COVID-19 University Protocols

Updated as of January 6, 2022

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.

Isolation and Quarantine Period

People with COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), follow that by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter. This change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after. Therefore, people who test positive should isolate for 5 days and, if asymptomatic at that time, they may leave isolation if they can continue to wear a face covering for 5 days to minimize the risk of infecting others.

Additionally, the CDC updated the recommended quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19. For people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC now recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days. Alternatively, if a 5-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a well-fitting face covering at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure. Individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a face covering for 10 days after the exposure.  For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day 5 after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.

Isolation relates to behavior after a confirmed infection. Isolation for 5 days followed by wearing a well-fitting face covering will minimize the risk of spreading the virus to others. Quarantine refers to the time following exposure to the virus or close contact with someone known to have COVID-19. These updates come as the Omicron variant spreads throughout the U.S. and reflects the current science on when and for how long a person is maximally infectious.

If You Test Positive for COVID-19 [Isolation]

Regardless of vaccination status, you should:
  • Stay home for 5 days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
  • Continue to wear a face covering around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until you ​are fever free ​for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.

If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 [Quarantine]

If you:

Recieved a COVID-19 vaccine booster 
Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months 
Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months
You had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days (you tested positive using a viral test).

You should:
  • Wear a face covering around others for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.
If you:

Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted
Completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted
Are unvaccinated

You should:
  • Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a face covering around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5 if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.