Ashland University - Stronger Together, Safer Together, Coronavirus Response

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December 14, 2020: Modified Operations for Spring Semester 2021

We’d like to apprise you of what you can expect next month as we begin our Spring 2021 semester.

New students will move into their campus residences on Jan. 15 for orientation. Returning students may return as early as Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021.

Our first week will begin with “Modified Campus Operations” as we continue to carefully monitor COVID-19 conditions and adjust our plans accordingly to ensure the safest possible living-learning environment.

AU will resume face to face, virtual and hybrid classes as planned on Jan. 19, 2021. That day, all students are required to participate in mass COVID-19 testing in Upper Convo between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. AU will schedule students in blocks of time to control the flow of testing and traffic (social distancing, reduced occupancy requirements, etc.). Students who have unavoidable conflicts (quarantined, ill, cannot travel, etc.) must contact to be scheduled for a later test.

It will be critical to limit campus interactions until the test results are known.  As such, Ashland’s campus will operate under modified operations restricting face-to-face interactions to essential activities only through Sunday, Jan. 24.

Modified Operations are designed to limit non-essential face-to-face interactions. Essential activities permitted will include:

  1. Virtual, face-to-face and hybrid classes. There will be no change to academic courses/activities from Fall 2020 operational protocols.
  2. Meals will be served “to go” only and dining hall seating areas will be closed.
  3. NCAA team practices and required activities may continue.
  4. Ashland University Recreation Center remains open.

All other activities will begin virtually including campus meetings, events and activities.

***Off campus social gatherings of more than 10 people remain prohibited for the entire academic year, and those found to be in violation of this policy will be treated as violators of the Code of Student Conduct.


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Daily Self-Screenings

Check your health before you come to campus.

CDC COVID-19 Symptom Checker

Stock photo of a male student wearing a medical mask

Wear a Mask

AU is requiring all faculty, staff and students to wear a mask on-campus, unless alone in their personal office or residence hall.  A personal office is considered a room, not a cubical or other open air space.

CDC Use of face coverings

Students in the lounge area of Kettering Hall

Social Distancing

Stay at least 6 feet from other people. Avoid groups and crowded spaces.

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A Safer Campus

How campus will change to increase health and safety.

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Modified Facilities & Procedures

Changed hours, policies for on-campus buildings and services.

Students in the microbiology lab

Further Accommodations

Streamlines process for individual requests for classrooms or workspaces.