University of Northwestern Ohio

COVID-19 - Coronavirus Information

Current Status: Potential Impact: Remember to be diligent about social distancing and personal hygiene. For updated information on cases in Ohio and Allen County, please visit https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A list of frequently asked questions for students & parents.
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Acknowledgement Forms

Acknowledgement of Safety and Health Procedures Related to Coronavirus/COVID-19.
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Emergency Grant Information

Information on Emergency Grants for students impacted by the Coronavirus Pandemic and status of institutional HEERF disbursements.
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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 or confirmed exposure, case, employee or student.

Alert Level: Direct Impact

  • Multiple positive cases, employees and/or students.

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

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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

The best way to prevent serious COVID-19 infection is to get vaccinated.  Currently there are three vaccines available: Pfizer (ages 12+), Moderna (ages 18+) and Johnson & Johnson (ages 18+).  The CDC also recommends everyday prevention measures, including: 

  • Getting a seasonal flu vaccination if possible. While it will not prevent the novel coronavirus, 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.

How to Stay Informed

UNOH will update this page when any relevant developments occur. 


Frequently Asked Questions

University buildings are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 5:00pm. Racers Station, Indoor Athletic Complex, Dr. Cheryl A. Mueller Library, the Testing Center and other common areas are also open to students, faculty and staff. Meal Plans and Food Court, Racers Cafe, and Pit Stop services are open for dine in and carry-out.

Students who have indicated a need for on-campus housing will be notified via email to their UNOH Email address when a dorm has been assigned to them.  In that email there will be information about their dorm number, roommates, as well as your assigned move-in date. 

If you are unable to move in on your assigned move in date, or have questions about on-campus housing, please contact the housing office at housing@unoh.edu as soon as possible.

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 state or country, be aware that the process for reentry into Ohio or the United States may change rapidly and without notice. If you travel out of state or 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 out of state or abroad, there are policies that have been enacted by Ohio and the United States government that you need to be aware of. According to the CDC, the Department of State advises U.S. citizens to delay travel until you are fully vaccinated. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow CDC’s recommendations for unvaccinated people which include:

  1. Get tested for COVID-19 1-3 days before your trip
  2. Wear a mask over your nose and mouth while you are traveling
  3. Avoid crowds
  4. Wash your hands often or use sanitizer if water is not available
  5. After you travel, get tested within 3-5 days AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days regardless of test results

For more information about possible travel restrictions, contact your destination's U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

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 include being quarantined or isolated and not permitted to return to campus for an undetermined period of time. As a resource, here are the current CDC travel guidelines.

The University of Northwestern Ohio is operating 100% in-person and on campus. For details on term start and end dates, please see the UNOH Academic and Events Calendar www.unoh.edu/events/. Students are advised to check their UNOH email regularly as communications will be sent to students about any changes or adjustments to the academic calendar.

Students who withdrew or took a hiatus during the online instruction period, or due to COVID-19 impacts, need to contact Advisor@unoh.edu to communicate your plans for the next academic term.

Yes. Anyone with questions about academic accommodations can contact the Student Success Department at studentsuccess@unoh.edu

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

Many spaces on campus such as UNOH library, all academic buildings, Barnes & Noble at UNOH, and many parking lots on campus, have access to wireless internet. You can also access computers at one of the multiple computer labs on campus.

If you are under isolation or quarantine orders in an on-campus dorm, you can contact housing@unoh.edu and a mobile wireless internet hotspot will be lent to you for use during your on-campus quarantine period.

Yes, the UNOH Testing Center is open and located in the 13000 Building.  Hours for the testing center are:

Monday - Closed

Tuesday - 12:00pm - 7:00pm

Wednesday - Closed

Thursday - 11:00am - 5:00pm

Friday - 11:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Sunday - 2:00pm - 6:00pm

No, if you choose to take the next term(s) off because of concerns or due to direct impact from COVID-19, your tuition rate code will not change.

Individuals testing positive for COVID-19 need to stay in isolation, which includes a private bedroom. You will be asked to remain in isolation for a minimum of 10 days from the onset of symptoms or, if asymptomatic, the date of the positive test; until you are fever-free without the use of medications for 24 hours; and until improvement of symptoms (beyond fever) is occurring. If at any point you are admitted to the hospital due to COVID-19 the isolation period is extended to a minimum of 20 days from the onset of symptoms or positive test date.

Students living in on-campus dorms will be provided separate isolation housing. Food, beverages, medical, and hygiene supplies will be made available to the individual(s) living in on-campus isolation housing to those who request it. To request such supplies, students should contact Safety Services (419) 998-3167 or Housing (419) 998-3170. If the student has a UNOH meal plan, meals can be ordered and delivered to the isolation dorm by calling (419) 998-3129.

Students and employees residing off-campus may stay in isolation at their residence. Allen County Public Health will periodically check-in with the patient to ensure they are monitoring their symptoms and taking their temperature twice daily.

Students required to isolate should notify the Student Success Center and their individual instructors for guidance on continuing course work.

Employees required to isolate should notify their supervisor. The supervisor will notify Human Resources to manage the employee’s absence.

In accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, the University will notify local health officials, employees, and students as soon as possible of any case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Family Education Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA) and other applicable laws and regulations.

If you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, you are expected to quarantine for 10 days from the last date of contact with a positive person. If you wish to leave quarantine sooner, you may be PCR tested on day 5, 6, or 7. If results are negative, your quarantine can end at that time. People in quarantine should separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department. If you have been fully vaccinated; meaning 2 weeks following the 2nd dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 2 weeks following the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you are exempt from quarantine requirements. Proof of vaccination may be required.

Students living in on-campus dorms will be provided separate quarantine housing. Food, beverages, medical, and hygiene supplies will be made available to the individual(s) who are quarantined in on-campus housing who request it. To request such supplies, students should contact Safety Services (419) 998-3167 or Housing (419) 998-3170. If the student has a UNOH meal plan, meals can be ordered and delivered to the quarantine dorm by calling (419) 998-3129.

Students and employees residing off-campus may stay in quarantine at their residence. Allen County Public Health will periodically check with the patient to ensure they are monitoring their symptoms and taking their temperature twice daily.

Students required to quarantine should notify the Student Success Center and their individual instructors for guidance on continuing course work.

Employees required to quarantine should notify their supervisor. The supervisor will notify Human Resources to manage the employee’s absence.


For Prospective Students and Parents

Campus visits and tours are available. Please call the University Admissions Office (419) 998-3120 for more information about scheduling your appointment to tour campus.

There may 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.

Housing application fees are due May 1. You will receive communications from the UNOH New Student Services department about tuition payment deadlines.


Questions Regarding University Events

Beginning August 1, 2021, Orientations will be conducted on campus. Students and Families scheduled to start classes in upcoming terms will be contacted by New Student Services with their orientation date and other pertinent information related to UNOH.

At this time, there are no current restrictions in place for public or on-campus events. We do require people to wear a facial covering while inside campus buildings regardless of vaccination status until Allen County returns to a Moderate or Low COVID-19 transmission rate. For information about specific events scheduled to happen on the University of Northwestern Ohio’s campus, please contact publicrelations@unoh.edu

The University of Northwestern Ohio, in accordance with the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference guidelines is planning to operate on the normal athletic schedule for the 2021-2022 academic year. For more information about UNOH athletic schedules, visit: https://www.unoh.edu/returntocampus/athletics.html

Due to the restrictions from the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Governor’s Office related to mass gatherings, UNOH canceled the in-person 2021 Commencement Ceremonies. UNOH held a virtual commencement ceremony on June 13, 2021.

To watch the ceremonies, visit www.unoh.edu/graduation.

 

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