Safe Campus

Mount Mercy returned to fully in-person work, academic, and student operations on August 1, 2021. Masks are currently required indoors for all students, employees, and visitors.

COVID-19 Mask Policy Update

Effective August 11, 2021, Mount Mercy will require masks on campus.

This decision follows the most recent CDC guidance following the rapid spread of the Delta variant, which recommends mask usage in areas of substantial or high transmission regardless of vaccination status. This applies to all employees, students, and visitors. Masks are not required outdoors.

Current COVID-19 Protocols on Campus

All students and employees are required to wear masks indoors in most circumstances, whether by yourself or in a group. This includes during all classes and in community spaces like the University Center and Rinderknecht Athletic Center (RAC). Masks are optional for faculty teaching courses if social distancing is possible in the classroom.

You don’t need to wear a mask when eating/drinking, outdoors, in your own living/working space, or when using cardio equipment at the RAC.

All courses will be taught in-person, unless otherwise listed as online. There will be no Zoom option. You’ll need to catch up with your classmates/faculty on missed work.

All students and employees are required to wear masks indoors in most circumstances, whether by yourself or in a group. This includes during all classes. Masks are optional for faculty teaching courses if social distancing is possible in the classroom.

All classrooms and spaces returned to full capacity (no social distancing) on August 1 in anticipation of fall courses.

Visitors will still be allowed on campus and asked to follow our university guidelines. For example, campus visits will still occur, and spectators are allowed at games and events. All will be asked to mask up if indoors.

Visitors are not allowed in residence halls at this time.

Every student and employee is encouraged to get vaccinated to ensure in-person learning and campus experiences continue. Find a vaccine at a health provider of your choice, and check the websites below regularly. 

Free antigen testing is available in Student Services for those showing symptoms and those identified as close contacts between 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, Monday-Friday.

The state is providing in-home testing kits. Free or low-cost testing options are also available at pharmacies and your family medical provider.

Vaccinated individuals

If you’re exposed to COVID, you will not need to test, quarantine, or isolate. We will ask you to be tested if you display COVID symptoms.

Unvaccinated individuals

If you’re identified as a close contact, you’ll need to quarantine for 7 days.

  • Self-isolation: If you test positive, you must self-isolate for 10 days from your first symptoms, or from your positive test date.
  • Classes: There will be no Zoom option. You’ll need to catch up with your classmates/faculty on missed work.
  • Residential students: You’ll be asked to isolate at home. If you can’t, the university has a partnership with a local hotel where your first stay will be covered. Any follow-up quarantine/isolation where you elect to stay at the hotel will require you to pay. We will check-in with you on a daily basis at the hotel and provide food as part of your meal plan.
  • Athletics: If you test positive, you’ll need to isolate for 10 days with a 7-day return-to-play protocol (17 days away from the team). If you’re a close contact, you’ll adhere to the quarantine guidelines listed above before returning to team activities.
  • Athletic events: Games will not be rescheduled. Teams will go on with the players they have, or they will have to forfeit games this year.

Employee and student IDs are required to enter campus buildings.

Our facilities team is doing an amazing job of frequently cleaning and sanitizing campus, according to CDC guidelines.

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 has received $7,229,840 in total funding under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. Per the Certification and Agreement signed and submitted to the U.S. Department of Education, $3,161,579 of the funds received are specifically allocated to emergency cash grants for MMU students affected by COVID-19. As of October 31, 2021 under guidelines provided by the federal government, 4,388 students were determined to be eligible for the grants and $3,161,579 of grants have been distributed to 4,388 students. $610,542 of HEERF funds were distributed to 1,282 students, $610,542 of CRRSAA funds were distributed to 1,561 students, and $1,940,495 of ARPA funds have been distributed to 1,545 students.

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

HEERF

  • 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

CRRSAA

  • Students enrolled during the 2020/21 academic year
  • Priority was given to students with exceptional financial need

As required by the U.S. Department of Education, ARPA grants may be disbursed to students who are not eligible to receive Title IV funds, however, priority must still be given to students with exceptional financial need.

ARPA

  • Students enrolled during the 2020/21 and/or the 2021/22 academic year
  • Priority was given to students with exceptional financial need

If you or your family’s financial situation has changed significantly from what is reflected on your federal income tax return (for example, if you’ve lost a job or otherwise experienced a drop in income), you may be eligible to have your financial aid adjusted. Complete the FAFSA questions as instructed on the application (including the transfer of tax return and income information), submit your FAFSA form, then contact finaid@mtmercy.edu to discuss how your current financial situation has changed. Note that the University’s decision is final and cannot be appealed to the U.S. Department of Education.

HEERF Quarterly Report (9/2020)
HEERF Quarterly Report (12/2020)
HEERF Quarterly Report (3/2021)
HEERF Quarterly Report (6/2021)
HEERF Quarterly Report (9/2021)

Adjusting to the COVID-19 changes and preparing for classes can feel overwhelming. Students and employees can access all services offered at our Olson Clinic free of 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 counselor@mtmercy.edu