Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Students, for the most up-to-date information, be sure to check your student email account.

Message From President Steve Robinson, March 30, 2020

Message From President Steve Robinson
March 30, 2020

Message from Denise Smith, Provost, 3/27/20

Message from Denise Smith, Provost
March 27, 2020

Please know Owens Community College takes your health and wellness seriously. The College has brought together a cross section of various stakeholders and operating groups on campus to review and revise the college’s existing pandemic crisis plan. Much of this work involves a focus on developing proactive measures to communicate, educate, and implement pandemic information and plans to faculty, staff, and students. This work is ongoing, and as plans are developed, revised, and refined, that information will be shared with the campus community.

The College is actively monitoring the status of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) including communicating with local and state health departments. The College will continue to provide updates to Owens Community College students, faculty, and staff in accordance with Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Ohio Department of Health, and local County Health Department guidelines.

Currently, Owens Community College stakeholder groups are regularly meeting, and communicating daily, to discuss and share federal, state, and local guidance on the evolving situation. In addition, teams of people, including Workplace Safety & Health, Human Resources, Student Services, Academics, Facilities and Operations, and the Department of Public Safety, are working day and night to ensure a clean and safe environment. In addition, the College is reviewing and updating policies, plans, and procedures to prepare for events that may change campus operations.

Current Status

Email to Students (Resources/Update) from March 26, 2020 >>

View our updated campus calendar for the current status of events >>

Important Information regarding COVID-19 and travel >>

Toledo Lucas County Health Department COVID-19 Case Process >>

Wood County Health Department COVID-19 Interim Guidance for Employers >>

Owens Community College plans to follow the guidelines set forth by Governor DeWine’s office.

As the situation with COVID-19 continues, Owens Community College will be offering web-based courses for the Summer 2020 semester; however, all in-person classes for Summer 2020 have been or are in the process of being canceled. If you previously registered for an in-person course for Summer 2020 that has been canceled, you will receive communication regarding the next steps from Advising. We continue working to ensure all students have the support needed to be successful and complete their semester courses. If we receive guidance from the Governor’s office regarding the resumption of in-person classes, we will add those to the Summer 2020 class schedule. Be sure to keep checking your Owens student email periodically for important updates and changes that may occur due to COVID-19.

Due to social distancing guidelines and recommendations from the CDC and the Governor’s office, Owens Community College campuses will be serving our students virtually and remotely for the foreseeable future. In-person appointments will not be conducted. If you are unsure about your appointment or if you have a question, please contact the necessary department below. Thank you for your understanding.

If you do not see a department listed and you have a question, please use this online form to submit a question and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We appreciate your patience through this difficult time. We will get through this together! #TeamOwens #YourSuccessStartsHere #PoweredByOwens

Commencement Cancellation
Due to the CDC’s restrictions on large gatherings, it is with sadness that we must cancel the Spring Commencement scheduled for Friday, May 15. Graduates will still receive their degrees. We will invite graduates to the Fall Commencement to participate in the ceremony and celebrate their achievements.
Watch the Commencement page for details.

Student Health and Activities Center (SHAC); Findlay Fitness Center & Gym
Per Governor DeWine’s announcement on March 16, the SHAC and the Findlay Fitness Center will be closed and will tentatively reopen on April 6.

Child Care Center on the Findlay-area Campus
The Child Care Center on the Findlay-area Campus is open under a temporary pandemic license at a limited capacity. We will inform you when this situation changes.

In Case of Emergency
If you have an emergency on-campus, contact the Department of Public Safety at (567) 661-7575.

(updated 03/27/2020 at 10:47 a.m.)

Effective health and wellness tips to minimize exposure and spread:

  • If you are sick or have any (even mild) symptoms such as mild fever, cough, etc. please stay home. If these symptoms worsen please contact your nearest hospital or physician in advance and let them know you are coming with these symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, face, mouth, and nose.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as often as possible.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in your immediate area. Our physical plant has increased the level and strength of cleaning in all areas daily.
  • An alcohol-based hand sanitizer should be seen as an extra layer of cleaning and should never be viewed as a replacement to frequent handwashing.
Presidential Blog updates >>
What should I do if I feel sick?

What is coronavirus and is there a difference between coronavirus and COVID-19?

What is Owens doing to reduce the risk that I might be exposed?

What if I am scheduled to travel to a state or city with a known case or if I am planning on traveling out of the country?