Student 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 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. 

Dr. Lillian B. Schumacher

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.


Dr. Lillian Schumacher

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:

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

Please direct any testing issues to either Kali Smith at or contact the Health Center at

Dr. Lillian Schumacher 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020
From: Michael Herdlick

Good afternoon Dragon Nation,

The health and safety of our campus is our top priority this semester as we navigate through an unfamiliar pandemic. In order to keep the campus safe, we have come to the conclusion that there needs to be stricter enforcement when it comes to specific student conduct handbook policies. Below, you will see which policies we are referring to, as well as the possible sanction that will be determined upon a policy violation.

Policy Reminders:

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 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 should 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

  • 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).

Mass Gathering Limitations

  • At the beginning of the semester, the group size will be limited to ten (10). A phased approach will be implemented as deemed safe and necessary by the university. As long as TU is safely able to do so, the group size limitations will be relaxed following this tentative schedule:
    • Phase 1: Now through September 14th- < 10 attendees
    • Phase 2: September 14th - October 5th- < 25 attendees
    • Phase 3: October 5th - October 26th- < 50 attendees
    • Phase 4: October 26 - End of Semester- < 100 attendees

Any email notifications from university officials will supersede these dates. Notification will be sent through email and other official university channels.


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
    • 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.

Thank you for your cooperation and if you do have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Michael Herdlick
Dean of Students-Director of the Physical Plant

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
From: Dr. Peter J. Holbrook
Subject: Short Video on Hybrid Classes | Handout on Classroom Procedures | Please Read

Dragon Students, 

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to campus in less than 5 days! We know you are wondering what the classroom experience will be like this fall. To give you some insight into what you will be experiencing, we developed a short video introducing you to our new Hybrid courses ( as well as the attached handout on 

We hope that these resources will help you adapt to the new ways of attending class and your role in helping to keep our classrooms safe and healthy. 

We designed our Hybrid Teaching Initiative with our students in mind. Early this summer, a number of students responded to a survey regarding their learning experience this past spring with remote learning. We used this insight to develop our Split-session Hybrid classes, which provides in-person learning with your professors supplemented with online learning activities. 

You will be receiving an email to your official TU email account this Friday detailing which of your courses will be delivered as Split Hybrid Courses and the day you are assigned to attend class. You will not have the option of selecting the day you can attend class. In order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all students and practice appropriate social distancing, we cannot make changes. I know this may be hard on you, but with close to 1,400 students attending classes on campus this fall, it is what we must do.

Our faculty and staff have worked diligently to make this academic year as normal and safe as possible, but we need your help in stopping the spread of Covid-19 on our campus and in our community. As part of the Dragon Nation, we ask you to live up to the Dragon Pledge as well as our ICARE value of respect. You are an important part of a living and learning community that values face to face interactions both in and out of the classroom, please do your part to keep yourself and others healthy and safe. So, mask up, wash up, and keep your distance! We are a tough Dragon Nation and we can do this!

Best, Dr. Peter Holbrook
Provost & Chief Academic Officer

Monday, August 10, 2020
From: Dr. Lillian Schumacher
Subject: Tiffin University move-in updates

Good afternoon Dragon Nation,

There have been a few updates that we would like to inform you about. To help maintain a safe and healthy environment on campus, Tiffin University will be doing temperature checks of all individuals traveling to campus, both students and support individuals upon arrival. It is our recommendation that you check your temperature prior to heading to campus. Move-in groups who do not register a temperature of 100.3०F or higher will be given a check-in pass allowing them to receive their room key and complete other necessary check-in procedures.

On Friday, August 14, students checking in that are not involved with Cheer/Stunt and Cross Country, will be required to report to the parking lot of the University Health Center (new location) at 142 Jackson Street, Tiffin, Ohio 44883. Once you are there, please stay in your vehicle and call 419.448.3429 and an individual will come out and take your temperature.

On Saturday, August 15, there will be tents with temperature check stations set up in the Jackson Street Cul-De-Sac and the Gillmor Student Center parking lot. All individuals are to remain in the vehicle during the temperature check process. Students checking into Kirk, Zahn, or Huggins Halls will be using the temperature check station at the Jackson Street Cul-De-Sac, students checking into Clay Street Hall, Frieldey, or Craycraft will utilize the Gillmor Parking Lot temperature check station.

On Sunday, August 16, all students will be checking in at the Heminger center. A temperature check station will be set up in the Heminger parking lot. All individuals are to remain in the vehicle during the temperature check process.

If there is an individual in your vehicle that registers a temperature of 100.3०F or higher, nobody from your vehicle will be permitted on campus. If you live within 300 miles of campus, you will be required to go back home and quarantine for 14 days. If you live outside of the 300 mile radius, the student will be placed in our isolation housing for 14 days. A student may be tested for COVID-19 after an individual in their vehicle registered a temperature of 100.3०F or higher as a means of being released from the 14 day quarantine. The student must have test results that state they are negative for COVID-19 prior to coming back to campus. If the student is instructed to quarantine, or is placed in isolation housing, the student will need to register with the Office of Disability Services in order to receive accommodations for their course work.

We appreciate that this news is difficult, though it is not entirely unexpected given the rise in confirmed cases nationally, and in Ohio. The University remains focused on the health and well-being of our community, and we will continue our measures for social distancing as we all do our part to limit community spread, flatten the curve of infections, and protect those who are particularly vulnerable to this disease.


Dr. Lillian Schumacher

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 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!


Dr. Lillian Schumacher

Updated 7/27/20 @ 8 a.m.

Commencement - Graduation Co-Curricular Requirement

In response to COVID-19, we recognize that our students may be facing challenges in completing the required co-curricular experiences due to closures and cancelations nationwide.  The co-curricular requirement for May and August 2020 graduates will be waived.

Moodle – Online Coursework

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 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.

If you have questions about accessing your course in Moodle and finding the Announcements Forum, check out the video at

Guidance for Art Students

Professor Van Kerkhove will compile art material kits for all students enrolled in ART courses. These students will have the materials and guidance to work on projects required for the course during the time period the face-to-face courses cannot be taught.

Guidance for CCP Students

CCP classes are following the same protocol as campus. All CCP seated classes, both at high schools and campus, are transitioned to the online platform for the next two weeks. Advising appointments will be over the phone. TU’s CCP Program Manager has sent the news release to guidance counselors, superintendents and students.

Guidance for Digital Media and Design Students

The Digital Media and Design Lab will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for students to use as they need to in order to complete the course work. Professor Kleinoeder will be in his office to help individual students with software questions. His office is adjacent to the Digital Media and Design Lab.

Guidance for ESL Students

ESL students should log into Moodle at their regular class times for online instruction.

Guidance for Music Ensembles

  • Members of the University Choir (MUS X12/X13) will be asked to listen to audio recordings of university and professional choirs, and submit written reviews of these performances. Some of these recordings will be of repertoire currently being prepared by TU ensembles. These reviews will require students to specifically address technique, performance practice, interpretation, and an assessment of artistic and aesthetic merit.
  • Members of the University Concert Band and Symphonic Wind Ensemble (MUS X10/X11) will be asked to listen to audio recordings of university and professional ensembles performing the same pieces as have been prepared to date by TU ensembles. Students will submit written reviews addressing technique, performance practice, interpretation, and an assessment of artistic and aesthetic merit.
  • The Band and Choir concert scheduled for Saturday March 14 is canceled. Repertoire scheduled to be presented will be moved to the second Band and Choir concert scheduled for Friday April 24.

Guidance for Private Music Instruction

  • Private Music Instruction will be held via video conferencing where possible
  • Where video conferencing is not possible, students will submit their individual music performances and technique demonstrations on video via Moodle. Faculty will respond, give feedback and instruction in writing or on video, and students may re-submit their work taking feedback into account.
  • Students still on campus may have access to the PAL so they may have use of drumsets, pianos, and other instruments needed in their instruction and individual practice.
  • Students who do not have access to school-owned instruments needed for practicing and instruction may have to reschedule lessons when face-to-face instruction is allowed.
  • The PMI student recital scheduled for March 18 will be postponed to a later date.
  • Two additional PMI student recitals are scheduled for April 1 and April 15.
  • Students presenting performances as part of their senior projects may be asked to make video recordings of some of their performances. These recordings will be assessed and archived.
  • Should juries scheduled for final exam week have to be canceled, students will be asked to submit performances on video, which will be assessed by faculty using PMI rubrics.

Guidance for Science Students

  • Based on the lab curriculum content, professors will work with students in the digital environment.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Some professors will have students complete simulated laboratories.

Guidance for Students Completing the Co-Curricular Requirement

As we continue to manage through the pandemic, in response to COVID-19, we recognize that our students continue to face challenges in completing the required co-curricular experiences due to closures and cancelations nationwide. The co-curricular requirement for our graduates will be waived until further notice.

Guidance for Students Completing an Internship

We have large numbers of interns placed with agencies across the state/nation this spring. Each internship site will vary in their response to COVID-19 which will require us to be flexible in managing each student's unique situation. Recommended guidelines:

  • If the student has already logged 100 hours, this will be considered successful completion of the internship hours, pending completion of the remaining internship documents/assignments.
  • If the student has logged 50-100 hours, the faculty will work with the student to complete additional work in place of the remaining hours. This additional work will be above and beyond the required internship assignments. Additional work may include a research paper, an experiential learning opportunity with a written reflection or working remotely.
  • If the student has logged less than 50 hours, faculty may reassess the student's academic plan to see if the student could take their internship in a later semester without consequences (including financial aid and athletic eligibility). If the student has another semester remaining, and retaking the internship at a later time is not possible, a student may be approved to take a course substitution for the internship course. If this is the student's final semester, the faculty supervisor will need to work with the student, similar to an IGS, to have them complete case studies, additional written assignments and real-world simulated experiences to meet the CLO's of the course.

** Please note: Specialty internship programs such as the Washington Center, WSARC, Disney, etc. may vary from these guidelines.  All forensic psychology students’ hours will be measured by doubling the above requirements - 200 successful completion, 100-200 additional assignments, under 100 reassess.**