Updated: Jan. 6, 2022 | 4:30 p.m.
All members of the ONU community will wear masks indoors, if not in a personal office or residence hall space. The level of transmission for Hardin County is high.
Due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant and recent Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance for vaccine status, Ohio Northern is incorporating several changes into the 2021-22 Safety Plan. A summary of those changes is listed below. Additional details can be found in the revised 2021-22 Safety Plan. PLEASE READ BOTH THOROUGHLY.
These changes are intended to continue our past success in meeting the challenges of COVID-19 by keeping our two primary guiding goals top of mind: 1) to provide faculty, staff and students (FS&S) a healthy and safe campus environment, and 2) to sustain campus operations for in-person learning, living and working on campus. The key changes are listed below:
- Adopting the term “Up-To-Date Vaccination Status” to replace “Fully Vaccinated.” The effect of this change will mean that FS&S who are unvaccinated or not up-to-date (completed the primary series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine more than six months ago OR the primary series of the J&J vaccine more than two months ago AND have not received a booster of any COVID-19 vaccine) will be required to participate in the weekly surveillance testing program.
- Adopting the new CDC guidance for Isolation for FS&S who test positive for COVID-19 and for Quarantine for FS&S exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. This new guidance calls for shorter periods of isolation and quarantine.
- Maintaining the full scope of campus dining, however limiting the number of chairs per table and possibly increasing the number of tables in the McIntosh Activities Room.
- Eliminating concessions from indoor athletic events, prohibiting spectators from bringing food or beverages into indoor athletic events and rigorously enforcing the face covering requirement.
- Affirming and enforcing the indoor face covering requirement, especially during evening hours in academic buildings.
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.
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, regardless of residency. HealthWise will administering the Pfizer, Moderna and J&J vaccines and boosters.
Learn more about ONU's vaccine clinics 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.