Updated: Aug. 9, 2021 | 8:25 a.m.

All members of the ONU community will wear masks indoors, if not in a personal office or residence hall space, beginning on Aug. 9. The level of transmission for Hardin County increased from moderate (yellow) to substantial (orange) on Aug. 7, now requiring those who are vaccinated to mask indoors. Those who are unvaccinated are already required to mask indoors as well.


Due to recent Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance for fully vaccinated people and Governor DeWine’s decisions to rescind most of the COVID-19 orders of the Ohio Department of Health and to end the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration for the state, Ohio Northern University (ONU) is incorporating several changes into the 2021-22 Safety Plan.

We recognize that no university, nor any other organization, can guarantee an environment free of COVID-19, and we expect everyone associated with the University to understand that there is a risk of contracting the virus here or anywhere. Nonetheless, our highest priority is the health, safety and well-being of every member of the ONU community. To address the COVID-19 risk factors, ONU will rely once again on the unique benefits of our size and expertise, as well as the experience gained from safely and successfully completing the entire
2020-21 academic year in person.

Every member of our community must share responsibility for taking all necessary steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection. This means following the measures included in this Safety Plan, which are informed by national, state and local health directives, by guidance from similar levels of government and by following other relevant University requirements and practices.

Because guidance from various health organizations and government offices may change as conditions and scientific recommendations change, the ONU Safety Plan is subject to change as well. We will continue to review what we have learned from last year’s success and revise our Safety Plan with two primary goals in mind: 1) keep students, faculty and staff healthy and safe, and 2) return as much as possible to normal operations for learning, living and working on campus.

Previous safety plans: Spring 2021 Safety Plan and Fall 2020 Safety Plan.

VACCINE INFORMATION: ONU HealthWise Pharmacy will provide COVID-19 vaccinations for eligible patients. This clinic is open to ALL members of the campus community and the general public over the age of 18, regardless of residency. HealthWise will administering the Pfizer, Moderna and J&J vaccines.

Learn more about ONU's vaccine clinics here.

  • ONU students, please register here.
  • ONU faculty, staff and community members, please register here.

The ONU COVID-19 Testing Dashboard displays the results from weekly surveillance testing, and recovered cases, and is updated every Monday. The dashboard also incorporates testing information from students who are taking courses on campus and have been tested off campus as well as for employees. We receive this information from students, employees and county health departments.

The process we engaged in drew heavily on the expertise of our faculty, especially those in medical and allied health fields. We also worked closely with other University partners, especially staff from the Kenton Hardin Health Department who also approved the safety plan. By continuing to work together, we can look forward to success this fall coming together to resume in-person education on our beautiful campus.


NOTE: Some of the resources on this web page document communications and planning efforts and are being preserved for archive purposes. Please consult the ONU Safety Plan for the most current information.