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  • Wednesday, Mar 25, 2020 - 7:41PM Emergency Notification COVID-19

    This Emergency Notification to all OHIO community members on all campuses and remote sites is issued to comply with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and Ohio University policies for compliance with that act.

    To all Members of the Ohio University Community:

    This is a follow-up to the letter from President Nellis earlier today https://www.ohio.edu/news/2020/03/president-nellis-provides-coronavirus-update in which he shared that a member of our University community tested positive with coronavirus (COVID-19) after returning from a University-sponsored study away program.

    In summary, an Ohio University student reported that they began feeling ill while abroad. This individual returned to the United States and self-isolated first in our student’s home community and then at their off-campus house in Athens, during which time, this individual reported having no visits to campus nor contact with other students. Our student was tested for COVID-19 in their home county and was notified of the positive result on Tuesday, March 24. The student self-reported the positive test to the University, which we confirmed with our student’s local public health department this morning.

    The welfare and safety of our community during this time is Ohio University’s primary concern. Given what we know about this virus and its spread, it is safe to assume that while this is our first reported case, it will not be our last. It is not our intention to cause panic or to overwhelm you with information.  We continue to work in concert with the guidance and response efforts of the federal government, the state of Ohio and local authorities. This communication provides the required notification related to these events. Ongoing updates regarding OHIO’s actions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will be posted on
    www.ohio.edu/coronavirus .

    In closing, we will once again take the opportunity to remind our community of important information regarding COVID-19. Even as we are learning and working remotely, remember that to ensure your own well-being and the well-being of others we all must continue to comply with the following health-authority-recommended practices:

    • Engage in social distancing of six or more feet.
    • Stay home when ill or if other family members are ill.
    • Leverage telework options.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • Get a flu vaccine.
    • Watch for cough, troubled breathing, or other signs of respiratory infection.
    • Monitor temperature for a fever above 100.4 degrees F (38 degrees C).

    Please remember, ongoing updates regarding OHIO’s response to COVID-19 will be posted on www.ohio.edu/coronavirus.

    Sincerely,
    Ken Johnson, D.O., FAAO
    Chief Medical Affairs Officer
    Ohio University

  • Wednesday, Mar 18, 2020 - 5:37PM President Nellis provides spring commencement update

    Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis shared the following message with Ohio University on March 18, 2020.

    Dear Ohio University Community:

    As you know, Ohio University has been monitoring the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) daily to provide regular updates to our OHIO community. I am writing, today, to notify you of our decision to postpone our Spring 2020 Commencement ceremonies, planned for May 1-2 and graduation recognition activities on all regional campuses. When it is safe for our University community to come together again, we will immediately begin planning a postponed Commencement celebration and will notify our graduates and our entire community as plans are developed.

    The decision to postpone was made in the best interest of our graduating students and our entire University community and in alignment with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that no gatherings with 50 people or more take place for the next eight weeks to slow the spread of this disease. This decision is supported by and reflects the input of Student Senate President Lydia Ramlo, Student Trustees Austin McClain and Justin Kelley, as well as thousands of students who provided their perspectives as I moved toward this announcement.

    Commencement is a significant occasion for our graduating Bobcats and their families, and I know we all feel a great sense of disappointment that we will not be able to celebrate their success together on May 2. However, I greatly look forward to the day when we come back together again for what I expect will be an incredibly memorable and moving Commencement event as we celebrate not only your success at OHIO but also our collective journey through this unprecedented time.

    In addition, we are actively exploring ways to continue to connect with you and celebrate you as we wrap up this semester, and we will share more details soon.

    Thank you for your understanding and patience as we continue to evaluate and respond to this unprecedented situation. Please visit www.ohio.edu/coronavirus for updates and information about OHIO’s response to the coronavirus epidemic. Take care and stay safe, Bobcats.

    Kind regards,

    M. Duane Nellis,
    President

  • Sunday, Mar 15, 2020 - 5:39PM Ohio University announces new coronavirus guidance for faculty and staff

    Ohio University has announced the decision to immediately begin to reduce the density of personnel on all of our campuses under guidance of public health officials in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.

    All academic and administrative supervisors have been asked to contact employees no later than noon on Monday, March 16, to discuss options for remote work. All employees who can complete all or a portion of their work remotely will transition to a remote work environment beginning Monday, March 16.

    This decision includes guidance for graduate and undergraduate student employees.

    No cases of coronavirus have been reported at any Ohio University campus or location, and we continue to believe the risk of transmission on our campuses is low at this time. However, as this outbreak is becoming more widespread in the United States, Ohio University is taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our communities and the public at large.

    We anticipate that, through using of multiple technologies, there will be very limited service gaps caused by these arrangements and the transition should be relatively seamless. Meaningful work will be available for all employees throughout this transition, and the University will also use this opportunity to provide job-related training and professional development as needed.

    Please visit www.ohio.edu/coronavirus for more details about the faculty and staff transition to remote work arrangements.

  • Friday, Mar 13, 2020 - 5:19PM Ohio University has made the decision today to move to remote and online instruction through the end of spring semester for all our campuses and locations

    Ohio University has made the decision today to move to remote and online instruction through the end of spring semester for all our campuses and locations. Classes will resume online following our extended spring break on Monday, March 23. Our collective goal is to continue to provide the highest quality educational experience possible under extraordinary circumstances.

    As previously announced, students who live in residence halls on the Athens campus are not to return to campus after spring break, which has now been extended through Sunday, March 22. You will receive a message shortly from the Division of Student Affairs with information about scheduling time to move out.

    We understand it may not be possible for some students to leave residence halls for the remainder of the semester. Any student who needs to live in a residence hall (including student staff) must be preapproved by Housing & Residence Life. Students can apply via www.ohio.edu/myhousing, and applications will be reviewed within 24 hours.

    For those students who reside on the Athens campus and/or have a dining plan, a process for prorated reimbursements is being developed and more communications will be forthcoming.

    We have continued to add to our online FAQ, www.ohio.edu/coronavirus, to address frequently asked questions and ask that you email coronavirus@ohio.edu if you have additional questions that are not addressed online.

    As this is an evolving situation, we will continue to provide updates to the University community.

     

    Be safe, Bobcats!

    Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.

    • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home and do not travel or go to work or school when you are sick.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and then throw the tissue in the trash. Then wash your hands with soap and water.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

    More information can be found at in our online FAQ

  • Thursday, Mar 12, 2020 - 5:37PM Ohio University’s Spring Break Extended for Students until Sunday, March 22

    Ohio University continues to vigilantly monitor and respond to new and developing information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, which has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization.

    Today, we made the decision to extend Ohio University’s spring break for students until Sunday, March 22, with remote and online instruction beginning Monday, March 23. Faculty and staff are encouraged to use the extended week to prepare. Resources are available at https://www.ohio.edu/keep-teaching. Additional resources will be made available through the next week.

    This change in our previously announced plan is following guidance we have received at the state level and in response to concerns that we have heard from both students and faculty about time needed to adequately prepare to make the transition from face-to-face to remote or online instruction. The quality of our academic programs and the success of our students is critical, and we want to ensure the highest quality educational experience as we transition.

    This is a quickly evolving situation, and as we receive guidance from our state and federal officials, we must continue to reevaluate and adjust on an ongoing basis. We will regularly communicate as decisions are made.

    All students who traveled home over spring break are encouraged to stay at home, and those who were traveling over spring break are also asked not to return to campus during this timeframe. Students who live in residence halls on-campus are not to return to campus after spring break unless they request and receive prior authorization by submitting a request at ohio.edu/myhousing. For students needing to return to campus to pick up items needed to continue courses, residential student ID cards will be programmed for building access privileges during the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. starting Thursday, March 12 through Monday, March 16.  Please note that students are permitted to return to get belongings but cannot stay in the residence halls without prior express permission. If you are ill, do not return to campus.

    No cases of coronavirus have been reported at any Ohio University campus or location, and we continue to believe the risk of transmission on our campuses is low at this time. However, as this outbreak is becoming more widespread in the United States – including three cases in the State of Ohio, which has declared a state of emergency – Ohio University is taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our communities and the public at large. To that end, Ohio University is following the guidance of state and local Departments of Public Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We will continue to coordinate with our local health officials and the Ohio Department of Health to review protocols in preparation for the possibility of a case here.

    Telecommuting Plans for Staff

    Ohio University has announced the decision to immediately begin to reduce the density of personnel on all of our campuses under guidance of public health officials in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.

    All academic and administrative supervisors have been asked to contact employees no later than noon on Monday, March 16, to discuss options for remote work. All employees who can complete all or a portion of their work remotely will transition to a remote work environment beginning Monday, March 16.

    Detailed information for employees and managers can be found on our Human Resources website.

    Travel Restrictions Implemented at Ohio University

    Effective immediately and until further notice, all University-sponsored travel is suspended. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis for mission critical travel only, and we are developing an approval process that will be shared in the coming days.

    The previously announced restrictions of University-sponsored travel to countries currently under a CDC Warning Level 2 and 3, remain in effect until further notice. The University is asking all students currently abroad to return from Warning Level 2 and Warning Level 3 countries.

    Effective immediately, Ohio University is cancelling all current spring semester study abroad programs and travel experiences. Students are to return to the United States no later than March 20, 2020. Spring break programs will be completed as planned.

    For personal travel, we strongly advise all students, faculty and staff to follow travel alerts from the CDC.

    All individuals who are returning from locations with increased risk of exposure are asked to check-in with their local department of public health. If you do visit any countries with the above warning levels –– or any affected area –– you are strongly encouraged to isolate yourself at home and self-monitor for a period of 14 days when you return.

    What should I do to protect myself against the virus?

    Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.

    • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home and do not travel or go to work or school when you are sick.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and then throw the tissue in the trash. Then wash your hands with soap and water.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

    More information can be found at in our online FAQ

  • Tuesday, Mar 10, 2020 - 6:09PM How Ohio University is responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19)

    Ohio University is vigilantly monitoring and responding to new information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, which has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization.

    Effective March 10, 2020, Ohio University has suspended in-person instruction on all campuses and locations and is moving to a virtual instruction environment, effective immediately and through at least Monday, March 30, 2020. We will reevaluate these measures on an ongoing basis and share updates or modifications as more information becomes available. Further communications are forthcoming regarding individual classes and support strategies.

    All students who traveled home over spring break are encouraged to stay at home, and those who were traveling over spring break are also asked not to return to campus during this timeframe. Students who live in residence halls on-campus are not to return to campus after spring break unless they request and receive prior authorization by contacting housing@ohio.edu or 740-593-4090. If individuals have an immediate need to return to campus to retrieve essential items from their residence hall, they are asked to contact housing@ohio.edu or call 740-593-4090 for assistance.

    No cases of coronavirus have been reported at any Ohio University campus or location, and we continue to believe the risk of transmission on our campuses is low at this time. However, as this outbreak is becoming more widespread in the United States – including three cases in the State of Ohio, which has declared a state of emergency – Ohio University is taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our communities and the public at large. To that end, Ohio University is following the guidance of state and local Departments of Public Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We will continue to coordinate with our local health officials and the Ohio Department of Health to review protocols in preparation for the possibility of a case here. 

    Telecommuting Plans for Staff

    Ohio University has announced the decision to immediately begin to reduce the density of personnel on all of our campuses under guidance of public health officials in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.

    All academic and administrative supervisors have been asked to contact employees no later than noon on Monday, March 16, to discuss options for remote work. All employees who can complete all or a portion of their work remotely will transition to a remote work environment beginning Monday, March 16.

    Additionally, information about COVID-19 reporting, employee-leave management and associated workplace issues will be available from Human Resources in the coming days.

    Travel Restrictions Implemented at Ohio University

    Effective immediately and until further notice, all University-sponsored travel is suspended. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis for mission critical travel only, and we are developing an approval process that will be shared in the coming days.

    The previously announced restrictions of University-sponsored travel to countries currently under a CDC Warning Level 2 and 3, remain in effect until further notice. The University is asking all students currently abroad to return from Warning Level 2 and Warning Level 3 countries.

    If you are an Ohio University student currently enrolled in one of our study away programs, please contact the Office of Global Opportunities with any questions or concerns. 

    For personal travel, we strongly advise all students, faculty and staff to follow travel alerts from the CDC.

    All individuals who are returning from locations with increased risk of exposure are asked to check-in with their local department of public health. If you do visit any countries with the above warning levels –– or any affected area –– you are strongly encouraged to self-monitor for a quarantined period of 14 days when you return.

    Information about University Events

    All planned Ohio University events, except Ohio University athletic events, will be postponed, cancelled or moved to alternate formats through March 30, 2020. We will reevaluate guidance about future events and will share updates as they become available. As we work in coordination with the NCAA and the MAC, additional guidance will be shared in the coming days with regard to the University’s scholar athletes and athletic events.

    What should I do to protect myself against the virus?

    Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.

    • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home and do not travel or go to work or school when you are sick.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and then throw the tissue in the trash. Then wash your hands with soap and water.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
       

    Helpful Resources
    We will continue to monitor this quickly evolving situation and provide updates as appropriate. For more information, visit www.ohio.edu/coronavirus.

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