COVID-19 Personal and Community Health Requirements

Updated September 29, 2021

Pursuant to BGSU Policy 3341-1-11, to reduce the risk of exposure and spread of COVID-19 and other infections, the following updated COVID-19 Personal and Community Health Requirements are in effect beginning September 29, 2021. These COVID-19 Personal and Community Health Requirements may necessitate future supplements as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Ohio Department of Health. Any modifications (or rescissions) of the Requirements will be communicated via the BGSU COVID-19 webpage and electronic communication to faculty, staff, and students. The COVID-19 Personal and Community Health Requirements apply to all faculty, staff, students, and visitors of the University while present at any University location or University function.

(A) COVID-19 Personal and Community Health Requirements

Each member of the BGSU community must take the following measures:

  • In preparation for spring semester, BGSU is requiring students, faculty and staff to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or receive an approved exemption. The deadline to submit proof of vaccination is Nov. 29, 2021. The deadline to request an exemption is Nov. 1, 2021, to allow time to review and process. For additional details and links to forms, visit the COVID-19 Vaccination and Exemption Plan page.
  • Complete a self-administered wellness check each day before coming to any University location or leaving on-campus housing to closely monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 such as: a fever at or above 100.4 F, dry cough, fever or chills, shortness of breath, fatigue, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, loss of sense of taste or smell, or any other symptoms as updated by the Centers for Disease Control or the Ohio Department of Health.

a. Any off-campus student, employee or visitor experiencing one or more of these symptoms shall not come to any University location or function and shall self-isolate per CDC guidelines or until cleared by their primary care professional.

b. Any residential student or employee experiencing one or more of these symptoms shall self-isolate per CDC guidelines or until cleared by their primary care professional.

  • 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.
  • Engage in enhanced hygiene and cleaning efforts by frequent hand washing or hand sanitizing and contribute to the effort to maintain cleanliness of the spaces used.
  • Participate fully and honestly with contact tracing (exposure notification), testing, quarantining, or isolating as requested by the University or local health department.
  • Adhere to all University restrictions on travel.
  • Abide all additional requirements that are communicated by the University, including but not limited to quarantine or isolation requirements that may be necessary for the University to implement.

(B) Failure to Comply with COVID-19 Personal and Community Health Requirements

Each person within the BGSU community must comply with the above measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Failure to comply with this policy may result in disciplinary action under the Code of Student Conduct as an offense or the applicable employee discipline process. Visitors failing to comply with this policy may be prohibited from remaining on or returning to campus.