University of Northwestern Ohio

COVID-19 - Coronavirus Information

Current Status: Heightened Alert: As cases increase in Ohio, remember to be diligent about social distancing and personal hygiene. For updated information on cases in Ohio, please visit https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/.

 

To provide a broad understanding of the impact to the University of Northwestern Ohio, we will be sharing information through four alert levels when making announcements. They are:

Alert Level: Prevention and Preparation

  • There are no known cases in our region.

Alert Level: Heightened Alert

  • If there are an increasing number of cases in Ohio and/or health officials have concerns about the virus spreading in our area.

Alert Level: Potential Impact

  • Possible exposure, case, employee or student

Alert Level: Direct Impact

  • Positive case or multiple cases

Will there be university closures?

The safety of our students, faculty and staff is our priority. For information about University closures and cancelations, please view the updates above and look through the Frequently Asked Questions. Everyone’s health and safety is our highest priority.

Decision-Making

Unlike our local decision making with weather-related closures, our President will follow the advice and direction from Allen County Public Health, Ohio Department of Health, the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and state officials. 

Notifications

If we have suspended operations, you will be notified through our Racer Alert system that sends out calls, emails and text messages. Now is a great time to make sure that your notification settings are correct.

Additional Resources and Links

Website Links 

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

How is it spread?

Human coronavirus is most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

  • The air by coughing and sneezing, or close person-to-person contact
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands 

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.

Symptoms of coronavirus may include:

  • Fever
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Cough

If you have traveled to/from any of the countries with travel alerts or outbreaks, and have symptoms, contact a healthcare provider. 

If you have been notified by public health authorities that you might have been exposed, please follow instructions provided by the Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control.

How to Prevent Illness

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus. The CDC recommends everyday prevention measures, including: 

  • Everyone get a seasonal flu vaccination if possible. While it will not prevent the novel coronavirus, influenza is currently in widespread circulation, and initial symptoms can be similar to novel coronavirus.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home from school or work if sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Don’t share food and drinks.
  • Clean and disinfect shared surfaces and objects that are touched frequently. 

What to Do If You Are Not Feeling Well

Stay home when you are sick. Do not report to work or attend classes if you are ill. Instructors, consider providing students with ways to complete work from home. This is good advice no matter what illness is going around. If you are concerned about your flu-like illness, call your health care provider for advice and share any travel history. Stay home, rest, and stay hydrated.

To prevent the spread of any respiratory diseases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue away
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water

The proper way to wash your hands is for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating, after going to the bathroom and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

What should everyone do now to be prepared?

Keep some basic supplies at home. The US Department of Homeland Security recommends that people should keep some basic supplies at home in case they get sick or in case it is difficult to get supplies at a store. Here is what they are recommending:

  • Store a two-week supply of food. Select foods that do not require refrigeration, preparation or cooking. Ensure that formula for infants and any child’s or older person’s special nutritional needs are a part of your planning. Plan for your pets as well.
  • Store a supply of nonprescription drugs, such as pain relievers, cough and cold medicines, stomach remedies and anti-diarrheal medication, as well as vitamins and fluids with electrolytes (such as sports drinks).
  • Store health and cleaning supplies, such as bleach, tissues, a thermometer, disposable gloves, soap and alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home.
  • Get copies and maintain electronic versions of health records from doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and other sources and store them, for personal reference.
  • Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick, or what will be needed to care for them in your home.

Make a Plan for Yourself and Your Household

Make a plan now for how you, your household and your neighbors might need to adapt, rely on each other if there is a significant outbreak. Here are some things that could occur:

  • Major events, church and community services and many businesses may be temporarily closed.
  • Public transportation might be reduced or suspended.
  • Childcare centers and schools may be closed.
  • It could be difficult to buy basic supplies.

How to Stay Informed

UNOH will update this page when any relevant developments occur. 


Frequently Asked Questions

The University of Northwestern Ohio followed guidance from the Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Governor’s Office, local, regional, and state agencies regarding the suspension of face-to-face coursework. The Ohio Governor announced a mandate closing all K-12 schools in the state beginning March 16, 2020 until further notice. We chose to align with this closure directive. This was not an easy decision for us to make, but we must make the safety and health of our students, faculty, and staff a priority.

Yes, the University will continue business operations, but buildings are closed to the general public through August 3, 2020. Delivery of mail and packages will continue. Racers Station, Indoor Athletic Complex, Dr. Cheryl A. Mueller Library, the Testing Center and other common areas are also closed. All athletic events are suspended until further notice. Meal Plans and Food Court Service is suspended for the June and Summer terms. Food Service will return on August 24, 2020 for carry-out only.

In order to adequately clean, sanitize, and prepare dorm facilities for the return of students this fall, the following actions are taking place:

    • Students who are currently staying in on-campus housing and are enrolled in classes for the current session/quarter may remain on campus. These remaining students will be grouped together and may be assigned to a new dorm per occupancy policies.
    • Students who are currently staying in on-campus housing but are not enrolled in classes for the current session/quarter must contact housing@unoh.edu to discuss their living arrangements no later than June 19, 2020.
    • To give students and families sufficient time to plan, students who moved out of the dorms and left their belongings behind must return to campus, remove their items, fill out the express check-out form, and return dorm keys using the following schedule:
      • Students who left possessions in the following dorms will be allowed to retrieve their belongings between June 12, 2020 – June 21, 2020:
        • College Park: 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 21, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45, 47, 49, 51, 53, 44, 59, 61, 64, 69, 74
        • Northwestern Park: 2, 3, 13, 14, 27, 30
        • Sherwood Park: 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 13, 16, 18, 19, 22, 23, 26, 27, 30, 31, 35, 38, 39, 43, 44, 46, 47, 51, 55, 56, 58, 60, 62, 63, 65, 68, 69, 72
        • Racers Village: 9, 12, 13, 16, 18, 19, 22, 23, 26, 27, 30, 31, 33, 34, 42, 43, 46, 47, 49, 50, 58, 63, 67, 80
      • Students who left possessions in the following dorms will be allowed to retrieve their belongings between June 22, 2020 – July 2, 2020:
        • College Park: 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, 20, 22, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56
        • Sherwood Park: 11, 14, 15, 20, 24, 25, 28, 29, 32, 33, 36, 37, 40, 48, 66, 67, 70, 71
        • Racers Village: 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 25, 28, 29, 32, 41, 44, 45, 48, 52
      • Due to the limited operating hours of UNOH facilities, all Express Check Out Forms and Dorm Keys can be placed in the drop boxes located outside of the Housing and Safety Services office in the 1000 Building.

If you are unable to return to campus based on the above-mentioned schedule, please contact the housing office at housing@unoh.edu as soon as possible and we will make alternate arrangements.

Yes, but we do ask you to be cautious while traveling. Traveling to or through areas at high risk for COVID-19 can impact your health and also increase the risk of exposure to others upon your return. If you choose to leave the country, be aware that the process for reentry into the United States may change rapidly and without notice. If you do travel abroad, it is possible that you may be required to self-monitor your health upon your return. These requirements can range from monitoring and reporting temperatures twice a day for 14 days, up to and including being quarantined or isolated and not permitted to return to your home or attend classes for an undetermined period of time. As a resource, here are the current CDC travel guidelines.

If you are planning to travel abroad, there are some new policies that have been enacted by the United States government that you need to be aware of. According to the CDC, the Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial travel options remain available, U.S. citizens should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite length of time. For more information about possible travel restrictions, contact your destination's U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

You may be exposed to the virus while traveling—from sick persons at airports, or on airplanes, ships, trains, or buses. Some health care systems are becoming overwhelmed and there may be limited access to adequate medical care in affected areas. Many countries are implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice. Airlines have cancelled many international flights and in-country travel may be unpredictable. If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may have to remain outside the United States for an indefinite length of time.

Illness with COVID-19 has ranged from mild to severe. Signs and symptoms of infection include fever, cough, and trouble breathing. This new coronavirus has caused severe disease and death in patients who developed pneumonia. Risk factors for severe illness are not yet clear, although older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness.

If you do travel abroad, it is possible that you may be required by the University or other agencies to self-monitor your health upon your return. These requirements can range from monitoring and reporting temperatures twice a day for 14 days, up to and including being quarantined or isolated and not permitted to return to your home or return to campus for an undetermined period of time. As a resource, here are the current CDC travel guidelines.

There are ongoing discussions with faculty and administration on different options for students missing hands-on education from the shortened February session. Once a decision has been made, it will be communicated to the university community.

June Session and Summer Quarter classes will continue to be delivered in a web-enhanced remote format as recommended by local, state, and federal agencies.

On Campus classes will resume with August Session (starting August 24, 2020) for the College of Applied Technologies, and Fall Quarter (starting September 14, 2020) for students in all other colleges.

Students are advised to check their UNOH email regularly as communications will be coming out in July about policies related to resuming on-campus instruction.

Students who withdrew or took a hiatus during the online instruction need to contact Advisor@unoh.edu to communicate your plans for August Session/Fall Quarter

University of Northwestern Ohio Faculty, Staff and Administration will return to campus in a phased-in approach beginning July 6, 2020. For details on the return-to-campus plans visit www.unoh.edu/returntocampus

On Campus classes will resume with August Session (starting August 24, 2020) for the College of Applied Technologies, and Fall Quarter (starting September 14, 2020) for students in all other colleges.

Students will be notified of any and all additional policies and procedures related to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 prior to classes beginning.

Yes. Students with documentation on file with the Student Success Department will receive an informational sheet from Jason Wagner on accommodation procedures. Anyone with questions can contact the Student Success Department at studentsuccess@unoh.edu

There are remote tutoring resources, writing support, and academic coaching available. Please reach out to studentsuccess@unoh.edu for these resources.

Many public spaces, such as libraries, have computers and wifi. If you are using a public wifi, we strongly encourage that you engage in enhanced safety practices such as maintaining social distance, wearing a face covering if in a public space, and frequent hand washing.

The UNOH Testing Center is currently closed. Due to this closure, proctoring restrictions have been removed from courses. Although proctoring is not mandated for exams, students should take them in an academically honest environment. However, when face-to-face instruction resumes, proctoring will again become a requirement

No, if you choose to take the next term(s) off due to the web-enhanced remote learning environment, or if you are a College of Applied Technologies student that does not have any additional general education course requirements, your tuition rate code will not change.

Barnes & Noble @ UNOH is currently closed to the public until further notice. Place your order for textbooks and supplies for the upcoming term through our website, https://unoh.bncollege.com and your order will be shipped for FREE. Please allow 24-72 hours for your order to be shipped. Contact the Bookstore at bookstore@unoh.edu with any questions you have.

Students that rented textbooks from the Barnes & Noble @ UNOH for Winter, Spring, Summer Quarters, or February, March, May, and June Sessions still need to return their textbooks. The Bookstore will be sending out reminder emails to the email address captured when the student rented the textbooks with instructions on how to print off a FREE UPS shipping label https://unoh.bncollege.com/shop/unoh/page/rental-book-return). Barnes & Noble @ UNOH has made adjustment to our timeline to allow for shipping time. Questions? Please contact Jackie or Matt at (419) 998-3130 or by emailing bookstore@unoh.edu


For Prospective Students and Parents

Campus visits and tours will resume on July 6, 2020. Please call the University Admissions Office (419) 998-3120 for more information about scheduling your appointment to tour campus.

There will be additional health and safety protocols in place when you arrive to campus. UNOH Admissions personnel will communicate this to you prior to your campus tour.

Absolutely! You can access the UNOH Virtual Tour at https://www.unoh.edu/#virtualtour. Admissions representatives are all available to help you through the college admissions process.

Currently, housing application fees are still due May 1, 2020. You will receive communications from the UNOH New Student Services department about tuition payment deadlines.


Questions Regarding University Events

Due to ongoing restrictions on holding mass gatherings in Ohio, the University will not be holding any On Campus Orientation Events this summer. The orientations will be conducted in a virtual format. Families affected by these events will be contacted by New Student Services with details on how to access the virtual orientation experience.

At this time, all public events and any mass gathering events at UNOH have been postponed indefinitely. For information about specific events scheduled to happen on the University of Northwestern Ohio’s campus, please contact publicrelations@unoh.edu

a. The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference is working with NAIA officials and all participating schools to discuss potential plans for fall sports. Specific questions about UNOH teams can be sent to UNOH Athletic Director Chris Adams at cadams@unoh.edu. Any additional information about the WHAC status can be found at http://www.whac.net/

Due to the restrictions from the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Governor’s Office related to mass gatherings, UNOH made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person 2020 Commencement Ceremonies.

UNOH did hold a virtual commencement ceremony on June 14, 2020. To watch the ceremonies, visit www.unoh.edu/graduation.

Graduating students will be mailed a commemorative degree cover, printed graduation program, commemorative tassel, and any honor chords earned. If you need to update your address information, please contact advisor@unoh.edu as soon as possible.

For information about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), you can visit the following resources: