The Dragon Plan: Tiffin University's plan for 2021-22

Message from Our President

Greetings, Students, Faculty, and Staff.


It is with the utmost gratefulness that I reach out to you today with news for our upcoming Fall 2021 return to campus. It is because of your respect and care for each other by complying with the pandemic protocols we had in place for the last 15 months, that we have made so much progress towards putting this pandemic behind us.

As a result, I would like to share with you our updated Dragon Plan (as of today) for the upcoming fall 2021 semester. This plan includes expectations aligned with our ICARE Values. I am confident that all Dragons will adhere to our expectations for the continued safety and well-being of others. The Dragon Plan communicates regular updates on our plan for returning to campus each semester, COVID-19 news and developments, and any new requirements or guidance that the University receives from our state and local health departments. Within this plan, you will find that we will require masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, and that we highly encourage you to get vaccinated. Having said that, we respect your individual choice and, therefore, will not require that all be vaccinated at this time. If you choose not to be vaccinated, you are encouraged to wear your mask for your protection while on campus. We will rely on the honor and honesty code for this. The only exception is we will ask for vaccination records as this will help us most effectively contact trace as needed.

Tiffin University will continue to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and regional and local health care partners to comply with directives and guidelines to safeguard our students, faculty, staff and visitors to reduce any new risks moving forward.

My very best wishes to each and every one of you this summer. Please stay safe and healthy over the summer months, and we'll see you in August 2021!

Regards,
Dr. Lillian Schumacher, President

 

Definitions

Isolation: Separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.

Quarantine: Separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

Self-health Assessment: A self-health assessment is an evaluation of one's own physical well-being based on the health screen questionnaire taken prior to coming onto campus.
Social Distancing: Keeping a safe space between yourself and other people who are not from your household. To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least six feet (about two arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.

COVID-19 Exposure: Individuals who have had close contact (less than six feet) for more than 15 minutes to an individual with COVID-19 symptoms or an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Positive: When an individual’s test results are positive for the COVID-19 virus.

Fully Vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

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COVID-19 Testing: When an individual is instructed to go to a healthcare facility to get tested for COVID-19 by a healthcare worker.

Administrator on Call (AOC): The AOC is a full-time staff member who is available to students, faculty, and staff to provide support in crisis situations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This staff member has been training on handling specific issues related to COVID-19 including providing support, access to resources, access to food, etc. for students placed in quarantine or isolation housing.

 

Campus Points of Contact

  • Overall Campus Response - Sean Durocher
  • Academics - Dr. Peter J. Holbrook
  • Athletics - Lonny Allen
  • Health Services - Fran Ford, CNP
  • Campus Care Coordinator- Kali Smith
  • Human Resources - Deidre Hassinger
  • Student Life - Jacob Simon
  • Tiffin Arts - Brad Rees

 

Health and Safety Practices for Dragon Nation

Introduction: Tiffin University will follow CDC, State and Local guidelines to promote a safe campus.

Employees

  • Employees must properly wear a facial covering if the employee indoors.
  • Reasonable accommodations will be considered for employees who have a documented medical condition to continue remote work.
  • Employees who are NOT fully vaccinated will be expected to take personal responsibility when travelling outside the State of Ohio.
  • Employees will actively practice social distancing of six feet or more if they are not fully vaccinated.
  • Employees are expected to clean their own offices when it comes to wiping down desks, keyboards, mice, phones, etc. Cleaning agents, paper towels, and gloves will be provided in centralized locations for employees to retrieve necessary cleaning supplies.

Residential Students

  • All campus residential halls and rooms have been sanitized prior to student arrival.
  • All shared spaces in housing will continue to be cleaned and sanitized daily. Students will be responsible for cleaning their own rooms
  • TU will provide access to hand soap, hand sanitizer, sanitizing supplies for students to use inside residence halls and houses, when requested.
  • Facial coverings will be required in all residential halls except for in residential rooms and in the restrooms. If you still would like to wear your mask, you are welcome to do so.
  • Students will be asked to actively practice social distancing of six feet or more in the residential halls and houses if they have not been fully vaccinated.
  • A plan for isolation and quarantine housing will be implemented utilizing campus spaces separate from other housing units to provide housing to students identified as testing with probable or positive COVID-19.
  • Students who are not fully vaccinated will be expected to take personal responsibility when travelling outside the State of Ohio.
  • Additional guidelines and expectations can be found in the Student Affairs COVID-19 Guidelines.

Dining Facilities

  • Cole Dining Hall will return to normal operation.
  • A facial covering is required when not actively eating or drinking.

Classroom Instruction

  • A facial covering is required indoors, regardless of vaccination status.


Co-Curricular Life

  • A facial covering is required indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

Visitors and Vendors

Athletics

  • The Athletics department will continue to follow guidelines from the NCAA, G-MAC, federal, state and local agencies.
  • Athletes will be required to provide vaccination status to their athletic trainer.
  • A facial covering is required indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
  • For more information, please visit https://www.gotiffindragons.com/information/athletic-info/Covid

 

Guidelines on COVID-19 Exposure

COVID-19 Exposure

  • If there is a significant exposure (and you are not fully vaccinated), the student will be required to quarantine for 10 days from the last exposure. If no symptoms at day 5 from exposure, the student may be tested for COVID-19. If the test is negative, the student will not be required to quarantine after day 7 from last exposure. IF any symptoms develop while quarantined, the student will be tested for COVID-19.
  • If you are fully vaccinated and have no symptoms, you will be Covid tested 3-5 days following the exposure

Probable COVID-19 Cases

  • Students who report COVID-19 symptoms on the health assessment or who have had contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 will be required to call Tiffin University's Health Center.
    • Students will be required to stay in their on-campus residential hall or off-campus home and/or return to their on-campus residential hall or off-campus home until further instruction has been given from a TU Health Center worker.
    • Students should contact their professor(s) if they will be missing classes.
    • Students should contact their coach if they are going to miss practice.
    • Students who need accommodations for courses must contact the Office of Disability Services at tiffin.edu/studentservices/disability-services
  • Employees who report COVID-19 symptoms on the health assessment or who have had contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to stay at home and contact their family physician or Teladoc for further instructions.
    • Employees should contact their supervisor if they are going to be absent from work.
    • Employees must work with the Office of Human Resources for accommodations.

Positive COVID-19 Cases

  • Tiffin University has designated a point of contact for communication about COVID-19 procedures with the campus, relevant state and local departments and agencies.
  • TU will notify the campus community of an employee or student with a COVID-19 positive case as appropriate. All HIPAA, ADA and FERPA regulations will be followed.
  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be placed in isolation housing.
    • Students will be given the option to go home if they test positive.
      • Students can return to campus once they receive a notification that they are clear from the Tiffin University Health Center. Students who need accommodations with classwork must contact the Office of Disability Services.tiffin.edu/studentservices/disability-services
  • Employees who test positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate for 10 days.
  • Employees who are exposed in the workplace will be sent home and asked to telework for 10 days.
  • Employees can return to work if they are:
  • Ten days from first symptoms, three days without fever without taking fever reducing medicine and an improvement in symptoms OR
  • Three days without fever without taking fever reducing medicine, and an improvement in symptoms.
  • Employees must work with Human Resources for accommodations.

 

Equity, Access & Opportunity - Office for Disability Services

Tiffin University’s Commitment to Equal Access and Diversity

Tiffin University (“TU” or the “University”) is committed in policy and practice to providing an educational experience and environment that is equally accessible for all, including those with a documented disability, so that individuals with disabilities have equal access and opportunity to learn and achieve based on their innate abilities and are not inhibited by barriers created by the interaction between their disability and the institutional environment and/or academic requirements. TU’s Office for Disability Services (ODS) supports this institutional commitment to diversity by providing educational opportunities for qualified individuals with disabilities through accessible programs and services in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 ), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and other applicable federal and state regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. In addition, the Office serves as a resource to the University community by providing consultation and advocacy services related to compliance. TU is committed to ensuring equal access for students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students who need accommodations and services to support healthy and safe engagement in learning and campus life are encouraged to follow the same process as established by the University for requesting reasonable accommodations.

TU will provide a wide range of COVID-19 related accommodations and services including:

  • Coordination of remote instruction for students with underlying conditions.
  • Housing accommodations (i.e. single room, air purifier).

Students are encouraged to submit requests in advance of the need for accommodations. Individuals must submit disability verification that meets disability documentation guidelines and includes an explicit
recommendation for COVID-19 accommodations and why they are medically necessary to facilitate access to the classroom and/or campus life.

For additional information and to begin the registration process, you may go to tiffin.edu/studentservices/disability-services

Because of the evolving, fluid situation and regulations, Tiffin University willcontinue to make a best faith effort to protect all faculty, staff and students.