Keeping Campus Safe


Since the beginning of the pandemic, The University of Toledo has relied on evidence-based guidance from the Ohio Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as our own infectious disease experts, to promote a safe campus environment for our students, employees and guests. We will continue to monitor and respond to changes in guidance from public health officials and state leaders.


Health and Safety

COVID-19 Vaccine

To promote and protect the health and safety of our campus, the University requires all students and employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19..

The University’s decision, announced Sept. 1, 2021, was in response to an available vaccine receiving full U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and the rising prevalence of the delta variant causing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in our community. All students and employees at the time were given a deadline of Nov. 15, 2021, to be vaccinated or have an approved exemption.

Students new to UToledo are required to be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption within eight weeks of the first day of classes in their first semester.

Full vaccination is defined as having received all recommended doses in the primary COVID-19 vaccination series.

Proof of vaccination should be shared through the University's secure vaccine registry portal. Exemption request forms also can be downloaded and submitted through the portal.

The University is strongly encouraging all members of the campus community to receive a COVID-19 booster shot when eligible.

The University also is following new, more stringent COVID-19 vaccination rules from the federal government that allow for fewer exemptions to the University’s vaccine requirement .

Students, faculty and staff members can receive a COVID-19 vaccine at two on-campus locations:

  • Main Campus Pharmacy, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Outpatient pharmacy in the UTMC Medical Pavilion on Health Science Campus, 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.

Appointments are strongly encouraged. To make an appointment, visit the Ohio Department of Health's scheduling portal.

UTMC also continues to serve as one of Ohio’s COVID-19 vaccination sites providing vaccines to the general public though its partnership with the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department and the Ohio Department of Health.

Additional information about the COVID-19 vaccine, including frequently asked questions, the University’s role in community vaccination efforts and how to register for an appointment at one of the community vaccination sites is available on the University’s Dispensing Vaccines webpage.

Face Coverings

UToledo currently requires masks only in healthcare facilities.

The University is, however, following CDC guidance on masking and recommending all individuals wear face coverings indoors on our campuses when Lucas County’s CDC community alert level is high. 

In counties at low or medium risk, the CDC says individuals can stop wearing masks. Individuals can find their county’s COVID-19 level on the CDC website.

The CDC’s community mask guidelines do not apply to healthcare facilities. Well-fitting masks continue to be required for all employees and visitors at The University of Toledo Medical Center, including in non-clinical areas.

If you are unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition/disability, please submit an accommodation application with relevant medical documentation. Employees may complete the ADA Reasonable Accommodation Request Form through the Office of Institutional Equity and HR Compliance. Students may complete the application on the Disability Accommodation Portal through the Office of Accessibility and Disability Resources.


If you are exposed

Individuals who were in close contact (within 6 feet) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period will need to take precautionary measures, depending on their vaccination status.

In line with guidance from the CDC, adults who have not received all recommended COVID-19 vaccine doses, including a booster dose once eligible, need to quarantine.

Employees and students should quarantine for at least five days before returning to work, class or other on-campus activities.

The CDC recommends that anyone who is required to quarantine be tested for the virus at least five days after their exposure and continue to wear a well-fitting mask and monitor for symptoms for 10 days after their last contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Individuals who have received all recommended COVID-19 vaccine doses, including a booster dose once eligible, do not need to quarantine following an exposure to COVID-19. Individuals who have recovered from a laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 diagnosis in the previous 90 days also do not need to quarantine following an exposure to COVID-19, as long as they aren’t experiencing symptoms. Individuals should get tested at least five days after exposure and should wear well-fitting mask for 10 days.

To request a test following an exposure to COVID-19, faculty, staff and students can use the University's online scheduling portal or call 419.383.4545 and indicate they’ve been exposed to someone with the virus.

Anyone who develops symptoms following an exposure to COVID-19 should immediately isolate themselves from others, get tested for the virus as soon as possible and contact their healthcare provider if their symptoms are severe or worsen.

Human Resources has additional details about the University’s protocols for returning to on-campus activities following a close-contact exposure.

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department and the Ohio Department of Health are handling contact tracing for any cases connected to the University.

The University will provide alternative housing for any residential students who require quarantine following an exposure.


If You Test Positive

Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, regardless of whether they have symptoms, should self-isolate for at least five days, per CDC guidelines .

Employees and students who have had symptoms can end isolation five days after symptoms first appeared if they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication and other symptoms have improved. They should continue wearing a well-fitting mask in public for an additional five days.   

Employees and students who test positive but are not symptomatic should self-isolate for five full days from their positive test. They should continue wearing a well-fitting mask in public for an additional five days.

Human Resources has additional details about the University’s protocols for returning to on-campus activities following a COVID-19 diagnosis.

As the University has previously communicated, students will not be penalized if they must miss class due to an illness or the need to quarantine. The Office of Student Advocacy and Support will assist students with making any necessary arrangements, and all materials will be accessible remotely. They can be reached at 419.530.2471 or rocketresponse@utoledo.edu.

The University will provide alternative housing for any residential students who test positive for COVID-19.

The University continues to encourage all faculty, staff and students who test positive for COVID-19 to report their diagnosis to the proper office.

Information about flexible work arrangements and the University’s return-to-work criteria for employees following close contact, suspected or confirmed COVID-19 is available from Human Resources.

 

Student Health Services

Student health centers are available on both Main Campus and Health Science Campus.

Main Campus – University Health Center

The University Health Center is open during the summer from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 419.530.3451 to schedule an appointment.

Health Science Campus – Student Health and Wellness Center

The Student Health and Wellness Center on Health Science Campus is open from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. The center is open year-round, closing only Dec. 25 - Jan. 1. Call 419.383.5000 for an appointment.

Pharmacy

Comprehensive pharmacy access is available through outpatient pharmacies on both campuses with multiple locations for ease of access.

Telehealth Services

UToledo students, faculty, staff and their beneficiaries can access on-demand virtual care services for urgent care needs daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. through a partnership with University of Toledo Physicians. Services can be accessed online.

COVID-19 Testing

Symptomatic Testing

Faculty, staff and students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 have access to on-demand testing through the University Health Center from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Individuals should go to door 2 at the front of the building and call 419.530.3451 to notify staff they are there for a test. Registration can be completed by scanning the provided QR code and filling out the linked form. Once the form has been submitted, individuals can ring the doorbell and a clinic employee will escort them to a specially designated waiting area to get a rapid antigen test and see a provider.

No appointments are needed but individuals can call ahead to 419.530.3451 to reduce their wait time.

If the rapid antigen test result is positive for COVID-19, a more sensitive PCR test will be administered to confirm the diagnosis. Results from the PCR test will be provided in 24 to 48 hours via a phone call.

COVID-19 testing also is available for symptomatic individuals Monday through Friday at UTMC’s Comprehensive Care Center, 3333 Glendale Ave. Call 419.383.4545 for an appointment. Testing will be performed outside. Those with symptoms of COVID-19 should not enter the clinic.

While waiting on test results, the CDC recommends individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms stay home and monitor their health.

Insurance will be charged for the test. Students needing financial assistance can receive help by contacting Student Affairs at 419.530.7963. The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department also maintains a list of community testing sites.

Surveillance Testing

UToledo has suspended its regular random COVID-19 surveillance testing during the summer months based on the limited number of employees and students physically on campus.

A limited number of at-home COVID-19 antigen tests are available at no cost to asymptomatic students and employees at the University Health Center during regular business hours. On Health Science Campus, at-home tests are available to students and employees at the Morse Fitness Center.


Reporting Positive Cases

In the event that a student, faculty member or staff member informs a University employee they have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been diagnosed as a probable case, that employee should instruct the individual to review the CDC guidance on self-isolation and symptom monitoring, and report the disclosure to the appropriate office, depending on whether the ill individual is a student, faculty member, staff member or UTMC employee.

To voluntarily report a positive case, individuals should contact their designated representative:


  • For faculty, contact the Provost Office at 419.530.8481 or by email.
  • For staff, contact Human Resources at 419.530.1497 or by email.
  • For students, contact the Division of Student Affairs on-call representative at 419.343.9946 or by email.
  • For UTMC employees, contact Infection Prevention and Control at 419.218.3744 (pager) or by email.
  • For vendors, contractors or others doing business at UToledo, contact the Office of Auxiliary Services at 419.530.5759 or by email.

Mental Health

We are all experiencing a lot of change, uncertainty and disruptions of our usual routines. These new challenges give us an opportunity to explore new coping strategies and new ways of connecting. However, it is not unusual to feel stress, nervousness, anxiety or a range of other emotions.

The University of Toledo is committed to helping you stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic — and that includes your mental health.

Additional resources are available through Rocket Wellness.


University Counseling Center

The Counseling Center offers services to currently enrolled students via teleservices from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments can be made by calling 419.530.2426. UToledo students who are experiencing distress needing support after 5 p.m. may call the after-hours support line at 419.255.9585. Or, you can access the Crisis Text line by texting “ROCKET” or “HOME” to 741741.

Employee Assistance Program

If you are feeling anxious from this situation, you may benefit from seeking counseling. Faculty and staff should contact their mental health provider or reach out to the University’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or call 1-800-227-6007 (Use “UT” as the username).

Lucas County COVID-19 Emotional Support Line

The Lucas County COVID-19 Emotional Support Line is a telephone support service provided by the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Lucas County. Calls are answered by individuals prepared to provide emotional support to Lucas County residents who are experiencing anxiety, loneliness, depression or some other emotional or mental health challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The emotional support line can be reached from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week at 419.442.0580.

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UNIVERSITY OPERATIONS

 Spring semester

The University will begin spring semester as scheduled on Jan. 18, with plans for a robust semester including the in-person instruction that is already scheduled.

Course Format

In-person classes will continue with no limitations on size or physical distancing requirements. Faculty will take attendance for in-person courses with seating charts to assist with contract tracing. Food and drinks will not be permitted in classrooms.

UToledo will continue to offer a variety of course modalities including online and hybrid courses.

The University continues to provide paper towels and sanitizing spray in classrooms, in addition to enhanced cleaning procedures from Environmental Services

Rocket Athletics

UToledo is welcoming fans to all its athletic facilities at full capacity.

Human Resources


Flexible Work Arrangements

The University established a Flexible Work policy, effective June 1, 2021.

In accordance with this policy, employees and leaders have the option to create flexible work arrangements that balance the operational demands of the University with the preferred work arrangements of staff and leaders.

The flexible work policy has no effect on workplace accommodations made under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Rehabilitation Act. Employees in need of workplace accommodations due to a disability or medical condition should complete the ADA Accommodations Request Form.

Employees with questions specific to their individual circumstances should contact their supervisor or Human Resources consultant.


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STUDENT RESOURCES

Academic Support

The Center for Success Coaching is available at 419.530.1250 to assist students with questions and concerns related to academic challenges and resource support. Additional information is available on the student success website

Financial Support

The University has organized emergency financial assistance programs for current students experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic through the existing Rocket Aid application process.

A student only needs to fill out one Rocket Aid application and the UToledo team will work with each student individually to identify all options available to assist them. This includes funding available through federal relief programs and donors.

Student Support

The Office of Student Advocacy and Support is ready and able to assist students who may need help. They can be reached at 419.530.2471 or rocketresponse@utoledo.edu.


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Travel Information

Beginning Nov. 8, 2021, the CDC is requiring all non-citizens entering the United States via air travel to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

This requirement does not apply to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, lawful permanent residents or those traveling on an immigrant visa.

The CDC has more information about the policy, including qualifying vaccines and certain exceptions.

UNIVERSITY TRAVEL

University-sponsored travel is permitted with proper approval.

Individuals who wish to travel to a country designated by the CDC as Level 3 (high risk) or Level 4 (very high risk) for COVID-19 must submit a request to the International Education Committee for approval.

Individuals who wish to travel to a country designated as Level 3 by the U.S. State Department must submit a request to the International Education Committee for approval. The University continues to restrict travel to countries designated Level 4 by the U.S. State Department for reasons other than COVID-19.

Additional information about the process for requesting travel to a Level 3 or Level 4 country is available on the CISP website.

Individuals who are fully vaccinated are not required to quarantine after returning home from international travel. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated should quarantine for five days before returning to campus.

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Last Updated: 6/27/22