Athenians Care is our campus-wide public health education effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. As Athenians, we belong to a community of care – we are all called to protect and serve one another. Collectively supporting the health and wellbeing of our friends, families, and the world can be as easy and effective as committing to a routine with the following proactive steps:
- Committing to following Mount Saint Mary's new health and safety guidelines, including wearing a face covering, practice proper hygiene, adhering to social distancing, self-monitor and staying home if feeling unwell.
- Committing to care for our MSMU community by participating in educational events and community wellness activities and respecting oneself and others during this time through self-care and/or community care activities.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are called to act and care in the gracious, compassionate, and giving spirit of our founding Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Place your name on the Athenians Care Social Commitment because you care as a "dear neighbor" inspired by our Sisters of St. Joseph and want to be a part of making MSMU a healthier campus.
MSMU Health Screen
To assist in limiting the spread of COVID-19 on campus, we have created the MSMU Health Screen. Every member of the MSMU community, contractors and visitors must complete the Health Screen every day, approximately one hour before arriving to campus or leaving a resident hall.
After completing the Health Screen, a campus access status will be provided on the completion screen and by email. Receipt of a "Certified" status will permit access to campus. Those coming onto campus should be prepared to show their Health Screen status to Campus Security, shuttle drivers and MSMU personnel.
Those who receive at "Not-Certified" status must remain home. A follow-up phone call will be conducted the same day to provide further instructions. For Health Screen assistance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Health Screen can be found at msmu.edu/healthscreen or via QR code. Links are also available on myMSMU and the COVID-19 Information page. Also, see the MSMU Health Screen FAQs.
Given that new cases are rising in our communities, particularly among those who are not yet vaccinated, all students, faculty, staff and contract workers will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 effective August 1, 2021. Vaccination information can be submitted via myMSMU. The University will consider individual requests for exemption from its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for (1) medical reasons and (2) based on sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.
Our top priority is the health and wellness of our entire community. We believe that getting vaccinated is critical to the care of ourselves and each other, and we lift up the words of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops who affirmed that "being vaccinated can be an act of charity that serves the common good." Vaccinations have proven to be one of the most effective ways to protect ourselves and the fuller community against COVID-19. If you have specific questions regarding the policy, Faculty/Staff may contact Human Resources at HRCOVID@msmu.edu, and students may contact Student Health Services at StudentHealthServices@msmu.edu.
COVID-19 Compliance Task Force
In compliance with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's protocols for Institutes of Higher Education, a COVID-19 Compliance Task Force (CCTF) has been established in the Fall of 2020. With representatives from departments throughout campus, the Task Force meets bi-weekly and is responsible for establishing and enforcing COVID-19 safety protocols and ensuring that students, faculty, and staff receive education about COVID-19.
Additionally, the CCTF is tasked with informing the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health of campus cases and exposures and notifying individuals within the MSMU community of exposure. Under California Assembly Bill 685 (AB685), MSMU must provide notice and report information related to COVID-19 exposures. This responsibility has also been delegated to the CCTF.