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Coronavirus Updates and Resources

SAU is proactively implementing measures to safeguard the campus community using the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of State, and public health organizations. We will monitor and update this page regularly as new information becomes available.

Current COVID-19 Protocols

  • Employees (generally following MDHHS guidelines):
    • Reporting: employees are required to report positive test, symptoms, or exposure to HR through the Health Questionnaire (mobile app or MySAU portal)
    • Covid Positive: Isolate for 5 full days after the first day of symptoms or positive test; wear a mask for 5 more days (until day 10), or if unable to do so, continue isolation for those 5 days
    • Exposed:
      • If exposure was at home: monitor symptoms, wear a mask for 10 days, and test around day 6 (unless symptoms develop, or on the closest business day around that day
      • If exposure was social (or at work): monitor symptoms and consider wearing a mask for 10 days
    • Contact Tracing: still managed by HR, through mass emails with instructions
    • Testing: Not required, but PCR/rapid antigen tests available through HHWS during operating hours (9 am – 1 pm, M-F) and rapid tests available in SDS during normal business hours (8 am – 5 pm, M-F)
  • Students:
    • Reporting: students must report a positive test result through health questionnaire – this will initiate several process to support the student, including classroom accommodations for all students and food service delivery for residential students transitioning to isolation housing
    • Covid Positive: Isolate for 5 full days after the first symptoms or positive test (considered day 0) – at home or in isolation housing (even if living in a single room); wear a mask when in the presence of others for the next 5 days (until day 10)
    • Exposed: Monitor symptoms; ask to wear a mask (when in class or when engaging an employee in close proximity) for 10 days and testing on day 6 (where day 0 is the day of first exposure); explain that SAU is required to maintain a safe environment for our employees and ask for students’ support in considering the varying health needs of others
    • Contact Tracing: managed by the student, with guidance by HHWS; professors and coaches will be notified of positive cases
    • Testing: Not required, but PCR/rapid antigen tests available through HHWS during operating hours (9 am – 1 pm, M-F) and rapid tests available in SDS during normal business hours (8 am – 5 pm, M-F) or in residence halls 24/7

Symptoms and Prevention

Tracking the Illness

If you (1) are showing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, dry cough, and body aches), (2) have been exposed to someone who may have COVID-19, or (3) have reason to believe you are at risk. 

  1. E-mail (only): holtonhealth@a-touch-of-teal.com to address your concern. 
  2. Please identify a location for testing near you. Henry Ford Allegiance is now offering testing at One Jackson Square, 100 E. Michigan Ave, Jackson, Michigan. 
  3. Next, you need to notify holtonhealth@a-touch-of-teal.com that you are being tested, the date of the testing and the expected result date. Following your test, we are asking that you leave campus and go home until your test has come back as negative. If you are not able to go home, please contact your RD (via phone or email) or student.development@a-touch-of-teal.com.

The CDC recommends not going to any health center initially but e-mailing, calling, and scheduling a virtual appointment with your healthcare provider.

Preventing the Illness

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to this virus. Please visit The Center for Disease Control (CDC) for information on preventing exposure to the coronavirus.

The CDC recommends the following:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick (recommended distance is remaining at least 6’ away from a person displaying symptoms).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. You must apply enough hand sanitizer to last for 10 seconds of vigorous rubbing on your hands.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. (LYSOL wipes or CLOROX wipe. Wipe the surface and let dry for 10 minutes).
    • Use credit/debit cards rather than bills/coins as cash circulates through more germy hands.
  • Practice healthy lifestyle behaviors:
    • Sleep 8 hours nightly
    • Eat a healthy diet and exercise
    • Hydrate with 80 oz of water daily
    • Support your immune system by daily taking a multivitamin, Vitamin C 1000 2000 mg, Elderberry (as directed on the bottle)

CARES Fund Disclaimer

Student Relief Funds

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided Spring Arbor University with $790,634 for Student Relief Grants. The funds are being distributed to students to help cover their expenses related to the disruption of face-to-face campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The US Department of Education (ED) set specific criteria regarding our funds distribution and eligibility criteria. The requirements for eligibility based on ED’s guidelines include:

·   Student must have been enrolled in a face-to-face program as of March 13 that met at one of our regional sites or main campus. Programs that met online or through Zoom are not eligible for these funds.

·   Student must be eligible for federal student aid as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

·   If the student was in a face-to-face program and met the criteria above, and had not completed a 1920 FAFSA, a complete FAFSA must have been filed by Wednesday, May 27 in order to be considered eligible for these funds.

In accordance with the regulations set forth by the US Department of Education, the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

All students were notified via e-mail on 5/22/2020 of the University approach to the disbursement of CARES Act funds. Students receiving a disbursement received a follow-up email from the Financial Aid Office providing specific details on how to receive the funds.

The process for distribution to qualified students is a block rate based on the combination of student experience (part-time, full-time, resident, and commuter status) as of March 13. As of May 31, 2021, the institution has disbursed $790,634 to 1,260 eligible students.

CARES Act Higher Education Relief Fund Reporting Disclosure 

This content provides the necessary information to comply with the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (FFATA). 

Institution Name: Spring Arbor University
DUNS: 074215070
Date of report: July 9, 2020
Location of Entity: Spring Arbor, MI (Michigan’s 7th congressional district)
NAICS Code: 611310 

Funding Source: CARES Act
Funding opportunity number is ED-GRANTS-041020-003
Award Title: Higher Education Relief Fund Student Portion
Amount of Award Received: $772,875 

Funding Source: CARES Act
Funding opportunity number is ED-GRANTS-042120-004
Award Title: Higher Education Relief Fund Institutional Portion
Amount of Award Received: $770,000 

SAU CARES Act Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting [PDF]

Student Relief Funds (CRRSAA Funds Disclaimer)

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) provided Spring Arbor University with $790,634 for Student Relief Grants. These funds are to provide students with grants, which may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or childcare.

The US Department of Education (ED) set specific criteria regarding our distribution of the funds and the criteria for eligibility. The requirements for eligibility based on ED’s guidelines include:

  • The student must have been enrolled in the Spring 2021 semester.
  • The student must be an eligible US Citizen or eligible Non-US Citizen for federal student aid as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 
  • CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, in awarding financial aid grants to students. 

All eligible students were notified of their eligibility via e-mail on 3/31/2021. That same communication included the details on how the students would receive their funds. 

The University communicated with all students whose eligibility could not be verified on 3/31/2021 and requested the student complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA by 4/9/2021. The process for distribution to qualified students is a block rate based on the combination of student need (Pell eligible) and student status (part-time, full-time, resident, and commuter status) as of April 15, 2021. As of August 23, 2021, the institution has disbursed $790,634 to 2,433 eligible students.

SAU CRRSAA Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting [PDF]

Student Relief Funds (ARP Funds Disclaimer)

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) provided Spring Arbor University with $2,388,725 for Student Relief Grants. These funds are to provide students with grants, which may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or childcare.

The US Department of Education (ED) set specific criteria regarding our distribution of the funds and the criteria for eligibility. The requirements for eligibility based on ED’s guidelines include:

  • ARP requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, in awarding financial aid grants to students. 
  • The student must have been enrolled in the Fall 2021 semester on December 1, 2021. 

All eligible students were notified of their eligibility via e-mail on 12/16/2021.

The process for distribution to qualified students is a block rate based on the combination of student need (Pell eligible) and student status (part-time, full-time, resident, and commuter status) as of December 1, 2021. As of December 16, 2021, the institution has disbursed $2,373,150 to 2,594 eligible students.

Supporting Documents

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Returning Student | Q&A Recording

New Student | Q&A Recording