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COVID-19 Community Digest: August 21, 2020

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To keep faculty and staff informed of actions and activities related to maintaining the health and safety of our community amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the following communication will be distributed as needed to campus. Please visit the COVID-19 website for more details and updates.

Community Reminder

As we have reiterated, our ability to continue with in-person classes this semester is dependent on all students, faculty, and staff upholding our community expectations to prevent and slow the spread of the virus. Please be diligent and wear your face covering, take your temperature, maintain appropriate distance from others, wash your hands frequently, and follow all University policies and health protocols.

Be advised that Clark County is now at Level 3, also called the red level, on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System. This does not necessitate any changes in protocols. We continue to be in close contact with the Clark County Combined Health District to monitor and respond to developments.

Face Shields and Face Coverings

IProvost Mattson shared an update with faculty today on new guidance from Ohio Department of Health regarding the use of face shields as opposed to masks. Essentially, the CDC is not sure yet what level of protection a face shield provides when it is not used together with a mask. Thus, the ODH prohibits the “use of face shields as a substitute for facial coverings/masks.” Having said that, ODH does recognize that there are situations in which it would be acceptable to use a face shield. They are listed on the ODH website as well. We will be updating our face covering policy to reflect the new guidance on face shields.

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Flexible Work Schedules

We understand how challenging these times are for all of us and will continue to work on ways to help reduce some of the added stressors you have today. With this said, the HR department has been working diligently with senior staff to develop policies and guidelines around flexible work options for our employees. We are very excited to introduce you to our new flexible work guidelines and policies that can be found here under the Flexible Work Options heading.
NOTE –The Flexible Work Option Agreement Form must be completed for ALL requests related to the noted work arrangements. If a Remote Work Arrangement is an approved request, then the Remote Work Policy and Remote Work Agreement must ALSO be completed.

How To Report A Concern

If you have a concern about a member of our community not fulfilling our community expectations, please complete the Wittenberg University: COVID-19 Report a Concern Form. A member of the COVID Response Team will follow-up as appropriate. If you have a concern about exposure (yours or someone else’s) to COVID-19, please use the same form. For general questions about COVID-19 and Wittenberg University’s response, please email


The campus community can use the WITTTIP safety alert system to send a confidential tip via text message to the Wittenberg University Police Division regarding safety concerns or criminal activity. Users should text the word WITTTIP and your message to 79516. A response will come from the text system promptly, acknowledging receipt.

The WITTTIP text service is not for emergencies. Items that should be texted will be those that the Wittenberg Police Division should be alerted about, where no person is in imminent danger. Emergencies still need to be reported using the emergency phone number, (937) 327-6363, or by using a blue cap phone on campus, if accessible, where the caller can speak directly to police dispatchers. For those who prefer to use an Internet interface, there is a web tip form where community members can confidentially submit their concerns online using this link.

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Contact Tracing, Quarantine, and Isolation

The COVID Response Team is working to answer all questions and respond as needed. The WITT: We're In This Together website is another helpful resource. Here is a reminder on helpful terms:

Quarantine is for individuals that are asymptomatic and/or have reason to believe they have been exposed to the virus.

Isolation is for individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Currently, we do not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus.

Previous Issues of Community Digest

All issues of the Student Digest are posted on the W.I.T.T.: We’re In This Together website in the communications section. If you have a question that has not been addressed in these communications to date, please email the COVID Response Team.

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