Health and Safety Guidelines

The College is closely following expert national, state, and local guidance regarding COVID-19 and is continuing to act proactively to protect the health and safety of the MMC community. Read more below and please note that these recommendations are subject to change. 

What To Do if You’re Sick

We all must work together to help us prevent the spread of the virus. If you test positive, develop symptoms of COVID-19, or are exposed to someone who is ill, here is what you need to know:

  • If you test positive: You must notify immediately. If you are a student in a residence hall, copy in your email to Do not come to campus. Confirmed cases of COVID-19 will require isolation. The College has set aside isolation spaces for students living in the residence halls. Non-residential students, faculty, and staff will be required to isolate in their own homes.
  • If you have symptoms (whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated): If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you should not come to campus and you should practice self-quarantine until your symptoms resolve. Please contact your doctor (call first!) and report your symptoms to immediately.
    • Students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 will be directed to seek medical care and obtain a COVID-19 test. The Dow Zanghi Student Health provides medical and telehealth options for students free of charge.
  • If you have been exposed: If you have had close contact (within six feet of an infected individual for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you must report that you’ve had close contact to You must follow MMC’s quarantine protocol based on your vaccination status. 

Isolation Protocol

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate and remain off-campus in accordance with guidance from the CDC and state and local health departments. The College has set aside isolation spaces for students living in the residence halls. Non-residential students, faculty, and staff will be required to isolate in their own homes.

Pursuant to updated guidance, individuals who are required to isolate will be able to request clearance to return to campus based on the following:

If tested positive and had symptoms:

  • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared, as documented by the Contact Tracer and
  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
  • Symptoms have improved (e.g. cough, shortness of breath).

If you tested positive and have a weakened immune system:

  • May need to isolate for longer than 10 days
  • Speak to healthcare provider before returning to normal activities

If tested positive, but had no symptoms:

  • 10 days after initial test and
  • You continue to have no symptoms
Faculty/staff will only be notified:
  • If they are identified as a “close contact” for a student/staff/faculty member.
  • If the student has identified additional circumstances that warrant notification.
Faculty and staff will not be notified:
  • If a student has been tested.
  • The Health and Safety Committee, contact tracers, and MMC administrators will not release test results to student’s faculty unless permission is granted by the student.
Resident students:

Quarantine Protocol

All members of the MMC campus community who were in close contact (as defined by the CDC) with an individual who has tested positive, regardless of vaccination status, will be informed as quickly as possible and may be required to quarantine.

  • The quarantine period for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals is 10 days, with the opportunity to shorten quarantine to 7 days following a negative diagnostic test.
  • Vaccinated individuals must enter precautionary quarantine for 4 full days, and may return on the 5th day with a negative diagnostic test.  

Symptoms of COVID-19

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported—ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and can include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Runny nose or new nasal congestion
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • New loss of taste or smell

Wear a Mask

Testing Recommendations

Regular/recurring COVID-19 testing will not be required; however, positive cases must be reported to Members of the MMC community who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 are encouraged to get tested and should practice self-quarantine until symptoms resolve. 

If you go to a test site run by NYS, there is no charge for testing. For other test sites operated by local governments, private companies including pharmacies and medical practices, or not-for-profit organizations, you are advised to check with the testing site and your health insurer to confirm fees.

Find a testing center near you

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Daily Cleaning
  • Routine cleaning and disinfecting of Main Campus facilities occurs once every 24 hours Monday-Sunday.
  • Routine cleanings are reflected on Cleaning and Disinfecting Plan and are logged accordingly.
High-Traffic Areas
  • Bathrooms are cleaned and disinfected hourly and those cleanings are logged and dated by housekeeping.
  • Other high-traffic areas (e.g., Commons, Starbucks, library) are cleaned and disinfected on a routine schedule (day and night). These cleanings are reflected on the Cleaning and Disinfecting Plan and are logged accordingly.
Deep Cleaning/Disinfecting
  • Deep cleaning will be performed overnight by our cleaning vendor, Highline Building Services.
    • During this cleaning, all surfaces to be wiped and disinfected with Clorox wipes; carpets will be extracted; vinyl flooring and studio Marley will be auto scrubbed.
  • In the instance of a COVID positive case, our cleaning vendor will complete disinfection of impacted facility. Surfaces will be wiped down with disinfectant and will also be chemically treated with an electrostatic gun.
    • Treatment usually lasts for 4 hours before occupancy can be reestablished in the space.
Shared Spaces
  • Classrooms and library will be equipped with disinfecting wipes for students to wipe down desks/work spaces after use.
  • Faculty and staff will be supplied disinfectant wipes to wipe down their office areas after use.
  • Dance studios will be equipped with disinfectant wipes for students to wipe down ballet bars after use.

Student, Faculty, and Staff Accommodations

Students, faculty, or staff with health or safety considerations will be able to apply for special accommodation for any of the College’s Onward policies as necessary. Employees with medical conditions that increase their vulnerability and susceptibility relative to COVID-19 are responsible for notifying their supervisor and Human Resources if they are in need of an accommodation. The employee may contact Human Resources to seek accommodations for their condition, but supervisors can work with the employee and Human Resources to identify alternative work arrangements and/or seek support/resources. MMC will follow ADA guidelines for special accommodations, although non-medical accommodations will be considered (view the Accommodation Request procedures and form).