Messiah announces student move-out timeline/procedures for adjusted spring semester

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 is the timeline and procedures for students to move out of their campus residences during spring semester?

On March 18, the Office of Residence Life announced the revised timeline and procedures for undergraduate  student residence check-outs in response to Messiah’s adjusted spring semesterStudents were emailed this information directly from their Resident Directors. Please visit their website for details at

Other additional FAQs added today to the website include:

Is it COVID-19 or just a cold?

Because the initial symptoms of the coronavirus are similar to other common illnesses, it can be confusing and hard to know when to be concerned.  But there are some KEY DIFFERENCES that set coronavirus apart.

Compared to the coronavirus, the flu has more symptoms. These symptoms can often appear SUDDENLY and may include:

  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Fever/chills
  • Headaches
  • Muscle/body aches
  • Runny nose and nasal congestion
  • Sore throat

The common cold also includes many of these same symptoms, but they are often more MILD and GRADUAL in onset. A cold does not usually cause a fever and often involves only the UPPER respiratory tract. The cough related to a cold is usually related to post nasal drainage coming from the sinus cavity.

The CORONAVIRUS, on the other hand, primarily affects the LOWER RESPIRATORY TRACT.  While its onset can be rather sudden in onset, it can have a longer window period between exposure and the appearance of symptoms than that of the flu or the common cold (usually 2-14 days).

The main symptoms of the coronavirus are:  fever, cough and shortness of breath.

What should I do if I have a family member who is sick?

 If you have a family member with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, but you have no symptoms, you must self-isolate for a period of two weeks and monitor your symptoms, checking your temperature twice daily. Because you can spread COVID-19 without being symptomatic, it is very important that you remain at home during this period of quarantine, even if you feel fine.

Will there be mail delivery to employee offices during the adjusted spring semester?

There will be no mail delivery during the current “working remotely” period. Each office/department will need to develop a system for staff who are on campus to retrieve their unit’s mail. This is especially relevant for offices with time-sensitive mail needs.

During the remainder of the adjusted spring semester, campus Post Office window Hours will be 10 a.m.-12 noon and 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

To help manage mail volume during this time, the College has additionally requested that no personal packages be mailed to your work address. Until further notice, please make certain personal items are mailed to your home.