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Frequently Asked Questions about Coronavirus

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), COVID-19 (which stands for Coronavirus Disease 2019) is “a disease caused by the most recently discovered Coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.”

This strain of Coronavirus is novel, a type not previously discovered, which makes it different from other, more common forms of Coronaviruses. According to WHO, “several Coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).”

COVID-19 carries many of the same symptoms as more common Coronaviruses, including fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These symptoms typically present 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms of COVID-19 have ranged in severity among patients who have tested positive.

The Coronavirus has been upgraded to pandemic status. What does that mean?

The World Health Organization defines the word pandemic loosely as the worldwide spread of a new disease among multiple countries at the same time and usually affecting a large number of people.

Have any cases of the novel Coronavirus been reported on the Notre Dame College campus?

No. No cases of the Coronavirus have been reported at this time on the Notre Dame College campus.

On April 6, 2020, a member of the Notre Dame College community (hereafter referred to as they, them, their) informed the College they were exhibiting symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and have been advised by their doctor to self-quarantine. This person had not been tested but was following proper protocol as if they are COVID-19 positive. They have not had contact with anyone on campus since March 11, 2020. The College community’s thoughts and prayers go out to them and their loved ones.

Ensuring the anonymity of any individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, or is being treated as if positive, is important. Anyone who is aware of their identity, is asked to please respect their privacy and to please abide by all laws related to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), personal health information (HIPAA and ADA) and expectations for the responsible use of social media. Notre Dame is committed to doing all that we can to support this person and the broader community through what is a stressful and challenging time.

Have any cases of the Coronavirus been reported in South Euclid, Ohio?

The most up to date information about Coronavirus cases in Ohio, its counties and cities is available from the State of Ohio COVID-19 website

As a member of the Notre Dame College community, if I am not feeling well, what should I do?

If you are exhibiting symptoms of Coronavirus (a fever of 100.4 or higher, respiratory issues like a cough or shortness of breath) or you have been in direct contact with an individual diagnosed with Coronavirus, please do not come to campus. Instead, contact your healthcare provider, call the Cuyahoga County Board of Health at 216-201-2000 and follow the CDC guidelines for self-quarantining.

Medical facilities nearby the Notre Dame campus include:

  • Sender’s Pediatrics is across from campus on Green Road.
  • Beachwood Family Health Center is a part of the Cleveland Clinic and is near Beachwood Mall.
  • UH Suburban is a part of University Hospitals and is down Green Road before Mayfield Road.
  • Family Urgent Care is on Mayfield Road just east of Richmond Road.

 

What if a friend, classmate, roommate or colleague of mine at the College has been or is feeling ill?

Avoid contact with any person who is feeling ill. If he or she is exhibiting symptoms of Coronavirus (a fever of 100.4 or higher, respiratory issues like a cough or shortness of breath) they should contact their healthcare provider, call the Cuyahoga County Board of Health at 216-201-2000 and follow the CDC guidelines for self-quarantining.

If you have been in direct contact with an individual diagnosed with Coronavirus, contact your healthcare provider, call the Cuyahoga County Board of Health at 216-201-2000 and follow the CDC guidelines for self-quarantining. If you are away from campus, please do not come to campus.

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

According to the CDC, quarantine is the separation of a person or group of people reasonably believed to have been exposed to a communicable disease but not yet symptomatic from others who have not been so exposed to prevent the possible spread of the communicable disease

Isolation is the separation of a person or group of people known or reasonably believed to be infected with a communicable disease and potentially infectious from those who are not infected to prevent spread of the communicable disease. Isolation for public health purposes may be voluntary or compelled by federal, state or local public health order.

Has anyone from the College community traveled to affected areas in the last few weeks?

No. The College is not aware of anyone in the campus community who has traveled to affected areas in the last few weeks.

Are students and other members of the Notre Dame community permitted to travel?

College-sponsored domestic and international travel is suspended until further notice.

Should I be concerned that members of the campus community might bring back Coronavirus from travel, even if they are just visiting another part of Cuyahoga County or the State of Ohio?

The College closely is following the protocols and advisories set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to the prevention of Coronavirus. Although their risk is low, as a precautionary measure, individuals returning from Level 3 countries (China, Iran, Italy and South Korea) will be subject to a 14-day, off-campus self-quarantine at home.

Notre Dame also is following guidance from the CDC and the State of Ohio on preventing the spread of Coronavirus among the campus community and in residential communities by cancelling all in-person, face-to-face classes and moving courses to virtual delivery through the College’s online Moodle platform. In addition, all campus facilities have been closed.

As part of Ohio’s Responsible Restart Ohio plan, the College will begin to slowly open campus offices on Monday, May 4, noting several provisions. The campus remains closed except to those with employee ID badge access.

Campus

Is the College still hosting large campus events?

No. Effective immediately, all campus events are cancelled through the spring semester. Event organizers should inform guests and attendees that their events are cancelled.

Are some campus facilities open?

The College and all campus facilities remain closed except to those with employee ID badge access.

 

What if I am a staff member and I do not feel comfortable working on campus?

As part of the state’s Responsible Restart Ohio plan, the College will begin to slowly open campus offices on Monday, May 4, noting several provisions. The campus remains closed except to those with employee ID badge access. Eligible personnel still may work remotely with the permission of their supervisors.

What if I do not have childcare options during this transition?

As part of the state’s Responsible Restart Ohio plan, the College will begin to slowly open campus offices on Monday, May 4, noting several provisions. The campus remains closed except to those with employee ID badge access. Eligible staff members still will be working remotely with the permission of their supervisor.

Should I continue to go to the dining hall? If not, how do I obtain meals?

Only students with approved exceptions may remain in campus housing. Arrangements are available for meals. Contact housing@ndc.edu with any questions.

Will I be reimbursed for the remainder of my meal plan?

Students have been notified through email about reimbursement plans. Members of the campus community who still have general questions about room, board or other refund procedures can email Student Accounts or call 216.373.5213 and leave a message. Student Account staff may take 24-48 hours to respond since they are working remotely. Contact studentaccounts@ndc.edu.

Academics

Are online courses also being suspended?

No. Current online courses and summer courses, which are all online, will continue as scheduled. Please note also that face-to-face courses were not suspended, they were moved to virtual delivery.

Will my academic credit or tuition be affected by the extra week of spring break and moving of classes to virtual delivery?

No. All academic work will continue as outlined in each course syllabus. The only thing that will change is the mode of delivery. Students will continue to earn academic credit if they pass their classes, so no adjustments will be made to tuition.

What if I do not have a computer or Internet service in my residence hall or at my home?

The Administration Building will be open and available to students who need to use the second-floor computer labs, but only form 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with ID badge access.

What if I am an international student who returns to my home country but then cannot travel back to campus?

International students who decide to return to their home countries are expected to attend virtual classes beginning on March 30. If the College decides to reinstate classes on site later this semester, students in international countries who are unable to return to campus due to a travel ban will remain in virtual classes for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. These students need to stay in contact with their faculty instructors via email, especially if classes are reinstated on site.

Should I plan to return to campus in the fall and how should I make sure I am registered for classes?

The College is preparing for the Fall 2020 semester and working to make sure everything is in place as usual. Students can check registration status at any time by logging in to MyNDC. If students need to make changes to their schedules, they can reach out directly to the Student Success Center via email to studentsuccess@ndc.edu for assistance. 

The Office of Admissions continues to recruit and enroll new and transfer students for summer and fall 2020, as well, with no delay on the College’s end with admissions decisions, financial aid award letters and transcript evaluations. Apply online or email admissions@ndc.edu for additional information.

In addition, orientation for new and transfer students begins online Wednesday, May 20.

What if I have tutoring or advising sessions scheduled on campus or need them in the coming weeks?

Faculty or instructional advisors have been reaching out to students with information related to advising, tutoring and registering for summer or fall courses. Students with questions related to tutoring and advising can email Katie McMahon, director of the Student Success Center, at kmcmahon@ndc.edu. Members of the Academic Support Center for Students with Learning Differences (ASC) can email Mary Jo Levand, director of the ASC, directly at mlevand@ndc.edu. If students are cleared to register for classes, they can do so online anytime by logging in to MyNDC or by emailing the Student Success Center at studentsuccess@ndc.edu.

If I am planning to graduate this May, what should my family and I be doing?

Following the CDC’s recommendations to limit gatherings and in anticipation of additional restrictions that may be forthcoming, the College is not moving forward with Commencement exercises as previously planned for May 9, 2020. The College is exploring other possibilities to celebrate the accomplishments of the Notre Dame Class of 2020 and will notify graduating students through their Notre Dame email with additional information.

Athletics

I am an athlete at Notre Dame who practices, competes and travels with my team. What do you recommend I do?

The College continues to monitor the situation with guidance from the NCAA and the Mountain East Conference. Please watch for communication from the Athletic Department.

What can I do if my roommate or teammate is from or has traveled to one of the affected areas?

The College is monitoring the situation with guidance from the NCAA and Mountain East Conference. Please watch for communication from the Athletic Department.

What if I play a contact sport and a competitor on another team has traveled to one of the affected areas?

The College is monitoring the situation with guidance from the NCAA and Mountain East Conference. Please watch for communication from the Athletic Department.

Are the campus Keller Center and other athletic facilities still open?

No. All facilities, including the Keller Center, will be closed until further notice.

Additional Information

Should members of the College and community stay away from campus? For how long?

As part of Ohio’s Responsible Restart Ohio plan, the College will begin to slowly open campus offices on Monday, May 4, noting several provisions. The campus remains closed except to those with employee ID badge access. Eligible personnel still may work remotely with the permission of their supervisors. 

How will I be contacted with new information about the Coronavirus?

Students, faculty and staff need to check their College email frequently. Also, frequently check the College website, NotreDameCollege.edu. There is a section dedicated to information about the Coronavirus pandemic available via a link in the upper right hand corner of the main College homepage. Additional resources on the Coronavirus also are available from this page.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

Faculty, academic staff and support staff are available through phone and email.

In addition, consult the College website NotreDameCollege.edu homepage and the “Coronavirus Information” section, which is available via a link in the upper right corner of the website. Also, check your Notre Dame email regularly. If you do not find the information you need, email pr@ndc.edu or call 1-800-NDC-OHIO.