SAFE START: SPRING 2022 RETURN TO CAMPUS

Mercyhurst University is diligently planning for a full return to campus in the spring semester via our Safe Start plan. The safety and well-being of our community remains the top priority, and this operating plan — newly updated for Spring Semester 2022 — aligns with local, state, and federal health guidelines. This website serves as the official outline of the university's policies and guidance in regards to COVID-19 response.

The phone number 814-824-3600 will serve as a 24/7 hotline to which you can report potential exposure, as well as direct all COVID-related questions and requests. You may also email your inquiries to covid19@mercyhurst.edu.

Please keep in mind that these protocols are based on federal, state, and local guidance, and can and most likely will change throughout the academic year. All elements of the university plan are subject to change based on our evolving understanding of COVID-19 and the progression of the virus, including the variant. 

Current university guidance encourages students to isolate/quarantine at home, or at an off-campus location. University provided quarantine/isolation space is extremely limited and will be assigned only to students who demonstrate an urgent need for such accommodations. Review the FAQs below for more information. 



Submit Your Documentation

Share a photo or scan of your COVID-19 vaccination record with Mercyhurst through a secure online form, if you haven't already.

Vaccination Policy

Learn more about Mercyhurst's vaccination policy, including a recent update requiring COVID-19 boosters for community members.

Vaccination Exemptions

Mercyhurst has an exemption process for individuals who have a medical or religious reason that they cannot vaccinate.

Most Recent Campus Communication

Important - Return to Campus Policy Adjustments 

January 11, 2022

Dear Students, 

As the highly transmissible Omicron variant becomes more prevalent, members of our community are increasingly having difficulty finding resources and appointments to receive a booster or pre-arrival tests in a timely manner.  As a result of these issues, the university is making some necessary adjustments to the requirements for boosters and pre-arrival testing. 

Policy Adjustments

  • Boosters – A Booster is no longer required to return to campus.  We are asking everyone who is eligible, to receive one if possible. We strongly encourage getting the booster before returning to campus. Please upload booster documentation via our secure online form.
  • Pre-Arrival Testing – Testing is no longer required to return to campus. Testing remains an important part of controlling the spread of COVID-19 on our campus, and we ask that those who are able to take a test (including an at-home or rapid test) to do so prior to returning to campus.  Most communities still have testing appointments available at sites such as CVS, Walgreens, and Giant Eagle

Note: Do not come to campus if you are COVID-19 positive, symptomatic, or subject to isolation or quarantine; contact The COVID-19 Response Team at covid19@mercyhurst.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

All international travelers should follow CDC recommendations and requirements for travel. 

Travel during the 2021-22 academic year for university purposes, (e.g., conferences, student trips) may resume through normal departmental approval procedures. 

If travel is approved, the individuals representing MU on this trip must abide by the regulations for travelers entering the destination and upon return. These regulations vary greatly from one location to another but may require the visitor to quarantine for some period upon arrival or return.