COVID-19 Update: March 16, 2020

Dear Faculty & Staff

Due to rapid developments in the spread of COVID-19, as well as further guidance from the State and the CDC on enhanced mitigation strategies, the University will transition to remote operations for faculty and staff, starting on March 17 and remaining in effect until further notice.  

Our aim is simple: To fulfill the ongoing mission of the University, while protecting the health and well-being of our employees and meeting our civic responsibility for the public good.  

Supervisors will proceed as follows:

  • If parts or all of your unit can work remotely, do so until further notice.
  • If parts or all of your unit cannot work remotely, determine what functions are required for the University to deliver core services. If the function is critical, provide employees with greater flexibility for their on-campus work arrangements—with the goal of maximizing the effectiveness of social distancing. If the function is not critical at this juncture, partner with our central Human Resources team to develop alternative solutions for the employees affected.
  • For additional guidance and support, contact our central Human Resources team at 556-1015 or 556-9966. For updates, reference our employee FAQ page.
  • In addition to these modifications at work, we realize many employees are experiencing life-altering changes at home. Accordingly, we are asking supervisors to be as supportive as possible.
  • Human Resources has information on the University’s Employee Assistance Program.

For our researchers, be advised that more restrictive measures for on-campus access to research areas will be implemented. The Office of Research has provided updated guidance to assist with contingency planning, including efforts to recalibrate on-campus research activities.  

In terms of facilities, the University will limit open access to buildings on campus. (Should you need assistance in accessing a campus building, please contact our Access Control unit at 556-4925).

In addition to the closing of TUC, West Pavilion and both Campus Recreation facilities announced last week, University Libraries (except the Health Science Library) will be added, effective today, to the list of building closures for the foreseeable future. Learn more about the University LIbraries online services or seek assistance during this time. 

For more information on the University’s response to coronavirus, as well as for future updates, please visit our dedicated website at uc.edu/publichealth.

To confirm: The University remains open. If the State provides further direction for public institutions, the University of Cincinnati will adapt accordingly. Thank you for your flexibility, patience and understanding. I know that we, together, will successfully navigate these unchartered waters.     

With gratitude,

Neville G. Pinto
President