UC Clermont COVID-19 Information
The education, health and well-being of the UC Clermont College community is of utmost importance to our faculty, staff and administration. In an effort to keep the UC Clermont community informed and safe, please refer to the below information and links to resources.
Important Information for Students on Campus at UC Clermont Jan. 2021
To help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of our campus community, the University is expanding our testing for spring semester 2021.
On January 5, the COVID Check App status of all UC students will turn “Yellow,” signifying limited access to campus facilities. All students who have in-person classes or labs on our campus or are clinical students — including College Credit Plus (CCP) students who are 18 years of age or older — must get tested in order to obtain a Green Pass on their UC COVID Check App prior to coming to campus for the first time. You should also have a Green Pass if you are coming to campus to work or use resources like the library or computer concourse.
You can find details for downloading and using the COVID Check App on the UC website. The app is free and is required for all UC students.
Please note that you must get tested within seven days before returning to campus. Results will be automatically uploaded to your COVID Check App within 48-72 hours. If there is a positive test a Red Pass is issued, and a member of UC’s health care response team personally connects with the user within 24-48 hours to provide additional information and next steps.
You can find information on testing sites in the community at the links below or you can go to the provider of your choice. Please note that it must be a PCR test (rather than an antigen test), and it must be taken within seven days before you return to campus. You should upload the test results to email@example.com.
A negative PCR test results will be accepted within one week of return to campus for face to face classes or access to campus facilities. When you send an email to Uccovidcheck@ucmail.uc.edu include the word "Exemption" in the subject line and attach the lab result to the email. Allow 48 – 72 hours for processing. Students should use only their UC email to submit their result and include their full name, date of birth and UCID M-numbers.
- Hamilton County Test and Protect – https://healthcollab.org/testandprotect/
- Ohio Department of Health – https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/testing-ch-centers (These sites may require insurance or direct payment.)
Additional mandatory surveillance testing is being planned during the spring semester. More information and dates will be coming soon. Visit our COVID Testing page for more details.
Facial Covering Requirement
As members of the University of Cincinnati, now more than ever we owe it to each other to keep our community healthy, strong and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to respect our fellow Bearcats and be responsible and inclusive members of our community, all students are required to wear a facial covering while on campus. Facial coverings must be worn at all times except while eating or alone in a private room.
Students who fail to wear a facial covering while on campus may be subject to charges under the Student Code of Conduct (SCOC) for Public Endangerment and Failure to Comply. Students found responsible for violating the SCOC may receive sanctions ranging from a warning, housing removal and/or separation from the university.
Spring Semester 2021 updates
Spring Semester is scheduled to open on January 11, 2021. However, several adjustments have been made to the calendar to reduce travel and the potential spread of COVID-19, including an expanded move-in / move-back time period (January 6-24) for those returning to University Housing.
Current planning calls for the first two weeks of the academic term to consist of online options. All classes will make use of online learning until Monday, January 25. On January 25, we anticipate that those labs and courses with an in-person component will begin offering those in-person components.
Spring Break will not occur as originally scheduled in March. Instead, two Reading Days have been added to the calendar - February 16 and March 24.
Spring semester classes end April 21 and the overall semester and exams will now conclude two days earlier than originally planned, now ending on April 27, allowing for one week and three days between the spring and summer semesters.
Final exams will occur April 22 – April 27.
For more information on the calendar and registration deadlines, visit the Spring 21 Calendar Site.
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.
For UC Clermont Students
UC Clermont courses will be taught and delivered one of three ways during the fall 2020 semester:
- Online – asynchronous (no scheduled virtual meeting times)
- Online – synchronous (scheduled virtual meeting times)
- Hybrid (online and in person)
As you review your fall schedule, please note that any classes with a location listed as "TBA" are online courses. Log into Catalyst to access your class schedule.
Other important notes:
- Students are encouraged to check their UC email frequently, as well as Canvas, for course-specific communications from instructors.
- Students will receive detailed information from their professors so that they can plan ahead and make any necessary adjustments to their schedule.
- Again, all policies and guidelines about how to conduct oneself on campus (wearing a facial covering, maintianing a minimum of six feet for social distance, etc.) are detailed in UC Clermont's Spring 2021 Semester Plan.
For UC Clermont Faculty & Staff
- The UC Clermont Center for Instructional Design and Technology Support team has assembled an array of tools to help faculty best deliver classes via remote instruction.
- 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.
Safety and Facilities Information
In implementing our campus safety 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 use the COVID Check App to report.
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.