THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED WITH ANY INFORMATION RELEVANT TO THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE MOUNT MARTY CAMPUS AS IT IS RELEASED.
Mount Marty College has been monitoring the local and national conversations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to maintaining contact with local and state public health and health care officials. Therefore, Mount Marty College has made the decision to maintain remote course delivery for all campuses (Yankton, Watertown, and Sioux Falls) for the remainder of the semester. The May Commencement ceremony will also be postponed, but all students who complete requirements will graduate in May.
Mount Marty College believes that this decision is safest for our educational community and will allow students, faculty and staff to contribute to the national effort to flatten the curve. Though there is currently no known immediate risk to our locations in Yankton, Sioux Falls and Watertown, our priority is to minimize any potential risk to students, faculty, staff, and neighboring communities by continuing to practice social distancing.
Although offices continue to serve our academic community, all outside visitors to our Yankton campus must schedule an appointment via phone at 605-668-1545 prior to coming to campus.
"During this challenging time, the health and safety of everyone who studies and works at Mount Marty College remains our top priority," said President Marc Long. "I have been heartened by the commitment of faculty and students to move classes online and make the best of this situation. The biggest concern we are hearing is that students miss seeing their friends, faculty and staff in person. I completely understand that sentiment because it is at the heart of our Benedictine idea of community. Everyone at Mount Marty looks forward to the time we can be together again. In the meantime, let's continue to pray for a quick end to the pandemic."
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 onFacebook every evening 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: Are there any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Mount Marty College?
A: Not at this time.
Q: How does the spread of COVID-19 impact classes and instruction?
A: Starting Monday, March 16, 2020, Mount Marty classes across all three locations will be delivered remotely and will remain remote for the remainder of the spring semester.
Q: How will classes be held?
A: Your instructors will determine the platform for each class. Zoom Meetings and Google Meet will be used for all classes and meetings. A guide for using Google Meet has been published on the portal under Technology > Technology Guides. Click here to access.
Q: If I stay on campus, can I still fulfill my work study hours?
A: Financial Aid will be coordinating with supervisors to coordinate timesheet collection. Students are encouraged to keep an eye on their email for additional information.
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 our Coronavirus Resources page at mountmarty.edu/coronavirus for updates to our closure status.
Q: How do I access tutoring now as a distance learner?
A: The Center for Academic Excellence has virtual tutoring and writing assistance opportunities for students who need them. Contact Jayne Arens at email@example.com to get started. You can also request assistance by submitting a tutoring request form.
Q: How do I access career counseling, job search assistance, and other support services as a distance learner?
A: All of these opportunities are still available to students virtually. Email Keley Smith-Keller, Director of Career and Support Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
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 complete your timesheet using PTO. Human resources will be working on a separate policy to communicate the implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed by Congress and signed by President Trump this week.
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
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: 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: Are there any restrictions on traveling with Mount Marty?
A: All non-essential travel for Mount Marty is currently canceled.
March 20, 2020:
Announced that classes are to be delivered remotely for the remainder of the spring semester. Read More.
March 16, 2020:
The NAIA canceled all spring sports seasons. Read More.
March 13, 2020:
Announced that classes are to be delivered remotely for a minimum of two weeks. Read More.