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Frequently Asked Questions

Students

Academics

Fall semester classes will begin Wednesday, Aug. 26. In-person classes will end on Wednesday, Nov. 25. The last week of classes will be Nov. 30-Dec. 4, 2020, and will be conducted remotely. Final exam week will be Dec. 7-11, 2020, and will also be conducted remotely. In addition, to provide maximized flexibility, we have also canceled Winter Session in 2021. Based upon current planning, classes for spring semester will now begin on Jan. 11, 2021, and end on April 30, 2021.  

More than 70 percent of our courses will have an in-person component that will allow students to interact with faculty and their peers in a safe, physically-distanced manner. We are committed to teaching these courses and have redesigned all of our classroom spaces – plus several other spaces not typically used for instruction – to ensure that as many students as possible will be able to take classes on campus. Course structure will be focused on flexibility. While classes may be primarily in-person, they will also incorporate some online elements that allow us the physical flexibility to keep students safe. Find more information about the three course formats provided this fall

Labs, studios and other classes that use specialized rooms or equipment will also have an in-person component that allows students to get the hands-on experience needed to make progress toward their degree. Guidelines will be in place to minimize risk, and these experiences will also be supplemented with online work to ensure that all students get to participate.

Staff in the Division of Student Affairs and Athletics, Recreation, and Wellness are scheduling safe activities and experiences that recognize BGSU’s excellent reputation as a residential campus. Also, the Student Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion team on the Firelands campus is preparing safe programming for the academic year.  A list of planned activities can be found online at firelands.bgsu.edu/campus-activities.

BGSU’s Education Abroad office will be contacting program directors about the possibility of offering their 2021 Winter Session programs during 2021 Summer Session (May, June, or July) or during the 2022 Winter Session. As soon as information is available, all students who had plans for Winter 2021 will be notified.

At this point in time, (everything is subject to change), there are no changes to the professional year for teacher educators. The required hours will still be the same (minimum of 60 days in the field). The College of Education and Human Development is working closely with PK-12 school partners to make sure students are able to complete these experiences.

We are committed to serving students who are unable to attend classes on campus because of COVID-19, and are upgrading audio and video equipment in classrooms to allow students to participate remotely, if needed.

Yes, the plans are currently to have a spring break. The University will continue to monitor the situation and follow recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and the Ohio Department of Health.

Yes, we will continue to offer job and internship fairs, as well as other career-related events. Many of these events will be offered in a virtual format. Students can check their Handshake accounts for the most up-to-date event information.

The changes to the academic calendar will impact only the BGSU students at Mercy who are registered for non-nursing courses. All NURS courses at Mercy will follow the Mercy College academic calendar. All other BGSU courses will follow the updated academic calendar.

We expect no change in the availability of FWS funding for students with a FWS award in the upcoming academic year – i.e. a student with a FWS award and a FWS-eligible on-campus job will begin earning FWS wages at the beginning of the academic year. This will continue until either the student employee’s FWS award is exhausted, the student employee ceases working in a FWS-eligible on-campus job, the student employee becomes otherwise ineligible, or the end of the academic year, whichever comes first. Regarding the amount of hours, student employees are encouraged to discuss this question with their supervisor. As in pre-COVID times, this will depend on the needs of the department and the availability of the student.

Each graduate assistant (GA) is expected to work their appointment in the assigned contract period(s).  Within the fall semester,  the majority of GAs will work remotely November 30-December 11, 2020.  There may be some assignments, on or off campus, that require on-site duties despite a remote learning period.  Supervisors will inform the GA if there is an on-site requirement prior to the beginning of a remote learning period.   GAs may request confirmation of remote work from their program and/or supervisor via email prior to the beginning of the contract.

The start of Graduate Student Orientation (GSO) week is not being impacted. However, since it coincides with the start of classes, GSO “week” is abbreviated to August 24-25 for 2020. Please note: Graduate College programming for Graduate Student Orientation (GSO) will be offered virtually starting August 1. All incoming graduate students will be enrolled in the Virtual GSO experience. Students will be contacted by their academic departments regarding program-specific orientation.

The majority of all graduate assistantships will have remote duties assigned to the GA November 30-December 11, 2020. GAs will be paid according to the dates of their contract per the Payroll Schedule. The GA and the supervisor should coordinate conversations prior to the remote work period outlining due dates, expectations and communication options for the remote work assignment(s). 

Contract periods, payroll schedules, GA Statement of Understanding and other resources are available on the Graduate Assistant and Tuition Scholarship Information web page.  If your previously accepted contract was originally to start on August 31, 2020, you will now begin your assistantship on Wednesday August 26, 2020. This correlates to the revised first day of classes for Fall 2020. 

Graduate students should express their need for alternative work assignment accommodations to their supervisor and graduate program coordinator as early as possible. Pro-active communication will permit students, supervisors and/or program to find alternative means of fulfilling GA duties.

New maximum occupancy numbers have been determined and are posted outside of classrooms and other public spaces across campus. In addition, physical distancing and directional floor decals and signage are in place to help maintain CDC-recommended physical distancing.

Scholarships

These FAQs are for current students who received the University Freshman Academic Scholarship, BG Success Scholarship, Falcon Achievement Award, or BG Choice Award (for attendance during 2019-2020).

Please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships to inform the office of your intentions. If you are not attending any other school during the Fall 2020 semester, your scholarship will be cancelled for the fall term but will remain in your aid package for your return Spring 2021.

If you intend to enroll as a part-time student at another school, your scholarship will be canceled for the entire aid year, and you will need to appeal to receive your scholarship when you return to BGSU. To file your appeal, you will need to submit transcripts from the other school to document the successful completion of your courses.

If you enroll as a full-time student at another school, your scholarship will be canceled for the entire aid year, and you will need to appeal to receive your scholarship when you return to BGSU. To file your appeal, you will need to submit transcripts from the other school to document the successful completion of your courses. The scholarship appeal for the Spring 2021 semester will open in November 2020 and will be available on the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships website.

NOTE: Enrolling as a full-time student at another school for one semester will subject you to the forfeiture of one semester of your BGSU scholarship eligibility.

Please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships to inform the office of your intentions. To reinstate your scholarship, you will need to submit a scholarship appeal before you return to BGSU. The scholarship appeal form for the Fall 2021 semester will be available in mid-March 2021 on the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships website.

If you do not enroll as a full-time student at another school, your scholarship will be reinstated, as long as you were eligible for renewal at the time you left BGSU.

Please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships to inform the office of your intentions. You will need to submit a scholarship appeal prior to your return to BGSU. To file your appeal, you will need to submit transcripts from the other school to document the successful completion of your courses. The scholarship appeal form for the Fall 2021 semester will be available in mid-March 2021 on the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships website.

NOTE: Enrolling as a full-time student at another school will subject you to the forfeiture of one semester of your BGSU scholarship eligibility for each semester you enroll elsewhere.

You may appeal your scholarship renewal by submitting an online appeal form available on the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships website.

To renew your scholarship, you must have completed 30 credit hours by the end of the first year, 60 credit hours by the end of the second year and 90 credit hours by the end of the third year. Summer semester enrollment may be used to earn credits to meet the requirements. In your appeal, please explain how you plan to resolve any deficiencies.

NOTE: Your scholarship appeal may be approved at 80% of the original value.

You may appeal your scholarship renewal by submitting an online appeal form available at the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships website.

To renew your scholarship, you must have earned a minimum cumulative BGSU GPA of 3.00. Summer semester enrollment may be used to raise your GPA to meet the requirements.

NOTE: Your scholarship appeal may be approved at 80% of the original value.

You may appeal to use your scholarship for less than full-time enrollment.

The appeal form can be found on the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships website. Your scholarship may be reduced based on the number of credit hours for which you enroll. Using your scholarship at less than full-time enrollment will count as one full semester used toward your total eight semesters of eligibility. This option is only available for University Freshman Scholarships and the BG Success Scholarship.

No. If you find you do not meet the renewal criteria at the end of the academic year, you may then file a scholarship appeal. Please consult with your academic advisor about your credit hours or other concerns regarding your enrollment and how to maintain eligibility for your scholarship award.

Many scholarships do not allow for interruption in enrollment and may not be eligible to be reinstated if you attend another college or university or stop out. Additionally, some scholarships may not allow you to defer your eligibility for a future academic year. Please check with the department or college that issued the award or contact the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships for information.

Health

Our quarantine and isolation process is being reviewed and updated. Please visit the Residence Life website for the most up-to-date-information

The University will be providing additional information on testing and contact tracing in the upcoming weeks. 

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times and hand sanitizer stations will be installed in high-traffic areas. Standing six feet apart does not excuse the requirement of wearing a mask. 
  • Students are required to schedule a move-in appointment to reduce the number of individuals in the buildings at one time. 
  • We have doubled the number of move-in days to spread out the number of individuals moving in at one time. 
  • Students may only rotate between two guests to assist them during move-in and only one guest will be permitted in the building at one time. 
  • Single point of entry and exits will help to maintain one-way traffic and physical distancing in every building.
  • Additional signage and notices will remind individuals to maintain physical distance.
  • Only one resident (and their guest) will be permitted to ride in the elevator at a time. 
  • Plexiglass barriers will be in place at the front desk. 
  • Shared move-in carts must go through an electrostatic cleaning and disinfecting process between uses.
  • Students are being asked to limit the number of belongings to shorten the move-in window.
  • High-touch public areas will be disinfected several times per day.

BGSU’s dining facilities have implemented one-way entrance and exit traffic flows and include plexiglass dividers for tight spaces. Selective removal of tables and chairs, along with installation of new, physically distant seating is designed to provide for CDC recommended distancing. Plexiglass barriers at designated tables offer additional protection for small groups.

The Oaks and Carillon Place have transitioned to a full-service model at each station instead of self-service. Multiple sanitizer stands are positioned in high traffic areas and plexi health shield barriers are utilized at all registers and points of service. Dining service associates will monitor the number of guests to ensure maximum occupancy guidelines are followed. Every associate will receive a wellness check daily to include self-reported illnesses and a contactless temperature check. All associates will be provided with facial coverings that must be worn at all times during their shift. As always, our personnel are required to wash hands, but will now do so along with changing gloves every 30 minutes, or less, in addition to strict task-specific standards. Upon closing for the day, each team will thoroughly disinfect the entire facility.

In addition to the university’s standard cleaning practices, a team of highly trained Campus Operations personnel will be deployed to rotate through buildings to perform “enhanced cleaning.” Learn more about our enhanced cleaning protocols

With the health and safety of our campus community in mind, students, employees and visitors will be required to wear a face covering in all indoor public and shared environments. In the absence of the ability to maintain physical distance, face coverings will be required in outdoor spaces as well. Learn more about what to expect on campus

Students must conduct symptom monitoring checks every day before leaving their residence hall room or arriving on campus. Learn more before arriving on campus 

International

International Programs and Partnerships is currently reviewing the recently published guidance by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) regarding international students engaging in remote learning for fall 2020 due to COVID19. As soon as International Programs and Partnerships receives clarification on the topic they will update faculty and students.

BGSU’s Education Abroad office will be contacting program directors about the possibility of offering their 2021 Winter Session programs during 2021 Summer Session (May, June, or July) or during the 2022 Winter Session. As soon as information is available the students will be notified.

More information about returning from international travel please read the After Travel Precautions and the CDC Travelers FAQ.

International students arriving from abroad for the fall semester who will live off-campus should plan to quarantine for at least 14 days BEFORE the first day of the fall semester (August 26, 2020).

International students who will live in one of the residence halls on campus should plan to quarantine for at least 14 days BEFORE move-in day (August 22, 2020). 

At this point the University is not offering a place to quarantine. If there are any changes, we will inform you.

Bursar

As we prepare for the upcoming academic year, the challenges and uncertainty for delivering course content remain in this COVID-19 environment.  The University intends to provide academic courses through a variety of formats, including hybrid, remote and online.  Since unanticipated circumstances at any time could affect the ability to deliver course content in a particular manner, the University reserves the right to modify the delivery method for course content for the health and safety of students, faculty and staff.  Irrespective of the delivery format, the University’s competitive tuition and course fee structure  shall remain the same for academic courses, consistent with published University tuition and fee schedules.  There will be no refund or reduction on tuition or course fees, since the University will be providing a full semester of instruction and awarding full academic credit to those who satisfactorily fulfill course requirements.

As a result of the fall academic calendar changing to an earlier start date and concluding with remote learning after Thanksgiving break, BGSU will be discounting a student’s housing and meal plan by 10% for the Fall 2020 semester.

No, there will not be a prorated fee for parking or other services. Housing and Dining are the only fees that will be reduced to offset the days students are not living on campus.

Residence Life

If BGSU closes its residence halls early for the fall semester due to COVID-19, the institution will work to determine a fair and equitable credit/refund for impacted students.

Yes. You will be able to leave your items in your room, if you are planning to return to campus for Spring 2021.

Yes. We do not have this process updated yet but we will have a process available for students to request to stay on campus. Since a student’s fall housing charge was discounted to not include these weeks, there will be an additional charge to stay during this time.

Move-in will now take place between Aug. 20 – 25.

  • New students can reserve their move-in time for Aug. 20 – 22
  • Returning students can reserve their move-in time for Aug. 23 – 24

Faculty & Staff

With the health and safety of our campus community in mind, students, employees and visitors will be required to wear a face covering in all indoor public and shared environments. In the absence of the ability to maintain physical distance, face coverings will be required in outdoor spaces as well. Learn more about what to expect while on campus 

Faculty and staff must conduct symptom monitoring checks every day before arriving on campus. Learn more before arriving on campus 

Visitors

Admissions Visits

BGSU hopes to continue to offer some form of socially safe in-person visits, but will update these opportunities as we get closer to those dates and evaluate what we can provide safely and responsibly in accordance with the State of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Health.

BGSU is open to visitors when classes resume; however, visitors are asked to abide by the same safety measures as students, faculty and staff to slow the spread of COVID-19.

With the health and safety of our campus community in mind, students, employees and visitors will be required to wear a face covering in all indoor public and shared environments. In the absence of the ability to maintain physical distance, face coverings will be required in outdoor spaces as well. Learn more about what to expect while on campus