All Huntington University updates and notifications on COVID-19 will continue to be available here. For faculty matters related to COVID-19, contact Dr. Luke Fetters at (260) 359-4008. For staff matters, contact Dr. Russ Degitz at (260) 359-4002 or Connie Bonner at (260) 359-4006. Students should also direct questions and concerns to Dr. Ron Coffey at (260) 359-4029.
HU continues to participate in local, regional, and national conversations concerning COVID-19. Dr. Russ Degitz is participating in local conversations. Dr. Ron Coffey is participating at the state level through the Indiana Department of Health. Dr. Sherilyn Emberton is participating at the regional and national level through NAICUA.
Fall 2021: Campus
Dr. Russ Degitz, chief operating officer, discusses the latest in Huntington University’s health and safety protocols, including the move to an optional mask-wearing policy and the transition to normal hours of operation and full room capacity for public spaces in the fall semester.
According to the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, a virus closely related to the SARS virus. COVID-19 originated in China in December of 2019 and has migrated to over 80 countries. There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19. Recommended preventive measures include hand washing, maintaining distance from people who are sick, monitoring and self-isolation for fourteen days for people who suspect they are infected.
The virus primarily spreads between people in a similar way to influenza, via respiratory droplets produced during coughing or sneezing. The time between exposure and symptom onset is typically five days but may range from two to fourteen days. Symptoms may include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. (CDC).
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, do not attend class or go to athletic practice. Instead, work with your professor and/or coach. Make sure they are aware of your health concerns and discuss how you can remain up to date with classes and/or turn in assignments. Additionally,
- Review attendance policies
- Practice social distancing when possible
- Wash hands regularly
- Don’t greet others with a handshake or a high-five
- Wash clothing and bedding regularly
- Don’t share food, drinks, or eating utensils
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, do not attend class, come to the office, or lead practice. Instead, communicate with your students or co-workers and to your supervisor. Make sure they are aware of your health concerns and discuss how your responsibilities will be covered. Additionally,
- Review sick leave policies
- Make accommodations for students as necessary
- Identify critical job functions and positions and plan for alternative coverage by cross-training staff and faculty
- National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities: Coronavirus Disease Resources
- COVID-19 Map within the US (Center for Disease Control)
- Arrival Restrictions (Department of Homeland Security)
- American College Health Association (ACHA) COVID-19 Updates
- Colleges Continue Coronavirus Planning (Inside Higher Education)