Stay Safe

Phased return

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. Each of the four phases of this stepwise approach is underpinned by a set of essential health and safety measures. All members of our community are expected to do their part to ensure the health and safety of themselves and others.

Phase One has been completed successfully. Phase Two has launched. Preparations for Phase Three and Phase Four remain on track.

High-risk populations

 

Faculty and Staff

Employees who meet the CDC’s definition of individuals at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 may be  eligible  to continue to work remotely. Please contact Human Resources at loaadm@uc.edu to submit a request to work remotely due to being at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19

Students

Students at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 as defined by the CDC guidelines may be at greater risk if physically coming to campus and/or residing in UC Housing. Students at higher risk or students who are otherwise concerned about their medical risks related to COVID-19 should reach out to University Health Services (UHS) via COVID­Watch@uc.edu in order to obtain additional information regarding reporting requirements and monitoring.  

For assistance with academic or housing accommodations, visit the Accessibility Resources web site or email at accessresources@uc.edu.

Phase one

Phase One began on June 1 when UC researchers launched a gradual return to campus.  UC’s Office of Research has more information posted online.   

Phase two

Based on our learnings from Phase One, Phase Two launched on July 1. At this time, portions of our employee base returned to campus. Supervisors determined the employees to include in Phase Two based on institutional needs as well as on the health safety assessment for their respective area.

Phase three

Based on our learnings from previous phases, we plan to commence Phase Three on August 3. At this time, other portions of our employee base will return to campus. To effectively manage the density on campus, supervisors will determine the best schedules and modes of work for their respective areas.

Phase four

Phase Four will coincide with the start of Fall Semester on August 24. The semester will include online, hybrid, HyFlex and in-person courses. 

Key takeaways

  • Each of us must do our part to protect every member of our Bearcats Family by following the health and safety measures.
  • Maintaining a reduced density of individuals on campus at any given time is critical to mitigating potential risks.
  • Supervisors will continue to determine how best to leverage remote working schedules to maintain a lower density on campus.
  • If localized outbreaks emerge, tighter restrictions and specialized contingency plans may need to be implemented to sustain mission-critical endeavors on campus. 

Safety measures

In implementing UC’s Return to Campus plan, these safety protocols will remain in effect until further notice.

  • Before returning to campus for the first time, all employees and students must successfully complete a brief online information session to ensure awareness of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Ohio Department of Health (ODH) guidelines. Employees may currently access the online information session at the top bullet located on the Safety Protocols page, while a tutorial link for students will be available via Canvas mid-August.
  • Before returning to campus for the first time, all supervisors and lab leaders must complete a health safety assessment of their workplace settings.
  • Before coming to campus each day or leaving one’s university housing living quarters to go to other parts of campus, all members of the campus community must complete a self-administered wellness check based on CDC and ODH guidelines. All employees who have symptoms that may relate to COVID-19 should contact University Health Services immediately at COVIDWatch@uc.edu.
  • All members of the campus community must wear facial coverings on campus, except while eating or alone in a private space, or as otherwise exempted.
  • All members of the campus community must adhere to social-distancing requirements.
  • All areas must clean and sanitize their workplace settings throughout the day. These efforts will supplement cleaning and sanitizing activities that will occur after hours by our facilities staff. Facilities Management has posted information regarding supplies, cleaning practices and more.
  • All members of the campus community must continue to abide by restrictions on travel.
  • Employees who meet the CDC’s definition of individuals at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 may be eligible to continue to work remotely. Please contact Human Resources at loaadm@uc.edu to submit a request to work remotely due to being at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. All students with questions related to COVID-19 and risk factors should contact University Health Services via COVIDWatch@uc.edu.

See more information on maintaining a safe campus environment as well as wellness and support  resources.

Good health practices

The same precautions that will protect you from the common cold and the flu will protect you from COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
  • Cover coughs/sneezes with your arm or a tissue.
  • Avoid exposure to others who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are ill (except to visit a health care professional) and avoid close contact with others. See CDC guidelines on when to quarantine.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. And for those essential employees working on campus this summer as well as students living on campus, UC requires the wearing of a facial covering. The same holds true for employees or students currently coming to campus for any reason.  

We continue to closely monitor the guidelines from local, state and federal agencies. University Health Services works closely with and maintains coordination with local and state departments of health. UHS is able to screen for symptoms and follow all public health protocols should anyone with potential Coronavirus need care.

As always, the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, patients and visitors is our top priority. We will continue to keep our community informed — and we encourage everyone to practice routine hygiene etiquette as this is the best way to prevent the spread of infection.

For more updates or information as they arrive, please visit University Health Services web page.

More information about COVID-19 can be found at The Ohio Department of Health.


Test and tracing

The best tools for COVID-19 risk mitigation consist of our own personal and community practices: Required use of facial covering, physical distancing, personal hygiene, attention to sanitization, self-monitoring and appropriate self-care, which includes staying home if ill.

These steps will do much to prevent the spread of COVID-19, especially as it’s highly unlikely that vaccines will be available by the start of the Fall Semester or that herd immunity will have been achieved by that time.

Individual monitoring

It is important that faculty, staff and students self-screen by taking their temperature on a regular basis and by performing a daily symptom assessment. Symptomatic individuals will need to stay home and to seek appropriate medical care, including testing for the virus if indicated.  

Any member of the campus community exhibiting symptoms should self-report to University Health Services (UHS) at COVIDWatch@uc.edu, and University Health Services will follow up with guidance to any member of the campus community who self reports or receives testing. Any member of the campus community, including faculty and staff, may receive guidance from UHS and for those who test positive for COVID-19, that guidance will be provided in collaboration with the individual’s local health department. UHS is also available to provide care to students.

Isolation/Quarantine

Quarantine applies to exposed individuals who do not have symptoms of a disease but need to be separated for a period of time to be observed for symptoms.

Isolation applies to infected individuals or those with presumed infection who need to be isolated to prevent the spread of virus to the community.

Both are critically important to keeping campus safe.

Any individual who has been exposed to COVID-19 will need to quarantine for 14 days from their most recent exposure. This requires a separate bedroom and bathroom as well as meal delivery. The individual will not be permitted to attend face-to-face classes or any university events and will need to avoid contact with others and stay in their single room or apartment. If they do need to go out for medical appointments or necessary supplies, they must avoid contact with others and wear a facial covering, but leaving quarantine or isolation must be kept to a minimum.

If we should happen to have active cases of COVID-19 among our students living on campus, UC Housing, Student Affairs and UHS are prepared to collaborate on housing that is appropriate for the needs and safety of all by providing quarantine and isolation, meal delivery, medical care and other support services; however, depending on the size and scope of a surge, UC Housing may not be available for all quarantined or isolated students. Ideally, quarantine and isolation periods will be spent at home, away from campus.

Any individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 must immediately isolate themselves from others and seek medical advice. COVIDWatch clinicians will provide guidance.  This includes

  • Anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 
  • Anyone with symptoms and a pending test for COVID-19
  • Anyone, with or without symptoms, with a positive test for COVID-19

The university will work with local health departments to determine who has been exposed and when quarantine is required. All exposed students must report to COVIDWatch@uc.edu.

University faculty and staff must also follow these guidelines and self-report to COVIDWatch for guidance.

Testing

Significant advances to COVID-19 testing are on the threshold. For instance, a saliva test may be available soon, which would be much easier to deploy and use versus the current nasal swabs.

The university’s current planning calls for diagnostic testing of symptomatic individuals and those who have had close exposure to infected individuals. This may be paired with random testing to seek to assess the prevalence of the disease within the UC community if random testing is determined to be helpful in earlier identification of increasing infection levels that would warrant further intervention.

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

On-campus testing center

Planning is underway 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.

Contact tracing

In addition to testing, contact tracing is a vital component to our efforts in limiting the spread of COVID-19. The university is already in the process of developing an appropriately trained workforce necessary for contact tracing, working in collaboration with our local health departments. Members of the UC community can help, and it’s imperative that everyone contribute. All faculty, staff and students need to pay particular attention to their surroundings and those they come in contact with in order to make any needed contact tracing as effective as possible.


Travel

The coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, remains a concern and will be present in the community for an extended period of time. All units and members of the campus community will follow the university’s travel policies, which are informed by appropriate federal and State of Ohio restrictions.

 The goal of travel restrictions is to protect the health of the general public as well as that of our faculty, staff and students.

Faculty, staff and students involved in clinical care must follow the restrictions and guidance of any health system or clinical entity in which they participate in clinical activities.

These recommendations are subject to change as additional guidance is issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal authorities as well as state and local authorities.

At the time of this writing, the CDC’s recommendations are to avoid all non-essential travel globally.

This is also a reminder that anyone who is ill should not come to work, whether they have recently traveled or not.

Summary: Fall Semester travel & study abroad

  • Only essential international travel for official university business by members of the campus community is permitted through December 31, 2020.  
  • All international travel requires approval of the appropriate dean or vice president.
  • Domestic air travel will continue to be limited to business essential until December 31, 2020.
  • All study abroad is canceled and prohibited for the entire Fall Semester.
  • International and certain domestic travel as well as close contact and/or symptoms of COVID-19 require reporting to University Health Services.  

Travel policies

UC policy requires all travel to be requested in advance via Concur. Concur provides travelers information specific to every country considered for travel. Based on the uncertainty of future travel plans, it is strongly recommended that all travel be booked via UC’s contracted travel agency, AAA. Based on recent experiences, those units that did not so lost more money and experienced more difficulties when trying to cancel or rebook travel.

Finally, use of a university purchasing card is also strongly recommended. It simplifies the task of creating travel expense reports by those who perform those duties.

International travel

Only essential international travel for official university business is permitted through the end of calendar year 2020. All international travel requires approval of the appropriate dean or vice president. Travel to countries that have CDC Level 3 or 4 travel warnings will only be approved under truly exceptional circumstances. All study abroad is canceled and prohibited for the entire Fall Semester.

All international travelers, whether traveling on university business or for personal reasons, must report to COVIDWatch@uc.edu upon return and quarantine for 14 days. Faculty and staff should consult with their supervisor and Human Resources prior to any international travel, either on university business or for other reasons, to determine how the quarantine period will be handled.

During this 14-day period, practice social distancing and take these steps to monitor your health:

  1. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Use this temperature log to track your temperature.
  2. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
  3. Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work on site or attend in-person classes
  4. When around others, keep your distance (about 6 feet or 2 meters).
  5. Do not take public transportation, taxis or ride-shares.

Domestic travel

Only essential travel for official university business is permitted through the end of calendar year 2020. Each unit will determine what is deemed essential travel. All domestic university travel requires the approval of the appropriate supervisor prior to travel.

Whether traveling on essential university business or for personal reasons, be aware that the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States is evolving. The status of the outbreak varies by location, and state and local authorities are frequently updating their guidance.

Ohio's latest guidance and travel advisories are updated weekly. Currently, those entering Ohio after travel to states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher for COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days.

UC's travel protocols for students entering from states that are identified as having high rates of COVID-19 infection requires these students to quarantine for 14 days before arrival on campus. These students must also register with the university's COVIDWatch team at COVIDWatch@uc.edu and participate in active daily health monitoring. COVIDWatch will provide individualized guidance and advice to all students during quarantine. At the end of the 14 days, if the student has remained without symptoms, COVIDWatch will provide notice to both the student and University Housing that the quarantine has ended, and the student may move into University Housing.  

Positivity rate is an indicator of how much COVID-19 there is in a community, and ODH is recommending against travel to those states with high positivity. If someone must travel, ODH is recommending 14 days of self-quarantine after leaving those locations. This advisory is intended for both leisure and business travel and should be heeded by both Ohioans and out-of-state travelers.

Parts of the country may have different guidance than other areas. All travelers are advised to check with state and local authorities on the prevalence of the virus and area-specific guidance at the starting point of their travels, along the route, and at the planned destination to be aware of any local circumstances and restrictions that may be in place.

Planning ahead is recommended: Wear a facial covering, practice social distancing, wash your hands, sanitize surfaces, and be properly and safely prepared.

Travelers who return from areas identified as hot spots or with significant COVID-19 activity should report to COVIDWatch@uc.edu for advice as whether any quarantine, testing and monitoring is required.

External travel links

Study abroad

There will be no faculty-led study abroad nor semester-long study / co-op abroad permitted during Fall Semester 2020. There is an exception for international students studying or co-oping in their home countries. Students are discouraged from taking part in any personal international travel during the semester, as upon return, they are then required to complete a 14-day self-quarantine prior to entering any university facility or attending any event or meeting on campus.


Self reporting

If you are having any symptoms you that may be related to COVID-19, please contact University University Health Services (UHS) immediately at COVIDWatch@uc.edu.

Any and all information gathered through the uUniversity’sy of Cincinnati's reporting process will remain as private as possible, as directed by state and local health departments.  See The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website for specific regulations around privacy and confidentiality. The reporting requirement will allow UHS to provide education, guidance and care monitoring.

University Health Services has a data capture system in partnership with the UC Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) that will help automate and streamline reporting and prevention of potential COVID-19 exposures for our faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

The following individuals from the UC community are required to report to University Health Services:

  • Anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, a positive test result for COVID-19 or is being tested due to symptoms suggestive of the infection.
  • Anyone with close contact with an individual confirmed to have COVID-19 by laboratory testing or with a presumptive diagnosis of COVID-19, meaning not tested but diagnosed by a physician as likely to have the infection.
  • Anyone living on campus in University Housing and having symptoms consistent with COVID-19, including flu-like symptoms with chills, muscle aches, diarrhea, cough, shortness of breath or fever. In addition, the sudden loss of the sense of smell or taste can be an early sign of COVID-19 and should be immediately reported.
  • Anyone returning from international travel, regardless of country traveled from.
  • Anyone returning from travel by cruise ship.

How to report

  • Email COVIDWatch@uc.edu with your name and cell phone number if meet any of the above criteria.
  • You will receive an immediate response with a link to an online form. Your responses will be entered into a HIPAA compliant database through REDCapTM (Research Electronic Data Capture) and will be confidential in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Your responses will be reviewed by a clinician, and you will receive individualized guidance by email. You will also be contacted by phone as deemed necessary by the reviewing clinician.

In addition, you may hear from us via email regarding an exposure on campus. If asked to do so, please respond immediately with the requested information, and you will receive specific guidance on how to manage your risk.

We have developed this reporting system in close collaboration with the UC Health COVID-19 Core Team as well as partners in our local and state health departments, and in accordance with guidance from the CDC.

Please contact us at COVIDHelp@uc.edu if you have questions regarding the reporting process.


Facilities

During the Spring and Summer Semesters, UC Housekeeping took the opportunity to clean and sanitize every building using cleaning agents approved by the Environmental Protection Agency for killing the virus associated with COVID-19.

Items and areas cleaned included furniture (chairs, tables, desks, etc.), door handles, light switches, elevator buttons, accessibility buttons and plates, vending machine buttons, ledges and handrails, windowsills and trash/recycle cans as well as all carpets vacuumed.

All restrooms were power washed and sanitized throughout, including every handle, counter, sink, partition, door, floor, etc.

Effective June 1, 2020, Facilities Management modified cleaning procedures for labs, offices and suites – to ensure a focus on high-touch and high-traffic areas. The Housekeeping team is supported by building occupants who are cleaning their own personal workspaces within labs, offices and conference rooms.  In addition, occupants are asked to empty their personal trash and recycling containers into larger trash and recycling containers located on each floor of every building, and custodians will empty the large containers regularly. This not only helps our housekeepers maintain efficiency but also limits the amount of people within individual spaces.  

As the Return to Campus continues, Facilities Management will deliver an initial cleaning kit to all 370 mail locations. Other measures include:

  • Over 2,000 cleaning kits with paper towels and disinfectant will be placed in classrooms.
  • 1,000 hand sanitizer dispensers are being installed throughout campus, located at building entrances and elevator lobbies.
  • Hand-sanitizer bottle refill stations will be installed in high-traffic buildings.
  • Water systems have been operated, maintained and will be tested to ensure safe drinking water.
  • HVAC systems have been maintained and are operating to meet American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers guidelines.
  • 500 additional garbage cans have been purchased.
  • Signage reminding people to practice safe habits will be installed in common areas such as restrooms and elevators.
  • Additional signage kits will be developed for departments to download and print out on their own.
  • Building circulation plans are being evaluated .
  • Alternative locations are being evaluated for classroom and student study areas uses such as TUC Great Hall, the Campus Recreation Center, and Nippert Stadium’s West Pavilion.

Ordering office cleaning supplies

COVID-19 supplies (sanitizing wipes and sprays) for individual and department offices can be acquired via UC contracted vendors such as GBEX and from the Facilities Management Stockroom with this form.

Find much more information on the Facilities Management website. Or contact Joyce Land-Whittaker, Director of Housekeeping, at landjm@uc.edu    

General workplace assessments

Units will evaluate workspaces and common areas according to university guidelines. Requests for modifications of space, if applicable, must be approved by the appropriate vice president, vice provost or dean. Provostal units should forward such requests to Vice Provost Chris Lewis (lewisct@uc.edu) for approval.

Managers should continually check with all returned employees to see if the work environment is adequately functioning, and all staff should continue to follow physical distancing guidelines.

Classroom cleaning

UC Housekeeping staff will clean each classroom daily five days per week and restock supplies. Ample cleaning supplies will be available in classrooms along with garbage cans so students and faculty can clean chairs, desks, countertops and keyboards at the beginning of each class. Faculty and staff should familiarize themselves with the recommended supplies and procedures posted on the Facilities Management website and all Safe Environment and Wellness resources posted on UC’s Coronavirus website. Contact Work Control at 558-2500 if classroom cleaning supplies are running low.

Classroom preparation

UC Planning, Design and Construction has posted classroom signage and resources on its website, including maximum occupancy signs and recommended seating diagrams for typical classroom configurations. Maximum occupancy signs will be posted outside classrooms of centrally scheduled spaces, and units can download the signs to post outside locally scheduled spaces. Maximum in-person attendance is not to exceed 50 persons regardless of the available space. Units can consult with PDC on seating solutions for local spaces by contacting Jamie Accurso, Director of Planning, at jamie.accurso@uc.edu.

Classroom scheduling

All UC campuses must comply with all relevant state and CDC guidelines. Best practices include ensuring 6-foot physical distancing capacity in all directions. Planning, Design and Construction (PDC) is providing computational analysis and conceptual space diagrams as guidance for classroom capacity and increased physical spacing. The registrar and colleges should use these guides to assign classroom space to course sections based on the needs of the course, the number of students enrolled, available space and physical distancing requirements.

Units can consult with PDC on potential solutions for labs, spaces where equipment is difficult to move, or spaces with other unique needs, by contacting Jamie Accurso, Director of Planning, at jamie.accurso@uc.edu. Colleges must seek approval for space modifications by the dean and Vice Provost Chris Lewis (lewisct@uc.edu) in the Office of the Provost. Colleges may place a work control order for materials after obtaining approval.

All costs are the responsibility of the unit. It is acceptable to use uncommitted Information Technology and Instructional Equipment (ITIE) funds for these additional expenses for student health and safety.

Classroom management

Maximum in-person attendance is not to exceed 50 persons. Courses meeting in-person where student enrollment exceeds 50 must make plans to ensure equal access for all students, either by staggering attendance or via other means. Classroom occupancy levels and diagrams exemplifying classroom types are available on the Planning, Design + Construction website. Students and faculty in classrooms should follow all safety measures outlined by the university, including facial coverings and maintaining 6 feet distance from others while in class.

A small supply of facial coverings will be available in the cleaning kits at the front of each classroom. Instructors may distribute these as needed to students who forget their own facial covering. When these supplies run out, students may purchase a facial covering at the UC Bookstore or at campus food service locations. Another small supply of facial coverings were provided to each Office of the Dean and departments may order packs of 100 masks from the Facilities Management stockroom.

What happens to a space if an on-campus member in a space contracts COVID-19?

UC’s Environmental Health and Safety will assess the space and determine a safe and effective course of action. Any cleaning and sanitization of that space would be based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Contact for UC Environmental Health and Safety is Director Jan Utrecht at
jan-arthur.utrecht@uc.edu

Please note that teaching spaces and other rooms may become unavailable for an extended period of time if an individual in the room subsequently tests positive for COVID-19. Faculty and staff, should prepare contingency plans in the event spaces become unavailable.


Events

Event restrictions and limits are mandated by the Ohio Department of Health during this pandemic.

These limits and restrictions will apply at all times until the ODH requirements are lifted or modified, though the university also reserves the right to apply its own event restrictions equal to or greater than ODH limitations at any time, as based on determinations around campus health and safety.

Large events can significantly increase the risk of transmission of COVID-19. As such, events must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis with consideration to the importance of the event as related to the mission of the university and the cultural life of the campus, as well as the ability to conduct in-person events within established safety protocols that include social distancing, facial coverings and sanitization.

The larger the number of persons that come into close contact in tighter spaces, the greater the risk of exposure to those in attendance. By comparison, outdoor events offer the benefit of fresh air and in many cases, increased social distance which typically improves the health and safety environment for all participants. Nevertheless, consideration will continue to be given to conducting events online whenever deemed appropriate to do so.       

As such, before buying tickets to physically attend any campus event, make certain that ticket refund policies are fully understood and agreeable as those will vary dependent on the respective venue at which an event is scheduled to take place. Athletics, theater and other campus events have different ticket refund policies and it is strongly recommended that all participants fully understand those policies because of the changing environment in which we currently find ourselves.

The safety and well-being of all UC students, faculty, staff and visitors will remain at the forefront of event planning and coordination during the 2020 Fall academic semester and beyond. That being the case, any large gathering of persons for any reason must be managed differently as compared to years past, whether those events might be ceremonies, concerts, theatrical and dance performances, conferences, movies, fundraising activities, exhibits/fairs, lectures, meetings, receptions and social gatherings. 

With priority given to the health and safety of event attendees, several guidelines established by ODH and CDC, including those listed below have been adopted by the university and will apply to campus events:

 Ohio Department of Health

  • 10 person gathering limit (p.2)    
  • Facial coverings (p.3)
  • Social distance requirements  (p.7)
  • Hand sanitizer (p.7)

CDC Guidelines for Events


Prospective students and other visitors

UC is a public university that boasts campuses that are among the most beautiful in the country and especially welcoming to visitors.  

As such, our campus community is committed to assisting all persons who visit any UC locations, whether in Blue Ash, Center Hill, Clermont, Reading, Uptown or Walnut Hills.

During these challenging times, it is recommended that whenever possible, all wishing to visit campus to conduct business first attempt to do so online, by email or by phone.

If conducting business online, by email or by phone is not possible or visiting campus is preferred for other reasons, please be assured that health and safety remains a university priority.

Admissions and financial aid

Primary contact with Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid will remain online for advising,  events and virtual tours. The office will provide information for self-guided tours with physical distancing guidelines.

Advising and academic services

The Pathways Advising Center will offer online advising appointments and inquiries and will re-evaluate in September.

Bearcats Bound Orientation

Summer Orientation is being delivered online and includes town hall meetings for incoming students and parents, online communities to get to know fellow students, and meetings with academic advisors. Student Orientation Leaders (SOLS) facilitate a large part of the online experience through a Canvas course to introduce essential technology and prepare students for their online courses in the Fall.

One Stop Center

One Stop Student Service Center will continue to operate primarily online through at least August 24, 2020. Services are available via phone, email, chat and video chat. A few staff members will be on site in University Pavilion (Uptown Campus), Muntz Hall (Blue Ash Campus), and the Student Services Building (Clermont Campus) from August 17 through September 4, 2020, to support walk-in students returning to campus. Additional staff will be on site in the building for emergencies, staff relief and escalation of requests, though these staff will generally be housed in private offices and not accessible to the public. ,

As such, expect that online operations will continue to be the prevalent mode of operation for One Stop even beyond August 24. 

West Campus Welcome Desk

The Welcome Desk for Undergraduate Admissions and University Visits also functions as a university-wide information and welcome desk for students, families and other campus visitors. Beginning August 17, a staff member will be at the desk to answer questions and direct visitors. Up to two additional staff will be available for staff relief and escalated cases. UC will provide disposable facial coverings for visitors who do not have one. You can also reach out directly to your admissions representative and take advantage of UC’s Virtual Visit until campus visits resume.

Invited visitors or guests

University-sponsored or invited visitors must be approved by the vice president of the unit sponsoring or inviting the visitors. Contractors of the university must abide by established safety protocols while on campus.

All UC campus visitors are required to review and comply with the following prior to visiting campus:

Reporting requirements for campus visitors

All visitors returning from international travel must complete a 14-day self-quarantine prior to entering any university facility or attending any event or meeting on campus. Additionally, all visitors traveling from any foreign country should register with University Health Services via COVIDWatch@uc.edu prior to entering any university facility or attending any event or meeting on campus.

Finally, any campus visitors meeting the following criteria should also report to UC’s COVIDWatch@uc.edu

  • Anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or is being tested due to symptoms suggestive of the infection.
  • Anyone with close contact with an individual confirmed to have COVID-19 by laboratory testing or with a presumptive diagnosis of COVID-19, meaning not tested but diagnosed by a physician as likely to have the infection.
  • Anyone returning from travel by cruise ship.