BGSU COVID-19 Response

Updated as of October 5, 2021

As the academic year continues, BGSU will continue to provide updates to our community regarding COVID-19 planning. From the onset of this global pandemic, we have worked with the Wood County Health Department and the Erie County Health Department and appreciate their guidance in navigating COVID-19.

BGSU will remain flexible and adaptable with the goal of ensuring the health and safety of our community, as well as a successful academic year.

COVID-19 Vaccination and Exemption Plans

In preparation for spring semester, BGSU is requiring students, faculty and staff to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or receive an approved exemption. 

Learn more about the University's COVID-19 vaccination plans announced Sept. 2 ➔

Face Covering Requirement

BGSU requires face coverings for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in indoor public settings on our campuses. This includes classrooms, laboratories, libraries, gathering spaces and areas outside of individual, enclosed spaces like residence hall rooms, individual offices, cubicles, and private workspaces. Face coverings are not required when working alone in a laboratory or classroom, when eating or drinking in a dining facility, or when actively exercising indoors. 

Learn more about current BGSU COVID-19 protocols ➔ 

COVID-19 Response Hotline

The BGSU COVID-19 Response Hotline is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Staff is available to answer questions regarding COVID-19 and related topics. You can call the hotline at 419-372-3000. Voicemails are checked on Sundays and holidays. You can also email your questions to or review our Frequently Asked Questions.

Vax-2-School Scholarships

The Ohio Department of Health recently announced the Vax-2-School program with prize money totaling $2 million in scholarships. Ohioans 12 to 25 years of age, who have received at least their first dose of COVID-19 vaccination if receiving the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose if receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, have a chance to win one of 150 scholarships worth $10,000 each and five $100,000 scholarships.

Ohio Vax-2-School is an opt-in program, meaning that you must enter to be eligible for the prize drawings.

Submit a COVID-19 Question

Parent and Family Communications

Stay connected by ensuring you are on the Parents and Families email list. Families can sign up at Here you can access important campus news and deadlines, receive family newsletters and announcements via email, and share BGSU information with family and friends.