Safe Campus

The entire Mont Mercy community is excited to have students back to campus this fall. We've been working diligently to ensure a safe learning, living, and working environment for everyone.

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To limit social contact and keep the entire campus community safe, quiet hours will begin at 8 PM, and no off-campus guests will be allowed. Rooms will have capacity limits for on-campus guests. Watch our Safe Campus Series for more information.

Classrooms have been reconfigured for social distancing, and masks are required. Funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), as authorized by the CARES Act, allowed us to invest in technology to optimize the learning experience.

Watch our Safe Campus Series for more information on our hybrid model and what classes look like.

Our science behind masks video explains why masks are effective when minimizing the spread of COVID-19.

Our mask etiquette video, featuring Mustang Sally, shows why we're requiring masks on campus and how important social distancing is—even though we're happy to see each other!

McAuley Cafeteria

The McAuley Dining Room resumed normal hours on August 31. Watch our dining services video to hear about food options, including precautions we're taking to keep all students and employees safe.

Hilltop Grill

Monday through Friday: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday: 4:00-8:00 PM 

We'll continue to expand these hours as much as possible throughout the semester. 

Basile Beans 

Basile Beans will be closed in September with plans to reopen during the first week of October. 

Graduate Grounds

Graduate Grounds will be closed this semester due to COVID-related staffing limitations and the need to focus on other essential services (McAuley Dining, Hilltop) at the main campus locations. 

Our facilities team is doing an amazing job of frequently cleaning and sanitizing campus, according to CDC guidelines, as presented by Deb O'Hara, facilities operations manager, in this short video.

Our athletics staff continues to work closely with the NAIA and Heart of America Conference on guidelines for our student-athletes. Daily health screenings are required before workouts, practices, and contests. To mitigate risk and limit exposure for our student-athletes and athletics staff, spectators are not allowed in the stands/field until further notice.

Home athletic events will be streamed for free, both live and on-demand, on the Heart Conference Network. Please be sure to visit to stay connected. Additionally, we've implemented limited capacity and screening in our athletic facilities, frequent sanitizing, no bench towels, soccer bench extensions for social distancing, no switching sides for volleyball, etc.

We highly encourage our community to self-monitor their well-being, including temperature.

Here’s a short video from Dr. Nate Klein, vice president for student success, on what to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms, how contacts are defined, when self-isolation is necessary, and available testing resources.

Dealing with a natural disaster, adjusting to the COVID-19 changes, and preparing for classes can feel overwhelming. Please remember that students can access all services offered at our Olson Clinic free of any charge. Based on feedback from students, we've moved our main campus counseling support to the lower level of Busse Library. If you'd like to schedule an appointment, please email

To minimize exposure and social contact, Mount Mercy University is open to students and employees only. Please be sure to carry your employee ID with you at all times to enter campus buildings.

Mount Mercy University applied for and received funding from the federal government under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) as authorized by the CARES Act. These funds were made available to colleges and universities for expenses related to educational disruptions due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

MMU received $1,221,083 in total funding. $610,542 (50%) of the funds received are specifically allocated to cash grants for MMU students affected by COVID-19. Under guidelines provided by the federal government, 1,282 students were determined to be eligible for the grants. As of June 10, 2020, $644,660 of grants have been distributed by check to 1,282 students. 

As required by the U.S. Department of Education, grants were disbursed only to students who are eligible to receive Title IV funds. In compliance with federal guidelines, each student’s check was calculated based on the following criteria:

  • Students enrolled on March 15, 2020
  • Students living on-campus and required by Governor Reynolds to move off-campus
  • Students whose institutional scholarships were impacted
  • Students whose fees and/or declining balances were impacted
  • Students no longer able to work on-campus 

Your patience during this unprecedented time has been greatly appreciated. If you have additional financial needs, please contact