Frequently Asked Questions

Updated as of May 5, 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 updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health departments, BGSU will no longer require face coverings on its campuses effective Feb. 28, 2022. 

Recognizing some faculty or students may have underlying health conditions and need time to discuss precautions with their health care provider, faculty may require students to temporarily wear a face covering in classroom settings. Students will be notified by their instructor when applicable.

Recommended precautions are now tied to risk levels. At low and medium levels, universal indoor masking is no longer recommended as a public health practice. However, individuals may choose to wear face coverings at any time. Learn more about our recent face covering announcement ➔

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, 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 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.

Academics and Classes

We recommend you 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.

On-Campus Experience

  • 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

BGSU has removed any domestic and international travel restrictions due to COVID-19. Employees would still be required to follow any COVID-19 protocols for the area or country they are traveling to. You can review University travel policies by visiting the Office of the Controller's website.

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 email health@bgsu.edu.

Please notify the 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.

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.

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). If instructors are quarantining or 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.

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.

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, as indicated in the message from Provost Whitehead on January 6. Priority will be given to classes that have both large enrollments and high seat fill rates. Other requests will be accommodated as space allows.

While the University will not universally require face coverings, and the CDC does not recommend face coverings for healthy, individuals in low and medium level counties, we recognize that some members may need time to adjust to these new guidelines.

Therefore, some individual classes may continue to have a temporary face covering requirements. Faculty members seeking to require face coverings temporarily should contact their chair/director for next steps.

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: 05/05/2022 11:29PM