COVID-19 Response and Resources

Mid-America Christian University is continuing to proactively monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and is making well-informed decisions to best serve and protect our campus community. Check this webpage and social media accounts often for updates regarding our response to COVID-19 as well as resources to stay healthy. 

At this time, visitors are welcome to come to the MACU campus, however we are scheduling visits by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call 405-691-3800 and ask for the specific department you would like to arrange a physical visit with. We ask that anyone who comes to the MACU campus please wear a mask at all times. Temperature checks will also be performed upon your arrival and a wristband will be issued. These measures are to ensure the safety of both our guests and staff. To check-in, please stop by the front west entrance where a MACU police officer will be available.

Latest MACU COVID-19 Statistics

Athletic Guidelines

Video Updates

Updated September 8, 2020.

Basic Campus Safety

Do I have to wear a mask on campus?

Everyone on the MACU campus is expected to wear a mask whenever they are inside a building and outside whenever social distancing of at least six (6) feet is not possible. The only exception to this is faculty and staff members who are in an office with a door that is closed and students who are in their residence hall room.

Children aged ten years old and younger do not have to wear masks; however, it is recommended.

If you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask, please notify the staff at the Screening Site. 

The City of Oklahoma City is currently under a mask mandate that expires on September 8, 2020. MACU has not set an expiration date for its mask requirement.

Are there daily COVID-19 screenings for students and staff?

Yes! The safety of our campus community is a priority all the time and especially during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Screenings are required for anyone who enters a building on campus. The Department of Public Safety is responsible for overseeing the screening process.

What does the daily COVID-19 screening process look like?

The screening process is mult-faceted and includes the following:

  • Temperature Check - Upon arriving on campus, your temperature will be checked using a touchless thermometer. If your temperature is above 100.4℉, you will be asked to wait a few minutes to be rechecked. If your temperature is above 100.4℉ again, you will be asked to leave campus.
  • Symptom Check - If you have any of the symptoms listed, you should report this to the Screening Staff. They will ask additional screening questions to determine if you can remain on campus.
  • Mask Check - Masks are required on campus!
  • Colored Bracelet - Those who complete the screening process will receive a bracelet corresponding to the day of the week. This bracelet must be worn at all times when on campus.

I’m high-risk for COVID-19 or live with someone who is high-risk for COVID-19. How can I safely be a student at MACU?

The health and safety of our students and community is very important to MACU! If you are high-risk for COVID-19 or live with someone who is high-risk for COVID-19, you can request accommodations through the Accommodations Office (405-692-3259 or [email protected]) and the Accommodations Request Form. Accommodations may vary based on the needs of each student and family. Accommodations may include permission to attend class virtually, limited number of roommates, and various others based on the needs of each student and family.

Faculty and staff in need of accommodations should contact the Human Resources Office (405-692-3196 or [email protected]).

How is MACU keeping the campus clean and sanitized?

MACU is committed to the health and safety of our community! In addition to thorough daily cleanings, common areas, such as restrooms and the Student Center will be cleaned in the mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

Signs are posted throughout the campus encouraging proper mask-wearing and hand-washing techniques. Sanitizer has also been placed at various strategic locations across campus.

How should I proceed if I am diagnosed with COVID-19 or may have been exposed?

Every CAS (traditional) student that suspects they are ill or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 should immediately contact MACU DPS by calling or texting (405) 694-5242. The University has an action plan in place for quarantine/isolation and to take care of any student’s needs. 

CAGS (adult) students should contact the CAGS Solution Center at 1-877-569-3198.

Are guests allowed to visit campus?

Guests are allowed to come to campus and must complete the designated screening process. However, we ask that students consider limiting the number of guests who accompany them to campus to those that are absolutely necessary. Additionally, guests may be limited to specific areas of campus to protect the health of all in the MACU community.

Guests are expected to follow all campus rules and procedures while on campus, including those specific to the COVID-19 pandemic. Guests who are minors will be subject to the Minors on Campus Policy.

Academics - Adult and Online (CAGS)

When will night classes resume on campus for CAGS (adult) students?

CAGS classes that would normally meet on campus moved to a virtual learning environment in late spring; however, we are excited to welcome these students back to the campus August 11, 2020.

All CAGS students arriving on campus for evening classes must check in at a Screening Site. Screening Sites are open throughout the day; however, special screening hours for evening classes are available at the following locations:

  • Fozard Hall Front West Entrance - 7:30am-6:30pm
  • Fozard Hall East Entrance - 5:30pm-6:30pm
  • Kennedy Hall Main Entrance - 5:30pm-6:30pm

How will social distancing be practiced in classrooms?

Each classroom layout has been adjusted to allow for social distancing and will operate at approximately 50% of the normal capacity. This allows for approximately six (6) feet between students while class is taking place. Instructors are also adapting group activities to allow for social distancing.

Academics - Traditional (CAS)

Has the CAS (traditional) student calendar been revised for Fall 2020?

Yes, the CAS student calendar has been revised for Fall 2020 to limit breaks when students may travel and to end the semester at Thanksgiving for on-campus courses. Instructors will add additional instructional time throughout the semester to accommodate the revised schedule.

Classes Begin: Monday, August 17, 2020

Activities Day (No Classes): Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Cancelled Breaks (Classes will meet on these days):

  • Monday, September 7, 2020 (Labor Day)
  • Thursday, October 15, 2020-Friday, October 16, 2020 (Fall Break)
  • Last Day of Instruction: Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Final Exams: 

  • Thursday, November 19, 2020
  • Friday, November 20, 2020
  • Monday, November 23, 2020
  • Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Residence Halls Close: Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Commencement: Saturday, November 7, 2020

CAS online classes continue as originally scheduled.

What about the schedule for the CAS (traditional) Spring 2021 semester? Has it been changed?

As of 7/21/20, the Spring 2021 schedule has not been changed; however a group of faculty and administrators have developed a contingency plan that can be implemented, if needed. 

The current Spring 2021 semester is listed below:

Classes Begin: Monday, January 11, 2021

Breaks:

  • Monday, January 18, 2021 (MLK Day)
  • Monday, March 15, 2021-Friday, March 19, 2021 (Spring Break)
  • Friday, April 2, 2021 (Good Friday)

Last Day of Instruction: Friday, April 30, 2021

Final Exams (Virtual): Monday, May 3, 2021-Thursday, May 6, 2021

Residence Halls Close: Monday, May 3, 2021

Commencement: Saturday, May 1, 2021

Has the daily class schedule for CAS (traditional) students been revised for Fall 2020?

Yes, the CAS class schedule has been revised to allow 15 minute breaks between classes; normally there is only 10 minutes between classes. These breaks allow for classrooms to be cleaned between each class session. 

Students can also use this break time to use the restroom (limited capacities to allow for social distancing), step outside to remove their mask for a few moments, or move to the next class utilizing entrance only doors.

Here is the updated class schedule: 

Monday, Wednesday, Friday Classes

  • 8:00am-8:50am - Class 1
  • 9:05am-9:55am - Class 2
  • 10:15am-11:00am - Chapel
  • 11:20am-12:10pm - Class 3
  • 12:25pm-1:15pm - Class 4

Tuesday/Thursday Classes

  • 8:00am-9:15am - Class 1
  • 9:30am-10:45am - Class 2
  • 11:00am-12:15pm - Class 3
  • 12:30pm-1:45pm - Class 4

Students should check their schedule on the Student Portal for all class start and end times.

How will social distancing be practiced in classrooms?

Each classroom layout has been adjusted to allow for social distancing and will operate at approximately 50% of the normal capacity. This allows for approximately six (6) feet between students while class is taking place. Instructors are also adapting group activities to allow for social distancing.

What about large CAS (traditional) classes? Will they be held online?

As much as possible, we want students who want to be in a classroom with an instructor to be in a classroom with an instructor! With that in mind, the Registrar’s Office has adjusted the locations of many classes to larger rooms to accommodate large course enrollments while allowing for social distancing. 

However, there are some classes that have larger enrollments than our classrooms and class schedules can accommodate. For those classes, half of the class will attend in the classroom while the other half of the class attends online. The next time the class meets, the mode of attendance will be reversed. This will allow each student to attend in the classroom at least once each week. For classes that have to be split in this manner, each student’s schedule will indicate which day to attend in the physical classroom and which day to attend in the virtual classroom. We anticipate that approximately 10% of classes will have to meet using this scenario.

Our faculty are receiving special training on conducting online and blended classes to prepare for this specific scenario. 

Is Community Service still required this semester?

Community Service will not be required this semester.  Because of this, the graduation requirement will be participation in community service for 5 semesters, instead of 6 semesters, for students who are enrolled in the Fall 2020 semester.  

Athletics

Will we have fall sports this year?

On July 31, 2020,  the Sooner Athletic Conference announced that the regular season, as well as the championship events, have been moved to the spring. Programs were given the option to participate in non-conference games during the fall.

For more information about the athletic schedule, visit https://macuathletics.com/

Will fans be able to attend sporting events?

As of 7/22/20, MACU is planning to welcome fans to our sporting events. Social distancing guidelines will be in place, and all guests will need to go through a basic Screening Site.

All games can also watched on the Athletics Website, https://macuathletics.com/

Residence Life

What is the plan for food services at Cafe 1412?

Pioneer Food Services will provide only served or carry out options for meal choices in Cafe 1412. There will be several pre-packaged stations for items like salads or sandwiches. There will be an option through the Pioneer Food Service app to pre-order a to-go meal and a specific area will be provided to pick up the pre-ordered meals. 

The dining room will operate at 50% of its capacity. Once the dining room is full, the students will take a to-go meal or wait for seating to open up. Additional tables are available in the Student Center. 

If I’m living on campus, what will happen if my roommate is diagnosed with COVID-19?

If your roommate has been diagnosed with COVID-19 you will work with DPS or Student Life to schedule a COVID-19 test as soon as possible. If you are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms you will quarantine until you have a negative COVID-19 test and are cleared by a medical professional.

Is it okay for me to travel to another state during the fall semester?

It is strongly recommended that you do not travel to other states during the Fall semester. The University has adjusted the Academic Calendar to allow for safe travel to your home state after the semester has ended.

What does move-in look like for the residence halls?

All resident students will sign up for Move-in Appointment. The link to sign up will be in a confirmation email after the student has filled out the housing form. You may also email [email protected] to obtain housing information. The sign up time allows for a more controlled move in process. There will only be a certain amount of students moving in per time slot to allow for more social distancing during the move-in.

Up to two (2) guests will be allowed to help the student during the move-in process.

All students and guests will be health screened upon arrival to campus and before exiting their vehicles. The screening will consist of a temperature check and a COVID-19 questionnaire. Once the screening is complete, the student will be directed to their move-in location.

Are guests allowed to visit campus?

Guests are allowed to come to campus and must complete the designated screening process. However, we ask that students consider limiting the number of guests who accompany them to campus to those that are absolutely necessary. Additionally, guests may be limited to specific areas of campus to protect the health of all in the MACU community.

Guests are expected to follow all campus rules and procedures while on campus, including those specific to the COVID-19 pandemic. Guests who are minors will be subject to the Minors on Campus Policy.

Access to student housing areas will be limited to only those students living in residential housing. No individual will be permitted in any area of student residence (common spaces, single or shared living suites/rooms, laundry facilities, public restrooms, etc.) that are within a particular housing area unless they are a resident. Residents may have other resident students as guests in their room/suite up to 4 per room. 

General Student Questions

I am feeling overwhelmed, anxious, stressed, and/or depressed because of the pandemic situation. Are there any resources for me on campus?

Absolutely! This is a stressful time for all of us, and we want to help our students as they seek to deal with that stress. CAS (traditional) students have access to MACU’s Counseling Center, which has expanded hours this semester, and appointments can be scheduled through the Student Portal.

Additionally, we are excited to host de-stress yoga twice each week and a crafting corner once each week to help students and staff during this stressful time.

I don't have a computer. Are computers still available for me to use to do my homework?

Yes! The Library has computers available, as well as printers, to assist any student. Computers are also available in the Student Center for student use; however, they have been spread out to allow for social distancing. Computers are cleaned multiple times each day.

Is the MACU Campus Store still fully operational?

The MACU Campus Store is open and ready to serve the MACU community with MACU merchandise, snacks, and beverages. The MACU Campus Store is located directly inside the Main West Entrance of Fozard Hall is open during the following hours:

Monday-Thursday 9:00am-6:30pm
Friday 9:00am-1:00pm

MACU merchandise can also be purchased on the Campus Store website (https://www.macucampusstore.com/)

Students can purchase textbooks through MACU’s partnership with Barnes and Noble College or through their preferred vendor. For information on our partnership with Barnes and Noble College, contact the Solution Center at 1-877-569-3198.

Can I come to campus to use the Library?

Yes! After visiting the Screening Site, students are welcome to visit the Library. We have the following precautions in place: 

  • Students are asked to return all materials and books they use to our Book Drop, instead of handing them off to staff at the Circulation desk. This includes books that are taken off the shelf but will not be checked out by the student. 
  • Desks, workstations and study rooms will be cleaned after each use. 
  • Social distancing is in place for student and staff safety. We ask that seating and furniture not be rearranged. For example, additional chairs may not be moved to a table or study room.

Here are the Library hours for Fall 2020, beginning August 17th:

  • Monday through Thursday - 7:30am to 10pm
  • Friday - 7:30am to 5pm
  • Saturday - 1pm to 5pm
  • Sunday - 3pm to 9pm

What is Chapel going to look like this semester?

Chapel will be held each Wednesday and Friday from 10:15am-11:00am from Wednesday, August 19, 2020-Wednesday, November 18, 2020.  

CAS (traditional) students are expected to attend and/or receive credit for at least twenty (20) Chapels for the Fall 2020 semester. Students may choose to attend Chapel by physically attending in the JASCO Chapel on their designated day (Wednesday or Friday), watching online via Facebook Live in a designated area in the Student Center, or attending virtually via Facebook Live. Students will be notified of their designated day to attend in person via email. For those who attend virtually, there is an online form that will need to be filled out and submitted to receive Chapel credit.

Many safety measures are in place to protect the health of our community when attending Chapel. These safety measures include the following:

  • Social distancing is required in the Chapel.  To ensure proper distancing, seats will be color coded: green for available seats, red for unavailable seats.  
  • All attendees must wear masks for the duration of the Chapel service.
  • The Chapel is sanitized before and after service by the Facilities Management Team.
  • Students may now enter through two entrances and exit through four exits to allow for expedited scanning and social distancing.
  • A maximum of 140 people will be allowed in the chapel. We will divide students alphabetically based on their last name and designate either Wednesday or Friday to attend in-person. We also will set a designated area in the
  • Student Center to allow for an additional 40 students to watch chapel together on Facebook Live.  
  • All students will have the option to watch Chapels online via Facebook Live. To get credit for any online Chapel the student will be required to submit the online form.  
  • Faculty and Staff will be asked to join chapel virtually as long as we need to remain at this seating capacity.  

I'm a student worker. Can I work remotely if I'm sick?

This is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. For example, some students that are sick are not able to work successfully. However, students that want to work while sick or in isolation should request permission from the Student Employment Office ([email protected]). These requests will be determined based on the nature of the student’s work and position, the nature of the department in which the student works, and the permission of the supervisor.

How can I participate in tutoring?

Tutoring is available to all MACU students through the Student Success Center.

CAS (traditional) students can choose to complete tutoring sessions at the MACU campus while wearing a mask and utilizing a plexiglass divider or by meeting with a MACU tutor online. Tutoring appointments can be scheduled through the Student Success Center.

CAGS (adult) students are encouraged to utilize our online tutoring services through Upswing.

All students are encouraged to utilize our Online Writing Center that allows students to submit papers for review by one of our Online Writing Consultants.

Online Learning Resources

CARES Act Update

Mid-America Christian University returned to the Department of Education the executed “Funding Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Student under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, Economy Security (CARES) Act” on  April 22, 2020. The University received notice on April 27, 2020 that we had received an award of $358,376.00.  This amount represents the fifty percent of the total refunds to be received by the University until Section 18004(a)(1) and will be used by the University to provide emergency financial aid to student for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.

The Department of Education has stipulated that the following criteria must be met for eligibility. 

An eligible student must:

  • currently be enrolled undergraduate or graduate student at MACU
  • be a U.S. Citizen or an Eligible Non-Citizen who is eligible for Title IV funding
  • have a valid Social Security Number (SSN)
  • have submitted a FAFSA for the 2019-2020 school year and determined to be eligible to received Title IV funds
  • not have been enrolled in all-online courses only on March 13, 2020
  • not have defaulted on a student loan
  • not owe grant refunds
  • be maintaining satisfactory academic progress as required for Title IV funds
  • not be concurrently enrolled in elementary or secondary (high school)

The University determined all of the students that were eligible as under the HEERF guidelines would receive a portion of the student grant. The distribution amounts were determined based on the disruption of campus operations due to the corona virus. This included courses no longer being offered on campus, inability to live on campus, inability to continue to participate in campus meal plan. Additionally a change in access to course materials, technology, healthcare, and child care was considered when determining the student possible expenses related to the disruption of campus operations. 

The University communicated with those students who were eligible to receive these funds.  Student were given an opportunity to update their address and/or provide direct deposit information to ensure the funds could be provided to the student as quickly as possible.  Emergency grant funds were disbursed directly to students during the dates of May 13-20, 2020.

Below are the details of the usage of the HEERF funds as of 5/20/20:

  • Total Amount of Funds Allocated to MACU: $358,376.00
  • Total Amount of Funds Distributed to students as of 5/20/2020:  $365,250.00
  • Estimated number of students to whom funds were distributed: 390
  • Estimated number of students who were eligible for the HEERF student grant: 390

This data complies with Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act “30-day Fund Report.” 

COVID-19 Prevention Resources

The following are resources for COVID-19 identification, prevention and general information put together by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Symptoms and Testing

COVID-19 Symptoms

Testing for COVID-19

Prevent Getting Sick

How COVID-19 Spreads

How to Protect Yourself

Cloth Face Covers

Wearing Gloves

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home

Social Distancing

Travel Precautions

Travel in the U.S.

International Travel

Oklahoma Resources

Oklahoma State Department of Health

Testing Facilities

Canadian County

El Reno
100 S. Rock Island, El Reno, OK
(405) 262-0042

Yukon
1023 East Vandament, Yukon, OK
(405) 354-4872

Cleveland County

Moore
424 S. Eastern, Moore, OK
(405) 794-1591

Norman
250 12th Ave. N.E., Norman, OK
(405) 321-4048

Oklahoma County

Oklahoma City
1000 N.E. 10th St., Oklahoma City, OK
(405) 271-7774

For a full list of county health departments and testing sites, please click here

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