Protect Myself. Protect Others. Protect Buff Nation.
Milligan had a successful on-campus experience in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, with relatively low virus numbers. Our campus responded to the COVID-19 challenges as servant-leaders and were diligent in following safety precautions. Our goal continues to be to deliver Milligan’s distinctive educational experience while ensuring everyone’s health and safety.
The Fall 2021 semester will be offered on-campus with the majority of academic instruction and student activities occurring in-person. We will continue to monitor the pandemic and will practice whatever safety protocols are still necessary and important at that time. See guidelines below for details.
All faculty, staff, students, and campus guests are to wear a face-covering during all indoor classes, meetings, and events when physical distancing cannot be achieved. This applies to vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. (This policy is in effect beginning Aug. 9, 2021, and will be updated as community transmission levels decrease.)
Masks are not required on campus in the following situations:
- While in one’s own private office
- While in one’s campus residence, if applicable
- While eating or drinking
- While outdoors
- While participating in physical activity (e.g. running, swimming, etc.)
- Due to a medical or other condition (employees should contact their supervisor and students should contact Disability Services)
- During classroom activities that cannot be completed while wearing a face covering may be exempt at the discretion of the faculty member (e.g. playing a wind instrument)
- Other exemptions on a case-by-case basis as additional information becomes available
Wear a cloth face covering that covers nose and mouth whenever in the presence of others in all indoor public areas. Individuals are responsible for washing and maintaining their masks. According to the CDC, cloth face coverings prevent the individual wearing the face covering from spreading respiratory droplets into the environment.
The Ascend software will not be used for Fall 2021 but all individuals should practice daily self-monitoring. If you experience any symptoms of COVID-19, whether vaccinated or not, you should contact Milligan Health Services or a medical professional right away, quarantine in the meantime (do not enter public campus facilities), and follow additional instructions. Employees should contact Health Services and their supervisor. Students should contact Health Services, their instructors, and coaches and athletic trainers if applicable. Visitors should reschedule visits after 14 days.
Milligan strongly recommends the COVID-19 vaccine. With the broad availability of effective vaccines, Milligan will operate in the fall with the expectation that students and employees will make the individual choice on how to protect themselves, their families, and our campus community. Milligan offered vaccines in the spring and continues to advocate that the vaccine is our best defense against COVID-19. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, we strongly encourage you to find a vaccine.
Milligan strongly recommends the flu vaccine.
All students and employees are required to report all COVID-19 testing to Health Services. Milligan Health Services will offer free rapid antigen COVID-19 tests to students and employees as resources allow.
TRAINING AND EDUCATION
All students and employees should participate in and review training, educational materials, signage, and reinforcement of required safety practices and navigating the new normal on campus.
All students and employees should wash hands more frequently, use hand sanitizer frequently, avoid touching face, and practice good respiratory etiquette when coughing or sneezing.
Increased cleaning of campus spaces will continue. Routine services are augmented with additional cleaning and disinfection activities in all buildings. There will be frequent cleaning of spaces with higher occupancy levels and work activity.
Campus visitors are allowed but must follow the campus safety protocols.
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
The University plans to return to normal operations but will continue to monitor the latest CDC and State guidance and will make decisions as needed about campus events and activities based on what is safest for each unique situation.
If travel is necessary, take every precaution and self-monitor carefully for illness.
Athletics will operate in accordance with all institutional, state, and federal guidelines. In addition, the University is committed to fully operating in accordance with any additional guidelines, directives, and limitations developed by the NAIA and/or the Appalachian Athletic Conference. Athletes may have additional protocols and expectations that will be communicated by Milligan Athletics.
QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION
Quarantine facilities and isolation services may not be provided on campus and are the responsibility of the student. More info below.
Make up opportunities for students who are required to be quarantined or isolated will be the student’s responsibility and at the discretion of their professor. More info below.
While we do not require students and employees to sign the pledge this year, we do ask all Milligan University community members to model servant-leadership and follow the expectations set forth in the Buffalo Pledge »
Symptoms or Positive
All students and employees are expected to monitor for and report all symptoms of COVID-19 to Milligan Health Services.
- An unvaccinated individual who has had a high-risk exposure (15 minutes or more while within 6 feet of one another) may not attend work or class in-person and will be required to quarantine for 7-14 days after any and every high-risk exposure, regardless of symptoms. COVID testing may be required as determined by Health Services.
- A vaccinated individual who has come into close contact with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 is not required to quarantine if they are asymptomatic. They should be tested 3-5 days after exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
IF YOU TEST POSITIVE
- Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate and cannot work or attend class in-person.
- Employees and students must follow medical protocols as directed by Milligan Health Services.
- Contact tracing (identify and notify exposed individuals or contacts of their potential exposure as rapidly and sensitively as possible) will be the required responsibility of the individual who tested positive, following guidance provided by Milligan Health Services.
- Students also must notify Health Services, instructors, and coaches and athletic trainers if applicable.
- Employees must notify Health Services and their supervisor.
IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS
- If you are sick, experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, stay home and do not attend work or class. If you are at work or in class when symptoms begin, go home immediately.
- Inform your supervisor (faculty or staff) or instructor (students) of your absence.
- Contact Milligan Health Services (423.461.8667). You will be connected with a registered nurse who will help determine the appropriate course of care, which could include self-quarantine and a COVID-19 test.
Quarantine and Isolation
As more and more students choose to get vaccinated and resources on campus are shifted back to normal operations, on-campus accommodations for those exposed to or infected with COVID-19 may not be available. As a result, University-provided isolation and quarantine housing is not guaranteed.
All students should have a personal plan for proper isolation or quarantine should it be necessary. For those living in University Residences, this could mean returning home or securing a local hotel room to safely complete the isolation or quarantine period away from others per medical protocols.
As announced, we anticipate that almost all academic and classroom policies will return to pre-COVID-19 standards for the Fall 2021 semester, including regulations on class attendance. Students are expected to attend class and inform the instructor if absent due to illness.
Following pre-COVID-19 protocols, instructors should try to accommodate students by excusing the student or allowing the student to make up work, when possible. However, remote access to courses, activities, materials, and assignments cannot be guaranteed.
Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate per medical protocols and cannot attend class. An unvaccinated individual who has had a high-risk exposure may not attend class and will be required to quarantine for 7-14 days after any and every such high-risk exposure, regardless of symptoms. The impact of a potential 7-14-day absence(s) may vary depending on the academic course work for each individual.
If an employee must quarantine or isolate, notify Health Services and your supervisor immediately. The decision of whether you can work remotely depends on the specific nature of an individual’s job duties and responsibilities. In some cases, a temporary adjustment to work location might be possible. Please discuss with your direct supervisor or HR if needed.
Sick time will be restored for employees who are required to quarantine or isolate, as verified by Milligan Health Services and HR.
HEALTH SERVICES PATIENT CARE
- Patients should call (423.461.8667) prior to visiting the Health Services Office; patient check-in will be done by phone whenever possible.
- Those with conditions placing them at higher risk for complications from COVID-19 should seek care via telemedicine from their Health Care Provider.
- All patients will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before entering the clinic.
- Those with symptoms will be quickly separated to limit exposure to other persons.
- All patients must wear face masks or cloth face coverings.
- No visitors or accompanying guests who are not receiving care may enter the clinic.
TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH:
- Milligan’s Health Services Office serves as the primary point of contact with the Department of Health. All questions and inquiries should first be directed to Milligan Health Services.