Campus Safety /
Campus Reopening Plans
This web page has been established to share updates on our plans for returning to campus, as well as updates on COVID-19 and new requirements or guidance that the University receives from state and local health departments.
If you have received a positive result for COVID-19 and were tested off-campus, please fill out the self-reporting form.
Last updated: 5/17/21 Note: Testing has concluded for the spring semester. We will not be conducting testing over the summer. For historical data, please see our Fall 2020 COVID-19 Testing Dashboard.
Cancellation of Vaccine ClinicsApril 13, 2021
Due to federal recommendations issued this morning, the University has canceled the vaccine clinics scheduled for April 13 through 16.
The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a statement at 7 a.m. today to pause use of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose COVID vaccine out of an abundance of caution.
The FDA and CDC will be investigating whether there is a link between the vaccine and a rare disorder involving blood clots that occurred in six individuals throughout the nation who received the J&J vaccine. All six cases occurred in women between the ages of 18-48, within two weeks of receiving the J&J vaccine. Approximately 7 million doses of this vaccine have been administered in the United States.
The FDA and CDC statement indicated that these adverse events appear to be extremely rare, and the pause in using the J&J vaccine is important to investigate and to make health care providers aware of this possibility and to plan for treatment.
Bexley Urgent Care is our partner in administering these clinics. Anyone who has received the J&J vaccine at Capital can contact them at 614-826-9266 if they have any questions or concerns about the vaccine or their reaction to it. You can also contact the 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. The guide, Phased Reopening Plan, provides comprehensive details.
Monitoring and managing COVID-19 at the University is essential to creating a safe and healthy
environment for our entire university community. Capital has developed a comprehensive health
strategy, which utilizes diagnostic and surveillance testing, daily monitoring of symptoms, quarantine
and isolation protocols, and contact tracing of close contacts for positive cases.
Review the Health and Wellness Testing Policy (PDF) - Updated 9/1/20
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:
We have created a Resource Guide for Ensuring a Safe and Healthy Return to Campus Living (PDF). This document outlines the tenants of our plan to return to life in University housing. Those pieces are outlined below:
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. To that end, we are:
Any questions about Dining Services should be directed to email@example.com.
The OAC and its President’s Council has voted to postpone all fall sport competition until after January 1, 2021. This impacts football, volleyball, cross country, soccer, tennis, golf and basketball. Schedules are currently being constructed for fall sports to take place simultaneously with regularly-scheduled spring sports.
» OAC Announces Restructuring of 2020-21 Athletic Season (full story)
All athletes will not be participating in any team-related activities for 14 days upon their arrival at campus. After the 14 day period there will be three phases of resocialization in Athletics using population density as a criterion. The phases are outlined below:
For the full guidelines, including the Infectious Disease Transmission Mitigation Protocol, please review the Guidelines for Resocialization here.
TRAININGThe NCAA has passed temporary legislation that allows for 114 days of permissible contact between student-athletes and their team’s coaching staff in preparation for the Spring 2021 season. Athletes are permitted to have unlimited permissible contact with Athletics’ strength and conditioning staff. All training must coincide with NCAA, Franklin County and Capital University COVID-19 health standards.FAQsCapital FAQOAC FAQ
Our plans to reopen all three campuses and return to in-person classroom learning where possible continue to evolve, but we felt it was important to share the Return to the Workplace Plan (PDF) at this time so you have the new safety precautions and protocols for faculty, staff and students.
These documents were developed following guidance from state and local health authorities and recommendations from the University’s emergency response team, and include information about:
The Return to the Workplace Plan will guide us as we finalize staffing for the fall semester. After reviewing that document, if you believe you need to request a modification for your return to the workplace, please do so as soon as possible. For faculty teaching fall semester, we ask that you make your requests as soon as possible. Modifications can be requested by filing a COVID-19 Request for Workplace Modification form.
Capital University’s Office of Facilities Management, in collaboration with WFF Facility Services, has created a detailed Campus Facilities Readiness Plan to integrate the realities of fluctuating space usage and attendance alongside the pressing needs for an enhanced cleaning and overall facilities approach. We will work as a team to present the clearest path forward to address the concerns of faculty, staff, students, alumni, visitors and families, creating safe environments that support Capital’s living and learning communities. Safety requirements and community perception require increased attention to facilities services. By integrating cleaning and building operations tasks, each campus can mitigate the dangers of COVID-19. Reducing the threat while enhancing community wellbeing is the goal of Capital University’s Office of Facilities Management.
We have created a planning document to leverage our industry experience, changing regulations and shared best practices. The following steps represent our path forward to respond and adapt to the challenges of COVID-19.
Read the full details of our readiness plan
Virtual events should continue to be conducted when feasible as the health and safety of our community remain our top priority. If an event will take place in person, appropriate measures, such as physical distancing, must be utilized. Events should include registration or attendee lists that include participant contact information to facilitate contact tracing if needed.
Events may be held at a limited number of venues, provided the events comply with building reopening requirements and all rules mandated by the University, and state and local governments. All events must adhere to these requirements as a basis for minimal acceptable practices.
Welcome to Capital University. We are looking forward to seeing you soon. The health and safety of our University community and our visitors are our top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As we approach the reopening of our campuses, we have outlined the safety and precautionary measures we are taking. As we all know, this has been, and will continue to be, a rapidly changing situation. Our guidelines today are based on current conditions, but we may need to alter them as the situation and/or guidance from experts changes.
Currently Capital is open to employees and essential visitors, such as contractors, and admissions and athletic recruiting visits. (Rules for coming to campus for athletic events will follow separate athletic policies, which are being developed as we prepare for fall sports.)
We ask that you follow our safety guidelines so that we may protect your health and that of our faculty, staff and students. Those guidelines include:
We would also like to make you aware of additional safety measures we have implemented on our University campuses:
Thank you for your help in making our return to campus safe and comfortable. Please let us know if you have any concerns about visiting our campus. We want to be respectful and considerate of our visitors while safeguarding the health of our community.
When you are not able to come to campus or when access to campus is limited, our virtual campus is still available! We can be reached by phone and email.
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Many student services contacts are found here: https://www.capital.edu/current-students/
Virtual admission visits are scheduled here: https://www.capital.edu/admission/schedule-a-visit/
We are ready to respond to questions, process requests and applications, and provide support for existing and future students. Please stay in touch.
Last updated: 12/10/20 Note: This is an archive of all data from the Fall 2020 semester. Current numbers can be found here.