Rocket Restart - Students


Health and Safety UPDATED - 7/31/20, 3 p.m.

Safety Commitment

We're all in this together. Our safe return to campus relies on everyone doing their part.

Students are asked to sign the Student Safety Commitment available in the myUT portal to agree to protective behaviors to help limit the transmission of COVID-19, including: take your temperature and do a self-check for symptoms before coming to campus, practice social distancing, wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering and stay up-to-date on the latest information.



Social Distancing



Wear a Mask



Personal Hygiene

When students return to campus, the Division of Student Affairs will be providing Rocket Welcome Bags that contain a cloth face covering, hand sanitizer and thermometer so that each student has these available for use.

UToledo recognizes there may be medical reasons that prevent some students from wearing face coverings. Those students should contact the Office of Student Disability Services at 419.530.4981 or StudentDisability@utoledo.edu to explore options for appropriate accommodations.

Rocket Prevention Principles

Student Health Services

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

Main Campus – University Health Center

The University Health Center on Main Campus will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday. The center will close at Thanksgiving and reopen spring semester.

Health Science Campus – Student Health and Wellness Center

The Student Health and Wellness Center on Health Science Campus will be open from noon to 4 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.

Pharmacy

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

Telehealth Services

Telehealth services are now available from UT Physicians and can be billed directly to your health insurance. Students may also elect to pay $59 for the telehealth visit.

Students enrolled in the University's student health insurance plan administered by Anthem Student Advantage also will have access to telehealth services covered by Anthem.

Cleaning and Disinfecting UPDATED - 7/21/20, 2 P.M.

UToledo is committed to providing a clean campus environment for our student, employees and visitors. UToledo is implementing more robust cleaning processes focused on infection prevention.

All areas of campus will be thoroughly cleaned at least once per day. All restrooms are cleaned twice per day, with additional cleaning for high-traffic restrooms. Common spaces in UToledo’s residence halls will be cleaned a minimum of three times per day. Custodial staff will provide extra attention to high-traffic areas and frequently touched surfaces throughout the day using FDA and CDC approved products.

In addition to regular cleaning, UToledo will be using antimicrobial MicrobeCare in public areas including restrooms, classrooms, computer labs, elevators and lobbies as an extra layer of protection. Electrostatic, no-touch and other cleaning techniques also are being incorporated.

To prepare for fall semester, UToledo has installed 350 additional wall-mounted hand sanitizer dispensers across campus in or near elevators, stairwells, office suites, lounges, classrooms and labs. All classrooms and teaching labs have been equipped with disinfectant spray for use by faculty and students in between regular cleanings, and more than 400 paper towel dispensers have been installed across campus. Students and faculty are encouraged to use these products to clean common areas, such as computer labs, before and after their use.

UToledo Facilities and Construction has replaced all filters and pre-filters for air handling units across campus. Custodial Services has trained staff on recommended disinfection practices, proper use of personal protective equipment and social distancing guidelines. Staff members will participate in additional trainings as needed throughout the semester to refresh and enhance their knowledge and practices.

COVID-19 Testing

UToledo has COVID-19 testing available for all symptomatic individuals. Currently, tests are performed at Health Science Campus. UToledo also will expand testing services to Main Campus this fall. Test results will be available in as little as 24 hours and will be shared with the patient and the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department.

Students who are symptomatic or who have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case can call 419.383.4545 for an appointment.

Students' 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 no-cost community testing sites.

Thanks, in part, to the work of UToledo researchers, the University of Toledo Medical Center was the first medical facility in northwest Ohio with testing capabilities for COVID-19. The hospital has the ability to run approximately 700-800 tests per day. That same expertise has been used to develop practices and procedures that will make testing available this fall.

Contact Tracing UPDATED - 7/31/20, 3 p.m.

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department will be handling contact tracing for any cases connected to the University.

The University has partnered with the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department to help fund contact tracers who will exclusively work on cases connected to the University.

University representatives will provide the health department with information for contact tracing if permissible or required by law. Without identifying the ill individual, University faculty or staff may notify specific students and others that a person with whom they were in contact over the past 14 days has tested positive and that they should take appropriate cautionary measures.

Reporting positive casesNEW - 7/31/20, 3 p.m.

The University has established designated contacts to receive reports of positive or probable COVID-19 cases connected to campus.

To voluntarily report a positive case, students should contact the Division of Student Affairs on-call representative at 419.343.9946, or studentaffairs@utoledo.edu.

Exposure Guidelines UPDATED - 7/27/20, 2 P.M.

If a positive COVID-19 case is identified on campus, the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department would assess the situation and potential exposure risks to make recommendations for cleaning protocols, as well as any temporary closings or operational changes.

Individuals who were in close contact (within 6 feet) for a prolonged period of time (15 minutes or more) with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 will need to take precautionary measures, including a 14-day quarantine. This notification would be done in conjunction with the health department.

The University will work closely with the health department to implement recommendations based on the specific circumstances.

The University will follow CDC guidance for how long students who have tested positive for COVID-19 or potentially been exposed to the disease must isolate before they can return to class or other on-campus activities.

Currently, CDC recommends individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 can end isolation after at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, 24 hours have passed without a fever or the use of fever-reducing medications, and their symptoms are improving.

The CDC recommends individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19 following close contact with a positive COVID-19 case can end quarantine after 14 days.

The Office of Student Advocacy and Support will assist students with making all of the necessary arrangements while they are self-isolating. They can be reached at 419.530.2471 or rocketresponse@utoledo.edu. All academic materials will be accessible remotely. Information will be provided in the course syllabus.

The CDC website has additional guidance of what constitutes an exposure and what steps an individual should take following an exposure.


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Academics UPDATED - 7/10/20, 3 p.m.

Fall Calendar

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.

Key Dates for Fall Semester
  • First Day of Classes: Monday, Aug. 17
  • Last Day of Classes: Tuesday, Nov. 24
  • Finals Week: Nov. 30 – Dec. 4
  • Winter Commencement: Sunday, Dec. 6

Course Format

Due to the need to accommodate social distancing measures in classrooms and to provide flexibility for students, UToledo will be using multiple course formats for fall 2020.

The majority of classes for fall semester will continue to be offered face-to-face. To ensure proper social distancing and reduce large gatherings as recommended by public health experts, the majority of UToledo’s in-person classes will be capped at a maximum of 50 students. Any courses with more than 50 students require special approval from the Provost.

In order to promote a safe learning environment for in-person courses, faculty will be encouraged to implement seating charts. All students will be expected to wear face coverings and will be provided sanitation materials to clean their desks.

UToledo also will use remote, online and hybrid class models for fall semester:

  • 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.
  • Hybrid/blended classes integrate traditional face-to-face instruction with online learning. Students meet face-to-face with the instructor once or twice per week and complete the rest of their classwork online at their own preferred time. Face-to-face sessions may be held in a campus classroom or lab, or at an external location such as a clinical site. Students unable to make their designated face-to-face session will have the ability to watch a live stream of the course.

As the University prepares for a safe, on-campus fall semester, courses may change location and/or modality in order to adhere to health and safety guidelines. Academic Affairs finalized the fall semester schedule in early July. Students should log into myUT to review their fall schedule. Students may contact their success coach with any questions or their academic advisor if they need to make changes.

Accommodations

Students requesting alternate learning arrangements for health conditions deemed high risk for COVID-19 by the CDC should make such a request through the Office of Student Disability Services by completing the online application. If a student would like to request additional accommodations due to the impact of COVID-19, they should contact their accessibility specialist.

Classroom Attendance

UToledo will continue to follow its missed class policy, but students will not be penalized if they must miss class due to an illness. It is important that students discuss with their instructors the expectations and attendance requirements for each course. Students need to take their temperature and complete a self-administered health assessment based on CDC guidelines before coming to campus. Students who are sick should not come to class and should contact the University Health Center on Main Campus at 419.530.3451 or Student Health and Wellness Center on Health Science Campus at 419.383.5000.

In the event that a student tests positive for COVID-19 and is asked to self-isolate, they should contact the Office of Student Advocacy and Support at 419.530.2471 or rocketresponse@utoledo.edu. We will assist you with making all the necessary arrangements. All academic materials will be accessible remotely. Information will be provided in the course syllabus.

Support Resources

UToledo is committed to providing students the support they need to succeed. The University will continue many remote student services that were transitioned online when classes were moved to remote learning in spring semester as well as returning to on-campus operations. Learn more at the Student Success website.


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Housing UPDATED - 7/27/20, 4 p.m.

To promote health and safety in our residence halls, UToledo has made several changes for fall semester. All housing in traditional residence halls is now either single or double rooms. Quads and triples have been eliminated. UToledo also is offering a new super single option, which converts a traditional double room into a larger single room.

Common spaces, including lounges and laundry rooms, will be marked with maximum occupancy signs and will be cleaned by Custodial Services at least three times per day. Additional hand sanitizer stations and cleaning supplies for students will be provided throughout the residence halls, including in laundry rooms and bathrooms. Lounge furniture has been rearranged to encourage social distancing. UToledo also is limiting items that can be checked out at the front desk.

Face coverings will be required in all residence halls, except when a student is in their room or suite. UToledo is limiting visitors to one guest per student and prohibiting overnight visitors until the start of classes on Aug. 17.

All guests must first register at the front desk.

In the event we have to make adjustments to de-densify our residence halls, we will follow the CDC guidelines to ensure we maintain a safe environment for all students.

Move-In

Students can move their belongings into their residence halls Sunday, Aug. 2, through Sunday, Aug. 9, but will be encouraged to go home, if possible, and return Thursday, Aug. 13, for Rocket Welcome Weekend. Students who arrive Monday, Aug. 10, or later should plan to stay on campus.

Times slots will be assigned to each student to avoid clusters of people in each building/floor. Carts and other move-in equipment will be cleaned and sanitized between guests. This year’s move in kits include hand sanitizer, a door handle tool and a fabric face covering.

Students who are local (within about 25 miles from campus) will be assigned a time between Aug. 2-9 to move their belongings and return home. Students from out of town will be assigned a time on or after Monday, Aug. 10.

Residence halls will close Wednesday, Nov. 25, when on-campus courses are completed for the semester. An approval process will be established for any residents who need to stay on campus past Thanksgiving Break for academic or personal reasons. Students graduating in December will be able to move out of the residence halls after their final examination(s).


Quarantine / Isolation Requirements NEW - 7/27/20, 4 p.m.

In response to Gov. Mike DeWine’s recent travel advisory, students arriving from states reporting a positive COVID-19 testing rate of 15% or higher will be asked to quarantine for 14 day before returning to class or other on-campus activities.

The protocol applies to students who are entering Ohio after having traveled from or through any state on the list maintained by the Ohio Department of Health.

The University is working with residential students residing in states currently under Ohio’s travel advisory. The Office of Housing and Residence Life will offer early move-in options to allow students to finish their quarantine period prior to the start of classes. 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.

In the event any residential student requires isolation or quarantine due to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or a potential exposure to the disease, UToledo will provide alternative housing and food delivery services to protect the health and safety of all students.

Residential students who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who may have been exposed to the disease following close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case should notify the on-call representative from the Office of Residence Life at 419.377.7637 or the Division of Student Affairs at 419.343.9946. UToledo has arranged for transportation of the student and their belongings to temporary quarantine or self-isolation housing.

UToledo’s quarantine and isolation housing will be segmented to keep those with confirmed cases separate from those monitoring for symptoms following a potential exposure. No visitors will be allowed.

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Dining UPDATED - 7/27/20, 4 p.m.

Students will see a number of changes to the on-campus dining experience this fall, with new offerings and enhanced health and safety measures.

UToledo will for the first time offer mobile ordering with contactless pickup from many on-campus dining locations. Later in the semester, more pickup locations and delivery points will be added across campus.

The all-you-care-to-eat dining centers in the Thompson Student Union and Ottawa East will return with refreshed menus featuring a chef-driven focus on fresh, scratch-made dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Two new locations also are being added to the Student Union food court — Ace Sushi Boba and Bowls, an Asian-fusion concept serving sushi dishes and bubble tea, and Wild Pie, a counter service pizzeria that sells pizza by the inch.

Also new this year, UToledo Dining Services has introduced a Dining Dollars+ option which allows students the ability to add funds to their Rocket Card during the academic year.

UToledo’s existing national brands, including Starbucks, Subway, Chick-fil-A and Steak ‘n Shake, will return this fall.

To promote a safe dining experience, UToledo is installing clear plastic barriers at all points of sale, incorporating distancing measures in both seating areas and lines, and implementing enhanced cleaning measures throughout campus. Masks will be required in dining halls except for when individuals are eating, and UToledo will continue to follow all state and local guidelines.

Residential students who have a meal plan will be able to begin using their account with limited options on Aug. 8.


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Campus Life UPDATED - 7/10/20, 3 p.m.

We are working hard to make this fall semester the positive experience our students are looking forward to. Plans are underway for our 2020 Welcome Week events and other events throughout fall semester. All will be planned following local, state and CDC guidelines. For more details, visit the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership website.

Events and Programs New - 7/27/20, 4 p.m.

All campus gatherings and events must follow state guidance for the number of participants (currently 10 people or fewer) and participants must observe the 6-foot social distancing requirement. Face coverings are required by attendees. Any special gathering/event with over the number of attendees recommended by the state guidance must be approved by the College’s dean or the department’s member of the Senior Leadership Team. Requests for events with more than 50 people must be approved by the University’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT). 

Names and contact information for all attendees must be collected to facilitate contact tracing in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.

Rec Center UPDATED - 7/27/20, 2 p.m.

The Student Recreation Center on Main Campus will reopen for fall semester at noon on Aug. 10. The Morse Fitness Center on Health Science Campus will reopen at 6 a.m. on Aug. 17. We are taking measures to practice appropriate social distancing and enhancing cleaning procedures to keep campus safe. For more information on our restart plans, visit our website.

University Libraries NEW - 7/28/20, 2 p.m.

Mulford Library and Carlson Library will be open this fall, with a variety of changes put in place to enable social distancing. Computer stations, printing and copying stations, seating areas and study tables have been rearranged. Group study rooms at Carlson Library will be temporarily unavailable. Small study rooms at Mulford Library will be limited to one patron at a time. Conference rooms at both libraries are not available. Visitors will be asked to clean areas they have used with provided sanitation supplies prior to leaving the library. 

Mulford Library on Health Science Campus reopened on July 20. Currently, the library is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Carlson Library on Main Campus will reopen Monday, Aug. 3. Initial hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
 
Both libraries will resume normal fall semester hours on Aug. 17.
 
University Libraries will be lending normal circulating materials for fall semester. All returned materials will be heat treated or placed in quarantine for three days prior to being released. The libraries will not be lending our laptops or other items such as calculators, headphones and whiteboard markers. Reference services will continue to be provided via chat, email and phone. Some in-person reference services will be available by appointment. Carlson Library will continue to offer curbside pickup for at-risk or off-campus patrons on Sundays by appointment from 3 to 7 p.m.

 

Rocket Athletics

While no final decision has been made regarding plans for Rocket Athletics for fall semester, we are moving forward with the hope and expectation that the Rocket varsity sports teams will play intercollegiate athletics this fall. The UToledo Athletic Department will continue to follow the guidance of local and state health officials, as well as that of the NCAA and the Mid-American Conference, as it formulates plans for a safe return to athletics activity.


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Last Updated: 7/31/20