Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
With confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and now in the greater Cincinnati region and in the spirit of recommendations from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, the University of Cincinnati continues with travel restrictions, self-quarantine and reporting requirements as a result of international travel as well as new guidance on remote instruction and large gatherings. These measures are in place out of care and concern for all members of our campus community and the safeguarding of public health.
Although there have been no documented cases of COVID-19 within our campus community, we are making needed preparations to be able to quickly respond if COVID-19 is detected. To lead this effort, President Neville Pinto has convened a Public Health Response Team, comprised of senior university leadership, and has created this website to share information with the UC community.
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In these unprecedented times, it’s important to care for ourselves, our families and those in our communities. UC has taken decisive measures to ensure everyone’s health and safety amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Our students are now facing extenuating circumstances related to housing, food and other vital resources. Please consider a donation for our students in need.
The fund will allow limited financial assistance to currently-enrolled, full-time students who are impacted by unanticipated and/or temporary hardships from an emergency or crisis.
Information for students about the fund and its scope can be found on the Dean of Students' website.
March 20, 2020
Spring 2020 Commencement Postponed
President Neville Pinto's message to prospective spring 2020 graduates:
As we have been closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, we have had to make many hard decisions that have greatly adjusted our standard campus operations and procedures. Throughout the decision-making process, we have had one primary goal in mind – maintaining the strongest and most authentic Bearcat experience possible while prioritizing the health and safety of our community.
Some of our most celebrated and anticipated Bearcat events are our Commencement ceremonies. As the coronavirus outbreak progresses, it has become increasingly clear that we must postpone our Spring 2020 commencement events in accordance with CDC guidelines on eliminating large gatherings to combat the coronavirus. This restriction impacts the undergraduate ceremony, doctoral hooding and master’s recognition ceremony, and professional degree ceremonies.
Graduation is a day you have worked toward since your first day on campus. We join you in your disappointment about this necessary change. Even if you were anticipating this decision, we know that doesn’t necessarily make it any easier. Throughout this time, I encourage you to reflect on all that you’ve accomplished as a Bearcat and that there is still so much to be celebrated.
Your Commencement is a celebration that UC faculty, staff, and I look forward to sharing with you and your loved ones. And yet, we know postponing is the right decision to ensure everyone’s safety and health. In the coming months, we hope to join together to mark this momentous milestone as one Bearcat family. We will be in touch with updates when more information is available.
In the meantime, I want to acknowledge the many sacrifices you are making in this time of unprecedented crisis. Please stay safe and know I wish you and your family the very best in the weeks ahead.
Neville G. Pinto
Curriculum and instruction
Based on recently confirmed cases of COVID-19 within our Cincinnati region, the University of Cincinnati will activate the following protective measures for our campus community.
- Remote instruction for classes will extend through the end of the semester.
- See the CET&L Faculty Toolkit and Guide for Remote Instruction
- See academic, co-curricular and wellness resources for students.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has announced a major new step aimed at slowing the spread of the highly infectious coronavirus disease.
A ‘stay-at-home’ order was issued by the director of the Ohio Department of Health, and the order goes into effect at 11:59 p.m., Monday, March 23, 2020. It will stay in effect through the end of the day on April 6, 2020. Violating it is a second-degree misdemeanor enforceable by local health departments.
For students who received a waiver and remain in UC Housing, food service is available.
Get this and other details in UC's Housing FAQ.