COVID-19 Operating Plan | 2021–22

This site provides updates and resources for the Cedarville University community regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our campus. As we wisely and joyfully return to more normal operations in 2021–22, the following protocols will guide how our community faces continuing challenges. Recognizing the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, these plans will be reviewed, and any updates will be communicated to the campus community. We will remain flexible and adapt wisely to changing conditions for the protection of our campus community.

SEPT. 14–28 This symbol indicates temporary protocols that are in effect from September 14–28, 2021.

Updates to Our Campus Community

COVID-19 Update (September 14, 2021)

We praise God that we are continuing to see a steady decrease in positive COVID cases on campus! As we continue to evaluate our protocols in light of the current data, our priority remains to provide the best possible on-campus experience for education and discipleship. To that end, Dr. White announced the following updates to our protocols in chapel this morning:

  • Masks are now optional in chapel, including during worship. Attendance will remain on the honor system for the next two weeks. The Recital Hall remains available as an alternate location for those with health concerns.
  • Masks are optional in classes; however, any faculty member with health concerns may choose to require masks in their classrooms. Please continue to honor and care well for one another.
  • Masks will be optional in other indoor public spaces.
  • We will return to using the two sides of Faith Hall as our only isolation locations for men and women.

These changes are effective today through September 28. We will continue to review the latest data and adjust as needed.

Practice Healthy Protocols

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Maintain Your Space

Take personal responsibility to sanitize and clean the spaces you use regularly (classroom, residence hall room, and office).

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Practice Good Hygiene

Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face.

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Assess Your Personal Health

Conduct a personal wellness check, and if feeling sick, self-isolate while seeking medical care. Check with your event’s coordinator for specific instructions.

What to Do if You Are Sick

Students and faculty staff should take the following steps:

  1. Assess
    Assess your health to confirm COVID-19 symptoms:

    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  1. Isolate
    If you are not feeling well, do not attend school or come to work. Isolate yourself from others immediately.

  2. Inform
    Residential students should notify their Resident Director immediately. In addition, students should notify their professors.

  3. Seek Care
    Students: Call University Medical Services (UMS) at 937-766-7863 to schedule an appointment. For your safety and the safety of others, you must call before going to UMS. If you are ill after UMS normal medical hours, seek medical attention at a local urgent care or emergency room. You can find a list of local health services providers online.

    Report COVID-19 symptoms by calling University Medical Services: 937-766-7863.

    Employees: Contact your medical provider.

COVID-19 Protocols - Encouraging a Healthy Campus Community

Masks

The 2021-22 COVID-19 Operating Plan does not require masks or social distancing. However, during times of high spread, this expectation may be adjusted. We will act in accordance with Philippians 2 and respect one another’s choices about masks. We will not divide or create pressure, providing space for individual health decisions. 

SEPT. 14–28 Masks are optional in classes, chapel, and other indoor public spaces. Faculty members with health concerns may choose to require masks in their classrooms. Masks are not required within a student's residence hall.

Isolation if Infected

Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 will go into isolation in Faith Hall. The required isolation period is 10 days from onset of symptoms.

  • Notifying Close Contacts - A close contact is anyone who has been within 6 feet for 15 minutes of a COVID-positive individual at any time starting two days prior to the onset of their symptoms. 
    • SEPT. 14–28 The isolated student should notify close contacts that they were potentially exposed, thereby initiating those contacts’ quarantine, per the quarantine guidelines.
  • Meals - Students will order meals online; meals will be delivered to them.
  • Coursework -  Students will receive access to join their classes remotely to complete coursework during isolation. Notifications are coordinated by UMS through an automated system.
  • Leaving Campus - Students who go home to isolate should notify their R.D. before leaving campus.
  • Package Delivery - A student team has volunteered to deliver packages as needed; email Nancy Ranger to request this service.
  • Prescriptions - Cedar Care Village Pharmacy delivers to the University's mail room. Use the process above to have the prescription delivered to an isolation location. Prescriptions scheduled for delivery before noon will be delivered the same day. After 12 noon, prescriptions will be delivered the next business day.

Quarantine if Exposed

Residential students who are notified that they have been in close contact with an individual with a test-confirmed case of COVID-19 and who have not been fully vaccinated or had a positive COVID test in the last 90 days will need to quarantine in their residence hall room. Students must provide documentation to UMS to confirm that they are fully vaccinated or show proof of their recent positive COVID test in order to be exempt from quarantine. A COVID-19 antibody test does not meet this requirement.

SEPT. 14–28 A student wearing a mask who is a close contact of an infected individual is not required to quarantine.

  • Meals - Students will order meals online and pick them up in the back of the Stevens Student Center (SSC). Quarantined students must wear a mask when picking up meals.
  • Coursework - The professor will provide access to join class remotely to complete coursework.
    • SEPT. 14–28 Students should contact their professors to let them know they can not attend class in person due to required quarantine.
  • Outdoor Activities - Students will have time for outside activities during quarantine as long as social distancing is maintained.
  • Release From Quarantine - Students can be released from quarantine on Day 5 after exposure with a confirmed negative COVID test. Free testing is available on campus in the Health Sciences Center (HSC) lab area, room 102. Enter from the parking lot side of the building. The testing center is open weekdays from 9-11 a.m. No appointment is necessary; however, testing at this location is only for students who are NOT experiencing symptoms. Individuals with symptoms should contact UMS for testing. Rapid testing is also available at Cedar Care Village Pharmacy, and other local healthcare facilities. If the student chooses not to be tested, the quarantine will be extended to 10 days. Please use personal responsibility as you adhere to these quarantine release procedures.

Testing

Rapid antigen testing is available through University Medical Services on campus. UMS bills insurance for testing of symptomatic students. Outside of insurance, the testing fee is $20. The University provides quarantine release testing at no charge.

Cedar Care Village Pharmacy in downtown Cedarville also has rapid antigen capability. The normal charge for testing at Cedar Care Village Pharmacy is $25.Call 937-766-2273 or visit cedarcarerx.com to schedule an appointment.

Contact Tracing

The University will assist in identifying individuals who may have been exposed to infection and quickly track areas where the virus may be spreading.

SEPT. 14–28 Isolated students should contact their close contacts to initiate the quarantine protocols.

Vaccinations

The University will not require the COVID-19 vaccine. We believe each student and employee should make the decision based on their personal situation. Students who are enrolled in an academic program with mandatory off-site requirements may be required to vaccinate for participation at those locations. Visit the University Medical Services website for additional information or speak with your family medical provider for advice.

Campus Operations

Classes

We are committed to an in-person classroom experience. We are not requiring masks or social distancing. Students who are not in isolation or quarantine or feeling sick should go to class in person. 

SEPT. 14–28 Remote access will be available to those who are in quarantine or isolation. Students should contact their professors directly if they will not be able to attend class in person.

Chapel

There will be no limits to the number of students allowed in the chapel, and students will be required to scan in daily unless they have an excused absence. Students or employees with health concerns may choose to attend chapel in the Dixon Ministry Center Recital Hall, where daily services will be livestreamed. Students who are sick may submit their chapel excuse through the chapel attendance system. The chapel expectation may be adjusted during times of significant spread on campus.

SEPT. 14–28 Chapel will be required on an honor system. Those who do not attend in person should watch online. 

Dining

In addition to the dining hall, Stinger’s, Chick-fil-A, and Tossed, the University will continue to provide Grab + Go stations in the Stevens Student Center (SSC), Center for Biblical and Theological Studies (BTS), and the Callan Athletic Center (CAL). The University will deliver meals to any isolated student on campus. Quarantined students will be able to pick up their own meal at a designated location at the back of the Stevens Student Center. A mask will be required.

SEPT. 14–28 Dining location hours may be adjusted based on workforce availability. Pioneer is currently hiring, and we encourage students to apply.

Answering Your Questions

Here is a convenient list of campus contacts to answer commonly asked questions.

COVID-19 Reporting » Contact Us »

Student Health Concerns

University Medical Services
937-766-7862
UMS normal medical office hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 1 – 4:30 p.m. 

Residential Living

Residence Life
937-766-7825

Student Invoices

Cashiers Offices
937-766-7825

Student Schedules

Registrar's Office
937-766-7710

Dining Plans

Cashiers Office
937-766-7825

Campus Visits

Undergraduate Admissions
937-766-7700

Getting Started

Campus Experience
sting@cedarville.edu

General COVID-19 Inquiries

University Communications
cuinfo@cedarville.edu

Page Revisions:

  • September 14, 2021 - Update throughout with September 14-28 changes
  • September 13, 2021 - Update campus COVID testing to Release from Quarantine section
  • September 3, 2021 - Update throughout with September 4-19 changes
  • August 27, 2021 - Update Protocols, FAQs, and Answering Your Questions sections; add top nav
  • August 25, 2021 - Add Updates to Our Campus Community section
  • August 24, 2021 - Add temporary updates message
  • August 23, 2021 - Add link to COVID-19 Reporting page
  • August 17, 2021 - Add vaccine clinic information; remove return-to-campus instructions
  • August 12, 2021 - Return-to-campus instructions added
  • August 11, 2021 - FAQs updated
  • August 9, 2021 - FAQs updated
  • August 2, 2021 - Launch updated site with 2021–22 plan

The Cedarville University community desires to participate in and enjoy, to the greatest extent possible, the benefits of in-person, on-campus Christian higher education and related activities. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. By engaging in the on-campus community of Cedarville University and related activities, we voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. We acknowledge that we will be obligated to comply with the COVID-19 Operating Plan, its protocols, and its processes in the event of suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus. This response may include testing, quarantine, removal from campus, contact tracing, and/or other such measures that the University, its trustees, employees, and contractors deem appropriate.