Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Updated: December 23, 2020
New Campus Pandemic Policy
United’s new campus pandemic policy has been established. Going forward, the campus will be closed when Montgomery County is in either Level 3/Red or Level 4/Purple on the State of Ohio’s public emergency coding system.
- Classes will be held virtually. Students will not be on campus. Faculty are encouraged to teach virtual classes from the virtual classrooms.
- Employees will work from home. Employees can come on campus when absolutely necessary.
Where does this put United right now?
- Montgomery County is currently in Level 3/Purple.
- The campus is closed until Montgomery County drops to Level 2/Orange.
- Fall semester – The remaining few weeks of classes will be virtual.
- Spring semester – Below is a chart of upcoming Spring events.
Protocols When On-Campus
To ensure the safety of those on campus, the following protocols are in place. Additionally, hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes and masks are available as needed.
Do a symptom self-assessment. Those on campus are encouraged to conduct symptom monitoring before reporting to campus. At this time, COVID-19 symptoms include one or more of the following:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Runny nose or new sinus congestion
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New GI symptoms
- New loss of taste or smell
Wear a face mask/face covering. The Ohio Department of Health mandates face coverings in public in all counties that are designated an alert Level 3 Public Health Emergency, which currently includes Montgomery County. Disposable masks will be provided by United, if needed. Disposable masks may only be worn for one day and then must be placed in the trash. You may also wear a cloth face covering, which will help United reduce the need to purchase additional masks, which are in short supply. Cloth face coverings must only be worn for one day at a time, and must be properly laundered before use again.
Practice social distancing. Social distancing is important for everyone, especially to help protect people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people at all times
- Do not gather in groups
- Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings
Wash your hands. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash your hands after touching your face.
What to do if you have/had symptoms:
- If you have been on campus after coming into contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 and/or are experiencing signs and symptoms, please notify Steve Swallow, Vice President for Finance and Administration (937.529.2391 or firstname.lastname@example.org), so that the Seminary can take appropriate steps.
- If you have not been on campus and are experiencing signs and symptoms, please follow the regular sick/absence policy in your class syllabus or employee handbook.
- This is an evolving situation; the CDC coronavirus website is the best source of updated information.
Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF)
As part of the CARES act, United has been granted Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) to give relief to students who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and the closing of campus in the spring semester. Click here for details about eligibility and disbursement.