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As Ohio Dominican continues to support online, hybrid and in-person classes during the 2020-2021 academic year, this page will provide information and campus resources with Ohio Dominican students and their families, as well as faculty and staff, regarding the university’s response to COVID-19 to help ensure a safe and successful year.

The policies and procedures shared on this page support our Culture of Care, as they are rooted in the safety, health and well-being for our students, faculty, staff and visitors. They align with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and Ohio Department of Health’s Responsible Restart Ohio regulations and guidelines, and are subject to change.

ODU’s COVID-19 campus response plan is guided by five core strategies:


Enhanced Cleaning Protocols

Health Monitoring

Personal Safety Practices

Classroom & Workplace Guidelines

Protecting our Community


Do you have any questions, concerns or ideas about fall or spring semester?

We invite you to submit them at ODURising@ohiodominican.edu.


COVID-19 Confirmed Active Cases
(As of April 16, 2021)



Ohio Dominican is committed to keeping the campus community informed about the presence and impact of COVID-19 by reporting and sharing the number of confirmed active positive cases among students, faculty and staff. To help ensure this information is up to date, this page will be updated each week at midday on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This approach will allow the university to protect the privacy of students, faculty and staff while sharing campus health trends.


ODU COVID-19 Forms

Access ODU’s COVID-19 Questionnaire

Please complete this form immediately if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. You will need to log in to your account before accessing the form.

Complete Questionnaire

Complete ODU’s Return-to-Campus Request Form

All employees and students who have self-isolated or quarantined must complete this form before they return to work or attend in-person classes. After completing this form, you should wait to return to campus until you have been contacted by either the Office of Human Resources of Office of Student Development. Student-athletes must complete this form before returning to campus for in-person classes or practice/athletic activities.

Complete Form


Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

University Operations


Will fall semester still begin on Aug. 16, 2021?
Yes, our fall semester is scheduled to begin on schedule on Aug. 16, 2021. We are preparing to utilize a fully face-to-face format; however, if local and state guidelines and restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic do not allow us to do so, we willbegin the semester in a hybrid format

What is ODU doing to keep students, faculty and staff safe?
A number of steps are being taken to ensure the health of our campus community. Hand sanitizing stations have been installed in high-traffic areas across campus. These stations arechecked throughout the day to ensure they are filled. You also will notice signage that encourages social distancing, as well as some directional signage to help reduce the instances in which you come into direct contact with other members of our community. Cleaning supplies are also located near high-touch surfaces, such as copiers and printers. All ODU employees are being encouraged to check for symptoms of COVID-19 before coming to campus. If an employee shows any symptoms whatsoever, they have been instructed to remain home.
Will I be required to wear a face mask?
To ensure the health and safety of all members of our campus community, all students, faculty, staff and visitors will be required to wear a face covering when on campus. The only exceptions are when students are in their personal rooms, or staff and faculty when they are in their offices and not in the immediate presence of others.
Is ODU testing for COVID-19?
Yes, consistent with state guidelines and recommendations, Ohio Dominican is randomly testing 3% of students on a weekly basis. In addition, Central Ohio Primary Care (COPC), in partnership with Ohio Dominican, has agreed to provide testing to ODU students, faculty and staff who are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19. To be eligible for testing, an individual must be symptomatic and receive a referral from a health care provider. The health care provider can be the individual’s Primary Care Physician or a provider in ODU’s Wellness Center. The health care provider will contact COPC who will then contact the individual to schedule an appointment to be tested at a convenient location. Students without their own health care provider can contact the Wellness Center 614-251-4570 for a consultation and referral. For more information, including specific instructions on what to do if you are experiencing symptoms, see an email sent from the Office of Marketing and Public Relations on Aug. 27. Students with questions may contact the Dean of Student Life at reeds@ohiodominican.edu or 614-251-4593. Employees may contact the Human Resources Office at hr@ohiodominican.edu or 614-251-4597.

Are campus offices currently staffed?
The majority of campus offices are open; however, some staff members continue to work remotely. Contact information has been posted outside of offices so students and visitors know how to contact those staff members remotely.

Will there be a Spring Commencement?
Yes, while details are still being worked out, at the current time, we are planning on hosting a Spring Commencement ceremony on May 8 for members of last year's and this year's graduating classes. Click here for more information regarding commencement.


Questions Specific to COVID-19

What if I don’t feel well at any point during the year?
Students who experience any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should contact their primary care provider or the Wellness Center to schedule a telehealth appointment with Health Services staff for evaluation of symptoms. To contact ODU’s Wellness Center, email wellnesscenter@ohiodominican.edu or call 614-251-4570. Due to the current state of COVID-19, Health Services or Counseling staff will not be able to accommodate walk-in visitors. Commuting students are encouraged not to come to campus if they are feeling ill or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. If a student arrives on campus and feels ill, they should contact the Wellness Center to notify them, if possible, but should leave campus and head home and contact their primary care provider immediately. Once tested, whether positive or negative, students may choose to go home to self-quarantine or return to campus. Students may be asked to self-isolate and access classes online for as many as 14 days. ODU is currently following all state guidelines and recommendations for quarantine following possible COVID-19 exposure, as updated by the Ohio Department of Health in December 2020. Click here to view ODH’s updated recommendations.
What if I am considered to be high risk for COVID-19?
Students whose health condition falls within one of the CDC High Risk Categories, or is pregnant, and/or caring for or living with people who need to take extra precautions, may request classroom accommodations. Students should email Academic Affairs or the Dean of Students with any questions.
When can I be around others once I've been confirmed to have - or I think I had - COVID-19?
Ohio Dominican is following guidelines and recommendations from the CDC, which can be accessed here.
Can I find out who is in quarantine or isolation?
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prohibit us from sharing sensitive patient health information, so information related to those in quarantine or isolation cannot be shared.
What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?
According to the CDC, isolation is when you separate yourself from others because you have a contagious disease. On the other hand, you quarantine from others if you were or may have been exposed to someone who has contracted a contagious disease. During a quarantine, you stay away from others while you monitor your health to see if you become sick. In short, you isolate if you are sick, and you quarantine if you might be sick. For more information on isolation and quarantine guidelines from the CDC, click hereODU is currently following all state guidelines and recommendations for quarantine following possible COVID-19 exposure, as updated by the Ohio Department of Health in December 2020. Click here to view ODH’s updated recommendations.
Is there a difference if I am quarantining with or without symptoms?
Yes, if you are quarantining without symptoms, you are permitted to leave the residence hall for short periods of time alone while, at all times, wearing your mask. This includes picking up food orders in the dining hall or from a food delivery service, or sitting outside. On the other hand, if you are quarantining with symptoms, you should never leave your room during the quarantine period. Food and other necessities will be delivered to you.

Academics & Admission

Are classes taking place on campus or online?
The majority of our undergraduate classes this academic year are available in a hybrid format, or a blend of online and in-person formats. While some classes are in person only, they vast majority of them have been developed to be delivered online as well. We have installed technology in dozens of classrooms to allow us the option of dividing in-person classes in half to enhance physical distancing, if necessary. As an example, one half of the class may attend in person while another half attends online, and vice versa the next class meeting time. Some smaller classes may not require this approach. We anticipate that all of our classrooms will be able to accommodate classes while also allowing for safe social distancing.
What if I’m not yet ready to attend class in person?
While we are confident that the measures we are taking will help to keep our community healthy and safe, students who are not yet ready or comfortable to attend class in person have the option to participate in class remotely in most cases. In some cases, for example certain science labs, students will have to be present on campus.
What is a hybrid class?
A hybrid course combines one group of on-campus students with another group of remote students through the Virtual Classroom. All students are expected to attend each class session regardless of on-campus or remote status. Be aware that by attending a hybrid class in person you may appear on camera. Class sessions may be recorded, and recordings may be found in our PantherLearn course shell. Such recordings/streaming will only be available to students registered for this class.
Am I permitted to share recordings of my online/hybrid classes?
No. All class recordings are the intellectual property of the faculty and they may not be shared or reproduced without the explicit, written consent of the faculty member. Further, students may not share these sessions with those not in the class, or upload them to any other online environment. Doing so may be a violation of the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Will I still be able to access tutoring services?
Yes, you will still be able to receiving tutoring services from ODU’s Academic Resource Center in person or online.
What Library services will be available this year?
For information about Library services, click here.
Will ODU still have Spring Break?
Yes, however we have moved Spring Break to coincide with Holy Week, so instead of it taking place March 7-13 as originally scheduled, it will now take place March 29 to April 5, with classes resuming on April 6. This change allows us to still provide students with a much-needed break during the spring semester while also eliminating an instance of students leaving and returning to campus. 

Residence Life, Food Service & Move-In Options

What is ODU doing to keep residential students safe?
Fortunately, the vast majority of our residence halls utilize a suite-style format, so residential students live with no more than three additional students. Also, each suite has access to their own private restroom. This setup helps to limit interaction with other residents. In addition, we are working with our housekeeping partner, Sodexo, to ensure all residence halls are regularly cleaned and sanitized.

Will ODU’s dining hall and other dining options be available?
Yes. You are still able to get your meals either in Hamilton Dining Hall or the Griffin Student Center Deli. Hamilton Hall is able to accommodate seating for up to 100 people at a time and there continues to be an emphasis on carryout and online ordering this year. The Grill has not reopened; however, some Grill items are available at the other venues. For more information on ODU's dining services, click here.

To avoid large crowds, Hamilton Hall will offer continuous service during the fall and spring. In between regular meal periods, soup, salad and other made-to-order items will be available, as well as "Grab & Go" (while supplies last.) Though Hamilton Hall will be open all day, its regular meal periods (when classic hot entrees will be ready to serve) are as follows:

Monday - Friday:

  • Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday:

  • Brunch: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Will I be required to wear a facemask or socially distance while in the residence halls?
While face coverings will be required in all public and common areas on campus, you will not be expected to wear a face covering while in your suite. However, you will be asked to wear one while walking down the hall or when in the shared restrooms in Sansbury Hall. We also ask you to do your best to stay 6’ away from others, even within your suite. Elevator capacity limits have been posted. In addition, furniture has been arranged in lounges and other common spaces to encourage social distancing. Laundry rooms will remain open as you are encouraged to wash cloth face coverings after each use (so please bring plenty of options). We encourage you to wipe down all surfaces before and after use in any common areas with hard surfaces, buttons, or handles you may touch.
Will I be permitted to have guests in my room?
To help ensure the health and safety of all residential students, there will be no guests permitted inside the residence halls. This includes family and non-residential ODU students. Any guests who desire to visit you must remain outside or meet with you in large open areas such as the Griffin Student Center.
If you would like to request approval for a guest to enter the building, you will need to coordinate with a Residence Life professional staff member at least 48 hours in advance to make that request. If Franklin County risk levels are reduced to Level 1 (https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/public-health-advisory-system/) during the semester, this policy may be reviewed and adjusted. If you do not live in a building, you will not be permitted to enter it.
Will my room be configured differently to help adhere to physical distancing?
Most rooms and occupancy levels in our residence halls will remain the same as they have been in the past. In rooms where there is more than one student assigned, the furniture will be arranged in a layout to help provide as much space as possible between residents while they are sleeping. We will encourage you to leave the furniture configured in this way, and to not bring additional furniture or large items to help maintain this layout.
How can I visit with my Resident Assistant?
RAs will still be building community and getting to know you. They will visit you virtually, setting up times to interact on Microsoft Teams or Zoom instead of just stopping by your room. We know this will be quite the adjustment and so we hope you will share ideas for fun things we can do to build a community while trying not to breathe, cough or sneeze on each other!
How often will my room be cleaned?
Facilities and Housekeeping staff have been putting together enhanced cleaning plans, which include having community bathrooms cleaned once a day and sanitized twice a day. We encourage you to bring a good supply of your own sanitizing spray and/or wipes to wipe down commonly touched spaces in your room, especially areas like your door handle and/or light switch. For those in suite-style halls, where you are responsible for cleaning your own bathrooms and living areas, we will encourage you to wipe down the frequently touched surfaces every day with sanitizing products. Some cleaning and sanitizing products will be available at the front desks.
Am I permitted to leave campus?
During the semester, we highly encourage students not to leave campus during the weekends as every interaction with other individuals and communities increases the exposure possibility for all students on campus.  
What happens if a student becomes sick?
If a student reports symptoms of COVID19, staff from Residence Life and the Wellness Center will work with them to have a test done at a local testing facility. If that test comes back positive, the student may be required to self-isolate for as many as 14 days, and any students that were in close contact with the student may be asked to quarantine for as many as 14 days. If these students choose to stay on campus, we have set aside a few suites to use for self-isolation and quarantine. During this time, students will be able to complete all course requirements remotely, and meals will be delivered by Dining Services and Residence Life staff. ODU is currently following all state guidelines and recommendations for quarantine following possible COVID-19 exposure, as updated by the Ohio Department of Health in December 2020. Click here to view ODH’s updated recommendations.
What if I am having second thoughts about living on campus?
We realize some of you might be wondering if living on campus this year is right for you. We know some families have had financial changes and, for some students, their own health or the health of family members is a concern. If you’re thinking you may want to live at home (or in an off-campus apartment as a junior or senior not receiving athletic aid), please contact the Office of Residence Life at reslife@ohiodominican.edu to discuss your situation and concerns. If your family lives slightly further than the 40-mile radius from campus, there will be some flexibility with the commuting distance. We need to hear from you on your plans. Please be aware that making a change to your residency may have an impact on your financial aid, including your eligibility for athletic aid.

Student Involvement, Organizations & Athletics

Will clubs, activities and events still be available on campus?
We know that a major component of ODU’s vibrant campus are the dozens of clubs and hundreds of activities and events that are available on campus throughout the semester. Many organizations continue to meet regularly via virtual formats or by following social distance guidelines. We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure you have a fun, exciting and successful year at Ohio Dominican.

I’m a student-athlete. Will I be able to practice and compete with my teammates this year?
For the latest information regarding athletics at Ohio Dominican, visit ohiodominicanpanthers.com or contact your coach.

Can I use ODU's athletic facilities?
At this time, the basketball courts in Alumni Hall, Panther Field, and the baseball and softball fields are reserved for varsity team activity only. The grass practice field and Brentnell field are available for recreational use when not occupied by an athletic team. For any questions, please contact ODU’s athletic department at 614-251-4735. 

Watch the July 23 Student Town Hall that was held to answer your questions about returning to campus!

Additional Campus Resources