COVID-19 University Protocols

Updated as of September 13, 2021

Learn more about current BGSU COVID-19 guidelines and protocols on our Bowling Green and Firelands campuses. For answers to your questions, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page, call our COVID-19 hotline at 419-372-3000 or email

Face Coverings

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

Physical Distancing

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. Physical distancing of 3 feet in a classroom is not a requirement.

Vaccination Requirement

In preparation for spring semester, BGSU is requiring students, faculty and staff to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or receive an approved exemption. Students, faculty and staff can submit proof of vaccination to Med+Proctor by logging into MyBGSU. Learn more about our COVID-19 vaccination plans announced Sept. 2.

Positive Test

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


Quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated. People 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 to 5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

What to do

  • Stay home for a minimum of 10 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
  • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If possible, stay away from people you live with, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.

Students living on campus who would need to quarantine because of an exposure will have the option to relocate to another room in a designated residence hall or return home for the appropriate number of days.


Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected.

People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. Isolate for 10 days from symptom onset or the date of a positive test if you aren't experiencing symptoms. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, stay in a specific “sick room” or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available). 

Students who would test positive and need to isolate will have the option to relocate to another room in a designated residence hall or return home for the appropriate number of days.

What to do

  • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
  • Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible.
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
  • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets.
  • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
  • Wear a mask when around other people if able.