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COVID-19: Campus Activities

This web page addresses frequently asked questions related to campus activities and COVID-19. For more information, contact the Office of Student Involvement at osi@nwmissouri.edu or 660.562.1226.


Under what circumstances will an event be canceled?  (updated 2/8/21)

Student organization activities must be canceled or postponed if mitigation measures cannot be maintained. At a minimum, individuals attending campus events and activities must maintain 6 feet of social distance and wear a face covering. Common areas, such as the J.W. Jones Student Union, as well as hallways, common work spaces, meeting rooms and classrooms, require individuals to wear a face covering regardless of social distance.

Events or activities that do not meet Northwest mitigation measures or the city of Maryville's Seventh Emergency Order, effective through March 31, 2021 (see below), and cannot be modified due to time or resource limitations, must be canceled or postponed.

As such, the following requirements are in place regarding campus activities administered within the Office of Student Involvement:

  • Events deemed educational or operational may continue to be in person (or virtual) as long as Northwest mitigation measures are maintained. Such events include, but are not limited to, organizational meetings to conduct regular business, speakers, philanthropic or service events, or religious meetings and services.
  • Events deemed social in nature may continue and must follow Northwest mitigation measures and restrictions of the Seventh Emergency Order. Such events include, but are not limited to, parties, dances, formals and semi-formals.
  • Limits on attendance at campus activities are based on the Seventh Emergency Order, location capacities and the nature of the event. Staff responsible for reserving event locations on campus will provide specific attendance limitations and capacities. Educational and operational events, in most instances, will be allowed to occur off-campus within Nodaway County as long as Northwest mitigation measures are followed. Attendance at off-campus social events must meet both the city of Maryville’s Seventh Emergency Order and be based on location capacity and the nature of the event.
  • Student organization travel is prohibited until further notice.
Seventh emergency order requirements (Maryville is currently in Category 3)
  • Category 1 (extreme risk): 7-day positivity rate of 15 percent or above and 7-day case rate per 100k of 350 or above = No more than 10 people in attendance
  • Category 2 (critical risk): 7-day positivity rate of 10 to 14 percent and 7-day case rate per 100k of 100-349 = No more than 25 people in attendance
  • Category 3 (serious risk): 7 day positivity rate of 5 to 9 percent and 7-day case rate per 100k of 10-99 = No limit to attendance

Northwest reserves the right to change this policy at any time and restrict events that are deemed too high-risk to be carried out safely.

For additional information or assistance, contact Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Kori Hoffmann at khoff20@nwmissouri.edu.

What do student activities and events on campus look like?  (updated 2/8/21)

Student organization events are categorized as "educational/operational" or "social." Events or activities that do not meet Northwest mitigation measures or the city of Maryville's Seventh Emergency Order, effective through March 31, 2021 (see below), and cannot be modified due to time or resource limitations, must be canceled or postponed.

As such, the following requirements are in place in accordance with the Seventh Emergency Order and campus activities administered within the Office of Student Involvement:

  • Events deemed educational or operational may continue to be in person (or virtual) as long as Northwest mitigation measures are maintained. Such events include, but are not limited to, organizational meetings to conduct regular business, speakers, philanthropic or service events, or religious meetings and services.
  • Events deemed social in nature may continue and must follow Northwest mitigation measures and restrictions of the Seventh Emergency Order. Such events include, but are not limited to, parties, dances, formals and semi-formals.
  • Limits to attendance are based on the Seventh Emergency Order, location capacities and the nature of the event. Staff responsible for reserving event locations on campus will provide specific attendance limitations and capacities. Educational and operational events, in most instances, will be allowed to occur off-campus within Nodaway County as long as Northwest mitigation measures are followed. Attendance at off-campus social events must meet both the city of Maryville’s Seventh Emergency Order and be based on location capacity and the nature of the event.
  • Student organization travel is prohibited until further notice.
Seventh emergency order requirements (Maryville is currently in Category 3)
  • Category 1 (extreme risk): 7-day positivity rate of 15 percent or above and 7-day case rate per 100k of 350 or above = No more than 10 people in attendance
  • Category 2 (critical risk): 7-day positivity rate of 10 to 14 percent and 7-day case rate per 100k of 100-349 = No more than 25 people in attendance
  • Category 3 (serious risk): 7 day positivity rate of 5 to 9 percent and 7-day case rate per 100k of 10-99 = No limit to attendance

Northwest reserves the right to change this policy at any time and restrict events that are deemed too high-risk to be carried out safely.

For additional information or assistance, contact Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Kori Hoffmann at khoff20@nwmissouri.edu.

Are student organizations allowed to meet in person?  (updated 2/8/21)

Student organizations may meet in person and are expected to implement and maintain Northwest mitigation measures, which include, at a minimum, maintaining 6 feet of social distance from others and wearing a face covering. Common areas, such as the J.W. Jones Student Union, as well as hallways, common work spaces, meeting rooms and classrooms, require students to wear a face covering regardless of social distance.

While Northwest advises student organizations to use Zoom or similar platforms for meetings, groups may choose to meet in-person if they can maintain appropriate social distancing and wear face coverings.

Organizations may host activities off-campus within Nodaway County with the following limitations:

  • On-campus mitigation measures must also be followed at off-campus activities, regardless of the venue.
  • No organizational activities may be hosted at bars, restaurants or other facilities where mitigation measures cannot be maintained due to the nature of the venue.
  • No off-campus activities with food or drink.
  • Attendance at off-campus social activities must meet both the city of Maryville’s Seventh Emergency Order and be based on location capacity and the nature of the event.
  • Student organization travel is prohibited until further notice.

 

Northwest reserves the right to change this policy at any time and restrict events that are deemed too high-risk to be carried out safely.

For additional information or assistance, contact Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Kori Hoffmann at khoff20@nwmissouri.edu.

What restrictions has Northwest placed on travel?  (updated 1/5/21)

All University-related and University-funded travel, international and domestic, is prohibited until further notice and should not be planned or scheduled. The policy applies to all students and student organizations, faculty and staff. Northwest encourages individuals and teams to explore creative options for alternative study, research, work and collaboration.

Exceptions will be granted for recruitment of students and donors, athletic team travel and fully funded grant-required expenditures. Additional exceptions will be granted on a case-by-case basis with the approval of the University president. All requests should be submitted to the respective NLT member for evaluation.

 

Personal travel

In regard to personal travel, Northwest urges its campus community to be mindful of the health risks, especially in geographic areas with widespread infection. Employees who travel should self-monitor for symptoms and follow their medical provider’s instructions. Refer to the CDC guidelines related to travel, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html.

Employees who have questions or need guidance about their travel plans should contact the Office of Human Resources at 660.562.1127 or hrwebpg@nwmissouri.edu.

Will Northwest reduce fees associated with co-curricular activities if such activities cannot take place due to COVID-19 restrictions?  (updated 12/8/20)

Co-curricular activities continue to take place at Northwest, though they may be modified to meet COVID-19 mitigation measures.

Northwest's Office of Student Involvement hosts a variety of virtual activities during the pandemic and offers guidance to help student organizations meet and continue fulfilling their objectives virtually.

What do Bearcat athletics look like?  (updated 12/8/20)

Bearcat athletics teams are competing, with mitigation measures in place and limited fans inside playing venues.

For more information and updates regarding athletics, visit https://bearcatsports.com/.

What buildings have extended hours where students can study or gather in small groups while following mitigation measures?  (updated 8/21/20)

Students may gather in the Student Union, The Station, the B.D. Owens Library or their residence hall lounges. Northwest staff have evaluated all buildings and put mitigation measures in place, including the spacing of furniture.