The University remains 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. Based on Governor DeWine's current recommendations and the most recent orders issued by the Director of the Ohio Department Health, the University remains in compliance and may make further modifications in its operations. UF has created the Oiler Start Safe & Stay Safe Plan which is available in its entirety here.
Updated as of July 14, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.
As we prepare to begin fall semester classes in a few short weeks, we wanted to share the following information regarding plans for campus operations:
- The campus will be fully open and will follow normal operating guidelines for classes and events.
- Students who believe they will need an accommodation for a course should contact the Office of Accommodation and Inclusion or the Oiler Success Center. Students will be asked to complete the Student Accommodation form when requesting specific accommodations from the University. Download the Student Accommodation Verification Form.
- Employees who believe they will need an accommodation should contact the Office of Human Resources. HR will work with the employee’s supervisor, department chair, and/or dean to evaluate employee eligibility for accommodations. Employees will be asked to complete the Employee ADA form when requesting specific accommodations from the University. Download the Employee ADA Form.
- Face coverings are not required, but individuals should consider wearing a face covering if they have not been vaccinated for COVID as a means of self-protection.
- Physical distancing will not be required.
- Occupancy limits for classrooms and other campus facilities that were reduced as a result of COVID protocols will no longer be in effect.
- Attendance limits for indoor/outdoor events that were put in place as a result of COVID protocols will no longer be in effect.
- Outside visitors will be permitted on campus.
- Outside groups wishing to rent UF facilities will be able to do so once regular classes resume in August.
- Vaccinations, while strongly encouraged, will not be required.
- Proof of vaccination will not be required, but we will be sending out a separate survey asking people to voluntarily disclose if they have been vaccinated so we can report our percentage vaccinated to the Health Department.
- Cosiano Health Center will continue to be able to provide COVID testing and COVID vaccinations as needed.
- Encouraging daily practices that help to reduce the potential spread of viruses will remain an important focus.
The University of Findlay is participating in the COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge, and more information about that will be shared in the coming weeks.
Links to all campus updates are located in the Campus Communications section. If you have suggestions or questions, please email them to [email protected]. Additionally, we would encourage you to download the Oiler Mobile App (available at App Store and Google Play), and enable push notifications.
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.
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. UF 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.