Saint Strong FAQ

Frequently Asked
Questions

FAQs

 
 
Updated 10/1/21
 


 
If you have more questions, please contact the Solution Squad at (314) 529-9360 or email ssc@maryville.edu.
 

Return to Campus

  • Are face coverings required on campus?

    Consistent with CDC and St. Louis county guidance, the University currently requires all members to wear a face covering in all indoor spaces on-campus. Maryville is monitoring the status of the St. Louis County public health order and related legal process on an ongoing basis and may adjust this policy as that process unfolds.

    Face coverings are required in the following settings on campus:

    • Fitness Centers/Gyms — Face coverings are required at all times in all indoor fitness centers/gyms, including when exercising.
    • Athletics – All athletes participating in a sporting event while not actively playing.
    • Dining Facilities – Face coverings are required while picking up food orders, walking through the dining hall, disposing of food waste and in all general areas of dining facilities. Once seated, face coverings can be removed while actively consuming food or beverages.
    • All other Indoor Spaces – Face coverings are required at all times in all indoor spaces unless students are in their residential room/apartment without guests or employees are alone in their office.
    • Attending Maryville Meetings, Events, and Gatherings – Face coverings are required for all individuals attending indoor Maryville meetings, events, and gatherings held both on and off campus.

    Face coverings are not required outdoors but are strongly encouraged when outdoors and social distancing cannot be maintained.

  • Is social distancing required on campus?

    Consistent with St. Louis County guidelines and CDC guidelines, Community Members who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are encouraged to continue to practice social distancing by maintaining 6 feet of physical distance from others. Community Members who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to practice social distancing or maintain 6 feet of physical distance in public spaces.

    Most classes are not scheduled to capacity and will have some open seating for those who wish to social distance on campus. Students who attend a class and don’t feel there is adequate space to social distance may contact the Solution Squad to adjust their registration to identify a different section or course.

  • Do I need to fill out the Daily Health Survey?

    Community Members who are fully vaccinated (as defined by the CDC) and have completed the vaccine reporting form, will no longer be required to complete the Health Screening Survey on a daily basis. However, fully vaccinated Community Members should complete the Health Screening Survey if they:

    • Are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19; and/or
    • Have been diagnosed with COVID-19 either through a positive test result or presumed positive.

    According to the CDC, people are “fully vaccinated”:

    • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines; or
    • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

    Community Members who are fully vaccinated that are reporting COVID-19 symptoms and/or a positive COVID-19 test must remain off-campus or in their residential space until contacted by the University’s Health and Wellness Office, the Office of Human Resources, or other University officials.

    Community Members who are not fully vaccinated are required to continue completing the Health Screening Survey daily, even if they will not be on campus. The survey must be completed no later than 12:00p.m. (Noon) each day or before arriving on campus or before leaving your residential room/apartment, whichever is earlier. A personalized version of the daily Health Screening Survey will be emailed to Community Members each morning. The link in the email is unique to each person and should not be shared. Alternatively, you can go to the SaintStrong website and find a link to the survey should you not have access to your email link.

    Community Members who are not fully vaccinated are required to notify the University through the daily health screening survey if they:

    • Are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
    • Have had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 (Closer than 6 feet for any length of time) within the last 14 days.
    • Have been diagnosed with COVID-19 either through a positive test result or presumed positive.

    Non-compliance for testing and completing the daily health survey may result in disciplinary action, including immediate removal from campus.

    Individuals are expected to check their own temperature and report if they have a fever as part of the health screening survey. Information provided in the health screening survey must be honest and accurate. Maryville will continue to monitor public health guidance and may adjust health screening questions accordingly.

    Community Members who are not fully vaccinated that are reporting COVID-19 symptoms and/or close contact (closer than 6 feet for any length of time) with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days must remain off-campus or in their residential space until contacted by the University’s Health and Wellness Office, the Office of Human Resources, or other University officials.

  • Will COVID-19 testing be required to return to campus?

    Unvaccinated individuals are required to be tested for COVID-19 upon returning to campus. Community members who are not vaccinated are also required to be tested at least weekly for COVID-19. Weekly testing will take place in Huttig Chapel.

    Non-compliance for testing or completing the daily health survey may result in disciplinary action, including immediate removal from campus.

    Maryville will continue to offer COVID-19 testing through the Health and Wellness Office, following CDC and St. Louis County guidelines for quarantine and isolation related to COVID-19 exposure and infection.

  • I’m a remote employee. Do I need to complete the daily health survey or participate in testing if I’m not vaccinated?

    The daily health survey, return to campus testing and weekly testing requirements are only for students and employees who will be on campus. Fully remote employees who are not vaccinated do not have to fill out the daily health survey or participate in testing efforts.

 

Weekly Covid-19 Testing

  • How often do I have to get tested?

    We are planning for weekly testing, but the frequency of testing may be changed based on the rate of community transmission. All testing will take place in Huttig Chapel.

    Maryville considers testing weeks Monday through Sunday, and the weekly testing deadline is Sunday at 11:59 p.m. There are two testing options: off-campus or on-campus.

    Full weekly testing instructions can be found here.

  • Do I have to get tested on campus?

    You do not have to get tested for COVID-19 at Maryville, but if you get tested elsewhere, you are responsible for providing documentation of your COVID-19 test and results from a healthcare facility via Maryville’s COVID-19 Submission form. You must submit your test results by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday of each week.

    Maryville offers free weekly COVID-19 testing. If you are tested at Maryville, you will not need to submit the COVID-19 Test Submission Form.

  • Do I need to make an appointment for weekly testing?

    Weekly COVID-19 testing will be a walk-in process only. Testing will occur in the Huttig Chapel. Testing center hours are subject to change based on volume. Testing walk-in hours are:

    Monday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Friday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • How do I submit my weekly COVID-19 test results?

    Weekly COVID-19 test results only need to be submitted by individuals who do not get tested for COVID-19 on campus. Weekly COVID-19 test results must be submitted by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. via Maryville’s COVID-19 Submission Form.

  • Does it matter what type of COVID-19 test I get?

    If you choose not to test on campus, make sure you receive a diagnostic test, which will show if you have an active COVID-19 infection. Diagnostic tests are typically collected with a nasal or throat swab, or saliva collected by spitting into a tube. Molecular tests, also called PCR and antigen, sometimes called rapid tests, are both permitted.

    Maryville will not accept antibody test results, which typically utilizes blood samples.

  • Can I use an at-home COVID-19 test and submit those results?

    No. There is more room for error with self-testing. Over the counter and at-home tests will not be accepted. Maryville will only accept COVID-19 test result documentation from a healthcare provider.

  • How do I submit the results of my COVID-19 test if I completed off campus?

    You may choose to get tested by the provider of your choice prior to your arrival on campus. If you do, documentation of the negative result must be provided to Health and Wellness using the COVID-19 Submission form. Results must be submitted Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

    If you get tested and the result is positive, please contact Maryville’s Health and Wellness Office immediately at 314-529-9520 (students) or Human Resources Director, April Santos, at 314-910-0393 (employee’s). Do not come to campus if you’ve tested positive!

 

Health and Wellness

  • I’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19. What should I do?

    Fully vaccinated individuals with no COVID-like symptoms following exposure do not need to quarantine. However, you should still monitor symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days. If you develop symptoms, you must complete the Health Screening Survey and quarantine/isolate.

    Individuals who are not fully vaccinated may be required to complete a 10 to 14-day quarantine, following exposure. The exact quarantine period will be determined by the Health & Wellness Office or the individual’s primary care provider based on a review of their individual circumstances. Notify the University using the Health Screening Survey. Non-residential students and employees should leave campus immediately. Depending upon availability of quarantine and isolation space, residential students may be directed to complete quarantine and isolation at home.

  • I’m experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been diagnosed with COVID-19. What should I do?

    If you develop COVID-19 symptoms or are diagnosed with COVID-19, you must:

    • Immediately leave campus (non-residential students and employees) or quarantine/isolate in your residential room (residential students), unless provided with other instructions.
    • Contact your primary health care provider to determine if testing is warranted. You can also call the St. Louis County COVID-19 Hotline at 314-615-2660. Students can also contact Maryville’s Health and Wellness Office at 314.529.9520.
    • Follow your health care provider’s directives.
    • Notify the University using the Health Screening Survey.
    • Remain off campus until you meet the following conditions as recommended by the CDC and are cleared to return to Campus Activities by Maryville’s Health and Wellness Office:
      • Fever-free without the use of fever reducers for 3 consecutive days;
      • Symptoms have improved; and
      • 10 days since symptoms first appeared.

    Maryville may require individuals to provide documentation from their local county health department (required in St. Louis County) or a healthcare provider before returning to campus or lifting residential isolation requirements.

    Students will be able to continue to participate in their courses remotely. The University will notify a student’s instructors about their need to participate in courses remotely, but students should also make contact with each instructor to discuss specific requirements for each course affected by their remote attendance.

    Requests for additional accommodations related to short-term or long-term disabilities associated with COVID-19 should still be submitted through the Office of Disability Support and Success at (314) 529-9347 or afuller2@maryville.edu.

    Employees should contact Human Resources to discuss work expectations.

  • How will Maryville approach contract tracing, quarantine and isolation?

    Maryville will coordinate contract tracing through the Health and Wellness Office, following CDC and St. Louis County guidelines for quarantine and isolation related to COVID-19 exposure and infection. All community members are expected to fully cooperate with contract tracing efforts.

    Fully vaccinated individuals with no COVID-like symptoms following exposure do not need to quarantine. However, you should still monitor symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated may be required to complete a 10 to 14-day quarantine, following exposure. The exact quarantine period will be determined by the Health & Wellness Office or the individual’s primary care provider based on a review of their individual circumstances. Non-residential students and employees should leave campus immediately. Depending upon availability of quarantine and isolation space, residential students may be directed to complete quarantine and isolation at home.

  • How are services in the Health of Wellness Office changing because of COVID-19?

    Our Health and Wellness Office is being expanded and redesigned to allow us to continue offering standard healthcare services from our Nurse Practitioner while also providing greater separation of patients and reduce possible exposure to COVID-19 or other diseases. We are also expanding staffing to provide the necessary resources to assist the office. To limit contact, appointments are preferred for visits to the Health and Wellness Office, but walk-ins will be accommodated based on availability. Virtual appointments will be available through private, secure video conferencing when appropriate based on the nature of the visit.

  • What is the status of COVID-19 cases in Missouri?

    For updated state information, visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website.

  • How do I reach the Maryville Health and Wellness Office?

    You can reach the Health and Wellness Office at (314) 529-9520 or healthandwellness@maryville.edu.

  • The pandemic is a lot to handle. What should I do if I’m concerned about my or someone else’s mental health?

    Maryville students always have access to counseling support. We offer a 24-7 Counseling Center Support Line for students. You can call the line to speak with a mental health professional free of charge anytime of the day or night. Reach the Counseling Center Support Line at 314-529-6630. At any time, if you or someone you know is in crisis, you can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text the National Alliance on Mental Illness at 741741. Other mental health resources can be found at: https://www.maryville.edu/studentlife/services-programs/personal-counseling/.

 

Vaccine Information

  • Will a COVID-19 vaccination be required for Maryville students, faculty and staff?

    Maryville expects all community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus for the academic year. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to returning to campus will be subject to additional health and safety requirements. In order to be exempted from additional health and safety requirements, community members must submit proof of vaccination.

    Community members who are not fully vaccinated will be required to:

    • Complete a COVID-19 test before returning to campus for the semester
    • Complete minimum weekly COVID-19 testing during the academic year
    • Complete a daily health screening survey

    We acknowledge that some individuals have health, religious and other reasons why they cannot get vaccinated. For those individuals, the COVID-19 testing, daily health survey and face coverings will be required.

    While Maryville does not require COVID-19 vaccination, students should be aware that some third-party external sites, such as clinical sites, study abroad programs, student teaching or internship sites, may require vaccination. Per Maryville’s affiliation agreements with these third-party sites, we are required to comply with the standards implemented by the site. Maryville will work with students to identify alternative options should external vaccination requirements present a barrier to a student’s participation; however, Mayville cannot guarantee the availability of alternative sites or that alternatives will be comparable to the student’s preferred site. Getting the vaccine is the surest way to help avoid any disruption to your academic progression.

  • Are there incentives to get vaccinated?

    All students who submit proof of full vaccination will receive a free special edition Maryville t-shirt.

    Students who submit proof of vaccination can pick up their special edition Maryville t-shirt from the Center of Student Engagement. Pick up hours are 8:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Monday through Friday.

  • I received my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine but won’t be fully vaccinated. Can I return to campus, and can I receive the incentives?

    Students may return to campus if they’ve received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, but they will need to be tested within 72 hours of returning to campus and participate in weekly COVID-19 testing until they reach full vaccination status, which is two weeks after receiving the second dose. After Maryville’s Health and Wellness receives the completed vaccination reporting form and verifies the submission, students will be eligible for the t-shirt incentive. If a student reaches full vaccination status in time for the Cardinal’s game on September 28, they may receive a ticket as well.

  • Is Maryville offering COVID-19 vaccines?

    Yes. Vaccination appointments are available on an ongoing basis. You can make an appointment by calling 314-529-9520 or emailing healthandwellness@maryville.edu. You can also find a full list of other vaccination sites on our COVID-19 Vaccination Information page.

  • Can I get both doses at the same location?

    It’s recommended to receive both doses from the same vaccination site, but not required. You should take your vaccination card with you for the second dose so your provider can fill in the information about the second dose. Keep your vaccination card in case you need it for future use.

  • Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?

    The COVID-19 vaccine is a Messenger RNA vaccine, also called a mRNA vaccine. mRNA vaccines do not contain a live virus and do not carry a risk of causing disease in the vaccinated person. For more information on the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit covidvaccine.mo.gov/facts/.

  • Where can I find information on the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine?

    Information on the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 along with other important information can be found at: https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/facts/.

  • Will I be required to get a flu vaccine?

    All students and employees are strongly encouraged to get the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available.

 

Academics

  • Will classes be held on-campus in the fall?

    Yes, we are anticipating a near normal fall semester. On-campus and online courses will be available. Maryville offers a number of different course formats. Talk to your Life Coach or faculty advisor about your schedule.

  • Will Zoom be utilized in the fall for courses?

    For on-campus courses, Zoom participation is reserved for students who are ill, isolating, quarantining, or traveling for University business. In these cases, students will not be counted as absent. Students who meet the above criteria should consult their instructor for directions to receive a Zoom link. Instructors may also send additional information on specific expectations for meeting class learning outcomes.

    Essential in-class experiences, however, will need to be discussed in coordination with the instructor.

  • Will the Pass/No Pass policy remain for the fall semester?

    No changes have been made to the Pass/No Pass policy. Refer to our Pass/No Pass instructions for detailed information.

  • Have any significant dates changed (i.e., add/drop and start date)?

    There have not been any significant changes to the 2021-2022 academic calendar. You can refer to it here.

  • Are there any changes to nursing clinical requirements for the fall semester?

    Maryville’s clinical sites are requiring COVID vaccinations for employees in the next couple of months. The clinical sites have informed Maryville that they will be extending these requirements to any clinical student or instructor as well. Per Maryville’s affiliation agreements with the clinical sites, we are required to comply with the standards implemented by the third-party clinical sites. Some sites have indicated that they may approve a limited number of exemptions based on disability or religious accommodations. Students should contact Jenn Wiederkehr, clinical coordinator, jwiederkehr@maryville.edu for more information.

    For instructions on completing the CastleBranch proof of vaccination documentation:

    • Log in to Canvas
    • Access the “Nursing Hub (BSN)”
    • Review the instructions titled “COVID Vaccination Reporting” via the “Clinical Policies, Expectations” module

 

Travel

  • Can I study abroad?

    Study abroad is not available at this time. Maryville is offering virtual study abroad programs until it’s safe to travel abroad. You can learn more about the summer virtual study abroad programs here.

  • If I travel, do I have to quarantine when I return?

    In line with CDC guidance, Maryville strongly recommends all unvaccinated community members quarantine for seven to ten days after travel, international and domestic. Maryville also strongly recommends all individuals returning from international travel, regardless of vaccination status, get tested for COVID-19 at Maryville’s Health and Wellness Office three to five days after returning. The Health and Wellness Office will provide free testing to those returning from travel.

    The CDC recommends that individuals delay travel until fully vaccinated. According to the CDC, people are “fully vaccinated”:

    • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines; or
    • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

    We expect all Community Members to be responsible in limiting personal exposures and to adhere to CDC-recommended health and safety practices in preparation for your return to campus.

  • If I am traveling outside of the St. Louis area over the weekend or on a holiday, am I required to report it?

    Maryville employees are required to report all travel outside of the St. Louis area regardless of whether it occurs on a business day. To appropriately apply the CDC travel guidelines, the university must capture all employee travel, even if it occurs outside of work hours.

    Employees should submit paid time off requests through ADP and the Travel Request Form with as much advanced notice as possible. You’ll be notified of your supervisor’s decision within 72 hours of your request.

  • Should I wait to submit my time off request in ADP until I hear from my supervisor? 

    No. You should fill out the travel request form and time off request concurrently. The request will be reviewed by HR and your supervisor and you’ll be notified if the request has been approved or denied. 

 

Housing

  • Will all residence halls be open for the 2021-2022 school year?

    Maryville will be at full capacity this fall with all residence halls and apartment buildings open. We will no longer house students in nearby hotels.

  • Will I have a roommate?

    All students will either have a roommate or suitemates depending on the facility.

    Considering the continued evolution of the public health landscape, residential students may contact the Office of Residential Life to request housing adjustments or modifications if needed. While we cannot guarantee availability of requested adjustments or modifications, our Res Life team will do their best to support residential students and their needs.

  • Will students be tested for COVID-19 before moving into university housing?

    Unvaccinated community members are required to be tested for COVID-19 upon returning to campus. More information will be coming soon regarding testing details. Unvaccinated community members are also required to be tested at least weekly for COVID-19. Non-compliance for testing or completing the daily health survey may result in disciplinary action, including immediate removal from campus.

  • Can I have people visit me in my residential space?

    Residential students will be able to have guests in their University housing. Students will be expected to follow residential facility guidelines regarding guest hours.

  • I have housing questions. Who should I contact?

    You can contact the Residential Life team at reslife@maryville.edu or 314-529-9552.

 

Guests/Events

  • Are guests allowed on campus?

    External guests and visitors are permitted on campus; however, all visitors must comply with all of Maryville’s health and safety policies. All external guests and visitors regardless of vaccination status are required to complete the Health Screening Survey before arriving on campus. All guests and visitors are required to wear a face covering while on campus and strongly encouraged to practice social distancing.

  • Is Maryville allowing on-campus events?

    Yes. Consistent with St. Louis County guidelines, Maryville is no longer limiting capacity at gatherings, meetings and events, but is requiring face coverings at all indoor Maryville gatherings, meetings and events. To permit appropriate cleaning and set-up, all gatherings, meetings, and events must be requested and approved in advance. Spontaneous events will not be permitted.

    • For gatherings, meetings and events organized by students or student organizations, requests must be submitted to the University Events Office at least four weeks before the date of the gathering, meeting, or event and must be approved by the University Events Office and Student Life.
    • For gatherings and events organized by employees and departments, requests should generally be submitted at least four weeks before the date of the gathering or event and must be approved by the University Events Office. For in-person meetings, which may occur with less advanced notice, requests should be submitted at least two business days before the meeting.
    • The University Events Office will consult with event organizers to provide tips and guidance to support physical distancing, good cleaning/disinfecting practices and catering arrangements that are considerate of the public health situation. Consistent with university policy, face coverings are required for all individuals attending indoor Maryville meetings, events, and gatherings. As outlined in the university policy, events should be scheduled in spaces large enough to permit physical distancing for guests who choose to do so. Additionally, event organizers should consider hosting events virtually or livestreaming in-person events so guests may choose to participate remotely.

    Learn more about Maryville’s event guidelines here.

 

Dining

 

This guidance is not a contract or guarantee with any student. The University reserves the right in its sole discretion to interpret this guidance and/or amend it at any time.