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latest updates:

11-18-20: in light of the surge in cases across the state of ohio and concerns with hospitals reaching capacity, governor mike dewine has announced a statewide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily for the next 21 days beginning thursday, november 19. see full communication from covid response team to campus here.

earlier updates:

11-4-20: the office of student development has announced that as of november 1, 2020, the mercy red clinic will no longer conduct asymptomatic testing of students. if students desire an asymptomatic test, please contact the health clinic on campus at 937-327-7811. the clinic may be able to accommodate the request. the mercy red clinic and walk-in care clinic will continue testing of symptomatic individuals. for more information click here.

11-11-20: ohio gov. mike dewine issued a statement that offered new guidelines for enforcement of existing state-wide mask mandates. emails the following day from wittenberg's covid response team and the chamber of greater springfield reinforced the governor's message. read messages here.

10-29-20: president michael frandsen sent a message to campus with an update about clark county's status in ohio's color coding covid system. read message here.

10-27-20: president michael frandsen provided details about the developing pandemic situation and response in clark county. read message here.

10-16-20: provost mattson has announced plans for the spring semester, which will now begin on tuesday, january 19, 2021, and will include both a commemoration of martin luther king jr. the evening of january 18 and four break days in light of spring break's cancellation this year. read full communication here.

10-16-20: the north coast athletic conference (ncac) president’s council has decided unanimously to cancel conference play, including conference championships, for the winter season. read more here.

10-16-20: the covid response team announced that students may now travel off-campus within clark county for low-risk and essential service activities provided they follow all health and safety guidelines and refrain from visiting  high-risk establishments, including condensed indoor dining and bars/clubs. read full communication here.

10-15-20: due to the increase in covid cases in the united states and abroad, wittenberg has canceled the spring 2021 witt in witt and witt in costa rica study abroad programs. plans are underway for either summer or fall programs in both locations. individual study abroad plans, or non-wittenberg-run programs, are dependent on destination. please contact the office of international education for further information via email at jbennett@wittenberg.edu

9-24-20: the covid response team reported on the final results of the mass testing event held on campus on sept. 9. to see the overview, click here.

9-15-20: president frandsen has announced that the university will resume in-person learning on monday, sept. 21, following two weeks of remote instruction.

9-9-20: wittenberg held a mass-testing event in partnership with the ohio national guard. testing results are expected within four days.

9-7-20: wittenberg was approved to host a mass-testing event for all students, faculty, and staff on sept. 9. the event will be managed by the ohio national guard.

8-24-20: wittenberg has launched a new covid-19 campus dashboard to assist in tracking the status of cases at wittenberg. the dashboard can be accessed here.  

8-17-20: wittenberg officially returned to in-person learning today with the start of classes and a host of health and safety measures in place. 

8-10-20: the covid response team (crt) hosted the last of three townhall meetings, aug. 10, to answer questions from faculty and staff as the university prepares for the start of classes.

7-24-20: ohio governor mike dewine announced a travel advisory for all individuals coming into ohio from states reporting positive covid-19 testing rates of 15 percent or higher. ohioans traveling from a list of states that is updated each week should self-quarantine for 14 days. learn more

7-22-20: governor dewine announced that beginning on thursday, july 23, a statewide mask mandate will go into effect for citizens living in all 88 ohio counties. all individuals in ohio must wear facial coverings in public at all times when: at an indoor location that is not a residence; outdoors, but unable to maintain six-foot social distance from people who are not household members; waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, such as a taxi, a car service, or a private car used for ride-sharing.

the order only requires those 10 years old or older to wear a mask. additional exclusions include: those with a medical condition or a disability or those communicating with someone with a disability; those who are actively exercising or playing sports, at religious services, involved in public safety, or actively eating or drinking.

7-22-20: recognizing that the covid-19 pandemic continues to present evolving challenges to our campuses and communities, wittenberg university, in conjunction with the north coast athletic conference (ncac) presidents’ council, has suspended all intercollegiate competition through december 31, 2020. read more here.

The Department of athletics & Recreation announced July 20 that the following facilities are now open. Detailed information on accessibility and restrictions are outlined below for each facility:

  1. hwa strength center
  2. hwa fitness center
  3. hwa 1929 fieldhouse gymnasium
  4. HWA Steemer Indoor Track & Field
  5. HWA Stadium Outdoor Track & Field
  6. hwa tennis complex
  7. hwa natatorium -- **opening date still to be determined

as a reminder, all patrons must undergo a symptom check in the hwa lobby upon arrival, prior to entering any of the available athletic facilities and all patrons and staff members must be prepared to wear face coverings, based on activity, as per wittenberg’s current policy regarding students, employees, and visitors. patrons will be required to provide their own face covering, water bottle, and towel for use during their workout. no locker rooms or showering facilities will be available to patrons in phase 2.

check-in procedures for hwa strength center, hwa fitness center, hwa 1929 fieldhouse gymnasium, hwa steemer indoor track and field, hwa stadium outdoor track and field, hwa tennis complex, and hwa natatorium can be found here.

  • wittenberg university, along with the members of the north coast athletic conference (ncac), have worked diligently over the past two months to devise a safe and responsible return to campus and more specifically a return to sport plan for the 2020 fall athletic season.
    • intercollegiate competition suspended: read more
    • fall sports scheduled to open play on september 18: read more
    • wittenberg athletics covid-19 resocialization plan: read more
  • a series of e-communications to students and their parents outlining current plans and expectations in preparation for this start of classes began in july:
  • wittenberg has purchased face coverings for all students, faculty, and staff. human resources has informed the campus of the arrival of the face coverings, and pick-up instructions have been shared with area vice presidents. questions? please contact hure@wittenberg.edu.
  • Vice President for Finance & Administration Rob Young requested that all needs related to PPE and cleaning supplies be routed through Purchasing Manager Karen Lotz. Cleaning supplies will be provided to classrooms, meetings spaces, and individual offices, so no employee should use University-sponsored funds to purchase these items.
  • on june 8, wittenberg president mike frandsen announced fall re-opening plans and shared community expectations as phase i planning now shifts to phase ii. read full release here.
  • wittenberg's office of admission began its phase i process of welcoming students and families to campus. all guests must complete the university's health questionnaire, take their temperature before arrival, wear a face covering, and wash their hands frequently while on campus.
  • A Phased Reopening Plan for the Health, Wellness & Athletics (HWA) Complex during the summer months began with access to the Bates Strength Center on Monday, June 8. The athletics Department will continue to evaluate the progress and success of Phase 1 throughout June, with the hopes of being able to offer extended services in the fitness center, The Steemer, and pool on Monday, July 6.
  • patrons of the hwa facilities must undergo a symptom check prior to entering, and all patrons and staff members must be prepared to wear face coverings, based on activity, as per wittenberg’s current policy regarding students, employees, and visitors. patrons will also be required to provide their own face covering, water bottle, and towel for use during their workout. facility access will be limited to the bates strength center and the two restrooms located in the main lobby. no locker rooms or showering facilities will be available to patrons in phase 1.
  • in addition to the bates strength center, limited access to the stadium and track will also be available in phase 1 from monday-friday by an official request of an individual, small group or team/organization (10 or less individuals). requests must be submitted to bret billhardt at billhardtb@wittenberg.edu.

hswg and crt

an 18-member health and safety working group (hswg), led by vice presidents casey gill and gary williams, met repeatedly this spring to ensure a smooth transition and examine best practices in health and safety campuswide. the hswg concluded its phase i work may 29, 2020, at which time a new covid response team (crt) began the implementation phase of hswg recommendations.

campus signage

to assist with enforcing community expectations, new temporary signage is being posted to help maintain health and safety. should any department require additional signage, please email ucomm@wittenberg.edu.

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