Rocket Restart - FAQs


Academics

Why is the University ending on-campus classes early?

Fall semester has been adjusted on the advice of experts in infectious disease and public health based on the possibility of having a second wave of COVID-19 in late fall. On-campus classes will begin Monday, Aug. 17. The on-campus segment of student studies will end Tuesday, Nov. 24, before the Thanksgiving holiday. All final exams will be completed remotely the following week, Nov. 30-Dec. 4. UToledo also is eliminating fall break, which was planned for Oct. 22 and 23. Labor Day (Sept. 7) and Veterans Day (Nov. 11) will still be observed. Fall remains a 15-week semester with the dates moved ahead one week.

How will students complete group projects?

Group projects can be done in person with appropriate social distancing and face coverings. Additional technologies also are available to meet virtually and collaborate remotely. Students with concerns about completing assigned projects should contact their instructor.

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19 and can’t attend class? Will I be able to access the course materials?

We’re here to help. Contact the Office of Student Advocacy and Support at 419.530.2471 or rocketresponse@utoledo.edu and we will assist you with making all of the necessary arrangements. All academic materials will be accessible remotely. Information will be provided in the course syllabus.

I did not choose to come to UToledo to take courses in my room. Will there be a reduction in tuition for those classes?

No, there will not be a reduction in tuition. Students in online courses receive a high-quality educational experience. An online course requires a large, University-wide investment, both in the technologies used and the professional development resources made available to instructors. The University also is investing in upgrades to WiFi access and technology to better facilitate offerings such as live streaming and lecture capture.

I don’t want online classes. What can I do?

Students may contact their success coach with any questions or their academic advisor if they need to make changes.

If my class has been converted to an online version will it be better than what I experienced in the spring transition to online?

Remote learning this spring had to occur very rapidly in response to the pandemic. Faculty had to take in-person instruction and deliver it remotely. That is not the same as an online course.

Online and remote courses are fully developed distance education curriculum designed to facilitate classroom engagement and meet the learning objectives of the course. These online courses are intentionally developed using activities (via technologies) that are uniquely selected with the course learning objectives in mind. In addition, faculty have been attending training sessions throughout the summer to provide the best online learning experience possible.

What is the difference between an online course and a remote course?

Remote classes meet online at set days and times. Students will be able to participate in real-time with their classmates and professor. Online classes follow the traditional distance learning model in which there is not a set class meeting schedule. Students will receive frequent communication from their professors and be able to collaborate one-on-one with classmates.

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Health and Safety

Are face coverings required in outdoor spaces on campus?

Face coverings are not required outside when individuals are able to practice appropriate social distancing. Face coverings are recommended in group settings outdoors.

Can students sit with friends in the dining halls and food courts?

Yes, but note that seating capacity will be limited to promote social distancing. Masks will be required in dining halls except for when individuals are eating.

If COVID-19 cases across the country continue to rise, is it possible that UToledo will not open in August as planned?

While we are planning for a return to campus this fall, we realize there are many unknowns surrounding COVID-19. We're planning for all scenarios with our priority being the safety of our students, staff and faculty. If needed, contingency plans will be announced later this summer.

Under what circumstances would UToledo move courses online? Under what circumstances would the University send students home?

The University is working closely with public health officials and our own infectious disease experts to plan for a multitude of scenarios and monitor the spread of COVID-19. If public health officials share a revised recommendation based on public health conditions in the community, the University would evaluate and make a decision based on new data.

What if I don’t or can’t wear a face covering?

Students who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, which will be the only exemptions allowed, should contact the Office of Student Disability Services at 419.530.4981 or StudentDisability@utoledo.edu.

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Student Activities

How will student organizations be responsible for ensuring that their members follow all necessary safety protocols at events/meetings?

The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership will work closely with student organizations to assist with communicating appropriate safety measures needed for meetings and events on campus. We will continue to follow the guidance from the CDC and our own public health experts to keep campus safe.

What will Welcome Week look like this year?

We are excited to welcome students back to campus this fall. We are working to provide a smooth transition and to make this fall semester the positive experience our students are looking for.

Plans are underway for our 2020 Welcome Week events with the safety of students in mind. We are following CDC guidelines to hold activities including Freshman Convocation, a paint party, Student Involvement and Part-Time Job Fair, late-night breakfast, glow Zumba and a Freshman Prom to recognize and celebrate our incoming class. More information will be forthcoming regarding these events planned for fall semester.

Will there still be campus activities?

Yes. While campus will look different and our operations will have some changes when you return this fall, we are committed to finding creative ways to provide our students an engaging and positive campus experience.

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Campus Life

How will large common areas like the Student Union and library be monitored and/or limited?

We have reconfigured furniture and placed signage to align with social distancing guidelines

I know all students are expected to conduct daily wellness checks, but what if I don’t have a thermometer?

Student Government purchased a limited number of welcome packets that include a thermometer, as well as a reusable cloth face covering and hand sanitizer. More information will be shared at a later date on how to obtain a welcome packet.

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Housing and Dining

If some of my classes have been moved to online and/or remote, can I request a housing waiver?

Students can apply online for a Residency Exemption Request.

How will common spaces be cleaned?

Our custodial team will clean common spaces three times per day at minimum, providing extra attention to high-traffic areas and frequently touched surfaces throughout the day using FDA and CDC approved products. We have increased both the number of staff in rotation and the number of times daily that each space will be cleaned and disinfected.

How will community bathroom cleanings be handled?

All restrooms are cleaned twice per day, with additional cleaning for high-traffic restrooms. Cleaning supplies will be provided in the bathrooms for students to clean in between use.

What happens if I need to self-isolate?

UToledo will provide housing to residential students who show symptoms or need to be quarantined because of possible exposure in order to protect the health and safety of all students.

Will food delivery be available for students who are sick?

Yes, delivery options will be available.

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Last Updated: 7/10/20