RETURN TO NORMAL: OUR PLAN FOR FALL 2021

Mercyhurst University is planning for a return to our traditional on-campus environment this fall, including fully in-person classes, academic opportunities, student life experiences, and social activities. The safety and well-being of the Mercyhurst community remains our top priority, and this operating plan — newly updated for Fall Semester 2021 — 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.

August 16, 2021 — Please keep in mind that these protocols are based on federal, state, and local guidance, and can and most likely will change before the start of the fall semester. All elements of the university plan are subject to change based on our evolving understanding of COVID-19 and the progression of the virus. Continue to monitor this page for updated information.

Building an #ImmunityCommunity

Ensuring our Lakers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is a big step toward welcoming back our traditional on-campus environment — and we need your help to make it happen! As an added incentive, Mercyhurst held a series of exciting #ImmunityCommunity giveaways for students with COVID-19 vaccination documentation on file with the university. All students who uploaded vaccination documentation by August 1 were automatically entered into exciting weekly drawings and grand prize giveaways throughout the summer. Check out all of our winners below!

SpringFest Backstage Passes

Jillian S. 

Personalized Hockey Jerseys

Dru H. – Cole B.

$100 Bookstore Gift Cards

Moesha T. – Jacob H. – Sara W. – Ross W.

Parking Passes

Seniors and Graduate Students: Ethan Z. – Jacob U. – Maria P.

Juniors: Julia L. – Lily S.

Second-Year: Austin H. – Madison C.

First-Year: Anna C. – Nicole L. – Anya S.

$25 Cornerstone Gift Cards

Patrick M. – Scott S. – James T. – Kaitlin L. – Jamie F. – Beady T. – Chris H. – Chris W. – Zach D. 

$15 Tim Horton's Gift Cards

Catherine G. – Hannah U. – Brady H. – Andrew S. – Shelby P. – Bree P. – Colin M. – Stephen M. 

Mercyhurst T-Shirt Prize Packs

Beau S. – Amanda B. – Clay G. – Alana L. – Trey H.


Share your Laker pride by sharing #ImmunityCommunity graphics. Encourage your community to protect the Hurst by using a Facebook Frame or downloading the above Luke the Laker "I Got Vaccinated" graphic and adding it to your email signature

Represents the percentage of Mercyhurst students who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

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 May 21 update requiring COVID-19 vaccines for community members.

Vaccination Exemptions

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

Most Recent Campus Communication

COVID-19 Update for the Holiday Weekend

September 3, 2021

Dear Members of the Mercyhurst Community,

Thank you to everyone for helping us begin the academic year on a strong note. With the Labor Day weekend approaching, I want to remind everyone of some best practices we can all take to lessen our risk and help keep our community healthy.

On campus, we have identified 19 current positive COVID-19 cases among students and employees, both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Even with our strong vaccination rates, increased testing procedures, and precautions in place, this early rise in cases is not unexpected. It is a good reminder that we must remain vigilant and continue to take precautions in our day-to-day lives.

I understand that many will be looking to relax and have fun over the long weekend. Please exercise good judgement and take extra precautions, even if you are fully vaccinated. Especially with the Delta variant, breakthrough infections are possible, though symptoms are most often mild in vaccinated individuals. Please limit your public interactions and avoid crowded spaces, staying outdoors, if possible. If you do go out, be sure to wear a face covering and try to maintain physical distancing.

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