheduled for March 14-22, by an additional week from March 23-27 to provide additional time for faculty and staff to prepare a move to distance learning for all face to face classes, should it be necessary to do so. This will provide a two-week break to permit continued monitoring of the virus situation and provide time for additional preparation and response to these issues. 

 

The traditional undergraduate student population will be welcome to return to residence halls on Sunday evening, March 29, 2020, with classes resuming on Monday, March 30. Students leaving for Spring Break should take textbooks, supplies and materials necessary and be prepared to return to classes on March 30. Should classes be moved to an online format, the university has computers located across campus that are accessible for students who do not otherwise have computer access. Additional communication will be provided prior to the return of students regarding class format, preparation for return and other instructions.

 

All members of the campus community should monitor their MNU email as the primary source for further instructions. This page will provide the most updated information along with information regarding events, program cancellations or rescheduling. 

 

Any student who has experienced a cough or shortness of breath or has traveled to a high-risk area(s) should NOT return to campus on March 29 and should contact their health provider before returning to campus. All university-sponsored or reimbursed travel by faculty, staff and students is immediately suspended unless specifically approved by university officials in advance.

 

All current online distance classes, accelerated nursing programs, graduate counseling or other professional and graduate classes may continue to meet or may be converted to a distance-learning format and function as scheduled, unless it is determined that circumstances require changes approved by the designated cabinet member, dean and department chair.

 

We recognize select students may need to remain on campus for the extended Spring Break due to athletics, as international students, those in clinical rotations, student teachers, employment or for students who may not have off-campus options. Residential Life will identify and must approve, all requests for students desiring to remain as residents on campus. During the break, visitors, family and non-residential guests will not be allowed to visit residence halls without the approval of Residence Life.

 

During the extended portion of Spring Break, all university facilities and offices will remain open for regular hours including the Campus Center and Mabee Learning Commons. Faculty and Staff will receive internal communications and updates regarding operations and functions within their areas. Faculty or staff who become ill should not report to work and should utilize university PTO provisions and may be required to provide physicians clearance prior to reporting for work.

 

Dining services will be available to resident students on meal plans and to those who are approved by their sponsor and Residential Life to be on campus during the extended week of break. Pioneer College Catering services will implement its action plan and will modify its operational and serving processes during this period. Maintenance and custodial staff will initiate additional disinfecting or cleaning procedures in all occupied buildings and hand sanitizer will be distributed to all classrooms, offices and common areas.

 

The university will continue to monitor the situation and further announcements will be issued as necessary. During the extended break all scheduled campus events, public events and use of campus facilities by outside groups may be canceled, rescheduled or reviewed on a case by case basis to minimize the potential spread of this virus on campus or with the public. The sponsoring group or department will be responsible for the communication of canceled or rescheduled events.

 

I want to assure the campus community that there is no immediate threat or cause for alarm. Current information has indicated that our area is not at immediate risk, but definitive action is necessary out of a serious need for caution and care. Students can be assured that the university will keep them fully informed and that their classwork and academic progress will be a high priority consideration, especially for our seniors and those contemplating graduation. They should not be alarmed or have undue concern. 
These are exceptionally challenging times and as a Christ-centered community, we have a unique responsibility to demonstrate compassion, long suffering and patience during these difficult circumstances. I am confident that as Pioneers we can work together to be resolute and deal with these issues as we become even stronger in our commitment to serve and support each other.   

 

“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6  

Leaning Forward with Passion and Purpose,

Dr. David J. Spittal

 

 

The safety and wellbeing of our students and employees is our highest priority. MNU is actively monitoring the developments of (COVID-19). As the situation unfolds, we are working with Johnson County Health and Environment (JCHE) to provide our community with the most up-to-date information. Our Emergency Response Team meets to monitor the situation and implement established protocol as needed. While the progression of COVID-19 is still emerging, the CDC is reporting that for the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.

 

In the meantime, the campus continues to operate normally. We are increasing sanitation throughout campus and educating the campus community on practices to help mitigate the spread of germs. We will continue to update the communication here as new information is learned about COVID-19.

 

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

October 5, 2020 - Federal HEERF / CARES Act Grant Reporting (updated Oct. 6, 2020)

  • As of October 5, 2020, 937 students have received $520.00 each; for a total of $487,240. To date, 22 eligible students have not set up the necessary means to receive their funds totaling $11,440.
  • The CARES Act Additional Funds application deadline for students was extended to August 15, 2020. To date, $98,400 has been given to 89 students. Two additional (last-minute application) students need to set up the necessary means to receive their funds totaling $2777.

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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