MTSU Response to Coronavirus Disease
Recent state law does not allow public institutions like MTSU to mandate the wearing of face masks except under severe and specific conditions (which include a declaration by the governor of a COVID-specific state of emergency). However, we strongly recommend their use while inside campus buildings or when social distancing is impractical. Masking, coupled with booster vaccination, can reduce infections.
The most current guidance from the CDC is available here and should be regularly reviewed.
Is the COVID-19 vaccine available on campus?
MTSU Student Health Services will offer Moderna and J&J vaccination clinics every Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Vaccinations are available at no cost to students, faculty, and staff. Vaccination appointments can be booked HERE.
Do I report a positive COVID-19 test to MTSU?
All on-campus residents are expected to contact MTSU Student Health Services via the Nurse Triage Line (615-494-7745) if they receive a positive COVID-19 test. Once notified, MTSU Student Health Services will follow up with Housing for isolation and quarantine instructions. MTSU Housing is maintaining a limited number of residence hall rooms to use for isolation and quarantine of on-campus residents.
Faculty, staff, and students residing off campus are NOT required to report positive test results to MTSU Student Health Services. Employees need to consult with their healthcare provider regarding COVID-19 treatment and notification of close contacts, and they should communicate with their supervisor regarding taking sick leave and return to work dates related to COVID-19 illness or exposure.
Is COVID-19 on-campus testing available to students?
Yes. Students may visit MTSU Student Health Services for free in-house COVID antigen and in-house PCR testing for students who are symptomatic. Results are typically available within 24 hours. If subject to quarantine, a student may elect to take the Everlywell PCR take home test (while supplies last) after five days to potentially end the quarantine.
Is COVID-19 on-campus testing available to faculty and staff?
We are pleased to be able to provide immunizations for all members of the MTSU community, including faculty and staff. However, faculty and staff are reminded that MTSU Student Health Services is funded by student fees and has a primary obligation to serve our students. Faculty and staff should see their primary care physician, local urgent care, or pharmacies for testing and guidance on isolation and quarantine.
Quarantine and Isolation Requirements
What should I do if I am experiencing symptoms?
Unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff MUST NOT come to campus if they are in isolation due to COVID-19, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, are awaiting test results for symptoms, or have reason to believe they have had close contact with a COVID-positive person.
Fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff MUST NOT come to campus if they are in isolation due to COVID-19, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or are awaiting test results for symptoms.
Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should seek testing.
What are MTSU's quarantine / isolation requirements?
MTSU continues to follow guidelines from the CDC and Tennessee Department of Health regarding COVID-19 isolation and quarantine.
Who can assist with quarantine / isolation moves?
If you are living on campus, please visit the COVID-19 Housing Protocols website for specific information. Please note that limited space is available for the quarantine and isolation of students living on campus, and MTSU Housing will not be able to assist students in packing and moving to their temporary quarantine or isolation spaces.
COVID-19 Contact Tracing
Will MTSU provide contact tracing for students?
MTSU Student Health Services WILL conduct contact tracing of any MTSU students who test positive for COVID-19 and are in on-campus housing.
MTSU Student Health Services WILL strongly recommend close contact quarantines of MTSU students who test positive for COVID-19 at health services and are living in off-campus housing (when applicable by current CDC/TDH guidelines).
MTSU Student Health Services will NOT contact trace MTSU students who test positive for COVID-19 and live in off campus housing.
Will MTSU provide contact tracing services for faculty and staff?
At this point, we are NOT providing contact tracing services for exposed or ill faculty and staff. Employees should contact their health care provider for individual quarantine and isolation guidance.
Will faculty be notified if one of their students tests positive for COVID-19?
To maintain compliance with HIPAA, MTSU Student Health Services will not communicate directly with faculty regarding a student’s diagnosis. However, students will be provided a note detailing their isolation/quarantine dates that they may share with their instructors.
Other COVID-19 Questions
What happens if a student misses classes due to COVID-19?
Students who must miss class because of COVID-19 isolation or quarantine requirements should contact their instructors directly to make arrangements to keep up with coursework while unable to attend. Please note that at this time, classes are expected to continue throughout the term in the format noted, so students should not expect that attendance for on-campus classes can be converted to an online option.
How should faculty and staff handle continuing employment obligations?
Faculty and staff who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or are quarantining because of potential exposure to the virus, may reach out to supervisors to discuss the possibility for remote teaching and/or work, if mutually agreeable between the University and the employee. Not all job assignments are able to be performed from home, and therefore, employees should be prepared to use sick leave as necessary.
The ADA reasonable accommodation process is still available for those with medical conditions or disabilities (contact the ADA Compliance Office for further information). This process is conducted on a case-by-case basis, taking both a person’s medical concerns and job duties into account. Employees should not assume that remote work will necessarily be deemed a reasonable accommodation.
While the University has an existing policy for alternate work arrangements for non-faculty employees, such arrangements are not a right or a benefit, and requests must include a business justification.
Will MTSU still do enhanced cleaning of spaces?
Yes. The appropriate custodial services department (Facilities Services, Housing, Dining, etc.) WILL continue to clean campus buildings on a daily or routine basis, including enhanced standards for cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces and high-traffic areas. For community facilities, including restrooms and elevators, this includes but is not limited to doorknobs; handles; push buttons; and toilets, faucets, and sinks. Many of the custodial services you have seen in the past in community facilities will continue as normal, including daily or more often cleaning of restrooms, lobbies, and break rooms; dusting and vacuuming; glass cleaning; and emptying and relining trash and recycling receptacles.
Expectations of Community Members
I’m a student. What should I do if I feel sick?
Contact MTSU Student Health Services at 615-898-2988 or online at www.mtsu.edu/healthservices. MTSU Student Health Services is free for enrolled students.
Unvaccinated students MUST NOT come to campus if they are in isolation due to COVID-19, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, are awaiting test results for symptoms, or have reason to believe they have had close contact with a COVID-positive person.
Fully vaccinated students MUST NOT come to campus if they are in isolation due to COVID-19, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or are awaiting test results for symptoms.
I’m faculty or staff. What should I do if I feel sick?
Faculty and staff SHOULD see their primary care physician, local urgent care, or pharmacies for testing and consequent isolation and quarantine if applicable. MTSU Student Health Services is not able to provide services to faculty and staff.
Unvaccinated faculty and staff MUST NOT come to campus if they are in isolation due to COVID-19, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, are awaiting test results for symptoms, or have reason to believe they have had close contact with a COVID-positive person.
Fully vaccinated faculty and staff MUST NOT come to campus if they are in isolation due to COVID-19, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or are awaiting test results for symptoms.
What else can I do to stay safe?
All community members SHOULD follow personal hygiene and protective measures, including but not limited to washing hands often; avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth; coughing or sneezing into your face mask or elbow; using face masks and coverings and other PPE appropriately; and cleaning and disinfecting work areas appropriately.
COVID-19 COLLEGE CHALLENGE
MTSU has taken The White House COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge pledge and is committed to helping end the pandemic. MTSU Student Health is offering vaccines to all in the campus community age 18 and up. Every shot is one step closer back to the campus life we know and love.