Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Updates

June 4, 2020

Dear Campus Community:

Since 1847, Midway University has overcome challenges and adjusted at various times to protect our mission. The recent health crisis prompted us to transition our daytime students to online learning last spring. We quickly adapted and successfully completed the academic year. However, we know our students desire our on-campus experience with small classes and personal attention. They also desire our career-focused education, athletics, and co-curricular opportunities in a bucolic and safe setting.

For these reasons, Midway University plans to resume on-campus, face-to-face instruction, and residential operations for the 2020-21 academic year. We will begin classes on Monday, August 17, 2020, as originally scheduled, and implement a staggered move-in process for residence halls on August 14, 15, and 16. As reported previously and in conjunction with our commitment to affordability, there will not be any increases in tuition and fees for all students for the 2020-2021 academic year.

We have already implemented many new policies and are making campus modifications to ensure safe distancing in our classrooms, residence halls, dining hall, workspaces, athletic facilities (including the new Hunter Field House) and other common areas. The University is working under the direction set forth by federal, state, and local authorities and public health officials as well as the guidance provided by our accrediting bodies and athletic conference. Our focus is on the safety and well-being of our entire campus community including students, faculty, and staff.

While all our plans are not yet finalized and will continue to evolve with guidance from others, we can share the details that we have at this time. Please visit our website at We have compiled information by topic, and we will continue to communicate with you as more details are confirmed.

We are looking forward to the start of the fall semester. We know things will be different when students return. But we believe our campus community will adapt and work together to help our students succeed.

John P. Marsden, Ph.D.

Previous Updates

April 20, 2020

Midway University’s Nursing Programs have announced that the ACT and SRNA requirement will be waived for both ADN and BSN applicants for Fall 2020 admission cycle only. This is being done to assist students who have been impacted by COVID-19 and the inability to take those tests because of site closures.

This is for students applying to both our traditional undergraduate daytime ADN and BSN program and our evening program for the ADN.

This applies to current "pre-nursing" students entering the program Fall 2020 as well as potential transfer students that have taken their prerequisites elsewhere and are ready to enter straight into the program in the Fall of 2020.

April 13, 2020

Residential students should check their email for a communication from the business office about their room and board refunds. If you didn’t receive an email, contact us at 859-846-5402 or email

Residential students please complete this form if you would like to delay your Spring 2020 room and board credit to the Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 semester. Room and Board Credit Form

April 9, 2020, 9:51 a.m.

Dear Students:

Many of you have been asking if Midway will hold Commencement at the end of the academic year. This is understandable given that we cancelled other events this spring.

For those who are scheduled to graduate with either a graduate or undergraduate degree, we understand that this ceremony is extremely important to you and your family. This is why we have delayed making a decision on graduation. Given the importance of this ceremony, it is our hope that we may be able to hold commencement. The administration continues to monitor the pandemic in hopes that the “curve will flatten” and we can return to our normal lives.

We will not hold a ceremony on May 9, but we are hoping we can hold a ceremony in either June or July. We know that students need time to notify family and friends, make travel arrangements, and obtain regalia. As soon as we make a decision regarding graduation, we will notify you immediately. Regardless of the date we hold the ceremony, we will confer degrees in May for those students who have met all the graduation requirements. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

I trust your classes are going well and that you are doing everything you can to stay safe.

Mary Elizabeth Stivers

April 6, 2020, 9:52 a.m.

Midway University announced today that it will freeze its tuition rates for the 2020-21 academic year to help keep college affordable in these uncertain times.

“Families and students have so many stresses right now as a result of the coronavirus and the financial strains it is placing on everyone. We know there is a lot of anxiety about the year ahead. We hope our tuition freeze helps ease any financial barrier in the planning for their college education,” said Dr. John P. Marsden, President, Midway University. “We have always served a high need-based population of students and we want to continue to serve them to the best of our ability.”

Midway has already taken another step to assist incoming students by announcing the University would waive the ACT and SAT requirement for Fall 2020 and be test optional in response to test locations closing.

Lastly, realizing that some students might be making changes and transferring closer to home, the University is honoring all merit aid awards from the previous 2019-20 academic year.

“For students and families who may be thinking about transferring closer to home, or those students who put their education on pause last year, we will honor our merit aid offers issued to those students last year,” said Rusty Kennedy, Vice President of Admissions and Athletics. “With our tuition remaining the same and holding the merit aid awards, students and their families can easily review the offer and understand the costs.”

Both the financial aid office and the admissions staff are available to assist students. Midway’s financial aid office is available if anyone has questions and wants to discuss how to afford their education, email or call 859-846-5410.

Any questions about admissions at Midway University should be directed to or by phone 800-952-4122. Virtual appointments can be made by registering at

March 30, 2020, 12:02 p.m.

Dear Midway Community,

Just a reminder that Midway University is private property. Following the CDC and Governor Beshear’s recommendations, our campus is now closed to the public and only essential staff remain to serve the few students still on campus and to manage our herd. In accordance with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture our farm is also closed. We ask the public to not walk on campus or through our farm. We need everyone’s cooperation with this to make our campus as safe as possible and to do our part in the #HealthyatHome campaign.

March 27, 2020, 4:22 p.m.

Dear Faculty and Staff:

Earlier this week, the Governor signed an executive order closing all non-life-sustaining businesses to in-person traffic by Thursday at 8pm. Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade schools, institutions of higher education, and business and trade schools are exempt from closure under the federal critical infrastructure sector. As a result, Midway University remains open (with some restrictions) and operations continue but with social distancing protocols put in place. Beginning Monday and effective until further notice, specific activities and restrictions include the following:

  • Faculty continue to deliver courses and advise and register students remotely.
  • Staff continue working from home, but some essential staff must continue office operations on campus.
  • Essential staff include security, IT equine, residence life, dining, and facilities. Essential staff take care of our students who remain on campus and our herd. Social distancing is required.
  • A few staff will periodically come to campus to complete tasks that must be done in-person as directed by their Vice President.
  • All faculty and staff (except for essential staff) who would like to come to campus must contact their Vice President by email for authorization prior to their arrival on campus. Once approved, security must be contacted for access to buildings. Facilities will clean office areas that are used each day.
  • Admissions and Athletics are conducting visits virtually.
  • As noted in the Governor’s announcement, construction is permitted to continue. The Hunter Field House remains under construction, and renovations continue in Marrs Hall.
  • Outside of deliveries, all other external visitors are not permitted in our campus buildings at this time.
  • All buildings will be locked.
  • Per recommendations from the KY State Department of Agriculture the University horse farm property is now off limits to all but essential employees. If you have not been given permission to be on the property, please refrain from visiting/walking/feeding the horses/etc. This policy is being followed by breeding and boarding operations across the state.


John P. Marsden, Ph.D.


March 18, 2020, 4:25 p.m.

Dear Midway University Community: The Midway University COVID-19 Working Group continues to meet daily now that the health crisis has grown to a critical level. Based on direction from federal and state officials, the CDC, the Department of Education, and our regional accreditor SACSCOC, Midway University will implement additional plans:

  • Midway University will continue to deliver all courses online for the remainder of the spring semester. We will not return to face-to-face instruction for this period. Students are urged to continue with their work in a diligent manner and complete courses.
  • Registration for fall classes will begin on Monday, March 23. Faculty advisors are ready to work with students on their schedules and enrollment. Summer courses are also available. The few summer courses that are offered face-to-face may be offered online, but this will be determined at a later date.
  • We are asking students to officially move out of the residence halls by Friday, March 27 at 5 p.m. Limited housing will be open to serve students who demonstrate a need to remain.
  • There are two processes our Residence Life staff have in place for students. If you are a student who has already left campus, please complete the Move Out form to select a check out time so we can follow social distancing guidelines during the process. If you are a student still on campus and need to stay, please complete the Housing Hardship Request form. Residence Life staff will follow up on your specific request and work with you as best as they can during this challenging time.
  • Our Nurses Pinning and Commencement Ceremonies, scheduled for May 8 and 9, are postponed. We intend to celebrate these special occasions with our students and their families when guidance is provided that large groups can congregate again. All students who successfully complete their coursework will graduate on time, and degrees will be conferred in May.
  • The Academic Honors Night and The Midways Athletic Honors will be announced online with a special broadcast. More details will be provided on this later.
  • Our Spotlight Awards, scheduled for May 21, is postponed.
  • All other in-person campus events are cancelled for the remainder of the semester.
  • Be sure to continue to visit our website at for additional updates.

These decisions are challenging ones and are made with the best interest of our entire University community and to help contain Kentucky’s coronavirus outbreak. Our faculty and staff continue to work, most operating remotely, to support students through phone calls, emails, and all available online tools. Our Admissions Office will be hosting a series of online meetings to assist families as they are planning for fall enrollment. A few essential staff members are on campus to support remaining students, maintain our facilities, and care for our equine herd.

I appreciate the work of our faculty and staff and the efforts they are making to help our students through this extraordinary time. We all regret that the semester has been disrupted in such a profound way and feel particularly distressed that students completing their degree programs are unable to enjoy the remaining weeks of the semester with friends, classmates, faculty, and staff.


John P. Marsden, Ph.D. President

March 16, 2020, 10:25 a.m.

Effective immediately, Piper Dining Hall will only be able to serve takeout food during meal service. You will still be able to go through the line and pick out what you would like to have from their offerings, but once your food and drinks are chosen, you will be asked to return to your room or office to eat the food and not stay in the dining hall in order to follow the most recent CDC and State of Kentucky guidelines for social distancing.

March 15, 2020, 7:20 p.m.

Students, our faculty has been working hard the last few days to transition courses to our online platform. Beginning tomorrow, March 16, you should login and begin working with your faculty member on your coursework.

March 12, 2020, 4:23 p.m.

Dear Students, By now you should have read President Marsden’s email about moving face-to-face classes online for the next three weeks. This email is to provide further information on making this transition.

Classes currently taught online:

There is no change in these classes. Continue with your studies as you normally do.

Classes currently offered in the face-to-face (F2F) modality:

F2F classes will continue as scheduled through 3:15 today. F2F classes scheduled for tomorrow are canceled. The faculty will be sending you an email with instructions for beginning your classes online next week.


Students currently in internships need to work with their site supervisor to determine hours remaining in internship and reallocation of those hours as needed.

Student Teaching/Field Experiences:

Student teachers and those completing field experiences will continue to work in their assigned schools until as long as they are open. Contact Kim Parker-Brown with questions (


Nursing students must consult their respective faculty member(s) regarding clinicals.

Registration for Fall Semester:

Registration for fall semester will proceed as normal but with a modified priority scheduling order. Faculty will be reaching out to you regarding advising. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to register for fall 2020 classes. Priority Registration dates will be as follows:

  • Junior and Seniors may begin registering Monday March 23rd 2020
  • Freshmen and Sophomores begin registration Thursday March 26th 2020
  • Registration is open to all starting Tuesday March 31st 2020

Library Services:

The Little memorial Library will remain open from 8 am to 5 pm M-F. Evening and weekend hours are currently to be determined. Notifications of these hours will be sent as soon as they are available. The Director of the Library (Michael Garner) will be available by email ( or phone (859) 846-5839 as needed.

Career Services:

Career services are available online. Please contact Mackenzie Hanes with any questions (

Tutoring: Tutoring services will be moved online as peer tutors are available. Times for online tutoring sessions will be posted as soon as they are identified. These updates will be posted at :

Academic Events between March 13 and April 3:

All scheduled academic events, such as PATH, Success Week Events, Advisory Boards, etc. are canceled. We will reschedule these events at a later time. The ACT Residual Tests will still be administrated Friday, March 13 as scheduled.

As President Marsden stated, this is only until April 3, 2020. We will evaluate the situation in two weeks. These are trying times for all of us and I ask for your patience as we make this transition. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the respective office, your Dean, or me. Thank you.

Mary Elizabeth Stivers,

Ph.D. Vice President for Academic Affairs

March 12, 2020, 12:06 p.m.

Dear Midway Community: Midway University has been closely monitoring the outbreak of novel coronavirus COVID-19 and following guidance provided by state and local officials. At this time, the risk from COVID-19 remains low to our campus and we have not had any self-reported cases. However, out of an abundance of caution and to help curtail the spread of COVID-19, Midway University is taking the following actions:


  • All face-to-face classes will be cancelled on Friday, March 13.
  • Beginning Monday, March 16, all face-to-face instruction will be offered online at least through Friday evening, April 3. If possible, we intend to return to face-to-face instruction on Monday, April 6.
  • Online classes already scheduled will continue.
  • Fall registration will continue as scheduled the week of March 23. Please contact advisors as needed.

Housing and Dining

  • Campus housing and dining services will remain an option for all students who choose to remain on campus. If you choose to vacate the residence halls until April 5, we ask that you work with Student Affairs to do so.
  • Dining Services will convert to disposable, one-time use plates, utensils and cups as well as single serving condiments and staff will serve you at all food stations. Piper Dining Hall will remain open, but the Nest will be closed at the end of the day today.
  • Students who are sick with any illness should contact Student Affairs at 859-846-5390.

Students Activities

  • Student activities for those who remain on campus will be limited and evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Students on campus will be required to practice social distancing.
  • Athletic activities will proceed as determined by the NAIA and our Conferences for teams still in competition.
  • All out-of-season athletic practices will be cancelled.
  • Students who are scheduled to work through federal work study will be credited their hours if they choose to move off campus during this three-week period. Students who remain on campus are expected to fulfill their work study responsibilities.


  • Events will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • At this time, we intend to proceed with Commencement on May 9 but will make a final determination three weeks before the event occurs and adapt or reschedule the event if necessary.
  • At this time, our Spotlight Awards, scheduled for May 21, will proceed as planned, but we will make a final determination 30 days before the event occurs.

Faculty, Staff, and Operations

  • University offices will remain open, and all staff should continue to report to campus and fulfill their work responsibilities.
  • All faculty should continue to fulfill their work responsibilities and report to campus for meetings and office hours.
  • Faculty and staff who are sick with any illness should self-quarantine, contact their health professional for guidance, and contact their supervisor and HR.
  • Vice Presidents will provide additional direction for their respective areas.


  • As noted on our website, you will be asked to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time you left an area with a Level 3 travel health notice or ban.
  • Until further notice, we are suspending University-sponsored and funded international travel. Domestic travel will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

We will continue to monitor recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local and state authorities concerning the outbreak. The health and safety of our university community is of high importance as is the completion of educational activities this semester. Please continue following basic hygiene precautions and stay healthy. John P. Marsden, Ph.D. President

March 11, 2020, 8:58 a.m.

Midway University administrators are continuing to monitor the coronavirus. As of this morning, there have been no self-reported cases of COVID-19 within our campus community. Continue to check our website page for any additional updates.

March 9, 2020, 3:09 p.m.

As of today there have been no self-reported cases of COVID-19 within our campus community. School administrators are meeting daily on this issue and continuously monitoring updates from our county and state health departments.

For up to date campus information please continue to check our website page

March 6, 2020, 3:52 p.m.

Midway University has set up this webpage to help keep everyone up-to-date on the coronavirus and our campus-wide efforts to keep everyone safe.

To best fight germs this past week our facility management partner, Aramark, switched cleaning products to match the list of approved items to help fight the spread of the virus.

For campus-based students or employees, who have traveled to a Level 3 or higher country (China, Iran, Italy and South Korea), please follow the CDC guidelines and contact us to make arrangements for school or work accommodations.

Students contact Student Affairs in McManis 859.846.5390 or
Employees contact Trish Jones in Human Resources 859-846.5784 or

March 5, 2020, 12:24 p.m.

We hope everyone had a wonderful time away from campus. As you are preparing to return to campus for classes this coming week, we wanted to remind everyone of some important resources for health safety tips and news related to the Coronavirus. The Midway University Administration continues to stay informed of the Coronavirus situation. We are in regular communication with the local health department officials and as necessary, we will communicate any updates that relate to our geographic area. If you have been traveling, we ask that you monitor the virus situation in the areas where you have recently traveled and follow any protocols/warnings issued for travelers in those areas. We trust everyone within our campus community to use the upmost caution and preventive measures to ensure our community’s safety. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends taking basic hygiene precautions like those used to prevent the spread of other diseases. They include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • 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

CARES Funding

As of July 2, 2020:

  • Midway University acknowledges that it signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to receive funds under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students on April 11, 2020.  Midway University further affirms that it will disburse no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act directly to students who met the eligibility criteria for Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
  • Midway University has or will receive a total of $892,872 of which $446,436 or 50% will be issued directly to student for Emergency Financial Aid Grants
  • Midway University’s first 30-day reporting period ended on 5/21/2020.  As of that date, Midway University distributed directly to students a total of $446,436
  • As of May 21, 2020, Midway University has a total of 1078 students that are eligible for Title IV funding and could potentially be eligible for CARES Act funding
  • As of May 21, 2020, a total of 636 students have received CARES Act funding
  • The method for distributing CARES Act funding for students was based on the criteria that a student must be Title IV eligible and had to be attending at least one class that met in person as these were the students who had been most disrupted and impacted due to the cessation of in person classes and residence hall shutdowns.  The following allocation was used:
    1. Students who lived in campus housing and attended in person classes received $800
    2. Students who attended in person classes as a traditional daytime student received $600
    3. Students who attended at least one in person class as part of the evening accelerated program received $300
  • Students who were eligible for funding were notified via email on April 29, 2020 of their eligibility.  They also received a link to a form to fill out if they wished to request additional CARES Act funding due to extra expenses incurred as part of the disruption.

2020 CARES Distribution Report

2021 CARES Distribution Report

More Information from the CDC

Travelers from Countries with Widespread Sustained (Ongoing) Transmission Arriving in the United States
To slow the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) into the United States, CDC is working with state and local public health partners to implement after-travel health precautions.

Depending on your travel history, you will be asked to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread or ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice).
Countries that have a Level 3 Travel Health Notice (widespread, ongoing transmission):

corvid19 after travel precautions

View Additional Information from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

LiveSafe App Information

If you are not currently signed up to receive campus alerts through the LiveSafe app, please register for that service by downloading the app from your mobile device app store. This is our primary alert system for notifying campus of any time sensitive issues.

The LiveSafe app now has a news feed from the CDC with up-to-date information.

Questions about LiveSafe app? Contact security at 859.846.5419.

Campus Contacts

Campus Nurse: Amy Swartzentruber
Located in Buster Hall Lobby
Phone: 859.846.5418
Walk-in Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday-Friday
Student Affairs Office: 859.846.5390
Security: 859.846.5419