COVID-19 Updates

For additional information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Illinois Department of Health

Peoria City/County Health Department

Tazewell County Health Department

Woodford County Health Department

McLean County Health Department



August 20, 2021

Communication to Students Regarding COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Methodist College is committed to providing a safe environment that protects the health of students, patients, healthcare workers, visitors, and the communities we serve. Recognizing the serious consequences that COVID-19 can have, compliance with the COVID-19 vaccination program outlined within this policy is required of all Methodist College students. This requirement for all Methodist College students aligns with our parent company, UnityPoint Health.

This policy applies to all current and newly enrolled students, even those in online programs or taking online classes for the semester regardless of their residency location. This policy includes all booster doses, as recommended by the manufacturer.

Medical and religious exemptions are available as well as a deferral for pregnant women.

 The timeline for student vaccination is:

  • September 1, 2021 at 11:59pm: Acknowledgement of Receipt and Acceptance of the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy due to the Methodist College Health Records Clerk, Alicia Wolfe via email at awolfe@methodistcol.edu.
  • October 1, 2021: Deadline for receiving the first dose of a two dose COVID-19 vaccine (to be sure to have completed both shots by the November 1, 2021 deadline)
  • November 1, 2021 at 11:59pm: Deadline for receiving the second dose (or a single dose vaccine) and providing proof of vaccination according to the process below.


Medical exemptions/pregnancy deferrals will be made according to UPH policy and must be submitted by October 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Requests for religious exemptions must be submitted by September 17, 11:59 pm. Religious exemptions are subject to review.

Process
1. All students are required to complete and submit the Acknowledgement of Receipt and Acceptance of the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy by September 1, 2021 at 11:59pm. The form clearly states the policy, the timeline for vaccination, and the consequences for not being vaccinated and submitting records by stated deadlines.
2. All students are required to submit proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination sequence by November 1, 2021 at 11:59pm.

  • Those students using CastleBranch to manage required health records will submit vaccination records via CastleBranch.
  • Those students not using CastleBranch to manage required health records will email documentation to Methodist College Health Records Clerk, Alicia Wolfe, via email at awolfe@methodistcol.edu.


Consequences of Not Meeting Deadlines
1. If a student does not submit the Acknowledgement of Receipt and Acceptance of the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy by 11:59pm on September 1, 2021, the student will be administratively dropped from all classes by the Registrar’s Office on September 2, 2021.

  • All the student’s coursework will be dropped and the student will have no academic record for the Fall 2021 term
  • The student is responsible for all outstanding fees and costs as posted in their ledger

2. If the student does not upload proof of full vaccination by November 1, 2021 at 11:59pm, they will be administratively withdrawn from all classes on November 2, 2021.

  •  The student, faculty, and Security will be notified immediately.
  •  The student’s badge will be deactivated.
  • A grade of “W” (withdraw) will be posted for every class not completed. This may have consequences for progression in some academic programs.
  •  The student is responsible for all outstanding fees and costs as posted in their ledger according to the refund policy and calendar.
  • Students can permanently withdraw from the college by following the existing procedure with the Registrar.
  • Students can request a Leave of Absence by following the existing procedure with the Registrar. The student is responsible for all outstanding fees and costs as posted in their ledger. Students requesting a Leave of Absence will be eligible for readmission if they:
> Meet the COVID-19 vaccination requirement
> Meet the readmission requirements of the program for which they are applying for readmission

Tuition Refund Schedule for Fall 2021: 16 week or First-8-week courses:
 On or before 9/3/21 100%
 9/4/2021 to 9/10/2021 75%
 9/11/2021 to 9/17/2021 50%
 9/18/2021 and beyond 0

Tuition Refund Schedule for Fall 2021: Second-8-week Courses:

 On or before 10/22/2021 100%
10/23/2021 to 10/29/2021  75%
10/30/2021 to 11/5/2021 50%
11/6/2021 and beyond 0



July 30, 2021

Updated Masking Guidelines for Methodist College

Due to the change in CDC guidance, effective Saturday, July 31, all UnityPoint Health facilities, including Methodist College, are reinstituting universal masking for all employees, students, and guests regardless of vaccination status.  Students and Faculty must mask in all clinical sites as well.  

Fully vaccinated team members and students are required to mask.  This change is to ensure additional, incremental safety measures are in place given the new Delta variant currently circulating and increasing community transmission levels. 

Students and employees should continue to monitor their symptoms for fever and any signs of symptoms of illness regardless of vaccination status.  If experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to the virus, students should immediately complete the COVID-19 Absence Reporting Form and contact instructors.  Students with symptoms, should not attend an in-person class or clinical.  A Dean will contact the student to discuss the situation and determine next steps.  

The college, along with UPH, will continue to align our COVID-19 mitigations with our regulatory institutions.  Please monitor email, the website, and the college’s social media sites for updated information.  

As before, students are expected to supply their own masks, however masks are available at the Security desk if needed.    



Methodist College HEERF II 45 Day Report - September 30, 2021 (pdf)

Methodist College HEERF II Institutional Report - September 30, 2021 (pdf)

Methodist College HEERF III 45 Day Report - June 30, 2021 (pdf)

Methodist College HEERF II 45 Day Report - June 30, 2021 (pdf)

Methodist College HEERF Institutional Report - June 30, 2021 (pdf)

Methodist College HEERF Institutional Report -June 30, 2021 (pdf)

Methodist College CARES Act 45 Day Report - June 30, 2021 (pdf)

Methodist College CARES Act 45 Day Report - March 30, 2021 (pdf)

Methodist College CARES Act Institutional Report (pdf)

Summer 2021 COVID-19 Procedures for Students

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has released new information regarding COVID-19 mitigations in public.  Likewise, the Governor recently announced that Region 2, and the entire State of Illinois, is moving toward the Bridge to Phase 5 Stage of COVID-19 mitigations.  While regulations will be gradually removed, public health guidelines like masking and social distancing will continue to be enforced on campus.  

First and foremost, the college wants a safe environment for teaching, learning, and support services for the entire campus community.  For the summer sessions (May Term, Summer I, and Summer II), teaching, learning, and general college operations will move to less restrictive procedures under the guidelines published by the Illinois Department of Public Health. 

Therefore, plexiglass barriers in public spaces have been removed and temperatures will no longer be taken at the front entrance.  However, everyone is responsible for monitoring their own health.  

Effective May 22, 2021 the following procedures to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 will be implemented across campus:
General Strategies

  • If you are fully vaccinated (meaning two weeks following the date you have completed your vaccination), you may move about the campus without a mask.
  • Those not fully vaccinated must continue to wear a mask over mouth and nose from the time you exit your vehicle until the time you return to it with the only exception being to remove it for eating and drinking
  • Please be clear that we are “mask friendly” and welcome anyone who wants to wear a mask for any reason.
  • Everyone must still frequently wash hands and use hand sanitizer 
  • Everyone must still clean desks, tables, keyboards, and other commonly used surfaces with supplied cleaners after use.

Social Distancing

  • Maintain a social distance of at least three feet between yourself and others
  • Desks and furniture will be placed at least three feet apart.  
  • Furniture is to remain in place in common areas and meeting rooms (desk placement will be marked on the floor of classrooms)

Teaching and Learning

  • Classes will be taught in the format published in CAMS.  This includes, in-person, blended, online asynchronous, online synchronous, clinical, externship, internship, practicum, and science lab courses.
  • Masks will be worn during simulation or clinical practice when students, faculty, and staff are in close proximity to each other (such as during simulated patient care)
  • Masks will be worn in science labs when students or faculty are in close proximity to each other (such as partners working on an experiment)
  • Students and faculty will follow the COVID-19 guidelines of clinical, practicum, internship, and externship placement sites

Managing COVID-19 Issues

  • If you are NOT vaccinated, complete the COVID-19 Attendance Form.  The link for students is: SU21 Student COVID Absence Form.  Also, contact your faculty immediately to make arrangements for your learning.  
  • If you are vaccinated and have been exposed to COVID19, you will participate in learning experiences as usual.  
  • Student questions or concerns can be sent to the Methodist College Office of Human Resources
  • The Withdraw COVID option will not be available during the Summer 21 sessions (May Term, Summer 1, and Summer II).
  • Work with your faculty if you have COVID-19 related issues to assure progress toward meeting course requirements
  • If necessary and if eligible according to policy, students experiencing COVID-19 related issues can request an “Incomplete” in their course so they can complete course work beyond the close of the class session.  Incompletes are not guaranteed and require the consent of the faculty and a completed form submitted to the Registrar’s Office according to policy (See the “Enrollment and Records” section of the 20-21 Catalog for more information.)

Virtual Technology

  • When a student reports COVID-19 related issues to the COVID-19 Form, they will use virtual technology (like Teams) to participate in traditional in-person classes SU21 Student COVID Absence Form 
  • The use of virtual technology (like Teams) in traditional in-person courses will be at the discretion of the instructor.  Examples could include a student participating in an in-person class because their child is ill.  If approved by the instructor, these instances will be for a limited period of time.
  • Students abusing the COVID-19 Form are subject to a Code of Conduct Violation and possible sanctions (false report, false allegations).

The Leadership Team will continue to monitor recommendations by the Illinois Department of Public Health and other guiding agencies.  The above procedures may change to accommodate new guidelines.


05/12/21

Methodist College COVID-19 Statistics through 05/12/21

COVID-19 Cases and Quarantines Students Staff
   2021 2020   2021 2020 
Current Confirmed Positive Cases - Isolating Off-Campus 0  0 0  0
Past Confirmed Positive Cases - Who Recovered and Returned 21  56 3  11
Currently Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
(Not Confirmed Positive Cases)
0  0 0  0
Previously Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
Have Since Returned to Classes/Work
118 253
13


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COVID Vaccine Availability for Students

As a Methodist College student, you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. UnityPoint Health encourages, but is not requiring, team members and/or students to receive the vaccine. To make your decision, please follow these steps: 

 1. Watch this video from Dr. Williams, Chief Clinical Officer at UnityPoint Health.
 
 2. Review the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Fact Sheets for Pfizer, Moderna, and Janssen. UnityPoint may get shipments of all 3 vaccines. This will provide you additional details on vaccine safety and efficacy. 
3. Click this link to fill out a form. This form will require some additional information from you and allow you to “Accept” or “Decline” the terms and vaccination. 

 4. Click the submit button and close out. If you chose to accept the vaccine, a bounce back email will be provided to you with a booking link to schedule your appointment, as soon as vaccine is available. If there are no appointments that show available, please try the scheduling link again every couple of days. Available appointments depend on available vaccine, and appointments will be available when the vaccine is actually on hand. 

If you still have additional questions, please contact 309-672-4894.


04/29/2021

Methodist College COVID-19 Statistics through 04/29/21

COVID-19 Cases and Quarantines Students Staff
   2021 2020   2021 2020 
Current Confirmed Positive Cases - Isolating Off-Campus 3  0 0  0
Past Confirmed Positive Cases - Who Recovered and Returned 16  56 3  11
Currently Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
(Not Confirmed Positive Cases)
1  0 0  0
Previously Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
Have Since Returned to Classes/Work
115 253
12

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04/22/2021

Methodist College COVID-19 Statistics through 04/22/21

COVID-19 Cases and Quarantines Students Staff
   2021 2020   2021 2020 
Current Confirmed Positive Cases - Isolating Off-Campus 4  0 0  0
Past Confirmed Positive Cases - Who Recovered and Returned 13  56 3  11
Currently Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
(Not Confirmed Positive Cases)
3  0 0  0
Previously Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
Have Since Returned to Classes/Work
108 253
9


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04/15/21

Methodist College COVID-19 Statistics through 04/15/21

COVID-19 Cases and Quarantines Students Staff
   2021 2020   2021 2020 
Current Confirmed Positive Cases - Isolating Off-Campus 4  0 0  0
Past Confirmed Positive Cases - Who Recovered and Returned 10  56 3  11
Currently Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
(Not Confirmed Positive Cases)
3  0 0  0
Previously Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
Have Since Returned to Classes/Work
102  253
9


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04/08/21

Methodist College COVID-19 Statistics through 04/08/21

COVID-19 Cases and Quarantines Students Staff
   2021 2020   2021 2020 
Current Confirmed Positive Cases - Isolating Off-Campus 4  0 1  0
Past Confirmed Positive Cases - Who Recovered and Returned 9  56 3  11
Currently Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
(Not Confirmed Positive Cases)
0  0 0  0
Previously Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
Have Since Returned to Classes/Work
99  253
5


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04/01/21

Methodist College COVID-19 Statistics through 04/01/21

COVID-19 Cases and Quarantines Students Staff
   2021 2020   2021 2020 
Current Confirmed Positive Cases - Isolating Off-Campus 1  0 1  0
Past Confirmed Positive Cases - Who Recovered and Returned 9  56 2  11
Currently Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
(Not Confirmed Positive Cases)
5  0 0  0
Previously Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
Have Since Returned to Classes/Work
91  253
5


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03/24/2021

In compliance with guidelines of the CARES Act, the following 45 Day report is provided:

Methodist College CARES Act 45 Day Report (pdf)

03/25/21

Methodist College COVID-19 Statistics through 03/25/21

COVID-19 Cases and Quarantines Students Staff
   2021 2020   2021 2020 
Current Confirmed Positive Cases - Isolating Off-Campus 1  0 1  0
Past Confirmed Positive Cases - Who Recovered and Returned 7  56 2  11
Currently Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
(Not Confirmed Positive Cases)
4  0 1  0
Previously Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
Have Since Returned to Classes/Work
86  253
4


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03/19/21

Methodist College COVID-19 Statistics through 03/18/21

COVID-19 Cases and Quarantines Students Staff
   2021 2020   2021 2020 
Current Confirmed Positive Cases - Isolating Off-Campus 1  0 0  0
Past Confirmed Positive Cases - Who Recovered and Returned 7  56 2  11
Currently Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
(Not Confirmed Positive Cases)
9  0 0  0
Previously Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
Have Since Returned to Classes/Work
73  253
4


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03/11/21

Methodist College COVID-19 Statistics through 03/11/21

COVID-19 Cases and Quarantines Students Staff
   2021 2020   2021 2020 
Current Confirmed Positive Cases - Isolating Off-Campus 0  0 0  0
Past Confirmed Positive Cases - Who Recovered and Returned 7  56 2  11
Currently Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
(Not Confirmed Positive Cases)
1  0 0  0
Previously Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
Have Since Returned to Classes/Work
66  253
5

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03/04/21

Methodist College COVID-19 Statistics through 03/04/21

COVID-19 Cases and Quarantines Students Staff
   2021 2020   2021 2020 
Current Confirmed Positive Cases - Isolating Off-Campus 0  0 0  0
Past Confirmed Positive Cases - Who Recovered and Returned 7  56 2  11
Currently Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
(Not Confirmed Positive Cases)
1  0 0  0
Previously Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
Have Since Returned to Classes/Work
61  253 5

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02/25/21

Methodist College COVID-19 Statistics through 02/25/21

COVID-19 Cases and Quarantines Students Staff
   2021 2020   2021 2020 
Current Confirmed Positive Cases - Isolating Off-Campus 0  0 0  0
Past Confirmed Positive Cases - Who Recovered and Returned 7  56 2  11
Currently Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
(Not Confirmed Positive Cases)
7  0 1  0
Previously Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
Have Since Returned to Classes/Work
50  253 4

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02/19/21

In compliance with guidelines of the CARES Act, the following 45 Day report is provided:

Methodist College CARES Act 45 Day Report (pdf)

02/19/21

Methodist College COVID-19 Statistics through 02/19/21

COVID-19 Cases an