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COVID Cases Dashboard

Milligan will provide information here about positive COVID-19 cases identified as being affiliated with the university (e.g., students or employees). The dashboard is updated each weekday, typically in the evening.

Updated: 10.27.20 (11:00 p.m. EST) 

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES:

STUDENTS EMPLOYEES TOTAL
17 2 19
ACTIVE CASES are individuals with direct on-campus impact who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently self-isolating.
NOTE: The 10-day isolation period for active cases is calculated from the date of onset of symptoms, not the test date, which is sometimes several days later. For this reason, the total active case number does not always match the number of new cases from recent days, since their symptom dates may have been earlier. All isolation and quarantine times are computed and confirmed by the Department of Health according to CDC guidelines. See more »

CUMULATIVE COVID-19 CASES:

STUDENTS EMPLOYEES TOTAL
46 10 56
CUMULATIVE CASES include both active cases on-campus and those who have recovered.

POSITIVE CASES

The positive cases listed below were confirmed to have been on campus within the previous 14 days. Individuals who were known to have been in contact with the positive case(s) have been contacted and have been advised to quarantine.

  • October 26, 2020: Eight positive tests.
  • October 25, 2020: One positive test.
  • October 23, 2020: Five positive tests.
  • October 22, 2020: One positive test.
  • October 21, 2020: Four positive tests.
  • October 19, 2020: Three positive tests.
  • October 15, 2020: Three positive tests.
  • October 14, 2020: One positive tests.
  • October 11, 2020: One positive test.
  • October 9, 2020: One positive test.
  • October 8, 2020: One positive test.
  • October 7, 2020: Two positive tests.
  • October 6, 2020: One positive test.
  • October 5, 2020: One positive test.
  • October 1, 2020: One positive test.
  • September 22, 2020: One positive test.
  • September 17, 2020: One positive test.
  • September 16, 2020: Three positive tests.
  • September 12, 2020: Three positive tests.
  • September 9, 2020: One positive test.
  • August 19, 2020: One positive test.
  • August 12, 2020: One positive test.
  • August 10, 2020: One positive test.
  • August 5, 2020: Two positive tests.
  • August 3, 2020: One positive test.
  • August 2, 2020: One positive test.
  • July 23, 2020: Four positive tests.
  • June 23, 2020: One positive test.
  • March 26, 2020: One positive test.

These figures are based on cases reported to Milligan Health Services and confirmed by the Northeast Tennessee Regional Health Department, which calculates and confirms quarantine and isolation times for each case, according to CDC guidelines. All employees or students reporting a positive test result are isolated while receiving medical treatment in accordance with public health protocols.

Milligan does not report the affiliation or other information about students, faculty, or staff who test positive unless the local public health agency advises that there is a health and public safety benefit to reporting more information about the case.

All positive cases are counted in the THD data statistics of positives and in our dashboard. Presumed or probable cases are included in the active count as soon as we have confirmation from the Health Department. This website will be updated regularly as Milligan officials are notified of positive COVID-19 cases.

We do not include quarantine numbers in our dashboard because they are very fluid. Based on why they are quarantined, someone could be placed on the list and removed the next day. Multiplying that by several times a day becomes very difficult to report on a daily basis. It also does not necessarily reflect illness but also precautionary measures.

When an individual is confirmed to have COVID-19, local health authorities determine who they may have had close contact with and guidance is provided directly to those individuals. Anyone who has been in close contact with a COVID-positive person will quarantine for the amount of time as recommended by Student Health Services or the Health Department.

Health and safety remain our No. 1 priority. Milligan is following medical protocols from state and national health authorities and has implemented recommended guidelines in relation to social distancing, hygiene, travel and visits to the campus. See our COVID-19 Response Plan »

Community transmission of the COVID-19 virus continues locally, in our region, and in the United States. Wearing masks, physical distancing, isolating of positive cases, and quarantining of contacts is vital to slowing this outbreak.

Cases will be removed from the above active case list once they have met CDC criteria for symptom-based recovery. CDC criteria for symptom based recovery is defined as:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and
  • At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved

 

Campus Updates

OCTOBER 23, 2020 - SPRING PLAN DETAILS

Dear Milligan community,

First, I want to thank you for the great job you’re doing.  We’re rapidly moving through the semester and I’m very proud of how diligent you have been.

As we mentioned earlier, we will have an adjusted calendar for Spring 2021. We will be extending the winter break by two weeks, delaying the start of the spring semester to Jan. 25. The semester will end as originally scheduled in late April, with no spring break.  (But you can count on a surprise day off, as always.  Some traditions are just too sacred to cancel!)

Spring Plan: Our Spring Plan, which mirrors the Fall Plan with some adjustments made in recent months, can be found at www.milligan.edu/returnhome. Just as we did for the fall, our plans for the spring will involve an approach that maintains a commitment to providing Milligan’s distinctive educational experience while ensuring everyone’s health and safety, while also doing all we can to mitigate the risk and spread of COVID-19 within our campus community.

Online Option for Spring 2021: Undergraduate students will have the option of selecting an online option for the Spring semester. We are eager to have our students on campus and will continue to take precautions to ensure an environment that is as safe as possible. But, we recognize that flexibility during this time is essential and understand that one’s personal situation may favor continued online learning at this time. Please make note of the following to ensure you make an informed decision:

  1. Decision: Undergraduate students selecting the online option must declare their choice through the link below by January 8, 2021, at the latest. Declaring the online option as early as possible will help students build a spring class schedule that is best suited to online study. Prior to submitting their decision, students first should confer with their advisor to discuss feasibility of this option AND review information below about potential impact on financial aid.
  2. Choosing spring classes: When registering for spring classes, students selecting the online option should always choose courses marked “online” if an online course is available. Some online courses will be offered asynchronously with no regularly scheduled meeting time, and other online courses will be offered synchronously at the times noted on the class schedule.Click here for a list of undergraduate courses that are not available online and must be taken on campus. Courses that do not appear on the list of in-person only classes and that do not have a meeting time or location of “online” will be available via Zoom.

The online registration schedule and instructions for online registration are available at www.milligan.edu/onlineregistration/. Students with further questions should contact the Registrar’s Office.

Costs and Aid: Both the online and on-campus learning options will pay the same tuition and fees. You may live on campus and choose the online option, but if you decide to live at home and learn remotely for the spring semester, your room and board charges for the spring term will be removed from your bill. If you receive financial aid, your eligibility must be reviewed based on your new, lower cost of attendance. For Spring Semester, eligibility for Milligan scholarships and grants still will be available for the online option, however, scholarship amounts may be impacted if the total cost of attendance is reduced. For some students, eligibility for other sources of aid also may change. To receive an estimate of whether your aid will change, please email SFS@milligan.edu.

Graduate, Seminary, and Professional Studies: Students in graduate, seminary, and professional studies programs should check with their program director and/or academic advisor regarding online possibilities.

International (F-1 visa) students: As of October 21, 2020, the online-only option is not available for international students, because U.S. government agencies have not provided guidance about visa rule exceptions beyond the fall 2020 semester. If further guidance extends the exception into the spring 2021 semester, you will be able to make schedule changes at that time.

Courses completed under the online option will meet the same learning goals as courses completed on campus and will provide a full educational experience. All courses will involve high levels of faculty-student engagement, and online students will have opportunities for student activities, spiritual formation, athletics, career development, and student success, although virtual activities may look a little different.

Please refer to the Return Home Spring Plan for more information. Contact Milligan Health Services with specific health-related questions at 423.461.8667 or email healthservices@milligan.edu.

Stay well. Take care of yourself and each other.

Bill Greer, Ph.D.
President

OCTOBER 16, 2020

Dear Milligan community,

While we continue to manage the pandemic impact well at Milligan, we know that COVID-19 cases are rising around the country. We want to encourage an increased level of caution to prevent them from rising to the peak levels recorded in July.

We cannot let up on safety protocols. Both on campus and other places you go, please continue to make wise personal choices to wear masks and socially distance at least 6 feet, whether inside or outside. Avoid any event and other activity where masks are not being worn and social distancing is not being practiced. Stay home or in your room if you are not feeling well or exhibit any symptoms associated with COVID-19, the flu, or seasonal allergies. Report these symptoms to Milligan Health Services.

Be cautious and protect yourself and others. COVID-19 remains a very contagious virus with serious health impacts.

Do not let your guard down. Make smart choices.

Please continue to stay diligent and do all you can to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Stay well. Take care of yourself and each other.

Bill Greer, Ph.D.
President

OCTOBER 13, 2020 - COMMENCEMENT & SPRING 2021

Dear Milligan community,

As we work together this fall to stay safe, we want to update you on two things regarding future plans: (1) Commencement plans for our May/July/Dec graduates and (2) changes to the Spring 2021 semester.

COMMENCEMENT:

We are extremely proud of our graduates and have been working for several months to determine the best way to help them celebrate their successes with their classmates and families while keeping everyone as safe as possible. We have had a team of faculty and staff, with input from graduates, identify the following plan. We will have four small commencement ceremonies in Seeger Chapel in early December, celebrating May, July, and December 2020 graduates:

  • Friday, December 4, 7:00 p.m. – MEd/EdD/MSC
  • Saturday, December 5, 10:00 a.m. – MBA/MSIS/MAH/SEMINARY
  • Saturday, December 5, 2:00 p.m. – MSOT/MSPAS
  • Friday, December 11, 7:00 p.m. – Undergraduates

Graduates who indicated that they would participate or might participate in a December commencement ceremony will receive more information from the Registrar’s Office within the next couple of weeks, along with a survey asking them to confirm their participation. Only students who complete the survey may participate.

Each graduate will receive four tickets. Only ticket holders may attend. The ceremonies will be streamed online for others to watch. Masks and social distancing will be required. Facilities will be cleaned and sanitized between each service. The ceremonies will be adjusted to ensure safety, with no singing, minimal social interaction, and a limited platform party. Representative faculty for each program will be present, but there will not be a full faculty delegation.

SPRING 2021 SEMESTER

We will have an adjusted calendar for Spring 2021. We will be extending the winter break by two weeks, delaying the start of the spring semester. Classes will therefore begin Jan. 25 and the semester will end as originally scheduled in late April, with no spring break. The new schedule can be viewed at www.milligan.edu/academics/#schedules. More details will follow, but we want you to know the following about our spring plans:

  • The first day of classes will be Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, and classes will conclude as originally scheduled on Friday, April 23, with finals April 26-29.
  • There will be no spring break in order to protect our campus community from COVID-19 and allow for the later start to the spring semester.
  • As was the case this fall, Milligan’s primary delivery method for academic instruction will continue to be face-to-face classes, but instruction also will include a variety of online/hybrid formats. We recognize some students will not be able to join us in-person, and the University will offer the opportunity to study remotely for some courses of study. More details will be available soon.
  • Advising for spring courses will begin when the spring schedule is released on Oct. 27. Online registration will open on Nov. 2. The Registrar’s Office will provide more details soon.
  • At this time, we plan to hold spring commencement ceremonies as scheduled May 1, though those events and their format will depend on the course of the virus.

Just as we did for the fall, our plans for the spring semester will involve an approach that maintains a commitment to providing Milligan’s distinctive educational experience while ensuring everyone’s health and safety, while also doing all we can to mitigate the risk and spread of COVID-19 within our campus community. We will continue to be vigilant about health and safety protocols, including mask, social distancing, and daily screening requirements. We work closely with the Northeast Tennessee Health Department in following CDC guidelines, and we monitor closely the pandemic environment.

All of our planning is contingent upon the containment of the virus on our campus and elsewhere. Our plans will adapt to changing conditions. We remain grateful for your resilience and personal commitment to our well-being as a community. We all have a shared responsibility for making our fall and spring semesters productive and sustainable.

Stay well. Take care of yourself and each other.

Bill Greer, Ph.D.
President

OCTOBER 13, 2020 - COVID TESTS

Dear Milligan community,

We have two updates. Due to the delay in the State of Tennessee receiving flu shots, we cannot yet announce when our Health Services will be able to hold our flu shot clinics. If you need to get your flu shot, we advise you to proceed with getting your flu shot from a local provider. The Carter County Health Department is offering free flu shots this week, Monday – Friday, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. for students.

Secondly, I’m pleased to announce that Milligan will begin offering free rapid point-of-care COVID-19 tests, hopefully beginning later this week.

This comes as a partnership with the State of Tennessee and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Additionally, Milligan is the first and currently the only university in the state of Tennessee participating in a validation study of the Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 rapid antigen test. This enables us to provide free COVID-19 testing to symptomatic students and employees – the rapid test provides results in 15 minutes and a secondary molecular test administered at the same time provides results in several days and validates the rapid test. Both tests utilize nasal swabs.

To participate in this study, Milligan has received a CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) Certificate of Waiver from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which regulates all laboratory testing performed on humans in the U.S. The Abbott test has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).

I’m grateful for the partnership that Karen Maughon and our Health Services team have established with the Tennessee Department of Health and our regional department of health to help make this opportunity possible for the Milligan community. We also are grateful to Dr. David Reagan, former Chief Medical Officer for the Tennessee Department of Health and a specialist in epidemiology and infectious diseases who is advising Ballad Health, for the instrumental role he has played in helping this opportunity become a reality. Additionally, we appreciate  Andrew Hull, PA, director of our Physician Assistant program, for his oversight of this COVID testing program. This study will further assist our ongoing efforts to protect our students and employees and mitigate the spread of COVID.

We will share details later this week. Please continue to notify Health Services of any COVID-19 symptoms.

Stay well. Take care of yourself and each other.

Bill Greer, Ph.D.
President

OCTOBER 8, 2020 - DAY OFF ANNOUNCED

Dear Milligan community,

Important news!

Milligan will be closed next Wednesday, October 14, as a way to reduce the stress and fatigue that is understandably resulting from COVID-19 life. Undergraduate classes will not meet and offices will not be open. Recognizing World Mental Health Day, this day off is provided as a small way to say thank you for your diligence in following safety protocols and as an opportunity to rest while we prepare for the second half of the semester.

Please note:

  • Undergraduate classes and student learning activities will not meet.
  • Students with scheduled educational activities in the community (e.g. clinical rotations, student teaching, service learning hours, internships) should attend.
  • Graduate programs may make their own decisions about whether to meet as usual or to modify their schedule as they see fit.
  • Employees who must work that day can discuss with their supervisor an additional day to take prior to the end of the year.

We encourage you to use this day as truly a “day off” that provides you with mental, physical, and spiritual restoration – but be on the lookout for info about a special treat or two that day.

We ask that students and employees continue to observe proper safety precautions and practices at all times, including social distancing and wearing a facial covering. We continue to have success with our Fall Plan and want to continue to maintain a safe educational environment as we finish the semester.

Stay well. Take care of yourself and each other.

And Go Buffs!

Bill Greer, Ph.D.
President

SEPTEMBER 22, 2020

Dear Milligan community,

On this first day of Fall, we’re thankful for the way the Milligan community is working together to protect yourselves, protect others, and protect Buff Nation.

The Response Team is reviewing the recent updates to the CDC guidelines, in consultation with our medical experts with Ballad and the Tennessee Department of Health, and will make any needed updates to our processes and communication.

Below is information about how cases are handled by Milligan Health Services. All decisions about cases are made in conjunction with the Tennessee Health Department, according to the CDC guidelines, and we are following their instructions.

  • Milligan reports all cases and contacts to the Tennessee Health Department through a shared document. These cases are reviewed by Dr. David Kirschke, medical director of the Northeast Tennessee Regional Health Department. He, along with Dr. Thomas and Dr. Onyango with the Health Department, calculate and confirm quarantine and isolation times for each case at Milligan.
  • All positive cases are counted in the THD data statistics of positives. All positive cases are also counted in our dashboard.
  • Students are notified about their isolation times and are told not to return to classes or activities until they have been evaluated and released by Health Services to return.
  • Faculty are notified by the Office of Student Success about students who have a medical reason they cannot be in class. When the student is medically able to return to class, the faculty receive another notification from Student Success.

Please refer to the Return Home Fall Plan for more information. Contact Milligan Health Services with specific health-related questions at 423.461.8667 or email healthservices@milligan.edu.

Stay well. Take care of yourself and each other.

Bill Greer, Ph.D.
President

SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

Dear Milligan community,

While we are hopeful that this pandemic will be over soon, the reality is that it is very much still a threat. Our campus continues to maintain relatively low positive case numbers, which are updated daily at www.milligan.edu/health. We are thankful for this. But we know we must continue to stay vigilant in following safety protocols of social distancing, wearing masks, and monitoring our health. Now is not the time to relax on these expectations. Please continue to limit your travel and social interactions as much as possible. This is essential for our campus community to remain safe.

Flu season is approaching, which will bring symptoms similar to COVID-19. We ask everyone in the Milligan community to get a flu shot to reduce your risk (and those around you) for becoming ill and for needing medical attention. This also limits needing to take quarantine precautions due to symptoms that may be confused with COVID. Our Health Services office, in coordination with our nursing and PA students, will be offering free flu shots on campus in early October pending availability from the Tennessee Department of Health. Watch for more details in the coming weeks.

All faculty, staff, and students who test positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who tested positive are required to report this information to Health Services immediately by calling 423-461-8667.

The Counseling Center provides free, confidential counseling to Milligan students. During this challenging time we encourage students to be proactive in taking care of their mental health. To schedule an appointment, students should call 423-461-8500.

Please refer to the Return Home Fall Plan for more information. Contact Milligan Health Services with specific health-related questions at 423.461.8667 or email healthservices@milligan.edu.

Stay well. Take care of yourself and each other.

Bill Greer, Ph.D.
President

SEPTEMBER 7, 2020

Dear Milligan community,

Thank you for your careful observation of our Fall Plan safety protocols. My wife, Edwina, and I delivered cookies around the dorms this past weekend during Open House and we were very impressed with the respect we saw given to safety protocols. Our Response Team also has commented that they continually witness good observance of the plan around campus, especially mask wearing.  Please also remember the importance of social distancing of six feet whenever possible.

We currently have no active cases. We ask you to continue to be vigilant with the health guidelines. We definitely cannot become complacent in our work to provide Milligan’s distinctive educational experience while ensuring everyone’s health and safety. The Response Team continues to respond and prepare for various needs that ensure our safety as well as respond to potential cases and issues should they arise.

Some updates:

  • We have created a decision tree to help clarify how to respond if you have symptoms or have been exposed. It is attached and can be found at www.milligan.edu/returnhome.
  • Remember to report symptoms or positive tests to Milligan Health Services ASAP.
  • The COVID case dashboard is updated daily with case information at www.milligan.edu/health/.
  • Remember that information about a student or employee’s health is private and cannot be shared, so please do not discuss others’ situations or health.

A few things that are in the works:

  • The State of Tennessee has approved Milligan to offer free flu vaccines this fall for students and employees. Health Services, in coordination with our Nursing and Physician Assistant programs, will offer a clinic 1-2 days a week. Watch for more details on this coming soon.
  • The Carter County Department of Health has trained a group of our students to help perform contact tracing for positive COVID cases on campus. This training involves following CDC protocols, as well as HIPAA and FERPA confidentiality.

Please refer to the Return Home Fall Plan for more information. Contact Milligan Health Services with specific health-related questions at 423.461.8667 or email healthservices@milligan.edu.

Stay well. Take care of yourself and each other.

Bill Greer, Ph.D.
President

AUGUST 24, 2020 - WELCOME HOME

Dear Milligan community,

Welcome Home! It has been wonderful to see the campus coming alive again in recent days. Whether you are joining us on-campus or online, we are very grateful you are part of the Milligan community this fall. While we know this will be a very different semester for everyone, our hope is that it is a fulfilling experience rooted in our goals of scholarship, community, and faith.

To ensure the health and safety of our community, we ask that you please be fastidious with following our health and safety guidelines as outlined in the Return Home Fall Plan. To that end, here are a few reminders and updates:

  • Daily Screening: Screening with the Ascend software (see last week’s email from Health Services about access info) will be required beginning the first day of classes on Tuesday, Aug. 25.
    • Daily screening is required before off-campus people come to campus. If you live on-campus, complete the screening before you leave your room/apartment.
    • You only need to complete the screening on the days you will be on campus. If you are not on campus on weekends, you do not need to screen. But if you live on campus or will be on campus for any reason, you must screen that day.
    • You will be asked to show your clearance screen on your mobile device when entering classrooms, cafeteria and grill, libraries, Wellness Center and fieldhouse, and offices. If you do not have a mobile device, complete the screening on your computer, print the last screen, and carry it with you when on campus.
    • Those failing (red screen) to meet the screening standard are not permitted to enter any campus facilities. Employees should contact their supervisor. Students should contact Health Services, their instructors, and coaches and athletic trainers if applicable. Visitors should reschedule visits after 14 days.
    • If you did not receive an email with your access information, send an email to helpdesk@milligan.edu for assistance.
  • International students: The CDC has reconsidered their position on the need for international students to quarantine for 14 days after arriving in the United States. So we have cleared our international students to begin regular activity within Milligan’s stated safety protocols, assuming they do not have any symptoms and pass the Ascend screening.
  • Report positive tests: If you are sick, foll the guidelines outlined at https://www.milligan.edu/returnhome/#staying-healthy-on-campus. If you have a positive COVID-19 test, report the test ASAP using the form on this website or call 423.461.8667. Immediately isolate and Health Services will contact you and provide further guidance.
  • Read emails and website: I know there are a lot of emails being sent right now to try to communicate various information. Please try to keep up with these emails. Also regularly check the website for safety guidelines, our dashboard with case info, and campus updates.
  • Masks: Please try to keep extra masks with you, but if you forget or lose your mask, you can pick up a disposable mask from the Registrar’s Office, Business Office, Student Development, or you can purchase MU masks in the Bookstore.

Our opening chapel service will be this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. prior to the drive-in movie at State Line Drive-in in Elizabethton. I look forward to sharing in worship with you then.

We are praying for a safe semester. We are a unique community, bound by friendship and love that is built upon a shared sense of mission and faith in God. That is what we will continue to be, thanks to the resilience of our students, faculty, and staff, and our alumni and friends who support that work.

Stay well. Take care of yourself and each other. Here we go!

Bill Greer, Ph.D.
President

AUGUST 11, 2020 - ONLINE OPTION FORM

Dear Milligan Undergraduate Students,

As I said last week, we are eager to welcome you back to campus and have instituted a number of social-distancing and other precautions to ensure an environment that is as safe as possible.  This on-line option is being provided in the event that your personal situation favors continued online learning at this time.

Below is the link for students to select the online option for Fall 2020 study, as described in my email last week. Please respond by this Friday, August 14, if you want to select this option. Otherwise, we will assume you are pursuing on-campus study.

Please consult with your advisor and review carefully the information posted at https://www.milligan.edu/returnhome/#online-or-on-campus-options.  Use the form link there if you decide to choose the on-line option.

Thank you,
President Greer

AUGUST 7, 2020 - ONLINE OPTION

Dear Milligan community,

I’d like to share an important announcement about our “Milligan Returns Home” Fall Plan.

We still intend to welcome students to campus this fall but have decided also to include the option for undergraduate students to study online during the fall of 2020. We are eager to welcome you back to campus and have instituted a number of precautions to ensure an environment that is as safe as possible.  But, we recognize that flexibility during this time is essential and understand that one’s personal situation may favor continued online learning at this time.

Please make note of the following to ensure you make an informed decision:

  1. Decision: Undergraduate students will receive an email next week with a link to a form to declare their choice of online or on-campus plans for fall. This decision is due by Friday, August 14. Prior to submitting their decision, students first should confer with their advisor to discuss feasibility of this option AND review information below about potential impact on financial aid.
  2. Fall Only: The online option currently is available for Fall 2020 only. Students will be expected to return to on-campus instruction in Spring 2021, pending improvements in the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. What to Expect: The online option will utilize tools such as Canvas and Zoom, and students should be prepared to attend some or all of their classes synchronously at the time noted on their fall class schedule. The on-campus option may include some online instruction, as well, based on students’ current class schedules. Both options will meet the same learning goals and provide a full educational experience. Both options will involve high levels of faculty-student engagement, as well as opportunities for student activities, spiritual formation, athletics, career development, and student success, although virtual activities may look a little different.
  4. Schedule Adjustments: Courses with clinicals, skills labs, science labs, or experiential requirements may not be available for the online option. Students selecting the online option should confer next week with their advisor and make schedule adjustments in Self-Service. Students with further questions should contact the Registrar’s Office.
  5. On-campus Expectations: Students choosing the on-campus option will agree to follow the safety precautions outlined in the Buffalo Pledge and Milligan Returns Home fall plan, including social distancing and wearing masks. Students with a laboratory confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 (symptomatic or asymptomatic) who reside on campus will go home to isolate if they live close enough to travel by car without overnight lodging and are well enough to travel (as passenger or driver). The safety of persons residing at the student’s home (e.g. immunocompromised) will be considered, but in most cases it will be necessary for students testing positive to return home. Students quarantined due to potential exposure to COVID-19 will do so in their assigned residence hall rooms. When making decisions about online or on campus instruction and/or living at home or in on campus residence halls, students should consider the possible effects of returning home in the event of a positive diagnosis of COVID-19, being quarantined due to potential exposure to COVID-19, or sharing residence space with quarantined (non-COVID positive) roommates and suitemates. Review the quarantine and isolation protocols here.
  6. Costs and Aid: Both the online and on-campus learning options will pay the same tuition and fees. You may live on campus and choose the online option, but if you decide to live at home and learn remotely for the fall semester, your room and board charges for the fall term will be removed from your bill. If you receive financial aid, your eligibility must be reviewed based on your new, lower cost of attendance. For Fall Semester, eligibility for Milligan scholarships and grants still will be available for the online option, however, scholarship amounts may be impacted if the total cost of attendance is reduced. For some students, eligibility for other sources of aid also may change. To receive an estimate of whether your aid will change, please email SFS@milligan.edu.
  7. Graduate, Seminary, and Professional Studies: Students in graduate, seminary, and professional studies programs should check with their program director and/or academic advisor regarding online possibilities.

Undergraduate students will receive an email next week with a link to a form to declare their choice of online or on-campus plans for fall.

Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate this period of rapid change and uncertainty.  Our “Milligan Returns Home” page will be kept current with our updated plans.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

President Greer

AUGUST 6, 2020

Dear Milligan community,

As we move closer to the beginning of the semester, we understand there is a desire to be as fully informed as possible about matters that relate both to our individual roles as well as the University as a whole. It is important that you review the details of the Fall Plan and keep an eye on our Coronavirus response webpage. Also understand that this continues to be a fluid situation and we are working daily to identify and address the needs for the Fall. We have and will continue to share any information that is necessary in order to provide a safe environment for teaching, learning, and living.

  • Case information: As of August 1, per our Fall Plan, we now share positive case information at www.milligan.edu/health rather than campus emails. There are a number of circumstances that limit what can and cannot be shared publicly.  HIPPA and FERPA regulations, for example, are very specific regarding the disclosure of information and these regulations sometimes limit what we are able to disclose. Therefore, Milligan will not report the affiliation, program, or other information about students, faculty, or staff who test positive unless the local public health agency advises that there is a health and public safety benefit to reporting more information about the case.
  • What we’ve learned: From the positive cases we’ve experienced so far, we are reminded that we must (1) remain socially distant inside and outside, AND (2) wear masks in class, meetings, and any gatherings (including study groups), AND (3) stay home if we experience ANY symptoms.
  • Contact tracing: Contact tracing will be conducted by the Student Health Services office in conjunction with the Health Department. Additional staff has been added to the Health Services office for the fall semester. Vicki Carroll, who previously served as a campus nurse, has returned to assist with additional case management and contact tracing processes. We encourage students to use assigned seats in classes
  • International students must quarantine: In the past two weeks, things have started to look more promising for the return of international students. Per our Fall Plan, international students (and anyone traveling to campus from outside the U.S.) must complete a 14-day self-quarantine in their residence hall rooms prior to integrating into the campus. Lori Mills and several other faculty have graciously volunteered to help our international students by running errands for them as they try to get established here prior to the start of classes. If you know of a student who is quarantining who has asked for assistance of some form, please do not hesitate to contact Lori directly and she will assist in matching the faculty member with the student. Our coaches are also working very closely with athletes who are internationals.
  • Quarantine and Isolation: We have identified several locations both on and off campus for students who are unable to return home in the event that they are required to self-quarantine or isolate in accordance with the University policy due to a confirmed case. We strongly encourage students to be prepared to return home to quarantine or isolate if at all possible. Information about our quarantine and isolation protocols can be found at www.milligan.edu/returnhome/#quarantine-and-isolation.
  • Stay home if you have symptoms: As you have seen in recent emails, it is critical for everyone’s safety that employees and students conduct daily self-monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms and not come to campus if exhibiting ANY symptoms, whether you think they are related to COVID or not. Continue to watch your email for more details about the Ascend app that we will begin using Aug. 20.
  • Campus communication: The best source for information is the website: (1) The “Milligan Returns Home” Fall Plan and (2) Coronavirus Response page. We will continue to email regular updates as anything changes from previous announcements and these emails are also posted on the Coronavirus information page.
  • Athletics: The Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) announced this week that all intercollegiate competition is postponed until Sept. 15. Fall competition for women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer will be limited to conference-only opponents and their championships will be postponed to the spring. Spectators will be allowed only at outdoor venues. Milligan is making every effort to eliminate any overnight stays for our athletic teams.

The Response Team, our Health Services personnel, and our residence life/student affairs staff stand ready to deal with issues as they arise in compliance with the protocols we have established.  We will continue to provide as much information as we can, and are allowed, as the summer comes to a close and the fall semester begins.  If there is ever anything that you need to know that has not been communicated clearly or is unavailable within our plan, please let your supervisor, your area chair, or area vice president know.  We will make every effort to respond to your inquiry as quickly as possible.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

Bill Greer, Ph.D.
President

AUGUST 5, 2020 - ASCEND APP

Dear Milligan community,

I am pleased to announce Milligan’s new partnership with Base Camp Health and their back-to-school safety app called Ascend.

Ascend is a web-based platform that helps us protect our students and employees from the spread of COVID-19. The Ascend platform gives our Response Team the real-time information they need to assess the risk of virus spread through our campus community and take proactive steps to keep infected individuals away from those not infected and return them back in a healthy way as quickly as possible.

It is easy to use. Each morning, faculty, staff, and students will take a 15-second survey, answering questions about their symptoms and any known exposure to COVID-19. The app will combine that information with contextual data and other risk factors to tell each student or employee whether to report to campus/class/work that day or not.

While the app makes invisible COVID risk visible and manageable, it keeps data protected, in accordance with the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). HIPAA and FERPA require that healthcare data be protected with stringent privacy procedures, and our partnership with Base Camp Health will be 100% compliant with appropriate privacy regulations.

Ascend makes use of healthcare data of students and employees in its assessment of their risk of COVID-19 infection. But that data is visible only to the user and authorized medical personnel. When users are asked to remain at their residence or given instruction to locate testing, the details of that information is not made available to supervisors or instructors. They know only whether a user will be allowed to attend class or come to work, but they are not told why.

Additionally, the platform itself makes use of the most current data protection measures available, from data encryption to secure site protocols for the physical locations of our servers to protect data from bad actors. Data security is a primary focus of Base Camp Health, and their Ascend application deploys industry-leading protection measures for our employee and student information. Our students and employees can be assured both that users are protected from data risk and that HIPAA and FERPA provisions are fully met.

All employees and students will receive an email the week of August 17 with information on how to access the Ascend app. We will launch the app on Aug. 20.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

And follow safety protocols!

Bill Greer, Ph.D.
President

JULY 23, 2020

Dear Milligan community,

We have made some minor updates to the Fall Plan, which you can download at www.milligan.edu/returnhome. You can find a summary list of the changes on the last page of the plan. We will continue to make updates as we monitor the situation and determine the best ways to ensure the health and safety of our campus community.

On Monday, the Response Team again met with Dr. David Reagan, a specialist in epidemiology and infectious diseases and the former chief medical officer for the Tennessee Department of Health. He and many others have helped give us guidance on how to best minimize risk as we re-open.

A few important notes:

  • Social distancing and wearing masks: These safety protocols are critical to our community response. Please continue to take these steps to keep yourself and those around you safe. This is not the time to be lax.
  • Period of caution: All are strongly encouraged to observe a 14-day period of caution before returning to campus. Stay home as much as possible, avoid travel, adhere to strong social distancing guidelines, and wear masks in all public spaces.
  • Positive cases: We have three more students who have tested positive. All are self-isolating off campus. Persons who have had close contact with the individuals have been notified by the Department of Public Health in accordance with standard public health principles. If you have not been notified, then you are not deemed to have increased risk because of exposure to these individuals. We will respect the privacy and anonymity of these individuals, but we ask for your prayers for their healing.
  • Future case info: As of August 1, notification about positive cases will not be issued by campus email but, instead, case information and other updates may be found at www.milligan.edu/returnhome.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

Bill Greer, Ph.D.
President

JULY 22, 2020 - ATHLETIC FACILITIES

As we prepare for the return of the campus community this fall, some additional changes regarding the use of athletic facilities are being implemented. We anticipate and hope that international student/athletes will begin returning in early to mid-August from their various homes, communities and countries. In preparation for their return the following steps are being taken.

  • Lacy fieldhouse/upper level (basketball, volleyball, weight rooms and classrooms) will be closed for renovations and any use beginning at 5pm on Friday, July 24. These facilities will remain closed to everyone until 8am, Friday, August 7. Upon the reopening of the facilities, only members of the campus community (current Milligan students, faculty and staff) will have access to this facility. This will remain in place throughout the fall semester. Social distancing continues to be emphasized. Face coverings are required for anyone not participating in an aerobic activity, including all coaches, staff and students.
  • Lacy fieldhouse (pool) will continue to be available on a pre-approved supervised basis only. No showers are available.
  • Anglin field (soccer, softball and baseball) is open on a pre-approved basis only. Social distancing is encouraged and face coverings are required for anyone not participating in an aerobic activity, including coaches, staff and students. No off campus groups or individuals will be allowed use of the facility beginning August 1.
  • Anglin field (running loop) continues to be closed for use due to repairs being done from damage caused by flooding.
  • Gilliam Wellness Center will continue to be open under the same guidelines and restrictions currently in place. The hours of operation will continue to be our traditional summer conditions except with no use of showers.  Those hours are Monday and Wednesday 2-6pm; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 6:30-10:30am; closed Saturday and Sunday. The center will be closed  August 1-9 and will re-open Monday August 10 with summer hours. We will remain with summer hours of operation until the first day of class on Tuesday, August 25 at which time we will begin full hours of operation.
  • Mathis Tennis Complex- open for normal utilization with social distancing encouraged for all players. Observers are required to socially distance and utilize face coverings.

Once again, thanks to each of you for your cooperation and support during this unusual time. Everyone’s attitude has been overwhelmingly positive and much appreciated. Milligan appreciates your continued support as we work to get everyone back in a timely and safe manner.

Mark Fox
Vice President for Athletics and Student Development

JULY 16, 2020 - COUNTY MASK ORDER

Yesterday Carter County Mayor Rusty Barnett issued an order effective tomorrow, July 17, stating that “Face coverings are required to be worn over the nose and mouth of all persons in Carter County in public settings consistent with CDC guidelines, especially when in close proximity to others and social distancing measures are difficult to maintain” and stressing the importance of social distancing when in the presence of people other than those who share the same household.

Exceptions to the order include being in one’s residence or automobile, children twelve years old and younger, individuals with underlying medical conditions, when eating or drinking, when outdoors, when working in conditions where appropriate social distancing is substantially maintained (such as individuals working in socially distant, separated workspaces), and other limited exceptions.

The university is already observing many of these practices and will officially implement additional guidelines as part of the Milligan Returns Home plan on August 1, so day-to-day operations on campus should not be greatly affected by this order.  However, employees, especially those interacting regularly with the public, should be aware of the order while interacting with both the campus community and visitors to the university.  The Procedures for Campus Facilities document currently being posted at public entrances to campus buildings has been updated to reflect the mayor’s order.

As of 9:00 this morning, it does not appear the order has been posted to the county’s website but the full text is available from WCYB at https://twitter.com/news5wcyb/status/1283426825000161282/photo/1.

Thank you for your continued attention to and support of the university’s coronavirus response efforts.

Brent Nipper
Director of Property and Risk Management

JULY 10, 2020 - COMMENCEMENT & HOMECOMING

Dear Milligan community,

Based on current CDC and State of Tennessee guidelines, as well as our own concern for the safety and health of our campus community, I’m sorry to share that we will be unable to hold the August ceremony that had been planned for our May graduates.

Additionally, we will not be hosting Homecoming festivities in October in order to avoid all large gatherings outside of our current student body this fall.

We are now looking at a December date to celebrate our May graduates. We will share those details in the next few weeks as we are able to finalize them. However, keep in mind that everything is subject to change as we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation.

We are deeply saddened about these delays for our graduates. We remain committed to ensuring that our graduates and their families have an opportunity to celebrate their achievements together if at all possible.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

Bill Greer

JULY 7, 2020 - FALL PLAN ANNOUNCED

Dear Milligan community,

Today, we announce our plans for the fall semester. This comprehensive plan contains community standards to keep our campus and our community safe by limiting the spread of COVID-19. Please read the full plan at www.milligan.edu/returnhome.

We look forward to welcoming you home to campus as we plan to have an on-campus fall semester that provides Milligan’s distinctive educational experience while ensuring everyone’s health and safety. To do so, we will:

  • Follow the health and safety procedures outlined in the Milligan Returns Home Plan, in accordance with local, state, and federal health guidance.
  • Wear a face mask in the presence of others in all indoor public areas and work spaces, as well as outdoors if unable to maintain 6’ distanc
  • Begin the fall semester on schedule on Aug. 25 and end one week early on Dec. 3. Classes will take place and offices will be open on Labor Day and during the planned days of Fall
  • Complete on-campus instruction and activities at Thanksgiving break. All classes and final exams will be completed remotely. Students living on campus will not return until Spring semester to reduce further exposure and community spread.
  • Deliver classes primarily face-to-face but include a wider variety of combination/hybrid formats to accommodate students and faculty in vulnerable health populations or other factors impacting their ability to participate in on-campus teaching and learning.
  • Offer a residential experience with a cohort model for roommates and suitemates.
  • Build community through curricular and co-curricular opportunities for students to connect and explore opportunities for shared experiences.
  • Reimagine Fall Break as a weekend of on-campus activities following safety protocols.
  • Modify on-campus dining services to conform with physical distancing and safety protocols.
  • Operate athletic programs in accordance with NAIA and Conference guidelines.

I greatly appreciate the six teams covering all aspects of the institution that have been working with the Response Team to develop this plan. These teams identified how to implement safety protocols and take numerous precautions to limit physical contact with others, while staying connected and committed to our values of scholarship, community, and faith.

We also have been in consultation with the department of health, government officials, local health care leaders, athletic associations, and higher ed organizations, all of which are helping us to ensure we are making the best decisions possible. And we are incredibly thankful for the support and guidance of our alumni and community partners.

We will continue to closely monitor the evolving situation. Additional adjustments to our plan and operations may be needed based on updated guidance from the State of Tennessee and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Updates and new information will be shared at www.milligan.edu/returnhome.

I have closed every campus update since March with the words, “Stay well. Take care of yourself and each other.” Even when we are not together in person, we are IN this together, bound to one another by friendship, faith, and a shared mission that comes from being united by the community that is Milligan University.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

Bill Greer, Ph.D.
President

JUNE 23, 2020 - SECOND CONFIRMED CASE

Dear Milligan Community:

Today we learned that a student has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) following out-of-state travel. This individual is self-isolating off campus. Persons who have had close contact with the individual have been notified by the Department of Public Health in accordance with standard public health principles. If you have not been notified, then you are not deemed to have increased risk because of exposure to this individual. We will respect the privacy and anonymity of this individual, but we ask for your prayers for their healing.

Social distancing and wearing masks are critical to our community response. Please continue to take these steps to keep yourself and those around you safe. This is not the time to be lax.

We will release our fall plan in the next two weeks, with more details on how we will operate to ensure the safety of our campus community. The plan will follow CDC and State of Tennessee safety protocols, and we will be seeking full compliance from everyone in the Milligan community on these protocols.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

And follow safety protocols!

President Greer

JUNE 19, 2020

Dear Milligan community,

The Coronavirus Response Team met with Dr. David Reagan yesterday, who provided feedback on some of the work being done by our planning teams in preparation for our return to on-campus activities this fall.  Dr. Reagan is the former Chief Medical Officer for the Tennessee Department of Health and is a specialist in epidemiology and infectious diseases.  We are grateful for his feedback and advice.  Dr. Reagan pointed out that we’re all in uncharted waters and that there is no way to completely eliminate risk.  But he added that our plans are well-crafted to minimize risk as much as possible.

I am grateful to everyone on the Planning Teams and to everyone who has provided input to them.  An initial report from these teams will be reviewed next week by the Response Team and we will be sharing it widely in early July.  In the meantime, there is still time for input, so don’t hesitate to share any questions or concerns with any member of the Planning Teams.

Likewise, because of the nature of this fluid situation, please keep in mind that the plans we are making now may have to change in the future.

Stay well,

President Greer

JUNE 19 - ATHLETIC FACILITIES

Milligan continues to make every effort to safely and expediently re-open our campus athletic facilities. All this is being done in preparation for the return of our student athletes and the whole campus community this fall. We anticipate and hope that student athletes will begin returning in early to mid-August from their various homes, communities and countries. In preparation for their return the following steps are being taken effective Monday, June 29. Until that time current restrictions and limitations are in effect.

Lacy fieldhouse (basketball and volleyball) floors will continue to be open on a pre-approval basis. Individual groups using the areas are restricted to groups of 10 or less. Social distancing continues to be emphasized and wearing of face coverings are strongly encouraged. Face coverings are required for anyone not participating in an aerobic activity, including coaches, mentors or observers. There will be some basketball camps held during the month of July. During camps there will be no observers or parents. Only people allowed in the gym will be camp participants and camp staff. Campers and staff must provide their own hydration as water fountains are not available in this facility.

Lacy fieldhouse (weight room) will reopen beginning Monday, June 29. Larger room limit is 5 people at a time, with smaller room limit of 2 at a time. Face coverings required at all times and social distancing strongly encouraged. All users should immediately wipe down and sanitize equipment used.

Lacy fieldhouse (pool) will continue to be available on a pre-approved supervised basis only. No showers are available.

Anglin field (soccer, softball and baseball) will open for camps and group usage. Social distancing encouraged and face coverings are required for anyone not participating in an aerobic activity, including coaches, mentors and observers. Fans and observers are allowed for these venues but social distancing and face coverings are required of these individuals at all times. Participants, coaches, observers and fans must provide their own food and hydration.

Anglin field (running loop) continues to be closed for use due to repairs being done from damage caused by flooding.

Gilliam Wellness Center will continue to be open under the same guidelines and restrictions currently in place. The hours of operation will continue to be those under normal summer conditions with no use of showers.  As in normal years, the center operates Monday-Friday (4 hours/day) and is closed on Saturday and Sunday. The center will maintain this schedule throughout the summer. The weeks of June 29 (July 4 holiday week) and August 3 (repairs) the center will be closed. The center will begin normal operating hours on the first day of class, Tuesday August 25.

Mathis Tennis Complex- open for normal utilization with social distancing encouraged for all players. Observers are required to socially distance and utilize face coverings.

I want to say thanks for everyone your overwhelming cooperation and positive attitudes. Milligan appreciates your continued support as we work to get everyone back in a timely and safe manner.

Mark Fox, VP for Athletics & Student Development

JUNE 9, 2020 – PROGRESS REPORT: MILLIGAN RETURNS HOME

Dear Milligan community,

Below is a progress report from our planning teams, who are developing recommendations on the best way for Milligan to achieve our plan to have an on-campus fall semester that provides Milligan’s distinctive educational experience while ensuring everyone’s health and safety. The Response Team will formulate these into an operational plan for “Milligan Returns Home” that we hope to issue by mid-summer. Please feel free to offer feedback via the chairs of each planning team or anyone on the Response Team.

We will endeavor to provide regular updates on our progress every week or so.

Each team is considering the following items:

Health and Wellness
Chair: Karen Maughon, Milligan Nurse

  • Guidelines for Student Health Clinic use and protocols
  • General guidelines for students, faculty, and staff
  • Recommendations for case management and support of students with diagnosis /symptoms of or exposure to COVID-19
  • Recommendations for case management and support of faculty and staff with diagnosis/symptoms of or exposure to COVID-19
  • COVID-19 Education for entire Milligan University community
  • Awareness of Mental Health/Counseling resources
  • Team members: Karen Maughon, Andy Hull, Melinda Collins, Shonna Lane, Christy Isbell, Rebecca Sapp, Grayson Fleming, Corey Clark

Academic and Instructional Technology
Chair: Garland Young, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean

  • Academic calendar considerations: Plan A is to start and end semester as currently scheduled, with Labor Day and Fall Break. Plan B: possible online instruction only after Thanksgiving break. Discussions with Area Chairs and faculty ongoing. Semester needs to be at least 15 weeks, per federal financial aid regulations.
  • Class size and space considerations for social distancing
  • Course scheduling considerations to enable appropriate class sizes for social distancing
  • General safety considerations, including teaching space cleaning; daily screening policy; more flexible class attendance; masks/face shields; sneeze guards; classroom web cams, etc.
  • Considerations for at-risk faculty and at-risk students
  • Identifying what software/hardware students and faculty need to facilitate any potential online learning
  • Team members: Garland Young, Beth Crouch, Tausha Clay, Carolyn Carter, Stacy Dahlman, Kelly Griffith, Brent Nipper, Carrie Klofach, Dalton Shell, Katie-Starr Harrell

Student Life
Chair: Tony Jones, Dean of Students

  • Guidelines for campus activities gatherings including safe food provision, revision of high contact activities, identifying appropriate spaces on campus to meet minimum requirements for safety and distancing
  • Strategies for implementing chapel service and SFP events including various scheduling concepts, use of masks, screening, and determining appropriate spacing
  • Guidelines for Welcome Week to make necessary adjustments for providing social distancing and for meaningful experience.
  • Developing guidelines regarding surface contact and management of games and socializing
  • Guidelines for clubs and organizations including policy and check lists to help clubs/organization facilitate meetings
  • Team members: Tony Jones, Heather Cramer, Rich Aubrey, Jason Onks, Ron Kastens, Cara Blanton, Jon Guy, Mark Fox, Brent Nipper

Athletics
Chair: Mark Fox, Vice President for Student Development & Athletics

  • Specific operational items related to team return to campus, practice, home events, and away events
  • Factoring in recommendations made by the NAIA and the Appalachian Athletic Conference work groups. Also utilizing guidelines from national associations like USA Volleyball, etc.
  • Common practices related to screening, cleaning, and precautions to be taken
  • Guidelines for each fall sport first. Due to the variety in the way the sports compete and train and differences in venues (indoor and outdoor, size, etc.), the guidelines will look different for each sport.
  • Recommended guidelines for cross country, volleyball, and soccer almost complete. These will be fluid documents as conditions, best practices, and developments evolve.
  • Team members: Mark Fox, David Lilly, Chris Layne, Doneva Bays, Burena Edens, Daniel Manget, Gabrielle Mardis, Sarah Grace Larkey

Residential and Food Services
Chairs: Jacqui Steadman, Vice President for Business & Finance; Brent Nipper, Director of Property & Risk Management; Tony Jones, Dean of Students

  • Infection and spread prevention strategies in residence halls including social distancing in group areas and promotion of appropriate cleaning and hygiene practices
  • Isolation strategies in the event of confirmed cases of COVID-19
  • Potential need to modify Residence Life activities and programming to adhere to state and federal guidelines
  • Strategies to promote resident health and safety while maintaining strong sense of community in residence halls
  • Pioneer College Catering dining services reopening guidelines including plans for dining services, customers, employees, and physical spaces (dining areas, food preparation areas etc.)
  • Food service cleaning and sanitation procedures and schedules
  • Strategies to prevent infection and spread through social distancing in dining areas, alternative points of service, dining services procedures for PPE, and food and beverage service
  • Phased system of service restoration: restricted, moderate, limited, and standard service provision based on current virus situation and state and federal guidelines
  • Team members: Jacqui Steadman, Brent Nipper, Tony Jones, Mark Henry, Heather Cramer, Megan Kent, Drew Burton

Communications
Chair: Lee Harrison, VP for Marketing & Enrollment

  • Means of communications (channels/format) by constituency group
  • Values and guidelines for all communication
  • Strategies and timelines for communication
  • Team members: Lee Harrison, Rhajon Smith, Allie Greer, Kristin Wright, Amerrica Duggan-Torbert, Micah Ridley, Lauren Gullett, Jim Dahlman, Kristal Dove, Amanda Bristol, Abbie Russell

You can continue to find updates at www.milligan.edu/health.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

Go Buffs!

President Greer

MAY 18, 2020 – REFUNDS & STIMULUS FUNDS

Milligan has received and will be distributing one-time relief funds made available by the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Funding is to be used to provide emergency financial aid grants to college students who have incurred expenses due to the disruption of campus operations resulting from the coronavirus outbreak.

  • Grant Eligibility: As stipulated by the CARES Act, to be eligible for grant funds, students must be Title IV eligible which is documented by the filing of a FAFSA; must have been enrolled during the Spring 2020 semester in a degree-seeking program (all online classes/programs excluded) and maintained satisfactory academic progress in their course of study; must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen; must have a valid Social Security Number; must be registered with Selective Service (males 18-25); must not in default on a federal student loan and does not owe refund on a federal student grant.
  • Qualifying expenses and funds awarded:
    1. Technology grant – All eligible Milligan students will receive a $100 grant toward technology/internet expenses incurred to support the transition to an online format from the traditional in-person class format.
    2. Move-out/travel grant – Milligan residential students required to vacate campus housing during Spring 2020 will be awarded a grant based on mileage from permanent residence for the unanticipated trip to campus in May to retrieve personal belongings.
    3. Board grant – Residential students that were on a full board meal plan will receive a $730 grant ($121/week x 6 weeks) since they incurred additional unexpected expenses for food during the remainder of the spring semester.
    4. Room refund – Residential students will receive a 40% refund of the room charge for the spring semester.
  • Distribution of Funds: Funds will be processed by the Student Financial Services office; grant funds will be reported on 1098-T for 2020; funds will be paid by paper check and mailed to the student’s permanent address as shown in Self Service. The distribution of funds to eligible students will begin after May 20, 2020. If you meet the eligibility criteria and have not received funding by June 20, 2020, please contact the Student Financial Services at milligansfs@milligan.edu.  In the meantime, please verify that your mailing address is accurate in Self-Service.

Information regarding Milligan’s receipt of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds can be found at www.milligan.edu/heerf/.  The disclosure includes estimates for the number of students who are eligible to receive a grant and the method used to determine how grants will be awarded.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

President Greer

MAY 18, 2020 – PLANNING TEAMS

Today, we are beginning the process of reopening campus. We will follow CDC and State of Tennessee safety protocols, as outlined in previous campus communication and posted next to building entrances. More information will be posted soon about what offices and services are currently open and available.

As I shared last week, we are working on a campus operational plan for “Milligan Returns Home.” I’m pleased to share that the following planning teams will be working in the coming weeks to make recommendations to the Response Team on the best way for Milligan to achieve our goal to have an on-campus fall semester that provides Milligan’s distinctive educational experience while ensuring everyone’s health and safety.

These planning teams will be:

Health and Wellness
Karen Maughon, Milligan Nurse
Andy Hull, Area Chair and Director of PA Program
Melinda Collins, Associate Dean of the School of Sciences and Allied Health, Director of Nursing
Shonna Lane, Associate Professor of Nursing
Christy Isbell, Area Chair and Director of MSOT Program
Rebecca Sapp, Associate Professor of Counseling, Director of Counseling Center
Undergrad Student: Grayson Fleming
Grad Student: Corey Clark

Academic and Instructional Technology
Garland Young, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean
Beth Crouch, Associate Professor of Nursing
Tausha Clay, Professor of Education
Carolyn Carter, Associate Dean of the Greene School of Business & Technology, Professor
Carrie Klofach, Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre
Stacy Dahlman, Associate Dean for Academic Administration and Registrar
Kelly Griffith, Instructional Technologist
Brent Nipper, Director of Property & Risk Management
Undergrad Student: Dalton Shell
Grad Student: Katie-Starr Harrell

Student Life
Mark Fox, Vice President for Student Development & Athletics
Tony Jones, Dean of Students
Heather Cramer, Director of Student Success and Disability Services
Jason Onks, Director of Campus Activities
Rich Aubrey, Campus Minister
Ron Kastens, Director of Ministry Leadership Program
Undergrad student: Cara Blanton
Grad Student: Jonathan Guy

Athletics
Mark Fox, Vice President for Student Development & Athletics
Burena Edens, Assistant Athletic Trainer
Doneva Bays, Head Volleyball Coach
Chris Layne, Head Cross-Country and Track and Field Coach
David Lilly, Instructor – International Business and Sports Management
Daniel Manget, Sports Information Director
Student: Gabrielle Mardis
Student: Sarah Grace Larkey

Residential and Food Services
Jacqui Steadman, Vice President for Business & Finance
Brent Nipper, Director of Property & Risk Management
Tony Jones, Dean of Students
Mark Henry, Director of Food Services
Heather Cramer, Director of Student Success and Disability Services
Student: Megan Kent
Student: Drew Burton

Communications – added 5/27/20
Lee Harrison, VP for Marketing & Enrollment
Rhajon Smith, VP for Institutional Advancement
Allie Greer, Assistant Director of Public Relations
Kristin Wright, Director of Admissions
Amerrica Duggan-Torbert, Assistant Director of Enrollment Communications
Micah Ridley, Director of Multimedia Services
Lauren Gullett, Director of Seminary Admissions
Jim Dahlman, Professor of Communications
Kristal Dove, Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Amanda Bristol, Director of Information Technology
Student: Abbie Russell

As always, information about the college’s response to COVID-19 is available at www.milligan.edu/health.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

Go Buffs!

President Greer

MAY 11, 2020

As we announced a few weeks ago, our goal is to have an on-campus fall semester that provides Milligan’s distinctive educational experience while ensuring everyone’s health and safety.

So, we are establishing several planning teams that will work quickly to think about the most important questions about how to reinvent or reimagine a new normal. The Response Team will review those recommendations and work with these teams on implementation of a campus operational plan to be prepared and communicated by the end of June.

These planning teams will be:

  • Academics & Instructional Technology
  • Student Life
  • Residential and Food Service
  • Athletics
  • Health & Safety

It is important that we plan for a reimagined sense of normal operations. But we also are considering various contingency plans should they be needed. Those alternatives will be communicated with the plan, in the next few weeks, so that everyone has the opportunity to plan and prepare.

As always, information about the college’s response to COVID-19 is available at www.milligan.edu/health.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

Go Buffs!

President Greer

APRIL 27, 2020

It is hard to believe that this is our final week of classes for the spring semester and final exams are next week. In today’s update, we are excited to announce plans for a rescheduled commencement service, as well as our plan for the gradual reopening of campus.

Commencement:

  • The Commencement Committee met on Friday and reviewed considerations and the feedback from our graduates. We are pleased to announce that we are rescheduling an on-campus commencement ceremony for Saturday, August 15. A back-up date, should circumstances dictate, will be Sunday, October 25, at the conclusion of Homecoming Weekend. We are excited to help our graduates and their families celebrate their achievements. The Registrar’s Office will contact students this week asking if they plan to participate on August 15. Further details about ceremony times will follow within the next couple of weeks.
  • Regardless of when the ceremony is rescheduled, degrees will be conferred officially at the end of the Spring 2020 semester and diplomas will be delivered by mail in late May if all academic requirements are completed and all obligations to the college are met. The bookstore will communicate about how to go ahead and order regalia to either ship to your home or pick up on-campus prior to the ceremony.

Campus Reopening:

  • Milligan plans to reopen campus on Monday, May 18, following the guidelines established in the Governor’s Tennessee Pledge announced on Friday. This will be a gradual reopening that includes social distancing, workplace cleaning and disinfection practices, as well as self-evaluation for COVID-19 symptoms. More details will be shared with employees about these guidelines and processes.
  • We will phase-in the return of employees to campus offices beginning May 4. We need to address any backlog of work created by the closing of offices over the last six weeks and begin preparing for the campus reopening. Employees who can fully perform job responsibilities from home need to continue to work from home until further guidance. Area vice presidents and department directors will communicate with each department soon about return-to-work dates for each office and employee.
  • The residence hall check-out process will still begin May 1. Check your email for detailed information about process and safety procedures for that process.
  • We will communicate decisions soon regarding on-campus summer classes and summer programming.
  • As we all know by now, circumstances related to the coronavirus can change quickly and the college’s plan and reopening dates set forth in the plan must be flexible and able to adapt to meet any potential changes.

Don’t forget to join us THIS Thursday, April 30, at 11 a.m. for an Awards & Blessing Service via our YouTube and Facebook pages as we announce and celebrate recipients of many important and historic awards offered by our academic schools and the institution. We’ll also have an opportunity to share in prayers of blessing for our graduating students, as well as our returning students. Parents and families are welcome to join us in this virtual service.

As always, information about the college’s response to COVID-19 is available at www.milligan.edu/health.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

Go Buffs!

President Greer

APRIL 23, 2020

The last few weeks have continued to be very busy as we work through various questions and decisions related to the Coronavirus impact on Milligan. Here is our weekly update:

  • Summer Courses: A final decision about whether face-to-face classes will be moved online will be made by May 1. Many of the summer course offerings are already online courses. See www.milligan.edu/onlineregistration/ to register.
  • Fall Semester: We are currently planning for a face-to-face fall semester. We also are exploring various contingency plans should they be needed so that we’re prepared to meet the educational needs of our students while ensuring the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. We are discussing those contingencies with the Academic Committee (Associate Deans of each School, Registrar’s Office, and Library Director). We will share more in the coming weeks on what those alternatives are likely to be and by what date we would like to make final decisions, so that everyone has the opportunity to plan and prepare.
  • Refunds and stimulus funds: Just this week, the College received guidance regarding the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds that will be made available to colleges and universities. We are now able to develop policies on how to distribute these dollars and will share that information as soon as it is final. Our intent is to have the funds distributed by the end of May.  More information will be forthcoming over the next couple of weeks.
  • Commencement: We surveyed our graduates last week about several options for rescheduling commencement. The Commencement Committee meets this Friday to discuss and finalize a plan, which we will announce next week. The college is deeply committed to ensuring our prospective graduates and their families have an opportunity to celebrate their achievements. Regardless of when the ceremony is rescheduled, degrees will be conferred officially at the end of the Spring 2020 semester and diplomas will be delivered by mail in late May if all academic requirements are completed and all obligations to the college are met. Graduates will receive more details from the Registrar’s Office.
  • Campus Reopening: We are closely monitoring and awaiting guidance from the governor, local authorities, and the CDC on how and when employees can return to working on-campus. We’ll certainly incorporate whatever protocols they recommend into our new routines.
  • Residence Hall check-out: Students are able to begin checking out of housing beginning next Friday, May 1. Students MUST sign up for a check-out date.  Please email milliganhousing@milligan.edu with any questions.
  • An Awards & Blessing Service: Join us next Thursday, April 30, at 11 a.m. via our YouTube and Facebook pages as we announce and celebrate recipients of many important and historic awards offered by our academic schools and the institution. We’ll also have an opportunity to share in prayers of blessing for our graduating students, as well as our returning students. Parents and families are welcome to join us in this virtual service.

There are so many questions that no one can answer with 100% certainty at this point. As you can see in the news, there are opinions across the board on the question of when we’ll be back to what we might call “normal.” The reality is that this pandemic situation is a new experience for everyone and no one knows for sure what is to come. My hope and prayer is that we’ll be back on campus in the fall.  We are guided by what the CDC and various health officials advise and we will continue to be.

From the beginning, this has been a constantly changing situation. And so, we have to stay flexible and willing to change with it. We’re in constant contact with the department of health, our accreditors, athletic associations, and others who are working through all this one day at a time. I can assure you that as soon as decisions are made that impact our students, faculty, and staff, we’ll get that word out just as quickly as possible. For now, I encourage everyone to concentrate on a strong finish to the spring semester and hope and plan for a “more normal” fall semester.  Should circumstances cause changes to that plan, we’ll all work together to stay on mission and focused on achieving our goals.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

Go Buffs!

President Greer

APRIL 14, 2020

It’s hard to believe we’re down to three weeks remaining in the semester. I appreciate the remarkable patience and flexibility you all have displayed during this time of so much change and uncertainty.

We have several important updates below that we’ve been working on in recent weeks:

  • Pass/Fail – Our faculty have worked on a policy that will be announced soon giving students the option to take up to two of their Spring 2020 courses for a “Pass/Fail” grade rather than a regular letter grade. This policy is only for spring semester, given the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the move to online instruction for all spring 2020 classes. You’ll receive an email from the Registrar’s Office with details. Be sure to review the policy closely. We know you will continue to work hard in your classes, and we want to ensure that you have the opportunity to finish spring semester strong.
  • Awards Convo & Blessing Service – We’re excited to offer a combined Awards Convocation and Graduate Blessing Service on Thursday, April 30, at 11 a.m. via our YouTube and Facebook pages. We’ll have an opportunity to announce recipients of many important and historic awards offered by our academic schools and the institution. We’ll also have an opportunity to share in prayers of blessing for our graduating students, as well as our returning students. Parents and families are welcome to join us in this virtual service.
  • Commencement – While we’re not able to hold our commencement ceremonies on May 9, we have been reviewing several other options for our graduates and their families to have an opportunity to celebrate and share one of their greatest life achievements. We will be surveying our graduates this week to seek input as we make that decision. We hope to announce a new commencement plan very soon.
    • Degree & Diplomas – The deferral of our May commencement ceremony in no way impacts the status of our new graduates. Degrees will be conferred officially at the end of the Spring 2020 semester and diplomas will be delivered by mail in late May if all academic requirements are completed and all obligations to the college are met. You’ll receive more details from the Registrar’s Office.  
    • Regalia – The Milligan Bookstore will provide info soon for students to pre-order their regalia. These can be shipped to your home for an additional shipping charge OR they can be picked up at the Bookstore after the campus is allowed to re-open.

You can find past updates at http://www.milligan.edu/health.

I continue to be grateful for your commitment to displaying servant-leadership as you adapt and thrive in these challenging times.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

President Greer

APRIL 9, 2020

In the midst of weathering the COVID-19 storm, we find ourselves nearing the end of Holy Week.  And interestingly, we’ve been warned many times this week that we’re nearing the darkest days to be caused by this virus and that following this “apex” in the number of deaths, we’ll soon be seeing brighter days.  My prayer is that this is true, just as it was during this week in the life of Christ.  Tomorrow is Good Friday, the day our savior, Jesus Christ, was crucified.  But what we know is that three days later, Jesus walked out of the tomb, defeating death and fulfilling prophecy.  His death, burial, and resurrection give us hope as Christians that the brightest days do indeed follow the darkest.

My prayer for us all is that during this time apart, we actually grow closer together.  Love one another, be kind to one another, help one another, and live in the way Christ would have us live, and as scripture teaches us.

I’m pleased that so many members of our community are doing so much to help in this challenging time.

We have compiled this page (www.milligan.edu/milligan-responds-covid19/) that captures many of the ways the Milligan community has responded in service to the needs around us during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s not necessarily exhaustive, and we encourage you to share other stories you might know about with us.  On that same page are links to recent chapels and devotionals.  As we approach Good Friday, I especially encourage you to check this one out:  https://ecs.milligan.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2020/04/good-friday_2020.pdf

I pray that everyone has a blessed Easter weekend and that you’re able to take some time to reflect on the way God has richly blessed us all.

Stay safe and well.

President Greer

APRIL 6, 2020

We have no new updates again today, but as we move through this Holy Week and prepare for Easter Sunday, it is a time for us all to reflect on the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I hope we all can take time this week to reflect on both the agony and the joy in our ultimate celebration of Easter. It is through Christ’s sacrifice that we are reconciled with God. That is the good news of Christ and the basis of our mission at Milligan.

May you be blessed this week as you reflect on this good news, even in the midst of other not-so-good news with which we are surrounded. Focus on this good news and let the cause of Christ drive you in your studies and preparation to be the servant-leaders that our world so desperately needs.

Beginning today, I’ll send an update only when there is a need.  Otherwise, I’ll be staying in touch with you every few days.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

President Greer

APRIL 3, 2020

I have no updates for you today.  So, I thought I would take the opportunity to simply say thanks to all of you for the many ways you are caring for one another and how you are continuing on the work we do so well together.

I especially want to thank the Coronavirus Response Team.  Here they are:

  • Mark Fox – Vice President for Student Development and Athletics
  • Lee Harrison – Vice President for Marketing and Enrollment Management
  • Garland Young – Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean
  • Rhajon Smith – Vice President for Institutional Advancement
  • Jacqui Steadman – Vice President for Business and Finance
  • Brent Nipper – Director of Property and Risk Management
  • Tony Jones – Dean of Students
  • Karen Maughon – Campus Nurse
  • Kathy Barnes – Assistant to the President

We owe this group a huge thanks for the additional time and energy they have put into keeping the people of Milligan safe and well.  I am so proud of the work they have done and the dedication with which they have done it.  We have been meeting every weekday morning at 9:00am since this whole thing began.  We pray each day for the health and safety of every person in our community, we pray for the doctors, nurses, and healthcare providers, and we pray for the people of our nation and world who are all sharing in this global pandemic.  I hope you will keep this group in your prayers as well.

There are a lot of other people at Milligan who are protecting our campus and taking care of the essential matters that need to be tended to each day.  There are people continuing to work with prospective students who are busy making decisions about next year.  There are people continuing to raise financial support for our work.  There are people seeing to the needs of others in our community who are less able to care for themselves.  There are still others who are working to make sure we all stay connected through virtual campus activities, weekly virtual chapel, and in other ways.  SGA is also still at work.  In fact, I had the pleasure of joining their “zoom” meeting just last night.  It made me proud and happy to see so many of our students stepping up and continuing to lead and serve.

I’m grateful, also, for the many donors and friends who have continued to support us through this time of change.

And, of course, our faculty and students are all working together to carry on the educational mission of Milligan.

The life of Milligan has continued – and I’m grateful for the ways each of you have made that possible.

And remember what Joshua 1:9 tells us:  Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

I pray each of you have a peace-filled weekend.  Continue taking care of yourselves and each other!

President Greer

APRIL 2, 2020

Today’s Updates:

  • Serving – Please share with PR@milligan.edu any ways you or others from the Milligan community are involved in service related to the pandemic, either as an individual, class, or group. Thanks for all you do for Milligan and for all the ways you work in our wider community as a servant leader!

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

President Greer

APRIL 1, 2020

It is good to see the interactions and updates – on email, social media, and Milligan Today – from our campus community on all the ways we continue our commitment to Scholarship, Community, and Faith. Thank you for helping us to live out our mission in a very important way at a very important time.

Today’s Update:

RESIDENCE HALL CHECK-OUT:  The date to begin checking out of housing has now been moved to May 1 (and possibly may be moved later depending on further governmental guidance). This decision was made to honor the many safer-at-home orders issued around the country and to protect our students, staff, and local community from the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Students who signed up for a date on April 30th or earlier will need to sign up for a later date.  Please email milliganhousing@milligan.edu with any questions.

Thank you for your patience as we have had to adjust our procedures due to this constantly changing situation.  I understand it can be frustrating, and I’m grateful for your understanding and flexibility.

We continue to post updates at http://www.milligan.edu/health.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

President Greer

MARCH 31, 2020

Yesterday, local governments and the Governor of the State of Tennessee all issued “Safer at Home” orders that restrict travel to essential purposes only. This affirms what we have already been doing and encouraging at Milligan for several weeks now. As we mentioned yesterday, campus will be closed until April 30. Most employees are working from home. Only those with essential needs and approved in advance by the appropriate senior administrator are permitted on campus and should practice social distancing. If you have any questions, please consult with your supervisor.

We hope your studies are going well and you’re finding ways to stay connected to the Milligan community. Remember that we are still the same caring, Christ-filled Milligan family we’ve always been. We all have a responsibility to be there for one another—except at appropriate “social distance.” Stay connected and committed to our pillars of scholarship, community, and faith.

We have no specific updates today. You can view past updates at http://www.milligan.edu/health.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

President Greer

MARCH 30, 2020

We appreciate your prayers on behalf of our employee who tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Our colleague continues to recover at home. I invite you to continue to pause for a few minutes of community prayer at 12 noon (EDT) each day as we weather these strange days together.

Below are updates for today: 

  • Campus closed until April 30: With the extension of the nationwide social distancing guidelines announced yesterday, campus will now be closed until April 30 – to students, faculty, staff, and public. Most employees are continuing to work from home. Only those with essential needs and approved in advance by the appropriate senior administrator are permitted on campus and should practice social distancing.
  • Campus services: Physical facilities are closed but many services can be accessed virtually, such as:
    • Campus Directory – Email or call to schedule an appointment with any office, including Registrar, Business Office, Career Services, etc.
    • Libraries – A rich array of electronic information resources are accessible 24/7 from the Milligan Libraries website (library.milligan.edu). Email library@milligan.edu to arrange for local pickup at the front doors of items from the physical lending collections. See 3/23/20 email from Academic Dean Garland Young for guidelines.
    • Bookstore – For any bookstore business, email JPresnell@milligan.edu.
    • Counseling Center – virtual support counseling services available via Zoom or phone calls. The center will provide compassionate emotional and social support, assessment of helping resources available near you, and make referrals as necessary as well.  Email counselingcenter@milligan.edu to schedule an appointment.
    • Tutoring – A tutoring schedule was emailed last week. Students can email the tutors to schedule a time to meet via phone, FaceTime, etc. Questions? Email HMJackson@milligan.edu.
    • Health Clinic – Triage services by phone consultation at 423.461.8667. This involves acquiring information about your health history and symptoms and directing you to appropriate treatment centers off-campus as necessary.
    • Career Development – Students may make phone appointments for career advice via the online scheduling link. Students may submit resumes, cover letters, personal statements for graduate school applications, and other job search documents for feedback at banderson@milligan.edu.
  • Commencement: The May 9 commencement ceremonies have been cancelled, but we will have a commencement celebration when we are able to so do. More details will be shared when we are able to finalize plans. We are deeply saddened about the impact of this on our graduating students. We are very proud of you!
  • Residence Halls: Students can now make appointments to check-out of the residence halls beginning April 15. Check email for details. No students are allowed in residence halls until their designated time. 
  • Protocol for reporting risk:  Any student or employee who has been exposed, has symptoms, or has been tested for COVID-19 should immediately self-quarantine and contact the Milligan Health Clinic: Karen Maughon, R.N., at 423.461.8667.

Review current information and all past updates at www.milligan.edu/health.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

President Greer

MARCH 27, 2020

We are thankful that the employee who tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing well. Please join me in continuing to pray that this member of our community has a full and quick recovery. We are now able to share that this employee works in the Business Office. Her last day in the office was Friday, March 20. She is self-isolating at home.

The Tennessee Department of Health has now contacted all persons who had close contact with this employee. If you were not notified, then you are not deemed to have increased risk because of exposure to this individual. Those employees who did have contact have been asked to self-isolate for the remainder of the 14 days since last contact, and they are doing so. The impacted offices are closed for appropriate cleaning according to Department of Health guidelines. Everyone should continue to follow social distancing and good health protocols.

Below are other updates for today: 

  • Residence Halls: The locks for all the exterior residence hall doors were changed yesterday for security and safety. Students will receive an email today to begin making appointments to check-out of the residence halls beginning April 15. No students are allowed in residence halls until their designated time. 
  • Credits/refunds: With the transition to online classes for the remainder of the spring semester, the administration is developing a plan to provide prorated refunds/credits for room and board charges. Information is forthcoming. We appreciate your patience. 
  • Financial aid: As long as students remain enrolled full-time through the end of the spring semester, financial aid for Spring 2020 semester will not be impacted. If you receive financial aid and have any other questions, please contact Student Financial Services at SFS@milligan.edu or call 800.447.4880. 
  • Protocol for reporting risk:  Any student or employee who has been exposed, has symptoms, or has been tested for COVID-19 should immediately self-quarantine and contact the Milligan Health Clinic: Karen Maughon, R.N., at 423.461.8667.

This remains a fluid situation and additional changes may be forthcoming.  We will share updates by campus email and at www.milligan.edu/health.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

President Greer

MARCH 26, 2020 - CASE CONFIRMED

Today, March 26, we learned that an employee in the Milligan University community has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This is the first confirmed case of COVID-19 directly related to the Milligan University community. This individual is an administrative staff member who was last on campus on Friday, March 20.

This individual is self-isolating at home in accordance with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Tennessee Department of Health. Please join me in praying that this member of our community has a full and quick recovery. For reasons of health privacy, the college cannot provide additional details regarding this case.

Contact investigation and notification is overseen by the local Tennessee Department of Health. Persons who have had close contact with the individual in question are being notified by the Tennessee Department of Health in accordance with standard public health principles. If you are not notified, then you are not deemed to have increased risk because of exposure to this individual. Out of an abundance of caution, the impacted offices are closed for appropriate cleaning according to Department of Health guidelines.

Academic courses continue online, but the campus remains closed to students, faculty, staff, and the public. Milligan has not had on-campus courses since March 6 when the college’s spring break began. On March 12, the college extended spring break one week and moved classes online for two weeks. As many staff as possible began working remotely March 19. Following increased global concerns about the pandemic, the difficult decision was made March 20 to extend remote learning through the end of the Spring semester.

It is important to reinforce that, per healthcare guidelines (HIPAA), we have a responsibility to maintain the privacy of this individual. Thank you in advance for helping us honor our obligation to maintaining our employees’ privacy while fulfilling our commitment to keep the campus community informed.

Milligan’s health website at www.milligan.edu/health remains the best source of information about the impact of the virus on our college community.

Social distancing is critical to our community response. Please continue to take these steps to keep yourself and those around you safe. Let me again thank you for partnering with us to help slow the spread of COVID-19 on our campus and protect the community at large.

Sincerely,

Bill Greer, Ph.D., President

MARCH 25, 2020

Today, Karen Maughon, our campus nurse who is serving on our Coronavirus Response Team, led us in a prayer of gratitude and thanksgiving for the ways God loves us. In difficult times, we sometimes lose track of the reality and magnitude of God’s love and mercies. We are thankful.

Today’s updates:

  • Residence Halls – On Friday, we will send out sign-ups for students to begin making appointments April 15 and later to check-out of the residence halls. No students will be allowed to spend the night on campus as part of this process.
  • Campus Activities – watch your email and MilliganToday for upcoming virtual activities.
  • Chapel – join us for an online chapel service tomorrow at 11 am. This can be found on Milligan’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

Review current information and all past updates at www.milligan.edu/health. And remember to pause for a few minutes of community prayer at 12 noon (EDT) each day.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

President Greer

MARCH 24, 2020

Last week, Mark Fox, our Vice President for Athletics and Student Development, shared some scriptures and a devotional with our Response Team that is a good reminder for all. Psalm 84:12 and Matthew 6:34 both remind us to put our trust in the Lord and not worry about tomorrow. Trust is not a natural response for many, but God reminds us frequently in the Scriptures that the Spirit is with us to lead and comfort us. Trust one day at a time, which keeps our dependence focused on God.

We have no new announcements today. We have restructured the www.milligan.edu/health page so you can find a summary of all current information at the top, followed by a list of the daily updates in recent weeks. Please refer to this page often to stay current.

Please remember to pause for a few minutes in community prayer at 12 noon (EDT) each day. Please pray for Milligan—for our students, our faculty, staff, and leadership, for the needs of the college, and for our ministry. I ask that you also pray for our nation and our world.

Also, starting Thursday at 11 a.m., we’ll be offering a three-part virtual chapel series on the theme of “Faith, Hope, and Love.”  Please join us in worship from wherever you are. The chapel service can be found on Milligan’s Facebook page, live at 11 a.m. and anytime thereafter. It will also be available on YouTube. More details and a link to follow.

Stay well. Take care of yourself and each other.

President Bill Greer

MARCH 23, 2020

Welcome back to classes – to “e-Milligan,” where scholarship, community, and faith engagement will happen online for the rest of spring semester. This will be different for all of us, and we appreciate your patience, grace, and positivity as we address a number of questions and details as soon as possible.

Below are updates for today:

  • Back to School: Online classes began today. As Academic Dean Dr. Garland Young advised last week: stay caught up, communicate with your instructor and with each other, build community, and get help when you need it.   
  • Campus is closed: Out of respect for current government guidance to limit travel and social interaction, campus is closed until at least April 6 – to students, faculty, staff, and public. Most employees are continuing to work from home. Only those with essential needs and approved in advance by the appropriate senior administrator are permitted on campus and should practice social distancing.
    • Fieldhouse, gym, wellness center – closed
    • Libraries – buildings closed. Online access available. More info forthcoming about accessing physical resources.
    • Bookstore – facility closed. For any bookstore business, email JPresnell@milligan.edu.
    • Cafeteria – closed
    • Counseling Center – virtual support counseling services available via Zoom or phone calls. Center will be provide compassionate emotional and social support, assessment of helping resources available near you, and make referrals as necessary as well.  Email counselingcenter@milligan.edu to schedule an appointment.
    • Tutoring – A tutoring schedule will emailed to campus later this week. Students can email the tutors to schedule a time to meet via phone, FaceTime, etc.
    • Health Clinic – Triage services by phone consultation at 423.461.8667. This involves acquiring information about your health history and symptoms and directing you to appropriate treatment centers off-campus as necessary.
    • Campus Directory – Email or call to schedule an appointment with any office, including Registrar, Business Office, Career Services, etc. 
  • Residence Halls:  The residence halls will not be open for students to collect belongings until at least April 6, and perhaps later depending on the developing situation and travel restrictions. The college will provide information to residential students later this week about how and when students can schedule a designated time to collect their belongings. Campus is otherwise closed and students will not be allowed on campus until their designated time.
  • SFP credits: Every full-time student will receive 33 credits spring semester for events scheduled during the time campus is closed. These are in addition to whatever you’ve already earned spring semester.
  • Online chapel & other events: You’ll soon hear some announcements about opportunities to stay virtually connected with your Milligan friends and colleagues. We will have several online chapel services, and the Student Activities Office is planning some online community activities. Routine announcements and news will be shared, as usual, on MilliganToday, so keep an eye there.
  • Protocol for reporting risk:  Any student or employee who has been exposed, has symptoms, or has been tested for COVID-19 should immediately self-quarantine and contact the Milligan Health Clinic: Karen Maughon, R.N., at 423.461.8667.
  • Precautionary: Anyone returning from travel from an area known to have a significant number of cases – whether domestically or internationally – should not return to campus until they follow the guidance from CDC and their local health department regarding the potential need for self-isolation or testing. See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

We will miss being with you face-to-face on campus. We know that being personally present with our faculty, staff, and other students is one of the best things about your student experience at Milligan. We regret having to make these sacrifices but know it is in the best interest of your health and safety. We will be working hard to continue delivering the best Milligan experience possible during these difficult times.

Updates continue to be posted at www.milligan.edu/health.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

President Bill Greer

MARCH 20, 2020 - ONLINE FOR SEMESTER

Today, the Milligan University administration made the difficult decision that our transition to remote learning will be extended through the end of the Spring semester. This decision was made in response to the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic and with a desire to act in the best interests of all members of the Milligan community.

As of today, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Milligan’s campus. However, the developments in recent days and the guidance of government and public health authorities have led us to the conclusion that substantial changes to the college’s operations for the remainder of the semester must happen.

A few important details are below. More will be shared on Monday.

  • Residential students: The college will provide information to residential students by Wednesday, March 25, about how and when students can return to campus to collect their belongings. Students will have to sign up for a designated time to do so and follow clear distancing guidelines. Campus is otherwise closed and students will not be allowed on campus until their designated time.
  • Employees: Many Milligan employees began working remotely yesterday and will continue to do so until further notice.
  • Events: All college-sponsored events requiring a physical meeting are cancelled for the remainder of the semester. Events that can be delivered remotely may continue.
  • Commencement: We are deeply saddened about the impact of this on our graduating students. We are working on a plan to celebrate your accomplishments in a meaningful way. We are very proud of you.

These decisions are not easy due to the operational implications and logistics, but what is easy is the decision to put the health and safety of our college community as our first priority. As we face the challenges brought about by this situation together, I am encouraged to be a part of the Milligan community where such challenges are addressed with grace, compassion, and unity of spirit.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

President Bill Greer

MARCH 20, 2020

Dear Milligan and Emmanuel Community,

These are indeed uncertain and challenging times for our world, our nation, our college and seminary, and for each of us. What brings great comfort in the midst of the unknown is that the God we serve is in control.

In recent days, we’ve become acquainted with social distancing and limiting contact with each other in order to preserve and protect the health of ourselves and others. In a place like Milligan, where a strong community is essential to who we are, this is especially challenging, but we have taken numerous precautions to limit physical contact with one another, while still encouraging teamwork and community.

And so, while we won’t be able to gather in person at this time, I invite you to join us, wherever you may be, in prayer each day to pray for our Milligan community, our nation, and our world. Each day at noon (EDT), I ask you to pause for a few minutes in prayer. Please pray for Milligan—for our students, our faculty, staff, and leadership, for the needs of the college, and for our ministry. I ask that you also pray for our nation and our world.

In the midst of the current climate where it’s easy to feel helpless, we can rest assured that prayer is one of the most important things we can be doing. Take heart in knowing that God hears our prayers.

The community of Milligan and Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan appreciates your prayers and asks you to join with us as we pray for the college and each other.

Bill Greer (’85), Ph.D.
President

MARCH 19, 2020

Today is the first day of spring, and we are thankful for blooms and a bit warmer weather that helps lift our spirits and give us hope for the future.

Below are updates for today:

  • Online classes March 23-April 5: Beginning Monday, the extended spring break is over and we will be back in session via online instruction. Watch for more details in tomorrow’s update about online instruction and how to access student services during this period.
  • Service opportunities: Our mission of educating and being servant-leaders is more important than ever. We want to continue to make you aware of community needs for volunteers. Those choosing to volunteer should use precaution and prudent judgment in determining if this is something you can and should consider. These needs will be shared at https://today.milligan.edu/category/crisis-response/.
  • Summer & Fall registration: All the focus is on the here and now, for good reason, but do begin thinking about this summer and fall. Class schedules for those terms will be available next week, and online registration will be March 30-April 7, following the schedule at www.milligan.edu/onlineregistration. Advising will be done remotely. Check your email from the Registrar’s Office for details.
  • Protocol for reporting risk:  Any student or employee who has been exposed, has symptoms, or has been tested for COVID-19 should immediately self-quarantine and contact the Milligan Health Clinic: Karen Maughon, R.N., at 423.461.8667.
  • Precautionary: Anyone returning from travelling both domestically and internationally, especially in countries or regions known to have a significant number of cases, should follow the guidance from CDC and their local health department regarding the potential need for self-isolation or testing.

This remains a fluid situation and additional changes may be forthcoming.  We will share updates by campus email and at www.milligan.edu/health.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

President Bill Greer

MARCH 18, 2020

We remain hopeful that we will return to normal operations and campus schedule on April 6, but this is subject to change. We continue to monitor developments and discuss how to meet mission-critical operations during this uncertain time. Below are updates for today:

  • Closed to public: Beginning tomorrow, March 19, and continuing through April 3, the campus will be closed to external visitors and guests.
  • Employees:
    • All staff who are able to perform their job duties remotely (confer with your supervisor and/or VP for approval) should work remotely March 19 through April 3.
    • Those who continue to work on-campus should comply with social distancing expectations and confer with supervisor/VP about flexible work arrangements.
    • All employees are expected to conduct your work with the same professional, technical, and ethical standards as always. All policies and procedures remain in effect, including expectations for performance and productivity.
  • Events:
    • Admissions Preview Day on March 20 has been cancelled.
    • Johnson City Symphony Orchestra on March 21 is cancelled.
    • Conference on Christianity and Literature on March 27 has been postponed until next academic year.
    • MCA Multicultural worship (Sounds of God) on March 31 is cancelled.
    • VITA tax preparation days are cancelled.
    • Theatre spring production March 26-29 is cancelled.
    • Kappa Delta Pi induction on April 4 is cancelled.
    • ALM Ladies Lunch has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 19.
    • Symphony of the Mountains on April 4 is cancelled.
    • Connections Orientation on April 18 has been rescheduled for July 11.
    • Book of Ruth concert on April 25 is being postponed until next academic year.
    • Greenwell-Aldridge Memorial Golf Classic on June 15 is being postponed. Date TBA.
  • Protocol for reporting risk:  Any student or employee who has been exposed, has symptoms, or has been tested for COVID-19 should immediately self-quarantine and contact the Milligan Health Clinic: Karen Maughon, R.N., at 423.461.8667.
  • Precautionary: Anyone returning from travelling both domestically and internationally, especially in countries or regions known to have a significant number of cases, should follow the guidance from CDC and their local health department regarding the potential need for self-isolation or testing.

This remains a fluid situation and additional changes may be forthcoming.  We will share updates by campus email and at www.milligan.edu/health.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

President Bill Greer

MARCH 17, 2020

As of now, we continue to be hopeful that face-to-face class meetings will resume April 6. However, we continue to monitor public health developments and know that this is a fluid situation. We will provide daily updates of any changes.

Below are updates for today:

  • Residence halls are now closed and will not open until April 5. Only students who have official approval from the Student Development Office are permitted to be on campus and in the Residence Halls at this time. All other students should not return to campus prior to April 5.
  • RA application deadlines for next year are postponed. We will communicate more details at a later date.
  • Staff will soon receive information from your area vice president about plans for modifying our work schedules, including the possibility of working remotely if it is feasible to do so.
  • Childcare challenges: We understand that local school closures have created some challenges for employee childcare. Please discuss these with your supervisor and area vice president. Currently, we want to discourage any employees from bringing their children to campus as part of the health precautions and virus response.
  • Online teaching: We thank Dr. Brian Eisenback for helping us find some joy and laughter during these challenging times with his humorous video: https://youtu.be/wxnXWi4_TJI. As we said on Milligan’s Facebook post, “Our faculty are approaching the coming weeks of online teaching in the traditional Milligan way – with enthusiasm for sound scholarship, pedagogy, and a little creative humor.”

This remains a fluid situation and additional changes may be forthcoming.  We will share updates by campus email and at www.milligan.edu/health.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

President Bill Greer

MARCH 16, 2020

Our Coronavirus Response Team is meeting daily to review developments. Below is an update for today:

  • Protocol for reporting risk:  Any student or employee who has been exposed, has symptoms, or has been tested for COVID-19 should immediately self-quarantine and contact the Milligan Health Clinic: Karen Maughon, R.N., at 423.461.8667.
  • Precautionary: Anyone returning from travelling both domestically and internationally, especially in countries or regions known to have a significant number of cases, should follow the guidance from CDC and their local health department regarding the potential need for self-isolation or testing.
  • Health Services: For students approved to remain on-campus, Milligan’s Health Clinic will provide triage services by phone consultation at 423.461.8667. This involves acquiring information about your health history and symptoms and directing you to appropriate treatment centers off campus as necessary.
  • Athletics:  The NAIA announced today the decision to cancel the spring 2020 sports season, effective immediately. We know this is extremely disappointing, especially for our student-athletes. All possible options for maintaining the spring season were discussed at great length by multiple governance groups. However, the growing state of emergency due to COVID-19, as well as the Center for Disease Control’s recommendation yesterday to limit gatherings to fewer than 50 people for eight weeks, meant they could not in good conscience move forward, possibly putting student-athletes, staff, and fans at risk. In an effort to provide relief, no spring sport athlete will be charged a season of competition. Any spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled full-time in 2020 will be awarded two additional semester terms of attendance or the equivalent. Student Athletes will receive additional information from the Athletics Department and their coaches.
  • International Students: International travel regulations are changing daily and we understand that students and their families want to take action while travel is still possible. International students who choose to return home will be offered online instruction to complete their semester. All international students should email Cindy Wymer with an update on their plans and addresses. International students should check their email for more details on this guidance.

This remains a fluid situation and additional changes may be forthcoming.  We will share updates by campus email and at www.milligan.edu/health.

President Bill Greer

MARCH 15, 2020

I wish we were all back on campus, heading into the last half of the semester together, instead of apart.

But as I have thought more about it today, I have come to realize that we ARE together, bound to one another by friendship and love that only comes from being part of a community like Milligan; a community that is built upon a shared sense of mission and faith in God. Wherever we are, no matter how far apart we may be, we are united by our membership in the community that is Milligan University.

I want you to know how proud I am of our students, faculty, and staff, who have been forced to make major adjustments in light of concerns about the spread of coronavirus.  And I’m proud of Milligan’s leadership team, who have been meeting regularly over the past couple of weeks to sort out the constantly changing situation and making the difficult decisions that must be made in order to protect the safety and health of our college and our broader community.

Like any great team, we will get through this as long as we individually and collectively remain focused on the things that are most important. Above all else, you should be taking care of yourself and taking care of each other.  You shouldn’t panic, but you should play your part in minimizing the spread of this virus by being responsible and heeding the advice of the CDC and others.  That’s why we’ve made such dramatic changes in the way we’ll be conducting our classes over the coming weeks.  We’re going to do our best to complete this semester in a way that fulfills the responsibility we have to our students, while protecting the health and welfare of our entire community.

We know that God is in control, this will pass, and we will get back to normal.  But in the meantime, as circumstances continue to change, our response may also have to change.  And so, I ask for your continued patience and grace as we make these decisions in uncharted waters.  Most importantly, especially during times of stress, let’s remember to be kind to one another, to help one another, and to pray for one another.

Milligan’s leadership and response team will be meeting each day at 9:00am during the coming weeks. We will be addressing issues that need special attention and making sure that we are directing the affairs of the college in the way that protects our community and meets the needs of our students.  And we’ll be praying for each of you and for the world, that this challenging time will be brought to a swift conclusion.

If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to your academic advisor, your supervisor, or your area vice president.  We’ll do our best to get you an answer as quickly as we can.  And be sure to monitor our website https://www.milligan.edu/health/ for the latest updates.

And so, Milligan, you are in my prayers and the prayers of many.  Let’s always remember the good news of Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

May God’s blessings be with you BuffNation!

President Bill Greer

MARCH 14, 2020

Thank you for your grace, compassion, and unity of spirit that we have seen in the last 24 hours as we face this unprecedented situation. Below are updates on a few items:

  • Housing: Housing exemption form is only for international students or those who have a strong compelling case that they have no other viable option. Students who are approved to remain on campus will do so with additional housing conduct expectations and requirements.
  • Dining: Beginning Monday, March 16, the limited food service schedule in the Cafeteria will be: Breakfast: 8:00-9:00, Lunch 12:00-1:00, Dinner: 5:30-6:30.
  • Academic advising, counseling services, career advising will all be available remotely March 23-April 5.
  • Events on campus: Beginning Monday, all college-sponsored events requiring a physical meeting are cancelled until April 3. Events that can be delivered remotely may continue. The Johnson City Symphony has cancelled their March 21 concert. The ALM Ladies Lunch on April 4 is currently still scheduled.
  • Athletes: The Appalachian Athletic Conference has suspended all athletic competition through April 5. Student athletes should not return to campus until they receive further guidance from the Athletics Department and their coaches.
  • Work-Study: No decisions about any possible changes will be made until March 20 (end of extended spring break).
  • Off-campus study: The Poland group is in-flight on their way to the U.S. Two other students doing off-campus study also will be returning home in the next few days.
  • SACSCOC has postponed their on-site visit originally scheduled for March 17-19. They will reschedule at a later time.
  • Precautionary: Any students, faculty, or staff members experiencing any symptoms common to COVID-19 such as fever, coughing, and shortness of breath should not return to campus. Anyone returning from travelling both domestically and internationally, especially in countries or regions known to have a significant number of cases, should contact their local health department for guidance regarding the potential need for self-isolation or testing.

This remains a fluid situation and additional changes may be forthcoming.  We will share updates by campus email and at www.milligan.edu/health.

President Bill Greer

MARCH 12, 2020 - ONLINE UNTIL APR 5

Based on the changing dynamics and heightened levels of risk of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, today the senior administration of Milligan University made the difficult decision to extend Spring Break an additional week through March 20 and transition to online classes following spring break through April 5. More details are provided below.

We did not make this decision lightly. We have closely monitored and researched the ongoing COVID-19 public health developments. We also have been in communication with many of our peer institutions in the Southeast and throughout the country who have made similar decisions in recent days and hours. We understand this decision will have a profound impact on us all. Ultimately, our decision is grounded in our responsibility for the well-being of the Milligan community and to support the international attempt to mitigate the further spread of this virus. We also aim to ensure our students continue to receive a high quality learning experience during this unprecedented situation.

Below is specific information on what you should do to prepare for the weeks ahead. This remains a fluid situation and additional changes may be forthcoming.  We will share updates by campus email and at www.milligan.edu/health. Be sure to monitor your campus email closely and make sure you are signed-up for the free text alert system (Rave).

MILLIGAN CHANGES DUE TO COVID-19:

  • Spring break is being extended an additional week. Traditional undergraduate and seminary classes are cancelled March 16-20 to give our faculty and students time to prepare for two weeks of online learning. We ask students not to return to campus after spring break until April 5. Graduate and Professional Studies programs will receive further direction from their program.
  • Online classes through April 5: Following spring break, all classes will be moved online from March 23 until April 5. As of now, courses will return to their normal format and delivery method on Monday, April 6.
  • Housing: Students are asked not to reside in the residence halls from now through April 5. Students with compelling need––for example, international students, students who live a significant distance from home, or students without a home or safe home––may request to remain on campus during this time via a housing exemption form. Students who are approved to remain on campus will do so with additional housing conduct expectations and requirements.
  • Retrieving items: Students may collect personal items from campus housing that are absolutely needed during this time, such as laptops and books, until 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. If at all possible, students are encouraged to wait to retrieve other items and to not return to campus until April 5.
  • Easter break: There will be no changes at this time to the currently scheduled Easter Break.
  • Campus Access: At this point, we do not have plans to close the college. Staff and Faculty will continue to have access to their offices. Services and amenities on campus will be limited and the college will practice recommended social distancing and mitigation efforts.
  • Employees: Faculty, staff, and all employees must continue to fulfill their job responsibilities and students must fulfill course requirements. Campus offices should continue normal business operations. Everyone should practice social distancing. In some cases, this may mean simply shifting in-person meetings online; for others, it may include making arrangements for telecommuting where appropriate and approved by the supervisor. Any employee who does not feel like they should be on campus due to heightened risk of infection should confer with their supervisor.
  • Faculty: Faculty should utilize the additional spring break week of March 16-20 to move all coursework online. Faculty should be prepared to continue with online instruction beyond April 5 in the event that becomes necessary. Please refer to the guidance outlined in the Thursday email from Academic Dean Garland Young.
  • Internships, clinicals, student teaching, etc.: Issues related to internships, clinicals, student teaching, and other special learning situations will be handled individually. Students have the option of continuing these activities with the permission of their host sites and faculty advisor.
  • Dining: Beginning Monday, March 16, the limited food service schedule in the Cafeteria will be: Breakfast: 8:00-9:00, Lunch 12:00-1:00, Dinner: 5:30-6:30 (Updated 3.13.20)
  • SFP credits: All students will be granted SFP credits for currently-scheduled SFP events between now and April 5.
  • Academic advising, counseling services, career advising, and many other student services will be available remotely March 23-April 5. (Updated 3.13.20)
  • Events on campus: Beginning Monday, all college-sponsored events requiring a physical meeting are cancelled until April 3. Events that can be delivered remotely may continue. The Johnson City Symphony has cancelled their March 21 concert. The ALM Ladies Lunch on April 4 is currently still scheduled.   (Updated 3.13.20)
  • Athletes: The Appalachian Athletic Conference has suspended all athletic competition through April 5. Student athletes should not return to campus until they receive further guidance from the Athletics Department and their coaches. (Updated 3.13.20)
  • Work-Study: No decisions about any possible changes will be made until March 20 (end of extended spring break). (Updated 3.13.20)
  • Travel: All college-sponsored travel should be approved by your area vice president.
  • Precautionary: Any students, faculty, or staff members experiencing any symptoms common to COVID-19 such as fever, coughing, and shortness of breath should not return to campus. Anyone returning from travelling both domestically and internationally, especially in countries or regions known to have a significant number of cases, should contact their local health department for guidance regarding the potential need for self-isolation or testing.
  • Off-campus study: The Poland group is in-flight on their way to the U.S. Two other students doing off-campus study also will be returning home in the next few days.(Updated 3.13.20)
  • SACSCOC has postponed their on-site visit originally scheduled for March 17-19. They will reschedule at a later time. (Updated 3.13.20)
  • Commencement: As of now, plans remain unchanged. Our hope and prayer is that we will all be back together in May for our graduation ceremony.
  • See more updates at milligan.edu/health.

As we face the challenges brought about by this situation together, I am encouraged to be a part of the Milligan community where such challenges are addressed with grace, compassion, and unity of spirit.

President Bill Greer

MARCH 11, 2020

Milligan is currently on spring break, March 9-13.

We continue to monitor the spread of the COVID-19, including actions taken by local, state, and federal agencies to address the potential for the further spread of this coronavirus.  Part of our discussions involve contingency planning for the continuation of academic activities in the event that on-campus, in-person classes and activities are not possible due to worsening conditions or directives from the health department or other government authorities.

Milligan administration will provide another update on Thursday, March 12, via campus email and posted here. 

MARCH 5, 2020

We continue to be in contact with multiple community partners and local agencies to gather information about COVID-19 and its potential impact on our community.  With spring break coming up next week we encourage all students, faculty, and staff travelling over the break to be aware of travel considerations before embarking on spring break travel.

We strongly encourage our campus community to act out of an abundance of caution when considering travel to countries that the CDC has identified as having confirmed cases of COVID-19 (the list is constantly updated and available HERE).

All travelers are encouraged to make themselves aware of full travel guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. State Department.

Additionally, conditions surrounding COVID-19 continue to develop so travelers should be aware that travel advisories and restrictions may change in advance of planned travel or even while travelers are out of country.  Please consider both existing and potential travel complications when deciding whether or not to travel, especially internationally.

Click here to download information from the CDC about controlling the spread of germs both at home and when traveling.

Information about COVID-19 will be posted and updated as further developments warrant at milligan.edu/health.

Additional resources:

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html

https://www.balladhealth.org/medical-services/infectious-disease

FEBRUARY 28, 2020

As you are probably aware, a coronavirus designated COVID-19, which began late last year in Wuhan, China has now spread to other countries, including the United States.  No cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed at Milligan University or in the Northeast Tennessee region.

Milligan’s administration has been in contact with multiple community partners including  local and regional health departments, Ballad Health, The Tennessee Department of Emergency Management, and the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA) to discuss the college’s preparedness for the possibility of the virus spreading into our area.

All Milligan students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to closely monitor travel guidelines when making Spring Break or other travel plans.  We will continue to monitor the situation and develop further plans as more information becomes available.  Further updates will be provided to the campus community in the coming days and weeks.

More information about COVID-19 is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html.