COVID-19 Student FAQs
August 20, 2021
Will students be required to get a COVID-19 vaccination?
No. However, vaccinations are strongly recommended to ensure students stay healthy, can attend classes, and participate in activities throughout the school year.
Will students be required to get a COVID-19 test before returning to campus?
If a student is unvaccinated, they will be required to submit to a rapid COVID-19 test upon arrival to campus. This applies to all residential students, fall athletes, and performing arts students on the Fremont campus.
Will students be required to prove they received a vaccination?
No, but students who provide proof of vaccination will not be required to submit to a COVID-19 test upon arrival. Additionally, fully vaccinated and symptom-free students will not be required to quarantine should they be exposed to COVID-19.
Will students be given the opportunity to receive a vaccination on campus?
Yes. An onsite vaccination clinic is scheduled for Thursday, September 9, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Olson Student Center. No appointment is necessary. Walk-in vaccination clinics are also available at Three Rivers Public Health Department on Tuesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Three Rivers Public Health Department is located at 2400 N Lincoln Ave in Fremont. Free vaccines are also available at most local pharmacies.
Will masks be required on campus?
Yes. Midland University continues to follow the CDC guidelines. Because Dodge and Douglas County are currently rated high transmission areas, we require masks to be worn indoors. When/if the CDC guidelines change or transmission in our local area drops below the substantial level, Midland will respond accordingly.
Will students be provided with masks?
Free masks are available to students upon request through the Student Affairs Office on the second floor of the Olson Student Center.
Will students be required to perform a daily health assessment?
At this time, we do not require a formal daily health assessment. However, if students are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, they should stay home and seek a COVID-19 test by contacting the Midland Student Health Department or Student Nurse May Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. At this time, COVID-19 tests for students are free.
Will student-athletes be tested for COVID-19 regularly?
Midland University will follow the NAIA, GPAC, and related authority guidelines. At this time, there are no plans for regular testing of athletes unless COVID-19 symptoms present themselves.
What is the protocol if a student tests positive?
If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they will need to self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms or the positive test. Class absences due to quarantine or isolation will be treated like any other absence request. Students are responsible for contacting their professors. Professors may allow a student to Zoom into a face-to-face class but are not required to do so.
What is the protocol if a student is exposed to COVID-19?
If a vaccinated student is exposed to a positive case of COVID-19 and remains asymptomatic, they will not have to quarantine. If an unvaccinated student is exposed to a positive case of COVID-19, they will have to quarantine regardless of whether they demonstrate symptoms. After five days of quarantine, an unvaccinated student may test. If that test is negative and they are asymptomatic, they will quarantine through day 7 and will be released on day 8. A positive test would result in a 10-day isolation period after the onset of symptoms or beginning the day of the positive test.
Will students be socially distanced in classrooms?
We plan on classrooms returning to normal capacity in most cases but will pivot if the situation calls for it. Disinfectant wipes will be available in all classrooms, and hand sanitizer is available throughout campus.
Will there be social distancing requirements on campus?
While we understand there are situations where social distancing may not be possible, Midland will encourage students, faculty, and staff to maintain social distance wherever possible.
Will classes be offered online or in hybrid format? In most instances, face-to-face classes will not be provided simultaneously in an online format.
What if a student needs to miss class due to COVID-19 or due to required quarantine or isolation?
Class absences due to COVID-19 will be treated like any other absence request. Students are responsible for contacting their professors. Professors may allow a student to Zoom into a face-to-face class but are not required to do so. The best way to ensure participation in classes and campus activities is to get vaccinated.
Will students be required to check their symptoms each morning?
Students will no longer be asked to check their symptoms daily via the Campus Clear app as the symptoms of COVID-19 have been widely publicized. However, students who demonstrate any symptoms of COVID-19 or any illness are asked to self-isolate and take all necessary precautions to not spread germs.
Is Midland offering any COVID-19 relief funds similar to last year?
Yes, the application for COVID-19 relief funds will be reopened in mid-September.
We understand this is a challenging time for our students. We will continue to contact and keep you informed of any changes or updates to the situation. For any questions, email email@example.com.