response to restart Ohio Higher Education Plan
July 9, 2020: The University of Toledo has been working closely
with Governor Mike DeWine, the Ohio Health Department, the Lucas
County Health Department and the Inter-University Council of
Ohio’s public universities as we have navigated this pandemic.
“We are grateful for the outstanding leadership, collaboration
and support of Governor DeWine and other state officials as we
have rapidly responded to this health crisis,” said Dr.
Gregory Postel, interim president. “The guidance in the
Restart Ohio Education Plan released today provides affirmation
of our work to-date on the Rocket Restart plan.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic financial impact
on all of higher education, and UToledo is no exception. We have
taken significant measures at great cost to promote the health
and safety of our entire campus community. The additional
funding made available to Ohio’s public higher education
institutions through the CARES Act will assist with the
enormous financial challenge associated with these changes.
There is no perfect response plan for the COVID-19 pandemic, but
with the guidance offered in today’s plan, in concert with our
Rocket Restart efforts, we will continue to address the
challenges associated with the uncertainty of the coronavirus.
“The only certainty in this environment is our commitment to
offering a world-class education for our students,” Postel said.
“We appreciate that Governor DeWine shares this commitment to
support for International Students
The University of Toledo today issued the
following statement on the new U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement guidance regarding international students:
The University of Toledo has devoted significant resources over
the past months to plan for and promote a safe return to campus
for fall semester.
We appreciate these are difficult, uncertain times and we have
done our best to provide clarity and assurances for all of our
students. Unfortunately, the guidance issued by U.S. Immigration
and Customs Enforcement regarding international students has
created additional uncertainty for our international students.
UToledo is fully committed to providing on-campus instruction
for our students this fall, alongside remote and online
instruction modalities. This flexible approach to learning
fulfills the new requirements for our international students.
While our Rocket Restart plans are subject to change based on
the pandemic’s spread and the guidance from local, state and
federal public health experts, as well as our own health and
safety experts, we understand the importance of an uninterrupted
educational experience. UToledo is currently making plans to
ensure that no student would be impacted mid-semester by these
new federal guidelines.
A diverse student body is a core value of UToledo. Every year,
we welcome hundreds of international students from around the
world into our Rocket family. Any policy that makes it more
difficult for bright young minds to complete their education at
UToledo is concerning. As always, we continue to monitor the
potential impact of immigration laws, policies and practices on
our campus community and pledge to offer our international
students our full support now and always.
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