Coronavirus Update

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Updated 10/20/21 @ 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021
From: Dr. Lillian Schumacher
Subject: Updated COVID guest policy

Greetings Dragons!

I hope this message comes to you after a wonderful midterm break during which you prepared for the rest of this semester to finish strong. As I shared a couple of weeks ago, your diligence and persistence with regard to the health and safety of our campus continue to positively impact our community. And, for the last few weeks, we have seen lower numbers of new COVID-19 cases within our community. As always, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to check our COVID-19 Dashboard on the TU website any time to see the current number of active cases. Please remember that this page is updated once a week and reflects the currently active cases, closed cases and total cases for the fall 2021 semester.

As a result, the COVID-19 Task Force has made the recommendation that the University relaxes the current guest restriction policy. I fully support this decision and effective immediately on-campus students are able to have guests per the originally posted guest and maximum occupancy policies. Additionally, we will be increasing the dining hall seating to 75% capacity.

This, in part, is a result of your hard work in keeping campus safe. Please continue to observe the current health recommendations and campus policies. Face coverings continue to be required for all campus community members. If you are not vaccinated yet, we highly encourage you to do so. If you have questions about getting vaccinated, please reach out to the Health Center at healthcenter@tiffin.edu.

Finally, I want to inform the campus that two students were invited and have accepted to join the COVID-19 Task Force. These students are Jo Ochenduski and Madison Wagner. Moving forward, these students will be included in the Task Force meetings and are a great resource, along with the rest of the task force members, for students to connect with if they have suggestions regarding TU's response to COVID-19. Please reach out to them as you have questions or comments as these two are your representatives on the task force; they are representing the students' perspectives.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.

Thank you and stay TU Dragon strong,
 
Dr. Lillian Schumacher 
President


Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021
From: Dr. Lillian Schumacher
Subject: Mid-semester check-in

Greetings Dragons,

As we approach mid-semester, now is a great time to take a moment to reflect on how your semester is going so far, how you are growing as a student and how you want the rest of the semester to be so that you end it strong. Midterms are here. Now is the time to do your best to stay focused, yet take the time to take care of yourself. Please know that your faculty, staff and administrators are here for you if you need anything.

As I reflect on our fall semester so far, I wanted to express my gratitude to you, the students, for your diligence and persistence in keeping each other and the campus safe. I, and others on campus, have noticed and appreciate your dedication to wearing masks and doing your best with social distancing to keep our Dragon community healthy. As the weeks go on, please know that your efforts do not go unnoticed and truly have me beaming with pride for our Dragon community.

The COVID-19 task force, my leadership cabinet and I will continue to reassess the campus' response to the COVID-19 pandemic. I also continue to be very aware of the way the guest restriction policy impacts your experience on campus. The number of on-campus cases and in our community will continue to be monitored. Adjustments may be made to our response as things improve. As always, your health, safety and well-being are my first priority and your diligence in the precautions mentioned above will help us get through these times together.

Please continue to check tiffin.edu for updates. There, you can find the COVID dashboard, with a complete count of COVID-19 cases on campus. It is updated weekly at https://www.tiffin.edu/COVID19_reporting

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Dr. Lillian Schumacher
President


Thursday, Sept 16, 2021
From: Dr. Lillian Schumacher
Subject: Updated COVID-19 precautions

Dear students,

Our most important job is to keep you, and all of us, safe.
Last year we created a COVID-19 Task Force, composed of several leaders within the institution representing multiple areas on campus. This group works with the local health department to create campus precautions and implement safety measures. From the beginning of the pandemic, our decisions have been based on CDC's guidelines, recommendations and information.

After some input from students, we have decided to make sure that the COVID-19 response task force includes student voices. There will now be two student positions on the Task Force. The selected students will be asked to represent their peers in sharing their feelings, concerns and recommendations on the pandemic and TU’s safety precautions. More information on those positions and how to apply will be coming soon. Please think about serving on the task force and/or encourage your friends to do so.

As we move through the academic year, knowing that we are still not out of the woods, the task force, the presidential cabinet and I will continue to make decisions to keep our students, faculty and staff as safe as possible from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please remember, that we are doing our best navigating throughout this process, and it has been brought to our attention that we need to take a hard look at our communication strategies as we are making these safety decisions. As such, I wanted to address the recent recommendation to close the dining hall. The CDC continues to recommend that everyone, regardless of vaccine status, wear a face covering as a means to limit the spread of COVID-19. The dining hall, by nature of being a place to eat, was a location the task force identified as being a potential for high spread (i.e. many students, together, not wearing masks while eating). We originally thought that making the dining hall to-go only would decrease students congregating in groups without masks. However, we have found that students are still congregating, just in different locations. As a result, we are happy to announce that we have asked AVI, our Food Service partner, to open the dining hall again - at half capacity and still offer to-go options for students. Hopefully, by opening at half capacity, it will decrease the number of areas for congestion while still allowing students to enjoy the dining hall. We will continue to monitor this and if our active cases of COVID-19 go down, we will revaluate this again.

With regard to the guest restriction enacted last week, I wanted to address the thought process behind that decision. Through our contact tracing efforts, we are finding that the most common cause for exposure continues to be students in close proximity to each other in social settings. It is incredibly important that students take the expectation to limit their exposure to other students outside of their “bubble” seriously. As such, this policy will remain in effect until we see numbers going in a better direction than they currently are. You can all help with this by wearing your mask and consider getting vaccinated.  

I know these are difficult times and we may feel isolated or alone as each of us deals with challenging times differently. Please know we are here for you and we have health and wellness services, including counseling, in place for all of our students.

As a reminder, getting vaccinated is a safe and effective way to prevent contracting COVID-19, as well as significant illness in the event of infection. If you are interested in getting more information about the vaccine, please reach out to the Health Center at healthcenter@tiffin.edu. Additionally, more information and frequently asked questions will be posted on the Tiffin University coronavirus page in the coming days. As you have questions, please reference this page.
 
Remember, the pandemic is an ongoing, ever-changing situation, which means each and every decision will be made with the best interest of our students, faculty and staff in mind. Just as we have through this entire experience, decisions will be made and reevaluated as things continue to evolve. We are making decisions that not everyone will like all of the time; this is a reality of today's environment. But we will always do our best to act in the interest of safety first. We ask for your understanding and trust, as we work hard to keep campus safe.

Lastly, I encourage all of you to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather as this is a much safer place to congregate and spend time with your friends.

Remember we will get through this pandemic together and be stronger on the other side of it.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lillian Schumacher
President


Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021
From: Dr. Lillian Schumacher
Subject: COVID-19 precautions

Good afternoon Dragon Nation,

The health and safety of our campus is our top priority this semester, as we navigate through the pandemic. In light of the recent COVID-19 spikes on campus, we have decided to implement a few additional precautions. Below, you will find the policies, as well as the possible sanctions that will be determined upon a policy violation.

Mask Wearing:
All students must wear a mask indoors. 

Cole Dining Hall:
Starting Friday, September 10, 2021, AVI will only serve to-go meals. No students will be permitted to eat in the dining hall.

Guest Policy:
Until further notice, no guests are permitted in on-campus housing. This includes guests from outside the university as well as anyone entering a residential building to which they are not assigned, barring emergency circumstances. It is essential to the success of containing and preventing illness spread that we do our best to keep the spread at a minimum. Violations of this expectation can result in a guest policy violation and/or failure to comply with policy violation.

Non-residential guests are limited to those that are essential for the ongoing care of the resident (i.e. healthcare aide or parent serving in that capacity). All other non-residential guests should arrange to meet their residential host outside, maintaining appropriate social distancing. Residents must register their essential guests with Residence Life and Housing through the Disability Services Office. This will include contact information as well as dates, times and durations of planned visits.

Health and Safety Hazard:
Students are responsible for maintaining a safe and healthy living environment in both their specific residence facility (in residence halls, houses, and apartments) as well as in the common areas, bathrooms, and hallways of their housing units and the Tiffin University campus in general. Should students create an environment either intentionally, maliciously, or unintentionally that creates an unhealthy, unsanitary, or hazardous environment for others, they will be subject to action through the Student Conduct Process. This includes but is not limited to propping all doors into residence halls, houses, and apartments.

Failure to Comply Outcomes:

  • Students are advised that the University expects full cooperation, respect, and honesty with University officials, Tiffin University Security, Tiffin Police, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies, civil officers, or Residence Life at all times. The failure to act in such a manner results in formal disciplinary action. This includes, but is not limited to when a student:
  • Is being contacted by a Student Conduct Hearing Officer in regard to a conduct meeting and does not report.
  • Is assigned a sanction as a result of a conduct meeting and does not complete it within the given deadline.
  • Is asked to identify themselves to Residence Life, Campus Security, and/or other University officials.
  • Is uncooperative, disrespectful, or evasive toward University Officials (including RAs and Campus Student Security).

Conduct Outcomes:

  • On-campus guests violations, mass gathering limitations violations, health and safety violations, or failure to comply violations:
    • Moving forward, any violations of these policies will result in a mandatory two week Interim Housing Removal, Interim Loss of Privilege or Interim Suspension. This is a temporary restriction of access to certain campus areas, properties, buildings, living units, public spaces, parking lots, activities, etc. Students will be restricted from university housing, public spaces, etc. during this time. This sanction will not be appealable.
    • Additional violations may result in dismissal from the university.
  • Outside Guests Outcomes:
    • Students who bring unapproved guests to campus may result in permanent Loss of Housing Privilege or immediate dismissal from the university.
      • Housing Sanctions or Restrictions - The University reserves the right to remove anyone from housing immediately should circumstances warrant it. This action can be temporary or permanent. Once a person has been removed from housing or placed with restrictions, that person no longer has guest access to residential areas of campus. Housing Sanctions or Restrictions include:
        • Housing Removal - The immediate removal from Tiffin University Housing either permanently, or for a set period of time.
        • Loss of Privilege - The withdrawal of a privilege, use of a service, participation in a program, event, or activity for a set period of time. This sanction may prohibit a student or organization from participating in extracurricular or athletic activities.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends the following best practices for people to protect themselves:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects
  • Stay at home when you are sick
  • Practice social distancing, leaving at least three feet between you and other people
  • Wear a cloth mask in public when you cannot social distance

Thank you for your cooperation and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Dr. Lillian Schumacher, President


Updated 8/11/21 @ 9 a.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021
From: Dr. Lillian Schumacher

Subject: COVID-19 update

Greetings Dragons,

As we get closer to the beginning of the semester, we are still living with the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff continues to be of paramount importance to Tiffin University. As such, Tiffin University strongly recommends, but does not require, students, faculty and staff to get the COVID-19 vaccine. If you would like information about where you can get the COVID-19 vaccine, please email healthcenter@tiffin.edu. Please note, per CDC guidance, individuals who are fully vaccinated and are found through the contact tracing process to be a significant exposure to someone with COVID-19 will not have to quarantine unless they are showing symptoms. 

Unfortunately, the Seneca County Health Commissioner has determined that the community transmission of COVID-19 in Seneca County has reached a significant level and determined that all individuals, regardless of their vaccination status, should wear masks indoors. As a result, Tiffin University will follow this recommendation as a means of keeping our campus safe. 

Additionally, in order to best understand the current landscape of the possible risks of future COVID-19 outbreaks, we are asking our campus community to voluntarily submit their vaccine status. Individuals may do so by clicking the link below or going to the TU Mobile App and tapping “Report Vaccinations.” You will be asked to upload a picture of your vaccination record card. Please make sure that the photo, including your name, vaccine information and dates, are able to be read by the health center staff in order to accurately and quickly adjust your campus pass. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Reporting Form

As a reminder, all members of the Tiffin University community are required to complete the daily symptom reporting form before coming to campus or leaving their residential space. Every day, at 7 a.m. you should receive a notification through the app to complete your daily health assessment. If you have disabled notifications and would like to have that reminder, tap your profile, settings, notifications and enable health and wellness notifications. If these settings are already enabled, you may have to go to the app settings on your phone to enable them there. If you would like to use the web version of the daily symptom tracking form, you can use this link: Daily Pre-Screening Form

Individuals are also required to utilize the contact tracing QR codes posting on campus. As you enter a building, classroom or office space with a QR code, please scan in so that in the event of a COVID-19 exposure, we can appropriately contact trace for those who are unvaccinated who may need to quarantine. If you need links to access the contact trace for use without a smartphone, please email healthcenter@tiffin.edu

Please know that we understand that this isn't the beginning of the semester that we all had hoped for. But hopefully, this is a temporary sacrifice as we continue to push through this unknown pandemic territory. We need to stay the course on keeping our community safe and together we will push through this until the pandemic is behind us for good! Students, please know we are here for you, to support you, and as a reminder, our counseling center can be reached by emailing counseling@tiffin.edu

Even though we will be wearing masks for the beginning of the semester, we do hope that the transmission rate in our county will return to lower numbers and we can lift this mask requirement. Additionally, this currently has no effect on other requirements we had in place last year. There are no limitations on gathering sizes, student organizations events, or course delivery at this time. It is vitally important that we all continue to follow our Dragon Plan and keep our campus safe. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the health center at healthcenter@tiffin.edu

Thank you,

President Schumacher


Updated 6/28/21 @ 3:15 p.m.

Monday, June 28, 2021
From: Dr. Lillian Schumacher
Subject: Updated Dragon Plan

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. You can find the Dragon Plan at tiffin.edu/dragon-plan-2021-22

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 not require masks 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


Return to Campus – Fall 2022

Move-In & Welcome Weekend: August 21-22

First Day of Class: Monday, August 23


Campus Events

On campus events will return to normal operations. If you are not fully vaccinated, you are required to wear a facial covering. If you still would like to wear your mask, you are welcome to do so.


Campus Visits

Campus has now re-opened to group visits and has all availaility for individual visits resuming.Individual visits can be scheduled every hour Monday –Friday 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. 

Virtual visits are avialable Monday – Friday at 12 p.m

  • To register for a visit you can:
    • Call the Undergradate Admissions Office at 419.448.3423. and register over the phone
    • Go to https://www.tiffin.edu/visit to schedule a time to visit

The University reserves the right to not permit an individual(s) onto campus who may be showing symptoms of COVID-19 or develop symptoms while on campus.


Academics

Fall classes for on campus students will begin on Monday, August 23 and the final examination period will be December 6-9. We will still have Labor Day off and will have our Fall Break on October 11-12, 2021. Thanksgiving recess will be November 24-26, 2021.


Pfeiffer Library

Aa librarian is available to assist students virtually in the following ways:

Email us: library@tiffin.edu

Text us: 419.455.6008

Phone: 419.448.3435

Schedule a virtual appointment: https://tiffin.libcal.com/appointments/

Register for a webinar: https://tiffin.libcal.com/calendar/events

The electronic collection remains available for our university community, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The library will continue to process InterLibrary Loan requests for digital journal articles and print materials. 

All lending of print materials through OhioLINK has returned to normal operation.


Athletics – NCAA Division II, Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC)

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.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated, you are required to wear a facial covering, social distance and follow all CDC guidelines. If you still would like to wear your mask, you are welcome to do so.
  • For more information, please visit https://www.gotiffindragons.com/information/athletic-info/Covid

Seneca House – Health Center

We have moved! Our new address is 142 Jackson Street. The office phone number is 419.448.3429, and our email address is healthcenter@tiffin.edu. We are available for appointments beginning Monday August 23, 2021.

Tiffin University Health Services Clinic Appointment Protocol:

  1. All appointments will be scheduled by phone (419.448.3429), or email (healthcenter@tiffin.edu). There will be no walk in appointments.
  2. Telehealth services will be utilized by this office when appropriate. This is a safe, convenient, and  time saving method of health care delivery and helps to lessen possible exposure to infectious disease.
  3. Face masks will be required when entering the office for any inividual who is not vaccinated.
  4. The waiting area will maintain social distancing with patients at least 6 feet apart. Only the patient will be allowed into the clinic.
  5. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the office by phone or email.

Travel

TU does not encourage international travel. Students and employees who are not fully vaccinated will be expected to take personal responsibility when travelling outside of the State of Ohio.


TU Dragon Cupboard (food pantry)

If a student needs to use the pantry, the directions are within the order form listed below.

Order form: View online form


Cole Dining Hall Information

Cole Dining hall will open August 20, 2021 following normal operartion regulations. If you are not fully vaccinated, you are required to wear a facial covering when not activley eating or drinking. If you still would like to wear your mask, you are welcome to do so.


Bookstore Hours
Order online – https://www.bkstr.com/tiffinstore/home
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: closed

Murphy Academic Support Center
Support is being offered virtually

Tutoring – (Online)
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.


Guidance for Taking Online Classes

Students are expected to maintain an active presence and “check-in” to your Moodle shells at least once a day to review important information and actively engage in online coursework and activities, as appropriate. Faculty will be using the Announcement forum in Moodle as the primary conduit for official course-related communication. Even though your instructor’s announcement posts will trigger an email to your tiffin.edu account, you should be sure to check ALL course discussion forums regularly (at least daily) to be sure you have not missed any important information.

For additional information for students, please go to tiffin.edu/offices/campus-safety-security/coronavirus/student-information

Guidance for Classroom Instruction

  • Prior to coming on to campus every day, students are required to complete the health assessment If they show symptoms of COVID-19, they should not attend class and notify their instructor.  
  • TU will return to normal in-person classroom instrction. If you are not fully vaccinated, you are required to wear a facial covering. If you still would like to wear your mask, you are welcome to do so.

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.

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


Staff and Faculty Guidance

  • Employees must properly wear a facial covering if the employee has not been fully vaccinated. If you still would like to wear your mask, you are welcome to do so.
  •  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, mouse devices, phones, etc. Cleaning agents, paper towels, and gloves will be provided in centralized locations for employees to retrieve necessary cleaning supplies.

Employees are encouraged to use telephone and video conferencing instead of face-to-face meetings as much as possible during this time. ITS support services are available to employees who need assistance with setting up remote meetings, interviews and any additional technology resources to aid in safe continuation of daily operations.


More information on the coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please be assured that Tiffin University will continue to implement additional measures as directed by the U.S. Government, the Ohio Department of Higher Education, and the Ohio Department of health to prevent the disease from spreading and will continue to encourage students and employees to take care of their health by following preventive guidelines set forth in the plan which can be found at tiffin.edu/offices/campus-safety-security/coronavirus/response-plan

For current information and guidance regarding COVID-19, we recommend you visit the following web sites:

The University's emergency response team continues to evaluate risk and develop contingency plans, working directly with the Seneca County Public Health Department and following the guidelines of the CDC and local, state and federal authorities.

We have established this web page to provide up-to-date information and may change. Please check this page often for updates.