Campus Safety /
Campus Reopening Plans
This web page has been established to share updates on COVID-19 and new requirements or guidance that the University receives from state and local health departments.
May 3, 2022
The temporary mask mandate put in place on April 24 is now rescinded. COVID cases on our campuses have decreased since the upward trend two weeks ago, and we have had four days of testing with no positive results.
Over the next three weeks, the University is looking forward to celebrating our graduating students and doing so safely and responsibly. While campus cases have decreased, there is currently an upward trend in COVID cases in Franklin County. Because of this, we invite everyone to evaluate their own personal risks when considering attending the ceremony.
Masks are not required at the ceremonies. Seating at the undergraduate ceremonies will be socially distanced. Public health agencies still recommend that individuals who may be at higher risk for severe outcomes of COVID-19 (e.g., immunocompromised or unvaccinated) continue to mask when in public. Capital is a mask-friendly university and masks will be available for anyone who needs one.
Contact the COVID Response Team at COVIDResponse@capital.edu if you have questions.
If you have received a positive result for COVID-19 and were tested off-campus, please fill out the self-reporting form.
Last updated: 5/10/22 Note: This data is for Spring 2022 only. For historical data, please see our Fall 2021 COVID-19 Testing Dashboard.
*Includes retests given on day 5 after initial positive test
Jan. 19, 2022
Capital University has updated its protocols to follow the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for COVID infection and exposure. As the nature of the pandemic has changed, health guidance has changed, which can be confusing. We are providing this summary to help you understand what to do in different situations.
This communication provides information on:
Report your positive COVID test by filling out the COVID Self-Report Form, which will automatically notify the COVID Response Team.
General guidance for people who test positive for COVID:
Students who test positive
Employees who test positive
Notify the COVID Response Team at COVIDResponse@capital.edu.
Bexley campus testing is in the Weiler Suites (second floor of the Student Union):
– Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
– Tuesday – 7 to 9 a.m.
– Thursday – 4 to 6 p.m.
– Law School campus testing is in the first-floor computer lab of the Annex:
– Tuesday – 4 to 6 p.m.
Testing Options for People With Symptoms
By getting a booster when you are eligible, you can reduce the chance you will have to quarantine if exposed to someone with COVID. Capital will host several on-campus vaccination clinics throughout the semester. You can also book a vaccination appointment using the state’s website at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.
You are eligible for a booster 5 months after receiving both doses of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) or 2 months after receiving the J & J vaccine.
Once you receive your booster dose, please update your COVID vaccination information using this link: Upload Vaccination Documentation
The COVID Response Team is here to help. We can provide guidance on following COVID protocols, assistance with COVID-related needs on campus, and assessment for testing. Contact us for assistance at COVIDResponse@capital.edu.
Due to the continuing health and safety risk posed by the COVID pandemic and the new omicron variant, Capital University has revised its plans for the beginning of the spring semester. These decisions are intended to support the safety of our community while continuing to offer the meaningful learning and living experiences that contribute to our students’ success.
This communication provides information on:
Spring semester starting on schedule and in person
The University’s COVID Response Team continues to monitor data on COVID, public health guidance, and our internal data on transmission and vaccination. While COVID cases are generally rising, the University has a high vaccination rate and the ability to test and monitor cases. Therefore, we will start the spring semester as planned, with in-person instruction. Additional precautions will be put in place as described below.
Masking requirements and recommendations
Masking is still required for everyone in all University buildings. This requirement must be followed regardless of vaccination status by all students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
Masking is critical to reducing the likelihood of transmission of COVID infections within classrooms, while studying with others, and during University activities.
Masking is also required in all residence hall shared spaces such as lounges, hallways, and restrooms.
With the increased transmissibility of the omicron variant, the University now recommends using level 3 surgical masks, KN95 masks, or double masking of cloth and disposable masks together. Cloth masks alone, bandanas, gators, or masks with valves are discouraged from use on our campuses.
The University will provide surgical and KN95 masks for pickup during COVID testing days before classes start.
COVID testing before the start of the semester
As a precaution and to reduce transmission within the University, we have scheduled COVID testing before classes start. The following groups are required to be tested:
If testing is not completed, your ID access will be turned off until testing has occurred.
You can choose to be tested at the University (details below), or you can obtain a test in the community (with testing no earlier than Jan. 2) and email a verified document with the test result to COVIDResponse@capital.edu before move-in and the start of in-person classes or activities.
For all residential students, regardless of vaccination status, testing must be completed before returning to the residence halls. Any residential student experiencing symptoms on the day they plan to move in should not return to the halls but should contact COVIDResponse@capital.edu for an assessment. If you test positive at move-in, you will be required to return home for your isolation period.
For unvaccinated employees and non-residential students, testing must be completed before classes start.
In addition, any students, faculty, and staff who would like to be tested before the start of classes can go for testing on campus.
Testing on the Bexley campus will be available in the Weiler Suites (2nd floor of the Student Union) on the following dates and times:
Monday, Jan. 3: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 4: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 5: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 6: 4 to 6 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 7: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Testing dates and times at the Law School will be provided in a separate communication.
Individuals who are in their 90-day window after having COVID are exempt from testing during those 90 days, but they need to provide verified documentation of their positive test result to firstname.lastname@example.org before the start of the semester and in-person activities.
Important: If you have not tested through Capital yet this academic year, please fill out the COVID testing consent form (PDF). Use the link below to upload your consent form and fill out the survey for the health department. Once we have this information in our system, you will not need to fill it out again this academic year. Please upload the COVID testing consent form (PDF) here: https://capital.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7V6v8kFF4qd4dVA
Testing during spring semester
To allow the COVID Response Team to monitor for COVID transmission at the University and respond to outbreaks quickly, the following testing will be done throughout the semester:
Also, anyone with symptoms during the semester should email the COVID Response Team to receive an at-home test to take before continuing with classes or activities.
The University will provide testing at no cost to individuals. Compliance with the testing program is required, and non-compliance will result in disciplinary actions for students and employees.
Changes for main campus dining for the start of the semester
Removing masks to eat makes dining inside with others a higher risk activity. So, for the first two weeks of the semester, from Jan. 5 to Jan. 19, main campus dining at both the Main Dining Room and One Main Café will be grab-and-go take out only, with no eat-in service until Jan. 20.
University events and activities
At this time, University events and activities can continue with masking required for everyone attending an on-campus event. It is recommended that events not include food to avoid mask removal.
Vaccination reminder and booster recommendation
Vaccination is the most effective way of protecting yourself from hospitalization or death from a COVID illness. All students, faculty, and staff are required to be vaccinated for COVID or be approved for a medical or religious exemption.
If you still need to get one of your vaccination shots, you can use the state website at https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov/ to find a location, the type of vaccine you prefer, and book an appointment.
If you need to submit your vaccination documentation, upload your vaccine card showing all necessary COVID vaccine doses.
The University strongly recommends that everyone eligible for a COVID booster get a booster shot as soon as possible. Individuals who have had their booster shots have better protection against the omicron variant of COVID. Adults are eligible for a booster if it has been at least six months since you received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or if it has been at least two months since you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Booster shots can be scheduled using the state website at: https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov/
Contact the COVID Response Team at COVIDResponse@capital.edu if you have questions.
Capital University will be distributing COVID Emergency Relief Grant Funds in December to eligible students allocated from the federal government under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF III) as part of the American Rescue Plan, Public Law 117-2. Eligible students will be contacted through Capital University email account by Financial Aid Office if they meet eligibility requirements and funding is limited to those with extremely high financial need as defined by the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FASFA). Any future distributions will be contingent on continued enrollment and significant financial need during the pandemic. If you have questions about this program, please contact Financial Aid Office at email@example.com or 614-236-6511.
Capital University is requiring all students, faculty, and staff to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by the beginning of spring semester 2022. (The COVID vaccine sequence must be completed by Dec. 17.) Limited exemptions to the vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The University will review each request and make a determination. Granting an exemption is not guaranteed. We anticipate reviewing all requests by October 29 if the request is received by October 4.If you are requesting an exemption to the COVID vaccination requirement, please complete each question and upload your exemption documentation (use a single file for your documentation). We thank you for your cooperation.
Once you have completed your exemption form, please visit the COVID vaccine exemption upload form to submit the document.
With the rising number of cases and hospitalizations due to the Delta variant of COVID-19, Capital University has announced that it will mandate COVID vaccinations for all students, faculty, and staff.
As a result, all current students, faculty, and staff who will be enrolled or employed during spring semester 2022 are required to have completed the COVID vaccine shot sequence no later than Friday, December 17, 2021.
We believe vaccination is the safest and most effective way of protecting the health of the campus community. The decision was made with guidance from Franklin County Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the University’s own COVID Response Team. We also took into consideration the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s final approval of the Pfizer vaccine on August 23, 2021.
Requiring vaccinations will allow us to continue offering meaningful learning and living experiences that will contribute to our students’ success.
Based on data, we know the Delta variant is highly contagious, and cases are increasing locally and nationally. While mask-wearing, frequent hand washing, surface sanitization, and social distancing provide extra protection, research shows that getting vaccinated is the most effective way of protecting yourself from hospitalization and death.
Thank you for doing your part to keep the Capital community safe during the continuing pandemic. We will update our COVID policies and plans as appropriate to meet the changing climate.
Please reach out to our COVID Response Team at COVIDResponse@capital.edu if you have questions or concerns.
All current students, faculty, and staff who will be enrolled or employed during spring semester 2022 are required to have completed the COVID vaccine sequence no later than Friday, December 17, 2021.
Multiple studies have shown all of the available COVID vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and Astra-Zeneca) are safe and effective. More information can be found here:
Schedule an appointment at Bexley Urgent Care, located behind Brassica at College and Main: https://www.clockwisemd.com/hospitals/7325/visits/new.
Vaccines also are available at many Kroger, Giant Eagle, CVS, and Walgreen pharmacies. Check individual locations to determine whether appointments are necessary or walk-ins can be accommodated.
Dates for clinics in Franklin County can be found here: https://vax2normal.org/vaccine/
We will share details for an on-campus vaccination clinic as soon as plans are finalized.
There is no out-of-pocket cost to receive any of the COVID vaccines, from any provider.
Limited exemptions to the vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The University will review each request and make a determination quickly and fairly; granting an exemption is not guaranteed.
Exemption FormsCOVID Vaccine Medical Exemption Form (PDF)*COVID Vaccine Religious Exemption Form (PDF)**More information regarding how to submit your medical or religious exemption forms will be available soon.
Once you have been fully vaccinated, please submit your vaccination status and upload an image of your vaccine verification card using this link:https://capital.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6FsT8L8BKqTMi8u.
If you do not have your vaccine card, you can submit written evidence of immunization from an authorized healthcare provider who provided the vaccine or a vaccination certificate from a state immunization registry.
This information will be kept confidential and only used to determine if you have complied with the University’s vaccination policy, to assist the COVID Response Team with contact tracing, to determine the need to quarantine when someone is exposed, to determine the need for COVID surveillance testing, and in the aggregate for planning.
You must fill out the Symptom Tracker each day to be eligible to participate in Capital classes or activities. Use this link to complete the Symptom Tracker or to have the link sent daily as a text message on your phone: https://capitalubts.iad1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eFJDgSOhTzxIuEZ.
Until further notice, everyone must continue to follow all University-required COVID health and safety protocols, including the University’s mask policy.
Please reach out to our COVID Response Team at COVIDResponse@capital.edu.
The Center for Health and Wellness provides guidelines to protect student and employee health during the COVID-19 pandemic and evaluates protocols for testing, contact tracing, isolation and quarantine, and student physical and mental health services.
Weekly COVID surveillance testing is required for individuals who are not vaccinated or who choose not to provide documentation of vaccination.
Review the Vaccine and Testing Policy (PDF)
If you would like to get vaccinated, Capital has made vaccinations available through our partnership with Bexley Urgent Care, located at 2216 E. Main Street, at the intersection of Main Street and College Avenue, across the street from the Bexley campus. Appointments for vaccinations can be made through this link: https://www.uaurgentcare.com/bexley-urgent-care.html
The vaccinations are provided for free with no cost to the individual. You will be asked for your insurance information to cover the cost of administering the vaccine, however, your insurance company will not charge you for this cost. If you do not have insurance, you can still get the vaccine, for no cost.
Reporting COVID positive tests: If you receive a positive COVID test result please fill out the self-reporting form which provides this information to the COVID Response Team so the team can provide support and determine any next steps needed.
We will maximize space between individuals where possible, but there will not be a minimum required spacing or physical distancing. Larger spaces and rooms with moveable furniture will have more flexibility for spacing if needed.
If you have general questions about the health and safety issues related to COVID-19 and the University, we encourage you to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about specific issues, contact:
To live in University provided housing, students must either:
As we begin to cautiously reopen our dining facilities during these unprecedented times, we want to let you know what is being done to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, guests and dining services team members.Safety and sanitation have always been a hallmark of our dining services; however, in the wake of this global pandemic, we recognize that it has never been more critical for us to rise to the occasion and challenge ourselves as we meet the uncertainty and evolving demands of this "new normal." We are happy to partner with our dining services provider, Aladdin, to meet and exceed all federal, state and local health and safety requirements.
Any questions about Dining Services should be directed to email@example.com.
To participate in in-person work, there are two options:
Please note: Although the University does not require vaccination, there are some activities such as field experiences, clinical placements, experiential learning activities, or programs of study (i.e., nursing) that may require vaccination to participate due to external or other requirements.
The University will continue to maximize ventilation and air filtration based on the mechanical systems and options available for each building. Hand sanitizer will remain available throughout our campuses. Disinfection of high touch surfaces, including communal restrooms and shared shower facilities, will occur regularly.
University events, student events and activities, and external events are all permitted to be in-person and without limitation on capacity. Attendance or registration will be required to assist with contact tracing.
Last updated: 12/14/21 Note: This is an archive of all data from the Fall 2021 semester. Current numbers can be found here.
Last updated: 5/17/21 Note: This is an archive of all data from the Spring 2021 semester. Current numbers can be found here.
Last updated: 12/10/20 Note: This is an archive of all data from the Fall 2020 semester. Current numbers can be found here.