July 27 Update:

Preparing For Your Arrival To Campus

Student Move-in |  Class of 2024 Welcome Weekend

Hello Cav Nation!

We are eager to welcome you back to campus this fall! Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we finalize our plans to reawaken campus this fall. As we prepare for a new academic year, we are prioritizing your health and safety while ensuring we can provide an engaging residential and commuter experience. We understand that returning to campus amidst a “new abnormal” may present anxiety and concern, but please know we are committed to supporting you and keeping you informed during this unprecedented time. We are also asking for your help with adhering to safe practices to protect yourself and all members of CavNation. Taking the necessary steps to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19 is the shared responsibility of every member of our community. Additional information will be forthcoming as it relates to residence hall community expectations and our CavNation Pledge.

Below you will find initial information about residence hall reopening, move-in processes, Freshman Welcome Weekend and expectations. We ask that you please read through the information while keeping in mind that there may be additional modifications to our plan.

Resident Student Move-in
The Residence Life Team has been working diligently to plan for your return to campus next month! We have designed our move-in process to focus on the health and safety of our students, families and staff members. Residence hall move-in will be staggered over several days to ensure all residential students have an opportunity to check-in and settle into their rooms in a safe manner.

Returning Upperclassman Resident Move-In

  • Monday, August 17 Day 1 Upperclassman Resident Move-in (by assigned appointment)
  • Tuesday, August 18 Day 2 Upperclassman Resident Move-in (by assigned appointment)
  • Wednesday, August 19 Day 3 Upperclassman Resident Move-in (by assigned appointment)

Freshman and Transfer Resident Move-In

  • Thursday, August 20 Day 1
    Freshman Resident Move-in (by assigned appointment)
    Transfer Resident Move-in (by assigned appointment)
  • Friday, August 21 Day 2
    Freshman Resident Move-in (by assigned appointment)

Welcome Weekend Student Check-in

  • Saturday August 22 Welcome Weekend Cav Nation Class of 2024
  • Sunday, August 23 Welcome Weekend Cav Nation Class of 2024
  • Monday, August 24 Fall 2020 Classes Begin

Move-in Appointments
In the coming days, you will receive an email from the Residence Life office with your assigned move-in day and time. We will also include specific guidelines for the move-in process. In order to ensure we can make the check-in experience as seamless as possible, we are asking all residents to arrive only during their assigned appointment day/time. We appreciate your help and cooperation!

For questions, please contact the Residence Life office:
Bianca Hicks, Director of Residence Life – (330) 490-7107 | bhicks@walsh.edu or reslife@walsh.edu

Additional Details for Move-In Week

  • Move-in appointments will be scheduled during the hours of 8am-5pm.
  • If you need to adjust your assigned arrival date/time, you can make that request through the Residence Life office by completing the Special Circumstance Arrival Form which will be included in the personalized email with your assigned arrival date/time.
  • Dining Services will be provided in the Schervish Dining Center (brunch and dinner).
    Note: These meals will not be charged to your university meal plan. The first Fall 2020 board will be dinner on Sunday, August 23rd.
  • Campus offices will be open so you will have the opportunity to connect with campus resources as you prepare for the start of the semester.
  • Our Residence Life team enthusiastically looks forward to your arrival and the opportunity to engage you in community activities with your Resident Assistant, Campus Peacemaker and floor members.

Change to Fall Preseason Athletics
As shared by Dale Howard, VP/Director of Athletics, the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) has made the decision to delay the start of fall seasons, with the first practice date being August 28th and the first playing date September 24th. Accordingly, student athletes will not be arriving early for preseason camp and will be assigned a check-in time during the week of August 17th. We ask that you please follow-up with your athletic coach with any questions.

International Students
As you are making your arrangements to return to campus, please contact Kristi Campbell, Director of International Student Services at kcampbell1@walsh.edu or (330) 490-7105 regarding your travel arrangements and guidelines for arrival.

Welcome Weekend – Walsh Class of 2024
We are excited to welcome our Freshman class and the newest members of CAVNATION! To kick-off the year, our Freshman students will participate in Welcome Weekend which will include both in-person and virtual engagement opportunities. The general Welcome Weekend Schedule will be posted to the Walsh website after August 1st.

  • Saturday August 22 Welcome Weekend Cav Nation Class of 2024
  • Sunday, August 23 Welcome Weekend Cav Nation Class of 2024

Freshman Welcome Weekend Check-in
Freshman Welcome Weekend Check-in for resident and commuter students will take place on Friday, August 21st between 5:00pm and 7:00pm. At this time, you will be able to pick-up your personalized Welcome Weekend schedule. More details forthcoming!

For questions about Welcome Weekend, please contact Tiffany Kinnard-Payton, Associate Dean of Students at tkpayton@walsh.edu or (330) 490-7538.

Student Expectations
As we reawaken campus with care, concern and in accordance with necessary safety protocols, we will be instituting additional expectations for members of our residential community to ensure we are upholding the best practices and recommendations provided by federal, state and local health officials. Additional information will be forthcoming on your role with helping to support and care for all members of our campus community.

We look forward to sharing more information about the Fall 2020 campus experience very soon!

Swords up and God Bless!

Bryan Badar
Vice-President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students

July 25 Update:

Athletics: VP of Athletics Email 

Please consult the July 25 email from VP/Director of Athletics Dale Howard for additional information regarding fall athletics. We are working diligently to provide as safe an environment as circumstances permit as we navigate the uncertainties of COVID-19. We recognize that there are increased risks during this time that need to be considered by each student-athlete as s/he makes the decision to participate in their particular sport. If you choose not to participate, your financial aid package will not be affected this coming year. We will have a form for each athlete to complete upon your arrival to campus to let us know your intentions. If you should change your mind at any time throughout the year, your decision will be honored.

July 22 Update: 

Let’s Do Our Part Cav Nation!

Governor DeWine has personally asked all Ohioans to do their part to minimize the impact of COVID-19. In addition to the many precautions and measures we are taking, the Governor has asked for the extra step of wearing a mask in public. Our priorities remain with a commitment to student success and the safety and well-being of Cav Nation – we shall leave the controversy surrounding this “mask” issue to be resolved elsewhere. Towards all of those ends, we are now requiring each of us to “mask up” if we are inside or outside -and- around people. There are likely exceptions to be made, and we will handle those locally with Vice President approval. Our “Seven to Remember” steps are in harmony with this additional measure. We should also request any visitor to campus to join with Governor DeWine and Cav Nation as we offer the advice of St Ambrose, “when in Rome, do as the Roman’s do.”

In preparation for the phased-in return of employees to campus beginning July 1, and to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Walsh University has introduced new protective measures, cleaning protocols and instruction guidelines for fall 2020 and until further notice. These safeguards include physical distancing, proper hand washing, facial covering recommendations, cleaning processes and reduced occupancy in designated spaces, among others.

Under the direction of Task Force Lazarus and with input from the Aultcare Assessment team of medical professionals, Walsh has created the Return to Campus Protocols Guidebook, a 50+ page comprehensive document designed to provide the Walsh community with important information and guidelines on safely returning to campus.

This Guidebook focuses on issues that include residential living, dining services, classroom instruction, campus events and highlights every facet of Walsh operations adapted post COVID-19. Protocols have been evaluated and implemented with the goal to ensure student success while maintaining the safety and well-being of every member of the Walsh community. Guidelines may be updated or revised based on state and federal health recommendations and community input.

Check this page frequently for updated information.

Communications: In addition to updates to this webpage, information will be shared weekly in The Walsh Wire email to faculty, staff, students and parents every Wednesday.