OHIO Parents and Families,
Fall move-in is just six short weeks away! As the world around us continues to change, updates continue to flood into my office. You can expect Bringing Bobcats Back to increase in frequency as we get closer to fall. Please know that we are doing our best to organize the volume of information so you have what you need to easily stay in the loop. Please take care and hang in there!
Jenny Hall-Jones, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Vice President & Dean of Students
ADJUSTMENTS TO LEARNING SPACES
BOBCATS ARE BACK VIDEO SERIES
We know you have questions about what Fall 2020 will be like, so we’ve created a video series highlighting plans for the return to campus. This first episode focuses on how we're adjusting learning spaces to safely align with public health guidelines.
FALL PLANNING UPDATES
State mandates university employees wear facial coverings in fall
The state of Ohio mandates that all university employees must wear facial coverings while on campus. Ohio University is finalizing policies that require students, faculty, staff and visitors to wear face coverings when on campus.
Extended move-in schedule
The on-campus move-in schedule will be spread out over a longer span of time to ensure the health and safety of our community. Residents will receive an email with your scheduled date and time. New times can be requested through Housing Self Service.
Study away programs canceled
OHIO canceled all fall and winter break international and domestic study abroad/study away programs for 2020. Students directly affected by the cancellation of an OHIO program will receive a full refund of any expenses paid to date.
Bobcats urged to keep community safe
The Office of the Dean of Students released a statement urging Bobcats to take personal responsibility for actions and inactions that have major implications on the health and safety of the communities in which students live.
OHIO continually collects feedback to inform fall opening
Your input regarding plans for reopening in the fall are valued! Submitted points will be considered by leadership and others involved with reopening plans.
In-person campus events canceled through Aug. 1
Ohio University has extended the cancellation of all in-person University events across our campuses and locations until Aug. 1, 2020, with limited exceptions.
Campus Care Updates
The Urgent Care at OhioHealth Campus Care is now offering same-day appointments in place of traditional walk-in appointments. Please call ahead and schedule an appointment to limit the number of patients Campus Care has in the clinic at one time. All calls received by 4:30 p.m. will be seen that same day. Campus Care is also offering virtual visits.
Campus Care can be reached at 740-592-7100, through your OhioHealth MyChart or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OHIO IN THE NEWS
Ohio University ranked Best Online Learning in state
Ohio University was ranked as the number one online college in the state of Ohio by OnlineColleges. The publication evaluated tuition cost, degree opportunities, number of programs and more.
Support for International Students
University leadership reaffirmed its commitment to fair treatment and inclusivity for our international students by standing against the decision to restrict international students from remaining in the United States for study if their academic program moves fully online. We are grateful that this decision has been overturned.
OHIO launched the International Student Emergency Relief Fund to raise support for individuals who, due to visa restrictions, are unable to work off-campus and need to pay for rent, food, and other necessities to continue living in Athens, Ohio.
STAY CONNECTED WITH OHIO
Tantrum Theatre highlights black voices
The TV series Stories of COVID-19 has expanded to feature the voices and stories of African American community members living in Athens County. The broadcasts will air on WOUB each Thursday beginning July 9 at 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Submit original media for contest
A panel of MDIA faculty will review multimedia submissions across four categories: games and animation, narrative short film, non-fiction short film, and music/audio production. Work must be created during summer 2020 and submitted by July 31. Four student winners will receive $250.
Local partnership feeds local families
The Chillicothe Campus and Ross County community members provided food to nearly 1,500 families this summer through the USDA Farmers to Families project. The effort is part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
PARENTS & FAMILIES
Sign Up for Updates
If your families are interested in staying in the loop, encourage them to opt-in to receive the OHIO Parents & Families monthly newsletter from the Dean of Students.
Connect prospective students
Do you have friends or family interested in Ohio University? Direct them to Bobcat Chats, a series of YouTube livestream Q&A events featuring students, faculty and alumni.