Health & Wellness

COVID-19 Ready Campus

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the status of cases of COVID-19 in Michigan?

For updated state information, visit

What if a member of Cleary’s on-campus community tests positive?

We will work with local health officials to determine appropriate housing for anyone infected for the period they need to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms. If an infected student is advised by local health officials to stay on-campus, we have facilities identified away from other students for quarantine, and the services and personnel prepared to accommodate this circumstance.

Will the Cleary community be notified when a community member tests positive for COVID-19?

Yes. Cleary community members will receive a weekly report detailing if a student or employee who has been physically present on campus tests positive for COVID-19. The message will state whether the person is a faculty or staff member or residential or commuter student, but because of privacy restrictions, names or other identifying information will not be provided. Positive cases will also be logged on our Cleary website. Additionally, Cleary will work with county health officials and other agencies as appropriate to provide additional notifications.

I may have been exposed to COVID-19. What should I do?

If you find out you were around someone who tested positive for COVID-19:

If you have had contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19, you are expected to self-quarantine for 10 days after exposure and monitor symptoms or be able to produce a negative PCR test result.

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms:

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

Screening for COVID-19 follows the State of Michigan 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

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

COVID-19 presents with a wide range of symptoms that range from mild to severe. Symptoms may appear 2–10 days after exposure to the virus. People with these 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, you show symptoms, or have a fever, contact Julia Cassell at 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.

I have tested positive for COVID-19 or been told by a medical provider that I am presumed positive. What should I do?

You should follow your health care provider’s directives for quarantine, and you must not return to campus for at least 10-days and when your health care provider advises that you are no longer contagious.

If you are a resident at Cleary and have tested positive for COVID-19, you must quarantine for 10-days or produce a negative PCR test result. It is critical for you to contact the housing director at 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.

Are face coverings required on campus?

Yes. Cleary is a mask wearing campus. All Cleary community members are required to wear a face covering while on campus unless they are in their residence hall room without guests or alone in an office/workspace. Cleary faculty, staff, and on-campus students will receive two reusable masks per person. Cleary will continue to monitor public health guidance and may adjust face covering requirements as the situation evolves.

What steps is Cleary taking to create a safe campus environment?

Maintaining the health and safety of our campus community is a shared responsibility of all members of the university community. Cleary will continue to monitor the recommendations from public health officials and agencies and will update our policies and procedures as the situation evolves.

We are implementing numerous policies and protocols to help keep our community safe. They include:
● Monitoring CDC, state of Michigan, and Livingston County health mandates and ensuring our workplace practices align
● Requiring face coverings (reusable cloth facemasks will be provided to all employees and students)
● Requiring social distancing policies
● Providing hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes
● Reducing capacity for meeting spaces
● Where necessary, modifying furniture arrangements, installing plexiglass, etc.
● Restricting business travel for faculty and staff
● Issuing an expectation to stay home if sick and allowing a continued extension of sick leave for COVID-19 or influenza-like symptoms
● Requiring mandatory COVID-19 symptom and diagnosis reporting and self-isolation
● Limiting in-person events
● Limiting off-campus guests
● Suspending spring study abroad programs
● Enhancing cleaning protocols for common spaces and offices consistent with CDC guidelines
● Reducing residential housing occupancy
● Modifying dining services

How do I prevent the spread of COVID-19?

We encourage all Cleary community members to become familiar with the CDC recommendations, which can be found here, for prevention, including:
● Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
● Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home.
● Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home. Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
● Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others. (This is now mandated by the state of Michigan, with fines levied for persons not following this mandate.)
● Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.
● Monitor your health, and stay alert for symptoms. Visit the CDC’s website to get the most up-to-date information on symptoms.

The pandemic is a lot to handle. What should I do if I am concerned about my or someone else’s mental health?

Cleary students always have access to counseling support. Mental health counseling is provided by Andrew Chamberlin, Licensed Professional Counselor. Schedule an appointment or walk-in: or 1.800.686.1883, Ext. 1455 / Chrysler Hall South, #216.

At any time, if you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime. The Crisis Text Line is available for any crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from a secure online platform. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.

How will campus be cleaned and sanitized? How often will classrooms be disinfected?

Enhanced cleaning protocols will be implemented throughout campus, with special attention to high-touch surfaces in high-traffic areas. Our sanitation staff are using CDC-recommended disinfectants. We’ve added hand sanitizing stations across campus.

Cleary has implemented a disinfectant wipe system in each classroom, along with gloves, so students and faculty can disinfect their own seat and table. Helping to mitigate COVID-19 transmission is a shared responsibility, and we expect all community members to do their part.

How will you address members of the Cleary community who break social distancing and/or mask requirements?

Cleary is a mask wearing campus. Helping to mitigate COVID-19 transmission is a shared responsibility. Students who fail to adhere to health and safety policies are subject to disciplinary action under the code of student conduct.

In an effort to provide clarity around our plan for responding to COVID-19 and how we will return to campus, we have developed a flexible approach to re-open campus that can be adjusted as conditions evolve. Click on the boxes below for more information.

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