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April 16, 2021

The Forward Together: COVID-19 Dashboard has been updated with current COVID-19 statistics.

April 8, 2021

The Forward Together: Vaccinations & Testing Opportunities page has been updated: Anyone who missed the vaccination opportunity on April 7 at MU, Stedman-Wade is offering them today, April 8, from 1-4 p.m. at 2313 Murchison Road (910.488.4525).

April 5, 2021

The Forward Together: Vaccinations & Testing Opportunities page has been updated with information on the Vaccination Clinic to be held April 7 at the Matthews Ministry Center. Students, faculty, staff, and family members 18 years of age and older are invited to receive the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

March 26, 2021

The Forward Together: Vaccinations & Testing Opportunities page has been updated with the current status of vaccinations in Cumberland County.

March 24, 2021

The Forward Together: Campus Events page has been updated with policies and procedures for hosting Summer 2021 events on campus.

March 10, 2021

The Forward Together: Athletics page has been updated with changes to the Home Outdoor Spectator Guidelines and Protocols.

The Quarantine & Isolation Guidelines have been updated in the section Post Office regarding procedures for receiving packages while quarantined or isolated.

March 2, 2021

The Forward Together: Student Involvement & Campus Recreation page has been updated to reflect that the occupancy for Nimocks Fitness Center has been raised from 10 persons to 20.

March 1, 2021

The pages Forward Together: Campus Events and Forward Together: Safety Protocols have been updated to reflect that extracurricular gatherings of 25 or less are permitted in certain venues on campus (Hendricks 222, Huff Concert Hall, Matthews Chapel, PA Auditorium, and Yarborough Auditorium) with appropriate approval from direct supervisors/advisors and the administration/events team.

February 24, 2021

The Forward Together: Athletics page has been updated with changes in the “No Spectator Policy” for athletic events. Some spectators will now be admitted to athletic contests, pursuant to the guidelines listed on Forward Together: Athletics and the guidelines for specific facilities.

February 23, 2021

The Forward Together: Academic Calendar page has been updated to focus on our on-campus programs. The academic calendar for our online programs is now on another page linked from Forward Together: Academic Calendar.

February 19, 2021

Dr. Wearden shared a Presidential Update, “Green Screen Routine.” This and past Presidential Updates are available below.

Contact information for faculty and staff has been updated on the MU Green Screen App page.

February 18, 2021

The Forward Together: Latest News & Announcements page (you are here) has been reorganized. The URL for the page has been changed from www.methodist.edu/coronavirus to www.methodist.edu/forward/news. Please update this in your saved web sites.

A new page, Forward Together: Videos, has been added to the site.

February 17, 2021

Removed the Staffing section, added a Reporting & Self-Monitoring section, added to Workplace Scenarios, Off-Campus Meetings, and High Risk for Severe Illness sections on Forward Together: Information for MU Faculty, Staff & Student Employees.

February 15, 2021

Dr. Wearden shared a Presidential Update (below).

February 9, 2021

Updated the page Forward Together: Academic Calendar with the Methodist University Online Summer 2021 terms.

February 8, 2021

Dr. Wearden shared a Presidential Update (below).

Added a section for Testing Opportunities to the page Forward Together: Vaccinations & Testing Opportunities.

February 5, 2021

A page, Forward Together: Vaccinations & Testing Opportunities, has been added to the Forward Together site. Although the populations who are eligible to receive the vaccine are limited at this point, this page will be the landing page for vaccination opportunities as the immunization rollout continues. Testing opportunities may also be posted here as they are received.

February 1, 2021

Dr. Wearden shared a Presidential Update (below) welcoming students to the return of in-person learning.

Information on our “No Spectator” Policy at home athletic events has been added to Forward Together: Athletics.

Information on ordering books has been added to the Forward Together: Academic Support & Study Abroad page.

The pages Check-in Procedures for Returning Students, Ordering Books, and Winter Break Testing & Tips have been removed from the main Forward Together menu.

January 25, 2021

President Wearden has shared a new video message concerning the start of the Spring 2021 semester.

January 15, 2021

Nimocks Fitness Center changed its occupancy to 10 people on the Forward Together: Student Involvement & Campus Recreation page.

Methodist University Dining Services announced they would have 70 seats available in the Green & Gold Cafeteria for in-person dining. The Safety Protocols have been updated to reflect this.

The Campus Face Mask & Social Distancing Signage section on this page has been updated with new campus signs.

The Forward Together: Indoor Gatherings Permitted with Limitations page has been renamed Forward Together: Safety Protocols (including Gathering Guidelines).

January 14, 2021

Methodist University updated its Federal CARES Act FAQs.

January 12, 2021

The guidelines for meals has been updated on the Forward Together: Quarantine & Isolation page.

January 11, 2021

Flow charts for What Do I Do if I Have Been in Close Contact with a Person with COVID-19? and Should I Self-Quarantine or Self-Isolate? have been added to Forward Together: Information for MU Faculty, Staff, and Student Employees and Forward Together: Health & Wellness Information.

January 9, 2021

Information was added to the Check-In Procedures page concerning new residential students and testing for commuter students.

January 8, 2021

President Wearden has released a presidential message pertaining to the Phased Return to Campus.

The Forward Together: Academic Calendar has been updated to include Rest Days, when classes will not meet and assignments are not due, on Feb. 9, March 10 and April 1.

Links to Register for Check-In Times have been added for Phases 2-4 of the phased return plan on the Check-In Procedures page.

An announcement that Room & Board will be prorated for Spring residential students has been posted on the Forward Together Housing and Student Accounts pages.

Guidelines for students on the Check-In Procedures page have been updated, and they have also been added to the Forward Together: Indoor Gatherings page.

Guidance for students for changing their schedule to a fully remote schedule has been updated on the Forward Together: Courses page.

January 7, 2021

President Wearden has released a presidential message pertaining to the Phased Return to Campus.

In light of the Phased Return to Campus, new Check-In Procedures for Returning Students have been released.

Dining Services is running on regular hours, and per current University safety guidelines is offering “take-out only.” Visit https://methodist.campusdish.com/ for more information.

January 6, 2021

President Wearden has announced a Phased Return to Campus for on-campus undergraduate students enrolled in the Spring 2021 semester.

January 4, 2021

Testing requirements for returning students have been posted on the Winter Break Tips page.

An announcement has been posted on Forward Together: Athletics concerning the approval for Spring sports. A policy concerning attendance at basketball games has also been posted here.

December 16, 2020

An announcement for Spring 2021 returning residential students has been posted on the Forward Together: Housing & Residence Life page.

December 8, 2020

President Wearden has posted a video on the Forward Together home page congratulating the Methodist University community on successfully navigating the Fall 2020 semester.

December 7, 2020

The Forward Together: COVID-19 Dashboard has been updated with current COVID-19 statistics.

November 24, 2020

The Forward Together: COVID-19 Dashboard will begin posting statistics on a weekly basis, since some students, staff, and faculty will be on campus over the semester break. Daily updates will return in January.

November 13, 2020

Dr. Wearden shared a Presidential Update (below) concerning the tentative plans for the remainder of the fall semester, winter break, and the start of the spring semester.

November 12, 2020

Dr. Wearden shared a Presidential Update (below), limiting indoor gatherings to 10 people effective at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13.

October 22, 2020

Information about the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund has been added to the Federal CARES Act FAQ page.

October 8, 2020

The Federal CARES Act FAQ page has been updated with current award statistics.

Dr. Wearden shared a Presidential Update (below), concerning the threat of COVID-19 and the importance of maintaining safety protocols.

Information on Flu Shot Clinics has been updated on the main Forward Together page. Flu shots will now be available until the supply is exhausted.

The regulations for group study room occupancy have been updated on the Forward Together: Davis Memorial Library page.

October 7, 2020

Information on Flu Shot Clinics has been updated on the main Forward Together page.

October 6, 2020

Dr. Wearden shared a Presidential Update (below), allowing indoor gatherings limited to 10 people.

October 5, 2020

Dr. Wearden shared a Presidential Update (below).

The regulations for group study room occupancy have been updated on the Forward Together: Davis Memorial Library page.

October 1, 2020

The Forward Together: Campus Tours page has been updated with times for weekday and Saturday appointments.

September 29, 2020

The Forward Together: Athletics page has been updated with the announcement that athletic activities are tentatively scheduled to begin Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020.

The Forward Together: Academic Calendar page has been updated to note changes to the Spring 2021 academic calendar.

September 28, 2020

Dr. Wearden shared a Presidential Update (below), announcing success at bringing down COVID-19 levels on campus.

September 25, 2020

The regulations for use of Nimocks Fitness Center have been updated on Forward Together: Student Involvement & Campus Recreation. Instructions for reserving workout times have been added.

September 21, 2020

Methodist University offered drive-through/walk-up COVID-19 testing, sponsored by the Fayetteville State University School of Nursing, for MU students, faculty, and staff from 3-7 p.m.

September 14, 2020

The Forward Together: Student Involvement & Campus Recreation page has been updated with new hours and protocols for the Nimocks Fitness Center.

September 11, 2020

The Forward Together: Athletics page has been updated with an announcement concerning the postponement of activities and practices until at least Sept. 28.

Dr. Wearden shared a Presidential Update (below), announcing a return to in-person classes on Sept. 14, but extending the other provisions of our No Indoor Gathering Protocol.

The Forward Together: Quarantine & Isolation page has been updated with Housekeeping Guidelines.

September 9, 2020

The Forward Together: Quarantine & Isolation page has been updated with telephone numbers for support.

September 8, 2020

The Forward Together: Quarantine & Isolation page has been added with information about what you will need on quarantine or isolation, along with important information about health checks and ordering meals.

September 2, 2020

Dr. Wearden shared a Presidential Update (below), extending the No Indoor Gathering Protocol through September 12.

August 31, 2020

Dr. Wearden shared a Presidential Update (below), announcing the No Indoor Gathering Model.

The Forward Together: No Indoor Gathering Protocol page has been added, which will be in effect at midnight on Sept. 1.

The Forward Together: Health & Wellness Information page has been updated with new information about what to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive after hours and on the weekends.

August 28, 2020

Campus Recreation has updated the Nimocks Fitness Center hours of operation and list of equipment available for checkout on the Forward Together: Student Involvement & Campus Recreation page.

August 27, 2020

Dr. Wearden shared a Presidential Update (below) addressing COVID-19 rumors and sharing the Dashboard with the community.

The Forward Together: COVID-19 Dashboard has been added to track COVID-19 statistics within the Methodist University community, both on and off campus.

Methodist University Dining Services has updated its guidelines on the Forward Together: Dining Services page.

August 26, 2020

The Office of Alumni Affairs has announced on the Forward Together: Alumni Affairs & Homecoming page that Homecoming has been postponed from its original October dates, and alumni should look for new information coming soon about a spring event.

Mask wearing guidelines have been updated on the Forward Together: Mail Services and Forward Together: Student Accounts pages.

A section titled Guide for Specific Workplace Scenarios has been added to the Forward Together: Information for MU Faculty, Staff & Student Employees.

August 25, 2020

The Reeves Fine Arts Complex & Matthews Ministry Center guidelines for facility use have been updated on the Forward Together: Campus Events page.

August 24, 2020

The page Forward Together: MU Green Screen App has been updated with what to do in the case of users developing symptoms that are unusual.

August 17, 2020

Dr. Wearden shared a Presidential Update (below) highlighting the importance of wearing masks and the other things we can do to show that we care about our fellow students, professors, and Methodist University.

August 14, 2020

The page Forward Together: Davis Memorial Library has been updated to state that face coverings must be worn at all times while within the library.

August 13, 2020

A link has been added for students to schedule peer tutoring sessions on the page Forward Together: Academic Support & Study Abroad.

August 12, 2020

Dr. Wearden has released a Presidential Update (below) and added a video to the Forward Together page concerning the importance of, and misconceptions about, wearing face masks.

August 11, 2020

Information concerning the MU Green Screen App has been added to the Forward Together: Health & Wellness Information in the area concerning Daily Health Checks.

August 10, 2020

A new page entitled Forward Together: MU Green Screen App has been added, and the same information has been added to the material concerning daily health checks on Forward Together: Information for MU Faculty, Staff & Student Workers. The page Forward Together: New Student Orientation has been removed from the menu.

Dr. Wearden has updated his welcome video on the main Forward Together page.

Videos for Classrooms, Dining, Housing, and Socializing have been updated on the main Forward Together page.

August 5, 2020

Information concerning Accessibility & Disability Services has been added to the Forward Together: Academic Support & Study Abroad page.

July 31, 2020

A recording of the Virtual Town Hall Meeting for Parents & Students from Wednesday, July 29, has been added to the Forward Together: Parent Programs page.

Updated Forward Together: New Student Orientation/Check-In to indicate that the virtual New Student Orientation has been updated on the New Student Orientation page.

July 30, 2020

The Federal CARES Act Frequently Asked Questions page has been updated (found below under Other Updates).

The Staffing and Expectations of Supervisors sections of the Forward Together: Information for MU Faculty, Staff & Student Employees page have been updated.

The Temporary Policy for Employee Recording of COVID-19 Leave has been updated in Other Updates below and on the Forward Together: Information for MU Faculty, Staff & Student Employees page.

July 29, 2020

An update to Frequently Asked Questions has been added to the Forward Together: Information for MU Faculty, Staff & Student Employees.

July 28, 2020

The President and Vice President & Director of Athletics released a statement today announcing that Fall USA South Athletic Conference sports seasons would be postponed until Spring. Methodist University is a member of the USA South Athletic Conference. Read the full statement on the Forward Together: Athletics page.

press release announcing the Forward Together: COVID-19 Resource Web Site has been posted.

A link to the Parent Programs Website has been added to Forward Together: Parent Programs so that parents may register their email address to receive our parents e-newsletter and MU Today Magazine. Also at this link, watch a video of a Virtual Parent Panel.

Information concerning Student Requests for Remote Instruction has been added to the Forward Together: Courses page.

July 24, 2020

A Zoom invitation to a Virtual Town Hall for Students & Parents has been added to the Forward Together: Parent Programs page, with a link added to the main Forward Together page.

A section on Virtual Employer Engagement has been added to the Forward Together: Career Services page.

A section has been added to Forward Together: Health & Wellness Information highlighting what one should do if one experiences symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive for the virus.

July 23, 2020

The Admissions Office has increased the number of appointment times available for prospective students from three to four appointments per day: 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. For full details, see Forward Together: Admissions.

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Presidential Updates

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Other Updates

This webpage will be a one-stop resource where our community members can find University updates, FAQs, and University and government resources pertaining to COVID-19. Please refresh this page to ensure you are getting the most current updates.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a coronavirus?

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses are “a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases.” COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus, meaning it is a new strand of coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Common symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, and fever. Symptoms can also include severe acute respiratory syndrome and pneumonia in more serious cases.

How does COVID-19 spread?

COVID-19 is a communicable disease that can be transferred from person to person by having close contact with someone who has the virus, or from respiratory droplets that are spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Who is at the most risk for contracting COVID-19?

Those who have been traveling near areas already impacted by COVID-19, as well as the elderly and people who are immunocompromised are at a higher risk of contracting this virus than others.

What preventative measures can I take?

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 infections can be minimalized if the following preventative measures are taken:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then discard the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect objects frequently.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • The CDC doesn’t recommend people to wear a facemask to protect themselves from COVID-19. Those who are showing symptoms can wear a facemask to avoid spreading the disease to others.

How is Methodist University preparing for a potential case?

Methodist University is currently planning and tracking COVID-19, and taking appropriate steps to assure that the campus is well-equipped to help anyone who presents symptoms associated with the virus.

How can MU students, faculty, and staff get assistance if they are presenting symptoms of COVID-19?

Health Services asks that anyone who is presenting symptoms to call prior to visiting the Health Center. If you feel you are presenting symptoms, please consult our medical professionals at 910-630-7164. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to seek out their primary physicians.

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Helpful Links

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Campus Face Mask & Social Distancing Signage

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