July 31, 2020
Dear Ursuline Students:
Welcome to the second edition of Forward Focused. This week we focus on changes you’ll see just 26 days from now in auxiliary services.
This message reflects our best thinking – and the advice of the Cleveland Clinic and guidelines of the State of Ohio and the CDC – as of July 29, 2020. Coronavirus circumstances continue to evolve, however. Please stay on top of developments by reading your Ursuline emails, especially in the coming weeks.
In all scenarios on campus, expect social distancing to be maintained, masks to be worn (unless a student has a documented disability or medical accommodation), and surfaces to be disinfected regularly.
Watch for emails from bookstore company Follett, regarding scheduling individual appointments and ordering online, which we encourage. Residence Hall students may have their books sent to their residence hall. When the bookstore re-opens Aug. 10, shoppers will enter through the usual door but exit through the side door in the back room.
The team at Metz are trying to ensure that diners move through the food court as efficiently and safely as possible. You’ll notice:
- Grille items will be on rotation with a special-of-the-day and five main items; no special orders at this time
- The Main Plate will still feature home cooked meal options every day for lunch and dinner and the updated menu will be available on line once classes start
- Those with special dietary needs should speak to the Chef/Manager, Tyler James
- Desserts, salads, and pizza will be packaged for convenience
- Food court will close completely from 3:30-4:30 p.m. daily for deep cleaning
- Besse Learning Commons Café will open when classes resume
Disability Services staff are looking forward to welcoming students back to campus. A few changes:
- Disability Services and the Testing Center have moved to the renovated suite, MU 130, on the lower level of Mullen, not far from the mailroom.
- Disability Specialist Morgan E. Holeski will email student accommodation letters to the student; the student is responsible for forwarding them on to their respective instructors.
- Zoom meetings with Morgan are an option. Face-to-face meetings are still available.
- Students who are taking their exams in the Testing Center as an accommodation will need to schedule their exams with Teri Derry, Testing Coordinator.
- Students who need to request updated or new disability-related accommodations should contact Morgan as soon as possible. She will need documentation from a qualified healthcare provider.
Personal Counseling staff are ready to serve new and returning students. Please note:
- Personal Counseling has moved to the renovated suite, MU 130, on the lower level of Mullen, not far from the mailroom.
- Beginning August 17, individual intakes and in-person counseling sessions will be offered between 8am and 4pm Mon through Friday, by appointment.
- Established clients with UC’s Counseling Services who are currently unable to come to campus may set up phone therapy sessions until the college opens.
- New students requesting services will be scheduled for an on-campus intake assessment.
Student athletes have received specific and detailed communications. Non-athletes can expect:
- A new waiver to sign for fitness center use.
- A limit on the number of people in the fitness center
- Additional cleaning in the fitness center
- Fall competition season starting Sept. 24, 2020
We hope that by re-drawing your mental picture of daily life at Ursuline now, you will be better able to focus on your classes and your future once the semester starts. We know you have more questions. Over the next month we’ll keep you up to date with weekly Forward Focused announcements like this one, so you’ll be ready for a great semester. Please stay tuned and stay safe!
Deanne W. Hurley
Vice President for Student Affairs
Civil Rights Investigator
Kathryn M. LaFontana, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs