COVID-19 Campus Updates
Midland prepares for return to in-person classes
Updated Thursday, January 14th at 2:00 p.m.
Thanks to the diligent efforts of students, faculty, and staff, Midland University was able to successfully navigate through a challenging fall semester. The opportunity to continue with and participate in student life activities and events, residential living, in-person classes, and extracurricular activities gave Midland students a sliver of normalcy in an otherwise abnormal and unprecedented time. Midland is currently hosting interterm classes virtually but is ready to welcome students back to campus for the spring semester. Midland is planning to return to in-person classes on the Fremont campus when the spring semester begins on Thursday, January 28th. Classes will be offered in person, with hybrid and online learning options under certain circumstances.
“Coming together in residence and community is a hallmark of the Midland experience, to which we remain deeply committed,” Midland University President Jody Horner said. “We are better together, and we are looking forward to a great spring semester.”
In its continuing efforts to work through the COVID-19 pandemic, Midland has altered its spring schedule to work towards a safe and successful semester. There will not be a spring break for students this semester. This was a difficult decision to make, but it will allow the university to end the semester a week earlier than usual. The final day of regular classes will be Friday, May 7th, and final exams will take place May 10-13. Students will receive an Easter break, which will feature no classes on Friday, April 2nd, and Monday, April 5th.
Midland University plans for Interterm classes to be held virtually.
Updated Friday, December 11th at 9:30 a.m.
Midland University has decided to hold classes virtually during Interterm from January 4th-22nd, 2021. Classes will not be held in-person until the beginning of the spring semester on January 28th, 2021.
“After much discussion, we believe this is the best decision for our campus as we work to provide a safe environment for our students,” Merritt Nelson, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing, said. “We have been in constant contact with local leaders and health departments and believe this is the best course of action in our continuing efforts to keep our community safe.”
Nelson added that faculty and staff members will continue working to formulate a plan to allow for a safe return to campus on January 28th and will communicate that plan to students on an individual basis.
“Our top priority has been, and will continue to be, the health and well-being of our students,” Nelson said. “We will continue to examine and explore every possibility to help ensure a safe campus.”
On Friday, November 20th, we are reporting 12 positive cases
Updated Friday, November 20th at 10:15 a.m.
Today is the final day of in-person classes at Midland. Classes will be held online November 23rd-24th prior to Thanksgiving break. Final exams will take place online from December 1st-4th and will be followed by the holiday break. Those students taking an Interterm class will return to campus for the start of Interterm on January 4, 2021. We want all students to have a safe and happy break for Thanksgiving before preparing for final exams. A reminder to everyone to continue making good decisions regarding social distancing, wearing a mask, and practicing good hygiene. This will be our final COVID-19 update on positive cases for 2020. We will resume reporting positive cases in January 2021. Thank you all, and stay safe!
Thursday, November 19th Update
Updated Thursday, November 19th at 10:00 a.m.
As a result of Nebraska’s new Directed Health Measures (DHM), Midland University has made the difficult decision to cancel the December 11th Commencement Ceremony. The new DHMs significantly reduce the number of people who can come together for gatherings, and with the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Nebraska, it was a decision the university had to make. For any questions graduates may have, contact Shalena Findlay at email@example.com.
On Friday, November 13th, we are reporting 33 positive cases.
Updated Friday, November 13th at 10:45 a.m.
As the number of cases continues to rise in the Fremont community, we must continue to be diligent in our efforts to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus. We are taking the necessary steps to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe during this time. Midland University will be holding classes online Monday, November 23rd, and Tuesday, November 24th, prior to Thanksgiving break. We ask that everyone continues to make good decisions regarding wearing a mask, social distancing, and practicing good hygiene.
On Friday, November 6th, we are reporting 13 positive cases.
Updated Friday, November 6th at 9:00 a.m.
We want to remind everyone to continue doing their part in keeping campus as safe as possible as we approach the fall semester’s final weeks. For any questions about COVID-19 in the Fremont community, please visit Three Rivers Health Department.
On Friday, October 30th, we are reporting 8 positive cases.
Because of our students, faculty, and staff’s efforts, we have been able to keep our number of positive cases low over the past several weeks. But now is not the time to let our guard down as Dodge Country was recently moved into the orange (or high) level on the COVID-19 risk dial by Three Rivers Health Department. Whether on or off-campus, we must continue to wear masks, social distance when possible, and practice good hygiene to keep our numbers low at Midland. Thank you to everyone involved who has worked diligently to keep our campus as safe as possible.
On Friday, October 23rd, we are reporting 2 positive cases.
Updated Monday, October 26th at 11:00 a.m.
As we prepare for the final month of our fall semester, we want to take this opportunity to remind everyone that the last day of regular classes is Tuesday, November 24th, prior to Thanksgiving break. In-person classes will not be held following Thanksgiving break, and final exams will take place online December 1st-4th. Again, we want to recognize the efforts of everyone who has worked hard to make this a safe and successful semester.
On Friday, October 16th, we are reporting 2 positive cases.
Updated Friday, October 16th at 10:30 a.m.
We are nearly two months into the fall semester, and Midland University continues to be diligent in helping mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We applaud the efforts of students, faculty, and staff as we continue to navigate through this pandemic, and we thank them for their willingness to do what is necessary. We want to remind everyone that wearing masks, social distancing when possible, practicing good hygiene, and monitoring your health are critical factors we must consider every day. Three Rivers Health Department is a great resource to learn more about the impact of COVID-19 in the Fremont community. To find out more about preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other health measures, visit the Center for Disease Control.
On Friday, October 9th, we are reporting 5 positive cases.
Updated Friday, October 9th at 9:45 a.m.
It’s Homecoming weekend, and although we have had to find new ways to celebrate this year due to COVID-19, we are grateful for all of the alumni who play a major role in making Midland University the special place it is. It is a reminder that even though things may have a different look and feel in 2020, the Warrior spirit will endure! We are looking forward to bringing back all of our regularly scheduled events for Homecoming 2021! Click Here for a list of 2020 Homecoming events.
On Friday, October 2nd, we are reporting 13 positive cases.
Updated Friday, October 2nd at 11:30 a.m.
It is encouraging to see the number of positive cases cut by more than half from our previous total of 30, but we realize this will continue to be a fluid situation. We recently unveiled some changes to our current COVID-19 plan as we continue to do our part to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to the best of our ability.
Midland announces changes to COVID-19 protocols
Updated Monday, September 28th at 11:30 a.m.
As 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.
On Friday, September 25th, we are reporting 30 positive cases.
Updated Friday, September 25th at 2:15 p.m.
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 updates on our continued efforts to protect the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff.
On Friday, September 18th, we are reporting 14 positive cases.
Updated Friday, September 18th at 9:30 a.m.
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 presents “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 live-streamed at https://boxcast.tv/channel/hbxux6akllaffplhv9rw.
On Friday, September 11th, we are reporting 17 positive cases.
Updated Friday, September 11th at 11:30 a.m.
As we continue to navigate through COVID-19, Midland University held 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 permitted at our venue. Midland is currently allowing 50% capacity for indoor events and 75% capacity at outdoor 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 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.
On 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, practicing social distancing, 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 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.
On Friday, August 28th, we are reporting 3 positive cases.
During this time of COVID-19, the health and safety of the entire Midland community remain our top priority. 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.
Midland University President Jody Horner provides an update on Midland’s Return to Campus Plan.
Updated Monday, August 10th at 4:30 p.m.
Updated Wednesday, July 22 at 3:30 p.m.
Updated COVID-19 information for International Students can be found here:
Updated Friday, July 10 at 9:15 a.m.
Midland University President Jody Horner highlights Midland’s plan to return for the 2020 fall semester.
Midland announces return to campus plan for the fall semester
Updated Friday, July 10 at 9:00 a.m.
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:
Midland University announces changes to the 2020-21 Academic Calendar
Updated Monday, June 15 at 2:15 p.m.
Midland University has finalized its plans to return to in-person instruction for undergraduate students on the Fremont campus for the fall 2020 semester. 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, 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.
Midland University announces plans to reopen in Fall
Updated Friday, May 1 at 4:45 p.m.
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 with 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 Wednesday, April 22 at 12:00 p.m. CST
President Jody Horner hosts a virtual round table to catch up with students and see how things are going.
Updated Friday, April 17 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 Assistance Plan, click here.
Updated 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 Friday, March 20 at 5:30 p.m. CST
A video message from Jody Horner, Midland University President, and Theo Blum, Midland University Student Senate President:
Updated Tuesday, March 17 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 to ensure the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff is the 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 Friday, March 13 at 3:48 p.m. CST
Questions? Visit our COVID-19 (coronavirus) Student FAQs
Updated Wednesday, March 11 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 a 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 regular 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 Saturday, March 7 at 3:07 p.m. CST
The health and safety of students, faculty, and staff is our top priority at Midland University. Our staff is closely monitoring the coronavirus 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 remain committed to keeping our campus and community informed with the latest information and recommendations.
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.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: fever, cough, shortness of breath.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends avoiding non-essential travel to China, Italy, Iran, and South Korea. If you plan to travel 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 plan 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.
The Midland Student Health Department is in continuous communication with Three Rivers and receives 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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