COVID-19 Information

MTSO’s Ongoing Response to the Novel Coronavirus

MTSO commits to fully online classes for Spring Semester

Consistent with our commitment to be guided by our institutional commitments and the best public health information available, MTSO has pivoted to fully online education for the remainder of the Fall Semester, effective Oct. 18. We are remaining fully online throughout the 2021 January Term and Spring Semester.

Healthy Together protocols

To ensure that each of us clearly understands our individual responsibility as a member of the MTSO community, the Administrative Council approved a Healthy Together COVID-19 Protocol in the summer of 2020. All students and employees were required to read and sign the appropriate protocol prior to Fall Semester. The protocols remain in effect through the 2021 Spring Semester.

The student protocol is here. The employee protocol is here.

Here is more information about safety measures MTSO has taken and safety measures required of individuals.

Boxed lunches, soup and stock

During Spring Semester, we are offering boxed lunches for anyone who wishes to pick them up on campus. Lunches will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

We are also offering quarts of soup and stock, to be picked up cold for reheating at your convenience. Options will be updated on Monday of each week.

If you wish to order a $6 boxed lunch or a $5 quart of soup or stock for pickup, please use this link. The ordering deadline is 9 a.m. on the day you’d like to pick up your order. Please use the buttons on the far-left side of the link to reach the correct page for ordering a Tuesday or Thursday lunch.

Chapel

We are gathering online for our 1 p.m. Tuesday chapel services. Here is archived video of sermons from chapel services this academic year:

Spring Semester 2021

Feb. 2: “Sing a Song of Faith and Hope” by Assistant Professor of Homiletics, Worship, and Black Church and African Diasporic Studies Kyle Brooks

March 2: “Turning the Tables“ by Assistant Professor of Homiletics, Worship, and Black Church and African Diasporic Studies Kyle Brooks

March 16: “An Ever-Renewing Covenant” by Assistant Director of Admissions Mark Reed

April 6: “All Things in Common” by Assistant Professor of Homiletics, Worship, and Black Church and African Diasporic Studies Kyle Brooks

Fall Semester 2020

Sept. 1: “A Good Psalm for a Pandemic?” by President Jay Rundell

Sept. 8: “Afraid of Your Own Shadow” by Assistant Professor of Homiletics, Worship, and Black Church and African Diasporic Studies Kyle Brooks

Sept. 22: “What You Have Is What You Need” by Director of Enrollment Management Benjamin Hall

Sept. 29: “Can You Imagine?” by Director of Strategic Initiatives and Operations Leigh Precise

Oct. 13: “Your People” by MTSO alumna Megan Buehler

Oct. 20: “Passing the Baton” by Assistant Professor of Homiletics, Worship, and Black Church and African Diasporic Studies Kyle Brooks

Oct. 27: Student reflections on clinical pastoral education

Nov. 10: “Sacred Gift and Inalienable Worth” by UU House of Studies Director Susan Ritchie

Nov. 17: Trans Day of Remembrance and “Ordinary/Feast Days,” sermon by Dean Valerie Bridgeman

Mailroom

The MTSO mailroom will have limited hours, from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Also, mail will not be distributed to offices or other parts of campus. If you have ordered things to be delivered to campus, you will need to pick them up when the mailroom is open.

Several campus buildings are closed

Gault Hall, Werner Hall and the Dickhaut Library are closed and locked, with the exception of Werner Hall’s Coffee Shop door, which allows access to the mailroom. Dewire Residence Hall also is closed.

Staff members are working remotely

All staff members are asked to work from home to the extent that is possible. Those who need to be on campus should coordinate with others to avoid contact. When essential tasks bring us to campus, our Healthy Together protocols continue to apply.

Library

Access to the Dickhaut Library and the MTSO physical collection is suspended for faculty and students. Walkthrough browsing, study spaces and library computer use will not be available until further notice.

Requests for MTSO and OhioLINK materials can be made by using the online request form on the library’s website. Items will be left for contactless pickup in Werner Hall in the room directly across from the mailroom.

Library staff is expanding virtual services, including updating the library website content. Online research consultations can be arranged by using the online form on the library’s website or emailing Library Director Elonda Clay at eclay@mtso.edu or the Assistant Library Director David Powell at dpowell@mtso.edu.

Library staff members can provide full text of electronic articles or ebook chapters and can scan print articles and book chapters to be sent to students as PDF documents.

Travel restrictions

All school-sponsored travel is suspended.

Ongoing communication

As conditions evolve, we will continue to evaluate our situation and pursue the best options for fulfilling our educational mission in new and different ways. It is vital that members of the MTSO community monitor their mtso.edu email accounts for updates. We also will post updated information on this web page.