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Current COVID-19 Alert Level and FAQs


CARES Act Information:

To access the CARES Act Institutional Report #1, click here.
To access the CARES Act Institutional Report #2, click here.
To access the CARES Act Institutional Report #3, click here.
To access the CARES Act Institutional Report Addendum A.3, click here.

To access the CARES Act Student Aid Report #1, click here.
To access the CARES Act Student Aid Report #2, click here.
To access the CARES Act Student Aid Report #3, click here.
To access the CARES Act Student Aid Report #4, click here.
To access the CARES Act Student Aid Report #5, click here.
To access the CARES Act Student Aid Report #6, click here.

To learn more about the CARES Act visit our FAQ page here.

COVID-19 Alert Level:

To simplify operations Siena Heights University’s Adrian campus will have five basic alert levels. These alert levels are aligned with the State of Michigan Safe Start Plan. The Adrian campus is currently at level 1. To see more information about each alert level and how they impact campus, visit the Siena Safe Campus page here.

The current Lenawee County risk level is: E (A is the lowest, E is the highest)

To view the Lenawee County Health Department site, click here.

Alert Level 2COVID-19 Dashboard:

The University’s highest priority is the safety of its students, faculty, staff and visitors. As a way to keep our University community informed, the following dashboard has been created that will report the latest University numbers on the Adrian campus regarding COVID-19.

Here are a couple of definitions to remember:

  • Isolation: separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
  • Quarantine: separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
  Cumulative COVID Positive Result Cumulative COVID Negative Result Cumulative Co-curricular Testing Result Pending In Isolation Out of Isolation (recovered) In Quarantine Cumulative Out of Quarantine Current Adrian Campus Threat Level
5/13/2021 164 (2 false positives) 408 9161 negative 0 1 (0 students, 1 employee; 0 on campus; 1 off campus) 161  1 (0 students, 1 employee; 0 on campus, 1 off campus) 570 1—Low Alert

Academic FAQs:

How will classes be conducted for the Winter 2021 semester?

  • Main Campus: Classes began in Adrian on Monday, Jan. 11.
  • Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS): Winter classes began Jan. 11 and will be conducted online or remotely (online-real time). 

How can I access specialized software or get Information Technology assistance?
If you are experiencing any difficulties with access to Canvas or if you need assistance with computer and/or technology resources, please visit

I do not have a personal computer or laptop. How will I be able to take classes online?
Please email or call the IT helpdesk at or (517) 264-7655 to let us know your situation. This is for main campus students only.

Are labs open?
If you are engaged in individual research, please contact your faculty supervisor to discuss options.

What if I need to get library resources from off campus?
Students who have reference questions can email Melissa Sissen at Inter-library loans and sharing of materials are at a standstill. Students should utilize what they can find in SHU databases and online search resources such as Google Scholar for their research and papers.

Is the bookstore open?

  • The bookstore website is open 24/7 at The Bookstore is fulfilling all textbook orders from its fulfillment center in Missouri. All orders will be placed online. Students are encouraged to order early as we will not carry most books in the store. 
  • Masks will be required at all times in the bookstore as well as following the social distance markers around the store. Hand sanitizer will be provided in multiple areas of the store. There will be 6-10 students permitted in the store at one time.
  • The bookstore encourages cashless transactions due to employee safety with handling dirty money and the coin shortage. There are contactless options available such as Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay.
  • Any orders containing supplies or clothing will be shipped directly from the store. In-store pickup will be available for items available in the store.

Are Career Services available?
SHU Career Services will be maintaining all student appointments previously scheduled, as well as future appointments scheduled by phone. Those who would like to schedule an appointment, please click here. Make sure to include your number when scheduling an appointment.

Are advising services available? 
Our advising staff is happy to assist you via email, phone or video chat. We are maintaining regular business hours. You can find staff email addresses here. If you have questions or concerns contact the Center for Student Success at

Should your class be canceled or sections of the same class consolidated due to the remote conversion, your advisor will connect with you. Know that if questions arise, your advisor continues to work remotely and can be contacted via email to assist with any questions and concerns you present them. 

Health and Wellness FAQs:

What is Covid-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, China, late last year. It is not the same as the coronaviruses that cause the common cold, or the viruses that cause seasonal influenza.

What are the symptoms of Covid-19?
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

How does Covid-19 spread?
Experts are still learning about COVID-19, but the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes being within approximately 6 feet of someone with the illness for a prolonged period of time or having direct contact with infectious secretions (such as being coughed on) are the most common ways the infection is spread. It is possible the virus can be spread from contact with infected surfaces, but CDC says this is not the main way the virus spreads.

What can I do to protect myself?
The CDC recommends people take the same preventative actions they would for any respiratory disease.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Will wearing a facemask protect me?
In light of new data about how COVID-19 spreads, along with evidence of widespread COVID-19 illness in communities across the country, CDC recommends that people wear a cloth face covering to cover their nose and mouth in the community setting. This is to protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms. 

What should I do if I feel sick?
If you develop a fever and symptoms such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in regular, close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, the CDC advises you call ahead to your healthcare professional. You can also contact Nurse Dawn Marsh in the Student Health Office by phone at 517-264-7190. Adrian campus faculty, staff or students who have knowledge of someone who is sick or displaying symptoms of being sick, please contact SHU Chief Public Safety Officer Cindy Birdwell at 517-403-2266 immediately. Those who are sick or have any symptoms of COVID-19, please contact the SHU Department of Public Safety at 517-264-7799 immediately.

When will the vaccine be available for SHU students?
States have created a phased system as to who receives the vaccine and when. Currently, Michigan is still in Phase One. The timeline for Phase Two, which includes the college population, is estimated late spring. However, it appears currently the state is moving faster than the estimated timeline and the vaccine could be available earlier. Once the vaccine is released to the Phase Two population, Siena Heights will be working closely with the Lenawee County Health Department to make the vaccine available. As more information is made available, please watch the Daily Announcements for updates.


Here are some important Siena Heights University phone numbers:
Adrian Campus Public Safety: 517.264.7800
Welcome Center/Ledwidge Hall:517.264.7194
Residence Life Office: 517.264.7171 
Dean of Students: 517.264.7600

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