COVID-19 Spring Plans

A summary of University policies, procedures and resources

Updated: 1/25/2021 • 2 p.m.

Mercer University places a priority on the safety and well-being of its students, faculty, staff and visitors.

To mitigate the risks of spreading the coronavirus, Mercer continues to encourage personal responsibility through the “Bears Care” initiative and to follow additional measures that will evolve as conditions warrant and new guidance is received from infectious disease experts.

In the nine-month period following the World Health Organization’s declaration of the COVID-19 outbreak as a global pandemic, scientists and infectious disease experts have learned considerably more than was originally known about the disease and how it spreads. With close attention to these evolving discoveries, and with extensive advance planning and the implementation of rigorous safety protocols, Mercer University demonstrated in the fall 2020 semester that it could provide in-person instruction safely and effectively. The following protocols will be continued during the spring 2021 semester.

  • Providing every student, faculty, and staff member with a Mercer cloth mask
  • A revised Spring 2021 academic calendar to reduce travel-associated breaks. Learn More
  • Required COVID-19 testing for all Macon traditional undergraduate students before moving into student housing or starting classes. Learn More
  • Required COVID-19 testing for students in University housing on the Atlanta campus, as well as students enrolled in Pharmacy, Physician Assistant and Physical Therapy programs before starting orientations, classes, labs, or clinical experiences. Learn More
  • A required COVID-19 screening survey for all other returning and incoming students. Learn More
  • A required COVID-19 screening survey for all employees. Learn More
  • Required surveillance testing for students, faculty, and staff. Learn More
  • An on-campus COVID-19 testing processing lab. Learn More
  • Special accommodations for students who need to be isolated. Learn More
  • An on-campus Student Health Center available to all students with a 24/7 COVID-19 hotline and access to leading infectious disease experts in the School of Medicine. Learn More
  • Enhanced sanitizing and disinfecting protocols and additional hand sanitizing stations in all facilities. Learn More
  • Reconfigured classrooms and other spaces to allow for appropriate social distancing.
  • Mandatory face coverings in all classrooms, laboratories and common spaces. Learn More
  • Modified food service to incorporate additional safety protocols and options. Learn More
  • Enhanced safety protocols for student events and organizations. Learn More
  • Signage and posters across all campuses with reminders about social distancing and healthy practices. Learn More