Frequently Asked Questions 

Updated 1/14/20

What should we expect on campus this spring related to COVID precautions? 

Campus staff will work to provide a rich campus experience and programming that honors the Governor’s orders designed to reduce the spread while also meeting student needs. These may include a combination of small in-person interactions and virtual events. If in-person, all best practices for distancing and spread minimization as ordered by the Governor and recommended by the CDC and local health department will be in force. 

  • As students arrive in the residence halls, the University recommends students remain on campus for the first two weeks to minimize chance of spread of the virus and risk to the community. Leaving campus during this period should be for essential travel only.
  • Classrooms and other spaces on campus are being reconfigured to promote physical distancing. 
  • Students, staff and faculty will be required to wear face coverings on campus when indoors. Face coverings will be required outdoors when physical distance cannot be maintained. 
  • Protective barriers are installed where appropriate (i.e., high traffic service areas). These barriers may come in the form of plexiglass shields or barriers that prevent people from getting closer than six (6) feet (i.e., stanchions or tables that keep people well back from a counter or service area).  
  • Signage throughout the campus will remind campus population to practice safety and educate on best practices.  
  • Our maintenance team will continue disinfecting and cleaning protocols.

How do I get tested for COVID-19?

Walsh University encourages those who are symptomatic or have been exposed to COVID-19 to contact their primary care physician for guidance regarding testing.  For more information about local testing centers, Click Here

Campus Surveillance Testing

The Governor has issued a recommendation that all residential colleges and universities in the state regularly test a sample population of asymptomatic members of their campus communities for COVID-19.  Effective January 11th, Walsh University will begin weekly surveillance testing of a 3% random sampling of our residential student population.  Surveillance testing will continue weekly through the Spring 2021 terms.  Additional information on the testing process will be provided to our residential students prior to return to campus.

Have any students received the vaccine?
Yes, some of our students and faculty are receiving their vaccinations at this time, in accordance with the State’s prioritization guidelines through their employers, schools or hospitals where they are completing student teaching or clinical rotations.

Do you have a plan to make getting the vaccine a requirement once available?
We do not have a definitive timeline from state or local officials for when vaccines will be available for our general student population, therefore we have not yet made any final plans concerning COVID-19 vaccination guidelines on campus. At this time, we do not plan to mandate vaccinations.

What is the plan for spring athletics? 
The Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) Presidents’ Council has postponed the fall championship segments in football, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and volleyball, as decided on Monday morning. The conference schedule and championships in each of these high contact risk sports, as defined by the NCAA Resocialization of Collegiate Sport guidelines, will be moved to the spring season.  

The Great Midwest is maintaining the cross country championship segment in the fall as originally scheduled. Additionally, engagement in all sports, including golf and tennis competition, will be permitted in the fall by institutions as they are able to meet NCAA, national, and local health and safety guidelines.  

What happens if a member of the campus community tests positive for COVID-19? 
It is the responsibility of all members of our campus community to monitor his/her health and report to the COVID-19 Community Health and Response Team using our Reporting and Response Protocols.  Members of our campus community who test positive will need to complete an isolation period as outlined per our university protocol.

Some items to know:  

  • Isolation refers to separation of an ill person from others to minimize the spread of the illness.  Individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 or exhibiting symptoms will be asked to self-isolate either at home or in one of the isolation rooms being set aside on campus.  CDC guidelines require self-isolation in cases of COVID-19 for at least 10 days after the onset of symptoms and for the individual to be free of fever and other symptoms for 24 hours before returning to normal activities.
  • Quarantine is the separation of someone who has been exposed to the virus.  In those cases, individuals will be asked to self-quarantine either at home or in one of the quarantine rooms being set aside on campus for this purpose.  CDC guidelines require self-quarantine when exposed for 10 days after exposure to someone with COVID-19.
  • The University will refer suspected cases of COVID-19 to one of the local, authorized testing centers.  Individuals will be asked to self-quarantine until test results are received.  Positive results will require self-isolation (see above).  

What protocols are in place for the University Residence Halls? 
As we welcome back our students to our CavNation residence hall neighborhoods, we recognize that the guidance provided by federal, state and local health officials continues to evolve daily.  We will continue to follow our established health and safety guidelines in the residence halls. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed at all building entrances with signage expecting use upon entry, and students will receive regular training on best practice protocols and how to minimize the risk of spread. Currently, the University’s position is that residence hall rooms can be doubles or singles (but no triples).

Are masks required on campus? 
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 Romans do.”

What are the protocols for faculty, staff and students returning to campus from out of state for Spring 2021?

Faculty, Staff and students arriving from states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or more are directed to quarantine at home 14-days prior to arrival to campus.  During this time, eliminate any high risk behaviors that may lead to exposure to the virus.  Important Note:  If the state of Ohio remains at a 15% or more positivity rate, members of Cav Nation are directed to follow this same guidance.  For more updated information about COVID-19 Travel Advisories CLICK HERE.

What are the protocols for international students returning to campus for Spring 2021? 
Students arriving to campus following international travel are directed to comply with following university guidelines: 

  1. Quarantine at home 14 days prior to your travel departure date.  During this time, eliminate any high risk behaviors that may lead to exposure to the virus. 
  2. During travel, take extra precautions and Know How to Protect Yourself and Others
  3. Upon arrival, students will need to be tested within 3-5 days of your arrival and remain quarantined until you receive a negative test result and have been cleared by the university to engage in academic and extracurricular activities. 

*Please note, Walsh will make testing available to our international students who are returning to campus following international travel.

Will Holy Mass be celebrated in the Chapel? 
Yes, Holy Mass will be celebrated in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel, but it will be restricted to Walsh students, faculty and staff only. The lower level doors to the Chapel will remain locked, and all attendees will come to the main Chapel doors. Where necessary, stanchions will be used to create an area for people to line up while waiting to gain entry to the Chapel.

  • Hand sanitizer will be provided at all the doorways.
  • Seating will be in designated spots to comply with physical distancing guidelines.
  • Capacity will be capped at 150.
  • People will be asked to remain in their pews and ushers will release pews to receive Holy Communion.
  • People are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings, and all Diocesan guidelines will be followed for reception of Holy Communion.

Following Holy Mass, all attendees will be seated and released separately to leave the Chapel to avoid group gatherings. Holy Water Fonts will remain emptied. All Hymnals will be removed from the Chapel. Song sheets will be used for Sunday Holy Masses, recycled after each use. There will be four (4) collection baskets placed in the narthex for people to give donations if they would like. Physical touching during the Lord’s Prayer and Sign of Peace will be suspended. The Chapel will be sanitized following Holy Mass, and all Holy Vessels will be thoroughly washed and sanitized following each use. The Sacrament of Confession should be moved to room 108 in the lower level of the Chapel to provide adequate social distancing for the priest and the confessor. No more than three (3) people in a restroom at a time. Signs will be posted. 

Will Walsh University still host community events?  
Outdoor activities may take place with no limit on attendees; however, physical distance is encouraged as well as other best practices.   

Indoor activities are limited to no more than 10 people except for:  

  • Chapel services – (promoting physical distance)  
  • Wedding receptions – (with specific state guidelines followed) 

This is an evolving situation and is reliant on state guidelines and orders with regard to gatherings and room capacity.

Will campus buildings be cleaned more frequently? 
The Facilities staff will continue work with each department head/manager to identify problem areas and implement solutions. The emphasis has been on creating distance and increasing ability to disinfect. Plexiglass barriers have been being installed in high traffic areas, other types of barriers are being installed to encourage individuals to stand well-back away from counters, hand sanitizing stations will be installed in greater number on campus, disinfectant is being ordered, workspaces are being re-configured, etc. In addition, the University is continuing to work with Aultman/Aultcare who will provide guidance for best practices to minimize spread. 

What is the status of University-sponsored travel? 

  • Business Travel Domestic travel and International travel is prohibited through 31 May
  • Personal Travel: With the recent travel advisory announced by Governor DeWine, please let your supervisor know if you have plans to travel outside of the state of Ohio so we can adjust for a potentially extended absence 
• The following states are included in this travel advisory:  Travel Advisory
• With the risks associated, for any employee traveling to these states, the University requires a 14-day quarantine from campus in alignment with Ohio’s recommendation
- During this 14-day quarantine, employees will have the opportunity to utilize vacation time or unpaid time
- Supervisor coordination is required due to the extended absence from the workplace to ensure mission impact is not jeopardized

What will service-learning look like for the spring? 
Staff has been working with faculty and partner sites to determine which ones can safely accept students. In cases where on-site service learning cannot take place, virtual and/or project-based opportunities have been developed.  

Will dining halls be open? 
In all dining areasSodexo plans to reinforce existing rules of food safety, personal hygiene and infection control which, like always, will minimize any risk of any virus spreading. This is critical to ensuring all employees are following proper procedures to minimize any risks to the Walsh Community. Sodexo will put in place measures and keep adding additional measures according to what local health departments are advising and include the Governor’s recommendations. 

  • Enhanced training for current employees and new hires on personal hygiene, food handling, proper uniform including facial coverings, and cleaning/disinfecting areas.
  • Enhanced signage to provide guidance on what is acceptable with regard to physical distancing and new measures being taken.
  • Enhanced menus and “grab and go” areas to provide a pleasing customer experience and provide different options that are suitable for each area.
  • Floor decals to help space out the line for registers and food ordering.
  • Increased sanitation efforts.
  • Adjusted mealtimes in all areas to accommodate deep cleaning without interruptions.
  • Staggering employee shifts to accommodate physical distancing. 

What can I do to help prevent the spread of germs?
According to the guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control and the Ohio Department of Health, the most important thing our community can be doing at this time is to practice simple strategies to prevent the spread of germs:

  • Follow Walsh's Seven to Remember
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Clean surfaces such as door knobs, remote controls, cell phones frequently. 
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with your bare hands. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue away. 
  • Stay away from people who are sick.    
  • If you are ill or become ill, stay at home.

I’m a member of the Walsh community and I feel unwell.  What should I do? 
Contact a medical professional for advice. Please do not come to work or class while ill and avoid close contact with others. 

I am a member of the Walsh community and am feeling overwhelmed by the news and information regarding COVID-19.  What Should I do?  
Students should contact Walsh University Counseling Services (David Campus Center) at 330-490-7348.  If you are feeling ill, please contact Walsh University Health Services through AultmanNow at (330) 363-8680.     

What is the University’s Plan should the COVID-19 spread impact campus?  
In the event that classes must be canceled for a significant amount of time, we will proactively communicate plans related to alternative methods of continuing class work, including the online delivery of classes, and other issues that require attention.   

How will information be shared with the campus community? 
The University will send out update notices to the campus as necessary.  For detailed information on the Coronavirus and the University response, visit: https://www.walsh.edu/coronavirus.html