Return to Campus
COVID-19 has led to an unprecedented health risk for all persons. The duration of this pandemic remains unclear, and the situation continues to evolve. Public health knowledge, scientific knowledge and clinical best practices will change, so these guidelines may require updates or risk quickly becoming obsolete. What is clear is that in order to balance our pursuit of excellence with the necessary measures to reduce risks to our wellness, we can anticipate that restrictions and limitations in activities will be in place for the next 12-18 months or longer.
While we are cautiously optimistic, meticulous adherence to public health practices including hand hygiene, physical distancing, proper cough/sneeze etiquette, frequent disinfection of common and high traffic areas, symptom assessment, temperature checks, and cloth face covering in public is the campus’ new normal.
We must also prepare for the likelihood of a local rebound of infections that may result in a return to more restrictive measures and physical distancing for periods of time. The following guidelines provide a level of campus readiness that allow us to return with the flexibility needed to make any adjustments as deemed necessary.
The guidelines were developed with the safety and health of our employees and students as our primary concern and in coordination with Ohio’s public universities. Our guidelines align with Ohio’s Governor and Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American College Health Association (ACHA)*.
Phases & Timing
The return to NEOMED’s campus and campus operations will resume in four phases.