Campus Safety /
Campus Reopening Plans
We look forward to having students, faculty and staff back on campus for Spring 2021. Our top priority is to maintain the health and safety of the Capital family.
After careful review and consideration of alternative options for Spring, the University will maintain the published academic calendars, keeping the current start date of January 11 and maintaining the scheduled breaks, including the midterm/spring breaks scheduled for each program – Undergraduate, Graduate, Law, and Seminary.
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: 1/25/21 Note: The following data is for our Spring 2021 semester. For historical data, please see our Fall 2020 COVID-19 Testing Dashboard.
November 5, 2020
With the close of fall semester rapidly approaching, we wanted to provide information and updates for the end of the semester and details on the University’s plans for spring semester.
Completion of Fall Semester after Thanksgiving
As you are aware, COVID cases have significantly increased in the last few weeks nationally, within Ohio, and in Franklin County. The Capital community continues to do an excellent job adhering to health and safety protocols, which has limited the impact of COVID at the University; however, we too are experiencing increases in COVID positive diagnoses and COVID symptoms within our community.
To be proactive and provide options to safely finish out the fall semester, the University will:
Students are encouraged to consider remaining in University housing during the Thanksgiving break based on guidance from local and national health agencies. Holiday-related travel and associated gatherings increases the likelihood of contracting and spreading the virus. University housing and dining services will be open to support students who elect to stay on campus over the Thanksgiving break and through the end of the semester.
Academic Calendar for Spring Semester
After careful review and consideration of alternative options, the University will maintain the published academic calendars, keeping the current start date of January 11 and maintaining the scheduled breaks, including the midterm/spring breaks scheduled for each program – Undergraduate, Graduate, Law, and Seminary.
Our Return to the Workplace protocols are mitigating work-related spread of COVID cases. Therefore, for spring semester we will continue following the in-office work schedules approved by supervisors and vice presidents, which include staggered work schedules, alternating days, and some continued remote work. The goal continues to be consistent staffing with approximately 50 percent of employees on campus at any given time to lessen the threat of COVID exposure while maintaining a high level of service.
The current protocols for University events will continue through spring semester. Virtual events should continue to be conducted when feasible, as the health and safety of our community remain our top priority. Events should include registration or attendee lists that include participant contact information to facilitate contact tracing, if needed. The size of in-person events should be limited based on the room’s COVID occupancy limits that provide for physical distancing, with indoor events limited to a maximum of 50 and outdoor events limited to a maximum of 200, unless there is prior approval by the President’s Cabinet.
All non-essential University-related travel within the United States and internationally will continue to be suspended through spring semester, including travel for study abroad programs. Essential University-related travel includes admission recruiting, advancement travel, and athletic-related travel.
Health and Safety Reminder
Our community is doing so much to stay safe! Please continue to remain vigilant about following all University COVID restrictions including:
COVID Response Team
The COVID Response Team, led by Dr. Tanya Poteet, vice president and University counsel, is continuing its work to support the health and safety of our University community. Dr. Renee’ Dunnington, dean of the School of Nursing, is our COVID Response Team coordinator and health advisor, leading the team focused on health protocols and isolation/quarantine decisions and implementation. Erin Delffs, associate vice president for Business and Finance, is our COVID Response Environment and Safety coordinator, heading the team focused on environmental safety and cleaning protocols and decisions.
To help us make decisions on isolation, quarantine, contact tracing, and enhanced cleaning, which are necessary for limiting the spread of COVID within our community, the team asks for your help in the following ways:
Thanks to the superior teamwork of our faculty, staff, and students, we have created an exceptionally safe environment. Our plans will be modified as necessary to ensure the physical and mental health of the Capital community. We appreciate your consideration and understanding.
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
Capital University is focused on delivering a superior student experience while maintaining the health and safety of our community. Because these two priorities cannot be separated, all classes at the Law School, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and Bexley campus will begin as scheduled August 24, but will be delivered remotely – fully online – until at least September 21.
For the full details regarding plans for the fall semester, please refer to the Phased Reopening Plan (PDF). The document was developed following guidance from state and local health authorities and recommendations from the University’s emergency response team.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.