Members of the Campus Community,

As spring break continues at the University of Mount Union, the institution has convened a COVID-19 preparedness group that is meeting regularly and monitoring this evolving situation daily. This group is working cooperatively with and following the guidelines and recommendations of leading health organizations in addition to communicating with state government officials, peer institutions, and other higher education professional organizations. 

This week’s announcement regarding three confirmed cases in Northeastern Ohio’s Cuyahoga County, coupled with recommendations from Governor DeWine, has resulted in a decision to take proactive measures at the University. It is important to note that there are currently no confirmed cases on the Mount Union campus , and most individuals continue to remain at low risk.

In an effort to adhere to recommendations aimed at slowing the spread of the virus, the following measures will be taken at the University.

Classes are CANCELED for Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 as we move to formats that do not involve face-to-face teaching (online, video conference, etc.) instruction. University offices, residence halls, dining facilities, and other support services will be open and regular business will continue. 
  • At the close of spring break, faculty will begin preparing for remote and virtual instruction. You will hear from the provost regarding a detailed academic continuity plan.
  • Students will receive instructions for accessing classes prior to the start of online coursework from individual faculty members.

Effective Wednesday, March 18, the University is ceasing face-to-face instruction through at least Friday, April 3. This date will be reassessed as the situation continues to unfold.
  • Details regarding the continuation of labs, clinicals, internships, student teaching, and small performance classes will be communicated to faculty and handled on a case-by-case basis.
  • Students who may need assistance with accessing the technology needed for remote learning should contact the Office of Academic Affairs at (330) 823-2690.
 
Residence halls, dining facilities, and other campus services will open following spring break as previously scheduled.
  • The transition to the online delivery of coursework provides the opportunity for you to stay at your permanent place of residence should you choose to do so. If you prefer, you may return to campus or your off-campus housing to continue classes online. Please make the choice that is best for you and your family.
  • The University will be taking precautions with students, faculty, and staff who are returning from overseas or from any known domestic locale that has had a COVID-19 outbreak.
  • We will provide students the option of takeaway meals and will be working to minimize interactions and self-service in the cafeteria.

Athletics competition will continue, but beginning immediately through at least April 3, indoor sporting events will be held without spectators other than athletes, family members, and personnel who are essential to the completion of the contest.
  • This will include Friday’s third round NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship game, scheduled to be held on campus.
  • We will be working with the NCAA, the Ohio Athletic Conference, and state and local authorities to determine other limitations as needed.
  • Indoor athletic events will be streamed for viewing.
  • Outdoor athletic events will continue as scheduled and remain open to the public.

Through at least April 3, we are suspending all non-athletic campus events, whether University sponsored or third-party events utilizing University-owned property, that would attract a large crowd.
  • Details regarding suspensions or cancellations will be communicated as appropriate.
  • Small groups of visitors to campus will be permitted for admission and other events.

Students, faculty, and staff should continue to maintain appropriate social distancing and hygiene measures, whether on or off campus.
  • Please keep CDC recommendations for safe social distancing in mind, which includes remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining a distance of approximately six feet from others when possible.
  • The University strongly recommends the use of teleconferencing, group chats, or live streaming as alternatives to in-person gatherings.

For the time being, the University is making adjustments to its travel policy that will impact both domestic and international trips.
  • We are canceling all planned University-sponsored international travel until further notice.
  • We are canceling all domestic University-sponsored optional travel by faculty and students until further notice. Vice presidents will make decisions on any exceptions.
  • Please carefully consider the necessity of any personal travel that could result in quarantine upon your return, including countries designated as high risk by the CDC or domestic destinations experiencing widespread outbreaks.
  • Those who traveled domestically or internationally over spring break will be asked to complete a form detailing the location and details of their trips. Additional information and links to the necessary forms will be available in a follow-up communication.
  • Candidates for open faculty and staff positions will be asked to participate in remote interviews.

The campus, its offices, and its services remain open, and employees are expected to continue to report to work. Accommodations can be made for those at high-risk for COVID-19. If you are sick, stay home.
  • Those with underlying health conditions that put them at risk for contracting COVID-19 should consult their supervisors so appropriate accommodations (working from home or being moved to a campus location that minimizes interactions) can be made.

Please understand that decisions of this magnitude take thoughtful care and consideration, and there are many details yet to be confirmed. This is the first of a number of campus communications that will seek to announce important decisions and answer questions. We appreciate your continued patience and cooperation as we deal with this evolving situation.

Please check your Mount Union email regularly to ensure that you are informed regarding the latest COVID-19 updates. In addition, a web page has been established to provide updates as this situation continues to develop. We encourage you to check this page regularly for tips, resources, and frequently asked questions.

If you are experiencing symptoms, such as a cough, shortness of breath, or a fever, you should not physically be in offices or public spaces on campus. If you hear of coworkers or students who are experiencing these symptoms, please urge them to seek medical attention. Appointments for students can be made with the Student Health Center by calling (330) 823-2692. All members of the campus community can reach out to their primary healthcare providers. Please call the Student Health Center or your primary healthcare provider BEFORE going to their offices.

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to the following contacts.

  • Faculty should contact the Office of Academic Affairs at (330) 823-2690.
  • Staff should contact the Office of Human Resources at (330) 829-6560 or their area vice president.
  • Students and their families should contact the Office of Student Affairs at (330) 823-2243.
  • Prospective students should contact the Office of Admission at (330) 823-2590.
  • Alumni should contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at (330) 823-2030.
  • Questions regarding athletics should be directed to the Office of Athletics at (330) 823-6093.
  • Questions regarding the suspension or cancellation of campus events should be directed to the Office of Marketing at (330) 823-6063.

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