Coronavirus Resources

THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED WITH ANY INFORMATION RELEVANT TO THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE MOUNT MARTY CAMPUS AS IT IS RELEASED. 

#MMUNITED 

Administration and campus partners have been monitoring, evaluating and vetting the best options to fit our unique needs. Our response is MMUnited. The Fall 2020 COVID-19 Campus Plan is designed to create the safest possible environment for our entire community to continue learning, living and growing this fall. And, as the name stipulates, it relies on the entirety of our community uniting together under the shared goal of protecting one another. Please review the plan in its entirety and familiarize yourself with the information, as it will be guiding much of what our return to campus this fall will look like. 

READ THE MMUNITED CAMPUS PLAN

As one united community, we have the strength to overcome any obstacle. This fall, that sentiment will be put to the test. For it is only with mutual commitment and cooperation to these safety measures can they effectively protect our community of faculty, staff, students and neighbors. But we have no doubt that our Lancer community will rise, united, to the occasion.

Together we are MMUnited.

Changes to Academic Schedule

On June 8, 2020, Mount Marty announced they will be adjusting the schedule for the fall 2020 semester. In an effort to promote safety and the wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff, a decision was made to adjust the start
date and end date of the semester to accommodate for potential impacts of COVID-19
on the campus community.

Mount Marty University will begin instruction on Monday, August 24, which is one week earlier than originally scheduled. The semester will conclude on November 24, right before Thanksgiving break. Looking forward, the spring semester is expected to occur as scheduled. All decisions regarding the spring semester will be made as more information becomes available relevant to that time period.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to check their email for the most up-to-date information.

Mount Marty has been working closely with health care officials, fellow GPAC members and national higher education associations since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This change greatly reduces the risk of the virus being brought onto our campus after the extended Thanksgiving break.

To encourage a sense of community and togetherness during a time of isolation, Mount Marty’s Director of Campus Ministry, Jordan Foos, and his wife Rebecca Foos are praying the Rosary on Facebook every Monday and Thursday at 9:00 p.m. CDT. All are welcomed to join.

INFORMATION FOR THOSE IMPACTED BY COVID-19:

If you feel you are sick or if you have been impacted by COVID-19, notify Dean of Students Katie Harrell and isolate yourself until formal medical consultation and diagnosis is confirmed.

We will work with you to determine the best routes for continuing your coursework and eventually returning to class. Should you be required to remain isolated on campus, all provisions for your care and comfort will be provided.

At this time, we remind students to continue practicing good hygiene and to remain home if you are feeling ill.

If you are feeling sick or if you or a member of your household has been impacted by COVID-19, notify the Dean of Students, Katie Harrell, and the Director of Human Resources, Julie Dather. They will be in contact with you regarding necessary steps.

At this time, we remind our faculty and staff to continue practicing good hygiene and to remain home if you are feeling ill.

Your Questions answered:

Q: What is Coronavirus?

A: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus that causes respiratory illness. Symptoms may be mild or severe and most commonly include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Q: How does it spread?

A: Much is unknown about how COVID-19, a new strain of coronavirus, spreads. At this time, the CDC has advised a belief that it is spread from person-to-person and occurs among close contacts (approximately six feet). Person-to-person spread is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory infections spread. These droplets can land in the mouth or nose of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It’s unclear if a person can get coronavirus by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

 Q: Where can I get more information?

A: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus page has up to date information and this web page has links to federal, state, and College resources.

Q: How does the spread of COVID-19 impact summer classes and instruction?

A: Mount Marty summer courses are being held as planned. 

Q: How does the spread of COVID-19 impact fall classes and instruction?

A: Fall classes will be held from August 24 to November 24. See the About the Fall Semester FAQ menu below for additional details. 

Q: How does the spread of COVID-19 impact spring classes and instruction?

A: At this time, the spring semester is expected to occur as scheduled. All decisions regarding the spring semester will be made as we gather more information relevant to that time period.

Q: Can I still fulfill my work study hours?

A: Financial Aid will coordinate with supervisors and students regarding work study hours.

Q: What is the main communication platform for campus at this time?

A: The main communication that the campus is using at this time will be email. We ask all of you to check your email multiple times per day throughout the period of remote course delivery. However, you may also check this page for updates to our status.

Q: How will employees be impacted?

A: Employees wishing to work remotely need to coordinate with their supervisor to determine the best solution for their department. If you are not able to work remotely but do not wish to report to campus for work, please contact human resources to determine the best option for you.

Q: How has COVID-19 and the college’s response impacted athletics and student activities?

A: On March 16, the NAIA canceled all spring sports seasons. Their announcement: https://www.naia.org/general/2019-20/releases/spring-sports-cancelled

Fall and winter sports schedules will go on as planned, but the schedule is subject to change pending additional decisions made by Mount Marty, the NAIA or the GPAC.

Q: How has COVID-19 affected ministry including Sacred Heart Monastery and campus ministry?

A: Starting Saturday, March 14, 2020, Sacred Heart Monastery is closed to all visitors. All masses will be unavailable to the public. Likewise, the Bishop Marty Chapel will be closed to the public starting on March 14.

Q: How has graduation and commencement been impacted?

A: The Yankton campus commencement has been postponed to Saturday, September 19, 2020 (Homecoming Weekend). The new date for the Watertown campus commencement will be announced soon. 

Q: Are students at risk?

A: It is important to note that while COVID-19 may not necessarily cause serious harm to a young person with a healthy immune system, you are at risk of carrying the disease to those who are. At risk groups include older adults, individuals with chronic conditions, or those with compromised immune systems. 

Q: How do I protect myself?

A:  Please practice social distancing. Also, practice good hygiene through handwashing and the cleaning of surfaces, especially those used frequently (i.e. cell phones, remotes, doorknobs).  

Q: What is social distancing?

A: Social distancing is the process of finding ways to reduce your contact with others in order to prevent the spread of a virus or other contagious diseases. Consider moving your meetings online through Zoom, Google Meet, or Facetime. Limit your time in groups or public settings, and maintain a few feet of distance between yourself and others as much as possible. If you do need to gather, limit the number of individuals present to 10 or less.

Q: What should I do if I feel sick?

A: It is currently cold, flu, and allergy season, meaning there are many reasons for you to feel ill at this time of year. However, use some caution if you begin to feel ill by self-quarantining yourself and reaching out to your primary care doctor. If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, contact Katie Harrell ASAP so proper care and guidance can be provided regarding your presence on campus.

Q: Where can I get a mask?

A: Students may acquire a mask at the Office of Student Services or from residence life staff. Faculty and staff will be able to acquire a mask through their departments. 

Q: Are there any restrictions on traveling with Mount Marty?

A: All non-essential travel for Mount Marty is currently canceled.

Q: What is the new schedule for the fall?

A: Classes will be held from August 24, 2020 until November 24, 2020, with Thanksgiving break marking the end of the semester. You can view the full updates to the academic calendar here.

Q: Why did the fall schedule change?

A: Mount Marty has been working closely with health care officials, fellow GPAC members and national higher education associations since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This change greatly reduces the risk of the virus being brought onto our campus following the extended Thanksgiving break. 

Q: When can students move back to campus?

A: In the upcoming weeks, students will begin to receive information about move-in dates and returning to the residence halls. Please watch your email for more information.

  • Freshman and New student Move-in and Orientation dates are being updated and will be sent out with housing placements in the next two weeks. 

  • Returners are yet to be determined.

Q: Will costs, scholarships or aid be affected?

A: No change will occur in cost, scholarships or aid. However the due date for payments will be moved up one week.

Q: Will this change affect both undergraduate and graduate schedules?

A: Yes. The schedule will be adjusted regardless of major, program or location. Please note that LATI--Mount Marty's Watertown partner--will continue to operate on their own, independent schedule.

Q: Will class meeting schedules be changed?

A: No. Classes will meet on their initially scheduled day(s) of the week and time. 

Q: What about finals?

A: Final exams will be held on the last scheduled class meeting as opposed to a separate time during a designated finals week.   

Q: How will this impact fall/winter sports?

A: The fall schedule remains the same, but it is subject to change based on any additional announcements or decisions made by Mount Marty, the NAIA or the GPAC. 

Q: Will holidays become class dates?

A: No. Labor Day (September 7), Native American Day (October 12) and Veterans Day (November 11) will all be free of classes and campus offices will be closed as scheduled. For a full list of changes to the academic calendar, click here.

Q: Will the spring semester start normally?

A: At this time, the spring semester is expected to occur as scheduled. All decisions regarding the spring semester will be made as we gather more information relevant to that time period.