Coronavirus Update

Updated 6/2/20 @ 5:00 p.m.

Tiffin University is preparing for the return of students to campus in the fall, to the greatest extent possible. The plan is to begin the fall semester in August (actual date TBD) with our on-campus students physically with us and our online students, virtually with us. However, we do not know how much the Covid-19 virus will be mitigated by August, and/or what parameters health experts and government officials (including the Governor of Ohio, the Mayor of Tiffin, and the local and state health departments) will place upon colleges and universities between now and then.

The health, safety and well-being of our students is our number one priority. We also want to ensure our students’ academic continuity, so there is no disruption of their ability to achieve their academic goals and earn their degrees. Additionally, we are committed to fostering ongoing social interactions and community building among our students, even as guidelines and restrictions are created by government and health officials to deal responsibly with this unprecedented pandemic.

TU’s leadership team has been working around-the-clock to create multiple, adaptable contingency plans that can be implemented quickly, so that we are prepared for any scenario as the new academic year arrives.

Scenario #1: On-campus classes and housing are permitted, so long as modified to protect the health and safety of students and employees, as guided by CDC directives, governmental protocols, etc. (For students and/or employees who have underlying health issues or otherwise have concerns about on-campus activities, online instruction options will always be available under any scenario).

Scenario #2: Blended in-person and online classes, and scaled-back on-campus housing, are recommended, in order to modify for health and safety purposes, at least for a period of time in the academic year.

Scenario #3: Fully online instruction is required for a period of the academic year, if the virus recurs and the government orders another period of shut-downs. Under this scenario, which we hope is less likely, we would develop the ability to move quickly and seamlessly back to campus as soon as health concerns subside.

Presently, our Institutional Response Team is focused on six task force areas aligned with this contingency plan. These six areas are: Health and Safety Protocols for Students and Employees; Academic Affairs and Online and Extended Learning; Housing, Food Service, Physical Plant and Auxiliary Services; Student Success; Athletic and Extra-Curricular Programs; and, Finance and Budget.

We prioritize the Tiffin University educational experience to be a transformational journey for all of our students across varying modalities, programs and timelines. The experience is more than just one semester or one year. It involves being part of a life-long community; creating TU Dragons for life; living by a set of core ICARE (interdependence, communication, accountability, respect and entrepreneurship) values that drive our relational behaviors. A pandemic can, and will, impact aspects of the learning experience for a finite period of time. But these disruptions will pass. In the meantime, at Tiffin University we are and will continue to be purposeful, proactive and intentional in all that we do to continue resilience despite any temporary obstacles. We are Dragon strong!


Campus

Tiffin University will remain open due in large part to students remaining on campus; however, most offices will be available by phone, email or virtually. We will continue to assess the situation and make decisions as appropriate.


Campus Events

Effective March 11 through July 1, campus events, whether TU sponsored or on TU property, have been cancelled. We strongly recommend the use of teleconferencing, group chats or live streaming as alternatives to in-person gatherings.

View campus event cancellations details


Campus Visits

Starting June 1st, Tiffin University will be operating limited on campus visits for Ohio students. At this time we are unable to host students from out of state due to Ohio's quarantine regulations. However we are still continuing our virtual visits, schedule at tiffin.edu/visit. If you wish to set up an on campus visit and are an Ohio student we will have 9am, 11am, and 1pm time slots available Monday-Friday. Please contact Shantel Weaver at weaversg@tiffin.edu for further information and to sign up for an on campus visit.


Academics

We are excited to welcome back students to campus for the Summer Term II Session starting June 29, 2020. If you are scheduled for a seated course on the Tiffin University campus you will be meeting face-to-face with your instructor.

There is still time to enroll in a seated Summer Term II class. To access Schedules -- go to: ACADEMIC RESOURCES/Schedules on MyTU or in Self Service/Search

Our ability to offer seated, face-to-face courses during Summer Term II is part of our plan to prepare for the full return of students to campus this fall. It will give us the opportunity to implement safety protocols and to adjust based on our learnings. We will keep you informed in the weeks ahead as to our intentional opening of campus for fall classes. President Schumacher will provide additional details in a communication sometime in late June/early July. Our decision-making will continue to be guided by health and government officials as well as our commitment to keeping our Dragons safe and healthy.


Pfeiffer Library

The campus library is closed but a librarian is still available to assist students virtually in the following ways:

Email us: library@tiffin.edu

Text us: 419.455.6008

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 only.

All lending of print materials through OhioLINK is suspended at the state level with no estimate for when this service will become available.

Updates will be provided through the library’s blog and/or shared via social media.


Athletics

The Great Midwest has canceled all spring athletics competitions and championships. All team-related activities are suspended until further notice. Institutions will review and implement team-related activities at their discretion as permitted by NCAA legislation.


Seneca House

The Seneca House will remain physically closed for appointments during the Covid-19 crisis. The nurse practitioner will remain available for telephone consultations between the hours of 10 a.m. through 2 p.m., Monday through Friday for any health related questions or concerns. Please call (419) 448-3429 during these hours, or by email at fordfj@tiffin.edu.


Travel

Effective immediately and until further notice, TU does not encourage and will not approve international travel. The University has limited all travel that is non-essential, as well.


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


Recreation & Gym Facilities

The Gillmor gymnasium, weight room and areas of the Heminger Center are closed until further notice.


Guidance for Students

Tiffin University will remain open, including student support services, academic resources, residence and dining facilities.

Bookstore Hours (beginning June 1)
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.


2020 Commencement

Tiffin University hosted a virtual graduation ceremony on May 2 for the Class of 2020. It can be viewed at tiffin.edu/commencement.

Diplomas

Graduates, if graduation requirements have been met, your diploma will be mailed (to the address on your Graduation Application) approximately 6-8 weeks after graduation. For employment verification, a letter of completion may be requested by contacting the Registration & Records Office at Records@tiffin.edu.


Guidance for Taking Online Classes

While completing classes remotely, students may choose to return to their permanent place of residence or stay in their on-campus housing. If staying on campus, the University encourages them to take enhanced preventative public health and hygiene measures.

We urge all students to make the choice that is best for their own personal situations.

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

Staff and Faculty Guidance

Tiffin University will provide work-at-home flexibility to employees who are at high-risk (i.e., chronically ill or immuno-compromised prior to this outbreak). If a supervisor allows remote work, that is at the discretion of each Dean and/or VP ONLY. If we have more risk within our population, we will reassess. All employees and their supervisors will need to work closely with HR and keep us informed as to each absence and provide status updates.

We ask all employees to cooperate in taking steps to reduce the transmission of communicable diseases in the workplace. Employees are reminded of the following:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your mouth with tissues whenever you sneeze, and discard used tissues in the trash.
  • Avoid people who are sick with respiratory symptoms.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces.

Our facilities department will work with each department to assist with providing alcohol-based hand sanitizers throughout the workplace and in common areas. Cleaning sprays and wipes will also be provided to clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as telephones and keyboards.

Employees are encouraged to use telephone and video conferencing instead of face-to-face meetings as much as possible during this time. We encourage employees to postpone all non-essential campus meetings that may or may not include external guests, vendors and business partners. 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.

It is critical that employees do not report to work while they are experiencing respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills or fatigue. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that employees remain at home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100 degrees F or 37.8 degrees C) or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. Many times, with the best of intentions, employees report to work even though they feel ill. We provide paid sick time and other benefits to compensate employees who are unable to work due to illness. Employees who report to work ill will be sent home in accordance with these health guidelines.

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.

Cole Dining Hall Information

Starting with breakfast on Monday, March 16, students will enter the dining hall as usual and will make their selections. All dining options will be plated to-go for patrons to enjoy elsewhere on campus. Cups, lids and straws will be available for drinks and salads will be premade. ALL Tiffin University students, with a meal plan or not, may eat from the dining hall.

For any students with special dietary needs, please email Chef Todd at foodservice@tiffin.edu to make arrangements before coming to the dining hall.

This process will run for all meals moving forward unless specified otherwise.