As promised in last week’s COVID-19 update, we are reaching out today to share our Fall 2020 Responsible Reopening Guide, a website that provides details related to safety as well as changes in procedures, programming, and policies that have been implemented to align with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s Responsible RestartOhio . As our knowledge of COVID-19 continues to evolve and new or revised guidelines are presented by national, regional, and local experts, these guidelines will be updated accordingly.

The University of Mount Union is making plans to resume face-to-face instruction and residential operations this fall, with classes beginning on Monday, August 24, and we eagerly anticipate seeing everyone back on campus. This year’s fall start is especially rewarding given the fact that it follows a spring semester full of disruption – yet a semester during which the Mount Union community rallied, adapted, and made the absolute best of a situation that none of us could have anticipated. We sincerely thank the entire campus community for your patience and understanding during this past spring as we worked through the stressful complexities of this continually-evolving situation.

As we look to our fall start, we will all need to once again tap into our reserves of perseverance, empathy, and resolve as COVID-19 continues to impact our state, our nation, and the world. The return to campus will bring some degree of normalcy to all of our lives, but we also need to clearly understand that many of our campus experiences will differ significantly from those in the past. The protocols and procedures presented in the Fall 2020 Responsible Reopening Guide are necessary aspects of our efforts to protect your health and that of the entire campus community. Our ability to continue to offer the campus experience our students desire – in-person education, residential life, campus engagement, athletics, etc. – depends in large measure on our ability to meet these expectations.
Please take some time to review the Fall 2020 Responsible Reopening website. On it, you will find details related to the topics listed below. In the coming days, the University will announce opportunities to engage in town hall conversations regarding the fall opening. Additionally, training will be made available and will be required of all students, faculty, and staff.

The content of this site is the result of many hours of hard work on the part of several planning groups, whose members worked diligently to develop protocols geared toward safeguarding our campus community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many thanks to the faculty, staff, and student leaders who have been involved in these efforts as well as the outside experts who have helped advise us on myriad COVID-19-related matters.

We believe that the Fall 2020 Responsible Reopening website will answer the vast majority of questions that students, faculty, and staff may have regarding our fall start. If there are any concerns that haven’t been addressed or if you have any additional questions, please reach out to the following:

  • 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.
  • First-year and returning 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.
  • Questions regarding athletics should be directed to the Office of Athletics at (330) 823-4840.
  • Questions regarding the suspension or cancellation of campus events should be directed to the Office of Marketing at (330) 823-6063.

As stated earlier, safety measures and changes to procedures, programming, and policies included in the Fall 2020 Responsible Reopening website are very much subject to change as our knowledge of COVID-19 continues to evolve and new or revised guidelines are presented. Thus, please check the site often. We will continue to work diligently to come to conclusions and provide answers to those questions that we haven’t already addressed, and we appreciate your continued understanding that necessary decisions made during a situation of this magnitude take thoughtful care and consideration.

As a reminder, the University has established a Confirmed Cases Reporting web page on the COVID-19 section of the Mount Union website that will be used to provide updated data regarding confirmed positive cases on campus. Please visit this site regularly to stay informed.

We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well. Again, we very much appreciate your patience as we work through details regarding the new semester.
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