Coronavirus response 2022

What you need to know for Spring 2022

For almost two years, the Ashland University community has worked diligently to protect our campus community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We appreciate the patience and flexibility you have shown as we navigate the ever-evolving measures we have taken as we work to keep Ashland University
healthy.

At this time, we anticipate that spring semester will continue much like fall, and we ask for your continued help as this pandemic wears on.

Ashland University follows current health guidance from the CDC, state and county. University policies and practices may change quickly in response to new information about COVID-19.

Student Requirements related to COVID-19:

Positive for COVID-19

Icon of a person getting a temperature reading with a contactless thermometer Regardless of vaccination status, isolate for 10 days after symptom onset or 10 days after test date if no symptoms. To return students must be interviewed by the Health Center staff, have proof of the positive test provided to the Health Center, symptoms resolved or resolving, and no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications x 24 hours (ibuprofen/Tylenol), and have a release letter from the county Health Department managing their case.

Direct contact to a positive case:

Quarantine for 14 days Unvaccinated - A student must quarantine for 14 days from the last date of exposure to the positive case. The student should not get a test during quarantine unless they have symptoms. Students should call the Student Health Center immediately if they develop symptoms and a test will be ordered, if indicated. A negative test will not end quarantine faster. Students must also be interviewed by the Student Health Center staff to get cleared to return to campus/campus activities.
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Fully vaccinated - Once providing proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19* to the Health Center, the student is required to mask at all times and to get a COVID-19 test 5-7 days after exposure. The student is discouraged from going to any optional events. The test result needs to be sent to the Student Health Center and the student will need to be interviewed by a Student Health Center staff member. If the person chooses not to test, s/he must wear a mask for 14 days, and must be interviewed by a Student Health Center staff member at the end of the 14 days.

* Fully vaccinated means 14 days after one's second shot (or first if Johnson & Johnson) and COVID booster.

COVID-19 shield icon Past COVID-19 Diagnosis - If a student has had Covid in the past 90 days (proof of positive test must be on file in the Health Center), they are exempt from quarantine due to exposure.
Medical chart icon NOTE: Employees should contact their primary care physician and will be contacted by their local Health Department with instructions on isolation/quarantine mandates and protocols. Additionally, employees need to complete the online COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form.

Vaccinations:

Ashland University strongly encourages but does not require COVID-19 vaccinations. Please note that there may be specific situations in which a vaccine is required in order to participate in an academic or co-curricular activity. Contact your program/department chair or coach with questions or concerns. For more information on the vaccine’s safety and efficacy, visit the Ohio Department of Health Covid-19 vaccination website, or these helpful resources from the CDC or click here to hear from the President Carlos Campo and Dr. Joe Castaldo, Ohio Health infectious disease doctor, on the impact of vaccinations to prevent the spread of the virus.

Facial Coverings:

Masks are now required while indoors at any Ashland University campus.

If students are participating in a study abroad or domestic field trip where public transportation will be used or will be completing a clinical, internship, student teaching or work-study in a health care setting or at some businesses, mask wearing is now required while indoors.

Social Distancing: 

Social distancing is no longer required at Ashland University. Normal occupancy will return in all offices, classrooms, and meeting spaces. 

Self-Monitoring

Faculty, staff, students, and visitors are strongly encouraged to continue to monitor symptoms and to ensure you don’t come to campus if you are not feeling well. Download the AU Campus Shield app with COVID-19 symptom checker for Apple/iOS or Google Play.

Mandatory Testing Protocols

AU will conduct free mass testing of all students living on, or attending classes at the Ashland Campus, regardless of vaccination status, from 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. on January 10 and Tuesday, January 11. Testing will be done at 709 Claremont Avenue (behind Vines Bakery).

  • Those providing the testing services ask that you bring with you a photo ID and vaccination card (if applicable).
  • Per State of Ohio guidelines, those entering the testing location are required to wear a mask. Extra masks will be provided if you forget yours.
  • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please do not come to testing.
    • Students: please contact the Student Health Center at 419-289-5200 or your primary care physician.
    • Employees: please contact your primary care physician.

Possible exemptions from testing:

  • Students currently in mandated isolation or quarantine

  • Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days and has been processed through the Student Health Center

  • Students participating in the College Credit Plus program

  • Students enrolled at the Ashland Theological Seminary

Quarantine and Isolation

Fully vaccinated individuals are no longer automatically required to self-quarantine if they come in contact with a COVID-19 infected individual -  unless ordered to do so by a healthcare professional. Exposed students may be required to get tested if ordered by a healthcare professional.

Athletics/ Recreation Center

AU student athletes involved in practice and competition will continue to follow all NCAA and GMAC conference guidelines and testing protocols, which may differ from the University’s processes. Please contact your coach or athletic director Al King with any questions.

The Recreation Center will be open during regularly scheduled hours for students as well as faculty/staff/community members with paid membership. Exercise equipment and use of the facility have returned to normal operations. Some restrictions may return in the event of an outbreak. Masks are required to be worn at all times inside the Recreation Center, including while participating in physical activity. The Rec Center, however, will continue to operate under other pre-COVID conditions, such as maintaining full capacity occupancy, equipment check-out availability, and no social distance requirements at this time.

Academics:

As was in the case this fall, traditional undergraduate students are expected to attend classes in person, on campus. Please refer to your course schedule and the modality listed in the Self-Service tool, or reach out to your academic advisor with questions. Any student with specific medical accommodations should contact Silvia Henriss, director of the Student Accessibility Center and provide documentation of a disability as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. For more information, contact au-sac@ashland.edu or click here for detailed information on requesting accommodations and intake.

Please be aware that some flexibility may be required should your instructor be unable to attend class in person.

Office Availability and Employee Staffing:

Generally, offices at AU operate from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with the exception of scheduled holidays. Some offices, including safety services, the resource center circulation desk, the writing center and the tutoring center have extended and weekend hours.

Spring Housing and Dining Services:

As was the case in the fall, the University will remain pre-COVID levels of housing occupancy. Please contact Residence Life if you need additional information.

Dining Services is also operating at pre-Covid hours of service, meal plan offerings, and seating capacities. Please click the following or contact Dining Services for specific questions: https://www.ashland.edu/administration/auxiliary-services/student-dining

Additional Information and Updates:

Ashland University will continue to follow all CDC, State of Ohio, and Ashland County Health Department guidelines. Should there be a surge in cases in the Ashland University community, the University and its partners will respond accordingly.


Updated information and FAQs will continue to be available on the Ashland University homepage in the What You Need To Know link.  For specific questions, please connect with: