Staff Information

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.

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.