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Prior to Returning to Campus

All students and seminarians who will be on campus this fall, full and part-time, residential and commuter, are required to:

  1. Complete the Student Community Care Agreement;
  2. Testing for COVID-19;
  3. Complete online COVID-19 training videos to ensure their understanding of the virus and their knowledge of university procedures and protocols.

This training must be completed before the semester begins.

Testing for COVID-19 Before Coming to Campus

Every Mount student and seminarian must be tested and provide negative results for COVID-19 prior to coming to campus for the Fall 2020 semester. If you are currently within the U.S. borders or in one of the U.S. Territories, such as Puerto Rico or Guam, testing should be performed before arrival to campus, with negative results dated within 10 days before your arrival. This simple nasal or saliva swab test is provided by the Maryland Department of Health at free testing sites within the state for Maryland residents. Pennsylvania also has free testing sites for Pennsylvania residents. Please review resources from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Community-Based Testing Sites for COVID-19 to locate free COVID-19 testing sites in your state. If you have challenges identifying free COVID-19 test sites in your home area, please contact the Office of the Dean of Student Life to discuss how to proceed. If your state does not provide free COVID-19 testing, your personal or family health insurance plan may cover the cost. We will work with you to get a pre-testing plan solution prior to your return.

  • Testing should be completed between 7 and 10 days prior to coming to campus.
  • Students who are coming to campus should reduce their contact with others after the testing and before arriving on campus.
  • Your test results must be sent through your MyMount account no later than August 17, 2020.

Students from U.S. Territories

Students from U.S. Territories, such as Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands, should follow the requirements of all other U.S. students traveling from a distance to the MSMU campus. Your COVID-19 test results should be sent by you to your MyMount account no later than August 17, 2020.

International Students

We recognize this pandemic presents an extra set of stressors for international students who likely have concerns about their visa, ability to travel, academics and more. Our top priority is your health, safety and well-being. We are here to support you, and we will continue to update this information as new developments take place.

In this unprecedented time, we realize that some of you may need assistance with managing this process. International Student Coordinator Brandon Rockwell (301-447-5605; b.w.rockwell@msmary.edu) is a resource in the Admissions Office; Associate Provost David McCarthy, Ph.D., (301-447-5333; dmccarth@msmary.edu); and Associate Director of Residence Life Jamie Brown (301-447-5586; j.c.brown@msmary.edu) may assist you with your academic and housing options for the fall semester. Once you are on campus, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of New Student Programs Mallory Wishard, Ed.D., (301-447-5005; m.l.wishard@msmary.edu) would be happy to assist you in your ongoing transition to the Mount community.

If the U.S. government allows you to enter the country in August or early September, you will need to quarantine for 14 days. Please call the Office of Residence Life (301-447-5586) for information about coming to campus, and to make arrangements to quarantine on campus.