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COVID-19 Update for Patton College of Education Students

COVID-19 Update for Patton College of Education Students

Patton College Students, 

As you know, Ohio University is taking precautionary measures to keep our communities healthy and safe in light of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We are unaware of any cases of coronavirus 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 the virus becomes more widespread, Ohio University and The Patton College of Education are taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of you—our students—and our communities and the public at large.  

The following message contains important information about how we will support you while in-person instruction is suspended on all campuses. Please read this email carefully and continue to regularly check your student email for future updates. 


Ohio University’s spring break is extended for students until Sunday, March 22, with remote and online instruction beginning Monday, March 23. The Patton College of Education remains open with faculty and staff available to support students remotely. While we know that moving all courses to an alternative delivery method is disruptive, we feel that this provides the best option for reducing the risks of spreading the virus. 

It’s important that you remain engaged in coursework through online learning and that you stay in touch with faculty about their progress/assignments. If you are enrolled in face-to-face classes, you should be contacted by the instructors of each of your classes regarding plans for online learning by Monday, March 23, 2020.


Even though you may not be on campus, you can feel confident that The Patton College’s Office of Student Affairs will continue to support you through these unusual circumstances. Our advisors are working hard on plans that will help students meet their academic and career goals. By 5 p.m. on March 16, you will receive an email from your advisor that will detail the ways in which you will receive specific scheduling information. Advisors will help you through the necessary steps to have your hold lifted so that you can register for fall courses on the appropriate day and time. It’s important for you to respond quickly to emails from your advisor, ask any questions that you might have, and ask for help if needed. Patton College academic advisors are available during normal business hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m.).

How do I schedule an advising appointment?

Advisors are encouraging students to schedule appointments digitally, as students may experience longer wait times when scheduling through the appointment phone line. Please refer to the email from your academic advisor for the link to schedule an advising appointment with your advisor.

What if I already have an appointment scheduled?

For all previously scheduled appointments, each student will receive an email from their advisor about converting the appointment to a virtual format.

What is a virtual advising appointment?

A virtual advising appointment is conducted through the use of technology. The university-recommended platform for virtual appointments is Microsoft Teams, which is free for all Ohio University students as part of the Office 365 package.

What do I do when it’s my appointment time?

For any scheduled phone appointments, students should not call the office at the time of their appointment; rather your advisor will call the phone number you provide. For virtual appointments, simply click on the link provided in the Outlook calendar appointment.



As Ohio University moves to remote and online instruction, exceptions will be made only for certain internships, practicums, field assignments, and other clinical experiences in which students are actively serving patients or clients or otherwise developing required clinical skills as a requirement to complete their program. Academic leaders from those programs will be contacting students with specific information.

Given the limited data about the COVID-19 virus disease we believe that it is advisable, in the interest of safety, to prohibit student direct care of known or suspected cases of COVID-19 infection until better epidemiologic data are available.

With schools closed, how will education majors meet their required hours?

The Patton College is actively working with the Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Department of Higher Education on providing flexibility regarding the 12-week clinical placement requirement. The College will share information with education majors as soon as it receives official communication.



We continue to monitor and assess the need to cancel or postpone certain events and programs that could create risk of exposure to students, faculty, and staff. All College events that were scheduled through March 30 have been canceled. Additionally, all University-sponsored travel has been suspended until further notice. As additional decisions are made, we will communicate them as quickly as possible. 



We remain committed to your academic, professional, and personal success. The following webpage has been developed to organize information and resources for our College and campus community: https://business.ohio.edu/coronavirus.  

Over the next few weeks, please stay in contact with your faculty, advisors, and staff. Let your instructors know if you have questions or are experiencing difficulties. For technical support, including Blackboard, visit the OIT website, email servicedesk@ohio.edu, or call 740.593.1222. 

If you need additional assistance, have questions that instructors are unable to answer, or if you have not heard from all of your current Patton College of Education course instructors by March 23, please contact your advisor. 

Finally, although we must treat this health risk very seriously, there is no need to panic. Let’s remain calm, stay informed, communicate effectively, and stay healthy (both physically and mentally). I hope you’ll join me by supporting each other and our #OHIOProud #PattonProud community during this difficult time.


I look forward to the time when we can see each other again face-to-face.


Thank you,

Dean Middleton


Renée A. Middleton, Ph.D., Professor and Dean

The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education

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Athens, OH  45701-2979

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