Madonna University’s Public Health Policy

College and university environments encompass classrooms, residence halls, and event venues that host a myriad of classes, activities, and events, facilitating interactions among students, staff, and community members.  These interactions also present opportunities for the spread of illnesses.

Madonna University remains committed to staying current with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) pertaining to these settings.  As new guidance becomes available or public health conditions evolve, we will promptly update our procedures and policies.  These updates will be accessible on the University’s official website and within the Student and Employee Resources sections of MYPortal as needed.

Communicable Disease Protocol

Communicable diseases are illnesses that can be transmitted from one person to another or from contaminated surfaces or food to a person.  Examples of these diseases include influenza, norovirus (commonly known as the stomach flu), and COVID-19.


In cases where a vaccine is available, getting vaccinated when eligible is one of the most effective methods to reduce the likelihood of illness.  Additionally, there are proactive measures that can further minimize the risk of infection, including:

  • Personal Responsibilities: If you are feeling sick, it is important to stay home.  Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow and regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • A Germ-Free Environment:  Everyone can contribute to keeping shared spaces clean by regularly disinfecting high-touch surfaces and objects such as doorknobs, countertops, and handles.


Individuals in the following roles:

  • Faculty
  • Supervisors
  • Coaches
  • Advisors of Student Organizations
  • Resident Assistants

Who witness three or more individuals within a specific class, workgroup, student organization, or athletic program displaying symptoms consistent with influenza, norovirus, or COVID-19 over a seven-to-ten-day timeframe are encouraged to report this occurrence using the Communicable Disease Reporting Form available on MYPortal.  Please ensure that you are logged in to MYPortal to access the reporting link.

Suspected Communicable Disease Response

If you suspect you have a communicable disease:

  • Isolate – If you are feeling sick, please stay home.  If you are a residential student, remain in your room until your symptoms resolve
  • Seek Medical Attention – Keep a close eye on your health and seek medical attention if your symptoms worsen or do not improve.
  • Monitor – Students in isolation should be closely monitored to ensure their safety.
  • Clean – It’s important to regularly clean high-touch surfaces with an antimicrobial solution.

Additional Requirements are required for COVID-19.  Below are additional considerations and responses to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Protocol


While on campus, masks are considered optional, except in the following situations:

  1. We request that everyone show consideration for others, especially those who may be vulnerable to severe illness or are caring for individuals at risk.  If you feel at risk or are in close proximity to others who express such concerns, we strongly encourage you to wear a mask.
  2. Faculty members may choose to require masks in their classes, and if so, they will provide advance notification via Blackboard.
  3. Masks also may be mandated by faculty and staff in specific offices, areas, or events where an elevated risk is present.  Any such mask requirement will be clearly communicated.
  4. For indoor athletic events and performing arts performances, masks are optional but recommended for those who are not fully vaccinated or who are at risk.

Please note that this masking policy is subject to change in accordance with guidance from the CDC or MDHHS.

Testing and Vaccinations

COVID-19 testing and vaccinations are no longer available through the University.  Students, faculty, and staff who suspect exposure or exhibit COVID-19 symptoms should arrange for testing and vaccinations through their healthcare provider or seek these services from an off-campus provider offering them.

COVID-19 Exposure

If you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19 or have been told by a healthcare provider or public health authority that you were exposed, here are the steps that you should take, regardless of your vaccination status or if you have had a previous infection.

  1. Wear a well-fitting mask as soon as you find out you were exposed. Day 0 is the day of your last exposure to someone with COVID-19.  Day 1 is the first full day after your exposure.  Continue mask wearing for 10 days after the date of exposure, and test for COVID- 19 on day 5.
  2. Watch for symptoms
    Fever (100.4 F or greater)
    Shortness of breath
    Other symptoms (chills, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, loss of taste/smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea)
  3. If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately, get tested, and stay home until you know the result.

Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms

If COVID-19 symptoms are present, students, faculty, and staff must test immediately and isolate pending results, regardless of your vaccination status or if you have had a previous infection.

  • If you test negative you can end your isolation and wear a well-fitting mask around others for a period of 10 days.
  • If you test positive, stay home at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home/room.  End Isolation based on your symptoms.  
    • You may end isolation after day 5 if you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and not experiencing shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
    • If your symptoms are not improving, continue to isolate through day 10.

Reporting protocol for Faculty and Staff 

If a Madonna employee tests positive, regardless of vaccination status, they should take the following steps:

  • Promptly report your positive test to your departmental supervisor and Human Resources to discuss your time away from the workplace.  Use the new HR (Human Resources) e-mail address to report a positive COVID test result at campushealthemployee@malayadesigns.net.
  • Complete and submit the Communicable Disease Reporting Form on MYPortal.  You must be logged in to MYPortal to access the link.
  • Normal PTO and/or Short-term Disability/FMLA policies will be followed for eligible employees.  Please note: In some cases, an employee may be allowed to work from home.  The option to work from home must be approved by the supervisor. Supervisors must contact Human Resources to discuss options for absences.

Reporting protocol for Students

If a student tests positive, regardless of vaccination status, they should take the following steps:

Notwithstanding the general guidance contained above, the Campus Health Advisor will provide final guidance based on each student’s situation and what is best for the health of the University community.

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Students and Faculty Resources for Online Course Delivery

Online resources are available on the Portal for students under the Students tab, and faculty under the Faculty tab. Visit MY Portal for details.

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Staff Resources for Working Remotely

Online tools and resources are available on the Portal for employees under the Employee Help tab. Visit MY Portal for details.

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