Updated: Aug. 9, 2021 | 11:30 a.m.

To the members of the ONU community,
As an update to the COVID-19 communication sent on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, we are writing to notify everyone that all members of the ONU community will wear masks indoors, if not in a personal office or residence hall space, beginning on Aug. 9.

Over the weekend, the level of transmission for Hardin County increased from moderate (yellow) to substantial (orange), now requiring those who are vaccinated to mask indoors, a change that will be noted in the ONU Safety Plan. Those who are unvaccinated are already required to mask indoors as described in the ONU Safety Plan as well.

All unvaccinated students are required to provide a negative COVID test performed no more than five (5) days of arrival on campus for fall 2021 semester. The written test result from a healthcare provider (lab, retail pharmacy, hospital, doctor’s office, etc.) should be submitted electronically to covidresults@onu.edu. (Scans or pictures of the test result are acceptable) Unvaccinated students who have had a documented COVID-19 infection in the 90 days prior to return to campus are not required to provide a negative COVID-19 test and should email their positive test result report to health-center@onu.edu, and bring that report with them upon return to campus. Fully vaccinated students are exempt from pre-arrival COVID-19 testing if they report their vaccination record to the Student Health Center by emailing health-center@onu.edu. Faculty and staff should report their vaccination record to Human Resources by uploading it to the PeopleAdmin portal at jobs.onu.edu/hr.

The ONU Safety Plan includes the most up-to-date information about the University’s response to COVID-19 and the measures intended to ensure your health and well-being. The plan can be found on the Ohio Northern University website.

We will continue to monitor conditions and circumstances, and our safety plan for fall semester may change accordingly in keeping with what is in the best interest of the campus community.

Thank you for all you are doing to keep ONU healthy and safe, and we look forward to welcoming everyone to campus soon.

Dan DiBiasio, President
Julie Hurtig, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Adriane Thompson-Bradshaw, Vice President for Student Affairs
Tonya Paul, Director of Human Resources



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 be 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.

NOTE: Some COVID-19 archival resources also are available.