Fall 2020 FAQs
On-Campus Student Support
Fall 2020 FAQs – On Campus Student Support
As of June 22, 2020
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These FAQs provide information about our plan for responding to COVID-19 and how we will return to campus. We have developed a flexible approach to re-open campus that can be adjusted if conditions improve or worsen.
- Will students return to campus in the fall?
Yes. We are moving to a flexible, hybrid academic model. In this model, many courses will have “mixed attendance,” that is, during any one class session some students will be in the classroom while others participate remotely. An example might be if you have a T/Th class on campus, you’ll attend one of those days in-person and one day virtually. Your health and safety are of utmost importance so if you feel sick or uncomfortable on a given day, you will always be able to attend class virtually. Further details will be released soon.
Options for lab and clinical based courses are being explored to ensure that opportunities for hands-on skills are provided. Your professors or program director will communicate attendance schedules and options when classes begin.
On-campus instruction will conclude on November 20. Students will finish the rest of the semester through remote learning platforms, including final exams. Residential students will move out by Sunday, November 22, 2020 and will not be allowed to return until Saturday, January 9, 2021 for the spring semester.
Maryville is also launching Online Plus course offerings in the fall. These 16-week courses are a mixture of asynchronous and synchronous learning in a total online environment. At this time, most Online Plus classes are in foundational courses. Please review the course schedule if you are interested in registering for an Online Plus course.
- Are face coverings required on campus?
All Maryville community members are required to wear a face covering while on campus unless they are in their residence hall room without guests or alone in an office/workspace. Maryville faculty, staff and on-campus students will each receive two reusable masks. Maryville will continue to monitor public health guidance and may adjust face covering requirements accordingly.
Maryville will be providing additional information about its social distancing expectations throughout the summer and prior to starting the Fall session.
- Am I required to wear a face covering while exercising?
Members of the Maryville community who engage in outdoor exercise in campus spaces are not required to wear face coverings while doing so, provided that they are in a space in which social distance can be maintained and that they practice appropriate social distancing (appropriate social distancing while exercising requires six feet of distance between individuals and non-interactive games, activities, and sports).
Policies and expectations related to Maryville’s indoor exercise facilities will be disseminated prior to the start of the Fall session.
- When will the fitness center open?
The Simon fitness center will open, in August with limited hours and capacity, when classes resume. More information will be sent to residential students in August.
- What steps is Maryville taking to help create a safe campus environment?
Maintaining the health and safety of our campus community is a shared responsibility of all members of the university community. Maryville will continue to monitor the orders and guidance from public health officials and agencies and will update our health and safety policies and procedures as public health guidance evolves.
We are implementing numerous policies and protocols to help keep our community safe. They include:
• Monitoring CDC, state of MO, and STL county health mandates and ensuring our workplace practices align
• Required face coverings (reusable cloth facemasks will be provided to all employees and students)
• Required social distancing policies
• Daily health screening survey for faculty, staff and students returning to campus
• Provision of hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes
• Reduced capacity for meeting spaces and elevators
• Where necessary, modified furniture arrangements, installation of plexiglass, etc.
• Business travel restrictions for faculty and staff
• Expectation to stay home if sick and continued extension of sick leave waiver for COVID-19 or influenza like illness symptoms
• Mandatory COVID-19 symptom and diagnosis reporting and self-isolation
• Recommended 14-day quarantine for any Maryville community member traveling by air, rail, boat, or bus
• Limited in-person events
• Off-campus guests will be greatly limited
• Suspension of fall study abroad programs
• Enhanced cleaning protocols for common spaces and offices consistent with CDC guidance
• Reduced residential housing occupancy
• Modified dining services
- Will students need to quarantine after traveling?
It depends. Maryville strongly recommends quarantine after out-of-town travel, particularly where public transportation (air, rail, boat, bus) are utilized, but will not require it unless mandated by State or other health authorities. We expect students to be responsible in limiting personal exposures and to adhere to social distancing practices while away from campus. The CDC recommends you avoid travel if possible and specifically nonessential international travel. If you choose to travel internationally, you may be required to remain outside the United States for an indefinite length of time.
If you travel within the United States, follow any state or local travel restrictions currently in place. It’s possible some state and local governments may put travel restrictions or orders in place while you are traveling. The local government at your destination could also require you to quarantine or isolate for 14 days or more after traveling. Travel restrictions can change quickly, and Students are responsible for monitoring and complying with any travel restrictions that are enacted and need to factor such contingencies into their planning. Similarly, failure to adhere to social distancing practices while at locations off-campus may lead to mandated quarantine. Students are also encouraged to check the CDC coronavirus page before traveling.
- How will campus be cleaned and sanitized differently? How often will classrooms be disinfected?
Enhanced cleaning protocols will be implemented throughout campus paying special attention to high-touch surfaces in high-traffic areas. Our sanitation staff has undergone professional coronavirus prevention training and are using CDC recommended disinfectants. We’ve added hand sanitizing stations across campus.
To help limit disruptions, classrooms, labs and studios will be deep-cleaned each evening. Maryville is implementing a disinfectant wipe system in each classroom, along with gloves so students and faculty can disinfect their own seat and table. Helping to mitigate COVID-19 transmission is a shared responsibility so we expect all community members to do their part.
- Will COVID-19 testing be available on campus?
We anticipate offering on-campus COVID-19 testing through Maryville’s Office of Health and Wellness in circumstances where a health care professional determines testing is warranted. The availability of testing may be limited based on the availability of testing supplies and staffing capacity within the Office of Health and Wellness. In cases where Maryville is unable to provide on-campus testing, referrals to other healthcare providers may be provided.
- Will members of the campus community have temperature checks before arriving on campus?
All students, faculty, and staff members will be required to fill out a daily health screening survey online before returning to campus. Individuals are expected to check their own temperature daily and report if they have a fever as part of the daily health screening survey.
- How are services in the Office of Health of Wellness changing in response to 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. We are also expanding staffing. To help reduce personal contact, all visits to the Health and Wellness Office will be by appointment only. Students will be pre-screened prior to an appointment. Virtual appointments will also be available through telehealth platform or application.
- Will the Maryville community be notified when another community member tests positive for COVID-19?
Yes. Maryville community members will receive a Saints alert if a student or employee who has been physically present on campus tests positive for COVID-19. The message will state whether the person is a faculty, staff, residential or commuter student, but because of privacy restrictions, names or other identifying information will not be provided. Positive cases will also be logged on our Saints Strong website. Additionally, Maryville will work with the county health officials and other health agencies as appropriate to provide any additional notifications.
- How will Maryville approach contact tracing?
We will work with county health officials and other health agencies to perform contact tracing and follow their directives regarding notifications and mitigation efforts.
- Are students allowed to host guests on campus? What about food delivery or grocery delivery?
Students are prohibited from hosting guests on-campus who are not affiliated with Maryville. Maryville is greatly limiting outside visitors on-campus and only those guests the university has approved, such as admissions visits, athletic guests, vendors and contractors will be permitted on campus. All approved visitors will be required to complete a health screening survey.
Grocery and food deliveries from third-party vendors are allowed on campus for curbside delivery only.
- Will Maryville Community members need to show identification to enter campus?
Yes. Students will need to provide a Saints ID (digital credential) or a parking permit. Students can register for a parking permit prior to arrival on campus here. Permits will be mailed to students’ homes.
- How will you address members of the Maryville community who break social distancing and/or mask requirements?
Helping to mitigate COVID-19 transmission is a shared responsibility. Public Safety representatives will be on campus to help with COVID-19 policy enforcement and education. Students who fail to adhere to health and safety policies may be subject to disciplinary action under the code of student conduct. If a member of the Maryville Community refuses to follow health and safety policies that person may be asked to leave campus.
- If I have questions about requesting an accommodation when returning to campus, who should I contact?
If you have a question about requesting an accommodation, you can contact the Office of Disability Support and Success at 314-529-9374 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.