COVID-19 Summer Plans

A summary of University policies, procedures and resources

Updated: 5/24/2021 • 10 a.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.

Since 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 and spring 2021 semesters that it could provide in-person instruction safely and effectively.

With widespread vaccine accessibility, the following protocols will be implemented during the summer 2021 semester.

  • A required COVID-19 screening questionnaire for vaccinated students before moving into student housing or attending orientations, classes, or other activities on campus. Learn More
  • Required COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated students before moving into student housing or attending orientations, classes, and other activities on campus. Learn More
  • Required surveillance testing for unvaccinated students and employees. 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
  • Masks for unvaccinated students, employees, and guests. Learn More
  • Modified food service to incorporate additional safety protocols and options. Learn More
  • Enhanced safety protocols for student events and organizations.
  • Signage across all campuses with reminders about healthy practices. Learn More