MTSU Response to Coronavirus Disease
Recent state law does not allow public institutions like MTSU to mandate the wearing of face masks except under severe and specific conditions (which include a declaration by the governor of a COVID-specific state of emergency). However, we strongly recommend their use while inside campus buildings or when social distancing is impractical. Masking, coupled with booster vaccination, can reduce infections.
The most current guidance from the CDC is available here and should be regularly reviewed.
Is the COVID-19 vaccine available on campus?
Updated COVID vaccines targeting the XBB subvariant are expected this fall. MTSU Student Health Services will offer the Moderna version of this vaccine. Details will be communicated to the campus as soon as information is available.
Is COVID-19 on-campus testing available to students?
Yes. Students may visit MTSU Student Health Services for free in-house COVID antigen and, if necessary, in-house PCR testing for students who are symptomatic. Results are typically available same day. For asymptomatic contacts, who desire COVID testing, the Everlywell PCR take home test (while supplies last) is available free of charge.
Is COVID-19 on-campus testing available to faculty and staff?
We are pleased to be able to provide immunizations for all members of the MTSU community, including faculty and staff. However, faculty and staff are reminded that MTSU Student Health Services is funded by student fees and has a primary obligation to serve our students. Faculty and staff should see their primary care physician, local urgent care, or pharmacies for testing and guidance on isolation and quarantine.
Most at-home COVID-19 tests are free with the Employee Health Insurance. Please consult your plan for specific details.
What should I do if I am experiencing symptoms?
Students, faculty, and staff MUST NOT come to campus if they are in isolation due to COVID-19, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or are awaiting test results for symptoms.
Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should seek testing.
What are MTSU's isolation requirements?
MTSU continues to follow guidelines from the CDC and Tennessee Department of Health regarding COVID-19 isolation.
Who can assist with isolation moves?
If you are living on campus, please visit the COVID-19 Housing Protocols website for specific information. MTSU Housing will not be able to assist students in packing and moving to their off-campus temporary isolation spaces.
Other COVID-19 Questions
What happens if a student misses classes due to COVID-19?
Students who must miss class because of COVID-19 isolation requirements should contact their instructors directly to make arrangements to keep up with coursework while unable to attend.
How should faculty and staff handle continuing employment obligations?
Faculty and staff who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 may reach out to supervisors to discuss the possibility for remote teaching and/or work, if mutually agreeable between the University and the employee. Not all job assignments are able to be performed from home, and therefore, employees should be prepared to use sick leave as necessary.
The ADA reasonable accommodation process is still available for those with medical conditions or disabilities (contact the ADA Compliance Office for further information). This process is conducted on a case-by-case basis, taking both a person’s medical concerns and job duties into account. Employees should not assume that remote work will necessarily be deemed a reasonable accommodation.
While the University has an existing policy for alternate work arrangements for non-faculty employees, such arrangements are not a right or a benefit, and requests must include a business justification.
Expectations of Community Members
I’m a student. What should I do if I feel sick?
Contact MTSU Student Health Services at 615-898-2988 or online at www.mtsu.edu/healthservices. MTSU Student Health Services is free for enrolled students.
Students MUST NOT come to campus if they are in isolation due to COVID-19, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or are awaiting test results for symptoms.
I’m faculty or staff. What should I do if I feel sick?
Faculty and staff SHOULD see their primary care physician, local urgent care, or pharmacies for testing and consequent isolation and quarantine if applicable. MTSU Student Health Services is not able to provide services to faculty and staff.
Faculty and staff MUST NOT come to campus if they are in isolation due to COVID-19, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or are awaiting test results for symptoms.
What else can I do to stay safe?
All community members SHOULD follow personal hygiene and protective measures, including but not limited to washing hands often; avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth; coughing or sneezing into your face mask or elbow; using face masks and coverings and other PPE appropriately; and cleaning and disinfecting work areas appropriately.
COVID-19 COLLEGE CHALLENGE
MTSU has taken The White House COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge pledge and is committed to helping end the pandemic. MTSU Student Health is offering vaccines to all in the campus community age 18 and up. Every shot is one step closer back to the campus life we know and love.