Health & Safety Alert

Coronavirus Updates

This resource page provides the latest updates on COVID-19 and any impact to the MNU campus. MNU's Emergency Operations Team meets regularly to implement our Emergency Operations Plan at levels appropriate to the situation, based on changing conditions. More information about COVID-19 is available on the CDC website at cdc.gov/covid19.

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 

Coronavirus FAQ

  • Financial Questions

    Contact Information:

    • Student Financial Services - financial aid (loans, grants, scholarships) - finaid@mnu.edu / 913.971.3298
    • Cashier's Office - account information, payment plans - studentaccounts@mnu.edu / 913.971.3504

    Will I get a room and board refund?

    • Room and board refunds will be prorated from the day residence halls were officially closed until the last official housing day of the semester. Refunds may vary for students, who could not return home, still remain on campus, or departed at various times. Refunds will be calculated for each student based on federal guidelines, student account status, financial aid requirements and other related factors. Refunds will be processed and issued after May 15, 2020.
  • Moving to Online Coursework & Changes to Semester

    All coursework will be online by March 30, 2020. Residents must move out of dorms by April 1, 2020. The Spring semester has been extended to May 15, 2020 to assist anyone having difficulty. 

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


    Do I need a doctor’s note to return to campus if I’ve been sick?

    • Yes, anyone who has been sick must return to campus with a doctor’s note clearing them. Students should give doctor’s notes to Academic Affairs; MNU employees to HR.

    What If I need a place to live and cannot move out of the dorms?

    • If you are experiencing personal hardship, financial hardship, or have employment that would require you to remain in the residence halls after April 1, please complete the online application, keeping in mind that approval is not guaranteed. 

    Due to the Coronavirus emergency I’m working 7 days a week.  I need to postpone my education until this settles down.  What should I do?

    • We want to work with you to achieve your academic goals while also being sensitive to your current situation.  Our institution has many options including “in progress” status which allows us to extend class time as “life” requires.  We need to determine all your options. Traditional students should contact their advisor. SPGS students should contact Vicki Troyer at vtroyer@mnu.edu or 913-971-3806.

    Why Supersize the Semester

    I am wondering why the school year is able to be extended 2 extra weeks when we only missed one week of class, and some professors are doing homework online during the second week of spring break. 

    • Please always feel free to contact us with any questions. The federal government requires we have 30 weeks to our semester.  With the additional spring break week, we had to add one week as you noted below. However, we are anticipating students and faculty may become sick and have difficulty completing the semester within the timeframe we have. For this reason, an additional week was added to safeguard against falling below the 30 week mark for any reason. I hope this helps.

      Thank you for your patience during this difficult time. 


    Senior Comps

    How will we handle Senior Comps?

    • We will work with all students who still have to take senior comprehensive exams—we will either waive the exam or offer it remotely.  Please be watching for information from your academic advisor and/or department chair as they are creating plans to meet your needs.

    Can Faculty Come on Campus?

    • Faculty may not be on campus.  If there are extenuating circumstances faculty must call campus safety to get into a space.  Any unresolvable tech issues should be routed to IT and an appointment made. 

    Is the MNU Student Counseling Center still seeing students?

    • We are seeing students who were already set up in our system IF you reside in Kansas. If you don’t, then contact your MNU intern/counselor and discuss options. For support, you can also contact Elizabeth Diddle, director, at 913-544-7520 or wellness@mnu.edu.
  • International Students

    Will there be changes to my VISA if MNU goes to online classes?

    • Students will be allowed to continue their program whether they stay in the U.S. or if they go home to their country if we go online. Visit this site for the most recent information for F-1 students, https://www.ice.gov/covid19 and click on “nonimmigrant students.”

    What paperwork do I need if I decide to return to my home country?

    • You must make sure you have a valid signature on your I-20 form. The signature is good for one year. If the form was signed prior to August 2019, please have Jazmine Cabello-Parra, Undergraduate DSO for International Students sign it before you leave the U.S. Her phone number is 913.971.3779.
  • Commencement

    August 1, 2020, Commencement Ceremony Now Canceled.

    • Excerpt from President Spittal's letter sent to graduates, dated July 1, 2020 reads:
    • Unfortunately, a recent executive order issued by the Governor of Kansas to pull back on reopening requirements and with a rapid national increase in COVID-19 cases, the health and safety risks involved with commencement gathering of this size has increased rather than decreased as we had hoped. It is with heavy hearts and based on these complex issues, I want to inform you that the university has decided to cancel the August 1 commencement in the interest of the health and safety of all who would be involved in that day. Our primary responsibility is to do all we can to protect the health and safety of our faculty, staff and graduates and under the circumstances, this is the prudent decision.  
    • MNU Commencement Ceremonies are now 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. 

    Commencement Ceremonies Postponed

    • The decision was made to postpone commencement due to the stay-at-home order and restriction on events with an attendance of more than 10 people. The University administration is considering options for holding a commencement ceremony and will notify graduates as soon as a decision is made regarding this event.


    Has graduation been moved to April 1?

    • No. We apologize for any confusion caused by previous communication. Grad Finale (April 1) is when you pick up your gowns, order rings or announcements, etc. and receive directions on what to expect from graduation. 

      Graduation or commencement is the actual ceremony on May 2, 2020. A decision regarding commencement is to be determined.

  • Parents Asking about Students Getting Back to Campus

    What if my student gets stopped on his/her way back to campus after the second week of spring break and we have no family in the area to help him/her?

    • We will help your student navigate his/her way either back home or to the university. This may require additional cost on the part of the family, but we will not allow your student to be “stranded” in an unfamiliar area, in limbo as they try to return to campus.

    What if my student is at home and the university opens but our area is quarantined, and my student can’t get back to campus or is sick and can’t return?

    • We will not allow any student’s academic standing or progress to be adversely impacted by this virus or how we respond to it. Our technology allows us to broadcast or record live class sessions, move content to an online learning environment, and when necessary, extend the semester or grant “in progress” as needed. Please keep the student’s academic advisor aware of the situation.  Send communications as things develop. Reach out and let us work with you on a plan to meet your child’s needs. 
  • Mabee Learning Commons/Library FAQs

    The libguide linked below has all the processes for this situation from the Learning Commons and Library.

    https://libguides.mnu.edu/c.php?g=79619v

  • Residence Halls Information

    Residents and families,

    You may have questions regarding residential operations and what the next several weeks will look like, so we have compiled a list of common questions and their answers. Of course, if you have concerns that are not addressed here, you may contact the appropriate RE or the office of Student Development (913.971.3297) for information.


    Can I leave my car on campus over the summer?

    • Yes, you may leave your vehicle on campus over the summer. You should notify Campus Safety and park your vehicle between Land Gym and Dobson.

    Is the cafeteria going to be open?

    • Yes. The cafeteria will be resuming take-out only meal service beginning Monday, March 23.
    • Breakfast hours: 8:00 a.m.—9:00 a.m. (Breakfast will not be served on Saturdays)
    • Lunch hours: 11:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.
    • Dinner hours: 5:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.

    Will I be receiving a refund for school or housing?

    • The institution’s approach to refunds will be informed by government decisions related, but not limited to, federal financial aid and FEMA emergency relief funds. Please allow several weeks for the institution to provide guidance on these issues.

    How do I sign up for housing for the 2020-2021 school year?

    • The Residential Life office will post housing applications online and will send an e-mail to all students when this is available.

    Can I store furniture or personal items on campus during the summer?

    • No. For residents who are unable to remove their belongings and check out of the residence halls before Wednesday, April 1, contact your RE to discuss other arrangements.

    What if I can’t remove my belongings from the dorm during the dates that I’m assigned to?

    • In order to limit the number of people in each building, we highly encourage everyone to do their best to adhere to the schedule suggested by MNU. We understand that this schedule may be impossible to coordinate with your or your family’s availability. If this is the case, we are willing to work with what is best for you.

      Application for on-campus housing extension


    Self-Checkout Checklist (posted in residence halls) 

    • ID cards are active—contact your RE if your card is having problems
    • Read and follow instructions printed on the express checkout envelope
    • Completely remove all personal items from your dorm room
    • Follow diagram or available instruction for replacing furniture in your room and/or suite
    • Make sure you have thoroughly cleaned and taken trash to the dumpster outside your building
    • When you are certain that you’ve removed all personal belongings, lock bedroom and main suite/apt door, if applicable
    • Place your key in the checkout envelope and leave it in the box in your building’s lobby
       
  • Academic Success Center

    How can I contact the Academic Success Center?

    • You can call us at 913-971-3387 or email us at asc@mnu.edu.

    How can I submit a paper for review?

    • Submit your paper as a word attachment with the assignment instructions and rubric to asc@mnu.edu.  Papers are reviewed by writing tutors and returned with feedback within 24 hours.

    What hours will tutoring be available?

    • MNU tutors will be available for Zoom meetings by appointment.

    How can I schedule an appointment with an MNU tutor?

    • You may schedule a Zoom meeting or submit your questions to a tutor by emailing asc@mnu.edu. Questions will be answered within 2 hours. Please allow 8 hours for an appointment booking.

    Are there other online tutoring options?

    • Smarthinking is our tutoring vendor available 24/7 through the student portal. These are non-MNU tutors.

    How can I take TEAS, Accuplacer, CLEP or DSST tests?


    How can I submit a resume for review?

    • Submit your resume as a word attachment to asc@mnu.edu. Resumes are reviewed and returned within 48 hours.

    Where can I find an off-campus job opportunity?

    • On the MNU portal, click on the ‘College Central Online Job Board’ icon. From there, you can activate or login to your account using your MNU email and begin searching through job listings. We will continue to post jobs throughout the semester. Email asc@mnu.edu with any questions you may have about College Central Network.

    How do I request accommodations?

    • Email asc@mnu.edu to request accommodations. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities. 

      The purpose of these laws is to remove barriers that prevent qualified individuals with disabilities from enjoying the same opportunities available to persons without disabilities. A student requesting an accommodation based on a disability must have a disability covered by law and be qualified with or without reasonable accommodation.  At the postsecondary level, students are required to self-identify and affirmatively make a request for an accommodation.  The University is only obligated to provide reasonable accommodations, and it is not required to fundamentally alter its programs to accommodate a student.  Thus, not all accommodation requests will necessarily be granted.

     

  • Registrar's Office

    Registration for Traditional Students

    • Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 registration for traditional undergraduate students is rescheduled to begin on April 6 with the following schedule.
    1. Seniors – April 6
    2. Juniors – April 8
    3. Sophomores – April 10
    4. Freshmen – April 12

    Course Offerings are available in SSB and registration information will be sent to advisors and students at their MNU email.


    Registration for School of Nursing and School of Professional and Graduate Studies

    • Students enrolled in the School of Nursing and School of Professional and Graduate Studies will be registered for courses through normal processes either online through SSB or by departments working with the Registrar’s Office.

    Ordering Transcripts

    • Transcripts will be available only through our online ordering service https://www.mnu.edu/resources/registrar/request-transcripts and will have an estimated processing time of seven to ten business days depending on mail services. In-office pick-up and Express Mail options are suspended until further notice. Please note transcripts cannot be released if there are outstanding holds on the student account.

    Daily Operations

    • Any forms or certifications needing processing can be sent to registrar@mnu.edu and we will respond as necessary and in the order they are received. Any emails need to be sent through secure @mnu.edu email accounts.
    • Any requests for updates to student records can be submitted to registrar@mnu.edu for processing and will be routed to the appropriate staff member.

    Traditional Students Withdrawing from a Class or College

    • The last date to drop a traditional class or withdraw from college is May 8, 2020 for the Spring semester. A grade of “W” for withdrawn will be recorded for the traditional student. The traditional refund schedule for the semester remains the same.

      WITHDRAWING FROM A CLASS: Traditional students wishing to drop a class should submit their withdrawal information to registrar@mnu.edu from their secure @mnu.edu email address. Include in the email the following information: M#, Student’s Name, Class to be dropped – CRN, Subject (for example - PSYC, BLIT, ACCT) and Class No (for example 1203 or 4883 or 3903). Include as much information as possible. Review your class schedule in SSB to make sure the correct withdrawal was processed. FOR FRESHMEN – withdrawals will be forwarded to your advisor for approval before processed by the Registrar.

      WITHDRAWING FROM COLLEGE: Traditional students wishing to withdrawal from college should contact Dennis Troyer, dtroyer@mnu.edu, who will help you with the process of withdrawing from college.

      NOTE: The School of Professional and Graduate Studies withdrawal and refund schedule for the semester remains the same.


    Degree Awarding

    • Degrees take approximately 6-8 weeks to award after final grades are posted and all degree requirements have been met. Once a degree has been awarded it will show immediately on the academic transcript. Diplomas are mailed approximately 6-8 weeks after a degree is awarded and are mailed to the address provided on the graduation application. Please note, diplomas and transcripts cannot be released if there are outstanding holds on the student account.

    I’m applying to (graduate school, take my professional industry-specific test, such as NCLEX, CPA, etc.). The process requires the MNU official seal on the application/document. How can I get that completed? Is there a charge for this service?

    1. If you are able to scan and email us a copy of your completed form to registrar@mnu.edu (the information on the form needs to be complete so we can verify its accuracy prior to providing the MNU seal), we can apply an electronic seal on the form and send it back to you electronically.
    2. If the form needs to be hard-copy original, you can send us the completed form via postal mail (we are gathering and processing mail within 7-10 business days) and we can verify the information and provide the seal. We can then either return the paperwork to you, or if you prefer, send directly to the recipient if you provide the correct address and contact information. Be sure to specify where you want the paperwork sent after we have completed the seal process.
    3. There is no charge for either service.
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We are assembling messages from MNU leaders to offer words of hope and support during this challenging time. We will continue to add more videos. 

 

More Questions? 

Check the FAQ's first, but if you have a question that is not addressed, see this list of contacts -

  • 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

 

Practice daily preventative care:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment

 

What to Do If You Become Ill

Any member of our community suspecting they have contracted influenza or COVID-19 should stay home. Residential students should contact their resident assistant to inform them of their condition. 

MNU students, faculty and staff should call their health care provider immediately for care.

Counseling and Community

Some members of our campus community may be directly affected by the virus without themselves being sick. The news, and especially the uncertainty, can feel scary. Some also have concerns regarding family members and friends in other areas who are sick, or who are at increased risk. If you feel distressed in any way, we want to help. Students may contact The Student Wellness Center at wellness@mnu.edu. Employees can utilize the Employee Assistance Program by contacting 816-237-2352, 800-624-5544 or ndbh.com.

Other Resources

Center for Disease Control: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
Kansas: http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm
Johnson County: https://www.jocogov.org/health

Campus Safety
MidAmerica Nazarene University Land Gym
2030 E. College Way

Campus Safety can be contacted 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by dialing 3299 from any campus phone or by dialing (913) 971-3299 from any other phone.

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