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.
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.
If you have received a positive result for COVID-19 and were tested off-campus, please fill out the self-reporting form.
Last updated: 9/27/21 Note: Testing has concluded for the spring semester. We will not be conducting testing over the summer. For historical data, please see our Spring 2021 COVID-19 Testing Dashboard.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: 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.