Messiah announces indoor masking requirement for start of fall classes

Messiah University announced today that, effective 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, it will require indoor masking in all university buildings for all individuals regardless of their vaccination status.  The only exceptions to this requirement are as follows: Masking is strongly encouraged but not required in residence halls and apartments. Masking is strongly encouraged … Continue reading Messiah announces indoor masking requirement for start of fall classes

Messiah launches “Together @ Messiah” website and campus protocols for fall 2021

Today Messiah University re-launched its Together @ Messiah website, a one-stop resource for Messiah’s pandemic response with updated information for the fall 2021 semester related to: vaccination; masking; testing; quarantine/isolation; events and gatherings; travel; and other student and employee expectations.The COVID-19 virus remains unpredictable, particularly with the rise of the highly transmissible Delta variant across … Continue reading Messiah launches “Together @ Messiah” website and campus protocols for fall 2021

Update to Messiah’s campus masking policy

On June 28, the state of Pennsylvania eliminated its mandate requiring individuals to wear masks as a mitigation effort against COVID-19. In response, effective immediately, Messiah University is no longer requiring students, employees or visitors—regardless of vaccination status—to wear masks on campus in most settings* (except for large indoor group gatherings, in accord with Messiah’s … Continue reading Update to Messiah’s campus masking policy

Messiah announces important fall 2021 semester details for undergraduate students

Today Messiah University President Kim Phipps sent the following communication to undergraduate students in preparation for the start of the fall 2021 semester: Dear Students, After the year we have all experienced, I hope that you and your families are enjoying some much-needed rejuvenation and time together. It is a much quieter and slower pace … Continue reading Messiah announces important fall 2021 semester details for undergraduate students

Updates to employee summer travel policy and campus visitor mask protocol

Change to employee travel protocol for unvaccinated employees In alignment with the state of Pennsylvania lifting all COVID-19 mitigation orders yesterday (with the exception of masking), Messiah University is making a change to the employee summer travel policy originally announced on April 21. Change: Employees who are not vaccinated and travel overnight are no longer … Continue reading Updates to employee summer travel policy and campus visitor mask protocol

Messiah will reopen campus to visitors on May 17, 2021

Our relationship with the local community is important to Messiah University. Our campus is private property, but as good neighbors, we have been pleased to provide access to the public as we are able, including the library, areas for walking, use of the fitness trail, and access to the Yellow Breeches Creek by way of … Continue reading Messiah will reopen campus to visitors on May 17, 2021

Baccalaureate will move indoors Friday, May 7; Commencement to proceed outside, Saturday, May 8

Due to forecasted periods of heavy rain during Friday afternoon/evening, the Class of 2021 Baccalaureate/candlelight service will move indoors to Hitchcock Arena at 7 p.m. Regrettably, state restrictions related to indoor gatherings do not allow for guest seating at this event. Entry to Baccalaureate will be for the Class of 2021 graduates only. Messiah invites … Continue reading Baccalaureate will move indoors Friday, May 7; Commencement to proceed outside, Saturday, May 8

Messiah announces COVID vaccination decision for fall 2021

Messiah University, like other colleges and universities across the country, has been evaluating what COVID-19 vaccination protocols will best serve its campus community in the academic year ahead. On April 1, Messiah announced that it will be open in fall 2021 for a full in-person, on-campus experience—providing face-to-face classes, robust co-curricular programs such as in-person … Continue reading Messiah announces COVID vaccination decision for fall 2021

Messiah updates vaccine FAQs for students and employees

As more Messiah students and employees have the opportunity to become vaccinated, and as the CDC continues to release new information about the COVID-19 vaccine, the University is re-releasing its vaccine FAQ document, which has been updated to address new and frequent questions we have been hearing from students, employees and families. Have any current … Continue reading Messiah updates vaccine FAQs for students and employees

Impact of PA’s change to out-of-state travel restrictions on Messiah student and employee travel protocols

On Monday, March 1, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Pennsylvania has eliminated the testing and quarantine restrictions it previously placed on out-of-state travel, which were first introduced in November 2020. In response, the University would like to confirm what impact this has on student and employee travel protocols. Student travel protocols What stays the same? … Continue reading Impact of PA’s change to out-of-state travel restrictions on Messiah student and employee travel protocols