Frequently Asked Questions

Updated as of September 15, 2021

To assist you in finding the answers to your questions, we have broken our FAQs into categories. 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 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Voicemails are checked regularly. You can email questions to health@bgsu.edu.

Vaccination and Exemption Plan

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

BGSU will offer appropriate and balanced exemptions for students, faculty and staff members. These exemptions must either be medical, religious or reasons of personal conscience, and will be reviewed and approved by our Division of Health and Wellness.

If a student, faculty or staff exemption is approved, they will be required to follow protocols for unvaccinated individuals regarding face coverings, quarantine and isolation and also participate in regular COVID-19 testing.

For details regarding proof of vaccination and the exemption process, visit the Vaccination and Exemption Plan page.

Students, faculty and staff must submit their proof of full vaccination no later than Nov. 29, 2021.

If you are planning to submit an exemption, you must complete your application no later than Nov. 1, 2021, to allow for time to review and process.

For details regarding proof of vaccination and the exemption process, visit the Vaccination and Exemption Plan page.

The following individuals are exempt from the University’s vaccination requirement:

  • Students taking 100% of classes online and not physically on campus
  • College Credit Plus students not physically on campus and/or less than 16 years of age

If you have questions, you can contact the COVID-19 Response Hotline at 419-372-3000 or email health@bgsu.edu

BGSU will base testing on current COVID-19 case numbers and, therefore, will make a decision in the spring semester in real time.

Face Coverings and Physical Distancing

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.

Unvaccinated individuals should wear face coverings whenever they are around others on campus, both indoors and outdoors.

BGSU recommends following CDC guidelines when selecting a cloth or disposable face covering

There is no requirement for physical distancing on campus indoors or outside, but we encourage physical distancing as much as the location allows to reduce the risk of exposure, quarantine or contracting COVID-We will work to provide physical distancing options whenever possible for those who wish to continue with this practice. The majority of classroom spaces are set at 3 feet distance between individuals, as measured by the center of the seat and recommended by the Wood County Health Department. Three feet of physical distancing in a classroom is not a requirement.

As you interact with others on BGSU campuses, we ask that you be respectful and compassionate to one another, building a community of care.

Our goal is to maintain all in-person classes, activities, and events for students at full capacity. We hope that the face covering requirement is only temporary as we manage the current wave of the delta variant. Once we see the current increase in cases plateau and begin to decline, we will be able to reassess this requirement. We will be continually assessing local and state case numbers, hospitalization rates and the total vaccination status of our BGSU community to inform our decisions.

Vaccination Status

For details regarding eligibility, entry, verification and prizes, visit the #VaxBGSU website. You may also contact the COVID-19 Response Hotline at 419-372-3000 or email health@bgsu.edu

The process is as follows...

  1. Get the COVID-19 vaccine. Receive at least your first dose. Find a vaccine near you.
  2. Take a photo of your vaccination card.
  3. Visit your MyBGSU portal.
  4. Click the Med+Proctor link to access the Med+Proctor portal.
  5. Follow the prompts within the Med+Proctor portal to upload your vaccination card.
  6. There is no cost to submit your status.
  7. Upon completion of submitting your status, you will have an option to pay $10 for Med+Proctor to store your vaccination status permanently for your own personal records. This step is optional and not required for the BGSU vaccination status program, which is free.
  8. After submitting your vaccination status, you will be entered into the incentive prize drawing.

The Falcon Health Center is offering free, walk-in COVID-19 vaccines Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. You can also find a vaccine provider location by visiting vaccines.gov. 

If you have questions about vaccinations or have difficulty in finding a place to get the vaccine, you can contact the COVID-19 Response Hotline at 419-372-3000 or email health@bgsu.edu

The CDC has not released guidance on booster shots yet. If you have questions about vaccinations, you can contact the COVID-19 Response Hotline at 419-372-3000 or email health@bgsu.edu

If a student has a full series of a World Health Organization approved vaccine, a student is considered fully vaccinated.

If you have questions about vaccinations, you can contact the COVID-19 Response Hotline at 419-372-3000 or email health@bgsu.edu

Unvaccinated individuals should wear face coverings whenever they are around others, both indoors and outdoors.

People on campus who care for unvaccinated individuals or those with health concerns should wear a face covering whenever around others and maintain physical distance to further reduce any risk of spread.

Testing and Positive Cases

BGSU is offering free COVID-19 rapid tests for students, faculty, and staff. If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19, we encourage you to take advantage of these rapid-result tests.

On-campus tests by appointment

Free rapid test appointments are available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. inside the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Tests are administered by appointment only. Schedule your rapid test

At-home tests at front desks

BGSU students, faculty and staff can pick up a free, at-home COVID-19 test with results in 15 minutes. The tests are available across campus and can be picked up at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, the Jerome Library, the Student Recreation Center and the front desks of residence halls.

If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result, please immediately isolate yourself from others. Your next step is to email health@bgsu.edu and/or reach out to the COVID-19 Response Team at 419-372-3000.

Ready more about testing and isolation protocols at our BGSU COVID-19 Protocols page. 

BGSU has partnered with NAVICA for its COVID-19 rapid testing program. The system allows everyone to view and share test results electronically.

On Sept. 1, all students, faculty and staff received an email from NAVICA with a unique code to connect your NAVICA profile to BGSU. We strongly recommend anyone utilizing on-campus rapid testing to set up a NAVICA profile and connect it BGSU.

The NAVICA app is available on the App Store [Apple] and the Google Play Store [Android].

You can learn all about the isolation protocols on our BGSU COVID-19 Protocols page. The COVID-19 Response Hotline 419-372-3000 is available if you have questions.

Academics and Classes

Read the CDC guidelines for anyone traveling internationally upon entering the United States and learn more about restrictions for foreign nationals who have been to these countries 14 days before entering the United States. You can also contact BGSU International Programs and Partnerships at 419-372-2247 or international@bgsu.edu

Faculty members will hold in person office hours. Students will have the option to schedule either in-person or virtual meetings with faculty during in person office hours.

The Wood County Health Department has stated that in a classroom setting with 3 feet of distancing and face covering, individuals would not have to quarantine regardless of vaccination status. This only applies to classroom environments. Without face coverings in a classroom, unvaccinated individuals within 6 feet of a positive case for longer than 15 minutes would need to quarantine.

Students are expected to follow BGSU COVID-19 protocols at all times, which includes wearing a face covering in all classrooms, studios, laboratories and shared office spaces for as long as the face covering mandate is in place. Failure to comply with these protocols may result in disciplinary action under the Code of Student Conduct. 

In the case of a non-compliant student (e.g., not wearing a face covering or wearing one improperly), instructors should 1) ask the student to comply with the mandate and properly put on a face covering; 2) if the student refuses, the instructor asks the student to exit the class; and 3) if the student refuses to exit the class, the instructor should use their discretion about how to handle the situation, which may include canceling the class for that period. Instructors should then make a Student Conduct report of the incident using the online form.

On-Campus Experience

No, both roommates would not have to wear face coverings in their room. BGSU would encourage the unvaccinated individual to continue to follow safety protocols as they would still need to quarantine and be relocated to another room for the appropriate number of days if they have an exposure to a COVID-19 positive case.

The Wood County Health Department states that students who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms and wear a face covering indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative. Unvaccinated students would still have to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days from date of exposure and be relocated to another residence hall room for the appropriate number of days.

  • Masks are required in all locations unless actively eating. 
  • Increased cleaning schedules of locations and serving utensils
  • Encouraging social distancing where possible
  • Altering programming to meet BGSU health and safety guidelines

Faculty and Staff

We do not expect faculty and staff to enforce protocols based on vaccination status. Vaccination status is something an individual can volunteer to provide, but they should not be pressured into sharing. BGSU will not require individuals to report their vaccine status, and individuals should not be asking others about their vaccination status.
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 in any location when interacting with those within 6 feet who choose to wear a face covering.

Choosing to be unvaccinated is not a sole reason to need an online work accommodation.

Based on many different factors around vulnerable family members, we would encourage you to have a direct conversation with the individual’s healthcare provider to get specific advice based on their risk level. The provider can recommend the best strategies based on factors such as vaccination status of all individuals in the household and the family members' particular medical condition.

You should recommend your student go to the Falcon Health Center or their primary care physician. While the student is feeling ill, they should stay home from class. Advise your student if they test positive for COVID-19 to please call the COVID-19 Hotline at 419-372-3000 or email health@bgsu.edu.

Please notify the COVID-19 Response Hotline at 419-372-3000 or email health@bgsu.edu immediately so we can follow up with the individual to ensure they isolate or quarantine for the appropriate amount of time. You may notify your class that there was a positive case but do not identify the student's name. Contact tracing under the Wood County Health Department will identify anyone needing to quarantine.

Faculty members should have in-person office hours as needed to accommodate student schedules, but they can choose to still wear a face covering, maintain social distancing, and have a plexiglass barrier if desired.

If you need additional supplies or new supplies please fill out this form. Campus Operations will deliver your requested products as soon as possible. If you are bringing in new or additional staff and have questions or need to conduct a second workplace assessment, please contact Campus Operations at facilities@bgsu.edu. For more information, please visit the Campus Operations website.

Instructors should take reasonable measures to minimize the impact of missed classes, as they would have done before the pandemic. Such measures include the posting of lecture presentations and discussion materials in Canvas, engaging students virtually during office hours (or by appointment) to discuss course material, and if feasible, uploading recorded lectures. Instructors are not expected to provide students who are unable to attend class with a synchronous virtual option to participate.

A “classroom disruption” is defined as behavior a reasonable person would view as being likely to substantially or repeatedly interfere with the conduct of a class. Examples include repeated, unauthorized use of cell phones in the classroom, persistent speaking without being recognized or making physical threats. If the behavior in question is irritating, but not disruptive, speak with the student after class. If persistent disruptions occur, students may be directed to leave the classroom for the remainder of the class period, told the reason for the action and given an opportunity to discuss the matter with the faculty member as soon as practicable. Instructors may cancel class if the student refuses to leave. BGSU Police should be contacted whenever there is a threat of violence or other unlawful behavior.

Instructors who need to miss class due to a sick leave event should first contact their chair or director and then make a good faith effort to contact students, and when possible, arrange an alternative learning experience (e.g., assign readings or online exercises, post course materials for students to review asynchronously, or work with your chair/director to identify someone to cover class(es), such as a faculty colleague or teaching assistant).

Instructors should not change the delivery mode of their courses from what is published in the fall 2021 course schedule.

Students are expected to follow BGSU COVID-19 protocols at all times, which includes wearing a face covering in all classrooms, studios, laboratories and shared office spaces for as long as the face covering mandate is in place. Failure to comply with these protocols may result in disciplinary action under the Code of Student Conduct. 

In the case of a non-compliant student (e.g., not wearing a face covering or wearing one improperly), instructors should 1) ask the student to comply with the mandate and properly put on a face covering; 2) if the student refuses, the instructor asks the student to exit the class; and 3) if the student refuses to exit the class, the instructor should use their discretion about how to handle the situation, which may include canceling the class for that period. Instructors should then make a Student Conduct report of the incident using the online form.

The information Accessibility Services reviews to determine a student’s eligibility for accommodations contains confidential, protected medical information. For that reason, that office cannot publish guidelines regarding who is or is not eligible for accommodations or what accommodations would be appropriate. Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis.

If an approved accommodation by Accessibility Services prohibits student participation in an in-person class, alternative solutions are typically considered in the following order: 1) identify a remote or online section of the same class; 2) in consultation with an advisor and the college or academic unit, identify an equivalent class in a remote or online format that will allow the student to make progress toward their degree; and as a final option, 3) Accessibility Services will request that the instructor provide virtual access to allow the student to complete the course. Accessibility Services, working with the instructor and ITS, would then collaborate to develop a technological solution that works for all parties.

As with other personal health information, faculty members should not ask others if they are vaccinated.

Students continue to overwhelmingly share their preference for an in-person learning experience. With that in mind, and in recognizing the pedagogical importance of in-person learning, we will utilize the tools and lessons learned over the past year to support all students and will adapt as needed.

Just as we have done throughout the global pandemic, we have remained flexible with an understanding that we may need to modify plans based on current trends. Because of the number of students who are unable to attend in-person classes due to isolation and quarantine requirements, we will be implementing increased flexibility with course delivery to engage and support students.

Classes scheduled for in-person will remain in-person; however; faculty members may work collaboratively with their deans and unit leaders to identify temporary solutions to continue to engage students in a meaningful way during this time. These decisions should be made in collaboration with the Office of the Provost.

College Visits

Vaccinated students, staff, tour guides and guests will not be required to wear a face covering outdoors, but anyone is welcome to wear a face covering if that makes them most comfortable.

Yes, we are open for in-person visits and encourage them, but we continue to offer robust virtual offering as well. We believe the best college search should include virtual and in-person visits. Schedule your visit and online experience ➔