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Dean Pennington Shares Important Fall Semester Updates

Dean Pennington Shares Important Fall Semester Updates

Dear Ohio University Southern students,

Welcome to fall semester! I hope you had an enjoyable summer and are excited for the beginning of what is sure to be an interesting and unique term. My message to you today includes many important reminders and updates about class expectations, COVID training and resources, tutoring resources, campus library, student services support and information regarding microgrants.

Class Expectations

Ohio University regional campuses will deliver fall courses using a hybrid model this fall. This means that most of you will take classes online through Blackboard or remotely, using video conferencing technology. A smaller group of you will be on campus for your lab and clinical sections. If you are unsure of the plans for your classes, please reach out to your faculty. If you need technology support for your courses, review the university technology resources site or contact oushelpdesk@ohio.edu.

For those who come to campus, we have implemented health and safety protocols like physical distancing standards, lowering on-campus density, and requiring a mask or face covering at all times in a building on campus. Along with performing daily cleaning and disinfecting, our facilities staff has made improvements on campus so that you remain healthy and safe. Study spaces are available throughout campus in designated areas.

COVID Training and Resources

All students are asked to complete the COVID-19 Training and sign the Ohio Pledge. If you have not yet completed these, please do so as soon as possible. Both focus on information to keep you healthy and safe.

A new university partnership with OhioHealth has created the Ohio University COVID-19 Response Hotline, 1-877-OU-COV19 (1-877-682-6819). The hotline is available for students and employees who experience COVID-19 symptoms and is open Monday-Friday from 9am-9pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 9am-5pm.

Tutoring Resources

Tutoring service is available by calling the Student Success Center at 740.533.4622 or contacting Suzi Bloomfield at bloomfis@ohio.edu. All tutoring services are available remotely, and all tutoring services are free to enrolled students.


The Southern Library will be open Monday-Thursday from 8am-5pm, with in-person librarian support each day from 10am-2pm. In addition to the library resources, students can use the library space to study or access Wi-Fi. For remote library services, please visit the website: https://www.ohio.edu/southern/library

Student Support Services

Staff in the Student Resource Commons continue to be available Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm through phone, email, and video conferencing. Faculty and staff are here to support you. In-person support services are also available throughout the week by appointment. Students can call 740.533.4600 for advising, questions about classes, student IDs, financial aid assistance, or any other support services.

Student Laptop Loan Program & Wi-Fi Access

The Office of Information Technology offers a laptop loan program designed to help continuing students who do not otherwise have access to technology. The program provides a Windows laptop at no cost – suitable for video conferencing, web browsing, and document creation, and editing. To request a laptop, fill out the Request Form or contact: 740.533.4659 or servicedesk@ohio.edu. Wi-Fi is available to all students. Parking lots and exterior have extended Wi-Fi access areas. This includes the Proctorville Center.

Emergency Microgrant Program

Microgrants are designed to help OHIO students facing financial difficulty due to emergency situations or one-time hardship. Grants up to $500 are available, once per academic year. Students must be nominated by a faculty member. Contact: Dr. Salome Nnoromele – 740.533.4542 or nnoromel@ohio.edu.

I wish you the best as we begin this semester. We are here for you and ready to support you in any way that we can.

Kind regards,
Nicole Pennington, Dean
Ohio University Southern