Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The circumstances and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are no less than historic – demanding significant changes of us in order to protect the health, safety and well-being of our students and campus community.  

But no matter the operational adaptations, whether online learning or remote working or a hybrid approach, the University of Cincinnati is open.

And, most importantly, our collective goal and the purpose of the university remains unchanged – to fulfill and safeguard our core academic mission on behalf of our students and their families.

What you Need to Know

As the university continues to monitor the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, changes are happening rapidly. Keeping our community up-to-date on how our standard campus operations and procedures have changed is a priority. 

Return to Campus Guide

The university plans to welcome back our students on August 24 for the start of Fall Semester.

For teaching and learning, we are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment, while delivering the highly respected experiential and co-curricular education for which UC is known.

Accordingly, we have planned an approach with a combination of online, hybrid, HyFlex and face-to-face course offerings, along with an adjusted calendar as well as enhanced health and safety measures. Academic units are preparing to offer the majority of courses online and are developing all modes of teaching in ways that achieve academic excellence and student learning outcomes while supporting health and safety for all.

Given the fast-changing nature of this pandemic, we know that our plans and our information provided here will need to be updated in the weeks and months ahead. 

Decision tree for managers and employees

Human Resources has posted a Decision Tree on UC's intranet to assist managers and employees with Return to Campus decisions.  

Fall Term Housing

University Housing and our mix of accommodations will be open during Fall Semester.

  • Entering first-year students will be able to self-assign rooms and roommates starting mid-July.
  • The reservation system to select move-in dates will open on July 29.
  • The move-in process will open on Friday, August 14, and extend through the start of the school year on August 24, 2020.

All students, with a completed housing application, who want to live within the UC Housing portfolio can be accommodated; however, for our students and their families, we understand that some have concerns about living away from home during these unprecedented times and require flexibility.

We will work with you to find the best solution to fit your needs for a successful living and learning experience. Options are being developed that range from modified assignments up to relaxing the housing requirement for first-year students. If you have any concerns, we encourage you to reach out to the University Housing team prior to July 15. Contact options are email at or phone at 513-556-6461.  

Teaching and Learning

The planned combination of online, hybrid, HyFlex and face-to-face course offerings incorporates the 20 years of experience UC has with online teaching and learning.

To facilitate ongoing efforts, UC Online, the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, the Faculty Enrichment Center, and IT@UC collaboratively developed a roadmap for all faculty with tools for furthering online excellence. These “Excellence Online at UC” resources reside in a Canvas course where they can be easily accessed and copied, and where they demonstrate a model for how Canvas can be used to deploy digital content to ensure teaching continuity regardless of the changing requirements that public health might require in Fall 2020 and beyond.

Stay Safe

The university recognizes the health and safety benefits of implementing a multi-phased return to campus in advance of the start of the Fall Semester on August 24.

Throughout these summer phases for employees and the Fall term that starts on August 24, numerous safety measures remain in place, including facial coverings, social distancing, hand hygiene, deep cleaning of faciliites and more.

The university's current planning calls for testing and tracing, including planning for an on-campus location dedicated to assessment of individuals with respiratory symptoms and symptoms compatible with COVID-19. This site will also serve as the location for testing for COVID-19 among our campus community.

That said, near-term events will ultimately determine the parameters of our testing and tracing efforts.


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