Updated: April 3, 2020 | 1:34 p.m.
The University is monitoring the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation state-wide and preparing for any potential impact to campus. We continue to monitor the outbreak and remain in close contact with local and state officials in order to do what is best for the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.
The University also is taking these additional actions:
- Effective March 17, ALL instruction moved into alternative, remote delivery mode, including laboratories and all other learning activities. All non-essential, University-related faculty, staff and student travel, including team competitions and travel to conferences, is suspended.
- Academic buildings, the University libraries (Heterick and Taggart), ONU Sport Center and Child Development Center will be closed until further notice.
- Faculty and staff can use their building key if they are reporting to campus for essential work. Students desiring to use campus technology learning resources should request access to the swipe card system in the James Lehr Kennedy Engineering Building.
- Information Technology is open to support essential personnel working on campus. Email support is via email@example.com or call the help desk at 419-772-1111.
- Residence halls, with the exceptions made for students whose personal circumstances made it necessary for them to stay on campus, closed on March 22. McIntosh Center Dining Hall and Stadium View Apartments will provide food and housing to students who have been approved to remain on campus. Students with a room and board contract and who have not remained on campus will receive a 40% credit of room and meal plan charges.
- The University has cancelled all large gatherings, indoor public events.
- We have suspended all campus admissions visits (individual and group) and programs, including our April 18 Polar Preview Day, until further notice.
- The Presidents Council of the Ohio Athletic Conference has voted to cancel all 2020 spring sports seasons. This includes all athletically related activities as defined by the NCAA. In addition, all meetings, practices and other off-season activities for other sports are also cancelled.
- The ONU Health Center is open for student needs. The Counseling Center is transitioning to teletherapy for all appointments.
- The Inn’s hotel operations will remain open, including take-out restaurant options.
- ONU HealthWise Community Pharmacy will remain open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 419-772-DRUG with questions. The Pharmacy has extended its home prescription delivery service to all patients in Hardin County, and to anyone living within 40 miles of the pharmacy including Lima and Findlay. Curbside pick-up at the pharmacy also is available. Individuals interested in this service should call 419-772-3784. The Pharmacy can transfer prescriptions from other pharmacies to allow anyone to take advantage of this service. The Pharmacy can mail prescriptions to students at their home through the remainder of the spring and summer. Prescriptions may be refilled through the website, the app and telephone 419-772-3784.
- In order to maximize the health and safety of our employees, as well as continue to operate the University on a daily basis, we have minimized the number of people present on campus. A revised staffing plan is in effect from April 1-30 for remote work and alternate work schedules.
Social distancing and enhanced preventative public health and hygiene measures are actively encouraged. These actions will be reevaluated on an ongoing basis and updates or modifications will be communicated as necessary.
Please stay abreast of this dynamic situation using these resources:
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) virus that currently has no vaccine. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath and may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. At this point, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes it. Stopping transmission (spread) of the virus through everyday practices is the best way to keep people healthy. ONU, working together with local health departments, has an important role in slowing the spread of diseases to help ensure students have safe and healthy learning environments. Schools serve students, staff and visitors from throughout the community. All of these people may have close contact in the school setting, often sharing spaces, equipment and supplies.
CLICK HERE for the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on COVID-19.
CLICK HERE for the most up-to-date information from the Ohio Department of Health on COVID-19.
CLICK HERE for rolling updates from the World Health Organization on COVID-19.