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John Carroll University is preparing to resume on-campus living and learning for the spring semester beginning in January. Information related to the return to campus is available on this webpage, including health and safety protocols, testing and contact tracing plans, and quarantine and isolation expectations. Our plan has been developed in accordance with guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ohio Board of Health, and local health organizations.

Together, as a community, we must take the steps to prevent and mitigate the spread of the virus on our campus. Realizing that circumstances related to the virus may continue to change, we thank you in advance for your continued resilience and flexibility.

Find more information below or view our Dec. 7, 2020 message about testing, contact tracing, quarantine and isolation, and more.

Webinars detailing JCU’s plan for the Spring Semester are available here:

Jan. 5, 2021 | Class of 2023 and 2024

Jan. 6, 2021 | Class of 2021, 2022, and Graduate Students

The COVID-19 Task Force has worked hard to put in place a return-to-campus plan designed to foster a SAFE AND HEALTHY campus where faculty, staff, and students can interact IN PERSON during the spring semester.

View the plan for a safe return to campus in January 2021 here.

Academically, John Carroll University will employ the Flexible Hybrid (HyFlex) Model with many classes offered as a mix of in-person and remote instruction, as dictated by classroom capacity, and specific classes offered entirely remotely. 

Is my class in-person or remote?

Courses designated Web/Online will be fully virtual. All other courses will be HyFlex, where students can choose to be in-person or remote. To understand more about which courses will be completely virtual, please view the Spring Courses and Student Options document. 

Can I choose to be fully remote even if my class is in-person?

Yes. Students have received several emails with a request to choose in-person or remote as their learning method for the spring semester. A link to the form is available here. As a reminder, students may change from in-person to remote at any point during the semester. Students may change from remote to in-person by completing this form until January 14. Students may request to change from remote to in-person using this form from January 15 until January 25. Finally, students may not change from remote to in-person at all after January 25.

John Carroll’s ITS Department created a short video to highlight the HyFlex model

Spring semester classes will begin on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Easter break will begin after classes on Tuesday, March 30 with classes resuming on Wednesday, April 7 (please note this is a change from the originally posted break periods). The last day of classes will be Thursday, May 6. Final exams will take place between Monday, May 10 and Friday, May 14.

Students living in the residence halls on campus will receive specific information from the Office of Residence Life regarding move-in dates and times. Please note that times will be staggered across several days to limit interactions.

View the 2020-21 academic calendar.


In an effort to protect the community, John Carroll will be implementing a COVID-19 testing program during the spring semester to supplement the University's COVID-19 Student Response Policy and ProceduresAdditionally, more than 20 staff members have been trained as contact tracers to manage COVID-19 cases and tracking within our community. 

All students, faculty, staff, and anyone visiting or working on John Carroll’s campus to wear a mask, practice physical distancing, follow proper hygiene practices, and avoid gatherings of 10 or more people. These individuals are also required to perform a daily symptom assessment using the Campus Clear app and they may be required to display proof of the daily symptom assessment before utilizing campus facilities, including the library, mail center, IT desk, and recreation facilities.

John Carroll’s COVID-19 testing program has been reviewed by local health officials.

Learn more about the spring semester testing plan.

The COVID-19 Task Force and the Office of Residence Life have prepared a plan and protocols for students living on campus who require quarantine or isolation rooms. The plan explains the process that students will go through upon entering quarantine or isolation, and answers many of the questions that students and parents may have about what the experience will look like. Learn more about Living in Quarantine and Isolation.


Students living in the residence halls who test positive during the spring semester will be required to isolate per CDC guidelines. Isolation is a strategy used to separate people who are sick with COVID-19 from those who are healthy. Isolation restricts the movement of people who are ill to help stop the spread of the disease.


Students living on campus who are deemed as close contacts of individuals who test positive will be required to quarantine per CDC guidelines. Quarantine refers to the practice of separating individuals who have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 to determine whether they develop symptoms or test positive for the disease. Quarantine also reduces the risk of transmission if an individual is later found to have COVID-19.

John Carroll University's COVID-19 Task Force provides timely updates regarding positive cases on campus. All data are provisional and subject to change. 

Students, faculty, and staff are REQUIRED to complete a daily symptom assessment via the Campus Clear app before being present on John Carroll’s campus. This assessment must be completed every day, even on days that an individual is not present on campus. Students, faculty, and staff who record symptoms of or exposure to COVID-19 on their daily symptom assessment via Campus Clear will be contacted by a member of the JCU Health and Wellness staff. Those who have not yet downloaded the Campus Clear app should do so immediately and begin conducting the daily symptom assessment ahead of returning to campus.

Individuals may be required to display their approved daily symptom assessment to access certain areas of campus including, but not limited to, the library, mail center, and fitness center.

Students living in the residence halls are receiving direct email communication from the Office of Residence Life regarding housing assignments, move-in scheduling and procedures, COVID-19 testing prior to moving in, and other expectations. 

The Facilities Department has implemented numerous precautions around campus to address COVID-19 health and safety issues. These precautions have been implemented so that campus buildings are prepared and maintained for use throughout the academic year.

Interior and exterior signage is now visible throughout campus with CDC information as well as reminders to wear a mask, wash hands prop- erly, and maintain social distancing. Additional signage in high-traffic areas include “Wait Here” indicators and hand sanitizer location notices. Physical barriers and six-foot floor markings will be installed at department reception desks, service counters, and food preparation/service areas before the start of the fall semester. Facilities staff are assessing shared work spaces, especially those with less than six feet between work areas and with no existing physical barriers. Additionally, hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed at buildings’ card access points, high traffic entrances, restrooms and locker rooms, food service areas, computer labs, and residence hall common spaces. All public restrooms will also be fitted with foot pedals on the door.

Facilities Department staff are also completing various modifications to HVAC systems around campus. These changes will ensure increased air exchange rates and maximized building
make-up air. HVAC systems will purge air before daily start times, and Facilities staff will increase the frequency of air filter changes. Where possible, air filtration systems will be adjusted to the maximum minimum-efficiency reporting value (MERV) system limit, and recirculated air will be sterilized by UV light. Portable HEPA filtration units will be available in isolation and quarantine residence rooms. Additionally, everyone on campus, especially those in residence halls, are encouraged to keep windows open to increase the percentage of fresh air.

John Carroll’s food service provider, Parkhurst, has developed plans aligned with current state and local guidance for dining facilities. These plans include enhanced sanitation, social distancing requirements, mobile ordering, and reductions of self-service options. Schott Dining Hall will have designated entry and exit points, and tables will be spaced according to social distancing guidelines. 

Food service in Schott Dining Hall, Einstein's, and the Inn Between will be carry-out only for the first several weeks of the spring semester.

Learn more about the spring semester dining plan

As a Jesuit Catholic university, John Carroll is committed to providing a culture of care where students experience a deep sense of belonging and thrive as engaged learners. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, being a part of the John Carroll University community means that students must take necessary steps to stay well and to act purposefully to protect each other, both on campus and in the community. For that reason, I commit to take responsibility for my own health and to help keep the John Carroll community safe from the spread of COVID-19 and other infections by taking necessary precautions and cooperating in the University’s prevention and response efforts.

Individuals may request accommodations related to compliance with these requirements, based on any disabilities they may have. Students should contact Student Accessibility Services at (216) 397-4967 or for information and requests.

View the full JCU COVID-19 Student Commitment here.

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