MTSU Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 Archive
MAY 24, 2021: Update on ending masks and distancing requirements
To the University community,
Effective immediately, and in accordance with guidance from federal and state public health officials, I am removing campus mandates for the wearing of masks, maintaining social distancing and observing modified COVID-19 room capacities. However, masks will still be required on public transportation, such as Raider XPress, and for symptomatic patients (i.e., those with flu-like, or coronavirus-like, symptoms) in our Student Health Services facility.
Current guidelines from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that vaccinated people do not need to wear a face mask or practice social distancing. Given the ready supply of vaccine available to the campus, as well as throughout the state and nation, we believe members of our community can make informed and individual choices about their health and safety, including appropriate actions and measures they should take to protect themselves from COVID-19.
The CDC states that vaccines reduce the risk of people spreading COVID-19 and they also note it is effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death. The CDC defines “fully vaccinated” as 14 days past your final dose.
However, if you are not fully vaccinated, we strongly recommend you wear a mask and practice social distancing for your protection. Also, anyone may choose to wear a mask.
Crews will begin work this week to remove or modify coronavirus-related signage on campus.
Visit the CDC’s website to learn more about ways you can protect yourself from the coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
Also you can contact Student Health Services at this website to schedule a vaccination: https://www.mtsu.edu/healthservices/
I deeply appreciate the spirit of cooperation put forth by the University community during these difficult times to Defend True Blue.
Sidney A. McPhee
APRIL 30: June 1 Date Set for Return to Offices
Faculty and staff colleagues,
As the current Spring 2021 semester concludes, our attention is drawn to the coming summer sessions and resuming our usual campus activities and functions for the Fall 2021 term. As such, I’ve directed the provost and our vice presidents to inform faculty and staff currently working remotely due to COVID-19 precautions to prepare to return to their offices no later than June 1.
Exceptions would include faculty and staff on a modified assignment or an approved leave of absence. Otherwise, requests for exceptions must be evaluated within the context of our existing policy for an alternate work arrangement agreement. Utilization of this policy will require approval by the chair, dean and provost (for faculty) or supervisor, department head, and vice president (for staff). People with a medical diagnosis(es) or disability may also choose to participate in the interactive ADA process to provide effective reasonable accommodations by contacting the ADA Compliance Office. Faculty and staff should not automatically assume that these will include remote work assignments based on specific medical conditions related to COVID vulnerabilities.
Of course, we will continue to monitor ongoing developments during this global health crisis and may adjust our plans appropriately upon the guidance of state and federal authorities. Our current mask policy remains in effect, (i.e., inside all University buildings, during indoor or outdoor University or external events, and outside when social distancing cannot be maintained).
Beginning May 10, social distancing requirements will be reduced to three feet of separation instead of six feet, and groups meeting on campus will no longer be limited to 50 people or less. Group size will be determined by the capacity of the meeting room being utilized, using the three feet of separation social distancing policy. For the summer, you will need to check with the facilities manager for applicable restrictions to food service options.
Please reach out to your supervisor with any questions you may have. And, as always, thank you for your hard work and diligence on behalf of our students and stakeholders.
Sidney A. McPhee