New FAQs 03.17.20

Note: Messiah College does not have any reported or confirmed cases of the COVID-2019 Novel Coronavirus as of the time and date of this posting.

Below are some of the new FAQs that have been added to the emergency response page today. We will continue to update as additional decisions are finalized.

What access will employees and students have to campus buildings during the adjusted spring schedule?

Effective immediately through March 30, campus buildings will be secured and able to be accessed only via Messiah ID/card swipe. Administrative or academic buildings that are not equipped with card swipe will be open to employees from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (With the exception of Eisenhower, which opens at 6 a.m., and Hoffman, which opens at 7 a.m.)

Employees who need to report to campus should carry their ID cards with them at this time. However, if you do not have your ID and are unable to access your authorized building, you may contact the Department of Safety. Employees will soon receive additional details from their senior administrators regarding protocols and procedures for being on campus during the adjusted spring schedule.

Students do not have access to academic buildings during this time.

What restrictions is Messiah making to employee and student travel during the adjusted spring semester?

Effective immediately through May 16, the College is ending all college-sponsored travel, both domestically and internationally.

Additionally, the College strongly recommends against all nonessential travel at this time. If students and employees choose to against this recommendation, the College may impose a need for isolation/quarantine upon their return to campus, even for those traveling within the U.S. per the CDC guidelines:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html

How is Messiah handling practica, internships, student teaching, and clinicals during the adjusted spring semester?

Messiah is committed to fulfilling credit-bearing academic experiences like these during our transition to temporary online delivery. Faculty, directors, and internship coordinators are working with community partners and placement sites, and in some cases external accrediting agencies (e.g. for teacher education) and will be communicating directly with students about next steps.  Each of these experiences is unique. Students should be receiving pertinent information by the resumption of classes on March 25, if not before. Questions can be directed to the lead faculty, director, internship coordinator, or relevant school dean.