Top Ten Frequently Asked Questions

A number of new and important questions have been asked at our recent Town Hall Meetings about health and safety; campus housing; classes and tuition; campus facilities and events; and Human Resources. Here are the top ten most frequently asked questions, with links below to all of the FAQs on each of these topics.

Expand all   |   Collapse all  

Are there any changes to the Spring 2021 Academic Calendar?

Yes, based on guidance from public health experts and information detailed in our recovery plan, which was developed in accordance with medical and government guidelines, we have important updates regarding the Academic Calendar for the spring semester.

More information is available in Marquette Today.

Will Easter Break remain the same?

Easter and Mid-term breaks in Spring 2021 will be replaced with four Mental Health Days, spread throughout the spring term. thos dates are:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021
  • Wednesday, March 10, 2021
  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021
  • Wednesday, May 5, 2021

University leadership recognizes that it can be difficult to manage the anxieties and stress associated with this pandemic. The Mental Health Days will provide students the opportunity to rest and recharge while also reducing unnecessary travel. The Counseling Center also has virtual services that are accessible now. Contact the Counseling Center at (414) 288-7172 if you are in need of mental health or counseling services.

The university will observe Good Friday, April 2, 2021, as a university-wide holiday. In addtion, four Mental Health

Why were Easter and spring break canceled?

These breaks were omitted next semester following guidance from public health experts and in accordance with medical and government guidelines, and to help slow the spread of COVID-19 among the Marquette community and our community members’ families.

Eliminating opportunities for unnecessary travel is important to slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our community and communities nationwide.

This is not without precedent. Universities across the country, including UW – Madison, have canceled their spring breaks.

At the same time, the university recognizes that students need breaks and that it can be difficult to manage the anxieties and stress associated with this pandemic. The Mental Health Days will provide students the opportunity to rest and recharge while also reducing unnecessary travel.

Why is there a meal plan increase for the spring semester?

The spring 2021 Academic Calendar changes result in resident students being on campus more days over the semester. To provide resident students with meals for those days, it was necessary to add those days to the board fee schedule. This does not affect housing rates. Housing rates remain the same, even though students will be on campus for more days during the spring semester.

This is consistent with the fall 2020 semester, when there were fewer days resident students would be on campus. The board fee schedule was adjusted to charge for fewer days.

Ultimately, the fall and spring changes combined result in a net decrease of $200 in meal plan costs at their posted rate.

Board/meal plan fees pay for meals, as well as the personnel and operational costs of the dining facilities, which will remain open for their regular hours on the additional days resident students are on campus for the spring semester, including the Mental Health Days

Can my student quarantine at home instead of in the residence halls?

Students should NOT move out of the residence halls or leave town; they should quarantine in their rooms.CDC guidance suggests that students should not travel home during this two-week period. This is to protect you, your family, and the community. Staying where you are is the safest course of action. Again, DO NOT LEAVE CAMPUS — STUDENTS SHOULD QUARANTINE IN THEIR ROOMS.

If students choose to leave campusto quarantine, it must be only at their permanent address and they need to stay off-campus for all 14 days of the quarantine. They must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test from a test date of Oct. 4 or later prior to returning from the 14-day quarantine. Students choosing to quarantine at their permanent place of residence must notify the hall director via 

Further, any student who chooses to leave campus must do so in a private vehicle—they should not take public transportation, including planes trains, buses, taxis, Ubers, etc. particularly, particularly across state lines.

How will students get food/necessities?

The Cobeen Hall dining facility will be available to Cobeen Hall residents in quarantinefor carry out only. The Cobeen Hall dining facility will not be open to non-Cobeen Hall residents until the quarantine is lifted.   

Students with medical needs should call the Marquette University Medical Clinic at (414) 288-7174, or notify their Resident Advisor.

Are there mental health and counseling services available for students in quarantine?

Marquette is committed to ensuring our students receive the comprehensive physical, emotional and spiritual care they need during quarantine. The university is coordinating pastoral care, academic services such as virtual tutoring and mental health resources through the Counseling Center for Coben Hall residents in quarantine. More information will be shared with Cobeen Hall residents via their Marquette email.

I don’t live in Cobeen Hall, do I need to be tested?

Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, testing for COVID-19 is currently recommended for people who have COVID-19 symptoms, people who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, or those who have been instructed by a public health agency or health care provider to get a test.

For students not living in Cobeen Hall, the Marquette University Medical Clinic is currently testing symptomatic students and their close contacts. If you are currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please call the Clinic at (414) 288-7184 to schedule a free test on campus. The City of Milwaukee also provides community testing in areas around the city. More information is available on their website at https://www.impactinc.org/impact-2-1-1/testing/.

What happens after two weeks? If this looks like it will continue, why not just go to all online now like other universities have done?

We are taking the action of directing Cobeen Hall residents to quarantine in coordination with the Milwaukee Health Department, and in response to a specific, confirmed cluster of cases of COVID-19 among residents.

All Cobeen Hall residents who have not been tested for COVID-19 this week will be required to be tested the week of September 28. A follow-up email with the date, time and location for the testing is forthcoming. Residents will be contacted with an appointment time for testing. Residents who have had a positive test in the past 90 days will not be retested and do not need to be quarantined. Those residents must provide proof of a positive result.

Residents who test positive will be directed to isolate in university-identified isolation space. Violation of isolation or quarantine directives will result in university sanctions via the student conduct process and/or placed under an order by the Milwaukee Health Department.  

Why isn’t Marquette testing all students in residence halls or any asymptomatic students?

Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, testing for COVID-19 is currently recommended for people who have COVID-19 symptoms, people who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, or those who have been instructed by a public health agency or health care provider to get a test.

The Marquette University Medical Clinic is currently testing symptomatic students and their close contacts. If you are currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please call the Clinic at (414) 288-7184 to schedule a free test on campus. The City of Milwaukee also provides community testing in areas around the city. More information is available on their website at https://www.impactinc.org/impact-2-1-1/testing/.

Health and Safety FAQs

Campus Housing FAQs

Classes and Tuition FAQs

virtual learning and study spaces

Campus Facilities and Events FAQs

Supervisor / Department Chair Specific FAQs

HUMAN RESOURCES FAQS

COVID Cheq FAQs


Ask a question