Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Last Update: March 25, 2020

Media have been reporting on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) since late in 2019. This respiratory illness that is based in Wuhan, China, has impacted thousands of people worldwide.

Cedarville University leaders are closely monitoring the situation in order to protect the campus community. We remain committed to keeping our community informed and safe, and will continue to provide updates and resources through this site.

Below are answers to commonly asked questions about the COVID-19 situation.

What is the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?

COVID-19 is an infectious respiratory disease caused by a new (novel) coronavirus that was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan, China.

What are the symptoms and complications that the coronavirus could cause?

Current symptoms reported for patients with the coronavirus have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing.

How does the Coronavirus spread?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person who are within approximately six feet of each other. The virus spreads via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes and their droplets either land in the mouths or noses of nearby people or are inhaled into their lungs. It may be possible that a person can get the virus by touching a surface that has the virus on it and touching their mouth or eyes before washing their hands. For more information, see the CDC page, How it Spreads.

How can I protect myself?

According to Dr. Zach Jenkins from the Cedarville University School of Pharmacy who is an expert in preventative steps for any communicable disease, the following steps should be followed on a daily basis, but especially during flu season:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with saliva, whether in your living or social environments.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
Additional information is available from the CDC.

What if I was in close proximity of someone who may have COVID-19?

• Take your temperature twice a day and remain alert for fever, coughs, or difficulty breathing.
• If you develop a fever, cough, or have difficulty breathing:

Students: You should immediately contact University Medical Services
Faculty and Staff: Contact your primary care physician via telephone or email.

What steps has Cedarville University taken to handle a possible case or outbreak of COVID-19 on campus?

Cedarville University prepares proactively for situations of this nature and has a campus pandemic preparedness and response plan in place that addresses prevention, care, communication, and safety measures as well as the many academic and student support implications that could arise in any situation like this.

Our team is continually reviewing this plan and is updating in light of the most recent Coronavirus data and communication available from the CDC as well as our local Greene County Health Department.

In accordance to advisories released by the office of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine on March 10, 2020, and out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and guests, Cedarville will transition to remote (online) delivery for all undergraduate and graduate education starting Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 27. All residential students are to be out of the residence halls by Friday, March 13, at 5 p.m. All non-athletic events planned on campus through Sunday, March 29, are canceled. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide additional guidance by March 25. See March 11 Update for further information.

Following the CDC’s issued guidelines requesting that all events consisting of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed until May 10, 2020, on March 20, 2020, Cedarville announced that we have made the difficult decision to continue in an online learning format for the remainder of the spring semester. All events on campus are canceled for the rest of the semester as well and Global Outreach summer trips will be either canceled or postponed. See March 20 Update for further information.

How does this affect campus visits?

Campus visits are temporarily suspended while Cedarville is in remote (online) course delivery mode, currently scheduled for March 16-27.  

As of March 20, campus visits are canceled for the remainder of spring semester.

Will commencement be affected?

Yes, unfortunately, commencement will have to be postponed. We are working on alternatives and will provide information as soon as we have it.

Has anyone at Cedarville University been infected?

As of March 23, there are no known cases of COVID-19 at Cedarville University.

When do students need to move belongings out of the residence halls?

To make the process most efficient and safe for our students, we have developed a move-out plan over a four-week period. Visit our move-out website to sign up for a move-out time and for specific instructions.

How do students get their mail or close their mailbox?

See the Postal Services move out guide for information. The Post Office will begin forwarding mail to students’ homes immediately.

What should students with off-campus leases do?

Students should work directly with their landlord.

Will flex card money purchased by commuters be refunded?

Yes, we are planning to refund.

With regard to move-out arrangements, can those traveling long distances spend the night when they come to clear out their room? Are hotel rooms open?

At this time, hotels remain open, including Hearthstone Inn in Cedarville. Contact residence life if there is a financial concern that makes this prohibitive for your family. There is no housing on campus.

Will students who were living in Harriman and South Halls (off-campus) receive room and board reimbursement?


What if a student struggles in the online learning format?

We are watching the transition to distance learning closely to make sure we maintain academic excellence in balance with student success. We have extended the opportunity to withdraw from a class until April 3 if a student is struggling. We will also be implementing a credit/no credit option for students who fear that they are not doing well in a class. No student will lose his or her financial aid for the 2020-21 academic school year as a result of poor academic performance in this spring 2020 term.

What about supplies for students who are enrolled in art classes?

Faculty have made arrangements for these needs. Please contact your faculty member or Professor Aaron Huffman (Department Chair) if you have questions.

When do students need to decide on taking a course as credit/no credit?

Students must make a request by Friday, April 24. Watch for additional information from the Vice President for Academics about this process.

When will decisions be made about fall study abroad trips?

We will review over the next several weeks and plan to make a decision by the end of April.

When will we learn more about plans for a future commencement?

Commencement and summer events will be determined by the end of April.

What are the plans for May term?

We will plan to go fully online. Decisions related to nursing clinicals are pending.

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