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Updated BGSU health and safety protocols
Effective today, BGSU has made several changes to our current health and safety protocols, following relaxed statewide regulations that encourage businesses and schools to make their own decisions about how to best keep their students, employees and customers safe. These changes include:
  • Fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear face coverings outdoors while on BGSU campuses;
  • Fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear face coverings indoors, unless they are in a large group setting of 10 or more people and are unable to maintain 6 feet of distance from others while on BGSU campuses;
  • Unvaccinated individuals should wear face coverings whenever they are around others on campus, both indoors and outdoors.
As you interact with others on BGSU campuses, we ask that you be respectful and compassionate to one another, building a community of care. We encourage you to carry a face covering with you and put it on when interacting with those within 6 feet who choose to wear a face covering. We will continually evaluate our health and safety protocols throughout the summer and communicate important updates and messages with you.
Answering your questions
President Rogers recently hosted a series of virtual town halls to engage in a dialogue on the University's new health and safety protocols and our next steps in this global pandemic. Our Frequently Asked Questions page has also been updated to reflect new protocols on campus.
If you have additional questions, the BGSU COVID-19 Response Hotline is open, with staff available to answer questions regarding COVID-19 and related topics. You can call the hotline at 419-372-3000 from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Voicemails are checked on Sundays and holidays. You can also email your questions to health@bgsu.edu.
Vaccination status
Based on what we know today, BGSU will be maximizing our in-person class offerings, events and gatherings for the fall. In order to do that, we will need to confidently know the majority of our community is vaccinated. Not only do vaccines protect you, they also protect those who cannot be vaccinated due to medical reasons. BGSU will be using a system for individuals to voluntarily submit their completed vaccination status to us. Information will be coming out soon with instructions and incentives for individuals who take the time to provide us with this information demonstrating they have been fully vaccinated.
A community of care
Just as we have done throughout the pandemic, BGSU will remain flexible as restrictions are lifted. We will respect the comfort levels of our students, faculty and staff who wish to continue to follow certain health and safety measures, such as wearing a face covering, physical distancing and health checks. We encourage you to be respectful of one another, as we have done this past year. We are looking forward to a more normal campus life and appreciate how far we have come together to reach this moment.
Be well,
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Ben Batey, MPH, RN
Chief Health Officer
Health and Wellness Resources
Returning to Campus: Tips for Ensuring Your Well-Being
Wednesday, June 9
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST
Join Zoom Meeting ➔
Join campus experts for a Q&A session as they offer information on a variety of health and wellness topics. Have a question you would like answered on these topics during the discussion? Email health@bgsu.edu with your question by 12 pm Tuesday, June 8.
  • Paige Wagner, RDN, LD: Learn how to maintain and improve healthy habits while transitioning back to campus.
  • Karyn Smith, MPH: Staying active on campus - Learn more about the mental health benefits of exercise and tips to incorporate more movement into your work day.
  • Brittany Howard, BSN, RN, LSN: Learn about vaccine effectiveness as well as strategies to stay healthy and prevent illness throughout the year.
  • Bess Huyghe, MSOH, AHES: Learn a few main tips regarding proper computer workstation setup, an overview of the tools and information available on Environmental Health and Safety’s (EHS) website, and an understanding of how EHS can help moving forward.
  • Erica Mills, M.Ed.: Erica will share her experiences working on campus during the pandemic.
  • Faith DeNardo, PhD, CHES: Moderator
Free Move For Your Mood sessions
Wednesday, June 9 & 16
12:10 – 12:50 p.m.
Eppler South Gym
Register now ➔
Sessions include strength training exercises, low-impact cardiovascular movements and flexibility training. Changing into comfortable athletic shoes is recommended. In addition to the physical health benefits of exercise, incorporating movement breaks into your day can positively impact your brain function, boost your mood, and help reduce stress, along with many other enhancements to mental health. Make your health and well-being a priority and join us for these upcoming low-impact movement sessions. All sessions are FREE for BGSU students, faculty and staff.
Register now and receive updates about future fitness and wellness offerings. For more information: Karyn Smith 419-372-9309 karync@bgsu.edu. Learn more about other fun ways to stay active this summer.
Personalized Fitness & Wellness Guidance
Now offering free chats with a public health nurse to support questions related to COVID-19 or other health-related concerns you may have.
Schedule your call ➔
In addition, we have certified personal trainers and a dietitian to help jumpstart or sustain your fitness and well-being journey. Get your questions answered and receive personalized support. Schedule your free session with a registered dietitian. To schedule a talk with a personal trainer, contact Karyn Smith at karync@bgsu.edu
Find a COVID-19 vaccine near you
According to the CDC, vaccines are proven to be safe and our most effective tool in lowering case levels that will ultimately allow us to loosen health and safety restrictions. There are opportunities locally, and across the state and nation to receive the vaccination. Find a COVID-19 vaccine near you ➔
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