To all ONU faculty, staff, students and parents,

We are pleased to announce that ONU intends to return to a full on-campus experience this fall. We will do so, of course, by relying on public health guidance and working with state and local officials to pursue learning, living, and working on campus as close to, if not at, pre-pandemic levels.

The University is committed to providing our students with an optimal educational environment and looks forward to returning to a traditional semester calendar as well as continuing in-person learning, on-campus living and campus events and activities. Our priorities are to keep students, faculty and staff safe and learning at the highest level.

We are confident that Fall 2021 will look more like normal campus operations for many reasons. Our successful response to implementing in-person education this academic year is one reason for that confidence. We implemented robust safety protocols for cleaning, testing, tracing, quarantining and isolating that have allowed us to remain effectively operational, and we are continuing to rely on our faculty and staff in pharmacy and in other allied health fields for their expertise to provide the latest science-based knowledge. We also have benefited greatly from the high level of compliance to these safety measures by our students, faculty and staff. In short, our current safeguards have worked well.

Another reason for hope in the fight against this virus is the availability and accessibility of vaccines. Our ONU HealthWise Mobile Clinic and the College of Pharmacy are taking the lead in sponsoring vaccination clinics on campus and within our region. We are proud to be one of the four mobile clinics in the Governor’s Mass Vaccination Program statewide. In addition, we are grateful that so many members of the ONU community are getting vaccinated and realize what a great resource we have right here on our campus to provide that protection.

Thus, we anticipate a fall semester where the entire campus community can once again come together to create a safe and healthy environment for face-to-face learning.

Plans for Fall semester may have to be adjusted as this health crisis evolves and as updated information becomes available pertaining to state and federal guidance and regulations. As we have all year, we’ll need to be patient, flexible, and resilient in order to protect ourselves and each other and sustain ONU’s health, safety and academic success.

Meanwhile, we understand you may have additional questions, and we’ll try to answer them as best as we can. For current information on COVID-19 testing statistics and safety information, visit: ONU’s COVID-19 Testing Dashboard and University’s safety plan.

Current Students: Please contact the Office of Student Affairs or your respective dean’s office.

Parents: Please contact Dr. Kelly Shields, associate dean, College of Pharmacy, at k-shields@onu.edu. Dr. Shields serves in COVID Point of Contact role and responds to general concerns from the campus community and parents.

Faculty/Staff: Please contact the appropriate office.

ONU will provide you with timely communications regarding additional information or changes to any plans. Pertinent information will continue to be posted on the University’s website, updated regularly and, as with this email, occasionally communicated to our campus community directly.

Sincerely,
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