University of Northwestern Ohio


The Athletics Department at the University of Northwestern Ohio is operating under the guidelines of UNOH, Mercy Health, Allen County Public Health, Ohio Department of Health (ODH), Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC), and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) with regard to safe operations of athletic practice and competition during the 2022-2023 academic year. 

The priority at UNOH is to provide a well-rounded collegiate athletic experience for all of our student-athletes. Athletic training, practice, inter-squad play, and competitive season play is important for both the physical and mental health of all UNOH student-athletes.  By implementing safety protocols in accordance with local and state guidelines, the UNOH Athletic Department is committed to give all student-athletes a fulfilling athletic experience for the 2022-2023 season. 

The following guidelines and protocols are in place:

  • All student-athletes, coaches, and athletic trainers must complete a daily health self-screen
  • Routine hand sanitization or washing must occur when entering and exiting all workout facilities, including the athletic training room. 
  • Student-athletes must comply with all Indoor Athletic Complex rules, including wiping down any equipment, tools, community shared items after each use. 
  • All coolers used must be sanitized after each use with proper disinfecting procedures done by coaches. 

Daily Self-Screening

  • Every student-athlete is expected to complete daily self-screen in accordance with UNOH policies and procedures.
  • Student-athletes or staff who develop symptoms and/or who have been exposed to a positive case will be responsible to activate the chain of command.

Coaches Responsibilities

  • Coaches are responsible for making sure their athletes are following daily health screening and following proper chain of command for referral if symptoms arise. This includes communication with the team’s respective athletic trainer. 
  • Coaches are responsible for reading and following the Ohio Department of Health Director’s Order that provides mandatory requirements for youth, collegiate, amateur, club and professional sports.
  • Coaches must participate in COVID-19 education developed by the Ohio Department of Health and educate their players on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, using resources provided by ODH.  
  • Keep a log of groups during practices for contact tracing if needed.
  • Provide hand sanitizer and sanitizing products readily available for student-athletes to use.
  • Equipment and personal items must have proper separation and should avoid being shared (ie. bats in dugout, bags on benches, etc.)
  • When inside, ensure ventilation systems and fans operate properly. Increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible (i.e. Open windows and doors).


The Ohio Department of Health released the following guidelines for spectators at athletic events. The updated order permits the following with regard to spectators for indoor and outdoor facilities:

  • There are no longer any maximum number of spectators permitted in any indoor or outdoor sports facility.
  • It is advised to limit congregating before or after the game.
  • Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home.
  • Social distancing is recommended between individuals and/or family groups.

All coaching staff are responsible for overseeing the policies and capacity allowed at their facility.  

Students, staff, or faculty who are not following the University guidelines may be subject to disciplinary action.