Updates for the Community
Sep 3, 2020 1:00 PM Status of Spring 2021 Education Abroad trips
Due to health and safety concerns and the unpredictability of international travel, BGSU is suspending Education Abroad trips scheduled for Spring 2021. I understand this is another disappointing announcement, but the health and safety of our campus community remains our top priority.
Aug 24, 2020 1:00 PM Recapping our response efforts
As the fall semester begins this week, I want to provide our faculty and staff members an update regarding our COVID-19 response and our plans to resume in-person learning. This email includes an overview and recap of the initiatives and procedures put into place since March. You may also reference the Return to Campus website.
Jul 21, 2020 7:15 PM BGSU to offer three course delivery formats
As we have previously shared, we are working to safely resume operations of our campuses, and at Bowling Green State University, our students will have the opportunity to help choose how they wish to learn. This fall will feel and look differently, and courses will not just be all online or in-person, but both. Today, in response to student feedback, we are announcing Design My BGSU – an initiative to work with students in selecting between three course formats.
Jul 16, 2020 9:36 AM Course schedule update
We want to let you know that the reconfiguration of the fall 2020 schedule is near completion. You will be able to view your updated course schedule early next week.
Jul 16, 2020 10:00 AM Commencement celebrations rescheduled, degrees still awarded in August and December
These are challenging times. Every day, we are learning more about this virus. Given the recent health orders and guidance from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, along with our commitment to following the science, we must reschedule our August in-person commencement ceremonies in the best interest of the public health.
Jun 25, 2020 10:00 PM BGSU to offer classes in three delivery modes this fall
Our primary goal is to provide BGSU students with a robust, meaningful, and most importantly, safe experience both inside and outside the classroom in the coming academic year. Adhering to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Ohio Department of Health guidelines requires rethinking the delivery of fall 2020 courses. This message is intended to provide clarity for what students can expect during fall 2020.
Jun 25, 2020 8:00 PM Housing appeal deadline extended; fall curriculum delivery plans
The purpose of this communication is to clarify and correct key elements of that communication and to provide an update on preparations to deliver the fall curriculum. We appreciate the questions and feedback provided by students, families and members of the campus community. This valuable feedback helps improve our processes and to communicate more effectively.
Jun 17, 2020 6:05 PM Adjustments to the 2020-2021 academic calendar
Fall semester classes will now start on Wednesday, Aug. 26. To best plan and to lessen the impact COVID-19 may have on our campuses, 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. We are planning for the spring semester to be in-person. While there are changes to the academic calendar, previously announced University holidays will continue to be observed.
Jun 12, 2020 2:15 PM Alternative work considerations
The University has been working diligently to create a process to provide priority consideration for alternative work arrangements for employees who may be at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You can learn more about the specific eligibility definitions on the CDC website or by accessing the Step 1 request form below. The process is also available for employees who live in the same household with a person who is at higher risk under the same definition.
May 28, 2020 8:29 AM Return to campus updates
I recognize your eagerness to learn more about planning for the fall and resumption of activities later this summer. We are being intentional as we consider a variety of scenarios. Two University-wide planning groups are leading our efforts, focusing on student academic and non-academic experiences and campus safety and operations. BGSU is an important part of our community, and Ben Batey, health commissioner for the Wood County Health Department, is chairing the subcommittee on health protocols. In addition, we are working with our peer Ohio public universities and other higher education institutions across the nation to develop our plans.
May 20, 2020 9:14 PM Status of Fall 2020 Education Abroad trips from Provost Whitehead
We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and adhere to local, state and national guidelines. At present, Department of State continues a "Level 4: Do not travel" global health advisory, international flight schedules are still uncertain, and the behavior of the COVID-19 virus this fall is unpredictable. Due to health and safety concerns and the unpredictability of international travel, BGSU is suspending Education Abroad trips scheduled for Fall 2020. I understand this is another disappointing announcement, but the health and safety of our campus community remains our top priority.
May 15, 2020 1:08 PM BGSU addresses financial shortfall
It has been 68 days since Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine declared a State of Emergency. COVID-19 has not only impacted Ohioans, but also billions around the globe. Lives have been lost, countless have contracted this virus, people are unemployed and economies are recessing. This virus is not specific to a country, economic sector or way of life.
May 8, 2020 4:00 PM BGSU plans to resume face-to-face this fall
As previously stated, we are planning to resume face-to-face learning on our campuses this fall. We continue to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Ohio Department of Health and regional and local health care partners to comply with directives and guidelines to safeguard our students, faculty, staff and visitors and reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 on our campuses.
Apr 2, 2020 8:21 PM Update on Summer Courses
We all continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and adhere to the local, state and national guidelines to inhibit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Based on knowledge currently available, we are extending the online learning period through the summer semester. There will be no face-to-face courses.
Apr 1, 2020 5:33 PM Sharing resources
It is important for you to know that the campus community is here for you throughout the semester. I know that this is not how we imagined the semester evolving, but your Falcon Spirit has been remarkable. We will get through this together.
Mar 30, 2020 6:34 PM BGSU to offer housing, dining and parking refund/credit for students
The rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation has had a tremendous financial impact on our students, their families and the University. While it is too early to measure its effect on Ohio, the nation and world, we recognize the uncertainty that BGSU students and families are facing and want to ensure that we are providing an emergency grant equaling a refund to students whose housing, dining and parking have been disrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mar 27, 2020 3:15 PM We've made it through our first week of online learning
We have made it through our first week of online learning together. I know there have been some challenges, and while faculty and staff are hard at work with this transition, I appreciate your flexibility with these changes and encourage you to remain focused on your coursework.
Mar 26, 2020 3:30 PM BGSU providing flexible grading options
We continue to work through the first week of our online teaching and learning period together. We want to thank you for your effort to transition your course delivery to adapt to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation.
Mar 23, 2020 10:00 AM We are here for you
As you complete your first day of online learning, I wanted to check in and reinforce that our learning community is here for you. The change in class delivery may have brought some challenges with technology or adjustments with teaching. However, I am confident we are going to get through this together.
Mar 21, 2020 10:30 AM Technology Update
We are embarking on a voyage into the uncharted waters of fully online course delivery as a result of the rapidly evolving novel coronavirus. I recognize there is anxiety and uneasiness since none of us envisioned students completing the semester online with faculty and staff working remotely.
Mar 20, 2020 10:00 AM Commencement rescheduled, student resources available for online learning
Commencement is a culminating celebration and milestone, recognizing your hard work. However, given Ohio’s event restrictions and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations, we must reschedule our 297th commencement ceremonies for a later date. While these events are delayed, they will not be canceled.
Mar 20, 2020 10:00 AM Commencement celebration rescheduled, degrees still awarded in May
The faculty have been working diligently to transition courses online, provide answers to questions.
Mar 16, 2020 6:01 PM Update to the University community
Based on state and federal guidance, BGSU continues to make critical decisions to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus to safeguard our students, faculty, staff and the broader community. We now are strongly encouraging all students to return to, or remain at, their permanent residence. Additionally, University employees will shift to working remotely. Virtual and online learning will continue as planned through the end of the semester.
Mar 13, 2020 5:02 PM Online learning extended until the end of spring semester
In light of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's update to Ohioans this afternoon, we believe it is in the best interests of our community to extend the previous announced online learning window beyond April 6 to the end of spring semester, May 15. Beginning after Spring Break on March 23, all classes will be delivered in an online format.
Mar 12, 2020 3:00 PM BGSU's COVID-19 temporary online learning window
We continue our response to slow the spread of novel coronavirus. As previously communicated, upon the recommendation from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, we are moving face-to-face classes toward temporary online learning starting March 23 to April 6, after our scheduled Spring Break.
Mar 11, 2020 7:13 PM Sharing developments for our COVID-19 response
Since yesterday's message regarding our proactive response to COVID-19, BGSU continues to work diligently on our preparedness efforts in consultation with local, state and national agencies. The University remains open, and while there are currently no known COVID-19 cases in northwest Ohio, we join other universities in taking measures to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Mar 10, 2020 1:00 PM BGSU announces proactive COVID-19 response
BGSU’s executive team in charge of our COVID-19 response and preparedness efforts continues to update our plans and protocols in consultation with local, state and national agencies. While there are currently no known COVID-19 cases in northwest Ohio, we join other universities in being proactive in slowing down the spread of novel coronavirus. Upon the recommendation from the governor, we are moving all face-to-face classes toward online and remote learning after our scheduled Spring Break, starting March 23 to April 6.
Mar 9, 2020 1:00 PM BGSU announces proactive COVID-19 response
As we indicated over the weekend, the University has formed an executive team to lead our COVID-19 response and preparedness efforts. We continue to meet regularly to update our plans and protocols in consultation with local, state and national agencies. Ohio Gov. DeWine has declared a state of emergency to allow state departments and agencies to better coordinate their response. The COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly, and BGSU is working to manage its impact on our University. We will continue to update you regarding the situation and continuity of operations.
Mar 7, 2020 4:12 PM Study abroad programs suspended due to coronavirus
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the global spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) makes it almost certain the United States will experience an outbreak. Bowling Green State University is closely monitoring COVID-19 developments nationally and internationally in conjunction with the Wood County Health Department, the Ohio Department of Health and the CDC.
Feb 28, 2020 6:21 PM The University continues to monitor developments with the novel coronavirus
The University continues to monitor developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it might affect our community. While there are still no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, other parts of the world, particularly in Asia and Europe, are experiencing an increase in the number of cases.
Feb 4, 2020 6:22 PM Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) update
As of Feb. 4, there are no confirmed or suspected cases of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Ohio. Miami University announced on Feb. 2 that the results for two students recently tested for the virus came back negative. We continue to monitor the situation with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the Wood County Health Department and Falcon Health Center.
Jan 31, 2020 6:22 PM Travel recommendations
Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and U.S. Department of State, Bowling Green State University has suspended all University-supported travel to mainland China until further notice. The U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for China due to the novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China.
Jan 28, 2020 6:22 PM Coronavirus update
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is monitoring a new coronavirus recently identified in China. The virus is associated with an outbreak of pneumonia in that country. As of Jan. 28, five cases have been confirmed in the United States. There have been no confirmed cases in Ohio. However, Miami University is reporting today that a student with mild symptoms has met the criteria for testing for possible infection of the virus.