Implementation of Mandatory Testing Protocols for Students, Faculty and Staff Currently Under Evaluation
BALTIMORE – The decision to reopen the campus for the 2020 Fall Semester comes with a greater responsibility to protect the health and safety of the campus community. In addition to the various protective measures that have been put into place to diminish the potential spread of COVID-19 on campus, Morgan State University announced its intentions to further bolster its evolving safety measures with the addition of mandatory testing for returning students, faculty and staff. For the past month, the University has actively pursued the feasibility of a mandatory testing protocol as a component of its comprehensive reopening plan while awaiting additional guidance from State leadership. Given the recent developments in statewide higher education preparations for the fall, a path has been cleared for Morgan to implement its plan for mandatory testing. Instituting a protocol for testing that requires a negative result for all returning Morgan students and employees will be our first line of offense in effectively establishing a wellness benchmark and decreasing the probability of individuals unwittingly placing others at risk.
Execution of the pre-return to campus testing protocol is still being formulated. At the same time, the University is evaluating potential partnership opportunities to conduct on-campus testing once the semester starts, in addition to the incorporation of technology and/or mobile applications to assist in monitoring and potential tracing. The University is also establishing the Morgan Campus Health Monitoring and Response Team (MCHMRT) to manage outcomes in the event positive cases emerge on campus. More details will be announced as they become available.
Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution offering more than 126 academic programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate to the doctorate. As Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University, Morgan serves a multiethnic and multiracial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible. For more information about Morgan State University, visit www.morgan.edu.