The University has been in close contact with Governor DeWine's Office regarding the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) in order to ensure that we have the most current information about the evolving situation. Even though there are no campus-associated cases of COVID-19, we will be proactive in our effort to prevent illness and promote a healthy campus environment.
Based on Governor DeWine's current recommendations and the most recent order (March, 22, 2020) that was issued by the Director of the Ohio Department Health, the University remains in compliance and may make further modifications in its operations.
Updated as of March 31, 2020 at 3:30 p.m.
The University of Findlay will continue remote learning for the remainder of the semester. Effective immediately, there will be no in-person classes, labs, or experiential learning on the campus or at the farms. Experiential learning occurring at off-campus sites will continue at the direction of those sites.
Tutors in the Academic Support Center are ready and looking forward to meeting with you online to answer your questions. View the complete list below in Student Resources section.
Given our transition to remote learning, the University is adjusting the last day to withdraw from a course and receive a “W" on an official transcript from Monday, March 23 to Friday, April 24 (which is the last day of classes).
CTE, ITS/ATS, and the Office of Online and Alternative Delivery are working together to answer questions and provide on-going support to faculty and students as they teach and learn remotely. Visit the CTE homepage, Canvas Quick Start for Students and COVID-19 Faculty Resources for frequently updated resources.
Campus Events, Operations and Hours
- Effective Monday, March 16, we are canceling all events, either University-sponsored or on University property, for the remainder of the semester; this includes student organization events and sports.
- Since we are unable to hold the Symposium for Scholarship and Creativity as planned, classes will proceed as normal on Friday, April 3.
- For those of you who purchased T-Pain concert tickets, we are in the process of re-scheduling the Findlay Music Festival for Saturday, October 10, 2020 so it coincides with Homecoming. If you currently have a ticket, you can keep it and use it for the re-scheduled show. If, though, you will be unable to attend the re-scheduled show, you may request a refund by emailing the Marathon Center for Performing Arts at [email protected].
- The UF Campus Police/Office of Safety and Security will remain open 24/7
- Essential operations to support livestock will continue at the farms
- Employees (both regular and student) who are needed to perform essential tasks on campus should consult with their supervisor regarding their hours and duties
- The following buildings will be open to UF students, faculty, and staff from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday thru Friday:
- Old Main
- Shafer Library
- Student Life/COB Building (1st floor only)
- All other campus buildings will remain locked Monday thru Friday. All buildings will be locked on weekends.
- The Bookstore will be open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- The following offices will have essential staff present from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday thru Friday (except as otherwise noted):
- All Hazards Training Center
- Bookstore (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
- Business Office (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
- Cosiano Health Center
- Financial Aid
- International Admissions
- Knowledge Bar
- Oiler Success Center
- Physical Plant
- Print and Postal Services
- Shafer Library
- Student Affairs
- Undergraduate, Transfer and Online Degree Completion Admissions
Guidance for Students
- Effective immediately and until further notice, all university-sponsored international travel is suspended. This includes new travel as well as any currently booked trips.
- University-sponsored domestic travel must be approved on an as-needed basis by the appropriate Cabinet member. This includes new travel as well as any currently booked trips between now and April 14.
- Travelers returning from Level 3 warning countries are required report their exposure to the Cosiano Health Center and to observe a 14-day period of self-quarantine and monitoring.
- The University is currently recommending (not requiring) that all students strongly consider returning to their permanent address for the remainder of the semester. All students are encouraged to make the decision that they feel is going to be best for themselves and their situation.
- All residential students who have not officially checked out of their room must complete the UF Resident Intentions During COVID-19 form by Wednesday, March 25 to indicate if they will be remaining in their assigned space or will be checking out.
- All residents must be checked out by Fiday, May 1 (the end of the final exam week).
- University buildings are closed to the general public, but deliveries of mail and packages will continue.
- For students still residing on campus, Henderson will have the following hours:
- Breakfast: 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
- Lunch: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
- Dinner: 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
- Simply To Go: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday:
- Brunch: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
- Dinner: 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
- Simply To Go: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
- If you are planning to leave campus early, please check your mailbox in the basement of Old Main, see if you have a package in the Mail Room, and change your mailing address to your permanent address. Currently UPS and FedEx will not allow us to forward packages to another address.
Guidance for Faculty and Staff
The University is issuing a 30% credit of the room and/or board charge paid by students who are no longer on campus, less any room and/or board grant applied by financial aid. For example, if a student’s room and board charge for the spring semester was $5,000 and the student received $2,000 in either a room and/or board grant from UF; then the 30% credit will be based on the $3,000 paid by the student.
This credit is based on our current policy which refunds 30% of room and board charges when a student checks-out of their housing prior to the end of the fifth week of classes.
- There will be no financial credit provided for tuition and fees since faculty instruction and services continue on a remote basis.
- For students registered in the spring semester, the University will not charge additional late fees or interest on unpaid balances through May 31, 2020.
- We will also remove holds on registration for past due balances so students can register for fall classes.
- Should the State or Federal Government make any new decisions regarding reimbursement to college and university students, we reserve the right to modify these adjustments.
- Answers to frequently asked questions can be found in the Campus Communications below.
- While the University will continue its business operations, many University faculty and staff will soon begin to work remotely from home as roles and timing permit. Supervisors will provide specific instructions for individual roles based on directions they will be provided by Cabinet members. Student employees remaining in the area should consult with their supervisors about the ways in which they may continue working.
- Faculty, staff, and students can continue to personally interact as needed. Please follow the recommended guidelines for social distancing.
The University's emergency response team continues to evaluate risk and develop contingency plans, working directly with the Hancock County Public Health Department and following the guidelines of the CDC and local, state, and federal authorities.
We have established this web page to provide up-to-date information. This is a fluid situation. Please check this page often for updates. If you have questions related to the University's response and plans for COVID-19, you can email [email protected]
Several communications have been distributed to the campus community about the coronavirus. You can read these below. The University continues to monitor the outbreak and remains 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.
For additional information, check the most recent Campus Communication above.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, China, late last year. Is not the same as the coronaviruses that cause the common cold, or the viruses that cause seasonal influenza.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness and a dry cough. Confirmed cases have ranged from mild infections to severe illnesses requiring hospitalization. The WHO notes that about 80% of those who are infected recover without requiring specialized treatment.
What can I do to protect myself?
The CDC recommends people take the same preventative actions they would for any respiratory disease. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
What should I do if I feel sick?
If you develop a fever and symptoms such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in regular, close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, please call Cosiano Health Center or your primary health care physician.
Currently, there are no confirmed cases at the University of Findlay. UF is maintaining regular communication with the Hancock County Public Health Department and is following their guidance along with the guidance being provided to colleges and universities by the Ohio Department of Health, the NCAA, the U.S. Dept. of Education, and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. At this point, all these entities are advising that universities stress prevention tips and move to remote classes. UF is moving to remote classes on Monday, March 16, and is asking students, faculty, and staff to self-report to the Cosiano Health Center if they have traveled to an area where COVID-19 was present or if they believe they have any symptoms.
If you are wanting current information and guidance regarding COVID-19, we recommend you visit the following web sites:
Although there is no vaccine for COVID-19, we encourage you to adhere to the following prevention practices in order to combat the spreading of the virus:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Talk to your physician or the Cosiano Health Center if you feel ill, and especially if you have a fever. Avoid contact with other people if sick.
The University of Findlay will continue to closely monitor this evolving situation and will provide updates to the campus community as needed.
Should you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Cosiano Health Center at 419-434-4550, the Hancock County Public Health Department at 419-424-7105, or Ohio Department of Health's coronavirus hotline at 1-833-427-5634.