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Latest Update: June 30, 2020 at 12:35 pm
Our fall undergraduate classes will begin on 8/24. As we finalize plans for fall semester, Capital University remains focused on the health and well-being of our University community, and we will continue our measures for social distancing as we all do our part to limit community spread and protect those who are particularly vulnerable to this disease. Please continue to check this page for the most up-to-date information.
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 Phased Reopening Plan (PDF) at this time so you could begin to get an idea of the new safety precautions and protocols for students, faculty and staff to return to our campuses.
The Phased Reopening Plan (PDF) was developed following guidance from state and local health authorities and recommendations from the University’s emergency response team, and include information about:
As we finalize plans for the fall semester, we are developing a website that will be ready mid-July and will include the most up-to-date information about our reopening, such as the return to on-campus housing, Welcome Weekend and move-in, and academic plans for classes.
While we anticipate returning to on-campus living and learning for the fall 2020 semester, and we are excited to physically come back together with our shared responsibilities for safety, rest assured that if at any time we feel it is no longer safe, we are prepared to return to online course delivery at a moment’s notice.
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:
For a complete list of available resources, please see our Resource Guide.
All buildings on campus have transitioned to keycard access only in order to limit public access and visitors on campus. Contact Public Safety (614-236-6666) if your card access is not working.
To help all members of our community comply with the order, and encourage safe practices for our community members, the University is moving all aspects of learning activities, teaching, advising, tutoring, etc., to remote or virtual modes.
Access to academic and office buildings has changed as follows:
The Student Union remains open through keycard access from 7 AM to 7 PM every day, to accommodate the following:
(Area Directors are still available in the residences and on-call at 614-323-3282.)
With Capital’s roots firmly grounded in the Lutheran Church, we recognize the importance of maintaining worship opportunities and pastoral care.
We will offer online worship opportunities through Facebook Live to connect the current Capital community with alumni and partner networks: Wednesdays at 10 AM; Meditation and Mindfulness Tuesdays at 3 PM; and Candlelight Thursdays at 9:09 PM. Trinity Morning Prayer will continue as scheduled every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 10 AM.
Pastoral CareThis shift in schedule, including event cancellations and change in the delivery of education, brings with it increased anxiety among our community, especially within our undergraduate students. Pastor Drew Tucker will be available to meet and provide pastoral care, faith coaching, and a safe space for conversation. Email him or call or 919-370-0177.
Additionally, the three graduate student interns in Kerns Religious Life Center are available to help you process your feelings, reflect on your needs, and develop plans to manage this phase of life: Samantha DiBiaso, Mariah Mills and Jennie White.
University faculty and staff are to work remotely from home as roles and timing permit.
Center for Health and Wellness If you are symptomatic and need to access health services, call the Health Center prior to coming in for services, 614-236-6114.
Continued Evaluation The University’s emergency response team continues to evaluate risk and develop contingency plans, working directly with the Franklin County Public Health Department and following the guidelines of the CDC and local, state, and federal authorities.
We greatly appreciate your partnership in this important and urgent effort. We are committed to sustaining our core educational mission even in the face of this unexpected global health crisis, and we are confident that we can count on every member of our Capital community to work alongside us. We will continue to update you as more information emerges.
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While there is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19, people infected with the virus should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. If you suspect you have the coronavirus (sick with fever of 100.4°F/38°C or higher, cough or have trouble breathing), or you may have been exposed to the virus, seek medical care.
Call ahead before you go to Capital’s Center for Health and Wellness, a doctor’s office or the emergency room.
The CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus and to follow everyday actions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses, including:
Preventive Cleaning Measures
In addition to the University’s standard cleaning protocol, additional measures are being taken to help minimize the spread of germs as much as possible, including: enhanced cleaning schedules; priority cleaning of high-touch locations; stronger germ-fighting products; and sanitizing products distributed throughout campus.
International TravelWe are prohibiting all international University-related travel through the rest of the fiscal year (June 30, 2020). For additional information on student travel, please contact the Center for Global Education at 614-236-6170.
Domestic travel Through the rest of the fiscal year (June 30, 2020), University-related travel will be limited to business essential travel; travel is not recommended to U.S. areas experiencing widespread community outbreaks or to large events or conferences; exceptions to this policy must go through the area vice president.
The University administrative team is in regular contact with students who are currently traveling internationally. We are also monitoring the situation by working closely with our study abroad partner organizations. These students will be allowed to complete their studies.
The university is cancelling all events, either University-sponsored or on University property, through the end of July 2020.
Undergraduate Research Symposium, Student Art Exhibition and Honors Convocation Reimagined
The celebration of student learning and honors that occurs in the Undergraduate Research Symposium, Student Art Exhibition, and Honors Convocation will not be able to take place as currently planned. We are evaluating options, including alternative formats, and will communicate new plans as soon as they are available.
2020 Commencement PostponedThe University has made the difficult decision to postpone our May 2020 Commencement celebrations for Capital's Bexley Campus, Law School and Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Commencement is the culminating event in the life of the University, and it is an important event for graduates, as well as their families and friends, recognizing their hard work, success and achievement. We will continue to monitor the public health situation in the weeks ahead and work to schedule a time to celebrate this important milestone with students, their friends and family. Upon completion of credits, students will still earn their degree on time, and diplomas will be issued in May.
As we continue to receive guidance from Franklin County Public Health, Ohio Department of Public Health, and the CDC, we will keep you updated on the commencement ceremony and plans for rescheduling.
Cancellation of Spring Sport Seasons
Capital University and athletic department leadership have joined the leadership of the Ohio Athletic Conference and have collectively decided to cancel the remainder of the 2020 spring athletic season. Capital will end its spring sports effective immediately. The decision comes on the heels of state-wide and national announcements regarding the handling of COVID-19 (coronavirus) impacting the country and the globe.
Read the official statement of the OAC (PDF) (https://www.oac.org/MISC/COVID-19_2020/COVID-19.pdf)
Capital Athletics has canceled the remainder of its spring seasons including men’s and women’s lacrosse, golf, tennis, softball, baseball, and outdoor track & field. All of its nontraditional sports seasons have also suspended activity, effectively immediately.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has issued a statement that all winter and spring championships are canceled, effective immediately. The announcement comes as a result of national concern regarding the ongoing COVID-19 situation and impacts Capital University hosting and competing in national tournaments.
Read the official statement from NCAA.
The NCAA’s announcement ends Capital junior Josh Miller’s run toward an All-American finish at the 2020 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships held in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Capital was also set to host the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Final Four and the Beyond Sports Collegiate All-Star Game, presented by the WBCA. Those events have also been canceled.
Will the residence halls remain open? Can I stay in my residence hall? Can I return home if I choose?In consultation with Franklin County Public Health Department, Capital closed its traditional-style residence halls and requested that all students return to their primary residence. By the end of the weekend, these moves were completed and the number of students remaining in University housing was dramatically reduced.
Ohio's Stay-at-Home order necessitates additional safeguards. Out of an abundance of caution, the University has decided to close the College Avenue Residence Hall and the Trinity Suites, as few students remain in these locations and these residences lack complete kitchen facilities. Students living in these halls who are able to vacate campus have been asked to do so. Moreover, any remaining students who are able to return to their primary residence are asked to do so.
We realize that many students rely on University housing as their primary residence. We are committed to providing housing consistency for these students. Students who are unable to vacate campus, will be reassigned housing into an apartment or home in the neighborhood. All students who need to remain on campus have been asked to submit the “I Need to Stay” form at https:///capital.erezlife.com immediately.
Will housing selection still happen as scheduled?
The housing selection process is currently being evaluated by the Office of Residential and Commuter Life. Additional communication will occur once plans are finalized.
Will all of the food service options remain open?Ohio's Stay-at-Home order and the additional changes to University residences creates additional changes to dining services. With the closure of traditional residence halls and students returning to their primary residence, the University moved all campus dining services to One Main Café, between 7 AM and 7 PM daily. Dining services will be carry-out only. The Main Dining Room and Capital Grounds are closed for the remainder of the spring semester. The normal One Main Café menu, Starbucks and grab- and-go dining services will be available for the remaining residential students, faculty and staff.
Will academic buildings be open?
The Stay-at-Home order allows universities to continue activities needed to facilitate distance learning, perform critical research, or perform other essential functions, provided that social distancing is maintained. To help all members of our community comply with the order, and encourage safe practices for our community members, the University is moving all aspects of learning activities, teaching, advising, tutoring, etc., to remote or virtual modes.
What if I don't have a computer to access online learning?
Most classes will be offered through iLearn and Zoom. Any device, including desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone can be used to access online learning. If this poses a problem for you, please contact email@example.com so that we can help connect you with a device.
I have accommodations through the Office of Disability Services that would be impacted by online delivery, what should I do?
Contact the Office of Disability Services at firstname.lastname@example.org so they can assist you.
Will professors continue to have office hours?
While the University will continue its business operations, University faculty and staff will begin to work remotely from home as roles and timing permit. Faculty should be contacted via email. Face-to-face classes will be delivered in an online format.
How will this affect medical and counseling services?
The Center for Health and Wellness will continue to offer the full slate of services. If you are exhibiting symptoms and need to access health services, call the Health Center prior to coming in for services, 614-236-6114.
How will this affect my student employment?
As the University has moved most of its operations to remote delivery, many student workers have been affected by the loss of their student employment or by a reduction in their hours.
In order to support our student employees during these unforeseen circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Capital will provide a one-time stipend payment to each student employee who was working during the spring 2020 semester for lost work over the remaining five weeks of the semester (March 23 to April 24). To determine the amount of the stipend, the University will calculate an average of hours worked per week from each student employee’s actual hours worked during the four weeks prior to Spring Break (Jan. 27 to Feb. 21) and then apply that average for the remaining five weeks in the semester. The stipend will be paid on April 10, 2020.
Graduate assistants, teaching assistants, and others with previously scheduled stipends will continue to receive the balance of those payments for the duration of their assignment.
For those departments that require essential student employees to maintain optimal business operations, they will be permitted to allow student employees to work either on campus or remotely, with the approval of their vice president/provost. Any student who works during the remainder of the semester will receive their regular pay for their actual hours worked, in addition to the stipend that all spring semester student workers will receive.
Student workers are still limited to 19 working hours per week while completing their spring semester academic requirements. Student employees who continue to work are required to complete their own timesheets through WebAdvisor. Workers who do not complete a timesheet will not be paid. SUPERVISORS MUST REVIEW AND APPROVE ALL TIMESHEETS.
Will sporting events still be held? Capital Athletics has canceled the remainder of its spring seasons including men’s and women’s lacrosse, golf, tennis, softball, baseball, and outdoor track & field. All of its nontraditional sports seasons have also suspended activity, effectively immediately. More information is available in our March 12 Daily Update.
Will we still be able to do intramurals?
No. All university-sponsored events are canceled.
Will there be any student events? Does this include events hosted by student organizations and academic departments?
In an abundance of caution, no events sponsored by student organizations, academic departments, or university offices will be held on or off campus until the end of June. Some events may be held online or in alternative delivery formats.
Do I still attend my internship?
Yes. You should still attend unless your site is no longer operating.
Do I still attend my nursing clinical placement, student teaching assignment, or social work field placement? Clinical Nursing Placements, Student Teaching, and In-person Social Work Field Placements are suspended until the end of the semester. Social work field placements with remote capabilities will be permitted. The University will reevaluate the situation continuously. Students in these programs will receive additional details from their Deans and Department Chairs.
Will the Mezz and Capital Center workout facilities still be open? The Capital Center fitness areas and the Mezz fitness facility on campus are closed until further notice.
Will the Cap Cupboard remain open?
Cap Cupboard is moving to an appointment based model. Students can contact SCE staff at email@example.com or by DM-ing CapitalSCE on Instagram to set up a time to come in and grab a bag or pick up food in the Cap Cupboard in the Student Union.
Will I still register for classes at the end of March? How will I meet with my advisor?
Registration for fall 2020 courses will proceed as scheduled. Advising meetings will be held remotely. Many students and their families are already experiencing financial stress from the impact of COVID-19. We want to do what we can to alleviate that stress. With that in mind, students with unpaid account balances will not be prevented from registering for fall 2020 courses because of financial holds on their accounts. Students are still responsible for paying their balances, but they can register for next year now and will have until June 30 to settle their account.
Are we having commencement as planned? The University has made the difficult decision to postpone our May 2020 Commencement celebrations for Capital's Bexley Campus, Law School and Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Commencement is the culminating event in the life of the University, and it is an important event for graduates, as well as their families and friends, recognizing their hard work, success and achievement. We will continue to monitor the public health situation in the weeks ahead and work to schedule a time to celebrate this important milestone with students, their friends and family. Upon completion of credits, students will still earn their degree on time, and diplomas will be issued in May.
As we continue to receive guidance from Franklin County Public Health, Ohio Department of Public Health, and the CDC, we will keep you updated on the commencement ceremony and plans for rescheduling.
Will worship opportunities and pastoral care be available?
We will offer online worship opportunities through Facebook Live to connect the current Capital community with alumni and partner networks: Wednesdays at 10 AM; Meditation and Mindfulness Tuesdays at 3 PM; and Candlelight Thursdays at 9:09 PM. Trinity Morning Prayer will continue the week of March 23 as scheduled every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 10 AM.
When was the student confirmed with COVID-19 on campus last?
The student was on the Bexley campus briefly on March 16. The University has already completed enhanced cleaning in the few campus areas where the student last visited. This included the manual cleaning and disinfectant fogging of all entrances to these buildings, halls, stairways, elevators, classroom spaces and all solid surfaces, such as desks, tables, chairs and technology tools.
How will we know if we came into contact with this student?
The local health department oversees contact, investigation, and notification in cases of COVID-19 for individuals located in their jurisdiction. At this time, it does not seem that any Capital community members had recent close contact with the individual in question. If an individual needed to take protective actions, they would be contacted directly by the health department in accordance with standard public health principles. If you do not receive notification, then you are not deemed to have increased risk from exposure to this individual.
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