Update: March 14
Other Ohio universities have closed their residence halls and dining halls. Why has Malone kept residence halls and the Dining Hall open?
Continued residence is a student/family choice and we are doing everything we can as a university to meet the needs of each of our students. Our plans align with directives given by the CDC, the Governor of Ohio Mike DeWine, and state health officials and we have taken steps to eliminate large gatherings. These are challenging times for all families and many students have special circumstances that create a strong need to remain on campus.
On March 13, Ohio Chancellor of Higher Education Randy Gardner wrote to leaders of the state’s higher education institutions: “I am writing to emphasize how important it will be in the days and weeks ahead to ensure that college and university students have appropriate housing accommodations. Of concern of course are former foster youth students, international students, at-risk students and others who may have special needs. I respectfully request your assistance in asking your institutions to communicate proactively with these and other at-risk populations, in particular, to make sure they understand the full range of campus housing options that remain available to them.”
For those students who are choosing to go home until the return of face-to-face instruction, what are the directions for retrieving books and other materials?
Following guidance from the health department through our university nurse, Becky Rodak, we have developed a student hygiene protocol for those who will be arriving to retrieve their belongings. Students will be instructed to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds before entering the building, not use public bathrooms on campus, avoid touching public surfaces as much as possible, and only handle their own possessions.
What information does the university need from me related to my plans during the transition period?
We are developing a “Transition to Online Education” registration box on Malone Xpress. It will ask you to provide information on where you will be, how you are adapting to online learning, and how to connect with you quickly. It will be fully developed early next week and you will receive an email directing you to provide information regarding your plans. All students will be required to identify where they will be staying and what device they are planning to use to complete work.
How has the spread of the Coronavirus impacted our coaches, student-athletes, and athletic recruiting?
On Friday, March 13, the Presidents of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference voted to cancel all spring athletics competitions and championships. All team-related activities are suspended through April 6. After that date, each institution can make decisions about team practices and workouts. These decisions align with recent decisions with the NCAA. The NCAA also established a recruiting dead period for Division II institutions. Coaches will be permitted to recruit prospective students through phone calling, email, and texting, but no in-person recruiting – on campus or off campus – can occur until April 15.
By going to all on-line courses, are Malone students benefitting from GI benefits at risk for losing their monthly stipend by moving from in-person to online status?
This issue is currently being addressed by Congress. However, all members of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio consortium have been approved for on-line instruction and their students are not at risk of losing benefits.
Are there any forms of support for students who choose to stay home but have limited access to the internet?
Charter Communications, the parent company of Spectrum, is offering free access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi for 60 days to households with K-12 children and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. To learn more, call 1-844-488-8495. Installation fees will be waived. Learn more here.