Frequently Asked Questions

Updated as of Aug 10, 2022

To assist you in finding the answers to your questions, we have broken our FAQs into categories. If you have questions regarding COVID-19 and related topics, please email health@bgsu.edu.

Face Coverings and Physical Distancing

With recommended precautions now tied to risk levels based on local health department guidance, BGSU does not require face coverings on its campuses. For the latest guidance, visit the University Protocols page.

Free KN95 masks are available at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Jerome Library, Student Recreation Center and the front desks of all residence halls. If you have questions email health@bgsu.edu.

Free KN95 masks are available at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Jerome Library, Student Recreation Center and the front desks of all residence halls. If you have questions email health@bgsu.edu.

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 or contracting COVID-We will work to provide physical distancing options whenever possible for those who wish to continue with this practice.

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 will be continually assess local and state case numbers, hospitalization rates and the total vaccination status of our BGSU community to inform our decisions.

Testing and Positive Cases

BGSU is offering free COVID-19 rapid tests for students, faculty, and staff. Free, at-home COVID-19 tests are available across campus and can be picked up at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, the Jerome Library and the Student Recreation Center.

If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result, please immediately isolate yourself from others. Read more on our University Protocols page. If you have questions, please email health@bgsu.edu

You can learn all about the isolation protocols on our COVID-19 University Protocols page. Email health@bgsu.edu if you have questions.

Student Experience

BGSU will follow recommendations from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance in regards to isolation for students, faculty and staff.

Start a conversation now with your roommate(s) about how you will handle illnesses and the possible need to isolate. Students may isolate in their rooms if they choose to.

  • You and your roommate(s) should discuss if you would like to remain in your room(s) together if one or all of you are sick.
  • Students who feel sick, test positive for COVID-19 or prefer to avoid illness are encouraged to return home, if they are able to.
  • For those unable to return home, the University has set aside a limited amount of residence hall rooms.
  • These rooms are for those who need to isolate from others, as well as another block of rooms for healthy individuals who may want to separate from a sick roommate.
  • Please note these rooms are non-air conditioned.
  • Students will be expected to secure meals on their own while in these rooms. The Starship delivery robots are available for on-campus food delivery, as well as several food delivery options such as Uber Eats or DoorDash. For those in isolation who need to secure food or items, please wear a face covering when leaving your room.
  • Students may relocate to these rooms for up to five days, per CDC isolation recommendations. Additional days may be allowed if approved by the Division of Health and Wellness.
  • Students should reach out to their hall director to utilize these rooms.

For sick or COVID-19 positive students in single-occupancy rooms, a student may choose to isolate in their room on campus or return home, if they are able.

We recommend you contact BGSU International Programs and Partnerships at 419-372-2247 or international@bgsu.edu.

Faculty and Staff

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 contact their primary care provider. While the student or co-worker is feeling ill, but not testing positive for COVID-19, they should stay home from class. If the individual tests positive for COVID-19, they should follow recommended isolation guidelines.

Advise this individual to email health@bgsu.edu or the Wood County Health Department COVID-19 Hotline at 419-292-6100 for any questions. Positive at-home COVID tests can be self-reported online.

You may notify your class or co-workers that there was a positive case but do not identify the individual’s name.

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.

As they have done before the pandemic, faculty should take reasonable measures to minimize the impact on learning for individual students who must miss class. Such measures include posting lecture presentations and discussion materials in Canvas, engaging students virtually during office hours to discuss course material, and uploading recorded lectures.

Instructors are not expected to provide students who are unable to attend class with a synchronous virtual option to participate.

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).

If instructors are isolating and choose to continue teaching, they should collaborate with chairs/directors and deans to enact short-term changes to their course delivery mode, which may include teaching remotely.

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.

No. Faculty members should not ask for any personal health information.

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.

Throughout the global pandemic, we have remained flexible with the understanding that we may need to modify plans based on current trends. Because of the projected increase in the number of students who may be 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.

As indicated in the message from Provost Whitehead dated January 6, faculty members will work collaboratively with chairs/directors and deans to enact short-term changes to course delivery modes when a significant fraction of students in a particular class need to isolate or quarantine. Faculty will clearly communicate any changes to students via BGSU email and Canvas.

Faculty should consult with their chairs/directors and deans about the process for making these requests. Priority will be given to classes that have both large enrollments and high seat fill rates. Other requests will be accommodated as space allows.

Wearing a face covering is an individual choice. Anyone may choose to do so in a classroom, but it will not be required.

College Visits

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

Updated: 08/10/2022 03:05PM