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May 15, 2020 Update

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:

Welcome to Mercy College of Ohio Summer Semester!

I hope that all of you are safe and well as you begin your summer coursework. As these unprecedented times continue, we want you to know that the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff are top priorities.

All summer courses will be offered in the online format, except one very specific course that is being offered on campus.

CLINICAL/PRECEPTOR EXPERIENCES

We have been informed by Bon Secours Mercy Health leadership that we can re-enter clinical experiences on July 1, 2020. Students will not be permitted in any COVID area or in isolation rooms to preserve personal protective equipment (PPE).

SUMMER Toledo Campus Hours

For Urgent Situations Only

The hours of the College are being adjusted to meet the needs of students who need to use a computer or study in private:

Dates Time Administrator on Campus

Tuesdays and Thursdays from May 19-May 28, 2020 1pm-5pm
Wajert or Bates on Tuesdays Edgeworth or Erwin on Thursdays

Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 2-June 30, 2020 11am-5pm
Wajert or Bates on Tuesdays Edgeworth or Erwin on Thursdays

Thursdays and Tuesdays from July 2- August 6, 2020 1pm-5pm
Wajert or Bates on Tuesdays Edgeworth or Erwin on Thursdays

Wednesdays from May 20-August 5, 2020 10am-2pm
Adkins or Fleming

Procedures for entering the College:

Everyone must use the main entrance on Jefferson Avenue (grocery store doors). Upon entering, your temperature will be checked, and if it is 100 degrees (F) or higher, you will not be permitted to stay on campus. You will also be asked to sign-in, as well as wear a mask (cloth masks are appropriate). If you are coming to campus for the class, please follow the directions provided by your instructor/program director. There will be instructions in the lobby as well. Also, please follow these hygiene practices:

· Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water (often).

· Cover and sneeze into your elbow if your mask is off for any reason (Mask is required).

· Throw away tissues immediately and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.

· Do not put your hands on or near your face – especially your nose, mouth, and eyes.

· Use hand sanitizer if handwashing is not possible.

· Stay at least 6 feet away from others even with mask in place.

· Use disinfecting wipes in your classroom/work space – the area must dry at least 10 minutes after cleaning the area.

If you are coming into the College to study or use the computer lab, please go directly to the sixth-floor Jefferson Avenue computer lab and maintain physical/social distancing of at least six feet in addition to wearing a mask. Study cubicles should only be used on the sixth floor Jefferson Avenue. These rules need to be followed for the health and well-being of everyone.

There are disinfecting wipes at the reception desk on Jefferson sixth floor that should be used to clean the cubicles /computers when you are finished. Please ensure that you clean the area(s) where you have worked to stop the spread of the virus. The area must dry at least 10 minutes for the disinfectant to be effective.

SUMMER Youngstown Location Hours

Most faculty and staff will be working remotely from home. So, if you need one of them, please contact them via email, phone, or Canvas. We are keeping the College open for those students who may not have a reliable computer at home, which will be important for you to stay connected to your lectures. The hours at Youngstown will be the following: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10am-12n. If you are coming to the College to meet with nursing faculty outside of the scheduled hours, please follow the guidelines that they provide to you. Do not come to the campus if you have a temperature of !00 degrees (F) or above or have any of the symptoms of COVID-19. Please use all outlined hygiene practices currently in place as noted above for Toledo students.

There will be a process for coming to the College for computer use:

1. When you arrive at the College, go directly to the fourth floor and register with either Darnell LaRosa or Tina Fowler. You will sign-in, so a record can be kept of who was on campus.

2. A staff member will accompany you to Computer Lab A on the second floor in order that you may complete your work (and to keep track of which computer you are working on).

3. Prior to using the computer, please use hand sanitizer that will be in the Computer Lab.

4. Upon completion of your tasks, return to the fourth floor to sign out.

5. Either Tina or Darnell will terminally clean the computer you used.

Student Affairs Assistance – Summer Semester

Academic Support and Tutoring Services

Academic support resources, such as tutoring in Nursing or other related disciplines (Sciences, Math & Writing) are available by contacting the Student Success Center at (419) 251-1734, studentsuccesscenter@mercycollege.edu, or accessing the webpage (https://mercycollege.edu/stude... Youngstown, you can contact Somia Abou-Osman at (330) 480-3145 or somia.abou-osman@mercycollege.edu.

Students have access to Smartthinking, the FREE, 24/7 online tutoring software that is available through Canvas. Also, on Canvas you will find the Student Success folder that houses resources as well as other helpful materials.

Counseling and Wellness

For counseling and well-being assistance please contact Suzanne Hall at (419) 251-1454 or suzanne.hall1@mercycollege.edu.

In Youngstown, please contact Ann Bair at (330) 480-2874 or ann.bair@mercycollege.edu. Also, please access the Counseling & Wellness webpage (https://mercycollege.edu/student-affairs/student-success/counseling-wellness) or the Student Success folder on Canvas for these resources.

Campus Ministry and Pastoral Care

Pastoral care resources are available by contacting Annie Devine at (419) 251-1866, annie.devine@mercycollege.edu, or https://mercycollege.edu/stude... Insecurity

If you have food insecurity issues, please feel free to contact Annie Devine at foodpantry@mercycollege.edu or https://mercycollege.edu/student-affairs/mercy-college-food-pantry. Pastoral care resources and food pantry inquires can also be found in the Campus Life folder on Canvas.

These are challenging times and we want to ensure that you are aware, and can access, these valuable resources. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have regarding our services. Your success is our priority and is why we do what we do!

Questions?

If you have further questions, please refer to the updates posted at www.mercycollege.edu/covid19. Please check the website frequently to remain informed. You may also ask questions using the form that is on the www.mercycollege.edu/covid19 website. The Director of Communication is triaging the questions, and you will receive a prompt response

I will continue to provide updates as necessary. Please stay safe and be healthy. We are Mercy Strong! Thank you.

Warmest regards,

Susan Wajert

President

April 24, 2020 Update

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

I want to wish you all the best and hope you are staying safe. These are truly challenging times but together we will get through it.

Coming Soon! Instructions for A Virtual Graduation Ceremony celebrating the Class of 2020

This spring, because of the COVID-19 emergency we won’t be able to mark graduation in the way we typically celebrate. However, we want to make things as special for all graduating students. In June, we will have a virtual graduation ceremony.

In the next week, candidates for the spring graduation ceremony will be receiving instructions from StageClip (the company we've partnered with) and Mark McKellip on how to participate with a photo or video clip.

We will honor our graduates who will be part of this special online virtual commencement. We are focused on celebration, the sense of occasion, being with friends, and recognizing Mercy College graduates. The Class of 2020 will be remembered for the challenges they have overcome! Our wish is to create a memorable, uplifting moment for them.

Furthermore, when the state/country is open again, we will invite spring graduates to in-person ceremonies where we can gather again. We’re delighted to welcome the spring graduates to their virtual commencement ceremony. Congratulations!

College Hours – Week of April 27, 2020

Toledo Hours and Instructions

The Toledo Hours next week will be the following:

  • Monday, April 27, 2020 10am-2pm Sue Wajert on-campus
  • Tuesday, April 28, 2020 10am-2pm Dr. Bates on-campus
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2020 10am-2pm Marc Adkins on-campus
  • Thursday, April 30, 2020 on-call Lori Edgeworth 419-251-1614
  • Friday, May 1, 2020 on-call Lori Edgeworth 419-251-1614

Please come to campus only for URGENT situations, and only contact Lori Edgeworth in VERY URGENT situations. We are open a few more hours next week in case students need some space to prepare for exam week.

ALL students must work on Jefferson sixth (6th) floor either in study cubicles or in the computer lab. Students must practice good hygiene habits, which NOW includes WEARING A MASK. A CLOTH MASK IS ENCOURAGED. You must also continue to practice social distancing.

Please check in with the nurse at the entrance on the Jefferson side of the building (grocery store type doors. Please do not come to campus if you are ill.

Youngstown Hours and Instructions

The Youngstown Hours next week will be the following:

  • Monday, April 27, 2020 10am-12n Darnell LaRosa or Tina Fowler on-campus
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2020 10am-12n Darnell LaRosa or Tina Fowler on-campus
  • Friday, May 1, 2020 10am-12n Darnell LaRosa or Tina Fowler on-campus

Please come to the Youngstown location only for URGENT situations. ALL students must check in on the fourth (4th) floor of the College with Darnell or Tina. Students must practice good hygiene habits, which NOW includes WEARING A MASK. CLOTH MASK IS ENCOURAGED. You must also continue to practice social distancing.

COMING NEXT WEEK: STUDENT OPEN FORUM – Question and Answer

On Tuesday, April 28, 2020, students are being invited to participate in an Open Forum – a place to ask questions of the Executive Team and the Deans of your respective programs.

-Nursing Students – Meet Dr. Elizabeth Sprunk from 5:00 pm-5:30 pm for Q&A

-Health Sciences and Certificate Students – Meet Dr. Kim Watson from 5:30 pm-6:00 pm for Q&A

Pre-Program and General Education Students – Meet Dr. Barb Stoos from 6:00 pm-6:30 pm for Q&A

The Deans will be joined by Dr. Sue Wajert, Dr. Trevor Bates, Marc Adkins, and Lori Edgeworth

If you would like to submit a question prior to the OPEN FORUM, please use the Wufoo Form on this page.

To enter the Forum at your program’s designated time, you can either join by Skype or dial the following number: - 844-631-7840 Conference Code 610805#

Look for the Calendar Invitation from Dr. Wajert.

Ensuring a SAFE PLACE TO STUDY AND WORK

Don’t touch your face. Wash your hands regularly and in accordance with infection prevention guidelines.

Sneeze and cough into a tissue and immediately discard in the trash, not your pocket.

Disinfect frequently used items and high-traffic areas like break rooms and gathering areas.

Wear masks throughout the College.

Avoid sharing equipment, unless properly disinfected between use.

Stay home when you are sick or have symptoms

Practice social distancing – don’t take breaks with others unless you can be 6 feet or more away from other people.

Our highest priority is the safety of our students, faculty, and staff, and we are doing all we can to ensure a safe place to work and study.

We appreciate your patience and understanding through this very difficult time. We are Mercy Strong!

Warmest regards,

Sue Wajert

President, Mercy College of Ohio

April 17, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

It is the hope of the administration at Mercy College of Ohio that each of you is safe and well. I would like to provide you with a few updates as you continue to teach, learn, and provide support to each other and to our students.

College Hours Week of April 20, 2020

Toledo Hours

Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 10 am-2 pm Leslie Erwin on-campus

Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 10 am-2 pm Sue Wajert on-campus

Youngstown Hours Monday, April 20, 2020, 10 am-12n Tina Fowler or Darnell LaRosa on-campus· Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 10 am-12n Tina Fowler or Darnell LaRosa on-campus·

Friday, April 24, 2020, 10 am-12n Tina Fowler or Darnell La Rosa on-campus please come to either Toledo or Youngstown for URGENT situations only. You will also need to follow all safety protocols along with NOW wearing a cloth mask. Also, please follow the strict hygiene protocol. You must check-in at both locations: Jefferson 1st floor in Toledo and 4th floor in Youngstown.

Moving soon? Dr. Amy Acton from the Ohio Department of Health and Chancellor Randy Gardner of the Ohio Department of Higher Education have requested that all moves from dwellings be completed with utmost care. The following instructions have been provided:

• Maintain social/physical distancing as much as possible during the packing and moving out process.

• Practice good hygiene – cover your cough, wash hands frequently, and don’t touch your face.

• Wear a cloth face mask.

• Don’t let others who are sick help you move.

College faculty and staff are here to assist students in any way that we can. Please do not hesitate to ask for help if you need it. We want your education to be a high-quality experience. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding. We are Mercy Strong!

Warmest regards,

Sue Wajert
President, Mercy College of Ohio

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

We continue to learn and adapt through COVID-19, and I want to wish all of you well during the stay-at-home order. For those of you working in the healthcare environment, thank you! This update has several very important items. Please review carefully.

Government Updates

The Governor of Ohio, Mike DeWine and the Director of the Ohio Department of Health, Dr. Amy Acton have extended the stay-at-home order until May 1, 2020. There are also new rules in Ohio as to how many people can be in a store at one time. I urge you to plan accordingly so that you do not get caught in lines outside of grocery stores, pharmacies, etc. Physical distancing will be required if you must wait to enter a store.

For Michigan and other out-of-state students, please listen to your newscasts, and follow the directives of your state and local governments.

Grading Policy Spring 2020 (Second 8-weeks and 16-week semester) You can find this same information at: www.mercycollege.edu/grade

the impact of the COVID-19 disruption on Mercy College of Ohio students, the following changes in the grading policy have been instituted. The grading procedure and policy updates are effective for the second 8-week and 16-week courses during the Spring 2020 semester as outlined below.

Withdraw (W) Grades

1. The Withdraw (W) grade and Withdraw Fail (WF) grade information below applies to all undergraduate and graduate courses.

- Withdraw (W) grade request must be submitted on or before Monday, May 4, 2020 by 4:30 p.m. using the process outlined on page 137 in the College Catalog and using the Drop/Withdrawal/Leave Form in EmpowerME.

· A Withdraw (W) grade will require students to retake a course but without a negative impact on their GPA.

· A Withdraw (W) grade will not count as a failed course as defined in current program progression policies outlined in the College Catalog and/or Program Handbooks.

· Refund request guidelines and dates will be applied as posted in the College Catalog.

- Withdraw Fail (WF) grades WILL NOT be issued during the Spring 2020 semester.

- Please consult your advisor for assistance with the W grade.

Incomplete Grades

2. The Incomplete (I) Grade information outlined below applies to undergraduate and graduate courses offered during the 16-week semester or the second 8-weeks that:

a. transitioned from face-to-face to online/digital-mediated format

AND/OR

b. had outside face-to-face requirements (within a course) that were unable to be met during the spring 2020 semester.

- The current Incomplete (I) grade procedure outlined in the 2019-2020 College Catalog has been suspended for issuing COVID-19 related Incomplete (I) grades.

- Incomplete (I) grades will be awarded by faculty (not through student petition) teaching courses where students will not be able to meet course requirements due to the impact of COVID-19 on face-to-face instructional methods or outside requirements.

· Students who receive an Incomplete (I) grade will be notified by their faculty member or a program representative on or before Friday, April 10, 2020 by 4:30 p.m. with more information.

· The timeline to complete all work related to an Incomplete (I) grade will begin when in-person activities resume and will end as indicated by the faculty member, but not to extend beyond December 20, 2020.

Pass (P) Unsatisfactory (U) Grades

3. A student will have the opportunity to petition to the Office of Student Records for a Pass (P) grade or Unsatisfactory (U) grade for undergraduate courses only.

- A petition for a Pass (P) grade becomes an option after final grades are posted and after consultation with the student's Academic Advisor. - A student may petition the Office of Student Records, using the Grade Change Petition Form, for a Pass (P) grade in courses where students have completed all course requirements and receive a passing grade as outlined in the course syllabus/program handbook.

· All petitions for a Pass (P) or Unsatisfactory (U) grade are due Friday, May 29, 2020 by 4:30 p.m.

· A Pass (P) grade will award credit for the course in fulfilling requirements for both general education and the program of study.

· A Pass (P) grade WILL NOT have an impact on GPA.

· All student transcripts for Spring 2020 will have a notation that the option to petition for a Pass (P) and Unsatisfactory (U) grade was a choice for all undergraduate students.

- A petition for an Unsatisfactory (U) grade becomes an option after final grades are posted and after consultation with the student's Academic Advisor.

- A student may petition to the Office of Student Records for an Unsatisfactory (U) grade in courses where students have completed all course requirements and do not receive a passing grade as outlined in the course syllabus/program handbook.

· All petitions for a Pass (P) or Unsatisfactory (U) grade are due Friday, May 29, 2020 by 4:30 p.m.

· An Unsatisfactory (U) grade will require students to retake a course.

· An Unsatisfactory (U) grade WILL NOT have an impact on GPA.

· The course WILL NOT count as a failed course as defined in current program progression policies outlined in the College Catalog and Program Handbooks.

· Students receiving an Unsatisfactory (U) grade will not be eligible to receive semester honors but the same students will be eligible to receive institutional honors (at commencement).

Please direct any questions regarding these grading policy and procedure changes to Dr. Bates via email at trevor.bates@mercycollege.edu with the word “Grading” in the subject line

I would like to thank Dr. Trevor Bates and his team for developing a grading plan for students who are currently in second 8-week courses and 16-week courses, which provides flexibility for faculty and students.

Microsoft Office Online Now Available for Students

Mercy College of Ohio is pleased to provide the online web-based versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for all students. These online applications are available at no additional cost and are automatically enabled on students’ Mercy College email accounts. The online versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint allow students to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations using a web browser (including Edge, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari) on nearly any device (including PCs, Macs, Chromebooks, iPads, and Android tablets). The files are saved to OneDrive so students can access their files from anywhere. Please follow this link for instructions on accessing and using Office Online.

Youngstown Change in Hours of Operation

The Youngstown location will open for minimal hours of operation as follows for URGENT SITUATIONS ONLY:

Students must check in with either Darnell LaRosa or Tina Fowler who will be located on the fourth floor. All safety protocol must be followed. Please do not come to the Youngstown location if you have a temperature of 100 degrees (F) or higher or if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. It is imperative that we follow the guidelines that have been outlined by the Ohio Department of Health.

· Monday, April 6, 2020 10am-12noon

· Wednesday, April 8, 2020 10am-12noon

· Friday, April 10, 2020 College Closed Good Friday

Toledo Hours of Operation

· Monday, April 6, 2020 10am-3pm Marc Adkins on-campus

· Tuesday, April 7, 2020 10am-3pm Leslie Erwin on-campus

· Wednesday, April 8, 2020 10am-3pm Dr. Trevor Bates on-campus

· Thursday, April 9, 2020 On-call lori.edgeworth@mercycollege.edu

· Friday, April 10, 2020 College Closed Good Friday

Please do not come to campus if you have a temperature of 100 degrees (F) or higher or if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Upon entering the building, you will be asked to sign in and have your temperature taken to ensure everyone’s safety.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we move forward with providing a high-quality education to our students. Please check for updates at www.mercycollege.edu/covid19

Warmest regards,

Sue Wajert

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

As we continue our COVID-19 journey, I hope that each of you is safe and well! For those of you in quarantine or who may not be feeling well, our wish is for a speedy recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone.

The learning environment continues with faculty and staff providing a high-quality online learning environment so that you are well-prepared to enter the workforce.

For the nursing students graduating in May, the Ohio Board of Nursing decided that you may work under a temporary license prior to taking the NCLEX-RN. Please visit this Resource link on this page and select Students.

Clinical Compliance Update

Students approaching due dates for Tuberculosis (TB) renewals, vaccinations, or other clinical requirements may experience delays in meeting these deadlines due to COVID-19 related closures. These delays will not impact students while clinicals are suspended.

If students TB renewal lapses, those students will need to complete a new TB 2-step skin test or TB blood test as per the CastleBranch instructions.

All clinical requirements must be compliant before participating in the clinical setting once the suspension is lifted. If you have any questions, please reach out to clinicalcompliance@mercycollege.edu

College Hours

The College is open tomorrow from 10am-4pm. Dr. Trevor Bates is the administrator on campus.

If you have an URGENT situation, and it CANNOT be handled unless you absolutely must come to the College, you may call Lori Edgeworth only on Thursday, April 2 and Friday, April 3 during the hours of 8:30am-4pm. The reason for these times is that the Gandy Clinic is checking all people entering the building, and college hours need to align so that everyone entering is getting screened. Lori’s phone number is 419-251-1614 or she can be reached at lori.edgeworth@mercycollege.edu.

College Hours – Currently in Place and Continuing at Youngstown

Due to the low volume of students coming to the Youngstown location, all faculty and staff are working remotely. Please communicate with them through electronic communication.

Week of April 6, 2020 College Hours – Toledo

The College will be open next week the following hours:

· Monday, April 6, 2020 10am-3pm Administrator on campus – Marc Adkins

· Tuesday, April 7, 2020 10am-3pm Administrator on campus – Leslie Erwin

· Wednesday, April 8, 2020 10am-3pm Administrator on campus – Dr. Trevor Bates

· Thursday, April 9, 2020 Urgent Situations Only – Lori Edgeworth - on call as noted above

· Friday, April 10, 2020 Good Friday – College Closed

Thank you all so much for your patience and understanding. Our top priority is the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff. If you have questions, please complete the form that can be found at www.mercycollege.edu/covid19.<... are Mercy Strong!

Warmest regards,

Sue Wajert

Office of the President at Mercy College of Ohio

Dear Mercy College Faculty, Staff, and Students:

I hope this message finds you all safe and healthy, and if you are in quarantine or not feeling well, please take care of yourself. Our thoughts and prayers are with you for a rapid recovery. We are at the end of our second week of supporting all the College activities in the online and digital-mediated environment with a few hours being maintained at the College.

Given the expected increase in the number of cases, the College will reduce its hours next week:

College Hours – Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020 – Toledo Campus

To protect the safety and well-being of the entire campus community, new hours are outlined below: (March 30-April 3).

· Monday, March 30, 2020 10am-4pm Administrator on campus – Marc Adkins

· Tuesday, March 31, 2020 10am-4pm Administrator on campus – Leslie Erwin

· Wednesday, April 1, 2020 10am-4pm Administrator on campus – Dr. Trevor Bates

As you have heard the symptoms for COVID-19 may vary, and new symptoms are being reported. Again, for everyone’s safety, the College will have no on-campus hours Thursday, April 2, 2020 through Sunday, April 5, 2020. College administration will re-evaluate the situation next week and provide an updated schedule for the week of April 6, 2020. I would like everyone to be prepared that the campus may be closed the week of April 6, 2020, which means the remote environment is 100% in effect.

Classes/Clinicals/Practicum/Labs will all continue online or through digital-mediated delivery for the remainder of the semester. Please work directly with faculty and staff through Canvas or electronic communication.

If you have an URGENT situation, and it CANNOT be handled unless you absolutely must come to the College, you may call Lori Edgeworth only on Thursday, April 2 and Friday, April 3 during the hours of 8:30am-4pm. The reason for these times is that the Gandy Clinic is checking all people entering the building, and college hours need to align so that everyone entering is getting screened. Lori’s phone number is 419-251-1614 or she can be reached at lori.edgeworth@mercycollege.edu.

College Hours – Currently in Place and Continuing at Youngstown

Due to the low volume of students coming to the Youngstown location, all faculty and staff are working remotely. Please communicate with them through electronic communication.

Office Accessibility via Remote Access

Please be reminded that all offices at the College are now working remotely and your questions will be answered in the timeliest manner possible. Everyone greatly appreciates your patience and understanding during these difficult times.

Please email the department that you need instead of calling. This will facilitate a faster response with all of the College offices. Department email addresses are: studentsuccesscenter@mercycollege.edu

registrar@mercycollege.edu
financialaid@mercycollege.edu
bursar@mercycollege.edu
admissions@mercycollege.edu

New Updates

Governor Mike DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton noted today that no significant changes will be implemented at this time. Please stay in your home as directed by the Governor and Dr. Acton. Updates will be posted on this page.

Be safe and healthy!

Warmest regards,

Sue Wajert

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

I hope all of you are well, and your families are safe and healthy.

I want to provide everyone with notice regarding what will be coming next week as the number of corona virus cases continues to increase, and the spread of the disease continues to expand.

College Hours this week

The College hours this week are as scheduled:

· Wednesday, March 25, 2020 12noon-9pm. Administrator on campus – Dr. Trevor Bates

· Thursday, March 26, 2020 10am-6pm Administrator on campus – Marc Adkins

· Friday, March 27, 2020 8am-4pm Administrator on campus – Lori Edgeworth

· Saturday, March 28, 2020 9am-12n Administrator on campus – Andrea Raftery

· When arriving on the campus, please park on the Jefferson Avenue side of the building and come in through the main entrance (grocery-store) type doors. Also, you should take your temperature before coming to the College, and if it is 100 degrees (F) or above, please do not come to campus. If you have any other questionable symptoms, please do not come to campus.

Registration Update

On Monday, March 30, 2020, fall registration begins, and the Office of Student Records will be at the College to facilitate the registration process. They will only be in the office a few hours on Monday, March 30-Wednesday April 1, 2020.

New Hours at the College Coming Soon

To protect the safety and well-being of the entire campus community, new hours are outlined below: (March 30-April 3).

· Monday, March 30, 2020 10am-4pm Administrator on campus – Marc Adkins

· Tuesday, March 31, 2020 10am-4pm Administrator on campus – Leslie Erwin

· Wednesday, April 1, 2020 10am-4pm Administrator on campus – Dr. Trevor Bates

As you have heard the symptoms for COVID-19 may vary, and new symptoms are being reported. Again, for everyone’s safety, the College will have no on-campus hours Thursday, April 2, 2020 through Sunday, April 5, 2020. College administration will re-evaluate the situation next week and provide an updated schedule for the week of April 6, 2020. Classes/Clinicals/Practicum/Labs will all continue online or through digital-mediated delivery all next week. Please work directly with faculty and staff through Canvas or electronic communication.

If you have an URGENT situation, and it CANNOT be handled unless you absolutely come to the College, you may call Lori Edgeworth only on Thursday, April 2 and Friday, April 3 during the hours of 8:30am-4pm. The reason for these times is that the Gandy Clinic is checking all

people entering the building, and college hours need to align so that everyone entering is getting screened. Lori’s phone number is 419-251-1614 or she can be reached at lori.edgeworth@mercycollege.edu.

Youngstown

Due to the low volume of students coming to the Youngstown location, all faculty and staff are now working remotely. Please communicate with them through electronic communication.

Additional Information

We must continue to work together for everyone’s safety. I encourage you to check the COVID-19 website at www.mercycollege.edu/covid19 as the page has been reorganized and there are many more resources to assist you. We have also added the prayer request link.

Faculty and staff are dedicated to ensuring that all students have an excellent and high-quality educational experience. Remember we are not in this alone, and that other colleges and universities, and their students are in the same situation. The College Deans and Program Directors are staying in touch with the licensing agencies and accreditors.

We will get through this since we are Mercy strong and our values support what we do.

I am going to insert something that Dr. Kevin Casey sent out to the Incident Command Team, and Marc Adkins shared with me. It is wonderful and puts things into perspective.

We've aged a generation in the past three weeks.

What matters has sharply come into focus. Family matters. Love matters. Kindness matters. Health matters. Generosity matters. People matter. Community matters. The rest is just noise.

Aside from physical distancing, the biggest thing you can do right now is choosing to see the best in each other. Be kind. Be patient. Be tolerant. Be quick to help in any way you can. Be forgiving when you would otherwise be upset. See things through the eyes of others and try understanding where they are coming from. Seek out opportunities for generosity. Reconnect with your community. Reconnect with yourself. Reconnect with your priorities. Live them.

We're all in this together.

We will continue to remain true to our Mercy heritage. Thank you for your understanding.

Warmest regards,

Sue Wajert

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

As we continue to move through these unprecedented times, I want to thank all of you for your patience and understanding. Everyone should be commended for their outstanding work during the first week as the entire college transitioned to online or remote work. Please read this entire document as it contains very important information.

College administration is working rapidly to meet your needs as we continue to adapt to the evolving situation. As noted in a previous update, the College suspended all clinical/lab/practicum experiences until March 30, 2020. Today, given recent updates from local, state, and federal authorities, College Administration has decided to continue the suspension of clinicals, labs, practicums, and all other face-to-face course requirements for the remainder of the semester. Classes will also continue to be offered in the online or digital-mediated format for the remainder of the semester.

I know this is difficult for everyone to comprehend, but if you listen to Governor DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton, you know that we are in a war, and one that we want to win by keeping people safe. The only way to do this is to maintain separation, and have students participate in their education in the online environment.

The Governor stated yesterday that Dr. Acton from the Ohio Department of Health, signed a STAY-AT-HOME order, which begins tonight, Monday, March 23, 2020 at 11:59pm and remains in effect until April 6, 2020. Only essential businesses will be open with hours designated for certain populations.

If you are still using daycare, there are changes coming this week. Please check with your daycare provider if you have a child or children in daycare.

The College will continue to remain open this week (unless other changes occur) to serve students who are in VERY URGENT situations.

College Hours

For Urgent Situations Only:

The hours of the College are being adjusted to meet the needs of students who need to use a computer or study in private:

•Monday – 10am-6pm Administrator on-site – Andrea Fleming

•Tuesday – 10am-6pm Administrator on-site – Leslie Erwin

•Wednesday – 12n-9:00pm Administrator on-site – Trevor Bates

•Thursday – 10am-6pm Administrator on-site – Marc Adkins

•Friday – 8am-4pm Administrator on-site – Lori Edgeworth

•Saturday – 9am-12n Andrea Raftery (Saturday, March 28, 2020)

These rules apply:

Students are only permitted to use the sixth-floor Jefferson Avenue computer lab and should maintain physical/social distancing of 6 feet with no more than 10 people in an area. We need to follow these rules for the health and well-being of everyone. Study cubicles should only be used on the sixth floor Jefferson Avenue. There are disinfecting wipes at the reception desk that should be used to clean the cubicles /computers when you are finished. Please ensure that you clean the area(s) where you have worked. Please also use the hand sanitizer prior to using a computer. There are hand sanitizers on each side of the computer lab.

Everyone should take their temperature before coming to campus: If your temperature is 100 degrees (F) or above, please do not come to campus.

If you come to campus between 8am-4pm M-F, there is a check-in at the Jefferson front desk, where you will be required to sign in and your temperature will be taken. If you come in after hours, please ensure that you have taken your temperature as indicated above. Be prepared to show your ID badge.

Youngstown Location

The College will remain open but with reduced hours from 10am-12noon on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday beginning Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The College will be open tomorrow, March 24, 2020, from 8am-4pm. Most faculty and staff will be working remotely from home. So, if you need one of them, please contact them via email, phone, or Canvas. We are keeping the College open for those students who may not have a reliable computer at home, which will be important for you to stay connected to your lectures and alternate clinical assignments.

There will be a process for coming to the College for computer use:

1. When you arrive at the College, go directly to the 4th floor and register with either Darnell LaRosa or Tina Fowler. You will sign-in, so we can keep a record of who is/was here.

2. One of the staff will then accompany you to the Computer Lab A on the 2nd floor in order to complete your work (to keep track of which computer you are working on).

3. Prior to working on the computer, please use Hand Sanitizer that will be in the Computer Lab.

4. Upon completion of your tasks, you will go to the 4th floor again and sign out.

5. Either Tina or Darnell will then terminally clean the computer you worked on at the Youngstown Location.

For any faculty/staff or students working at Bon Secours Mercy Health, please follow the Associate Protocol for reporting purposes. If you are a student, please follow-up as well with Jennifer Barber, Nursing Faculty member. The Associate Protocol for COVID-19 is on the Mercy Hub, and it is noted as a resource link on the college website at www.mercycollege.edu/covid19.<... case you come to campus, please always carry your Identification Badge with you.

I want to remind you that this situation changes quickly, and if we need to alter the hours at the College it is important that everyone be prepared for these sudden announcements. As a planning strategy, I will give you information so that you can pre-plan for what may be coming soon. The College will most likely reduce the number of days and hours next week, beginning Monday if not sooner.

We are adding many resources to the college website at www.mercycollege.edu/covid19.<... you for your understanding. Be safe and stay healthy, and we are Mercy Strong!

Warmest regards,

Susan Wajert

Mercy College President

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:

Great News Today from the Higher Learning Commission

I want to share some very good news from the Mercy College regional accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Today we received notice that Mercy College of Ohio received continuing accreditation and our next Reaffirmation of Accreditation is 2029-2030. Congratulations go out to everyone on campus and our external stakeholders as this was truly a team effort. I would like to acknowledge Dr. Trevor Bates, Dr. Kimberly Watson, and Beverly Miller for their dedication and leadership of the HLC accreditation process.

The Higher Learning Commission also approved our request to offer the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program. Congratulations to Dr. Dawn LaBarbera and her team as they continue to lead us through the multi-step accreditation process. The ARC-PA is currently scheduled to be on campus in June taking into consideration the challenges we are facing with the COVID-19 situation.

COVID-19 Updates

The news from the Governor’s office today is that Senior Citizen Centers will be closing at end of business on Monday, March 23, 2020.

Please continue to study and work from home as much as possible. See the website for instructions and access (open) hours if you must come to campus in urgent situations.

Updates are being noted on this page. Please check it frequently to remain informed.

Assistance if you have school-aged children

Today, we heard from Bluffton University that they are helping with children who are out of school. Please visit https://www.bluffton.edu/edu/studybuddies/index.aspx.

What if I have other questions?

Please complete the form that is on the www.mercycollege.edu/covid19 website. The Director of Communication is triaging the questions, and you will receive a prompt response.

I will continue to provide updates over the weekend as necessary. Also, check our website.

Thank you so much.

Warmest regards,

Susan Wajert

Mercy College President

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

We are into another day, and the executive team at the College hopes that you and your families are doing well! We are praying that this situation subsides quickly with the measures that are being taken.

May Commencement Ceremonies – Toledo and Youngstown

After much deliberation and with great sadness, we are cancelling graduation May 1, 2020 in Toledo and May 7, 2020 in Youngstown. This decision was made with a heavy heart by all of us as we continue to consider as our top priority the safety and well-being of students and their guests, as well as faculty/staff and other attendees. Those who are planning to graduate in May will be invited to participate in the December commencement ceremony. We know this is one of the most exciting times in your life and want you to experience graduation with your family and friends. The fall Toledo Commencement Ceremony is currently scheduled for Thursday, December 17, 2020, and in Youngstown the Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, December 18, 2020. If these dates change, we will keep you informed.

Recognition of Excellence Ceremony

While deliberating graduation, we also decided to cancel the Recognition of Excellence Ceremony scheduled for April 24, 2020. Please continue to nominate individuals for the awards as we will acknowledge the recipients either in a video or in some type of digital format.

You can see categories and submit nominations at https://mercycollege.edu/student-affairs/student-life/recognition. We want to recognize the great work that has been done by members of our community despite our current challenges.

The executive team thanks you for your understanding during this very difficult time. All graduates and award nominees have worked and studied hard to get to this point, and we are truly sorry we have to make these decisions.

College Hours

The College is going to adjust its hours to accommodate students who do not have a computer at home:

For Urgent Situations Only:

The hours of the College are being adjusted to meet the needs of students who need to use a computer or study in private:

  • Monday – 10am-6pm Administrator on-site – Andrea Fleming
  • Tuesday – 10am-6pm Administrator on-site – Leslie Erwin
  • Wednesday – 12n-9:00pm Administrator on-site – Trevor Bates
  • Thursday – 10am-6pm Administrator on-site – Marc Adkins
  • Friday – 8am-4pm Administrator on-site – Lori Edgeworth
  • Saturday – 9am-12n Administrator on-site – will vary

The same rules apply:

Students are only permitted to use the sixth-floor Jefferson Avenue computer lab and should maintain physical/social distancing of 3-6 feet. We need to follow these rules for the health and well-being of everyone. Study cubicles should only be used on the sixth floor Jefferson Avenue. There are disinfecting wipes at the reception desk that should be used to clean the cubicles /computers when you are finished. Please ensure that you clean the area(s) where you have worked. Please also use the hand sanitizer prior to using a computer. There are hand sanitizers on each side of the computer lab.

Everyone should take their temperature before coming to campus: If your temperature is 100 degrees (F) or above, please do not come to campus.

Youngstown Location

The College will remain open but with reduced hours from 8am until 4pm, Monday through Friday. Most faculty and staff will be working remotely from home. So, if you need one of them, please contact them via email, phone, or Canvas. We are keeping the College open for those students who may not have a reliable computer at home, which will be important for you to stay connected to your lectures and alternate clinical assignments.

There will be a process for coming to the College for computer use:

1. When you arrive at the College, go directly to the 4th floor and register with either Darnell LaRosa or Tina Fowler. You will sign-in, so we can keep a record of who is/was here.

2. One of the staff will then accompany you to the Computer Lab A on the 2nd floor in order to complete your work (to keep track of which computer you are working on).

3. Prior to working on the computer, please use Hand Sanitizer that will be in the Computer Lab.

4. Upon completion of your tasks, you will go to the 4th floor again and sign out.

5. Either Tina or Darnell will then terminally clean the computer you worked on at the Youngstown Location.

Educating Students

The faculty and staff continue to provide a high-quality education for students. The Student Affairs staff along with the Distance Education staff will be providing information in Canvas to assist students and faculty as we continue to maneuver this situation.

I have heard some great creative methods that are being used in the classroom!

Future Updates

I want to reiterate that we are Mercy strong, and we will get through this! Updates will continue to be sent through email and on this page. Thank you so much.

In an effort to continue with the COVID-19 updates, the weekly Monday updates will be discontinued for the foreseeable future.

Susan Wajert

President, Mercy College of Ohio

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

I would like to personally thank each of you for your understanding and consideration as we continue to progress through unprecedented times with the COVID-19 virus.

  • The College has now moved learning to online or digital-mediated delivery. The faculty and staff are working diligently to ensure a high quality education!
  • This webpage is updated frequently. Please check it regularly.
  • See the website for student affairs services offered to our Mercy students.
  • Mercy College faculty and staff are working remotely. An administrator and limited essential personnel are on campus M-F from 8am-4pm. If you come to campus, please contain your work to Jefferson 6th floor. At the Toledo campus, the entrance that should be used by all college faculty/staff/students is the main Jefferson Avenue (grocery-store) type doors. For Youngstown faculty, staff and students, follow the instructions from Dr. Patricia McAllen.
  • Today, the governor asked for more closures, and he has asked us to take our temperatures before coming into the college/workplace. If you have a temperature at 100 degrees (F) or above, please do not come to campus. It is the responsibility of each of us not to spread the disease if we have a fever or are ill.

I want to reiterate that we are Mercy strong, and we will get through this! Updates will continue to be sent through email and on the mercycollege.edu/covid19 website. Thank you so much.

Susan Wajert

President, Mercy College of Ohio

Dear Mercy College Faculty, Staff, and Students:

First, I want to thank all of you for being patient as the College continues to manage the ever-evolving COVID-19 situation. Please continue to check for updates on this page. Our communication team is also updating Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Classes/Clinical Updates

Mercy College will continue to provide a high-quality education for students as we transition classes to online and digital-mediated delivery for the remainder of the semester.

The clinical/practicum/lab experiences for all students will be suspended up to and including Monday, March 30, 2020. Course/clinical/practicum and lab instructors will provide any information regarding alternative activities. Prior to March 30, we will re-evaluate the situation and decide whether to continue the suspension or return to clinical/lab/practicum experiences. We have made this decision for the health and safety of the students, faculty and staff. We have also been in contact with other hospital-based colleges as well as other colleges and universities prior to making our decision. Dr. Bates will be working with the academic team as we may have to give Incomplete grades or extend the semester. Both are options.

College Hours

Beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020 the College will be open from 8am to 4pm. All doors will be locked except the Jefferson main (grocery)type doors. Please park on the Jefferson side of the building if you come to campus. The College will remain staffed with someone from the enrollment team and one administrator Monday-Friday from --8am-4pm.

For urgent situations only: Students who do not have a computer at home may come to campus from 8am-4pm Monday-Friday. Computers will be available in the sixth-floor computer lab and /or if students need to study, they should stay on the sixth floor in the student study cubicles. We are going to lock the doors to other areas of the campus as much as possible, i.e., computer labs, study rooms, etc. We want to contain people in one area to minimize the need for extensive on-campus cleaning and disinfecting. Everyone who comes to campus needs to use social/and physical distancing (3-6) feet.

Student Services

As faculty and staff move to the remote work environment, student services will continue to provide tutoring, advising, counseling, etc. An email will be coming from Marc Adkins, Vice-President of Student Affairs giving instructions for accessing these services.

Student Protocol for reporting

If any of the following risk factors apply within the past 14 days, students must follow the protocol listed below:

  • International travel – All students who return from international travel will be required to contact Jennifer Barber, Covid-19 College Task Force, at 419-251-1703, or Jennifer.Barber1@mercycollege.edu.
  • Depending on geographic areas visited, students may be required to self-monitor for fever, cough and shortness of breath for up to 14 days after returning from travel, even if they are currently asymptomatic.

Students are required to self-report to Jennifer Barber immediately for any of the following:

  • Close contact with a person under investigation for COVID-19 while that person was ill
  • Caring for a person under investigation for COVID-19 without proper use of all required PPE
  • Close contact with an ill, laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 patient in the context of living with, being an intimate partner of, or caring for the person outside a health care facility. If any of the following risk factors apply within the past 14 days, students must follow the protocol listed below:

Future Updates

I will continue to update you with regular emails, and our communication officer will update the website with new information as it becomes available. If other resources become available, they will be forwarded to you. We may have to make additional difficult decisions, i.e., recognition of excellence (ROE), graduation, pinning, etc. Please continue to submit nominations for the ROE event here.

We are Mercy strong! Please remember the Sisters of Mercy who came to Toledo in 1918 during the Spanish flu pandemic to care for the sick. They are all watching over us now and praying for us!

Thank you again for your patience and understanding as we continue to move forward. Please continue to visit our website at www.mercycollege.edu/covid19.

Warmest regards,

Susan Wajert
President, Mercy College of Ohio

Office of the President at Mercy College of Ohio

Dear Mercy College Faculty, Staff, and Students:

Today, President Donald Trump declared a national state of emergency in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This is an unprecedented time as we all respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of the Mercy College community is the top priority. All classes/clinicals/practicums are cancelled Monday, March 16, 2020 and Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Classes will be offered online beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020. At this time, clinicals/practicums are scheduled to resume on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. An update will be provided if there are any changes.

To keep everyone updated on COVID-19, there is a newly launched section of the Mercy College website, where you can find the most recent information. It is www.mercycollege.edu/covid19. There are also Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) on this site. As new questions develop, information will be added to the list of FAQ’s.

COVID-19 presents unique challenges and continual changes that impact all of us. The attention, patience, and cooperation of everyone is essential.

We will continue to monitor the situation from Mercy Health, the Ohio Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Ohio Department of Higher Education. At this time there are not any known cases of COVID-19 at Mercy College of Ohio.

We ask all students to be patient as faculty are moving class content into the online format. Our Distance Education and Information Technology staff are to be commended for their efforts to ensure this transition is as seamless as possible for the students and faculty. Please work with your faculty member if you have questions. While they may not be on campus, they will be available through electronic media.

It is important to maintain social distancing (3-6 feet away from others) if on campus. Also, please use good hygiene practices and do not come to campus if you are running a fever or have other symptoms. There are guides in the FAQ’s for both faculty and students to use for informational and reporting purposes.

College Operations

Employees considered at-risk by the CDC may work with their manager to determine if a remote worksite is feasible. The College will follow the Bon Secours Mercy Health Associate Protocol.

At this time, the College is not closing, and will continue to meet the needs of students, faculty and staff. As part of the Bon Secours Mercy Health COVID-19 protocol, access to the College will be limited. Only the Main Entrance on Madison or the Main Entrance on Jefferson – The door under the blue awning or the doors leading to the reception area of the lobby (grocery store-type doors) will be open. This is effective immediately.

Travel

All travel has been discontinued for the immediate future.

Updates

In addition, we are continuing to assess our college and community circumstances, as well as plans and capabilities to anticipate and respond to the rapidly changing situation.

Marc Adkins, VP of Student Affairs/Dean of Students and Jennifer Barber, nursing faculty, are co-chairing and leading the COVID-19 initiatives at the College.

We will continue to provide information to the Mercy College community through email on anas needed basis. Please check your email for updates as well as visit www.mercycollege.edu/covid19.

Mercy College is working diligently and is committed to minimizing the impact of COVID-19 by implementing the actions outlined above. Please continue to pray for our college and our community, and to follow CDC and Ohio Department of Health guidance regarding hygiene and other important practices. I would like to thank everyone for their understanding and support of the Mercy College family.

Warmest regards,

Susan Wajert
President, Mercy College of Ohio

Dear Mercy College Faculty, Staff, and Students:

Yesterday afternoon, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine held a conference call with Dr. Amy Acton from the Ohio Department of Health, and Chancellor, Randy Gardner from the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

The Governor has declared a State of Emergency and is recommending the following for Colleges and Universities in Ohio. At this time there are no known cases of COVID-19 at Mercy College of Ohio.

  • This is spring break week at the College – March 9-March 13, 2020. (College open)
  • Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, all face-to-face lecture class meetings will be offered in the online format until further notice. College administration along with our College COVID-19 task force will continue to monitor the Ohio Department of Health website and the Ohio Department of Higher Education website along with participating in scheduled conference calls.
  • Canvas is our online learning management system, which will be used for delivery of coursework. All classes are cancelled on Monday, March 16, 2020 to allow faculty time to prepare for online and digital-mediated delivery of coursework. Also, it is important to check your email for messages from your faculty. Each faculty member, in collaboration with the dean/program director, will decide the most appropriate way to maintain continuity of their courses and the quality of the learning experience for students in a particular course.
  • Academic Support Services will continue to be available online or through electronic media.
  • Clinical education/Practicum activities for students will continue at this time unless the facility/organization prohibits the participation of students. If this is the case, an alternative activity may take place at the discretion of the course faculty member who will keep you apprised of any changes.
  • Students and clinical instructors who are not feeling well or are ill with a fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc., should not attend the clinical experience. Please notify your clinical instructor or Program Director as outlined in your syllabus.

Meetings and Activities

All co-curricular and social gatherings are cancelled until further notice. If you have questions, please call or email the Vice-President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students, Marc Adkins. The Recognition of Excellence Event on April 24, 2020 at the Malawi Center will proceed as scheduled, however, this may change. Everyone will be kept informed. We will remain in contact with the Toledo Zoo Malawi Center. Please continue to nominate faculty, staff, and students to receive awards and be recognized.

Spring Commencement

Spring Commencement is scheduled May 1, 2020 in Toledo, OH and May 7, 2020 in Youngstown, OH. The College plans to hold each ceremony as scheduled, however, this may change as we get closer to the dates.

College Operations

The College will remain open for business. Employees considered at-risk by the CDC(https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html) may work with their manager to determine if a remote worksite is feasible. The College will follow the Bon Secours Mercy Health Associate Protocol at the following link: Associate Travel and Exposure Protocol.

Travel

The College is suspending all international travel and all “non-essential” domestic travel. All travel now requires approval by the Executive Team. Prior travel approval is hereby rescinded for upcoming events. Prior to traveling, even if travel was approved, you must seek new approval from the Executive Team. Depending on the circumstances at the time, a decision will be made as to whether travel is advised.

Updates

In addition, we are continuing to assess our college and community circumstances, as well as plans and capabilities to anticipate and respond to the rapidly changing situation. Above all, we remain committed to the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and our community.

Marc Adkins, VP of Student Affairs/Dean of Students and Jennifer Barber, nursing faculty, are co-chairing and leading the COVID-19 initiatives at the College

We will continue to provide information to the Mercy College community through email on a weekly or more frequent basis if necessary. Please check your email for updates.

Mercy College is working diligently and is committed to minimizing the impact of COVID-19 by implementing the actions outlined above. Please continue to pray for our college and our community, and to follow CDC and Ohio Department of Health guidance regarding hygiene and other important practices.

Warmest regards,

Susan Wajert

President, Mercy College of Ohio

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