Coronavirus response 2022

NEW!! What you need to know for Spring 2022

For the last 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 safety measures we have taken to keep Ashland University healthy.

Ashland University will continue to follow CDC, State of Ohio, and Ashland County Health Department guidelines as quickly as possible.  University policies and practices may change quickly without prior notice in response to new information about COVID-19. Updates will be reflected on this website as soon as possible following such changes.

WELL "U" in '22 is our campaign - The event will host wellness information, sign up opportunities for Wellness Events - and promotion throughout the campus on all sorts of media to make it a positive energizing way to kick off the finish of the school year! Home test kits will also be available to anyone that gets tested.

Another WELL "U" in '22 event-  Monday March 28th!!!!!

All students and staff may pick up a free COVID-19 home test kit Monday March 28, 2022.

There will be a table in Hawkins-Conard Student Center on the first floor from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

If you have questions or would like to request a different time to pick one up, please email au-covid@ashland.edu.

FACIAL COVERINGS:

Effective Monday, Feb. 14, 2022, Ashland University will end our temporary mask mandate and move to a mask optional policy. However, pandemic conditions are still present throughout the nation. Until our health officials announce endemic conditions, AU will continue to follow all required quarantine and isolation instructions provided by healthcare professionals. This includes wearing a mask during partial quarantine and isolation periods when moving about the campus is allowed.

Please be aware that mask requirements may continue for certain curricular or co-curricular activities as mandated by partner or external governing bodies (i.e. clinical settings, study away/abroad travel, athletics travel, etc.). Specific faculty, programs and/or environments may continue to require indoor masking and the university will support these requirements, including requiring students to wear a mask to participate. A university mask mandate or other safety measures may be re-instituted if conditions warrant.

For nearly two years, you have been instrumental in helping us stay safer and stronger together. Thank you!

Student Requirements related to COVID-19:

Positive for COVID-19

Icon of a person getting a temperature reading with a contactless thermometer

Students testing positive or experiencing flu-like symptoms must isolate and contact the Student Health Center immediately at 419-289-5200 or healthcenter@ashland.edu. Submit any test results to Student Health Center.  The Health Center staff will advise you of your isolation protocol based on the latest Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Guidelines. AU final isolation and quarantine instructions may vary from these guidelines based on individual screening results.

Instructions for the new 5-day isolation and quarantine protocols will be individually assessed and provided after your screening.

Direct contact to a positive case:

Vaccine icon Students identified as a close contact to a positive case will need to quarantine. Students should contact the Student Health Center at 419-289-5200 or healthcenter@ashland.edu to be screened and review your specific protocol based on current Ohio Department of Health guidelines and submit verification of your vaccination status (healthcenter@ashland.edu).
Medical chart icon NOTE: Employees should contact their primary health care provider 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 an up to date 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.

If students are participating in a study abroad or domestic field trips 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.

Fully Vaccinated:

A student is fully vaccinated if the booster (3rd) shot has been accomplished.  If a student has completed the “series” within the last 5 months of Pfizer or Moderna.  If a student has completed the primary series* of Johnson & Johnson vaccine less than two months ago. (https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1227-isolation-quarantine-guidance.html)

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 CORONAVIRUS symptom checker for Apple/iOS or Google Play.

If you are experiencing any of the follow potential coronavirus symptoms – You should be tested

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting or Diarrhea

Students: please contact the Student Health Center at 419-289-5200 or your primary care physician.
Employees: please contact your primary care physician.

Athletics/ Recreation Center

AU student athletes involved in practice and competition will continue to follow all university protocols as well as NCAA and GMAC conference guidelines and testing protocols. 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. 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, shenriss@ashland.edu or call (419) 289-5904 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 8am – 4pm Monday through Friday, with the exception of scheduled holidays. Some offices, including safety services, the Archer Library 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 maintain pre-COVID-19 levels of housing occupancy. Please contact Residence Life if you need additional information.

Dining Services is also operating at pre-COVID-19 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 Institution of Higher Education, CDC, State of Ohio, and Ashland County Health Department guidelines as quickly as possible. 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: