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COVID-19 Protocols & Resources

Protect Myself. Protect Others. Protect Buff Nation.‍

Milligan has had a successful on-campus experience in 2020 and 2021, with relatively low virus numbers. Our campus has responded to the COVID-19 challenges as servant-leaders and have been 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 Spring 2022 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.

General Guidelines


All faculty, staff, students, and campus guests are to wear a face-covering during indoor classes, meetings, and events. Masks are strongly recommended for indoor athletics events. This protocol applies to vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. (This policy is in effect beginning Jan. 7, 2022, and will be reassessed Jan. 31 based on current conditions.)

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.


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.


Milligan strongly recommends the COVID-19 vaccine. With the broad availability of effective vaccines, Milligan will operate with the expectation that students and employees will make the individual choice on how to protect themselves, their families, and our campus community. Milligan 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.

  • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for the duration determined by Milligan Health Services 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 must notify Health Services, instructors, and coaches and athletic trainers if applicable.
  • Employees must notify Health Services and their supervisor.
  • 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.

ALL COVID-19 CONFIRMED CASES must be reported to the Milligan Health Services immediately at milligan.edu/health or 423.461.8667


Individuals identified as a close contact exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 may be required to quarantine for the duration determined by Milligan Health Services.

STUDENTS: Residential students will quarantine in their residence hall room or may choose to go home for their quarantine period.


Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for the duration determined by Milligan Health Services.

STUDENTS: On-campus isolation will be provided for students as space is available. All students should have a personal plan for off-campus isolation in the event on-campus isolation space is not available.

EMPLOYEES: 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.


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.

Students are expected to 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.


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 continues. Routine services are augmented with additional cleaning and disinfection activities in all buildings. There is frequent cleaning of spaces with higher occupancy levels and work activity.


Campus visitors are allowed but must follow the campus safety protocols.


The University plans to return to continue operations but will 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.


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 »

Health Services


  • 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.


  • 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.

Response Team

Bill Greer Headshot
President; J. Henry Kegley Chair of Business and Economics; Professor of Business and Economics

Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dean; Professor of the Practice of Religion and Greek

Vice President for Business and Finance

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Lee Fierbaugh
Vice President for Marketing and Enrollment Management

Dean of Students

Director of Athletics

Campus Nurse

Director of Property & Risk Management (Campus Safety & Security)

Administrative Assistant to the President