YSU Athletics and COVID-19

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The Youngstown State University community, along with everyone across the nation, is trying to manage a situation that is unprecedented. We understand you may be experiencing anxiousness and uncertainty about the immediate future, and that is completely normal. The athletic department will be as supportive and helpful as possible as we work to navigate the challenges ahead of us. The safety and well-being of our student-athletes and staff will always be our primary concern. Therefore, any decisions we have made or will make will be with your welfare in mind.

We know you have questions regarding your eligibility and scholarships, and we will be working with the NCAA, Horizon League, Missouri Valley Football Conference, Southland Bowling League and Mid-American Conference to address those concerns.  We will keep you abreast of all updates as they become available.

Penguin Statue on University Plaza

Most Important

This page will be updated as things continue to change. For the most updated information on university operations during the coronavirus outbreak, visit the Coronavirus Information webpage. This is the first line of communication from the university and supersedes everything on this page.

It's very important to continue to check your YSU email.

If you feel symptoms of the coronavirus (such as a fever or cough), contact your athletic trainer or a healthcare provider IMMEDIATELY. More information is on the "Healthy Practices" section of this page.

If you have questions for your coach or an athletic support staff member, email or call them to avoid any unnecessary in-person contact.

All questions or concerns should be directed to your coach first and then to your sport administrator.

YSU Athletics Staff Directory: https://www.ysusports.com/information/directory/index

Safety & Health Guidelines

Stay Home if you are Sick. Daily health assessments should be performed before coming to campus. This should include checking for a fever (100.4 or greater) and other COVID-19 symptoms. There will be temperature-screening stations located throughout campus for those who cannot do this from home. If you are sick, DO NOT come to campus and contact your Athletic Trainer

Practice Social Distancing. Ensure a minimum of six feet between people at all times. Where this is not possible, appropriate barriers or other controls must be used to reduce transmission between people. Stagger work schedules to minimize the number of people in one area at a time. State guidelines limit occupancy of an area to 50 percent of the permitted fire code and a maximum of 10 people gathered for a single event. Limit the use of elevators and other areas that cannot accommodate social distancing.

Practice Good Health Hygiene. Regularly wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and wear face coverings to reduce the transmission of droplets to others. State guidelines require people in public settings to wear a face covering of some type to reduce the virus transmission to others. This is not for your personal protection but for the protection of others.

NCAA Resocialization Guidelines

NCAA COVID-19 Contact Information

  • Concerned individuals can call toll free 833-661-CV19 (2819) or email covidconcerns@ncaa.org with the name of the NCAA member institution, sport and brief summary of the concern. This phone number and email will be available on NCAA platforms, including the COVID-19 webpage , social media and other communications.


YSU to transition to remote instruction after Thanksgiving

The revised schedule is:

  • Friday, Nov. 20 through Tuesday, Nov. 24: Fall semester classes continue
  • Wednesday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Nov. 29: Thanksgiving break; no classes.
  • Monday, Nov. 30 (or sooner): Classes resume primarily remote.*
  • Monday, Dec. 7, through Saturday, Dec. 12: Final exams, primarily remote.
  • Saturday, Dec. 12: Fall Semester ends.
  • Sunday, Dec. 13: Fall Commencement, virtual.

*While classes will be primarily remote after the Thanksgiving break, the campus will remain open, including residence halls and dining facilities. Student support services such as health services, the Center for Student Progress counseling and Maag Library, also remain open after the break.

Jermaine Hopkins Academic Center

The Jermaine Hopkins Center is open for student-athletes to use on a first-come, first-served basis. There are 15 available spots. Please be aware of your time in the center. You must scan the COVID Response QR code located on the entrance door before you enter. The health and safety of our students and staff are our first priority, so please be sure to scan the QR code!

Printers and Renting Electronic Devices: There are 6 computers available for printing only. Please do not use the computers for studying. If you are in need of an electronic device for studying, the Academic Center has iPads available for use in the Academic Center, and to check out for a period of time. Please email your Athletic Advisor for more information about using electronic devices.

Students must wear your mask or face covering CORRECTLY in the Academic Center at all times. No food or drink (water is acceptable). No gathering, one person per designated space. You must sanitize your hands upon entering and exiting the space. This is a space for students to study, not socialize.

Students failing to abide by the rules of the Academic Center will have their access revoked.

Spring 2021 Semester

Spring 2021 BEGINS Monday, Jan. 11th.  Classes will be delivered in one of the following five modalities. 

  • Traditional: 100 percent in-person, on campus classes at regularly scheduled days and times. This is how most classes were held before the pandemic.
  • Agile-Hybrid Campus: Students attend some classes on campus (typically once a week) at the regularly scheduled days and times. Remaining class time is a combination of videoconferencing, recorded lecture or other instructional activity.
  • Virtual Campus: Students attend all classes at the regularly scheduled day and times, but will have the option to attend a combination of on campus or through videoconferencing. Students could choose to only attend through videoconferencing.
  • Online-Live: 100 percent online classes that students attend at regularly scheduled days and times through videoconferencing. Instructors may choose to use a combination of videoconferencing, recorded lecture and other instructional activity.
  • Web-based: 100 percent online classes with no set day or time. Students do not need to come to campus.


How to Access Your "Active Registration"

  1. Log in to the PenguinPortal
  2. Under "e-Service for Students", select "Access My Student Information"
  3. The Student and Financial Aid menu will populate; select "Registration"
  4. Select "Active Registration" to view your instructional method for each course in which you are registered

If you have any questions contact the Penguin Service Center, 330-941-6000.

Important Dates for Fall 2020:

FINAL EXAMS FALL 2020: Dec. 7-12

Tutoring & Additional Resources Available:

College Advising Information:

Withdrawal Process: Please click here for information regarding withdrawing.  MUST SPEAK TO YOUR ATHLETIC ACADEMIC ADVISOR BEFORE WITHDRAWING.

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Housing & Dining

Additional information will be given as this situation continues to unfold, and please feel free to reach out to your Housing Coordinator (shbaker@ysu.edu), the RA Staff, or email the Housing Office at Housing@ysu.edu

Penguin Pantry: The Penguin Pantry is a collaboration with the Student Government Association and the Office of Student Outreach and Support with the goal of serving students by providing them with basic food and hygiene necessities. By working with the community, faculty, and staff, the Pantry has received a variety of donations to help serve the diverse needs of our students. - Food Pantry Link

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YSU Student Counseling Services are currently available by telehealth (video or phone). Call (330) 941-3737 on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. to set up an appointment. Free, short-term, confidential mental health counseling is being offered. If you have a mental health emergency or crisis during non-business hours or over the weekend, call (330) 941-3737 and, after the brief message, press 1 to speak with a mental health professional.

Any student-athletes wanting to continue their counseling sessions telephonically or who would like to speak to a mental health counselor telephonically can do so by contacting Advanced Counseling Solutions at (330) 797-0036. Please identify yourself as a YSU student-athlete when scheduling. For specific questions please request to speak with Dr. Joe Marzano.

Individuals concerned about a member of the campus community should continue to submit a Person of Concern form as appropriate. Additional information regarding "red flags" and frequently asked questions can be found online.

For a number of resources and strategies to help with self-care and managing anxiety or stress, click here.

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Athletic Activities

Weight Room

  • Strength and Conditioning staff will restrict the number of occupants in the weight room to follow mandates put forth by Youngstown State University.
  • All doors will remain open to the weight room.
  • Entry-only point will be the north side of the weight room.
  • Exit-only Point will be south side of the weight room.
  • Weight room rack assignments will be restricted to ensure social distancing is followed.
  • Use of weight room equipment will be limited to help prevent transmission through contact.
  • Strength and conditioning daily cleaning and sanitation will be implemented and followed daily

Athletic Training

  • All therapy will be done on an appointment basis ONLY.
  • Student-Athletes will be screened via health assessment before entering the facility
  • All doors will remain open to prevent student-athletes from touching doorknobs.
  • The main entrance will be an entry-only access point, and the side door(wet room) will serve as an exit-only doorway.
  • Staff will be staggered depending on sport coverage schedule
  • Staff will don appropriate PPE when necessary
  • The Sports Medicine Departments Cleaning & Sanitation plan will be implemented daily

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Media Availability and Social Media Usage 

Consistent with our regular policies, all interview requests need to be funneled through the Athletics Communications Office.

Please refer to the YSU Student-Athlete Handbook for guidelines on social media usage (https://www.ysusports.com/information/compliance/2019-20_YSU_Student_Athlete_Handbook.pdf).

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YSU Information Technology Services

Please note that YSU Information Technology Services is focused first and foremost on providing support and responding to issues that directly affect the university's teaching mission. Please also note that, since ITS is experiencing a higher call volume than normal, you may also open a Service Request. Contact the IT Service Desk at (330) 941-1595 for assistance.

ITS Resources

ITS has a number of resources to help maintain connections with colleagues and students:

  • Blackboard - Blackboard and Blackboard Collaborate are primary resources to connect with your class.
  • WebEx - Meetings and Teams for Remote Connectivity Resource. The YSU community has Cisco WebEx Meeting and Teams for remote connectivity. WebEx Meetings enables you to collaborate virtually with internal and external contacts. WebEx Teams has additional functionality and is preferred as a virtual workspace. Please see the WebEx article for instruction guides to download and use WebEx Meeting or WebEx Teams. Download WebEx Teams and Meetings now.
  • Adobe Software - Download the Adobe Creative Cloud applications to your personal device if needed. Please see Common question for Students & Teachers article from Adobe regarding this temporary option.
  • VPN - Securely access the YSU Network from your home device by following the instruction to connect using Penguin Connect.

ITS Update (Emailed Aug. 12) | Where to Study On Campus Informational Video

Visit our Orientation Resources where you will find information about setting up your portal account or resetting your password; obtaining free software; accessing lab software in the cloud; and more.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Labs

We have a number of computer labs around campus for your use.  We recommend that you bring your own device to campus to give you more flexibility to find just the right spot to work.  We offer wireless connectivity throughout campus and in labs where you may power up to work.  Use your YSU Username and Password to connect to YSUWireless or YSU WiFi depending on your location. View our list of new BYOD configured labs.

No Computer? No Problem!

Purchase a laptop from our online Dell store where you can take advantage of our University discount.  You will find laptops at various price points in the Dell store to help you prepare for bringing your own device to campus.

Equipment Loan Service

We also offer an Equipment Loan Service.  You may borrow a device for the semester by paying a $50 service fee each semester.  Students and part-time faculty without access to a personal computer can begin reserving devices today. You must reserve a device ASAP because we have limited supplies to loan. Learn more about the requirements of the Equipment Loan Service.

Get Help!

The IT Service Desk is your first point of contact for any technology related questions and issues you may encounter. Learn more about where to get technology help at YSU.

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