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.
Updated June 24, 2021.
Basic Campus Safety
Do I have to be vaccinated or show proof of vaccination to attend MACU?
Per Oklahoma Senate Bill 658, MACU cannot mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for students. However, it is strongly recommended that you receive the COVID-19 vaccination to protect yourself and others.
Do I have to wear a mask on campus?
At this time, masks are not required on the MACU Campus.
If you have not been fully vaccinated, it is strongly recommended that you wear a mask on campus for your safety.
Are there daily COVID-19 screenings for students and staff?
With most of the campus population fully vaccinated against COVID-19, there are currently no daily COVID-19 screenings in place for students and staff. If you feel sick, it is recommended that you stay home.
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! Common areas, such as restrooms and the Student Center, are cleaned regularly throughout the day. Hand sanitizer stations have also been installed throughout the 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?
Yes, guests are allowed to visit campus without restriction. If an individual has not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, use of a mask is strongly recommended.
What is the plan for food services at Cafe 1412?
Pioneer Food Services will provide full service options for meal choices in Cafe 1412. The self-serve stations will be reopened. 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 100% of its capacity.
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 determine if a COVID-19 test is needed. If you are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, you will quarantine until you have a negative COVID-19 test and/or are cleared by a medical professional. MACU will follow CDC recommendations regarding quarantine for vaccinated students and non-vaccinated students.
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 four (4) guests will be allowed to help the student during the move-in process.
We ask that if anyone is experiencing any COVID-19 like symptoms that they not come to campus. They can notify Student Life by texting/calling (405) 458-0922 and new move-in time will be arranged with them. .
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, and appointments can be scheduled through the Student Portal.
Additionally, there are various events throughout the semester designed to help students relieve stress.
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.
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:
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.
What is Chapel going to look like this semester?
Chapel services will resume in full for the Fall 2021 semester.
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 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.”
SPRING 2021 EMERGENCY GRANTS: HEERF II
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II), as part of the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), provided additional money to colleges and universities to prevent, prepare and respond to COVID-19. A portion of these funds are earmarked for distribution as emergency student grants for costs that arose due to COVID-19, including tuition, food, housing, health care, or child care.
Unlike the CARES Act (HEERF I), institutions are required to prioritize grants to students with exceptional financial need, such as those who receive federal Pell Grants (need-based grants). Unlike CARES funds, the HEERF II funds can be awarded to online students as well and, can be applied to a student’s outstanding account balance if the student provides written (or electronic), affirmative consent. Students must meet the following criteria for consideration for HEERF II funds:
- Demonstrate significant financial need with preference given to Pell-eligible students (to determine this, MACU required all students be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and have 2020-2021 FAFSA on file)
- Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student on-campus or online program for the spring 2021 semester.
Please note that, by federal guidelines, international and undocumented (DACA) students are not eligible to receive HEERF II funds.
Since more students are eligible to receive emergency grants under CRRSAA, MACU has decided to create an application process to disburse these funds. Student can submit the CRRSAA Grant Student Funds 2021-2022. Applications will be received as long as funds are available.
Below are the details of the usage of the HEERF II funds as of 04/30/21:
- Total Amount of HEERF II Emergency Grant Funds Allocated to MACU: $358,376.00
- Total Amount of HEERF II Funds Distributed to students as of 04/30/2021: $214,453.49
- Estimated number of students to whom funds were distributed: 118
- Estimated number of students who were eligible for the HEERF student grant: 118
This data complies with Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act “90-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
Prevent Getting Sick
100 S. Rock Island, El Reno, OK
1023 East Vandament, Yukon, OK
424 S. Eastern, Moore, OK
250 12th Ave. N.E., Norman, OK
1000 N.E. 10th St., Oklahoma City, OK
For a full list of county health departments and testing sites, please click here.