Keeping Our Campus Community Healthy and Safe
Here are the steps we have taken so far in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They all aim at minimizing contact with anyone who may have been exposed to the virus and prevent the introduction of COVID-19 into our community.
We are constantly monitoring the situation and will relax these policies when it is safe to do so.
- Travel restriction — We have implemented a campus-wide travel ban outside of Jefferson County for all students and employees.
- Testing — Employees in sensitive areas are having their temperatures taken every day before they start work. Anyone with a fever or other symptoms of illness is sent home immediately. All who test positive for COVD-19 are immediately isolated and follow all CDC guidelines. No one can return to work without 14 days in isolation followed by a negative COVID test result.
- Masks — We have distributed masks to all students. They are required to be worn in the Argiro Student Center and all major administrative and academic buildings. Employees in sensitive areas are required to wear masks throughout their work period. More information about masks
- Online teaching — All campus classes have shifted to online, in-room instruction. Unlike some schools, we cannot simply close, because the majority of our students are international and cannot travel home. In addition, most of our American students are independent of their families and legally reside on the MIU campus.
- On-campus dining — We have taken a number of steps to keep diners safe:
- restricted access to our dining hall to MIU students, faculty, and staff only (no outside guests)
- installed a battery of sinks outside the entrance to the dining building and engaged a security guard, requiring all to scrub their hands before entering the building
- required all diners to sanitize their hands using hand sanitizers stationed outside the dining hall entrance
- added professional food servers (all of whom wear masks) so that diners do not touch serving utensils
- screened off the food in the serving lines so that only the servers have access to it
- opened up additional dining rooms to allow — and enforce — appropriate social distancing
- staggered our lunch shifts for the same reason
- spaced table seats at appropriate distances
- Food shopping — To help people stay on campus, we have created a system in which students can itemize snacks and other food items they need from Walmart, and we pick up those items and sell them in the Café in the Argiro Student Center.
- Library is closed — The book pick-up window is open from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm Monday through Friday.
- Recreation Center closed — To help compensate for this loss, a “Virtual Rec Center” has been developed with online fitness sessions, dance classes, yoga, and more, encouraging everyone to stay fit.
- Campus events — We have canceled all on-campus gatherings and events.
- Masks — We have distributed masks to all students, and more are on the way. More information on the importance of wearing face masks
- Online student activities — Our Student Activities team has created an array of online activities for students, including exercise classes and a virtual art competition.
- Doing business remotely — We have encouraged students and everyone else to conduct business remotely wherever possible by phone or email, including communications with Financial Aid, the Enrollment Center, Student Life, local banks, etc.
- Social distance — We are continuously reminding everyone to follow the recommended social distance guidelines of at least six feet from others and avoid mingling in groups.
- Self-care education — We are educating the community in common-sense measures of self-care. These include getting plenty of sleep and meditating regularly to keep the immune system strong, washing hands often with soap and water, no handshaking or hugs, etc.
- Staying home if unwell — We are requiring people to stay home if they are not feeling well and to remain there for at least three days after all symptoms are gone.
- Food delivery — We have created a system for delivering food to people who are not feeling well.
- Isolation and quarantine facilities — We have set up and equipped four residential facilities to serve as quarantine stations for those who are sick or who might possibly have been exposed to the coronavirus.
- Auxiliary facilities — We are prepared to serve the community if necessary by creating auxiliary hospital facilities and beds for any citizens of Jefferson County in case the Jefferson County Health Center becomes overwhelmed.
- Visiting Fairfield — We have communicated with friends of the university around the country and asked them not to visit Fairfield at this time. We are also asking Fairfield residents to avoid coming onto campus.
- Maharishi School is upholding similar policies, and has implemented Remote Learning for all students.
- Spring break — We canceled Spring Break to prevent students and others from traveling to impacted areas and potentially bringing the coronavirus home.
We are updating our policies as appropriate and/or as required by the authorities. If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am proud of the tireless, dedicated work of our faculty and administrativ and community leaders over these past few months, and the spirit of concern and cooperation displayed by everyone in our campus community.
John Hagelin, President
Maharishi International University