Frequently Asked Questions

Updated as of June 2, 2021

To assist you in finding the answers to your questions, we have broken our FAQs into categories. Please select the category below that best reflects what you are looking for.

If you have additional questions, 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 from 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 also email your questions to health@bgsu.edu.


 

Health Protocols
 


Face Coverings, Physical Distancing and Groups

  • Fully vaccinated individuals will no longer be required to wear face coverings outdoors while on BGSU campuses.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals will no longer be required to wear face coverings indoors, unless they are in a large group setting of 10 or more people and are unable to maintain 6 feet of distance from others while on BGSU campuses.
  • Unvaccinated individuals should wear face coverings whenever they are around others on campus, both indoors and outdoors.
  • 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 when interacting with those within 6 feet who choose to wear a face covering.

We strongly encourage physical distancing indoors and outdoors for unvaccinated individuals to reduce the risk of exposure, quarantine or contracting COVID-19. 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. We encourage you to carry a face covering with you and put it on when interacting with those within 6 feet who choose to wear a face covering.

Our goal is to have a fully open fall semester with few restrictions. We will be continually assessing local and state case numbers, hospitalization rates and total vaccination status of our BGSU community to inform this decision.

This would occur when 10 or more people are gathered in an indoor space that doesn’t allow for 6 feet of physical distancing. In-person classes this summer were planned with 6 feet of distance to be maintained, so these spaces would not be included, However, some lab or other meeting spaces would be included depending on the number of people, size of the room and whether people have difficulty maintaining 6 feet of distance. 

While we recognize that risk levels are very low for vaccinated individuals even in a large group setting, we will not be checking individual vaccination status before any gathering. Everyone wearing a face covering in these settings will continue to create a safer environment for those who may have medical conditions or beliefs that keep them from getting vaccinated. We will be working to assess our total population's vaccination status in order to be able to confidently make the decision to end this protocol.


Vaccination Status

BGSU will not require its students, faculty or staff to get the COVID-19 vaccination. However, we strongly encourage it as the vaccine helps protect you and our community. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), vaccines are proven to be safe and our most effective tool in lowering case levels. 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

BGSU will be using a system for individuals to voluntarily submit their completed vaccination status to us. Information will be coming out soon with instructions and incentives for individuals who take the time to provide us with this information demonstrating they have been fully vaccinated.

No, we will not be using vaccination status information voluntarily submitted to us to enforce our face covering protocols.

Yes, and we will be announcing these incentives soon.

Yes, we plan to host more vaccine clinics as students return. Our goal is to make getting vaccinated as convenient as possible. We also encourage the campus community to get vaccinated this summer if at all possible rather than waiting to return to campus to do so. 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

Vaccination status will only be collected on a voluntary basis, and this information would only be shared with necessary personnel with the appropriate consent from the individual.


Unvaccinated Individuals

Not currently. The CDC states that antibody testing is not currently recommended to assess for immunity to COVID-19 following COVID-19 vaccination or to assess the need for vaccination in an unvaccinated person. The CDC recommends that you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19.

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

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

​BGSU strongly encourages all faculty, staff and students to get vaccinated, especially those who care for unvaccinated individuals or those with health risks. The CDC has proven vaccines are effective at preventing someone from contracting COVID-19. At the same time, people on campus who care for unvaccinated individuals or those with health concerns can choose to wear a face covering and maintain physical distance to further reduce any risk of spread.


Testing and Positive Cases

Yes, BGSU has been able to expand testing availability. Be sure to check the COVID-19 Testing page for sign-up availability.

You can learn what to expect if you test positive on our Isolation and Quarantine webpage.  The COVID-19 Response Hotline 419-372-3000 is available if you have questions.

You can learn all about the isolation protocols on our Isolation and Quarantine webpage. The COVID-19 Response Hotline 419-372-3000 is available if you have questions.

Academics and Classes

For the latest information regarding important dates and deadlines, view the academic calendars.

We anticipate the fall 2021 schedule will be finalized in the next few weeks. The revised schedule will include changes to course delivery modes that will result in more in person classes.

Yes, for summer, 6-foot spacing is set for classrooms. Our goal is a more robust in-person classroom experience this fall with less distancing. We are modeling 3 feet of distance in classrooms, as well as a return to normal distance this fall. We will be continually assessing local and state case numbers, hospitalization rates and total vaccination status of our BGSU community to inform this decision over the summer.

We are planning for a fully open fall semester with few restrictions. Most courses currently listed as remote or blended will be taught fully in person. Courses that have historically been taught online will remain in that mode.

Remote or blended courses that are converted to in person delivery will be taught on the days and times listed in the current schedule.

Information about the delivery of specific courses will be finalized in the coming weeks. Please be sure to check back.

Students always have the option to adjust their schedules. Students may make these adjustments themselves in MyBGSU or can consult with their advisors for assistance.

BGSU is committed to providing a fully open fall semester, which includes converting most remote and blended courses to in person. These changes will occur over the next few weeks. There may still be a small number of courses taught in remote and blended modes.

Face coverings for the summer would not be mandated in settings where everyone can maintain 6 feet of distance throughout the class. The CDC defines an exposure to a positive COVID-19 case as being within 6 feet of the individual for greater than 15 minutes regardless of mask use. If a class or lab setting cannot maintain 6 feet of distance between individuals, then masks should be used. We are continually assessing decreasing local COVID-19 case numbers along with increasing vaccination rates and we anticipate having full classes in the fall without this requirement.

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 majority of remote and blended courses will return to in person. The determination of which courses were returned to in person, and which remained Remote or Blended was a collaborative process with the department, college, and the Provost’s Office.

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 in their residence hall if they have an exposure to a COVID-19 positive case.

Vaccinated students would not need to quarantine regardless of exposure, just monitor for symptoms. Unvaccinated students would still have to quarantine in their room. CDC guidelines indicate that quarantine is needed only for direct unvaccinated contacts of a positive case.

SOAR and College Visits

Due to the nature of SOAR being a large gathering of people indoors in closer proximity, face coverings will be encouraged for all individuals attending.

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

Facial coverings would only be required during indoor Admissions events that include 10 or more people who cannot maintain 6 feet of physical distance.

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 ➔

Faculty and Staff

Our goal is to have a fully open fall semester without restrictions and more robust in-person course formats. We will be continually assessing local and state case numbers, hospitalization rates and total vaccination status of our BGSU community to inform this decision for the fall.

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 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 accomodation.

No, and we can’t assume anyone’s vaccination status. Many vaccinated individuals may still choose to wear masks in various settings based on their own health risks or comfort level.

Yes, any individual can still choose to wear a face covering when interacting with others. 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 when interacting with those within 6 feet who choose to wear a face covering.

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 should not tell your class if a student tests positive.

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