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Keep Our Campus Healthy

MNU partners with these organizations to ensure this plan meets current best practices for public health: Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, Olathe Health Systems, NAIA, State of Kansas. Following the requirements is a responsibility we all share! This page is amended as information and guidelines surrounding COVID-19 develop.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the dorms open?

Students will be free to return to campus housing beginning at 6 p.m. on August 20. Athletes may be required to move in earlier and will receive that information from the Athletics Department. 

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
  • School of Professional and Graduate Studies admissions is available at 913.971.3800 or

Are masks required on campus?

If you are not vaccinated we ask that you wear a mask on campus. 

The following precautions remain in place:

  • 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 your hands.
  • Wear a mask in public if not vaccinated.
  • Stay home if you are ill.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue and throw it away.
  • Use social distancing as a precaution. If someone is coughing, move away from them 6 ft. or more.
  • Disinfect frequently-touched surfaces in your residence.

CampusClear Screening App Required

MNU is using CampusClear, an app that logs individual’s symptoms or lack of symptoms to clear them for campus activities. CampusClear is a free, non-invasive health tool. If you have symptoms, the app provides guidance on next steps. If you have no symptoms, you’ll get an All Clear message you can show to others when needed. 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

COVID Coordinator–if you have symptoms, contact 913-971-3545.

When can students move in for the semester?

  • Freshman move in will take place Friday, August 20 beginning at 6 p.m. All other students are free to move into their assigned housing through the rest of that weekend. 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. We ask students to remain vigilant and practice health and safety measures at all times.

Campus Events

Residential Life and ASG provide programming and outlets through which students—whether first-year, transfer, or returning students—can meet and build a community with their peers. This information is communicated directly to students through The MNU 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 setup have changed to reduce risk, including:
  • Controlled flow of traffic with signage and floor markings
  • Self-serve stations – Serving utensils will be changed every time an item is restocked.  In addition, all serving utensils will be replaced with clean utensils every 30 minutes.
  • 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
  • Continue and expand “Grab and Go” options
  • Online ordering options and delivery for individuals in quarantine status. 

Hygiene and Safety Protocols

  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Wear facemasks to cover nose and mouth if not vaccinated
  • 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) 
  • 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 asked to isolate off-campus if they live within 300 miles and follow the isolation protocol provided by the Covid Response Coordinator.

Campus Visitors

  • Visitors are allowed on campus. If they are not vaccinated they must wear a face mask covering nose and mouth.

Log your symptoms in the CampusClear app. If you are not cleared for campus, contact the COVID Coordinator at 913-971-4575. You will be directed 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.

Should you need to quarantine or isolate, you are asked to do so at your home (if you live within 300 miles of MNU). Cases of hardship in traveling home will be accommodated as space is available. Please have a plan in place prior to the start of the semester should you need to quarantine or isolate. Refunds for expenses related to this may be available and should be discussed with the Cashier’s Office at that time.

Absences from classes due to COVID-19 will be treated the same as any illness one may contract. Students missing class due to COVID-19 should work directly with their professors to access course content and make-up work.  

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.

Free testing

Olathe Health Urgent Care-Arbor Creek gives priority to MNU students if symptomatic. You will need to have health insurance for testing at Arbor Creek 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 MNU does not use it to determine shorter quarantine times.

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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