Faculty Information

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.