TIFFIN — Heidelberg University will close its entire campus for the rest of the semester, President Rob Huntington announced Monday.
“In response to the ever-growing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and in our effort to do everything we can to protect the safety, health and well-being of our entire community, tonight I am announcing that the Heidelberg University campus will be closed, effective at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 22, 2020, for the rest of the semester. As previously announced, all courses will be delivered remotely, which will continue through the end of the semester,” Huntington said.
Huntington said the decision was based on “currently available information, which continues to change rapidly and which we continue to monitor closely.”
“We have relied upon the strong directions and guidance of Governor Mike DeWine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Ohio Department of Health and our local Seneca County Health District in our decision-making,” Huntington said.
Students currently residing in campus housing are required to move out by 5 p.m. Sunday, March 22.
Students who were off campus for Spring Break should report to campus to pack up belongings and vacate the campus by 5 p.m. Sunday, March 22. Heidelberg will identify housing options to assist students who are unable to vacate their campus housing.
The university is moving to online, remote instruction for the rest of the semester.
Huntington also announced that the 2020 Commencement ceremony, scheduled for Sunday, May 17, is being canceled. Graduates will still be awarded their degrees, and the university is “working on the most appropriate ways to award and recognize our graduating seniors.”