Coronavirus Update

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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.