At the recommendation of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio Dominican University’s (ODU’s) Leadership Team made the following decisions on Monday, March 16, to escalate the University’s response to the worsening outbreak of COVID-19.
- ODU will offer on-campus courses in an online-only format through the end of spring semester. (The University originally announced on March 11 that courses would be offered via remote learning through March 31.)
- ODU has decided to vacate its residence halls in an effort to increase physical distancing, as recommended by the Ohio Department of Health. (This process is ongoing and is expected to take multiple days.)
- All campus events scheduled to take place during spring semester have been canceled or postponed, including Commencement. (Alternative options to recognize this year’s graduating class are being considered.)
- All “non-essential” employees will begin to work remotely starting Tuesday, March. 17.
There has not been a confirmed case of COVID-19 found on ODU’s campus.
In an email to the campus community on March 16, ODU President Robert Gervasi, Ph.D. expressed his gratitude for the response by students, faculty and staff.
“I recognize the disruption that this outbreak has caused, and I thank you for your patience over the past couple of weeks,” said Gervasi. “We are most certainly all in this together, and I ask for your continued patience and understanding as we respond to this situation in accordance with the latest recommendations made by state officials to help ensure the health of our community.
For a collection of communications that have been sent to the campus community related to its response to the COVID-19 outbreak, visit ohiodominican.edu/Coronavirus.