Caring Well Resources
Requesting Accommodations for Medical Conditions
Students with underlying medical conditions should consult with their personal physician for guidance on returning to campus.
Students Unable to Come to Campus – Students who are not able to safely come to campus should request access to remote learning for the fall semester by sending an email from their Cedarville University email account to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting that they be permitted to take their courses remotely. In the email request, include Cedarville ID number, major, name of advisor, and planned graduation month and year. The Registrar’s Office will coordinate the details of notifying the advisor, professors, and will confirm the arrangements with the student. They will also notify Residence Life that campus housing will not be required. The student should alert the Registrar’s Office if there are any changes in the remote learning plan.
Students Able to Come to Campus – Students who are able to return to campus but may require nonacademic accommodations should contact Nancy Ranger, administrative assistant to the Vice President for Student Life and Christian Ministries, at 937-766-7871 or email@example.com.
Cedarville University’s Mask Policy
As this COVID-19 pandemic has continued to unfold, cloth face coverings (or masks) have, unfortunately, become a divisive topic. While none of us prefers to wear one and we may debate whether they should be required, the preponderance of the data continues to support the value of face coverings in reducing the spread of the virus. According to the CDC, “cloth face coverings are recommended as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the cloth face covering coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice.”
This section details the expectations we will have on campus related to face coverings as we start the semester. These expectations align with the Ohio Department of Health Order for Facial Coverings Throughout the State of Ohio (July 23, 2020). We will evaluate and adjust as conditions change.
In accordance with the Governor and Ohio Department of Health’s “Responsible Restart Ohio” minimum operating standards for Institutions of Higher Education, campus employees are required to wear a facial covering, except for one of the following reasons:
- Facial coverings are not advisable for health reasons.
- Facial coverings are not required when working physically distanced in an assigned work area or outside.
- Facial coverings are not required while teaching, as this could create health complications and violates industry standards. Classrooms will have acrylic shields or will be arranged in such a way that the faculty member can maintain a safe distance
from students. Professors should use wisdom and personal responsibility to ensure a safe classroom environment.
- There is a functional (practical) reason not to wear a facial covering.
- Clear face shields may be a preferred option in laboratory settings
Students are expected to wear facial coverings in all public areas and maintain safe physical distancing as much as possible.
- Facial coverings are required for the limited number of students who attend chapel in person each day.
- Facial coverings are required while in line and ordering food, as physical distancing will be difficult to maintain during this process.
- Facial coverings are required in all classrooms.
- In some foreign language classes, we have approved the use of face shields as an acceptable substitute for a mask.
- Facial covering should be worn going to and from class, as physical distancing may not be possible in hallways or while entering or exiting buildings.
- Facial coverings are not required when outside while physically distanced.
- Facial coverings are not required when the student is in a residential setting. Physical distancing should be maintained as much as possible in residential settings.
- Facial coverings are not required when not advisable for health reasons; however, the student must seek accommodation through Disability Services.
- Facial coverings are not required where there is a functional (practical) reason not to wear a facial covering.
Important Campus Contacts
As you prepare to return to campus, here is a convenient list of campus contacts to answer commonly asked questions.
STUDENT HEALTH CONCERNS
University Medical Services
Office of the Registrar
Caring Well. Staying Well. Graphics and Signage
Note that signs will be posted in all public areas and classrooms prior to Getting Started. If you have any additional needs for signage or graphics please contact the COVID-19 Signage Task Team.
Click on thumbnail to view and download PDF:
Updates to this page
- Aug. 18, 2020 - Mask protocol updated per Ohio Governor's directives
- Aug. 18, 2020 - Updated student mask policy