Marywood University’s Plan for a Successful and Safe University Experience
Marywood University’s Covid Action (CAT) Team remains committed to its goal of allowing the latest science to inform and direct our response to the ongoing pandemic in a manner that prioritizes the well-being of our students, faculty, and staff.
In response to the latest CDC information regarding the Delta variant, we continue to evaluate the situation, referencing and tracking relevant state and local data to ensure that we take the appropriate measures necessary to secure the health and safety of our Marywood community. To achieve this goal, we are prepared to revise and adapt our campus pandemic response plan to correspond with emerging science and local data.
We are in the process of determining next steps as we rapidly move toward the start of the fall semester; the most current changes include:
- Effective Monday, August 9, 2021, face masks are once again required in all indoor locations regardless of vaccination status. This includes classrooms, labs, study and lounge spaces, offices, indoor athletic facilities and the Learning Commons. All indoor dining areas on campus will also require face masks when individuals are not eating or drinking.
- Masks may be removed inside a residence hall room by the assigned occupant of that space. Masks are to be worn in all common spaces of the residence halls and when visiting another student's room.
- For employees, masks will be required in all shared vehicles, office spaces, meeting rooms and common areas. Face masks can be removed when employees are alone in University vehicles or in their individual offices that are enclosed with partitions or walls.
- Though masks are not required outside, unvaccinated members of our community should continue to use their best judgement in outdoor spaces that attract crowds and where social distance is not possible.
At this time, we will operate at full capacity in academic spaces since masks will be worn. As such, we eagerly anticipate our return to safe, full, in-person learning and student life experiences. While these measures might seem to slow our return to normal, it will not stop it. We remain hopeful for a great fall and a robust winter semester, but we must also remain vigilant.
Please note that we have shifted the location of our online health/safety Information to the Student Health Services website. You can still access information through marywood.edu/covid19, which will automatically redirect to the new site location and includes helpful information such as the COVID Dashboard, important contacts, CARES/HEERF Act reports, health-related protocols, and any necessary updates. The PDF version of this plan will be dated on the front cover of the document and updated accordingly with any new information.
Thank you for doing your part to keep us all safe. We are prepared to adjust this plan further, if needed, and we continue our commitment to adhering to prevailing health guidance set forth by governmental and public health agencies and practiced by the university community, especially our core value of respect for one another. We are ready, so let’s get set, and move forward with purpose into the upcoming academic year, which is filled with exciting possibilities!