2019 Novel Coronavirus

Health Science Students Guidelines

Last Updated March 30, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, The University of Toledo is closely monitoring the latest developments. With guidance and input from our UToledo infectious disease experts and local, state and federal public health officials, we are making well-informed, evidence-based decisions on how best to carry out our educational mission safeguarding our faculty, staff, students and community at large.

What is the University doing about clinical rotations?

On March 26, 2020, we announced the suspension of all direct contact clinical experiences for our health science students through the rest of this spring semester — at least until May 8.

Some programs may choose to set possible return dates later in the summer. We will not be able to determine when it will be safe for students to return to the clinical areas until we have more data on the progression of the cases. Your individual colleges and programs will continue to keep you informed as more information becomes available. Alternative online/virtual reality clinical experiences including no/low risk options such as telehealth will be allowed and implemented as determined by your individual programs.

Will this impact graduation for students who require clinical rotations?

We are examining options, where possible, to ensure students scheduled to graduate at the end of this semester are able to do so. Your individual colleges and programs will continue to keep you informed as more information becomes available.

What, if any, implications canceling clinicals have on program accreditations?

The University has been in communication with all applicable accrediting bodies. We do not anticipate this action will have any implications on our accreditation status.

Are there any additional changes to classes as a result of this change? 

No. Classes will continue as planned via remote delivery beginning Wednesday, March 18.

Is Mulford Library still open?

No. Mulford Library is closed as of March 18, and campus access for students is restricted. During this time, access to electronic collections will continue to be available, and our chat, phone, and email reference services will remain available to students, faculty, residents and staff members daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. However, other services such as book delivery by Interlibrary Loan are closed. Finally, all overdue books fines will be waived during this period of closure.

Can I come on campus? Are labs still open?

Please, do not come to campus. To help prevent the spread of disease, access to many facilities on the Health Science Campus is restricted to ONLY essential research personnel. Screenings and temperature checks are in effect around the clock for all visitors and staff. 

College of Medicine Specific


While our in-person Commencement at Savage Arena is canceled, the College of Medicine and Life Sciences' Office of Student Affairs is researching ways to recognize graduating students in May. More information will be shared with students via email. 

Last Updated: 3/31/20