FAQ for Students
CMU's Pandemic Response and Recovery Committee has prepared a detailed Framework for Education and Operations through 2020-21. This document, circulated to all students at the beginning of the year, details all relevant policies, contingency plans, and other valuable information regarding CMU's day to day under COVID-19. Please consult the Framework for answers to any questions not addressed in the FAQ below.
- What is the nature of present public access into CMU?
- The campus has been closed to the general public. (Exceptions detailed in Framework, Appendix C.) All CMU students have access into academic buildings via their prox cards.
- What on-campus spaces are closed, have special hours, or changed usage or for 2020-21?
- Chapel and Conference Room: Due to their large size, now repurposed for primary use as classrooms to facilitate social distancing.
- MHC Gallery (Mennonite Archives and Gallery Building): As the MHC Gallery has been closed for the year, the main floor and Mezzanine of the Mennonite Archive and Gallery have been repurposed. The main floor has become a quiet and contemplative study space and the classroom on the second floor has become a Wi-Fi-free student wellness space for Student Council to host activities. The Gallery is accessible only through the basement tunnel from South Side, as exterior doors are locked.
- The CMU Library: Accessible by prox card to CMU students, staff, and faculty only. For the most up-to-date library hours, please see the?library website.
- Marpeck Commons: This is the only space to which some public access continues to be allowed. Public access to Folio Café and CommonWord is restricted to 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Monday – Friday. "The mezz" remains off-limits to anyone without CMU identification, ensuring students' exclusive access to this space.
- Laudamus Auditorium, Heritage Lounge, and Large Boardroom: In order to safely facilitate some vocal and wind music education this year, these spaces are being used exclusively for these activities.
- Loewen Athletic Centre and fitness room: Blazer varsity teams will practice, compete, and host visiting teams as normal this year. Spectators will not be permitted for indoor athletic events but are invited to outdoor soccer events. Visiting teams will be let into the Loewen Athletic Centre via the North Side Main Entrance and are not permitted to use locker rooms. The fitness room is accessible by appointment only to ensure social distancing. All equipment must be sanitized after use and supplies will be provided for this purpose.
- How are labs being handled for science courses?
- Information about lab completion will be sent to you by your course instructor.
- Will practicum placements be available this year?
- As much as possible, appropriate practicum placements for students needing to complete this requirement will continue to be assigned, always provided the associated risk of COVID-19 can be kept sufficiently low. (See Framework, "Practicum and Other Practical Learning Experiences.") Students with further questions are encouraged to contact the Practicum Program office.
- Will CSOP and Spring Intensives be offered in 2021?
- Information about spring courses and the Canadian School of Peacebuilding will be provided at a later time.
- What resources and supplies do I need to complete my term, in case of a full return to remote learning?
- Students need a computer with internet access, along with appropriate notes and books, outlined in each course syllabus. Additional details for each course will be provided and communicated by individual professors. (See Framework, "Continuity Plans" under "Academics.") Students will also need access to their CMU Student Accounts. Contact IT (it:@:cmu.ca) if you need your password reset.
- In case of a full return to remote learning, how will exams work?
- Faculty have prepared their syllabi to accommodate different forms of examination. Your instructors will be in contact with you to provide further information if and when needed.
- What if I have accessibility needs in completing online courses/course components?
- How can I get assistance in a stressful time? Are counsellors available?
- Academic supports: Student study space, tutoring support, and the Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) program are all available to CMU students free of charge in the Marpeck Mezzanine.
- Counselling: Counselling support is available both in-person and, in some cases, by phone or internet. Students wishing to book an appointment with a counsellor are asked to contact the North Side receptionist at 204.487.3300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Counselling services are free for all CMU students and confidentiality is always maintained.
- Spaces that Support Wellbeing: The old library rooms, located in the tunnel to the MHC Gallery, are available to students this year for the specified purposes of student wellness and co-curricular engagement. One room is designated as a painting/art space for programing primarily facilitated by Student Council, the other as a space for rest and quiet recreation (yoga, prayer, meditation, etc.) Students are also encouraged to make use of the Prayer Room.
- What if I think I may have COVID-19?
- All students, staff, and faculty are required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms daily before arriving on campus or leaving their residence rooms. Recommendations from the Shared Health Screening tool must be followed.
- If screening reveals COVID-19-like symptoms, you must stay home or you will be moved to a private self-isolation room on or off campus. Students who are symptomatic must also complete an online notification form (www.cmu.ca/notificationform) to indicate a work-from-home or sick day for contact tracing purposes.
- If your symptoms resolve within 24 hours, you may return to class as normal. However, if your symptoms persist after 24 hours, you must go for COVID-19 testing. You may return to campus only after 2 conditions have been met: a) you have received a negative test result, and b) you have experienced no symptoms for 24 hours.
- If you are not symptomatic, but you live with someone who is, or who has tested positive for COVID-19, you must self-isolate and be tested according to Manitoba Health protocols. For further details see Framework, "Being on Campus: Responsibilities, Requirements, and Commitments."
On Campus Students
- What are the new rules for living residence? Are they different for dorm students and apartment students?
- CMU is pleased to host students in residence this year, with new policies and regulations in place that ensure everyone's safety. Your knowledge of the rules and full cooperation is essential for the health of our community. Everything you need to know is outlined in the Framework under "Campus Residences." Please read completely and carefully!
- What about meals? Is the cafeteria still open?
- Yes, food services are still operating through the Cafeteria with some adjustments to ensure safety and physical distancing. These include staggered mealtimes to reduce the number of diners in the cafeteria at once, markers to ensure space in lineups, table and chair configurations that allow for appropriate physical distancing, food served in individual portions (no self-serve buffets), PPE for food service staff, and no staff or faculty eating in the Dining Hall. For full details see Framework, "Food Services" under "Campus Residences."
- If I live on campus, can I ever have guests?
- Yes and no. For 2020-21, dormitory floors are closed to outside guests. The only exception to this rule is that a residence student may be invited into the residence room of a student on another floor. Both the student host and guest visiting from another floor are requested to wear a mask. Student guests can only enter from the hours of 1:00 PM – 11:00 PM. Apartment guests are allowed only by invitation of the occupants of each apartment and must be registered with the Residence Director before entering the building. Apartment guests must wear masks while in the building (including hallways.)
- What sanitization methods will be employed in the residence?
- Residence cleaners have adopted an enhanced cleaning and disinfecting schedule for all shared spaces and high-touch surfaces. In addition, students are required to wipe-down surfaces in shared spaces after each use. Cleaning stations have been installed for this purpose in all lounges, laundry rooms and shared washrooms throughout CMU's residence buildings, along with clearly posted sanitization directions.
- Are there places on campus if someone needs to be quarantined??
- Yes there are appropriate rooms on campus that have been reserved for quarantine purposes. See Framework, "Self-isolate if Symptomatic During the Academic Term," under "Being on Campus."
- If a student has a positive COVID-19 test, what changes?
- CMU has instituted a robust system of health protocols that go beyond current Provincial recommendations; we are prepared for the possibility of positive cases on campus. In the event of a positive case, scenario planning has equipped CMU departments to mitigate the associated risks in coordination with Manitoba Health, who will provide direction in responding to any positive cases that may arise.
- For non-residence students: The Director of Student Life will work with the Academic Offices on return-to-study plans as required for students in isolation and/or recovery.
- For residence students: The student will be moved to a quarantine room where they will isolate until cleared by Manitoba Health. While in isolation and/or recovery, residence students will be supported with meal delivery and other appropriate assistance measures.
- All persons who test positive for COVID-19 will cooperate with Manitoba Health's contact tracing efforts.
For full details see Framework, "Protocols for a Positive COVID-19 Test" under "Being on Campus."