COVID Updates

Highlights of spring 2021 Semester

  • In light of the continued increase of COVID-19 cases nationally, spring 2021 instruction is being provided primarily in online/remote modality. More than 80% of the instruction is offered remotely.
  • Throughout the spring semester we will be doing surveillance testing of all students living on campus, living in affiliated housing, working on campus, and attending classes on campus. More information on testing is posted below.
  • Currently, Millersville University does not have any COVID vaccines. We encourage those interested to get on as many lists as possible.
  • On-campus housing is open for the spring semester using a one-student-per-bedroom model.
  • Dining is open for the spring semester with social distancing modifications and more options for grab and go meals.
  • Everyone in our community must adapt to the new normal of wearing face masks, use of good hand washing and disinfecting procedures, and adhering to social distancing requirements.
  • Students, employees and visitors who come to campus, please use the COVID-19 screening feature that has been added to our LiveSafe app.
  • To report concerns or ask questions confidentially, email reportcovid@millersville.edu

Safety First

Watch a video explaining safety protocols upon coming back to campus.

b-classroom.svgCovID Testing

Who is part of the MU asymptomatic testing? 
Throughout the spring semester Health Services will be conducting mandatory COVID testing for all students residing in the residence halls. Students should anticipate being tested every two weeks until further notice. In addition there will be random surveillance testing of students living in affiliated housing, working on campus, attending in-person classes, part of ROTC and/or in field placements. Employees working on campus will also be included in the voluntary random testing.   

What happens if a student tests positive for COVID-19 through the asymptomatic testing? If a student tests positive on the rapid antigen test they will be contacted by Health Services.  Health Services will complete a confirmatory rapid PCR test to ensure the accuracy of the screening test. 

What support does a student get if they are in isolation or quarantine based on their test result? 
Any student living on campus who tests positive for COVID-19 will be isolated in residence hall space dedicated for this purpose. HARP employees and Health Services will check-in with the student to ensure health, counseling, nutritional and academic needs are met.

What is the difference between asymptomatic and symptomatic testing? Asymptomatic testing is when a person does not have symptoms.
Symptomatic testing is when a person does have symptoms.

Who is conducting the asymptomatic testing? 
Health Services on campus.

What type of asymptomatic test is being used? 
These are antigen COVID tests from The Pennsylvania Department of Health.  The test is a nasal swab test that can be administered and analyzed on site, with rapid results. 

Do I have to make an appointment in order to get an asymptomatic test? Would I be able to reschedule my test? 
Yes, you need an appointment and should follow the instructions in your email. Students are invited to participate on a random basis.

May I call to schedule a test, even if I don’t receive an email?
At this time, students and employees cannot call and schedule for asymptomatic testing.  Any student who is having symptoms or had significant exposure can still call Health Services and be tested. Any employee who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or had a significant exposure should contact their health care provider.

What do I need to bring with me when I am getting tested?
ID
Smart phone with NAVICA app already downloaded and account registered
Mask

How long will my COVID-19 asymptomatic testing appointment take? 
The actual test is less than two minutes. You do need to allow time to get checked-in.

How do minors give consent to be tested for COVID-19?
A parent or legal guardian must sign a consent form for each student under 18.

If I received a test outside the University and tested positive, what should I do?
Students should contact Health Services at hservices@millersville.edu or 717-871-5250.

Who do I contact if I have a question about asymptomatic testing?
Health Services at hservices@millersville.edu or 717-871-5250.

How will I learn about my test results? 
You will be required to install the NAVICA App on your phone for rapid receipt of your test results. You will receive a NAVICA app notification approximately 20 minutes after your test.

 

Guidelines for Classes

  • In light of the continued increase of COVID-19 cases nationally, the spring 2021 semester is being provided primarily in an online/remote modality. Close to 80% of the instruction is offered remotely. This approach may include synchronous teaching and learning where students are required to be present on specific dates and times, and/or asynchronous teaching and learning where students have the flexibility to enter the course when they are able. Most experiential courses requiring student participation on campus, including science and engineering labs; performing, visual or studio arts; and clinical, field and student teaching placements, are being offered in face-to-face and/or hybrid modalities. This approach will further decrease population density on campus and assist us in making our safety and mitigation efforts more effective.

  • Online courses are either synchronous or asynchronous. Students in synchronous courses will need to log into their class at specific times to interact in real time with professors and other students enrolled in the class. Asynchronous courses will not require this, but will have specific deadlines to complete coursework.

Important Dates

We will not be taking a spring break in 2021 in order to minimize travel from and back to the University campus. The thinking is to decrease COVID-19 exposure risks from travel and proactively prepare for a possible “rebound” of the virus.

  • Breaks will occur on Wednesday, March 10; Thursday, April 1; and Friday, April 2. The last instructional day of the spring semester is Monday, May 3.
  • Finals will begin on May 4 and conclude on May 7.

View full academic calendar

Housing

  • On-campus housing is open for the spring semester.
  • The residence hall buildings were modified in ways to limit crowding and interaction in public areas, to minimize the spread of the virus.
  • Roommates should operate as a “family unit,” acting in ways that protect each other’s health.
  • Visitors of students will be limited to those that reside in the same residence hall.

Dining

  • Dining is open for the spring semester.
  • Any “Declining Balance” dollars unused from the Fall Semester will rollover to the Spring Semester.

Athletics

  • The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Board of Directors elected to permit league championship opportunities in the sports of cross country and swimming after a collection of votes indicated that more than six schools committed to having a championship season in swimming and cross country. Millersville University plans to participate in both championship opportunities.

  • Swimming and cross country have been delegated as "low-risk" sports according to the guidelines set forth by the NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Panel. The league is in the process of finalizing details for cross country and swimming schedule and championship dates. Anticipated championship dates will fall over weekends in late March and late April, respectively. The PSAC and its member institutions also remain committed to previously intended regular-season and championship seasons for all spring sports in 2021.

  • Beginning in February of 2021, Millersville plans to participate in championship seasons in the following sports: women's swimming, women's cross country, baseball, men's golf, women's golf, women's lacrosse, softball, men's tennis, women's tennis. The Board voted to proceed with its mandated schedules and championships for 2021 spring sports. PSAC sponsored sports this spring are: men's and women's outdoor track & field, tennis, golf, baseball, softball, and women's lacrosse.    

On Campus Activities

  • All non-instructional meetings, such as faculty office hours and student advising will be conducted remotely (i.e. Zoom and Teams meetings).
  • Co-curricular student activities sponsored by the University will follow social distancing guidelines. The guidelines will be established and enforced for non-instructional student facilities (i.e. Student Memorial Center [SMC] and the Francine G. McNairy Library and Learning Forum, etc.).
  • Resources and guidelines will be provided for students to use spaces on campus that follow CDC guidelines and directives from the Commonwealth. Facilities like SMC and the library will be operating at lower capacities to comply with state and local health guidelines.

Safety

We are using health and safety guidelines from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Pennsylvania’s Department of Health (PA DOH). 

  • Masks will be provided to all students, faculty and staff and their use will be mandatory.
  • Each person will be responsible for the care and cleaning of their mask and must have their mask with them at all times.
  • Cleaning, disinfecting and sanitation efforts throughout campus have been increased to meet appropriate CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer will be encouraged.
  • Everyone must be vigilant and maintain social distancing (minimum of six feet of distance).
  • Classrooms and general meeting rooms are being re-organized/rearranged to aid in social distancing, including adding markings to the classroom floors to denote acceptable/safe social distances.
  • Classrooms and general meeting rooms are being upgraded with technology (audio and video) to allow for concurrent in-person and remote learning wherever possible.
  • Building entrances and exits are being modified to indicate directional flow (one way in, and another way out of the building), point of service operations are being modified with barriers and floor markings to maintain social distancing, lounges and waiting areas are being modified to reduce population density, and many other measures will be made to try to mitigate the spread of the virus.
  • We plan to decrease the number of staff on campus on any given day. Using a rotation schedule, we are committed to providing in-person service, while providing for social distancing for our employees.
  • Many employees will continue to work remotely and will not be on campus.
  • All meetings will continue to be performed using Zoom or other virtual meeting technology.

COVID-19 Testing, Counseling and Behavioral Wellness Services

Throughout the spring semester Health Services will be doing mandatory testing of all students living on campus and voluntary testing of students living in affiliated housing, working on campus, and attending classes on campus.  Each week a random group of students in these categories will be selected for asymptomatic testing.

Also, every person coming on campus should complete the daily COVID Screening on the LiveSafe App. If you have not already done so, please download the app to your phone.  Any student who indicates they are at “high risk” for COVID will receive a call from a nurse in Health Services.

In order to implement the process of contact tracing the University is partnering with local healthcare professionals and members of the PA DOH.  Our contact tracing and testing protocols will direct students and staff to appropriate health care and testing facilities, if needed. We will monitor and update these protocols as guidance evolves.

Millersville University Health Services, located in the Witmer Building, will continue to provide guidance, education and prevention and keep the campus educated and informed of best practices. The Health Services professionals will coordinate and communicate with other regional and local healthcare professionals and will be the contact for the PA DOH.  Health Services will continue to provide remote services and assistance to all registered students.

For the safety of our students and staff, Health Services will not be accepting walk-in appointments.  They request that you call first to speak with a member of the nursing staff.  Please call for a phone evaluation Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 717-871-5250.  Any medical concerns that cannot be addressed through a virtual visit will be scheduled for a face to face visit at Health Services for those students living in the surrounding community.

The Counseling & Human Development Center staffed by trained and licensed psychologists will continue to provide services remotely. Students who are registered for  spring 2021 classes are eligible for services (individual and group) and may contact the Counseling Center at 717-871-7821 to make an appointment or for more information. The Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. And on Wednesdays the Center stays open until 6 p.m.