Check-In Procedures for Returning Students

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Checking In

All new and returning residential students should immediately reserve a specific time for checking in at Clark Hall via the sign-up forms below. Choose the sign-up form that corresponds to the Phased Return chart.

Phase 1 -- Jan. 2-3 -- Men's and Women's Basketball Phase 2 -- Jan. 16-17 -- Men's and Women's Soccer; Men's and Women's Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field; Men's and Women's Tennis; Men's and Women's Golf; Men's and Women's Lacrosse; Men's and Women's Cross Country; Volleyball; Cheerleading; Baseball; Softball Phase 3 -- Jan. 23-24 -- Football Phase 4 -- Jan. 30-31 -- All Non-Athletes Note: Athletes are strategically positioned in the first three phases, helping fulfill practice requirements for competitions that begin as early as mid-January. As no spectators will be allowed at any MU games, we are working to live stream as many events as possible at mumonarchs.com

Students must check in during the specific hours they sign up for below to either verify pre-arrival testing or to get tested. It’s very important that students adhere to this schedule/these hours, as they will not be allowed on campus without testing verification or a live negative test at Clark Hall.

Sign-Up Forms for Checking In

Jan. 16-17 (For athletes other than football) — 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Just to reiterate, these are the only hours that students may check-in to show their negative test results or to get a test. Students will not be allowed on campus without a documented negative test.

Testing

To expedite the path through the check-in process upon return, students may get tested (maximum 72 hours before arriving on campus) and just show our health services staff their physical “negative-for-COVID” result when they arrive on campus (Clark Hall). Even if a student has a pre-arrival test, they must sign up for a check-in time above.

MU is also providing free rapid testing onsite when students arrive at Clark Hall. Students who test positive for COVID will either be asked to return home, or be moved into isolation on campus until they are able to test negative.

Please note the LabCorp Home Testing and Free Testing Site links listed at www.methodist.edu/forward/holidays.

Commuter (Non-Residential) Students

Commuter/non-residential students — who will only be in low-risk settings — do not need to check-in/test on these weekends. However, any commuter student who would like to be tested is welcome to sign up for their corresponding weekend.

Also, please be sure to download the Green Screen App and use it every day.

Keys

Once the negative test result is confirmed at Clark Hall (see above), students will receive their room keys and may proceed to their residence halls.

Travel

Contact the Student Affairs Office – studentaffairs@methodist.edu – if you’ve already locked in tickets for travel that don’t coincide with your phased return date. You will need to show proof of purchase of tickets prior to the announcement of Phased Return on Jan. 6.

Guidelines

Once on campus, students should adhere to the same safety protocols as we had in the fall, which includes:

  • Wear close-fitting face coverings over the nose and mouth indoors and outdoors (unless alone/in room with roommate only).
  • Always maintain minimum 6-foot social distancing.
  • Though low-risk, and showing no signs of COVID spread throughout the entire fall semester, classrooms will continue to have a limited, posted capacity (with masks and social distancing required at all times).
  • Non-class-related indoor events are discouraged, but if they are necessary, they are limited to 10 people, with appropriate mask and social distancing requirements.
  • Outdoor events are encouraged (with masks and social distancing) but are limited to 25.
  • Students are not to visit/enter residence halls other than their own.
  • Dining Services is running on regular hours, and per current University safety guidelines is offering “take-out” or “dine-in” options. There will be 70 seats available for dine-in eating in the Green & Gold Cafeteria this semester.
  • Students, faculty and staff are expected to report on the Green Screen App each day.
  • External groups/speakers are not permitted on campus (for lectures, meetings, presentations or otherwise).
  • Visitors are not allowed on campus, though an exception is being made for families. Family members may help students move in to residence halls (wearing masks at all times). Family members may also visit during the semester, but should remain outside of the buildings and adhere to mask, social distancing, and other university guidelines in place at the time.
  • Though it’s exciting that we do have athletic events scheduled for this winter/spring, no spectators will allowed at basketball games. Decisions on spectators at other sporting events will be made and communicated in the near future. These decisions are being made by the presidents of the USA South Athletic Conference. MU Athletics will live-stream all home basketball games, and is working to live stream as many other events as possible.
  • Extensive detail for staying safe (including washing hands frequently and additional hygiene instruction) is available at Forward Together: Health & Wellness Information.

Questions

If you have additional questions related to Housing or Testing, please contact: