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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Updated Monday, September 28th at 11:30 a.m.

Midland announces changes to COVID-19 protocols

Like institutions across the nation, Midland University is working to navigate through COVID-19 as we have welcomed our students back to campus for the 2020 fall semester. We have been diligently working to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe and productive throughout this return, but we are aware there have been challenges along the way.

We have recently seen a slight rise in the number of positive COVID-19 cases on campus. While we don’t view these numbers as unusually high, it has raised enough concern for us that we are implementing several changes to help us manage the COVID-19 situation.

These changes are being made out of an abundance of caution as we work to keep our students safe, whether they live on or off-campus. 

  • We will be limiting the number of students in residence hall rooms. Total occupants in a residence hall room will not exceed the number of students living in that room. For example, in a residence hall where two students live in a room, the total number of students in that room should not exceed two.
  • Travel protocols for athletic teams will be updated. We will be looking at ways to ensure greater social distancing for our athletes when they travel. This could mean more modes of transportation to each event. Other potential changes could involve reducing overnight travel when possible, reducing travel roster sizes when possible, and limit to essential travel (conference games, conference or national qualifying events, national tournaments).
  • There will be increased testing, which can take place on campus. Student Health can now do COVID-19 testing through Test Nebraska, making the process more convenient for students. 

We will continue to take every necessary action to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep our campus safe.

Updated Friday, September 25th at 2:15 p.m.

As of Friday, September 25th, we are reporting 30 positive cases.

Our number this week is higher than in previous weeks. We understand this is a trend that is happening at many universities across our nation. We continue to work diligently to keep our students' health and safety as our top priority. On Monday, Midland University will be releasing a statement identifying some of the new protocols we are putting in place as we continue to navigate through COVID-19. Please visit Midlandu.edu for an update on our continued efforts to protect the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff.

Updated Friday, September 18th at 9:30 a.m.

As of Friday, September 18th, we are reporting 14 positive cases.

Midland University's athletic teams have returned and now it's time for Performing Arts to take the stage. In its first production in more than six months, Midland is presenting "Spotlight 2020: A Covid Story" for a series of shows this weekend. Performances will take place in Kimmel Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and capacity limits will be observed with no more than 71 attendees allowed. The event will also be livestreamed at https://boxcast.tv/channel/hbxux6akllaffplhv9rw.

Updated as of Friday, September 11th at 11:30 a.m.

As of Friday, September 11th, we are reporting 17 positive cases.

As we continue to navigate through COVID-19, Midland University hosted its first athletic events of the  2020-21 school year on September 5th as the Warrior volleyball team hosted a pair of matches at the Wikert Event Center. It was our first opportunity to utilize our online ticket system, which allows us to monitor our maximum amount of fans allowed at our venue. Midland is currently allowing 50% capacity for indoor events and 75% capacity at ourdoor facilities. We will be hosting our first football game of the season on September 12th at Heedum Field. While we are not permitting tailgating at our home facility, a drive-thru tailgate will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Anderson Parking lot.

Updated as of Friday, September 4th at 10:40 a.m.

Midland University will be providing a weekly update each Friday on the number of current positive COVID-19 cases on campus. This number will be updated each week with the most current information.

As of Friday, September 4th, we are reporting 5 positive cases.

We want to continue to remind students, faculty, and staff that everyone needs to do their part to help keep those around them safe. This entails wearing face coverings, continuing to practice, and making sure we are washing our hands and using the hand sanitizer provided throughout campus. With everyone's help, we can continue to make campus as safe as possible. Midland will continue to rely on guidance from local health officials as we move through the fall semester.

Updated as of Friday, August 28th at 11:30 a.m.

Midland University will be providing a weekly update each Friday on the number of current positive COVID-19 cases on campus. This number will be updated each week with the most current information.

As of Friday, August 28th, we are reporting 3 positive cases.

During this time of COVID-19, Midland University's top priority remains the health and safety of our entire Midland community. This is an exciting time as we welcome students back to campus and we want to provide those students with everything Midland has to offer. But most importantly, we want to be sure that we are doing this in a safe manner. We will continue to rely on guidance from local health officials as we move forward.

Updated as of Monday, August 10th at 4:30 p.m.

Midland University President Jody Horner provides an update on Midland's Return to Campus Plan.

Return to Campus Town Hall from Midland University on Vimeo.

Updated as of Wednesday, July 22 at 3:30 p.m.

Updated COVID-19 information for International Students can be found here:

Updated as of Friday, July 10 at 9:15 a.m.

Midland University President Jody Horner highlights Midland's plan to return for the 2020 fall semester:

Updated as of Friday, July 10 at 9:00 a.m.

Midland  announces return to campus plan for fall semester

Midland University has released its plan for students as they prepare to return for the 2020 fall semester. A detailed version of the plan can be found here:

Updated as of Monday, June 15, 2020 at 2:15 p.m.

Midland University announces changes to 2020-21 Academic Calendar

Midland University has finalized its plans to return to in-person instruction for undergraduate students on the Fremont campus for the fall 2020 semester. In an effort to limit travel and potential exposure to COVID-19, Midland has made several revisions to its 2020-21 academic calendar as it continues to prioritize the health and well-being of its students, faculty, and staff.

“We believe these changes will be beneficial for students as we move forward in our plan to have students on campus for in-person instruction this fall,” Midland University President Jody Horner said. “The new calendar gives us a great deal of flexibility in the event that the virus rebounds later in the semester.”

The start of the fall semester will remain unchanged with classes set to begin on Thursday, August 27th. Labor Day (Monday, September 7th) will be observed as a regular holiday with no classes that day. Fall Break, originally scheduled for October 22-23, will be canceled and classes will be in session those days. The final day of in-person classes for the fall semester will be Tuesday, November 24th and will be followed by a three-day break for Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 30th, will serve as a study day for students prior to finals, which will take place online from December 1-4. Interterm classes will begin on Monday, January 4th and are scheduled to take place in-person, but could be shifted to online instruction if necessary.

“We are committed to the safety of our students and will continue dialogue with our local health departments to determine the best course of action and be ready to make any necessary alterations to the schedule,” Horner said. “We are grateful for the support of everyone involved in this process and look forward to having everyone back on campus this fall.”

Schedules for graduate and professional studies classes at the Omaha location remain unchanged.

Updated as of Friday, May 1, 2020 at 4:45 p.m.

Midland University announces plans to reopen in Fall 

Midland University has announced plans to return to in-person classes for the fall 2020 semester.

“Our plans are to reopen and resume in-person classes and co-curricular activities as scheduled this fall,” Midland University President Jody Horner said in a letter to students. “The details around how we do this safely are being discussed and will be communicated at a later date. We will follow government and health department guidelines to help ensure the safety of our students.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Midland was at the national forefront in shifting to online instruction on March 9 and will continue in that capacity through the end of the spring semester.

Horner said she was pleased the way students, faculty, and staff pivoted so quickly in March to a new method of teaching and learning. “I’m proud of our community. I think we acted swiftly and made good decisions together,” she said. “The essence of who we are is exemplified by our residential and in-person community. We are better together.”

With three months of preparation time before students are scheduled to arrive for the fall semester, Midland leaders will be diligent in exploring various scenarios to allow for a smooth transition when students return to campus.

“We intend to do whatever it takes to come together safely in the fall,” Horner said. “We know this is a fluid situation and plans can change. All of our efforts from now through August will be focused on bringing everyone back safely together.”

Updated as of Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. CST

President Jody Horner hosts a virtual round table to catch up with students to see how things are going.

Updated as of Friday, April 17, 2020 at 7:45 p.m. CST

Midland University announces several opportunities for students to receive financial assistance. To learn more about the Student Refund and Financial Assitance Plan, click here.

Updated as of Friday, April 17 at 1:30 p.m. CST

Midland University has adopted a Pass, Pass Marginal, and No Credit grading system for the 2020 spring semester. To learn more about the new policy, please view this video from Susan Kruml, Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Updated as of Friday, March 20, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. CST

A message from Jody Horner, Midland University President, and Theo Blum, Midland University Student Senate President:

Updated as of  Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 6:38 p.m. CST

After careful consideration, Midland University has announced its plans to continue with online instruction through the remainder of the spring semester.

With the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation at the forefront of our nation, Midland is continuing to use an abundance of caution in making sure the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff is top priority. Through communication with our local health departments, we believe continuing with online instruction is the best course of action.

Spring Break will take place as previously scheduled from March 23-27. After Spring Break, beginning April 1, all spring semester classes will be held online. 

Midland will not be hosting the following student events on campus: Student Awards Banquet, Research Fair, Nursing Pinning Ceremony, and Commencement. Additional information regarding these events will be shared in the coming weeks. 


Updated as of Friday, March 13, 2020 at 3:48 p.m. CST

Questions? Visit our COVID-19 (coronavirus) Student FAQs


Updated as of Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 5:45 p.m. CST

Midland University announces plans to extend online teaching and learning through Sunday, April 5th. In-class sessions will resume on Monday, April 6th. Read letter from President Jody Horner for additional information:

Dear Midland family,

I want to thank everyone for their patience and flexibility during this difficult time. While our preference this week would have been to hold in-person classes, we have received positive response from both faculty and students concerning online classes and your ability to adjust to this schedule change has been a major component in making this transition go smoothly.

At this time there are no Midland University students who have a confirmed case of COVID-19 coronavirus. Additionally, there are no reported cases in the city of Fremont or Dodge County. We will continue to proceed through this time with an abundance of caution. As a result, our plan is to extend online teaching and learning through Sunday, April 5th. At this time, we are planning for in-class sessions to resume on Monday, April 6th. Spring Break will take place as previously scheduled from March 23rd through March 27th. Your health and safety are of the utmost priority and we continue to recommend social distancing when possible.

Midland University’s campus will be open during this time and will operate under normal business hours.

We will continue to monitor this situation closely as we remain in constant contact with local health departments. We realize this is a very fluid situation and is changing from day-to-day. We will continue to update anyone with any potential changes and will pass along additional information as it becomes available.

Thank you for all you do.

Jody Horner, President

See video message here: https://vimeo.com/397081065


Updated as of Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 3:07 p.m. CST

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority at Midland University. Our staff is closely monitoring the coronavirus COVID-19 and will continue to work with local agencies to ensure the safety of our campus.

While there have been NO REPORTED CASES OF CORONAVIRUS ON THE MIDLAND UNIVERSITY CAMPUS, we will remain committed to keeping our campus and community informed with the latest information and recommendations.

 

HEALTH TIPS

Prevention

There are several actions individuals can take to prevent the spread of potential viruses. 

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • 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.

 

SYMPTOMS

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: fever, cough, shortness of breath. 

 

The CDC has issued information regarding symptoms, prevention and treatment, as well as a number of other frequently asked questions and answers.

 

TRAVEL

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends avoiding non-essential travel to China, Italy, Iran, and South Korea. If you are planning on traveling internationally, visit the CDC website at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel for updated travel advisories and necessary precautions to stay safe and healthy during travels. Those who are planning to travel internationally should consult with their healthcare provider and let a Midland advisor or manager know. Three Rivers Public Health Department, which serves Dodge County, recommends not canceling school-related or school-sponsored domestic travels at this time.

 

RESOURCES

The Midland Student Health Department is in continuous communication with Three Rivers and is also receiving updated information from the Nebraska State Health Department and the CDC. Midland Student Health is available to consult students, faculty, and staff as needed. For additional information or questions, please contact Midland Student Health at 402-941-6450 or at studenthealth@midlandu.edu.

Other helpful resources include: