Coronavirus Information

Video Messages from President Jim Tressel

Past Messages

University Measures

In response to the global coronavirus outbreak, YSU has:

  • Begun delivering, all on-campus courses for the remainder of the Spring semester and for the Summer semester. That means face-to-face courses will not be held on campus; instead, they are being offered via alternative delivery methods. As a result, students will not need to come back to campus to complete the Spring or Summer semesters.
  • Cancelled all on-campus and university-sponsored indoor events and gatherings through May.
  • Suspended all university-sponsored travel, domestic as well as international, until further notice, unless deemed mission critical and approved by a vice president or associate vice president.
  • Spring Commencement which was to held on May 9 has been postponed with hopes that the ceremony can be held later in the summer. Graduates will still have their degrees conferred on May 9, and diplomas will be mailed a short time after.
  • A hotline through the Penguin Service Center has been established and is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Call 330.716.1855, 330.716.1895, 330.716.2167, 330.716.4452 or 330.716.0032 or email onestop@ysu.edu.

Students and employees should closely monitor their YSU email for updates.

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at YSU however, the state of Ohio has confirmed cases in the state. The university is in regular communication with city, county and state health officials.


FAQs

  • Is YSU closed?

    No, YSU is not closed. All on-campus courses will be delivered remotely for the remainder of the Spring semester, starting March 23. That means face-to-face courses will not be given on campus the rest of the semester; instead, they will be offered via alternative delivery methods now under development. As a result, students will not need to come back to campus to complete the Spring semester.

  • What about Spring Commencement on May 9?

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending against group events of 50 or more people at least for the next two months. YSU's Spring Commencement regularly attracts in excess of 5,000 family members and friends. In light of the CDC's recommendations and the continued uncertainty of the current situation, it is in everyone's best interest that YSU postpone the Spring Commencement ceremony. The hope is that the ceremony can be held later in the summer. You will be kept informed of those plans. In any case, graduates will still have their degrees conferred on May 9, and diplomas will be mailed a short time after.

  • As a student, can I still come to campus if there aren't any in-person classes?

    Minimizing the number of students on campus for the rest of the semester is a proactive step designed to prevent the spread of the disease and keep the campus community and region safe. All on-campus courses will be delivered remotely for the remainder of the Spring semester, starting March 23. That means face-to-face courses will not be given on campus the rest of this semester; instead, they will be offered via alternative delivery methods now under development. As a result, students will not need to come back to campus to complete the Spring semester.

Academics
  • How are faculty preparing to transition their classes to remote instruction?

    Under the leadership of the Office of Academic Affairs, staff and faculty from Distance Education, IT Customer Services and the Institute for Teaching and Learning have come together to form the Academic Continuity Team. ACT has been working non-stop to gather resources, technology, training and support to help faculty make the transition to online teaching. To help adjust as quickly as possible and to provide all the basic knowledge and skills for the transition, ACT has created a website and developed a variety of training and information opportunities, including a guide called "How to Effectively (and Quickly) Move Your Course Online," as well as in-person and virtual training sessions, in-person/phone/virtual consultation, Blackboard Ambassadors and Blackboard shells.

  • How can I complete my coursework remotely if I do not have the internet and/or a computer at home?

    In response to the remote learning needs of faculty, students and staff, YSU Information Technology Services is making a limited amount loaner equipment available as inventory allows. Four hundred laptops, along with a lesser number of headsets, webcams and mobile hotspots, will be available.

    An appointment-based "drive-up" process is being coordinated. Online reservations are necessary. If you have not filled out a technology needs survey and do not have what you need to teach, learn or work remotely, please complete the appropriate survey as soon as possible: Faculty Equipment Assessment / Student Device Survey /Staff Equipment Assessment. Survey respondents will be contacted by the IT Service Desk beginning this weekend to arrange an appointment for pickup.

  • What if my internet crashes?

    Technological issues are a legitimate concern and sometimes hard to avoid. This is another reason why working ahead is so important, it will give you a little time to get your work done or submitted if something goes wrong. Also, instead of working on an assignment in a web browser, work out of a Google Doc or Word document that you can periodically save. That way if something goes wrong when submitting or you lose internet, you will not have to start the assignment over.

  • What if I need help with my classes, is tutoring still available?

    While all face-to-face tutoring has been suspended, the university is working to move tutoring services online. The Center for Student Progress will be offering online support for all of the services offered, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m Monday – Thursday and 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, beginning March 23. For updates on all of these services as well as online learning support services visit the CSP online.

    • Academic Coaching: WebEx meetings to begin March 23. Coaches will send meeting invites to students. Students can also request academic coaching support online.
    • Supplemental Instruction: All SI leaders will offer group facilitated study sessions. Students in classes served by SI will receive a link to join the study sessions starting Monday, March 23.
    • Tutoring: Tutors will also offer WebEx appointments. Students with scheduled appointments with a tutor will continue with those appointments starting Monday, March 23. More information will be sent out this week. New appointments are still being accepted, request an appointment online.
    • Disability Services: With online learning, there may be different accommodations needs, please contact the CSP at: 330-941-1372 or via email at: cspds5@ysu.edu with questions and concerns.

    The Writing Center will be offering online services for the remainder of the semester through WCOnline. All previously existing face-to-face appointments were converted to online sessions. Students can schedule an online, synchronous appointment for 15-45 minutes during the Center's regular hours:
    Mon - Thurs: 9am-5pm
    Fri: 10am-1pm
    Sun: 4-7pm

    The Math Assistance Center is working to offer one-on-one and group tutoring sessions online for the remainder of the semester. The MAC will be in contact with students who currently have set appointments as information becomes available. Visit the MAC online for additional resources.

  • How do I take tests online? And, what if students cheat during online tests?

    Your professor will work out how best to administer tests, but reach out to them ahead of time if you have questions about what the format might look like and what is needed from you. You should also try to recreate a testing environment at home similar to the one you would have in class. Choose a quiet place, turn off the tv, leave your phone in another room and alert others in your house that you will be taking a test and need to be alone for a while.

    All policies pertaining to academic integrity and dishonesty are still in place. As such, there are still consequences for violating these policies.

  • If we're not in a classroom, how am I supposed to ask a question or get help?

    Work ahead so if you get stuck or do have questions, you have time to email your professor and they have time to respond. Additionally, take advantage of any virtual office hours your professor offers. Though it may seem a little awkward at first, it may be faster (and less confusing) to get your questions answered over the phone or via a video call. Remember, faculty want to help you! You just need to reach out.

  • What if I ask for help and my professor deosn't respond right away?

    Faculty members are expected to respond to student inquiries within 48 hours, if you don’t hear back right away, be patient. Faculty members are also working hard to make this transition. However, the volume of emails during this time is increasing, so if you are getting concerned about a response, feel free to reach out again in case a message was missed. 

  • With all the changes this semester, what if I want to drop a class with a 'W'? Or change to credit/no credit? What's the last day for an 'I'?

    Last day to drop a course and receive a W is April 24, 2020

    • Last day to drop with W for the full term, second 8 week and second 7 week has been moved to April 24, 2020
    • Student will be able to withdraw via the Penguin Portal
    • For help with registration changes please contact onestop@ysu.edu.

    Last day to change grading option is April 24, 2020

    • Last day to change a grading option from traditional (letter grade) to credit no credit is Friday, April 24, 2020
    • No limit on how many courses can be changed to the credit/no credit option
    • Some restrictions may apply based on program accreditation requirements
    • All requests will be reviewed and approved by the University before the University makes the change in the system for you
    • Students will receive an email stating if the change request was approved or denied
    • The request can be made via the Penguin Portal or here: Change Grade Options for Spring

    Last day to complete an “I” for spring semester – December 14, 2020

    • Last day to complete an incomplete for spring has been moved from September 1 to December 14
    • The extention allows additional time for students to complete spring coursework
    • Check with your instructor to see if this may be an option
  • If I were to change to credit/no credit will it affect my scholarships?

    Students must speak with their advisor prior to accepting the credit/no credit option. Depending on your specific situation and goals, it may or may not be a good idea. We are still working out the details by which students will use this option. You have time to decide. The deadline for the decision is April 24, 2020. From a Financial Aid perspective as long as students receive credit, their scholarship renewal eligibility will not be impacted. As long as you receive credit from the credit, no credit option, you will maintain satisfactory academic progress.

  • What about this summer, will YSU be offering classes? Will they be in-person or online?

    Yes, YSU will continue to offer summer classes however, all classes will be delivered through remote learning during the summer. We will continue to evaluate how we can offer clinical experiences, practica, graduate research, and similar face-to-face experiences during the summer term and second summer semester. If you have questions about specific courses, please contact your department or your academic advisor. Registration for summer should open at the beginning of April as originally scheduled.

  • How do I keep motivated, stay on track with assignments and due dates, and manage not having a “defined” schedule?

    If you find yourself losing steam, use the buddy system! Reach out to a trusted friend, family member, faculty member, or staff member who can help nudge you along and give you a pep talk when you need it.

    To stay on track, first, make sure to familiarize yourself with all revised syllabi for your courses. From there, figure out what works for you. You might want to keep a physical planner or a Google calendar, use sticky notes, or something else that keeps you on track. Also try to connect with peers in your class who can help remind you of upcoming assignments.

    Since you already had a class schedule, stick to that – study for each class at the time it was scheduled. Or, create a defined schedule for yourself! Decide what time you want to wake up, get dressed, get set up in your designated study space (not your bed!) and set aside so many hours each day to work on school. There are many free and premium web resources that can assist in getting organized.

Financial Information
  • Will I receive a refund of my tuition and fees?

    Because YSU moved to remote instruction for the remainder of spring semester, you will receive a pro-rated refund of the general fee, health center fee and parking/transportation fee that appeared on your spring 2020 tuition bill. Because instruction continues remotely, there will not be a refund of the instructional fee or lab fees.

  • If I am on a scholarship, will I get a refund?

    You will only be refunded a portion of fees that were paid out-of-pocket or via personal loans. Students cannot be refunded any portion of fees that were covered by financial aid from the University, the YSU Foundation or another third party.

  • How was my refund calculated?

    Because remote instruction began mid-way through the spring semester, your refund will reflect a pro-rated portion of the general fee, health center fee and parking/transportation fee that appeared on your spring 2020 tuition bill. (The details of the pro-rata calculation are under development.)

  • Will I receive a room and board refund?

    If you lived in a YSU residence hall and have moved out of your room, you will receive a pro-rated refund of room and board in the same manner as the tuition refund described above.

  • Will I receive a refund if I move out of my apartment-style housing?

    After consulting with our Housing office and our public-private partners, the decision has been made that we will be unable to refund and/or set aside our lease agreements, including Courtyard Apartments and other private apartments around campus, i.e. the Edge, Enclave and Flats.

    Unlike our university dormitory-style residences, campus apartments offer the privacy of bedrooms and bathrooms suitable in these times of social distancing. The biggest reality we face regarding our campus apartments is the significant investment, risk and debt that has accompanied the building of these facilities. YSU still has significant debt service on the Courtyard Apartments.

    In the early 2000s, our student body strongly encouraged the university to invest in apartment-style living that would create a more private, attractive and independent lifestyle. In addition, students living in such apartments would not need to purchase a meal plan, saving money.  Beginning in 2010, students requested even more apartment-living options and other campus amenities, which eventually resulted in the YSU Barnes and Noble bookstore, the new Chipotle restaurant and the new Mercy Health Clinic on Wick Avenue. We also sought outside investors for additional apartment projects, and we were fortunate that three such investors took the risk and invested heavily in building The Flats, Erie Terminal, The Edge and The Enclave apartments. Through their investments and belief in YSU, the campus has thrived and the downtown enhanced. As is the case all over the nation, these investors are unable to financially sustain if they were to consider refunds on their properties. While we are aware that his may create some individual hardships, for the good of the future of our campus, this is the direction we must take. Please keep in touch with your property managers if you have particular situations at hand.

Housing & Dining Information
  • What do I do if I live in a residence hall?

    Minimizing the number of students on campus for the rest of the semester is a proactive step designed to prevent the spread of the disease and keep the campus community and region safe. The university is currently establishing a fair and equitable way to offer refunds/credits for University House students in Cafaro, Lyden, Kilcawley, Wick and Weller. Please know that students who need to stay in housing will be accommodated.

    In order to comply with the Governor’s “stay at home” order, the University is not allowing any students to come to campus to retrieve items left in their residence hall rooms. Students who were not able to move out fully, or who left items in the halls when they moved out, will be able to return once this order is lifted. At this time, the order has been extended from April 6 to April 30. We will continue to update this information if the order is extended again.

    Email housing@ysu.edu for any questions related to move out or needing to stay on campus.

  • Are there available dining options on campus? If so, where?

    At this time, operations at both Chick-Fil-A and the Christman Dining Commons have been temporarily suspended. An alternate plan is in place to make sure that students are fed and have the necessary food supplies during this time.

    The Chick-Fil-A dining room is serving as a food pick-up area. All meals are prepared and refrigerated onsite for pick-up. The meals can either be taken back to the student's room and refrigerated or heated in a microwave. Additionally, single serve, individually-wrapped, and continental items are also be available for pick-up, including bottled beverages. If you have a meal plan, you will be able to use that for these meals.

    YSU is asking that you visit Chick-Fil-A daily, or as needed, between 10:00 am - 2:00 pm by entering under the Chick-Fil-A awning/Northside Entrance. Staff from both Chartwells Dining Services and Housing & Residence Life will be available to assist you there. Please note, in compliance with the Governor’s request, we will be limiting the number of people entering the dining room at one time, so please be patient and prepared if you need to wait outside.

Student Employment
  • As a student, can I still come to work?

    YSU is asking all employees, including student employees* to engage in remote work if possible, a detailed email was sent to all student employees. Supervisors will be in touch with job specific information. The University will continue to assess the situation as more information becomes available.

    *The only exception to this, as of today, are students whose position immediately impacts the physical well-being of other students and can only be carried out on campus, and students whose work involves continuing research that can only be conducted in a laboratory.

Campus Services Information
  • Can I still pick up my pay check?

    As of March 18, the Payroll Window in Jones Hall is closed indefinitely. All employees are strongly encouraged to sign up for direct deposit here. If you do not select direct deposit, your paper pay check will be mailed to your address on file the business day prior to payday.

  • Is Campus Rec open?

    The Andrews Student Recreation and Wellness Center remains closed until further notice. All programs are cancelled. Contact Ryan McNicholas at ramcnicholas@ysu.edu with program questions. All faculty, staff, alumni, and affiliate memberships are extended based on university closure policy. Contact Amanda Reardon at akreardon@ysu.edu with membership questions. Equipment reservations are suspended. Contact Joe Conroy at jcconroy@ysu.edu with equipment questions.

  • What about Kilcawley Center?

    All programs hosted by Kilcawley Center are cancelled through May, including all on-campus events hosted by student organizations, campus departments and sponsored events hosted by student organizations or campus departments. Additionally, all events booked by external off-campus groups are cancelled. The Center is closed until further notice. Questions or concerns, email Vaughn Myers at vlmyers@ysu.edu.

  • Can I still go to Wick Primary Care?

    Mercy Health - Wick Primary Care at YSU is now a flu location. Individuals with symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, or body aches are directed to go to one of the following locations:

    Mercy Health Flu Locations
    Current hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 7 days/week
    Mercy Health – Wick Primary Care
    330 Wick Ave
    Youngstown, OH
    855-884-7150
    Eisenhower Primary Care
    7341 Eisenhower Dr.
    Youngstown, OH 44512
    330-726-1138
    Parkman Primary Care
    1455 Parkman Rd. NW
    Warren, OH 44485
    330-394-3816

    As of March 25, in order to meet the needs of YSU students, Mercy Health has also transferred all student health services back to Wick Primary Care. As this site is still a flu clinic, it is critical that students call (330) 747-4660 first.

  • I am feeling anxious and worried, who can I turn to? What if I know someone else who might need help?

    Student Counseling Service
    Student Counseling Services is no longer meeting with students in person however, services are available by phone at 330-941-3737, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm. If you are in crisis or want to set up an Assessment and Referral phone appointment, please call. If you have a mental health emergency or crisis during non-business hours or over the weekend, call 330-941-3737 and after the brief message press 1 to speak with a mental health professional.

    Student Outreach and Support
    Individuals concerned about a member of the campus community should continue to submit a Person of Concern form as appropriate. Additional information regarding "red flags" and frequently asked questions can be found online.

  • Is the Penguin Shuttle still operating?

    Shuttle service will remain on break schedule. The Walmart shuttle will continue to run Friday 3:30 – 7 p.m., 2 shuttles; and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1 shuttle.

  • Is the YSU Bookstore still open?

    The YSU Bookstore is closed until further notice. Most bookstore services, such as buying books, returning rentals and ordering school spirit products, are still available online with free shipping options.

    In support of student success, YSU Bookstore has joined with VitalSource to provide free access to digital textbooks through the remainder of the Spring 2020 term. Students should visit bookshelf.vitalsource.com and login or create an account with their YSU email address. The YSU Bookstore is also offering our students free access to online self-tutoring and writing resources via www.bartleby.com. Through June 15, students will have access to 10 free step by steps solutions and tutoring, per month, from bartleby learn, as well as free premium access to a 24/7 virtual writing center through bartleby write.

Faculty Information
  • Are synchronous courses allowed?

    Synchronous courses are permitted as long as (1) the synchronous course has all information needed by the student recorded and/or available online outside of the synchronous class time and (2) that although students are held responsible for the material delivered during the synchronous sessions, students are not penalized for not attending the synchronous portion of the course. Reminder that federal law requires that online teaching must include “regular and substantive interaction” with students.

    Record your lecture using Blackboard Collaborate (Video TutorialWeb Tutorial), WebEx Meetings and Teams (PDF TutorialWeb Tutorial), or Screencast-o-matic (PDF Tutorial). Annotate your PowerPoint slides or record a voice-over as you go through your slides (PDF Tutorial).

    Webex can record and be used to create lecture capture videos and to host synchronous virtual meetings. To allow for academic equity, these sessions can be recorded. Webex recordings autogenerate a transcript. As such, faculty members would not have to type the transcript themselves - it is automatically created. If other means are being used to create videos, like screencast-o-matic, or through a video taken with a phone or iPad, videos can be uploaded to Microsoft Stream. Microsoft Stream is an application within our Office 365 tools that is a streaming platform where students can easily watch the videos on any device. When you upload a video to Stream it automatically creates a transcript making the videos ADA accessible. Blackboard Collaborate does not generate a transcript but has many other great features.

  • When is finals week?

    Spring semester 2020 is considered to be completed on Saturday, May 9, 2020. Faculty may use finals week (May 4- May 9) at their discretion for either additional instruction or for final exams. If a final exam is required, the final exam schedule should be followed.

  • What about students with a disability?

    Associate Director Gina McGranahan has reached out to all students registered with Disability Services and individually contacted faculty members who may have students directly impacted by changing to online learning. Faculty members should check their YSU emails for updated accommodations that may be needed due to the change to an online environment. Faculty members with questions about Disability Services should visit the updated Disability Services website. This site contains specific Q&A information related to online learning environments for students with registered disabilities. For additional questions contact Gina by email at cspds5@ysu.edu or by phone at 330.941.2090.

    Note from Becky Varian, director of the Center for Student Progress: The Rapid Response Plan could also be enacted if a student needs something transcribed or other accommodations. According to our EIT Accessible Standards document: If a student, faculty, or staff person discloses a disability and needs accessible content after a semester has started, the university has a Rapid Response Plan in place to assist the instructor for 10 business days while the instructor finds a permanent solution. During times such as these, it may be necessary to use this plan more frequently.

    Contact Varian for assistance with transcriptions, 330-941-1450.

  • Are university meetings taking place, including Academic Senate?

    All University, College and Departmental meetings will be held through WebEX until further notice. There will be no face-to-face meetings.

    Academic Senate has cancelled all meetings of the larger Senate body for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. The Executive Committee will act on behalf of the body to maintain the Senate’s effective operation in matters of immediate importance to the academic environment and shared governance. Issues considered by the Committee to be non-critical in nature will be held until the Fall semester. The Executive Committee advises that chairs may conduct meetings deemed to be necessary, but these meetings should be conducted remotely (e.g., via WebEx, Zoom, etc.).  Reports/minutes from these committee meetings should be submitted to Carol Lamb (cmlamb@ysu.edu) and Chet Cooper (crcooper01@ysu.edu). The Executive Committee requests that current departmental senators retain their position until new elections can be held in the Fall.  For those departments who have already elected new representatives for the next academic year or wish to change their representative, contact Chet Cooper (crcooper01@ysu.edu) with the name of the new senator.  For at-large senators, the Committee also requests that current college representatives retain their position until the fall elections.  Should an individual wish to step down, again, please notify Cooper.

  • What about online proctoring?

    Online Proctoring through Examity can be accessed through DE services Examity is a proctoring service that requires students to have a webcam to take their test. Students have to provide ID authentication and show a video of the room they are located in. Before using Examity, you need to ensure that all students in your course have access to a computer with a webcam. If they do not, there are options through Blackboard for randomized questions, timed questions, and other steps you can take to reduce cheating on your exams. Schedule a consult with ACT if you need any guidance. If you would like to continue with proctoring through Examity, please send an email to iddc@ysu.edu.

  • What about student and chair evaluations?

    Student evaluations of instructors will not occur for the remainder of Spring 2020. Any first 7- or 8-week session evaluations will be considered valid. Also, an MOU is currently being worked on to extend deadlines for chairperson evaluations of faculty members and governance documents.

Employee Information
  • Should I be coming to work on campus?

    In order to comply with Governor DeWine’s directives to achieve social distancing and assist with preventing the spread of the Coronavirus, yet at the same time maintain our critical function and teach on-line, remote work is the most desired work arrangement for YSU employees for now. However, some employees may be required to work on campus to perform critical work. This should be done on a very limited basis. On campus work will need to be reviewed by the President, through the Vice Presidents and Associate Vice Presidents.

    Visit WORKING REMOTELY for more information.

  • Can I get into my building if I need to?

    While the buildings and campus remain OPEN, it has been decided to lock the exterior doors to campus buildings and have them remain locked in order to increase the safety for the building occupants who remain and to protect university assets. Individuals without a key may contact the YSU Police Dispatch at (330) 941-3527 to be admitted to their building.

Office of Admission Information
  • I am supposed to be starting at YSU this Fall, how does all of this impact me?

    The university has announced that all summer orientation programs will be held in a virtual manner. Planning has begun and virtual orientations will start with the first orientation on May 27th. While all decisions aren't finalized, here is what can be expected:

    • All students can expect to receive information online in advance of their orientation date, as well as to participate live in portions of the program on the date they have registered for in our system.
    • The program will be engaging, interactive, and include ways to learn about campus and their classmates.
    • YSU is committed to making sure the Class of 2024 has a successful transition to campus and can integrate in to campus life as well as the classes before them.
    • Incoming students will be connected with an Orientation Leader and have a peer to help guide them throughout the entire summer.
Travel Information
  • Are YSU students still studying abroad?

    As of March 2, YSU had canceled all spring 2020 and proposed summer 2020 field courses to China, South Korea and Italy. As of March 12, 2020, the International Programs Office at YSU has recalled all students studying anywhere overseas. All university-sponsored travel is suspended until further notice.

  • What should I do if I just returned from studying abroad?

    As a member of the YSU community (faculty, staff or student) you are required to self-report information on ANY travel, domestic OR international (excluding within Ohio, Western Pennsylvania or Northern West Virginia) within the past 14 days and moving forward, to the university prior to returning to campus.

    If you are returning or have returned from international travel after March 6th, YSU is requiring that you complete the YSU Post Travel Screening form as soon as possible. You must complete the screening in order to return to campus.

  • Is YSU allowing travel within the United States?

    As of March 10, 2020 all university-sponsored travel, domestic as well as international, is suspended until further notice, unless deemed mission critical and approved by a vice president or associate vice president.

  • What is the University's position on independent travel abroad by YSU faculty, staff and students?

    While YSU's policies do not regulate personal travel for employees or students, anyone planning to travel internationally are strongly encouraged to carefully consider their plans. Based on recommendations provided by Governor DeWine, if you are returning or have returned from international travel after March 6th, YSU is requiring that you complete the YSU Post Travel Screening form as soon as possible. You must complete the screening in order to return to campus. Anyone traveling should monitor travel advisories from the U.S. Department of State and the CDC, which continue to evolve rapidly.

Virus Information
  • What is COVID-19 coronavirus?

    COVID-19 coronavirus is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. With symptoms similar to the common cold and influenza, the coronavirus may present with fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The CDC believes that symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or up to 14 days after exposure. At this time, the CDC considers this a serious public health concern but, based on current information, the immediate health risk from a coronavirus to the general American public is considered low. For additional information visit the CDC website.

  • How does COVID-19 coronavirus spread?

    COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person. The CDC recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.

    The decision on when to release someone from isolation is made on a case-by-case basis in consultation with doctors, infection prevention and control experts, and public health officials and involves considering specifics of each situation including disease severity, illness signs and symptoms, and results of laboratory testing for that patient.

    Current CDC guidance for when it is OK to release someone from isolation is made on a case by case basis and includes meeting all of the following requirements:

    • The patient is free from fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.
    • The patient is no longer showing symptoms, including cough.
    • The patient has tested negative on at least two consecutive respiratory specimens collected at least 24 hours apart.

    Someone who has been released from isolation is not considered to pose a risk of infection to others.

  • What is community spread?

    Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.


Campus Communications

  • April 7, 2020 (3:00 p.m.): Message from the Pollock House

    Fellow Penguins,

    To heed Gov. DeWine’s “Stay at Home” mandate, we have asked our Communications team to do that – stay home and don’t come to the Pollock House today to produce our weekly Facebook/YouTube livestream. Instead, we’ll update you the old fashioned way – the written word.

    We hope you are staying well and working hard on your studies in these unprecedented times. So far, 2020 has certainly been a challenge for us all. With that, we bring you these 20 reminders/updates.

    1. Refunds: We talked last week at some length about plans to refund students for some of their costs for this Spring semester. Some housing refunds have already been processed, and the remaining ones are to be processed today, along with the partial refund of the general fee, parking fees and health center fees. Students set up for direct deposit can expect to receive the refund as early as Wednesday, though it may take a few days to post, depending upon your bank. For those not on direct deposit, checks will be mailed on Thursday. Questions to the Bursar’s Office at accounts@ysu.edu.
    2. Questions: Speaking of which, the Penguin Service Center is ready to help find the answers to any questions you may have during this unique remote semester. Email onestop@ysu.edu.
    3. Kudos to YOU, as well as our faculty and our IT staff, for the launch of our new remote teaching/learning environment. Please stay in touch with your faculty member – every one of them is committed to your success.
    4. Help! Need assistance with one of your classes? The Center for Student Progress is working remotely to help with tutors, academic coaches and a full slate of assistance. Visit the CSP online.
    5. More help! In this difficult, uncertain time, the professionals in the YSU Student Counseling Services are here to listen and help. Call 330-941-3737.
    6. Keep workin’: We are committed to ensuring that every one of our student employees who want to work, can work. Questions, studentemployment@ysu.edu.
    7. Summer: Remote learning/teaching is being extended through the summer semester. Registration for both summer and fall is now open.
    8. Newbies. All orientation programs for new Penguins will be held in a virtual manner, without coming to campus, starting with the first orientation on May 27. Students will receive information online with instructions on how to participate. We look forward to “seeing” all of you. E-mail orientation@ysu.edu or call 330-941-2131.
    9. Financial aid. FA staff is available to answer questions and conduct appointments by phone. Here are the numbers: 330-718-0087, 330-718-9903, 330-718-0331, 330-718-0120 and 330-718-9812. Questions and general information specific to student and parent loans can be sent to ysufinaid@ysu.edu. (A detailed memo concerning FA will be emailed later this week.)
    10. Student Activities: Student Government election polls are open 8 a.m. Thursday, April 9, until 5 p.m. Friday, April 10. All currently registered students will receive an email notification and can vote online via the Penguin Portal. Watch the SGA Presidential Debate. ALSO, Student Activities is planning to celebrate the Annual Student Awards in a virtual setting on Thursday, April 30.
    11. Take a break from your studies and relax with a performance from the talented students and faculty via C3= Cliffe Creative Connections, a new virtual arts series.
    12. Take another break: On last week’s livestream, we asked viewers to share a song that has been their “go to” for these challenging times. Here they are. Enjoy!
    13. Y and Proud I: Gov. Mike DeWine gave a shout out to YSU on Friday, April 3, by wearing a YSU tie at his daily press conference and also in a CNN national interview. YSU grad, Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health, also proudly displayed a “Y” pin on her lab coat at the press conference. Go Penguins!
    14. Y and Proud II:  YSU is in the thick of the coronavirus fight as a team of faculty, working with physicians and nurses at Mercy Health Youngstown, have designed a filtration cartridge that could help address the shortage of personal protection equipment. Congrats to Darrell Wallace, Brian Vuksanovich and the rest of the team. The 3D-printed device is now under review by the National Institutes of Health’s Print Exchange. Keep up the good work.
    15. Y and Proud III: Congratulations to Dragana Crnjak, associate professor of Art, and Lit Youngstown on receiving a grant to install a mural along Andrews Avenue in downtown Youngstown. The mural, which will be designed by YSU students, will be an uplifting and beautiful thing to see once we are on the other side of this pandemic.
    16. Y and Proud IV: Students in our campus media took home 17 – that’s SEVENTEEN – awards in the national Society of Collegiate Journalists contest, including three students who captured first place prizes. And Jambar TV, which debuted just this past fall, earned first place in the Television News Show Overall Excellence category. Congrats to all.
    17. Y and Proud V:Congrats to senior Emily Henline, named a scholar in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, considered to be one of the most widely recognized and prestigious scholarships in the world. And also to junior Alexandra Ballow, selected for the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, a premiere national award for undergraduate students in the fields of mathematics, science and engineering. Way to go!
    18. Y and Proud VI: Thanks to the dozens of people in our colleges, university divisions and academic programs who have donated thousands of gloves, masks, goggles, surgical gowns and ventilators to area health care agencies to assist in the ongoing battle against this COVID-19 foe.
    19. Y and Proud VII: A thousand thanks also to all of our alums who are “On the Frontlines” of this battle, including Nursing alums Kayleigh Sciulli, Kimmy Muccio, Jayme Ritchie and Gulay Toslu at Trumbull Regional Medical Center; YSU alum and respiratory manager at Mercy Health Steven Pavlak; and YSU alum Chelsea Freeman, now a social worker with the North Ridgeville City School District. These were the first individuals included in the new weekly “On the Frontlines” feature developed by our Division of University Relations.
    20. In conclusion: As we witness the dedication and persistence of healthcare workers, supply chain providers, scientists, government leaders and all of the millions around the world who are taking on the battle during this horrible pandemic, we also understand more than ever the power and importance of higher education. We will provide the scientists that create the vaccine, the workers that provide the care, and the thinkers that lead and solve the problems and create the solutions.

    Stay Strong…Work Hard…Together Penguins Will Fly!

    Go YSU,

    Ellen and Jim Tressel

  • April 3, 2020 (4:30 p.m.): Summer Courses Announcement

    Fellow Penguins,

    I hope you are well during these difficult times. We wanted to let you know that we have made the decision to continue to deliver all classes through remote learning during the summer terms.

    We will continue to evaluate how we can offer clinical experiences, practica, graduate research, and similar face-to-face experiences during the summer term and second summer semester. If you have questions about specific courses, please contact your department or your academic advisor.

    Registration for Summer classes will still open Monday, April 6 as scheduled.

    Sincerely,

    Brien N. Smith
    Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

  • March 30, 2020 (6:45 p.m.): Financial Questions Answered

    Fellow Penguins,

    Thank you all for your terrific efforts in adjusting to our remote teaching and learning environment. You, the faculty and our tireless IT staff have certainly made us all Y and Proud.

    There have been many very good questions recently relating to financial matters, particularly student refunds. After significant discussion with our Finance team and others, we have put together the following Q&A to help answer those questions.

    Thank you for your understanding. With continued diligence for social distancing over the next few months, we will get through this and be back together to enjoy the campus environment that so many have helped create.

    Stay well, be safe and Go Penguins,
    James P. Tressel, President


    1. Q: Will I receive a refund of my tuition and fees?
      A: Because YSU moved to remote instruction for the remainder of spring semester, you will receive a pro-rated refund of the general fee, health center fee and parking/transportation fee that appeared on your spring 2020 tuition bill. Because instruction continues remotely, there will not be a refund of the instructional fee or lab fees. 
    2. Q: If I am on a scholarship, will I get a refund?
      A: You will only be refunded a portion of fees that were paid out-of-pocket or via personal loans. Students cannot be refunded any portion of fees that were covered by financial aid from the University, the YSU Foundation or another third party.
    3. Q: How was my refund calculated?
      A: Because remote instruction began mid-way through the spring semester, your refund will reflect a pro-rated portion of the general fee, health center fee and parking/transportation fee that appeared on your spring 2020 tuition bill. (The details of the pro-rata calculation are under development.)
    4. Q: When will I receive my refund?
      A: It is our goal to issue refunds during the first week of April.
    5. Q: If I still owe a balance on my tuition bill, will I get a refund?
      A: If you have a balance due, your refund will be reduced by the amount owed.
    6. Q: Will I receive a room and board refund?
      A: If you lived in a YSU residence hall and have moved out of your room, you will receive a pro-rated refund of room and board in the same manner as the tuition refund described above.
    7. Q: If I received a scholarship or award that paid toward my housing, will I get a housing refund?
      A: You will only be refunded a portion of fees that were paid out-of-pocket or via personal loans. Students cannot be refunded any portion of fees that were covered by financial aid from the University, the YSU Foundation or another third party.
    8. Q: Will I receive a refund if I move out of my apartment-style housing?
      A: After consulting with our Housing office and our public-private partners, the decision has been made that we will be unable to refund and/or set aside our lease agreements, including Courtyard Apartments and other private apartments around campus, i.e. the Edge, Enclave and Flats.
      Unlike our university dormitory-style residences, campus apartments offer the privacy of bedrooms and bathrooms suitable in these times of social distancing. The biggest reality we face regarding our campus apartments is the significant investment, risk and debt that has accompanied the building of these facilities. YSU still has significant debt service on the Courtyard Apartments.
      In the early 2000s, our student body strongly encouraged the university to invest in apartment-style living that would create a more private, attractive and independent lifestyle. In addition, students living in such apartments would not need to purchase a meal plan, saving money.  Beginning in 2010, students requested even more apartment-living options and other campus amenities, which eventually resulted in the YSU Barnes and Noble bookstore, the new Chipotle restaurant and the new Mercy Health Clinic on Wick Avenue. We also sought outside investors for additional apartment projects, and we were fortunate that three such investors took the risk and invested heavily in building The Flats, Erie Terminal, The Edge and The Enclave apartments. Through their investments and belief in YSU, the campus has thrived and the downtown enhanced. As is the case all over the nation, these investors are unable to financially sustain if they were to consider refunds on their properties. While we are aware that his may create some individual hardships, for the good of the future of our campus, this is the direction we must take. Please keep in touch with your property managers if you have particular situations at hand.
  • March 26, 2020 (12:30 p.m.): Helping Penguin-to-Penguin

    Fellow Penguins,

    My thanks again to everyone for your hard work and perseverance in transitioning more than 2,500 of our face-to-face classes to fully online, in less than two weeks. Kudos to all for your part in allowing our students to continue to pursue success here at YSU during this difficult period.

    As all of you are keenly aware, many of our students face significant financial hardships and struggle mightily, even in good times. Those difficulties have only worsened during this time of global crisis. Many have lost their jobs and are having a hard time just meeting their basic needs.

    That’s why the YSU Foundation has started the Penguin-to-Penguin giving campaign to provide our most vulnerable students with up to $500 for housing, car repairs, medical bills, food, toiletries, etc.

    With your help and generosity, we hope to raise $50,000 in the next 90 days. Your contribution, of any size, is appreciated and will greatly assist the continued success of our neediest students.

    Please give online and encourage others to make a gift as well.

    Meanwhile, keep up the good work. We are all certainly Y and Proud of your commitment to our students during this period. Please keep safe, be well and – as always – Go Penguins,

    Jim Tressel
    President

    #guintoguin

  • March 23, 2020 (11 a.m.): ITS Update

    INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES UPDATE

    YSU App Cloud

    appcloud.ysu.edu
    YSU Information Technology Services (ITS) is pleased to announce that the majority of the software utilized in YSU Computer Labs is now available virtually in the new YSU App Cloud via Microsoft Azure with associated access instructions. If faculty discover that software needed for a course is not currently available, please enter an IT service request. We encourage students to address their needs with their instructor.

    Many commonly used applications such as the Office 365 suite, Blackboard and the Penguin Portal are accessible using your internet browser. Likewise, other software available directly for download to students’ personal computers are posted here.

    Users with work that requires a secure connection to the University (such as Banner Admin Pages) can utilize new VPN software called “Penguin Connect”.  Installation of the VPN software requires administrative (admin) privileges.  If you have a YSU provided device and do not have admin privileges, please contact the IT Service Desk for assistance.

      Finally, for some faculty and staff, Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) may be needed to remotely log into their YSU desktop computer from a remote location for a similar experience to being in the office. Cases where this is required will need to have the new Penguin Connect VPN client installed as a prerequisite.

    Remote Learning Hardware Distribution

    Every faculty member, student or staff member who completed a Technology Needs Survey has been contacted via email to confirm their need. If you have not done so already, please respond to confirm. Additional communications will follow to arrange for pickup.

    IT Service Desk Hours

    Reminder: The IT Service Desk has instituted extended hours starting today, Monday, March 23. Until further notice, the IT Service Desk will be available seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Please either log a support request on-line or call 330-941-1595 to report any issues.

  • March 20, 2020 (4 p.m.): Students: You’ve got this, you are not alone!

    Dear YSU Student,

    As we approach the end of this extended spring break, we hope you are adjusting to the many changes we have had to respond to over the last couple weeks. Our faculty members, administrators and support staff have been working diligently around the clock to prepare for the remainder of Spring semester, which will be delivered online beginning Monday, March 23.

    What follows are messages gathered from your faculty and staff and administrators, who have spent a greater part of the past week thinking about you.

    You are not alone.  We are Penguins.  Penguins stick together.

    It’s okay to be unsure of how this will go.  That doesn’t mean it won’t go well!  It just means we’re unsure.  The past several weeks have been challenging for all - students, faculty, staff, as well as our families wherever they may be across the globe.

    We know this is not just about classes.  Many of our students are expressing fear of the unknown, disappointment in how their senior year will close, and a sense of isolation from their friends.  We will learn as we go how to stay connected. 

    Faculty, staff, and administrators understand that this is a big change for you.  We are listening to your concerns and have put into place at the institution, division and program levels resources to help you navigate our new reality. We know you need open lines of communication and continued support.  Academic Senate passed new policies in response to challenges and issues you may encounter. We are continuously assessing your feedback and working on ways to offer support.

    You’ve got this!  You are smart, strong, and supported.  You’re not alone.  And a big part of the success equation is you.  Preparation is foundational for your success Therefore, before online classes launch on Monday, we want you to review some practical advice, answers to frequently asked questions and tips you can do now to prepare for classes next week.

    Practical advice for right now

    1. Create the physical space where you will study and think about your ideal times for doing coursework.
    2. Schedule the time, and set it aside. It's okay to be a morning person, a night owl, or something in between - you do you!
    3. Click here to make sure your device is Blackboard compatible. While there, you can check out links and videos to help you navigate Blackboard if you have not used it extensively.
    4. Login to Blackboard and see what your faculty members have added. Click around and become familiar with how each course is arranged.
    5. Assess your software. Do you have the basic programs you will need to complete your courses?
    6. YSU offers Microsoft Office 365 at no charge to students. Click here for instructions to download. Adobe is offering free Creative Cloud access for a limited time due to the coronavirus. Click here for details on how to access.
    7. Decide how you want to organize your coursework (files on computer, Google Docs folders, etc.).
    8. Decide how you want to keep track of deadlines for assignments and dates for exams. There are a variety of technologies that can assist, but if you prefer using paper lists/a planner, that's AOK too!
    9. Find a study buddy! Seriously, do this. Motivation comes in waves, and if you are ever running low on it, sometimes you need a nudge from a friend to get you over the next hump. If you need help finding one, please reach out, and we will get you connected.
    10. Think of something you can do each day for you. Self-care is important and can take many forms (exercise, reading, journaling, etc.). Whatever you enjoy doing - make it a priority!

    From all of us at YSU, best wishes for a strong and healthy finish to the semester and the school year. We are committed to helping you succeed this semester and beyond. Continue to check the website and your emails for important updates. Don’t delay reaching out to your first line of assistance - faculty, advisors, and support system from the Divisions of Student Success and Student Experience. Continued wishes to you for good health and much success.

    Sincerely,

    Brien Smith, the Office of Academic Affairs and all of us here at YSU

  • March 20, 2020 (Noon): Information Technology Services (ITS) Update

    Information Technology Services (ITS) Update

    Loaner equipment
    Virtualization portfolio
    Free wireless


    YSU ITS hopes you all are doing well as we gear up to resume the Spring semester via remote instruction on Monday, March 23. We have three important announcements today:

    Loaner equipment
    In response to the remote learning needs of faculty, students and staff, YSU Information Technology Services is making a limited amount loaner equipment available as inventory allows. Four hundred laptops, along with a lesser number of headsets, webcams and mobile hotspots, will be available.

    An appointment-based "drive-up" process is being coordinated. Online reservations are necessary. If you have not filled out a technology needs survey and do not have what you need to teach, learn or work remotely, please complete the appropriate survey as soon as possible: Faculty Equipment Assessment / Student Device Survey / Staff Equipment Assessment. Survey respondents will be contacted by the IT Service Desk beginning this weekend to arrange an appointment for pickup.

    Virtualization portfolio
    IT Services and technology vendor partners have been tirelessly collaborating to create an application virtualization portfolio to replace access to specialized computer lab software. Our virtual environment is not expected to be ready for use until 8 a.m. Monday, March 23. In preparation for remote learning, please review the two virtual offerings: General VM Software / Engineering VM Software. Details regarding how to access this virtual environment will be forthcoming. If the software used in your specific course is not presented in either of these virtual environments, faculty should submit an IT Service Request. In addition, many application vendors are offering their software for free through the end of May/June. See these free vendor offerings. We would ask faculty to check this list before requesting virtual applications.

    Wireless
    Please also note that many phone/cable/internet service providers are offering free wireless to new student customers in a pledge to keep everyone connected. Check with your home/residence provider for eligibility. If you cannot connect to the internet, please pursue this option first as to save resources for those truly in need.

    It has recently been anounced that Spectrum is offering free broadband/wifi for 60 days to households with K-12 and college students who need to do their classwork at home and signup fees are waived. Individuals can call 1-844-488-8395 to sign up.

    For more details, please go to the ITS Learning Technology Game Plan.

    James A. Yukech
    AVP and CIO
    jayukech@ysu.edu

  • March 19, 2020 (5:30 p.m.): YSU Academic Policy Adjustments

    Dear Students:

    We hope you are well during these difficult times. We have been working hard the last several days preparing for the re-launch of the spring semester via remote instruction, and we thank you for your continued patience.

    Recognizing that your success is our success, there have been discussions regarding adjustments to some academic policies (see below) that are responsive to the necessary and sudden changes in modes of instruction.

    This is particularly the case given students and faculty expressing concern about certain dates by which decisions need to be made regarding class continuation, manner of grading, and timeframe within which a course might be completed.

    We strongly encourage you to complete the course using the original grading method, within the timeframe of this semester, and to take advantage of resources available to you. We have encouraged faculty to interact with students as frequently as possible and as students express the need for support. Faculty have also been encouraged to be appropriately flexible, anticipate needed support by referring support services to students, and to provide a longer period of time to complete the requirements for a course as is prudent.

    Brien Smith, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs
    Jeanne Herman, university registrar


    Academic Policy Adjustments The events of the past few days in our country and throughout the world regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been and will continue to be extremely dynamic. The University is dedicated to student academic success during this difficult time. Academic Affairs in collaboration with the faculty represented by the Academic Senate Executive Committee has taken several measures that are directed towards the academic success of our students.

    The following policy adjustments have been made to provide additional support for students.

    Last day to drop a course and receive a W is April 24, 2020

    • Last day to drop with W for the full term, second 8 week and second 7 week has been moved to April 24, 2020
    • Student will be able to withdraw via the Penguin Portal
    • For help with registration changes please contact onestop@ysu.edu.

    Last day to change grading option is April 24, 2020

    • Last day to change a grading option from traditional (letter grade) to credit no credit is Friday, April 24, 2020
    • No limit on how many courses can be changed to the credit/no credit option
    • Only courses required for the major will need to remain the traditional grade mode
    • All changes require approval from the University
    • Additional information on the approval process to follow

    Last day to complete an “I” for spring semester – December 14, 2020

    • Last day to complete an incomplete for spring has been moved from September 1 to December 14
    • The extention allows additional time for students to complete spring coursework
    • Check with your instructor to see if this may be an option
  • March 18, 2020 (6:45 p.m.): Coronavirus - campus update

    UPDATE - YSU Hotline

    The telephone numbers have changed for the hotline to get answers about the university's response to the coronavirus. Here are the new Penguin Service Center lines:

    330.716.1855
    330.716.1895
    330.716.2167
    330.716.4452
    330.716.0032
    Call 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, until further notice. Or email onestop@ysu.edu.

    Buildings locked

    Since most employees are moving towards working remotely, exterior doors to campus buildings are being locked. While the buildings and campus remain OPEN, with fewer people in buildings, keeping them locked will increase the safety of the few people who may remain, and also protect university assets. Authorized individuals can be admitted through the YSU Police Dispatch, 330-941-3527.


    Maag Library

    YSU's Maag Library and the Curriculum Resource Center will close effective March 18 due to the coronavirus outbreak. We understand that this is a crucial time in the semester for many in the YSU community; library staff will continue to support research and teaching for faculty, students and staff online. For details, visit the Maag Library Guide to Online Services.


    Tutoring Services

    While all face-to-face tutoring has been suspended, the university is working to move tutoring services online. The Center for Student Progress will be offering online support for all of the services offered, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, beginning March 23. For updates on services as well as online learning support services, visit the CSP online.

    • Academic Coaching: WebEx meetings to begin March 23. Coaches will send meeting invites to students. Students can also request academic coaching support online.
    • Supplemental Instruction: All SI leaders will offer group facilitated study sessions. Students in classes served by SI will receive a link to join the study sessions starting Monday, March 23.
    • Tutoring: Tutors will also offer WebEx appointments. Students with scheduled appointments with a tutor will continue with those appointments starting Monday, March 23. More information will be sent out this week. New appointments are still being accepted, request an appointment online.
    • Disability Services: With online learning, there may be different accommodations needs, please contact the CSP at: 330-941-1372 or via email at: cspds5@ysu.edu with questions and concerns.

     

    The Writing Center will be offering online services for the remainder of the semester through WCOnline. All previously existing face-to-face appointments were converted to online sessions. Students can schedule an online, synchronous appointment for 15-45 minutes during the Center's regular hours:
    Mon - Thurs: 9am-5pm
    Fri: 10am-1pm
    Sun: 4-7pm

    The Math Assistance Center is working to offer one-on-one and group tutoring sessions online for the remainder of the semester. The MAC will be in contact with students who currently have set appointments as information becomes available. Visit the MAC online for additional resources.


    Counseling Services

    Student Counseling Services is no longer meeting with students in person; however, services are available by phone at 330-941-3737, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. If you are in crisis or want to set up an Assessment and Referral phone appointment, please call. If you have a mental health emergency or crisis during non-business hours or over the weekend, call 330-941-3737 and after the brief message press 1 to speak with a mental health professional.

    Individuals concerned about a member of the campus community should continue to submit a Person of Concern form as appropriate. Additional information regarding "red flags" and frequently asked questions can be found online.


    ITS response

    Please note that YSU Information Technology Services is focused first and foremost on providing support and responding to issues which directly affect the university’s teaching mission. Please also note that, since ITS is experiencing a higher call volume than normal, you may also open a Service Request. Contact the IT Service Desk at 330-941-1595 for assistance.


    ITS resources

    ITS has a number of resources to help maintain connections with colleagues and students:

    • Blackboard. Blackboard and Blackboard Collaborate are primary resources to connect with your class.
    • WebEx Meetings and Teams for Remote Connectivity Resource. The YSU community has Cisco WebEx Meeting and Teams for remote connectivity. WebEx Meetings enables you to collaborate virtually with internal and external contacts. WebEx Teams has additional functionality and is preferred as a virtual workspace. Please see the WebEx article for instruction guides to download and use WebEx Meeting or WebEx Teams. Download WebEx Teams and Meetings now.
    • Adobe Software. Download the Adobe Creative Cloud applications to your personal device if needed. Please see Common question for Students & Teachers article from Adobe regarding this temporary option.
    • VPN. Securely access the YSU Network from you home device by following the instruction to connect using Penguin Connect.

    YSU Bookstore

    The YSU Bookstore is closed until further notice. Most bookstore services, such as buying books, returning rentals and ordering school spirit products, are still available online with free shipping options.

    In support of student success, YSU Bookstore has joined with VitalSource to provide free access to digital textbooks through the remainder of the Spring 2020 term. Students should visit bookshelf.vitalsource.com and login or create an account with their YSU email address.


    Delivery Services

    YSU’s Delivery Services is suspending all mail and parcel deliveries across campus. Departments may send one individual (with a valid ID) to pick up mail and parcels, 8 a.m. to noon, Monday – Friday. During this time, you will be permitted to drop off any campus mail, outgoing metered mail or parcels (UPS/FedEx). Any changes will be communicated accordingly.


    Removing files, documents

    As employees work remotely, it may be necessary to take files, documents or other university property off campus. University General Counsel and the Office of Human Resources is informing managers/supervisors/AVPs/VPs that employees can do so with the following criteria:

    • They provide their manager/supervisor with a list/log of what they are removing.
    • They are informed that it is their responsibility to keep whatever they remove from campus secure and confidential.
    • The property will be returned when the employee is allowed to return to campus.
  • March 18, 2020 (12:30 p.m.): Work and Leave During the Coronavirus Emergency

    Hope everyone is holding up and staying well during these difficult times. As the world and nation continue to respond to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, YSU is implementing the following directives regarding Work and Leave During the Coronavirus Emergency. Our major focus remains the welfare of our students, employees and the entire campus community. As such, we are striving to empty the campus ASAP of all but only the most critical handful of employees, as per the information below. Please share these directives and please let us know if you have any questions.

    Thank you, and stay well,

    Cynthia A. Kravitz
    AVP of Human Resources

    Work and Leave During the Coronavirus Emergency

    It is the University’s goal to maintain the critical function of educating our students and to comply with Governor DeWine’s Executive Order and continuing directives regarding the Coronavirus Emergency.

    These measures are on a non-precedent setting basis and are subject to change. These measures are effective immediately. These measures are being instituted to continue everyone’s pay, continue teaching our classes on-line and to comply with the Governor’s directives.

    1. WORKING REMOTELY
    In order to comply with Governor DeWine’s directives to achieve social distancing and assist with preventing the spread of the Coronavirus, yet at the same time maintain our critical function and teach on-line, remote work is the most desired work arrangement for YSU employees for now. However, some employees may be required to work on campus to perform critical work. This should be done on a very limited basis. On campus work will need to be reviewed by the President, through the Vice Presidents and Associate Vice Presidents.

    • These new work arrangements will be reviewed and approved on a weekly basis, as the circumstances change.
    • The amount of available work can increase or decrease depending on University needs and can vary between 0-40 hours per week at the discretion of the manager/supervisor. Employees may submit leave of any kind to supplement weeks with less than 40 hours work.
    • Employees remain responsible for electronically submitting their time sheets or leave reports through YSU Banner Portal.

    Supervisors/Managers Responsibilities
    Supervisors/Managers/Chairs/Deans should allow employees to work remotely, whenever possible for now. The following criteria may be considered:

    1. The employee must be readily accessible to the supervisor/manager via e-mail and telephone.
    2. The work/duties or project does not require the employee’s presence on campus.
    3. The employee has the necessary equipment in order to remotely perform their work.
    4. Supervisors/Managers/Chairs/Deans are responsible for establishing regular contact with their employees, and assigning and evaluating work on a weekly basis.
    5. In order for approval to be granted the work, duties or project must be meaningful. Meaningful work, duties, or projects (collectively called “meaningful work”) must meet one of the following criteria to be performed remotely:
    • Work that the employee would typically perform while on campus,
    • Work to maintain a necessary University function or service,
    • Work to assess a University function or service,
    • Work to improve a University function or service,
    • Work to improve an employee’s skills to be used for the benefit of the University.

    Employee Responsibilities

    1. Provide readily accessible contact information (telephone and e-mail),
    2. Have the necessary equipment to work remotely,
    3. Maintain the security and confidentiality of your work,
    4. Track the time spent and work accomplished on a daily basis.
    5. Adhere to all applicable YSU polices.
    6. Continue to electronically submit attendance and leave usage through the YSU BANNER PORTAL.

    2. USE OF LEAVE
    If no meaningful work can be done remotely, employees are encouraged to take accrued available leave. The employee may use any type of accrued leave available. Employees who do not wish to use leave can either: use unpaid leave or discuss with their supervisors whether different duties are available which qualify as meaningful work to be performed remotely during this time. Employees who enter unpaid leave status will have their healthcare insurance maintained by the University.

    Managers/Supervisors/Chairs/Dean are directed to use their management discretion and common sense in making these decisions and to consult with their Vice President/Provost or Associate Vice Presidents/President. Vice Presidents and Associate Vice Presidents may contact Human Resources for guidance at cakravitz@ysu.edu or call 330-941-1529.

  • March 17, 2020 (6:00 p.m.): Coronavirus - campus update

    A message from Wick Primary Care to the YSU Community

    Mercy Health - Wick Primary Care at YSU is no longer accepting patients with symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, body aches, etc. Instead, they are directing anyone with these symptoms to one of their new triage locations (see below). However, in order to keep the YSU community and our local community as healthy as possible, before you go to either of the triage locations, you must call Wick Primary Care at 330-747-4660.

    Mercy Health Triage Locations
    Current hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 7 days/week
    Eisenhower Primary Care
    7341 Eisenhower Dr.
    Youngstown, OH 44512
    330-726-1138
    Parkman Primary Care
    1455 Parkman Rd. NW
    Warren, OH 44485
    330-394-3816


    Payroll Window

    The Payroll Window in Jones Hall is closed indefinitely. All employees are strongly encouraged to sign up for direct deposit here. If you do not select direct deposit, your paper pay check will be mailed to your address on file the business day prior to payday.


    Maag Library

    YSU's Maag Library and the Curriculum Resource Center will close effective March 18 due to the coronavirus outbreak. We understand that this is a crucial time in the semester for many in the YSU community; library staff will continue to support research and teaching for faculty, students and staff online. For details, visit the Maag Library Guide to Online Services.

    Overview of modified library services:

    • Electronic Resources. All e-resources are available including databases, journals, e-books, digital collections, music and video streaming, etc.  These resources and more can be accessed through the library website.
    • Research Assistance. Librarians are available to assist with online research and to support teaching and digital scholarship via: a chat on the library website, Ask a Librarian email or phone appointment during the library’s normal operating hours.
    • Print Lending. All borrowing of physical items is suspended until further notice. This includes local materials, OhioLINK, SearchOhio, and Interlibrary Loan. This measure is necessary to prevent possible exposure to contaminated materials that circulate locally, statewide, nationwide, and globally.
    • Overdue Materials. Until the library reopens, please keep books and other materials previously checked-out. Rest assured that all fines and late fees accrued during this time will be waived.
    • Electronic Document Delivery. We will attempt to fulfill requests for articles or chapters of local materials that can be delivered directly to you electronically, including textbooks, following copyright guidelines.
    • Technology Support. The IT Service Desk will continue providing assistance online or by phone at 330-941-1595.
    • Laptops. IT Services and the Maag Library team are collaborating on developing a loaner pool of laptops and WiFi hotspots for distribution to faculty, staff and students.  As separate communication will be sent as soon as this service is ready. 

    We encourage you to visit the Maag Library website and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for library information, resources and tutorials.

    Please count on us to help you with your scholarly and research needs as we all navigate through this time and move to online learning.

    Christine Adams and Ana Torres 
    Library Co-Directors


    Remote work questionnaire - STAFF

    As you know, with the constantly changing landscape of the coronavirus outbreak, YSU is developing business continuity plans to allow working remotely if needed. As part of that plan, YSU wants to make sure that everyone is able to work remotely if necessary. So, if you do not have personal access to Wifi, computing devices, audio/video capabilities, please complete this Staff Questionnaire.

    James A. Yukech
    AVP and CIO, jayukech@ysu.edu

  • March 17, 2020 (8:00 a.m.): Spring Commencement 2020 - A Note from President Tressel

    Thank you all for your patience and understanding as we work through these difficult times and the spread of the coronavirus. As announced earlier, YSU will transition to a fully-remote mode of instruction starting March 23. This will allow students to progress in their studies and finish the semester, without coming to campus. It also will allow our seniors to continue their work toward graduation.

    The question then becomes: What about Spring Commencement on May 9? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending against group events of 50 or more people at least for the next two months. YSU's Spring Commencement regularly attracts in excess of 5,000 family members and friends. In light of the CDC's recommendations and the continued uncertainty of our current situation, it is in everyone's best interest that we postpone the Spring Commencement ceremony. Our hopes are that we can hold the ceremony later in the summer. We will keep you informed of those plans. In any case, graduates will still have their degrees conferred on May 9, and diplomas will be mailed a short time after.

    Thank you, in advance, for your understanding. Know that, while we are saddened by this action, we also are most proud of you, your hard work and your perseverance in these unprecedented times.

    Be well, we'll be in touch, and Go Penguins,

    James P. Tressel, President

  • March 13, 2020 (6:30 p.m.): Coronavirus - Update Spring Semester

    This has been a very challenging week for all of us. Your patience is so appreciated, and we would like to update everyone on the status of the Spring semester.

    Though we wish we were together, Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director, Dr. Amy Acton, estimate that the spread of the coronavirus in Ohio is likely to peak between late-April and mid-May. Therefore, our plan is as follows:

    • All on-campus courses will be delivered remotely for the remainder of the Spring semester, starting March 23. That means face-to-face courses will not be given on campus the rest of this semester; instead, they will be offered via alternative delivery methods now under development. As a result, students will not need to come back to campus to complete the Spring semester. More details to come.
    • Schedule as follows:
      March 9-15, Spring Break.
      March 16-22, Spring Break extended. No classes, except for regular, fully online courses.
      March 23-end of semester, Spring semester classes resume. Instruction delivered remotely; students do not come to campus
    • Minimizing the number of students on campus for the rest of the semester is a proactive step designed to prevent the spread of the disease and keep the campus community and region safe. The university is currently establishing a fair and equitable way to offer refunds/credits for University House students in Cafaro, Lyden, Kilcawley, Wick and Weller. Please know that students who need to stay in housing will be accommodated. Additional information and move out instructions will follow via email for all students in these facilities.

    As the university continues to address this pandemic, our guiding principles remain the safety of the entire YSU community and region, as well as the continuity of delivering a high quality education to our students. Academic administrators, department chairs and faculty are working hard to develop coursework that will allow students to continue and finish their studies remotely and without coming to campus.

    As is the case with the coronavirus, these plans to resume and complete the semester are evolving. There are many questions, and we have been busy trying to answer most of them via email, social media and our Coronavirus Information webpage, including a growing list of Frequently Asked Questions. We will continue to do so. We ask that you closely monitor these resources for the latest updates.

    Thanks for your continued understanding and patience. TOGETHER, we will complete this semester, graduate our seniors and make sure all of our students progress. Be safe, and we will be in touch.

    Go Penguins,

    James P. Tressel, President

  • Click Here for Past Communications
    • March 13, 2020 (8:40 a.m.): Coronavirus - Work & Leave Update

      On Thursday, the university emailed guidelines and directives for YSU employees during the coronavirus pandemic. Please note this additional guidance regarding working remotely:

      High Risk Individuals

      Employees who have underlying medical condition are advised to contact the Chief Human Resources Officer via e-mail at benefits@ysu.edu regarding working remotely or taking leave.

      Working Remotely

      Supervisors/managers and college deans, with the approval of the applicable Vice President or Provost or Associate Vice-President, may allow employees to work remotely. The following criteria should be considered when approving a remote working arrangement:

      1. The employee must be readily accessible to the supervisor via e-mail and telephone.
      2. The work/duties or project does not require the employee’s presence on campus.
      3. The employee has the necessary equipment to remotely perform their work at their home or at an alternative location.
      4. The type and nature of the work to be performed.*
      5. Employee family or personal needs.
      • Supervisors/managers and college deans will establish a system of regular contact with their employees.
      • Remote work arrangements will be reviewed and approved on a weekly basis by the supervisor/manager or college dean.
      • Employees remain responsible for electronically reporting their work/leave time via the YSU Banner Portal and must report any sick, vacation or other time utilized as if they were not working remotely.
      *WORKING ON CAMPUS

      An employee may be required to work on campus based on the type and nature of the work, as determined by the manager/supervisor or college dean in consultation with the appropriate Vice President or Provost or Associate Vice President.

      USE OF LEAVE

      All other employees may use accrued leave to remain off-campus. Employees who choose to remain off-campus must use accrued leave (employees may use sick, vacation or personal leave). Employees who have exhausted available leave will be on unpaid leave. Employees remain responsible for electronically reporting their work/leave time via the YSU Banner Portal.

      NOTE TO EMPLOYEES AND MANAGERS

      Employees who come to campus and are ill or otherwise have flu/cold-like symptoms (fever, sore throat, runny nose) should not be at work and cannot return to work until symptoms have resolved for 48 hours. Sick leave must be used for the time an employee is ill; if an employee has insufficient sick time, vacation or personal leave can be utilized. In the instance where an employee has no accrued time, the employee will be on unpaid leave. .

      For more information regarding the university’s response to the coronavirus, visit the Coronavirus Information webpage.

    • March 12, 2020 (5:00 p.m.): Coronavirus update - Post-Travel Requirements

      On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, Governor DeWine highly recommended that all higher education institution cancel or postpone university-sponsored travel. In addition, it was recommended to screen ALL students, faculty and staff returning from ANY international travel or cruise ships.

      As a member of the YSU community (faculty, staff or student) you are required to self-report information on ANY travel, domestic OR international (excluding within Ohio, Western Pennsylvania or Northern West Virginia) within the past 14 days and moving forward, to the university prior to returning to campus.

      If you are returning or have returned from international travel after March 6th, YSU is requiring that you complete the YSU Post Travel Screening form as soon as possible. You must complete the screening in order to return to campus.

      For more information regarding the university’s response to the coronavirus, visit the Coronavirus Information webpage.

    • March 12, 2020 (9:45 a.m.): Coronavirus update - Student Employment

      Student employment will operate as usual through the extended Spring Break period. Should a student employee choose not to report to work during this period, their absence will be considered excused without pay and their position will not be jeopardized. Any student choosing not to report to work should inform their supervisor. The University will continue to assess the situation as more information becomes available.

      For more information regarding the university’s response to the coronavirus, visit the Coronavirus Information webpage.

    • March 12, 2020 (9:00 a.m.): Coronavirus update - Employee Information
      Coronavirus Workplace Directives and Guidance for Employees

      In conjunction with Gov. Mike DeWine’s recommendations of March 10, 2020 regarding state universities and the coronavirus, Youngstown State University’s Office of Human Resources is putting in place the following workplace measures (Employees should continue to monitor their YSU e-mail for updated information and directives):

      Faculty

      All faculty are expected to come to campus and work with their department chairs, deans and the Office of Academic Affairs to ensure that they are prepared to conduct online instruction starting Monday, March 23, 2020.

      Part-Time Faculty

      Part-time faculty will be contacted by their department chair regarding preparation and provision of online instruction.

      All other Employees

      All employees are expected to come to campus and continue normal operations.

      High Risk Individuals

      Employees with serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example, may contact the Chief Human Resources Officer at benefits@ysu.edu regarding possible workplace accommodations.

      Illness

      Employees who show signs of flu/cold-like symptoms (fever, sore throat, runny nose, cough) should stay home, utilize sick leave, and not return to work until symptoms have resolved. Employees without sufficient sick leave will utilize vacation leave; employees without sufficient vacation leave will utilize leave without pay. You must inform your Manager/Supervisor of your need to use leave.

      However, if you have traveled to or through an international location in the last 14 days, regardless of whether the location has a Travel Health Notice:

      • Do not come to work.
      • Contact a health care provider.
      • You must provide written medical verification to the Office of Human Resources prior to returning to work.
      Managers/Supervisors

      Managers/supervisors should send employees home if they are showing signs of illness (fever, sore throat, runny nose, cough). Employees sent home due to illness will submit sick time; if no sick time is available, then vacation may be used. If the employee has no sick or vacation time available, they should submit a request for leave without pay.

      Working Remotely

      The University is preparing plans for remote work (telecommuting) opportunities, where appropriate, during this time. More information regarding remote work will be available from Human Resources in the coming days.

      For more information regarding the university’s response to the coronavirus, visit the Coronavirus Information webpage.

    • March 12, 2020 (8 a.m.): Coronavirus update - Online Classes

      To clarify Tuesday’s note regarding the university’s response to the coronavirus and the extension of Spring Break through the end of next week:

      All of the university’s current, fully online classes will continue as scheduled on March 16.

      If you are enrolled in such a class, your instruction will proceed without interruption.  

      For the most updated information on university operations during the coronavirus outbreak, visit the Coronavirus Information webpage.

    • March 11, 2020 (3 p.m.): Coronavirus update - Student Information

      President Tressel announced on Tuesday several steps the university is taking to prevent the spread of the coronavirus on campus, including the extension of Spring Break through March 22. In response, the Division of Student Experience is providing the following additional guidance and information, especially for students:

      International Travelers

      • Students and others returning from CDC Level 3 warning countries are required to observe a 14-day period of self-quarantine and monitoring. During this period, you are not permitted to come to work, be on campus, or participate in any other campus or community activities. Students needing to self-quarantine will be required to return to their permanent home residence or self-quarantine in their off-campus apartments. Students who are required to self-monitor may contact the Division of Student Experience for assistance with meals at 330.941.3533.
      • Students who reside in the residence halls and are unable to return to a permanent residence should register via the online form so Housing staff members are aware of who is in the building.
      • Based on recommendations provided by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, students, faculty, and staff members who are returning from any international travel are required to be screened by a licensed healthcare provider within 24-48 hours of returning to campus.

      Campus Housing

      • University Housing and University Courtyards remain open. Students who are currently at home for Spring Break and are able to stay home are strongly encouraged to remain there. Students currently in the residence halls or apartments who are able to travel home are also strongly encouraged to do so. Students who need to return to their campus residence hall room or apartment to gather belongings before returning home are advised to minimize the length of their stay in the building by taking only the time necessary to pack those essential belongings.
        Due to the closure of many other campus services, we request that any student who must remain in the residence halls or apartments - because they have no other housing option - to register with us via the online form. This will allow us to ensure appropriate dining options for the coming weeks. (See updated schedule of dining options below.) We ask that students who stay on campus take deliberate care to minimize social contact with others, including limiting visits outside their room and limiting visitors to their room, to observe recommended hygiene practices, and to seek medical advice as soon as symptoms develop.
        Staffing patterns for all residence halls will be altered as many residence hall staff members are also students. Signs with updated information will be posted at each front desk. Students staying in the residence halls should use their residence hall front desk or the Housing Office (330.941.3547) as their primary point of contact for any issues that arise. YSUPD should be contacted for emergencies at 330.941.3527.
      • The University has been in communication with each of our housing partners (University Edge, Enclave, Flats at Wick, Erie Terminal, and Buechner Hall) to ensure they understand the recommendations made by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and the CDC and have made the appropriate adjustments.

      Campus Dining

      • Adjustments for campus dining locations effective March 15 and until further notice:
        Christman Dining Commons (students on meal plans only):
        Monday – Thursday
        Breakfast: 7:30 am – 10:30 am
        Lunch: 10:30 am – 2:00 pm
        Dinner: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
        Friday
        Breakfast: 7:30 am – 10:30 am
        Lunch: 10:30 am – 2:00 pm
        Dinner: 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm
        Saturday and Sunday
        Brunch: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
        Dinner: 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
        Dunkin Donuts:
        Monday – Friday: 7:30 am – 1:30 pm
        Chick-Fil-A:
        Monday-Friday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
        Saturday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

      Other Facilities

      • The Andrews Student Recreation and Wellness Center remains closed through March 22. All programs are cancelled. Contact Ryan McNicholas with program questions. All faculty, staff, alumni, and affiliate memberships are extended based on university closure policy. Contact Amanda Reardon at with membership questions. Equipment reservations are suspended. Contact Joe Conroy with equipment questions.
      • All programs hosted by Kilcawley Center are cancelled through March 31, including all on-campus events hosted by student organizations, campus departments and sponsored events hosted by student organizations or campus departments. Additionally, all events booked by external off-campus groups are cancelled. The Center, however, remains open with modified hours, operating 8 a.m. through 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Questions or concerns, email Vaughn Myers.
      • Carl Nunziato Veterans Resource Center is closed through March 22.

      Student Services

      • Wick Primary Care remains open and will deliver health care services during the extended break period and throughout the coronavirus outbreak. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday.
      • Student Counseling Services remains open through March 22.  Counselors will be available for regularly scheduled Assessment and Referral appointments and crisis intervention for students on campus. 
      • For off-campus or ill students, we will provide referral services to appropriate community resources via phone.
      • After-hours, weekend and holiday crisis phone line continues as usual. However, all outreach and workshops offered in group settings are temporarily suspended. Questions or concerns, call 330.941.3737.
      • The Office of Student Outreach and Support continues to provide services for students during normal business hours. Access to the food pantry by appointment.
      • The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions remains open for normal business hours. Call each office first to determine if they can assist you via phone or email before visiting the office in-person.

      Student Leadership

      • Student Government Association funding for travel and events has been suspended until further notice. SGA elections will proceed as scheduled, with voting taking place online March 30 and 31. Student organization and club sport travel has been suspended. Student organizations who have off-campus events scheduled between now and March 30 should consult with Erin Driscoll at eedriscoll@ysu.edu.
      • All student organization events scheduled between now and March 31, 2020 are cancelled.

      For the most updated information on university operations during the coronavirus outbreak, visit the Coronavirus Information webpage.

      Mr. Eddie J. Howard, Jr.
      Vice President for Student Affairs
      ejhoward01@ysu.edu

    • March 10, 2020 (6:25 p.m.): Coronavirus Announcement - Class Schedule

      To help prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on campus and to continue the important work of the university, especially our duty to ensure the success of our students, we are taking the following steps:

      • Spring Break will be extended an additional week for all students, through March 22. There will be no classes on campus. Students should not come to campus. Employees – faculty, staff and administration – should report to work as usual; the university will provide guidance related to social distancing and enhanced preventative public health and hygiene. (More detailed information for employees will be available soon.)
      • During this additional week of Spring Break, the university will finalize plans to initiate alternative instructional delivery methods that will allow most students to continue their education without coming to campus during the coronavirus outbreak. This step is in line with recommendations by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. (More detailed information will be available soon.)
      • All large, indoor campus events and gatherings are canceled through March 31.
      • All university-sponsored travel, domestic as well as international, is suspended until further notice, unless deemed mission critical and approved by a vice president or associate vice president. The university is in contact with those students and faculty now on study abroad trips and will work for their safe return.
      • The university has plans in place to address the needs of students residing on campus. Students are strongly encouraged to remain home or in their apartments and to practice appropriate social distancing and enhanced preventative public health and hygiene measures. (More detailed information will be available soon.)

      The university has been monitoring closely the coronavirus outbreak and providing regular updates. We have implemented our university Pandemic Response Plan, and our Pandemic Response Team has been meeting over the past several days. We continue to align our response with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as local, state and federal health agencies and recent recommendations from Gov. DeWine.

      While there are no cases of COVID-19 at YSU, there are at least three confirmed cases in Ohio. We anticipate more. While we know that the measures we are introducing today for YSU will cause disruption, our decisions are always guided with the safety of our campus community in mind. Your cooperation and collaboration is appreciated.

      We understand that there will be numerous questions related to these unprecedented actions. The situation is evolving quickly; therefore, all of these measures are subject to change. We will continue to monitor regularly and make adjustments as needed. Please stay connected to your university email and to the university’s Coronavirus Information website for the latest updates.

      We appreciate your understanding and continued cooperation during these difficult times. Thank you for all of your efforts to promote a safe and healthy campus community.

      James P. Tressel, President

    • March 10, 2020 (10:45 a.m.): CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Important travel information

      With the announcement of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state of Ohio, YSU remains in daily contact with local, state and federal health officials and continues to closely monitor the virus’s progress. The health and safety of the entire YSU community continues to be our top priority.

      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, working with state and local public health partners, has implemented new after-travel health precautions for Italy, South Korea and Iran as were previously enacted for travellers from China.

      While we are not currently aware of any members of the YSU community traveling in CDC Level 3 countries, please be aware of the following:

      • CDC has issued after-travel health precautions for individuals traveling from one of the Level 3 countries. Such individuals are being asked to stay home for a period of 14 days after returning to the United States.
      • As a result, any member of the YSU community who travels to or through China, South Korea, Iran, Italy or any other country that is elevated to a CDC Level 3 are required to self-report this information to the university prior to returning to campus and must stay home for 14 days and practice social distancing.

      YSU will continue to monitor developments both at home and abroad and communicate with the campus as needed.

      For the most up-to-date YSU information on the coronavirus, visit: ysu.edu/coronavirus.

      If you have any questions regarding travel and re-entry to the United States, reach out to the International Programs Office or 330.941.2336.

    • March 5, 2020: Help prevent the spread of illnesses

      You can help prevent the spread of illnesses such as coronavirus and the flu: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

      As we prepare for spring break the Pandemic Response Team wanted to remind everyone that there are a number of preventive actions that each of us can take to help prevent the spread of numerous illnesses such as the coronavirus, the flu and other respiratory diseases.

      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend:

      • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
      • Stay home when you are sick.
      • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
      • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
      • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
        • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
        • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
        • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

      For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.

      For information on YSU's response for the coronavirus visit ysu.edu/coronavirus.


      Red SyringeGet a Flu Shot

      As a reminder, seasonal influenza activity in the United States and in Ohio continues to be high.

      The flu shot is the best way to protect yourself from getting the flu. Wick Primary Care at YSU still has flu vaccines available, and it’s not too late to get yours. Call 330.747.4660 for more information.

    • March 2, 2020: Coronavirus and Spring Break Travel

      As we approach spring break, we would like to call to your attention the widening outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus and the potential for those of you traveling internationally during YSU's Spring Break (March 7-15) to experience disruptions in your travel.

      In recent days, the CDC has raised travel advisory levels and issued travel health notices for several countries, including China, South Korea, Iran, Italy and Japan. We encourage any student or employee with international travel plans this spring to monitor travel advisories via both the CDC and the U.S. Department of State. These websites provide guidance for your destination as well as for those countries you may plan to transit.

      Anyone traveling internationally should consider the very real possibility of additional travel warnings, new entry and exit control measures, and even quarantines implemented with very little notice during the coming weeks. These actions could severely impact your timely return to campus.

      To best support our campus community, we are asking anyone with international travel plans over spring break to share their travel itineraries with the university via an ONLINE FORM.

      If you have any questions regarding travel and re-entry to the U.S., we encourage you to reach out to the International Programs Office or 330.941.2336.

      YSU will continue to monitor developments both at home and abroad and communicate with the campus as needed.

    • Feb. 19, 2020: An update on University Sponsored Travel and the Coronavirus

      Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

      As international concerns grow regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), YSU continues to closely monitor the situation. As of Feb. 18, there have been no confirmed cases in the state of Ohio; the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention considers the risk to the general public to be low.

      Nevertheless, the Department of State has issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory, asking people not to travel to China. In response, YSU is issuing a temporary restriction for all university-sponsored travel to China.

      In addition, for personal travel, the CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China. We strongly advise all students, faculty and staff to follow that recommendation and to avoid all nonessential travel to China.

      Currently, the United States has suspended entry of foreign nationals who have visited China within the past 14 days. Additional measures have been implemented to monitor the health of those who are allowed entry (i.e., U.S. citizens, residents and family) who have been in China within 14 days.

      While COVID-19 is a serious concern, YSU students, faculty, and staff are more likely to contract the flu than COVID-19. As with all infectious diseases, basic precautions should be followed to prevent the spread of the disease, such as washing your hands often with soap and water, cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or tissue, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects, and stay at home if you are feeling ill (except to visit the doctor).

      More information on the Coronavirus is available on the following websites:

    • Jan. 28, 2020: A Message from the President about Coronavirus in China

      As many of you are aware in December 2019/January 2020 the Novel Coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, Hubei Province China. The administration of YSU is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all YSU faculty, staff and students. Because of this, we would like to share the following facts and precautions with the University community.

      To date, there are zero confirmed cases in the State of Ohio. According to the Ohio Department of Health, the overall risk of acquiring the Novel Coronavirus in the US is low.

      The Ohio Department of Health recommends that individuals who have recently traveled to or from affected areas (e.g. Wuhan, China) and who experience symptoms such as fever, cough or difficulty of breathing should seek immediate medical care by contacting Wick Primary Care at YSU (330) 747-4660 and avoid contact with others. Wick Primary Care is open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday and 8 a.m. – Noon Saturday.

      There are currently no YSU-sponsored trips or research activities in the affected areas that would elevate the risk to the University community. We are continuing to monitor this evolving situation in partnership with local and state public health authorities. We will continue to provide information and updates as they become available.

      The Ohio Department of Health is providing a constantly updated resource for individuals and institutions regarding the Novel Coronavirus. Meanwhile, we are still in flu season, and these precautions are recommended for both the flu and Coronavirus:

      • The most effective means of protection is the same as those things that prevent illnesses such as the flu.
      • Wash Hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol based sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
      • Cover coughs/sneezes with your arm.
      • Avoid exposure to others who are sick.
      • Stay home when you are ill.

      James P. Tressel, President


Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

You can help prevent the spread of illnesses such as coronavirus and the flu: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of any respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. The CDC does offer specific guidance for travelers.