Dear Millikin Students,

I hope that the winter break offered you the time to practice needed self-care and reflection, and that you were able to spend time with your loved ones. We are excited to begin the spring semester and to see you on campus. I know many of you might have questions about what we are doing in the wake of the continuously changing pandemic. Please read this email completely as it offers explanation of how we plan to begin the spring 2022 semester.

First and foremost, Millikin University will be open and operational for the Spring 2022 semester. Please know that we have continued to monitor the pandemic environment, and we have made important changes to our COVID-19 protocols. Most importantly, all students are required to test upon arrival to campus, all residential students are required to be on campus no later than January 24, and all classes will be online for the first week of the semester. Please read the updated instructions below and follow the guidelines described to help mitigate spread of the virus. You should also be prepared for changes and revisions to our plan as the pandemic continues to shift.

COVID-19 TESTING

  • All Students – Required to test immediately upon arrival to campus and no later than January 24 using the on-campus SHIELD Testing Clinic and to self- isolate for the first 24 hours/until a negative test result is received (students who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 2 weeks are exempt from this requirement, but must provide proof of their positive test). Make sure to make your appointment as soon as possible the week of January 17, 2022.
  • In addition to entry testing, weekly surveillance testing for unvaccinated individuals will continue throughout the semester. The SHIELD Testing Site (Dolson Hall) will re-open at 8 am on Monday, January 10..

QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION PROTOCOLS

  • Positive Test Result or Experiencing Symptoms:
    • Must isolate for 5 days.
    • Test on day 5.
      • If negative and symptoms have resolved, released from isolation.
      • If positive, isolate an additional 5 days.
  • Direct Contact with a Positive Case:
    • Fully Vaccinated Individuals (vaccinated within 6 months or boosted):
      • May attend class, work, or sports.
      • Must wear a mask 100% of the time and may only utilize “to-go” dining for 5 days.
      • Test required on day 5.
        • If negative, may return to routine mask-wearing and dining.
        • If positive, isolate for 5 days. If symptom-free, released on day 10.
      • If any symptoms arise after day 5, resume masking 100% and test on day 10.
    • Unvaccinated Individuals (unvaccinated or vaccinated more than 6 months ago and not boosted):
      • Must quarantine and may not attend class, work, or sports in person for 5 days.
      • Must wear a mask 100% of the time and may only utilize “to-go” dining.
      • Test required on day 5.
        • If negative, may return to class, work, sports, but must continue with 100% mask wearing and only “to-go” dining.
        • If positive, isolate for 5 additional days. If symptom-free, released on day 10.
      • If any symptoms arise after day 5, test on day 10.

VACCINE CLINIC & BOOSTER UPLOADS to myMILLIKIN

  • Millikin will host a Vaccine Clinic offering booster shots on Thursday, January 27 from 10 am to 2 pm in the University Commons.
  • Students are now asked to upload proof of booster vaccinations by uploading to myMillikin a screenshot/digital copy of their vaccination cards indicating the booster date (the same way vaccination records were previously uploaded). Please choose the “Booster Shot 1 For COVID-19 (students)” option when uploading the booster document.

MASKS

  • Masks are to be worn at all times while indoors when in the presence of others. (Roommates may remove masks when alone in their residence.)

CLASSES and MEETINGS

  • Campus is currently open and operational for the Spring 2022 semester.
  • Students are asked to “soft quarantine” upon arrival until Jan 31, staying in their residences and not gathering in groups.
  • During the first week of the semester (January 24-28), all classes will be taught online. (However, residential students are required to be on campus no later than January 24.)
  • Large meetings and/or events will be held virtually until January 29.
  • Large meetings and/or events held after January 29 must be approved with mitigation procedures.

DINING

  • All food on campus will be served in a “to-go” fashion until January 29.

COVID-19 resources and information updates may be viewed at www.millikin.edu/covid19. We will continue to update you weekly throughout the semester and make additional changes if necessary, so please be sure to read the update each week. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus soon.


Jim R

President

Millikin University