Marian University has long had in place a system of alerts that notify us of the level of danger we face as a community from natural disasters, violence or other threats to our campuses. COVID-19 Alert Levels are traditionally found in the University’s Emergency Response Plan.

COVID-19 poses its own set of challenges and our work this summer included developing a new system of alert levels to guide decisions as we determine when and if we need to take additional measures to protect safety and reduce our operations.

Our safe return and maintaining an open campus depends on all of us working together.

  • Wear a face covering inside our buildings and practice safe behaviors.
  • Take the health self-assessment before you come to campus.
  • Check the Marian University COVID-19 page on the main website often for new updates.

Alert Levels

Five alert levels mark the degree of risk on our campus: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, and Level 5. We are currently operating at a Level 2. The parameters that make up the levels follow:

Level 1

  • Full operations with some protective measures in place.
  • Face to Face instruction at full capacity with some protective measures in place.
  • Events at full capacity with some modifications.
  • Residence halls open and at full capacity.
  • Dining at full capacity with some protective measures.
  • Schools and businesses can operate at high density.
  • Vaccines and treatment approved and widely available.
  • Lower circulation of the virus, prevention practices gradually lifted.

Level 2

  • Marian University is open and protective measures are in place.
  • Instruction is hybrid instruction with online options for Face to Face classes.
  • Some students and employees will not be able to return to campus. Physical distancing, face covering and hand washing are important. Rigorous cleaning and PPE protocols are in place.
  • On campus housing is available.
  • Dining is offered with restricted capacity and alternative options.
  • Schools and businesses can operate at moderate density: events/classes limits between 10-50 individuals.
  • Virus prevalence is lower and testing/contact tracing capacity allows relaxing of some policies.
  • Treatments may be available that lower risk of severe outcomes.
  • Telework is preferred; essential employees may work on campus.

Level 3

  • Instruction and events are primarily remote.
  • Face to Face offerings are limited to operations that are difficult to conduct remotely.
  • Face to Face groups require special permission.
  • Prevention policies are in place for those who must meet in-person, including: limits on group size, PPE, health screening, distancing, face coverings, hand washing and disinfection plans.
  • On campus housing is available with some restrictions.
  • Dining is offered with preventative measures and carry out only.
  • Schools and businesses can operate at low-density.
  • Significant prevention is in place and may include limits on meeting sizes, enforced use of PPE, elevated precautions for high-risk people.

Level 4

  • Campus and building access are restricted.
  • Telework is preferred; essential employees may work on campus.
  • Instruction is on-line only; no Face to Face programs.
  • On campus housing is only available to those who need special accommodations.
  • Carry out / pick up only dining.
  • Stay at home orders are in place.
  • Schools and non-essential businesses are closed.

Level 5

  • Campus and building access are restricted.
  • Telework is mandatory.
  • Instruction is on-line; no Face to Face programs.
  • No campus housing is available (Notable exceptions with President and Cabinet approval).
  • Dining service is not available.
  • Stay at home orders are in place, State or National Stay at home orders mandatory.
  • Schools and non-essential businesses are closed.

Moving through the levels

The Incident Response Team will analyze county and campus data daily and consult with local health officials to determine the alert level on our campuses. Recommendations to move to a new level made by the IRT will proceed to the President’s Cabinet for a final decision.

Information the IRT will consider includes:

  • Marian must be able to continue operations while managing COVID-19 cases on our campuses. This includes looking at the number of active cases and the seven-day average daily increase.
  • Marian must be able to minimize COVID-19 exposure between our campuses and the local communities.
  • We will monitor campus compliance with PPE use and distancing measures.
  • Testing capacity must meet need.
  • Access to local healthcare facilities is available.
  • The University has adequate facilities for quarantine and isolation of Marian residential students.
  • PPE supplies are available to meet need.
  • The existence of local, state and federal mandates.

Data Guidelines

We have carefully and in consultation with public health developed a comprehensive system to guide our decisions. Many people will be involved in collecting and evaluating the data and then making recommendations when necessary. We also will continue to communicate this information to our campuses, so if students or staff are required to make adjustments in courses or work, they will have time to do so.

We understand the stress COVID-19 is creating in our lives. Most difficult is not knowing from day to day what tomorrow will bring and how tomorrow will impact the decisions and best practices we are putting in place today.