Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information
Fall Semester Planning
Fall semester classes will start as planned on Monday, August 24. The last day of Fall semester classes will be held on Wednesday, December 2. Final exams will be held on December 3, 4, 7 and 8. Please note all activities occurring after Thanksgiving break will be online.
Reading Days on October 12-13 will be used as regular instruction days. The university will observe Labor Day (September 7) and Veterans Day (November 11), and no classes will be held on either holiday.
Teaching and learning will include in-person, online and hybrid options. These modalities are currently being developed in ways that will meet student learning outcomes and maintain the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.
Co-ops, Internships, Service Learning
Co-op, internships and service learning will be available. Students can pursue in-person placements, though please note that in-person placements are subject to change based on evolving public health conditions. Remote options will remain acceptable alternatives for the fall semester.
UC Clermont Return to Campus Plan for Faculty/Staff
In charting a path to repopulate the UC Clermont campus amid the unprecedented circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, UC Clermont is committed to providing a safe and productive environment for students, faculty and staff. The repopulation plan for reopening UC Clermont campus follows a four-phase approach. The activities that will ramp-up are identified below in each corresponding phase. UC Clermont’s phased-in approach will be tailored to our own unique density, operations and other considerations as a regional institution. If metrics of COVID-19 transmission and health system capacity change significantly, this phased in approach will be modified.
Please note: Before returning to campus for the first time, all employees must successfully complete a brief online information session administered by University Health Services to ensure awareness of the CDC and ODH guidelines. The tutorial can be found on the Success Factors website.
UC Clermont will phase in a return of faculty, staff, and students in a coordinated process to ensure appropriate physical distancing, availability of PPE (personal protective equipment) and testing capabilities for COVID-19. Individuals will return to campus based on the core activities they support and their demonstrated need to be on-campus.
These efforts will be tightly coordinated to mitigate potential risks and ensure the safety of our campus community, as well as the communities we serve.
Compliance with the policies and protocols outlined in this document below and at the UC Public Health website, as well as those from your supervisor/mentor/dean, are required for continued access; violation (e.g., blatant disregard for infection prevention measures) may result in the immediate revocation of building access privileges, disciplinary action, and/or other interventions. The Snyder East Entrance is the only approved entrance to the Clermont College Campus. Please sign in with UCPD prior to heading to any other location.
We plan to commence Phase One on June 1, presuming safety protocols are followed. At this time, our researchers will begin a gradual, stepwise return to campus. The Vice President for Research and his team have been working diligently over the past several weeks to prepare for this phased-in approach. More direction on Phase One can be found at UC’s Research website.
Based on our learnings from Phase One, we plan to commence Phase Two on July 1, presuming safety protocols are followed. At this time, portions of our employee base will return to campus. Supervisors will determine the employees to include in Phase Two based on institutional needs as well as on the health safety assessment for their respective area. In the days ahead, we will provide more direction on Phase Two.
Based on our learnings from previous phases, we plan to commence Phase Three on August 3, presuming safety protocols are followed. At this time, other portions of our employee base will return to campus. To effectively manage the density on campus, employee groups will work alternating schedules. Supervisors will determine the best alternating schedules for their respective areas. In the weeks ahead, we will provide more direction on Phase Three.
Phase Four will coincide with the start of fall semester on August 24. At present, we cannot say with finality how the fall semester will be structured for our students in terms of their on-campus experience. Our hope is to have enough data points in hand to make this decision by no later than late June. Once this decision is made, we will provide more direction on Phase Four.
In implementing our Return to Campus plan, these safety protocols will remain in effect until further notice.
1. Before returning to campus for the first time, all employees must successfully complete a brief online information session administered by University Health Services to ensure awareness of the CDC and ODH guidelines. The tutorial can be found on the Success Factors website.
2. Before returning to campus for the first time, all supervisors and lab leaders must complete a health safety assessment of their workplace setting. Find more information, including deadlines for completion, on the Assessment of Workplace Settings website.
3. Before coming to campus each day, all employees must complete a self-administered wellness check based on the CDC and ODH guidelines. The wellness check can be found on the Self-Administered Wellness Check website. All employees who have symptoms that may relate to COVID-19 should contact University Health Services immediately at COVIDWatch@uc.edu.
4. All employees must wear facial coverings on campus, except while eating or alone in a private space.
5. All employees must adhere to social-distancing requirements.
6. All areas must clean and sanitize their workplace settings throughout the day. These efforts will supplement cleaning and sanitizing activities that will occur after hours by our facilities staff. Specific directions can be found on the Facilities Management website.
7. All employees must continue to abide by restrictions on travel detailed on the Travel Restrictions website.
8. All employees who meet the CDC’s definition of individuals at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 may continue to work remotely. CDC information on risk factors is available on the CDC website. Please contact Human Resources to submit a request to work remotely due to being at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
9. For more information on mental health resources, please check out the Human Resources website.
10. For more information regarding safety and wellness, please check out the Safe Work Environment and Wellness Resources website.
Facial Covering Policy
Out of care and concern for all members of our campus community and in accordance with a recent directive from the Ohio Department of Health, the University of Cincinnati will require all essential employees currently working on campus and during the summer term that begins May 11 to wear facial coverings in the workplace setting.
This requirement begins upon any essential employee or worker’s next return to the campus workplace and is in place for at least the summer term and may be extended further.
In addition, any students living on campus or coming to campus for any reason are also required to wear a facial covering.
Facial coverings for students living in on-campus housing will be available at the front desk of their residence halls. Graduate students in UC Graduate and Family Housing will be contacted by UC Housing to make arrangements for distribution.
Facial coverings must be worn at all times except while eating or alone in a private room or office.
Employees or workers may seek an exemption from the requirement to wear a facial covering. Requests for exemptions may be emailed to Tamie Grunow, chief HR officer, at email@example.com
Students may seek an exemption from the requirement to wear a facial covering by emailing University Health Services at COVIDWatch@uc.edu
Exemptions will be based on those listed in the current State of Ohio directive:
- Facial coverings in the work setting are prohibited by law or regulation;
- Facial coverings are a violation of documented industry standards;
- Facial coverings are not advisable for health reasons;
- Facial coverings are in violation of the business’ documented safety policies;
- Facial coverings are not required when the employee works alone in an assigned work area; or
- There is a functional (practical) reason for an employee not to wear a facial covering in the workplace.
The facial covering mandate may be found in the May 1 “Stay Safe Ohio” order: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/publicorders/Directors-Stay-Safe-Ohio-Order.pdf
At minimum, a facial covering should be cloth/fabric and cover the nose, mouth and chin. Facial coverings can also be made with a bandana.
See more advice from the CDC on how to wear and position a mask: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/DIY-cloth-face-covering-instructions.pdf
UC Clermont Student Resources
Stay on Track — Online — this Summer
Need a course to get ahead or catch up due to COVID-19? Planning on taking classes part time? Summer courses are a great way to get ahead. UC Clermont offers one of the lowest tuition rates in the state, and all our courses are offered online this summer. Visit https://ucclermont.edu/summer.html to see offerings and learn more.
The Academic Success Center will still provide tutoring online in the following subjects during the time that face to face courses are suspended:
Writing, Math, Chemistry, Statistics and Study Skills
If you have never had a virtual session before, this is a great opportunity to try it. All you need to do is email the ASC to schedule a session (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will need the following information:
- Your name
- M-number or UC username
- Phone number
- Subject and course you want help in
- A time frame when you are available for a tutoring session (sessions last approximately one hour).
Don’t be discouraged if you are uncomfortable with technology. Our staff will walk you through what to do. You can make multiple appointments — using the first one as an introduction to using the technology. Many students are pleasantly surprised at how easy and helpful the session ends up being. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
While the Advising Center office location is closed over the next few weeks, UC Clermont Advisors will continue to hold advising appointments via a remote format. Students must make appointments using Starfish Connect but instead of physically meeting, we will be speaking with you through your device using Microsoft Teams or over the phone. Our physical office location in room 235 Student Services building will be closed.
- We will work to respond to emails Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
- Keep in mind that if your academic advisor is unable to reach you during your scheduled appointment, he/she will send you an email as follow-up.
- Ten Minute Tuesdays will occur via email. Simply email your quick questions to your academic advisor on Tuesdays.
- Here is the listing of all academic advisors based on programs. Your academic advisor will be sending you an email with further detailed information.
Here are resources that may be of help:
Academic Success Center – Online tutoring
Compass Counseling Center – Counseling support and resources
UC Online – Online learning tips
Feel free to email us with questions: email@example.com
While the Accessibility Resources office location is closed over the next few weeks, AR staff will be available to consult with you on any access concerns and questions. In accordance with the social distancing recommendation, student appointments may be held via phone/video/email when possible. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any question or concerns.
The Testing Services office at UC Clermont is currently closed. We will not be proctoring any in-person tests. For Accessibility Resources testing questions contact email@example.com. For all other Testing Services questions or concerns contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bookstore's physical location on campus is currently closed, but online orders may still be placed. For information and assistance, students, faculty and staff should contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Bookstore and leave a message at (513) 732-5203. Bookstore staff is available Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Students can also check for store announcements on clermontshop.com.
For information about Spring rental check-ins and buyback with the Clermont College Bookstore, please visit the bookstore website at http://clermontshop.com and click the big red banner at the top. The link "Rental Returns FAQ" will give you step-by-step directions to print a free return Fedex label. The return due date for Spring rentals is still May 5 but the grace period has been extended. Please return your books as close to the due date as possible for future students use. College Credit Plus students should follow the directions emailed to you from Dr. Clark. Please email the bookstore manager at email@example.com with any questions.
BOOKSTORE RENTAL DROP-OFF EVENT
On May 5 from 12-5 p.m., the bookstore will be having a rental book drop-off event in the Clermont College parking lot. Safely stay in your car while we collect and check in your Spring Rentals. If you are unable to make this event please give the bookstore a call at (513) 732-5203.
To order books for the upcoming summer term, please see the special note below from the bookstore to students:
I want to assure you that even if the Clermont College Bookstore is unable to be physically open during the Summer Session, we will still be able to fulfill online orders so you can get the books you need. If you aren't sure how to see the information on our website, there are two ways to see what is required for your courses:
- To look at a single class, begin by navigating to your Course Schedule in Catalyst. In the lower right of the box for each class is a book icon. Clicking on this will link you directly to the required materials for that class.
- To look at multiple classes at once, you can use the Bookstore website directly. You will want to have your schedule handy.
a) Go to http://clermontshop.com.
b) Click on “Textbooks” next to the search bar at the top.
c) Choose “Summer 2020” from the drop-down menu.
d) Select your course information using the listings on your schedule.
e) After you enter a class, it will add an additional line. If you wish, enter your next class on that line.
f) Once all classes are entered, click the red button at the bottom labeled “Find Materials for X course(s)” where X is the number of classes you entered.
After finding the listings for your class(es), you will be presented with all of the available options. Some courses will have digital options that can be delivered by e-mail; others will only have print options that will require shipping. Please allow additional time for shipping orders as I will not be in the store on a daily basis while it remains closed.
College Credit Plus students should follow directions emailed to you from Dr. Clark.
If you have questions or problems with an order, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am checking my e-mail daily and will get back to you with answers as quickly as I can.
Stay safe and healthy and I hope to see you all back in the store in the Fall!
Store Manager Tel: (513) 732-5203 www.clermontshop.com
The Campus Support Desk located in Snyder S141 will be closed over the next few weeks, however we will continue to offer support remotely.
We can be reached Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Clermont.Support@UC.Edu or by phone at 513-732-5216. You can also submit a Support Ticket. 24/7 support can be reached through our Main Campus service desk by dialing 556-HELP (4357) or (866) 397-3382 and selecting option 2.
Popular Resources that may be of assistance:
Any UC Clermont student in need of counseling can email email@example.com, and our counselor will contact you to set up a phone counseling session. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, call Clermont Crisis at 528-SAVE, 911 or go the the nearest emergency room.
24/7 phone crisis support through CAPS: Students and members of the UC community concerned about students have access to care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To speak with a crisis counselor any time, you may call our direct number at 513-556-0648 and press 1.
UC Clermont's Excite Center is offering virtual appointments for students. Students can request the appointment at: http://bit.ly/exciteappointments
The following upcoming career workshops will also be offered via Web-Ex.
Salary Negotiation: April 8, 12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m.
Dress for Success: April 15, 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m.
If you need help getting professional clothing, fill out the Career Closet Student Request Form.
Clermont College Library’s physical location is closed until further notice. The Library remains open and available online to provide users with access to library resources and services.
Questions and concerns can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online Resources & Services
Schedule to meet with a librarian virtually to receive help with resources, research and citation.
Visit our research guides to get helpful hints on finding research and using our resources.
Click and Collect
The Click & Collect retrieval and pickup service allows UC users to request printed library materials in the Library Catalog for pickup at the owning library location. Currently, deliveries between UC Libraries and OhioLINK requests are unavailable at this time. Requests made by 9 a.m. Wednesday will be available for pickup between 12-4 p.m. Thursday. Due dates have been automatically set for Aug. 10.
To retrieve materials, enter Clermont College through the East entrance in the Snyder Building near public safety to sign in. Users will be asked to show an ID prior to taking materials at the library near the front desk.
If a limited number of requests have been made in a week, you may be contacted for an appointment time rather than utilizing the Thursday window. Appointments are always welcomed to retrieve materials. Clermont faculty/staff may request to have materials delivered to their campus mailbox as well.
The One Stop Student Service Center will be open virtually during our normal business hours: Monday- Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. With consideration to the health and safety of the UC community, we strongly encourage you to contact One Stop for assistance via telephone at (513) 732-5300 or by email to email@example.com. At this time, no walk in hours are available. Students who need in-person assistance should call or email to make a scheduled appointment.
The Sauls Stay in School Fund was established in 1990 by James E. Sauls Sr. out of concern for UC Clermont students who might have to drop out of school due to a financial emergency. Apply for the grant.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, effective immediately, all required clinical rotations for UC Clermont students will be suspended through the end of the semester. The College of Allied Health Sciences and UC Blue Ash have made similar decisions.
We realize that many of our sites have already cancelled and more will likely cancel. Faculty will contact all clinical sites right away to let them know of this decision.
We have made this decision for multiple reasons:
1. To limit the spread of COVID-19 by having fewer individuals in our clinical sites.
2. To be consistent with other colleges of allied health across the United States.
3. To respond to recent increases in cases and suspected cases of COVID-19.
4. To not exacerbate the dwindling supplies of PPE (personal protective equipment).
As soon as we are released to return to clinical sites, we will work with both the sites and the students to complete the competencies required for graduation. Right now, student health and safety, and those with whom they interact, must be the priority.
The UC Clermont campus is currently closed to students, but students can access the UC_Secure wifi at UC Clermont from the front traffic circle or from the parking lots on the south or east sides of McDonough Hall. Go to https://kb.uc.edu/KBArticles/GO.aspx for instructions on how to connect using your 6 + 2 login ID and central login password.
For wifi access at home, Spectrum parent company Charter announced that they will offer free Spectrum broadband and wi-fi for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students.
To sign up, call (844) 488-8395. Spectrum serves all of southwest Ohio.
UC Clermont Faculty and Staff Resources
Pearson Products: Pearson has made all of their materials available to all of our students at no cost. If interested, please contact your Pearson representative, Cory Schafer, education solutions consultant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (614) 841-3677.
ProctorU does not work with Chromebooks.