Marian University community – here’s what we know

The health and safety of the Marian University community is our top priority. In light of the global spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Marian University is taking steps to ensure that its students, faculty, and staff are protected from this fast-moving public health issue.

How is Marian University responding to the Coronavirus?

We are monitoring the situation closely, and as such are proactively working with the Fond du Lac County Health Department, while also receiving guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. A group has convened and has been tasked with making informed decisions and providing you timely and relevant information related to those developments here, as well as via email and on social media.

What steps is Marian University taking to prevent Coronavirus on campus?

To help ensure and maintain the safety and health of our campus community, Marian University has made the decision to suspend on-ground classes and move all classes to online through the end of the Spring 2020 semester, which has been extended through May 15.

All events and activities scheduled through the end of the Spring 2020 semester have been canceled, including all athletic competitions. Further, commencement has been postponed, and in-person split ceremonies will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12 to recognize the May, August and December 2020 classes, likely holding one ceremony for the adult and graduate students and one for the undergraduate students.

Students who live on-campus are not to return to campus. Those needing to retrieve items from rooms will be permitted to do so and should call Assistant Dean of Student Life and Director of Resident Life Severa Krueger at 920-923-8091 to establish a time to enter the residence. Those who live off-campus are asked to use their judgment when returning to their residence, but must avoid campus.

We understand Coronavirus is cause for concern to many, and as such have also responded with:

  • The creation of a Voluntary Travel Reporting Form
  • Increasing the frequency and rigor of cleaning and sanitization campus-wide
  • Implementing a special peroxide spray to be sprayed on dining room tables at closing time
  • Displaying posters in public areas on ways we can all aid in stopping the spread of germs
  • Placing orders for additional tissues, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies.

Student Services Information

Accessibility Resources is available remotely during regular business hours Monday –Friday 8:30 to 5:00 p.m.  Please contact Lisa Olig, Director of Accessibility Resources and Academic Services at lmolig65@marianuniversity.edu with questions, and/or to schedule a phone or virtual meeting.

Peer Tutoring Services are available to all students for subjects other than math, science and English – Please contact Lisa Olig, Director of Accessibility Resources and Academic Services at lmolig65@marianuniversity.edu with questions, and/or to request a tutor. Tutor sessions are conducted remotely via phone, email, or video conference (Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, Microsoft Teams app)

  • In-person appointments are suspended through May 15
  • All students who had a standing appointment should have been contacted and received the option of meeting online or via video conference, with the Handshake settings being amended to reflect this
  • Students may continue to utilize Career Services and are asked to schedule an appointment via their Handshake account at marianuniversity.joinhandshake.com
  • Once logged in to Handshake, to schedule an appointment click on Career Services → Appointments → Schedule An Appointment, and follow the prompts
  • Under ‘Choose Appointment Medium’ students may select one of the following: Email, Phone Call, or Video Call via Zoom
  • Under ‘What can I help you with?’ students should enter their cell phone number if selecting phone call as the appointment type
  • If a student selects Video Call via Zoom as the appointment type, Career Services will send the student a link for the Zoom meeting
  • Online sessions are available 9am-4pm for students seeking assistance with writing, math, and science
  • 24 hour notice is required
  • Students can make an appointment via the Microsoft Bookings online scheduling system
  • Assistance is available via phone, email, video conference (Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, Microsoft Teams app), and the Writing Services web page self-help links
  • Arrangements will be made between student and student assistant or staff member concerning appropriate method of contact

Writing
Terena Kleckner
Cell: 920-948-9650
Office: 920-923-8586
writingcenter@marianuniversity.edu

Merle Alix
Cell: 920-458-7875
Office: 920-923-8626
writingcenter@marianuniversity.edu

Math & Science
Kelsey Beine
Office: 920-923-8151
mathspecialist@marianuniversity.edu
sciencespecialist@marianuniversity.edu

Please reach out to with any questions. Leave a voice message if no reply.

  • The Hornung Student Center Dining Room is closed
  • Those needing meals who have not received an email to register for their delivery should call 920-923-8091
  • Students on-campus will receive delivered meals 11:30am-noon for lunch, 5-5:30pm for dinner and breakfast the following morning
  • Campus Ministry continues to offer support to students needing access to food, groceries and assorted hygiene products. For assistance contact Sr. Edie Crews at eacrews27@marianuniversity.edu or Cathy Mathweg at cmathweg@marianuniversity.edu.

Online counseling services are available for students who are Wisconsin residents. Any student who is not already a client (i.e. has attended a session this academic year) is welcome to contact Robyn Williams for information on how to set up a session.

In order to take part in a telehealth session students will need a smartphone or laptop and a secure Internet connection. You will receive an Informed Consent for Telehealth Services form that will need to be completed before an appointment time can be established. You will then receive a link to a virtual waiting room.

Any students who are not Wisconsin residents are still welcome to contact the Counseling Center for supportive and referral services at 920-923-8799

Asymptomatic individuals are also able to request meetings with Director of Counseling Services Robyn Williams at 920-923-8112 or Sr. Edie Crews at 920-923-7624

Some things to consider:

What if you don’t have reliable Internet access?

  • Check your local Internet providers to see if they are offering free/discounted installs or upgrades
  • Check your phone provider to see if they are offering free/discounted upgrades or hotspots
  • Contact your neighbors to see if they will share their Internet access
  • Can you park outside a library or restaurant and access their WiFi from your car?

What if I don’t have my books?

  • Can you download or rent another copy?
  • Did you check the publisher’s website to see if they offer free or reduced price access?

Marian University has identified refunds pertaining to room and board, as well as meal plans, as an important topic of discussion and considers this an issue of high priority. We appreciate your patience as we work to put together a plan to determine the proper way to approach this matter, as the situation necessitates the coordination of a number of departments within the university, as well as compliance with numerous federal and state regulations. We anticipate additional communication will be sent directly to students in the near future that addresses this issue and answers any lingering questions.

We believe some students may benefit from being given the option to have some Spring 2020 courses graded as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, rather than with traditional letter grades. The deadline to make this distinction is May 15, but students are strongly encouraged to discuss the implications of this selection with their advisor beforehand, as electing S/U can affect program progression and admission eligibility for graduate programs.

Also keep in mind that for certain undergraduate programs, S/U will not be an option in order to remain compliant with standards approved by external accreditors responsible for professional licensure. Students to whom this applies should have already received detailed information from their program chairs.

While this option is not available for adult undergraduate or graduate students, faculty will be accommodating their needs and will support them within the framework of the existing policies that apply to these students.

These adjustments have been made to support student academic success, maintain our ability to deliver high quality instruction, and maximize the ability of students to achieve our established learning outcomes. Enacting these changes is complex, and we will provide additional information on policy details as they become available.

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19

According to the CDC, COVID-19 is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness. There have been no reported cases of COVID-19 on the Marian University campus.

We understand that some community members are concerned. If you would like to talk with someone, support is available to students at Marian University Health Services in Regina 011 or at 920-923-7615.

We would also recommend as a resource the ADEC in Conversation: Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) series.

According to the CDC, Coronavirus is spread between people in close contact with one another (within about six feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It can also be spread by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touching your own mouth, nose or eyes.

According to the CDC, at this time, the general public, including Marian University community members, are unlikely to be exposed to this virus. The immediate health risk is considered low. The risk assessment will continue to be updated as the situation evolves.

Symptoms usually appear within 2-14 days after exposure. Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Risks for developing symptoms include travel to China, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea, and Hong Kong, or having close contact with someone who is known to have had COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms, before you go to Marian University Health Services, or any clinic or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your exposure to COVID-19, your recent travel, and your symptoms – do not show up at a clinic, urgent care, or other health facility without calling first. Your provider will need to take special measures to protect others in the clinic.

Monitor your symptoms closely. Remember that the likelihood that you have coronavirus is low. Take your temperature if you believe you have a fever. Stay home from school and work until at least 24 hours after your fever ends. Be especially careful around infants and small children as well as people who have compromised immune systems and/or are over the age of 65. Take care of yourself. Rest as much as possible. Drink lots of fluids.

According to the CDC, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms.

There is no vaccine to prevent this virus. The most effective prevention at this time is to avoid exposure.

The CDC recommends the following actions to minimize your risks:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If you think you are sick, call your health care provider first for assistance.
There are also several “do not” actions the CDC recommends:

Do not travel to affected geographic areas.
Do not use face masks. CDC does not recommend the use of face masks for the general public to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Do not show prejudice to people of/from affected areas out of fear of this new virus. Do not assume that someone from an affected area is more likely to have the virus.

To view the spread of COVID-19 throughout Wisconsin, check out the Wisconsin Department of Health’s tracker, which breaks down the number of COVID-19 cases by county.

To better understand Wisconsin’s child care setting order, K-12 school closure order and mass gathering order, please click here.

Find the latest information on State Universities by clicking here and State Technical Colleges by clicking here.

Vector Solutions is helping higher education communities during the COVID-19 crisis by providing free, valuable resources here.