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Covid-19 Guidelines and Protocols

Cleary University is committed to providing students and employees with a safe and healthy campus. We encourage all students, faculty, and staff to be fully updated with their COVID-19 vaccinations and annual flu shots. The following explains our current COVID-19 response and applies to students and employees living, working, and studying on campus.

Cleary University community members who have symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate, monitor symptoms, and contact their primary care physician.

COVID-19 has a wide range of symptoms that range from mild to severe. People with the following symptoms may have COVID-19.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting

If you are a resident at Cleary and have been advised to quarantine, show symptoms, or have a fever, contact the Director of Housing Cat Hopkins at housing@cleary.edu. to arrange delivery. The Health and Safety Team will work closely with any student in self-isolation to provide emotional support, academic support, and the safe delivery of regular meals.

If you develop symptoms, you should be screened for COVID-19 following the State of Michigan and CDC guidelines. 

If testing is warranted, Cleary University employees, faculty, students, student-athletes, and residential students who show symptoms must report their symptoms and be tested at St. Joseph of Mercy Livingston Hospital designated testing site or Ascent Urgent Care & Walk-In Clinic:

St. Joseph Mercy Livingston COVID-19 Screening Site
620 Byron Road West Entrance Drive
Howell, Michigan 48843 | 1-833-247-1258.

Ascent Urgent Care & Walk-In Clinic
1255 E Grand River Ave
Howell, MI 48843 | (517) 545-7400

Michigan Urgent Care
2300 Genoa Business Park Dr. #120
Brighton, MI 48114

5757 Whitmore Lake Rd
Brighton, MI 48116 | (810) 229-9772

Persons with recent confirmed or suspected exposure to COVID-19 infected persons who meet the criteria for close contact should follow the CDC guidelines, including immediate precautions and wearing a mask. Do not go places where you are unable to wear a mask. Symptoms may appear 2–10 days after exposure to the virus.

Get tested for COVID-19. If you have symptoms, you should get tested immediately. If you have no symptoms, you should get tested at least 5 full days after your last exposure. You are required to report your negative or positive COVID-19 test to the Health & Safety Team at hbateman@cleary.edu.

Regardless of vaccination status, if you have been exposed to COVID-19, you will need to follow these steps:

  • Watch for symptoms for 10 days.
  • Wear a mask around others indoors for 10 days.
  • Test 5 full days after exposure, or sooner if you have symptoms.
  • If you test positive, follow isolation guidance.
We understand you may have questions about living with someone who is COVID-19-positive. It’s important to remember that residential students who become sick with many illnesses—including colds, flu, mono, or a stomach virus—usually remain in shared rooms/suites while recovering.

Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 will be isolated in a separate space in student housing. They will be asked to isolate themselves in their own room/suite if an alternative space is unavailable. We understand that this isolate-in-place arrangement may present concerns for roommates who have not yet tested positive and are asymptomatic. Students living in residence halls with a roommate who tests positive for COVID-19 are considered a “close contact” and must follow exposure guidelines.

All students and employees who test positive for COVID-19 must adhere to Livingston County Health Department.

The current guidance is to stay home for at least 5 days after the symptoms begin if testing positive for COVID-19.

Students should notify their professors about COVID-related absences. Students are not allowed to attend classes or events on campus during this time. Employees are not allowed in their office or on campus during this time.

If living on campus, you will have meals delivered, but you must contact the Director of Housing, Cat Hopkins, at housing@cleary.edu. to arrange delivery.

The Health and Safety Team will work closely with any student in self-isolation to provide emotional support, academic support, and the safe delivery of regular meals.


If you test positive for COVID, you must notify Cleary’s Health and Safety Team by emailing Heather Bateman, SVP of Operations at: hbateman@cleary.edu or call 800-686-1183 ext: 1701