Updated March 25, 2020

Here is additional information to help students transition now that in-person classes and athletics have been canceled, and remote learning has been implemented for the remainder of spring semester. For help being offered by outside companies, including airlines, visit our Outside Resources for Students & Families page.

When do I need to be moved out of my residence hall room?

All students will be able to stay overnight in their residence hall rooms through Thursday, March 19. Unless you have petitioned and are approved to stay longer, you need to be moved out by 5 p.m. Friday, March 20. If you are unable to move all of your belongings before the March 20 deadline, the following dates also will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: April 18-19 and May 8-9. (Following State of Ohio guidelines, our April 4-5 move-out option has been canceled.) More details are available on our Move Out Information page.

Will airport shuttles be available?

Yes, we are scheduling a series of free shuttles to the John Glenn Columbus International Airport. You are able to sign up now using our Airport Shuttle Reservations form. Please sign up before 5 p.m. Monday, March 16, if possible. For students who need transportation to OWU from the airport, we will try to help, too. You need to email your arrival date and time to psafety@owu.edu. We will try to schedule you to come back on one of the shuttles dropping students off.

What do I do about my textbooks?

You should take all course books with you to use during remote learning for the remainder of the semester. Additional information on methods to return books (especially books rented from OWU) will be posted and shared in the near future.

Is the Campus Store still open?

The OWU Campus Store is currently closed to in-person business. You can still order online at https://owucampusstore.goindico.com/  If you have any questions or concerns, please email bookstore@owu.edu or leave a voicemail at 740-368-3396.

What should I do with items I’ve borrowed from the OWU Libraries?

Currently, hard copy items should not be physically returned to the library until further notice. There will be no charge or late fees for bringing library books back late. Just return library materials when we all come back to campus. Equipment borrowed from Media Services should be returned during library hours if possible. (If not, arrangements will be worked out.) For more information on library resources, view Library Resources & Service Support for Students. For information on current hours, view the Library Hours page.

Will I have access to food while I’m on campus?

As of this writing, takeout-only service will be available at Bishop Café from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Bishop Café will accept meal exchanges with current meal plans so that no Dining Dollars or cash will be needed. The T-Store will be open from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

Will I have access to the OWU Student Health Center while I’m here?

The OWU Student Health Center will be open regular hours, but you must make a telephone appointment before coming to the center. The online portal to schedule appointments has been deactivated. Calling first will allow a quick verbal screening to determine what precautions may be needed surrounding your Health Center visit. To make an appointment, call 740-368-3160.

Will I have access to workout areas?

All recreational facilities are closed indefinitely. This includes the Edwards Gymnasium, Simpson Querrey Fitness Center, Morrill Strength & Conditioning Room, Branch Rickey Arena, Gordon Field House, Welch Fitness Room, and Meek Aquatics and Recreation Center.

Will OWU hold a graduation ceremony for seniors?

Yes! We wish we knew when, but it's too soon to make that decision. We plan to give everyone a month's notice and to create lots of other fun things to do when our seniors and families return to campus to celebrate our Class of 2020.


Updated March 13, 2020

What is COVID-19 and what should I do about it?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. To prevent the spread of the virus, it is important to take steps to keep yourself and those around you healthy. Wash your hands often, use hand-sanitizing gel, sneeze into your elbow, isolate yourself if you have a fever, and avoid contact with anyone who has an active fever. The primary symptoms involve fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you believe you could be ill with COVID-19, get medical attention but call first so that the care facility can plan for your arrival. For the latest information about the virus, visit the Centers for Disease Control’s “What You Should Know” page. For Ohio-specific information, visit the Ohio Department of Health’s COVID-19 page. The department also has established a coronavirus answer line at 1-833-4ASKODH or 1-833-427-5634.

Will I be able to access my residence hall room?

In-person classes have been canceled and remote learning will be utilized for the rest of spring semester. To accommodate family schedules and help to smooth your transition, you will be able to stay overnight in your residence hall room through Thursday, March 19. Unless you are approved to stay longer, you must be moved out by 5 p.m. Friday, March 20.  For students unable to move out by March 20, the following dates also will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: April 4-5, April 18-19, and May 8-9. More details are available on our Move Out Information page.

Who will be permitted to remain on campus?

To be eligible to remain on campus, you must meet one of the following criteria and complete this Request Approval for Remote Instruction Housing form by 8 a.m. March 16:

  • You are an international student and don’t have another option for housing.
  • You currently are without a safe home environment.
  • You currently are without a permanent home.
  • You have exceptional circumstances.

If I stay on campus, will I have access to food service?

Per AVI Fresh, Bishop Cafe will reopen at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 15, and be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week during the remote-learning period. The T-Store will reopen at 2 p.m. March 15 and be open from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week during this period.  As of this posting, The Marketplace will reopen Sunday, April 5, and both Merrick Cafe and the Science Center Cafe will reopen Monday, April 6.

If I am permitted to remain on campus, will I be able to continue working my campus job?

Students who petition and are approved to remain on campus during the remote-learning period should check with their supervisors about whether work will be available for them. Students are unable to stay on campus solely for campus or community employment.

What if I can’t get to campus to get my textbooks?

To determine what you will need for the remote-learning period, please check your course syllabi and watch for communications from your professors. Please respond promptly when they reach out for information including questions about your internet connectivity at home. The Campus Store, Library Services, and individual faculty members also are working to identify what can be made available digitally or otherwise, and we hope to have more information about online textbook availability soon. If you need a second copy of a book, you might want to explore the store’s book rental program. We also invite you to compare prices across the web at the Campus Store’s price comparison website. If you buy from the store, please ship to your home address. If you buy from other vendors, using the Campus Store price comparison website ensures you get the correct edition and format. Digital options are listed as well where available. If you purchase an extra copy of books, the Campus Store will repurchase books at the end of the semester during Buybacks (April 29-May 5). The store partners with a wholesaler and pays cash for books regardless of where you bought them. For questions, contact bookstore@owu.edu or 740-368-3396.

What if I have accessibility concerns with remote learning?

We want to provide the support that is needed for all students to have successful and rewarding remote-learning experiences. If you have accessibility concerns tied to remote learning, please contact Stephanie Rowland, OWU’s coordinator of disability services, at 740-368-3990 or slrowlan@owu.edu.

What if I don’t have a laptop or access to a computer at home?

Ohio Wesleyan has a couple of programs that make laptops available to students. We’re going to be as flexible as possible with them to help you get a laptop during the remote-learning period. The first is the laptop accessibility program offered by the Office of Student Engagement and Success and the other is the equipment reservation program offered by Media Services. Both will do their best to help.

What if this change creates a financial emergency for me because of the unforeseen travel or other issues?

Ohio Wesleyan has an emergency funds program, and we will try to be flexible with this to help ensure students will be able to stay enrolled and persist in their pursuit of an OWU diploma.

If I don’t stay on campus, will I receive a room, board, and student activity fee refund?

We have not yet determined room and board refund actions, as we do not yet know when all students will be back on campus. We will continuously monitor the changing COVID-19 situation and public health guidelines, and we will have more information as the situation progresses. 

Will I receive any sort of tuition refund?

We are not issuing tuition refunds, as all learning will continue. Your professors are working diligently to ensure meaningful learning experiences for you, and we are confident that if you engage in these experiences, you will learn the material planned for the in-person course.

Will my athletics competitions take place?

As of this writing, competitions will end Sunday, March 15. Per Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, no spectators are permitted at either indoor or outdoor competitions.

What are you doing to keep the campus clean and safe?

Our ABM housekeeping team already has increased the number of times it is wiping down public areas, and it is working to ensure that hand-sanitizer stations are full. We also are working to add more hand-sanitizer stations in spaces including Hamilton-Williams Campus Center dining areas. If you are ill and treated by the OWU Student Health Center, staff there may request that your room be sanitized by housekeeping staff.

Should I make my Travel-Learning Course payment?

We encourage students to go ahead and pay any fees owed for Travel-Learning Courses. If the courses are not able to travel in May because of continuing COVID-19 concerns, fees will be refunded.

How will I register for fall classes?

Students will continue to be able to register online, and advisors will be able to discuss registration with you either on the telephone or via Zoom.