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Updated 10/5/21 @ 2 p.m.

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


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


Monday, May 24, 2021
From: Dr. Lillian Schumacher
Subject: Updated CDC Guidelines

Good afternoon,

The Ohio Department of Health amended its remaining health order to conform to the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, which allows those who have been vaccinated to stop wearing masks. Under the CDC's new guidance, those who have not been vaccinated should still wear a mask and socially distance.

Tiffin University will continue to follow the guidance from the CDC and the State of Ohio. As a result, fully vaccinated individuals on Tiffin University's campus will not be required to wear a facial covering.  Tiffin University will not require proof of vaccination; we will operate on the honesty policy as we trust that our students, faculty, staff and visitors to our campus will follow CDC guidelines.

In general, people are considered 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


If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.


If you would like to receive a vaccination, please contact healthcenter@tiffn.edu. The university has a limited quantity and time frame to administer the vaccine.
 
Sincerely, 
Dr. Lillian Schumacher
President


Friday, March 5, 2021
From: Dr. Lillian Schumacher
Subject: Fall Semester 2021

Dear Tiffin University Dragons, 

Spring is upon us and, as a community, we continue to successfully navigate through these unprecedented times. Like so many others, we had to pivot due to COVID-19, and it has been a test of endurance since. Yet, I am so proud of the work we have done taking care of each other and following our Dragon Pledge. We have had very few cases of COVID through it all, and we are making it through positively; one day at a time; one week at a time; one month at a time; and we are doing it, together.

As a result, I am writing today to let you know that Tiffin University is looking forward to our fall semester with great hope for a sense of normalcy once again. As a result, we are cautiously planning for a traditional fall semester, starting on August 23, with a return to in-person classes, traditional classroom arrangements, as well as, normal housing policies and athletic schedules. The COVID-19 vaccines’ ongoing distribution and decreasing infection rates are reasons for hope, though we all know we must stay vigilant for a while longer. We continue to work with hope for the best, and we will be prepared for other fall semester scenarios, should it be necessary. We will have a back-up plan should limitations need to continue. TU will remain in close contact with our public health partners and continue to adhere to State guidance.

Please be assured that we will keep you informed every step of the way, and we ask that you check our website at tiffin.edu/coronavirus for regular updates.

Because of our shared hard work, innovation and creativity throughout the pandemic, TU's campus has grown even closer, stronger and better than ever. We are TU Strong! We look forward to welcoming you back onto campus, ready to embrace a new and exciting academic year. 

Sincerely, 
Dr. Lillian B. Schumacher
President


Wednesday, March 3, 2021
From: Dr. Lillian Schumacher
Subject: Our commitment to the Dragon Pledge

Greetings Tiffin University community,

I hope each of you are enjoying the beautiful weather on this March day. It is so nice to see the sunshine in Tiffin, OH.

I am so proud of how we are following our Dragon Pledge.  It has been almost a year since TU and the entire country had to pivot due to Covid-19 and it has been a test of endurance since. We are getting through it; one day at a time; one week at a time; one month at a time. We are doing it successfully, together.

As we continue to get through it, let's remember this is temporary and hopefully we are through the worst of it, especially if we all stick together and stay vigilant for just a little longer. Please stay the course; the more we do, the sooner the ramifications of Covid-19 will be behind us.

Sincerely, 

Dr. Lillian Schumacher
President


Wednesday, November 11, 2020
From: Dr. Lillian Schumacher
Subject: Campus Communication on Covid-19 Updates

Good afternoon TU Faculty, Staff and Students. I hope this email finds you well!

As we wind down the semester on campus, I ask each of you to please continue to stay strong and end our fall semester safe and sound. You have all done a phenomenal job taking extra care to be safe and compliant, following our Dragon Pledge to your best ability, and for that I thank you. Please continue to do this through the end of the semester, and together we will get through this!

A few updates and information as our students leave campus and come back in January 2021. You have my word that the safety of our students and employees is our priority, and we may adjust these plans depending on what happens with this pandemic. I ask that you do your best to understand this and support these decisions as best you can, knowing these are all temporary decisions to get us safely through this pandemic and our spring semester.

First, any student or employee who would like to take a COVID-19 test before leaving to go home for the break is welcome to do so. Please reach out to the Health Center to schedule a time to do this. You must schedule a time to ensure we are able to accommodate any requests. Tiffin University will pay for this rapid test. The contact information is below.

Second, students, upon your arrival back to campus for the spring semester, we ask that you get a COVID-19 test and bring verification of that back with you. If you arrive back to campus without verification of a test, we may test you before allowing you to get into your room. Minimally, you will need to complete the health assessment. We will also be conducting significant numbers of random weekly COVID-19 testing throughout much of the spring semester as our test supply allows. Students returning to campus from travel advisory states and all international students will be tested upon arrival to campus.

Third, the spring semester will start on Sunday, January 17, 2021, and we expect all residential students to be back on campus by this time. For the first two weeks of the spring semester, we will be conducting on-campus remote learning, using a variety of learning tools, as we ease back into the hybrid learning model for the spring semester. We may adjust this as the spring semester plays out.

We will continue to provide regular updates on the Covid-19 portion of our website. Please check this regularly.

A separate email will be coming at a later date specifically for employees with direction on how we will be working/operating once our students have left the week of Thanksgiving through the start of the spring semester.

Please direct any questions about our academic schedule to the office of the Provost at: officeoftheprovost@tiffin.edu.

Please direct any questions about on-campus housing to Dean Herdlick's office at: housing@tiffin.edu

Please direct any testing issues to either Kali Smith at smithkali@tiffin.edu or contact the Health Center at healthcenter@tiffin.edu.
 

Sincerely,
Dr. Lillian Schumacher, President

 

 


Tuesday, August 19, 2020
From: Dr. Lillian Schumacher
Subject: Update on Covid-19 Information

Good morning Tiffin University Faculty, Staff and Students,

We have prepared for the possibility that students would test positive for COVID-19 when we developed our Dragon Safety Plan. While this is not the position that we hoped to be in, there are students who have tested positive for COVID-19 since August 16. We are working continuously with the Seneca County Health Department and our contact tracing analysis indicates that almost all infections are coming from off campus gatherings where neither masks were worn nor physical distancing was observed and students infected are passing the virus on to others.

In order to keep our campus safe, we have asked these students to return home and to take care of themselves, and they may return when they are better. For those residential students who cannot return home, we will provide them with isolation housing. During the time that they are away, we will continue to trace who they have been in contact with, clean and sanitize rooms and gathering areas across campus, as well as assist any affected students with their remote classes. We will also make use of our isolation and quarantine housing for students waiting on test results or for those who have been in contact with affected students. This is not a surprising situation and is expected. We are prepared to mitigate it and move forward through the academic year.

In the meantime, please do your part and abide by our Dragon Pledge and our health protocols and avoid behaviors that put yourselves and others at risk. Doing so will help us all get through this safer and faster.

Students, please provide correct information and answer your phone or text when the Seneca County Health Department contacts you.

As more information becomes available and applicable, we will keep our faculty, staff and students informed.
 

Sincerely,

Dr. Lillian Schumacher 
President


Thursday, July 23, 2020
From: Dr. Lillian Schumacher
Subject: Fall 2020 re-opening plan

Good afternoon Dragons,

The beginning of the 2020-21 academic year is just around the corner and we look forward to welcoming students, faculty and staff back on campus. As we re-open campus, our top priority is to maintain the health and safety of the entire Tiffin University community. 

Our staff have worked diligently throughout the summer on a re-opening plan for campus, called the Dragon Plan, and I’m thrilled to share it with you today. This live-document, which is housed on the TU website, has been created to communicate regular updates on the plan for returning to campus, COVID-19 news and developments and any new requirements or guidance that the University receives. We 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 and reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 on our campus.

Through the Dragon Plan, we believe that we have positioned our institution to follow the Governor’s Safe Business Practices and the Seneca County Public Health Guidelines. 

Please take the time today to review and bookmark the Dragon Plan at tiffin.edu/dragon-plan. Refer to this document for all questions and concerns related to COVID-19 and a safe return to campus for the start of fall classes on August 17, 2020.

We look forward to a great year!

Sincerely,
 

Dr. Lillian Schumacher
President


Tuesday, June 29, 2020
From: Dr. Lillian Schumacher
Subject: Campus Communication for July on site hours

Good morning Tiffin University Staff and Faculty,

I hope you are all looking forward to the upcoming 4th of July holiday and a long weekend.

We continue to monitor developments with COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) and closely follow the recommendations made by our state and county health department.  We also monitor and follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization along with the guiding principles of the Responsible Restart Ohio plan to continue our efforts to protect the health of employees, students, and our community.  

As we look toward the month of July, we will continue our practices from the month of June. Please remember as we  continue this “new normal” in our workplace, we want every employee to be assured that we are taking the health and well-being of our entire campus community seriously.

Here again, are some things we are implementing to help keep our workplace safe and to support you through the month of July:

  • On campus office hours will be 9am-3pm (please note, that if you are in an essential office setting or position i.e. Business office, facilities, mail room, etc…these hours may vary for you.  Please check with your supervisor to understand your July work hours).  Depending on your department and campus needs, your supervisor may choose to extend your telework schedule into July.  
  • More frequent cleaning and sanitizing.
  • Access to hand sanitizer throughout the workplace.
  • Access to our employee assistance program (EAP) and other mental health resources (contact HR for more information about this option).
  • Staggered shifts may be implemented so fewer people are on-site at one time.
  • More frequent communications on safety best practices to further support you and our community.
  • Limits set on the number of people allowed to gather in rooms, conference rooms, and communal areas at one time to allow the ability to maintain the recommended six feet distance.

Here are some things we expect you to implement to help keep our workplace safe:

  • Take your temperature daily before coming to work.
  • Take the health assessment daily before coming to work here:  https://forms.gle/dsgHJ8PimQMthpNr7  
  • Go home if you feel sick.
  • Wash your hands often, and for the recommended 20 seconds.
  • Stay at least 6 feet apart when moving through the workplace.
  • You may, but are not required to, wear a face mask or cloth face covering in the workplace.  We do highly encourage it when speaking or working directly with others.
  • Be considerate of your co-workers (remember, we’re all in this together).
  • Call, email, message, or video conference as much as possible rather than meet face to face.
  • Be conscious and understanding of your co-workers who may be dealing with child care issues, illness or loss of loved ones.
  • Speak with your manager, HR if you have questions or concerns.

Our return to work resource guide is attached again to help answer any questions.

PDF icon Summer Term II Restart Plan (92.67 KB)

Thank you for your patience and cooperation, as we continue to navigate through these times each step of the way.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lillian Schumacher
President


Tuesday, June 26, 2020
From: Dr. Lillian Schumacher
Subject: Summer Term II

Good morning Tiffin University Students, Staff and Faculty,

As you know, Tiffin University has been monitoring developments with COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus). Our University continues to closely follow the recommendations made by our state and county health department. We also monitor and follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization along with the guiding principles of the Responsible Restart Ohio plan to continue our efforts to protect the health of employees, students, and our community. This summer, the University has been working to address our student academic and non-academic experiences along with our safety and campus operations to prepare for in-person teaching and learning to resume Summer Term II.

You will notice various changes in the way our campus looks as well as new practices and guidelines. We understand these changes may be difficult and we are here to support you. Our goal is to collaboratively ensure you feel safe and secure so together we can navigate through today's complexities given this pandemic.

Attached, you will find the Tiffin University Summer Term II Restart Plan outlining the new practices and guidelines effective Monday, June 29, 2020.

The health assessment can be completed on the TU Mobile app and at https://forms.gle/dsgHJ8PimQMthpNr7

Thank you for your patience and cooperation, and welcome back to campus!

Dr. Lillian Schumacher
President


Tuesday, May 26, 2020
From: Dr. Lillian Schumacher
Subject: Campus Communication and on site hours for the month of June

Good afternoon Tiffin University employees:

I hope you had an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend! I appreciate your patience with getting this information to you.

As you know, Tiffin University has been monitoring developments with COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus). Our University continues to closely follow the recommendations made by our state and county health department. We also monitor and follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization along with the guiding principles of the Responsible Restart Ohio plan to continue our efforts to protect the health of employees, students, and our community. As we look at resuming our on campus business operations starting June 1, 2020 we will do this in alignment with supporting community efforts to control the spread of COVID-19, and responsibly getting Ohio back to work. As we return to work and begin this “new normal” in our workplace, we want every employee to be assured that we are taking the health and well-being of our entire campus community seriously.

You’ll notice various changes in the way our workplace looks as well as new practices and protocols. We understand these changes may be difficult and we are here to support you. Our goal is to collaboratively ensure you feel safe and secure so together we can navigate through today's complexities.

Here are some things we are implementing to help keep our workplace safe and to support you starting June 1st:

  • On campus office hours will be 9am-3pm (please note, that if you are in an essential office setting or position i.e. Business office, facilities, mail room, etc… these hours may vary for you. Please check with your supervisor to understand your June work hours). Depending on your department and campus needs, your supervisor may choose to extend your telework schedule into June.
  • More frequent cleaning and sanitizing.
  • Access to hand sanitizer throughout the workplace.
  • Access to our employee assistance program (EAP) and other mental health resources (contact HR for more information about this option).
  • Staggered shifts may be implemented so fewer people are on-site at one time.
  • More frequent communications on safety best practices to further support you and our community.
  • Limits set on the number of people allowed to gather in rooms, conference rooms, and communal areas at one time to allow the ability to maintain the recommended six feet distance.

Here are some things we expect you to implement to help keep our workplace safe:

  • Go home if you feel sick.
  • Wash your hands often, and for the recommended 20 seconds.
  • Stay at least 6 feet apart when moving through the workplace.
  • You may, but are not required to, wear a face mask or cloth face covering in the workplace. We do highly encourage it when speaking or working directly with others.
  • Be considerate of your co-workers (remember, we’re all in this together).
  • Call, email, message, or video conference as much as possible rather than meet face to face.
  • Be conscious and understanding of your co-workers who may be dealing with child care issues, illness or loss of loved ones.
  • Speak with your manager, HR if you have questions or concerns.

A return to work resource guide is attached to help answer any questions as you return to campus in June.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation, and welcome back to campus!

Sincerely,

Dr. Lillian Schumacher
President


March 16, 2020

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.

Guidance for ESL Professors

  • We will be conducting real time ESL courses during the regularly scheduled class time. Students and professors will log in at their usual start time.
  • Method of instruction: Students and professors will then engage in facetime instruction using Collaborate. (15-30 minutes) After the instructor meets with the whole class for initial instruction, they will meet one on one or level by level with each individual/grouping of students using Collaborate to check their comprehension. Alternatively, the class can remain live through the whole class session if that is the professor’s choice.
  • Communications with students: All class announcements should be given through the Moodle for documentation purposes.
  • Attendance: Students must participate online at the designated class time to receive attendance credit.
  • Discussion Boards: Each day of class session should have its own Q & A section where students can ask questions concerning assignments and materials. Personal concerns should be submitted via private email.
  • Presentations: Students will complete any speaking tasks through Collaborate.
  • Homework: All homework will be typed and submitted on Moodle in the designated location.
  • Essays and Written assignments: Should be submitted in Moodle in the designated location.
  • All assignments and due dates are to be posted and explained during the live class sessions.

Science Lab Online Teaching and Learning Plan

  1. Based on the lab curriculum content, professors will work with students in the digital environment.
  2. Some professors will lecture during the lab time with Collaborate, or Discussion Forums and complete lab procedures during the lecture period when face to face lab classes can be held.
  3. Some professors are assigning Research Projects which can be done outside of a lab classroom. Students will research the scientific literature through DragonQuest on the library home page to identify a journal article that involves the curriculum content in the lab. This can be completed in the following types of labs.
    1. Chemistry
    2. Biology
    3. Forensic science
  4. Some professors will have students complete alternate lab procedures, and have students record the experiment, results, discussion, and conclusions in their laboratory notebook. The students can upload to Moodle classroom the video or picture record of the experiment.
  5. Simulated Laboratories:
    1. Vernier Software and Technology (https://www.vernier.com/) has digital labs that we use in many of our science classes. They also come with teacher notes that include sample data.
    2. Give students a laboratory experiment handout through Moodle and have them hand-write the materials, safety, and procedure in their notebooks.
    3. Give students sample data.
    4. Have students analyze/organize data, graph data, show calculations, answer lab questions, and write conclusions in their laboratory notebook.
    5. Turn in a digital picture of the pages in their laboratory notebook in the digital dropbox in Moodle.