Review the questions below for some of the most common questions regarding emerging public health concerns. All answers are dated for clarity.
July 28, 2022
In response to local increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations facial masking is required in all buildings of the College of Medicine. Face masks must be worn at all times except when alone in an enclosed office or when eating.
It will be at the discretion of meeting conveners as to whether to switch to virtual meetings or keep in-person meetings, however, when meeting in person, face masks should be worn along with maintaining physical distancing.
Classes within the College of Medicine will continue in person, but face masks will be required in class.
This requirement only impacts the College of Medicine. Facial masking requirements have been lifted for UC faculty, staff, students, and visitors in all other buildings and spaces. Gudiance is subject to change.
Masks will continue to be required on UC public transportation, in clinical settings and for at least ten days after an exposure to COVID-19 or a COVID-19 diagnosis, regardless of vaccination status.
Masking is a critical public health tool for preventing spread of COVID-19. Members of the UC Community who prefer to continue to wear a mask for personal safety should continue to do so.
According to the CDC, loosely woven cloth products provide the least protection, layered finely woven products offer more protection, well-fitting disposable surgical masks and KN95s offer even more protection, and well-fitting NIOSH-approved respirators (including N95s) offer the highest level of protection.
August 22, 2022
Faculty and staff
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 COVIDHelp@uc.edu in order to obtain additional health information regarding reporting requirements and monitoring.
August 22, 2022
University events are permissible during the 2022-2023 academic year.
Following updated CDC guidance, facial masking is no longer required except on UC transportation/shuttles, in clinical settings and for at least ten days after an exposure to COVID-19 or a COVID-19 diagnosis, regardless of vaccination status.
Guidance is subject to change.
It is recommended that for larger events (a higher number of attendees) organizers consider implementing a higher level of precautionary measuers. This may include:
- Encourage facial coverings (N95 and KN95 masks are preferred)
- Provide hand sanitizer
- When practical, maintain a list of attendees to assist with possible later contact tracing if needed
There are no food service restrictions at this time.
It is important to remember that outdoor events are safer than indoor events. Virtual options are also an option to accommodate individuals that prefer not to meet in person.
Reserve space via Conference and Event Services.
August 22, 2022
Dining centers are open and meal plans are active. UC Food Services will focus on providing the best food and service experience possible, while adhering to health and safety protocols.
August 22, 2022
UC is now returning to its standard approval process for faculty and staff seeking to travel abroad on UC business. With increasingly relaxed COVID entry requirements abroad and the removal of the requirement to show proof of a negative COVID test for re-entry into the United States, UC will no longer require an approval to travel internationally on business from the Vice Provost of UC International.
Moving forward approval to travel internationally should be obtained through your normal unit and/or college processes and through Concur. All student travel abroad still requires a registration process with UC International, as outlined in the UC Student Travel Policy.
In accordance with State of Ohio guidelines, face-to-face co-op, internships and service learning may take place. Additionally, students employed by UC faculty or other researchers may participate in face-to-face work at the discretion of the Principal Investigator.
If your co-op position is affected, students are required to inform their co-op faculty advisor through email and the Co-op Status Change Notification Form.
Students are not obligated to participate in face-to-face experiential learning even though it is now permitted. For students in mandatory co-op programs, the COVID-19 EEP options are acceptable alternatives and will count toward the co-op requirement. Students can relocate for face-to-face experiential learning; however, this policy is subject to change based on evolving public health status.
Many companies and partners across the globe continue to ask employees to work remotely, thus many students have the opportunity to complete co-op and other experiential learning requirements remotely (without physically being onsite at the employer’s or partner’s location). Career Education has opened the UC Remote Work Lab and Learning Center, located on the 3rd floor of University Square, in order to provide students who are working remotely for co-op employers an alternative location to conduct and perform that work. (Students must sign up in advance to use the space and can see the Remote Work Lab and Learning Center web page for more information.)
Additional COVID-19 updates are available on the Career Education website.
To the extent permitted by law, students enrolled in experiential learning or co-op programs will be expected to comply with all rules, policies, guidelines, and requirements of any third-party placement, including but not limited to vaccination and background check requirements. Any student’s failure to comply with such third-party rules, policies, guidelines, or requirements may result in the student not being able to complete and graduate from their program.
- UC shuttles continue to operate, following CDC guidelines. While these guidelines do not restrict crowd sizes, we encourage people to socially distance to the extent possible when riding on shuttles.
- Face coverings are required on the shuttles.
- Enhanced cleaning procedures have been established, with the shuttle drivers cleaning shuttles each hour, focusing on high-touch points
- Shuttles are deep cleaned every night.
- Hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed on each shuttle.
- Any changes to routes or schedules will be communicated via the DoubleMap app.