Healthy Campus

Spring 2021 - Stay Healthy On Campus 

These guidelines and protocol have been created with the health and safety of students and employees in mind. ALL visitors must use the CampusClear screening app to be cleared to be on campus. Go to your App Store on your smartphone 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). 

COVID Coordinator - if you have symptoms, please contact Lyndi Fuemmeler at 913-971-3388. 

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 and COVID Response Coordinator

    Students and employees must download a free personal CampusClear mobile reporting app. The mobile app requires daily self reporting. It provides daily screening and clearance to come to campus and attend classes. Students with symptoms must report them to MNU's COVID Response Coordinator* at 913-971-3388 and receive step-by-step guidance.

    Testing

    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 provides free testing for students without a primary care physician. Testing options in Johnson County, Kansas. https://www.jocogov.org/schedule-covid-19-test;  Kansas City area testing events; State of Kansas testing information

    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 in quarantine or isolation are provided 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.
    • Additional cleaning, sanitation, and social distancing measures are 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 care for students who are quarantined or isolated 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.

     

    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.

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

    COVID Coordinator - if you have symptoms, please contact Lyndi Fuemmeler at 913-971-3388. 

  • 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 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 modifications for continued instruction.

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

    COVID Coordinator - if you have symptoms, please contact Lyndi Fuemmeler at 913-971-3388. 

  • Athletics

    Healthy Athletics is important to MNUAt the present time the university plans to continue to welcome a limited number of 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. Visit mnusports.com for more information.

    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. Postponements and rescheduled competition should be expected.

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

    COVID Coordinator - if you have symptoms, please contact Lyndi Fuemmeler at 913-971-3388. 

  • 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.

    The state of Kansas maintains a list of locations from which it requires quarantine when returning to Kansas. The list is available at https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/175/Travel-Exposure-Related-Isolation-Quaran.

    Contact the COVID Coordinator - if you have symptoms, please contact Lyndi Fuemmeler at 913-971-3388. 

  • 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 are not allowed to rent space on campus until further notice.

    Chapel expectations as required for traditional students will be updated as needed. Livestreams are held when in-person gatherings are not advisable.

    For more information visit www.mnuspirituallife.com. Small groups and other virtual spiritual life opportunities will be provided throughout the semester.

Coronavirus Updates

MNU Students, Faculty and Staff,

I want to express my appreciation to the entire MNU community for your diligence and cooperation during this unique and challenging semester. God has blessed us in many ways and despite several unexpected issues and distractions, your patience, commitment, and care for one another is further evidence of a community that listens, learns, serves and grows together. 

To minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, all traditional undergraduate classes will convert from face-to-face instruction to an online virtual format following the Thanksgiving Break. All remaining traditional undergraduate classes, projects and semester exams will be conducted online. 

Students enrolled in online or campus-based Professional or Graduate Studies programs will continue to follow their adopted schedule of classes for the Fall and Spring term unless notified otherwise by university officials.  

Although most traditional students will likely choose not to return to campus after the break, all residence halls will remain open for students and meal service will be provided for those who return following Thanksgiving break. No meal services will be provided during the Thanksgiving break. 

Please note the following:  

•    All resident traditional students must complete an online survey (issued by Residential Life) by November 11 to confirm whether they plan to check out of residence halls prior to Thanksgiving or plan to return to their campus residence for the remainder of the semester. For those students who check out prior to Thanksgiving, ID meal plan access will be deactivated as of the check-out date and any refunds or credits will be calculated accordingly.   

•    Due to uncertainty regarding the pandemic and future requirements, resident students should plan to take computers, technology, books, clothing and essentials home with them at Thanksgiving or if continuing to reside on campus, prior to Christmas break. 

•    Resident students with a weekly 19 meal plan and who choose to check-out prior to the Thanksgiving break may be eligible for a pro-rated refund applied to their Fall 2020 account or applied as a credit to their account for the Spring 2021 semester.  All refunds will be calculated individually based on their check-out date, the status of the student’s account and eligibility. There will be no refunds for the 90 meal plan as it can be fully utilized prior to Thanksgiving; and may still be used after Thanksgiving by students who chose to remain in residence.  

•    University offices, facilities and services will remain open following Thanksgiving break and Resident Educators, selected RAs and Campus Security will be on duty until the Christmas break beginning at noon on December 17, 2020. COVID-19 safety policies will remain in affect with masks and social distancing required.  

•    Due to rescheduling the Fall 2020 athletic season and the beginning of winter athletics and competitions, it may be necessary for some athletes to return to campus after Thanksgiving. The athletic department will provide specific instructions for specific athletes who need to return after Thanksgiving or arrive early for the spring semester.    

•    Residence halls, meal services and campus facilities will remain available and staffed for those who choose to remain on campus until Christmas break which begins at noon on December 17. Residence halls will reopen at noon on January 10, 2021. Service and office hours for some facilities may be modified following Thanksgiving break. 

•    All traditional students who return to campus following Thanksgiving break must confirm they have made arrangements to return home if they test positive for COVID-19 and require isolation. Students with quarantine requirements extending beyond noon December 17 must confirm their plans to return home or complete quarantine off campus when residence halls close for Christmas break. 

•    Anyone traveling out of the Kansas City area for any reason should remember to check the State of Kansas Quarantine List at https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/175/Travel-Exposure-Related-Isolation-Quaran for locations requiring quarantine upon return to Kansas. 

•    Spring semester for traditional students begins January 12, 2021 with registration on January 11. 

•    Spring Break for traditional students has been rescheduled to coincide with Easter Break March 29 to April 5, 2021. SPGS students will follow their adopted class schedule unless notified otherwise. The remainder of the spring semester will otherwise follow the adopted calendar with Commencement scheduled for Saturday, May 8, 2021. 
 
Thank you again for your cooperation and support as we work together to remain on campus and pursue the goals we have established for the year. We can do this with God’s help and our combined efforts to be a community of faith and action in our world. 

Sincerely, 
 
David J. Spittal 
President 

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 finaid@mnu.edu 913.971.3298

 

Spring 2021 Schedule

Traditional on-campus classes begin January 12, 2021

Move-in dates: Traditional Students

  • Athletes for spring semester sports should contact their coaches for move-in dates.
  • Residence halls open January 10 at noon.
  • 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. 
  • Residential Life will contact students via email regarding move-in schedules  Questions regarding move-in? Contact Residential Life Director Devon Brown at 913-971-3544 or dcbrown@mnu.edu.

Traditional Academic Calendar Adjusted - Spring 2021

January 12 - Classes Begin 
January 18 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No Classes) 
January 19 - Enrollment Ends 
March 29-April 5 - Easter and Spring Break (No Classes) 
May 4 - Classes End
May 5-7 - Final Examinations 
May 8 - Commencement

By adjusting the academic calendar to combine spring break and Easter break, 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

March 31, 2021 HEERF Update

MNU has awarded a total of $437,250.00 for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) grants. Stage 1 of the HEERF II grants were awarded to students with exceptional need based on the 2020-2021 FAFSA.

For the initial round of awards, students with an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of $0-$200 were given the opportunity to complete an application. Students had to explain how they have been impacted by COVID-19 to be eligible to receive funding. 

Stage 2 was for students enrolled in the Spring Semester, who filed a FAFSA with an EFC of $5,711 or less. They were given a $500 base payment amount. These students were all given the opportunity to apply for additional funds based on COVID-related expenses they have incurred. 
 

March 17, 2021 HEERF Update

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act: (CRRSAA) was signed into law on December 27, 2020, which gave the U.S. Department of Education funds to distribute to institutions of higher education through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II). MidAmerica Nazarene University received $599,857.00 on February 22, 2021 to distribute to students to help with emergency expenses due to COVID-19. 

MNU will begin awarding Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) grants starting March 17, 2021. Stage 1 of the HEERF II grants will be awarded to students with exceptional need based on the 2020-2021 FAFSA. For the initial round of awards, students with an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of $0-$200 will be given the opportunity to complete the application. Students must explain how they have been impacted by COVID-19 to be eligible to receive funding. 

Students may use the grants toward:

  • any component of their cost of attendance
  • emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as:
  1. tuition
  2. food
  3. housing
  4. health care (including mental)
  5. child care

If funds are still available after the first round of awards, another round of students will be invited to apply based on their EFC. 

January 21, 2021 Correction to January 11, 2021 HEERF Update

  • As of December 31, 2020, 999 students have received grants ranging from $250.00 to $2,020.00  for a total of $599,897 exceeding the student portion of $599,857 by $40.00. The first statement erroneously included payments that were returned by ACH.

         The IRS has an FAQ page that may address student questions about the HEERF grant they received: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/faqs-higher-education-emergency-relief-fund-and-emergency-financial-aid-grants-under-the-cares-act

January 11, 2021 HEERF Update

  • As of December 31, 2020, 997 students have received grants ranging from $250.00 to $2,020; for a total of $602,497.00, exceeding the $599,857.00  by $2,640.00.  The excess funds will be paid by other COVID relief funds received.

October 27, 2020 - HEERF Final Report Institution Portion (updated Oct. 27, 2020)

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

  • 2021 Spring and Easter Break

    When will the dorms re-open for Spring semester?

    Students will be free to return to campus housing beginning at noon on Sunday, January 10, 2021. 

    Can I return early for Spring semester?

    Only those students who have been previously approved to return early may do so. Exceptions for returning early include participation in an in-season athletic program; academic responsibilities such as student teaching, nursing clinicals, etc.; or other extenuating circumstance.

    Why do I need to indicate my plans for this semester?

    Given the unpredictable effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our campus, we understand that many of our students and their families will make atypical choices regarding campus housing. Because this is the case, we will need to gather as much information as we can to know how to prepare for those who remain on campus. This will include possible dorm events, meal preparation, and building management concerns. 

    What do I do if I plan to live off-campus beginning in the Spring semester?

    You will need to complete and submit an off-campus housing petition prior to December 1 to be considered for approval to live off campus. This petition must be submitted to the Director of Residential Life in the Student Development office.

    What will happen if I return to campus after Christmas break and I’ve spent time in a state that’s on Kansas’ restricted travel list?

    If you discover that your travel destination is on Kansas’ restricted travel list, contact Lyndi Fuemmeler at 913.971.3388. You may be required to quarantine for a two-week period, and she will let you know what that looks like when you return to campus.
     

  • Admissions

    Can I visit campus if I am a prospective student?

    • Please contact the Admissions Office for arrangements to visit virtually or 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.
  • In-person guidelines on campus

    Are masks required on campus?

    Yes. 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 Required

    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 smartphone 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. 

    COVID Coordinator--if you have symptoms, contact Lyndi Fuemmeler at 913-971-3388 or 

  • Residential Information

    When can students move in for the spring 2021 semester?

    • On Sunday, January 10, 2021, residence halls will open at noon. Athletes that are required to move in before then will receive communication and details from the Athletic Department.

    Residence Hall Occupancy and Protocols

    • Residence halls will operate at close to normal capacity. A limited number of single rooms may be 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 provide programming and outlets through which students—whether first-year, transfer, or returning students—can meet and build a community with fellow students. This information is communicated directly to students through the Guidebook app. Ask your RA for more information or contact Student Development at 913-971-3297.

    Cleaning Protocols

    • MNU has implemented a high level of cleaning which includes electrostatic sanitation machines. 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 have changed to reduce risk, including:
    • Controlled flow of traffic with signage and floor markings
    • Conversion of all stations to employee-serve stations and limiting self-service to fountain drinks (with frequent cleaning and sanitizing)
    • Disposable to-go containers available
    • Hand sanitizer stations at entrances of all dining venues
    • Trained staff on heightened sanitizing procedures and hygiene requirements including extra handwashing, mask and glove usage, and temperature checks
    • Reduced seating in the dining hall and offering additional “grab and go” options

    Hygiene and Safety Protocols

    • Students are 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.
    • Students that test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate off-campus if they live within 250 miles and follow the isolation protocol provided by the Covid Response Coordinator.

    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 to use the CampusClear mobile app (see above) and 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.
  • What should I do if I feel ill?

    Log your symptoms in the CampusClear app. If you are not cleared for campus, contact the COVID Coordinator, Lyndi Fuemmeler immediately at 913-971-3388. She will direct you on next steps and contact professors and residential life (if needed) on your behalf. You should also be in contact with your professors and notify those you live with.

    If quarantine or isolation is necessary, MNU suggests students who live within 250 miles of campus should quarantine or isolate at home. However, spaces are provided for quarantine and isolation as needed. Food is delivered by residential life staff and alternate modalities of education are coordinated with the student.

    Parents, please remember that in order to share information about your student with you, MNU must have a signed release on file from your student if they are 18 or older.

  • How Can I Get Tested for COVID-19?

    Free testing

    Olathe Health Urgent Care-Arbor Creek gives priority to MNU students if symptomatic. You will need to have health insurance and may incur a cost for the test.

    Types of Tests

    PCR testing is the most accurate and is required for the shortened quarantine guidelines in place in Kansas.

    Rapid testing is less accurate and while it can be helpful, it is not used to determine shorter quarantine times at MNU.

  • Release of Protected Information About Students Over 18

    Parents, please remember that in order to share information about your student with you, MNU must have a signed release on file from your student if they are 18 or older. Students may contact Student Development or their resident educator to obtain the form.

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