YSU Athletics and COVID-19

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Public Notices

For Student-Athletes

Public Notices

July 16, 2020 - Horizon League delays the start of fall competition for all sports

Guided by its core value of student-athlete well-being, the Horizon League Council decided on Thursday, July 16 to delay the start of fall competition for all sports (championship and non-championship) with the understanding that if competition occurs, it will not begin before October 1. The decision allows each campus to further focus on ensuring return to competition protocols uphold the Council's principle of safety and can be reasonably implemented. << Full Details >>

July 27, 2020 - MVFC Statement on 2020 Fall Season

The Missouri Valley Football Conference Presidents Council has determined patience is warranted regarding any decision to modify the 2020 Fall season, seeing merit in delaying as long as there remains a possibility to provide a safe competitive opportunity for MVFC student-athletes. The MVFC and its Presidents Council will continue to monitor national developments and, if necessary, will consider additional action as dictated by circumstances. 

Student-Athlete Updates

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.

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.

Timeline Updates

June 1: Phase 1 Resocialization – Employee Return to Work/Student-Athlete Voluntary Activity Outdoors

June 15: Phase 2 Resocialization – Student-Athlete Voluntary Activity Indoors

July 13: Phase 3 Resocialization – Football Student-Athletes – Summer Access

July 20: Phase 3 Resocialization – Basketball Student-Athletes – Summer Access

NCAA Resocialization Guidelines


The Jermaine Hopkins Center for Academics is closed indefinitely. Email or call your Athletic Academic Advisor if you need assistance, or if you have any questions or concerns.

Fall 2020 BEGINS MONDAY, AUGUST 17th. Classes will be delivered in one of the following 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.

Course Modalities for Fall 2020


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.


The Center for Student Progress (CSP)

The CSP will be offering both face-to-face and online support for all of the services. Fall hours are: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday. For face-to-face meetings, face coverings are required. For updates on all of these services as well as online learning support services visit the CSP online.

  • Academic Coaching: WebEx or socially distanced face-to-face meetings. To request a coaching appointment, please complete this form.
  • Tutoring: 1:1 face-to-face tutoring sessions as well as group tutoring via WebEx. Students may request an appointment online.
  • Disability Services: WebEx or socially distanced face-to-face meetings. Please contact the CSP/DS office at: 330-941-1372 or via email at: cspds5@ysu.edu with questions and concerns.

The Writing Center

The Writing Center offers online support for writing assignments in any course through WCOnline. Students can upload documents to the "Distance Edu" tutor for asynchronous sessions, or they can schedule online, synchronous appointments:
Mon-Thurs: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Fri: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Direct questions to wcenter@ysu.edu.

The Math Assistance Center

Math Assistance Center will be offering support through online tutoring appointments. You can schedule a session online. To set up recurring sessions, contact the MAC at MAC@ysu.edu. Visit the MAC online for additional resources

YSU Bookstore:

The YSU Bookstore is open. Please see the hours of operation below as they have changed. The health and well-being of our customers and employees are incredibly important to us. As we slowly reopen our store, we are limited to 25 guests at a time, and all guests will be required to wear face coverings. If you have questions, please call the YSU Bookstore at (330) 318-3331.


  • Mon: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Tue: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Wed: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Thu: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Fri: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Sat: CLOSED
  • Sun: CLOSED

Most bookstore services, such as buying books, returning rentals and ordering school spirit products, are still available online.


The number of academic colleges will be reduced from six to five:

  • Bitonte College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Williamson College of Business Administration
  • Cliffe College of Creative Arts
  • A new College comprised of programs from the Beeghly College of Education and College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

With the restructuring of colleges, please see the major breakdown below:

  • Forensic Sciences from BCHHS to STEM
  • Journalism from CCCA to Education/Liberal Arts
  • Early Childhood Associate's/Pre-K from BCHHS to Education/Liberal Arts
  • Economics from CLASS to WCBA
  • Communication from CCCA to WCBA
  • Center for Human Service Development from Education to BCHHS
  • Gerontology/Long Term Care Administration from CLASS to BCHHS


Bitonte College of Health & Human Services - remote appointments only

  • All advising appointments will be conducted remotely (phone, email, Skype, etc.)
  • Previously scheduled appointments should plan to call their advisor at the scheduled time to conduct the appointment via phone.
  • Students should be directed to contact HHS via email first.

Beeghly College of Education/College of Liberal Arts and Science - remote appointments ENCOURAGED

  • In-person appointments are still available, however, students are being given the option of calling in.
  • Students should call (330) 941-3268 (BCOE) or email their advisor directly to make arrangements.
  • CLASS- Undeclared majors only: All Advising appointments will be conducted remotely (phone or email)

Career & Advising - remote appointments only

  • All advising appointments will be conducted remotely (phone or video conferencing)
  • Students can set up appointments by calling (330) 941-3515 or emailing careerservices@ysu.edu.

CCAC - Remote Appointments ONLY

  • All advising appointments will be conducted remotely.
  • Students can set up phone or email appointments through Handshake

STEM – Remote Appointments ONLY

  • Students are encouraged to use email, not call
  • Email Sylvia Rupert (sjrupert@ysu.edu) or email advisors directly
  • Students who are "in the major" should be directed to the departments

WCBA – Remote Appointments ENCOURAGED

  • All students who are scheduled for this week have been notified that WCBA accommodate them through email, phone, Skype or in person.
  • Appointment requests: call (330) 941-2376 during regular business hours or email advisor directly.

Withdrawal Process: Please see link below for information regarding to withdrawing.  MUST SPEAK TO YOUR ATHLETIC ACADEMIC ADVISOR BEFORE WITHDRAWING. https://ysu.edu/registrar/withdrawal-process

For books PURCHASED with your scholarship – You need to hold on to these books until you return to campus in the fall. At that time, we will arrange a book return process.  If you lose, forget, or do not turn in the books, you will be charged for them.  If you are a senior who will not be returning in the fall, please contact Rebecca Fink at rjfink01@ysu.edu and we will find a solution for your books.

For RENTED books – You have/will receive an email from Barnes and Noble.  You must use the free shipping label linked to the email to return your RENTED books or you will be charged for them.  They must be in the mail by the due date listed on the email. The email lists which books you have that are rentals.  Contact the bookstore directly if you have any questions about your rented books.

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 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 door knobs.
  • 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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Travel & Return to Campus

Domestic travel – NOT required to self-quarantine for 14 days (For up-to-date information visit: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/families-and-individuals/COVID-19-Travel-Advisory/COVID-19-Travel-Advisory)

International travel – REQUIRED to self-quarantine for 14 days.

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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 on March 20)

Loaner equipment
In response to the remote learning needs of faculty, students and staff, YSU Information Technology Services is making a limited amount loaner equipment available as inventory allows. Four hundred laptops, along with a lesser number of headsets, webcams and mobile hotspots, will be available.

An appointment-based "drive-up" process is being coordinated. Online reservations are necessary. If you have not filled out a technology needs survey and do not have what you need to teach, learn or work remotely, please complete the appropriate survey as soon as possible: Faculty Equipment Assessment / Student Device Survey /Staff Equipment Assessment.  Survey respondents will be contacted by the IT Service Desk beginning this weekend to arrange an appointment for pickup.

Virtualization portfolio
IT Services and technology vendor partners have been tirelessly collaborating to create an application virtualization portfolio to replace access to specialized computer lab software.  Our virtual environment is not expected to be ready for use until 8 a.m. Monday, March 23.  In preparation for remote learning, please review the two virtual offerings:  General VM Software / Engineering VM Software.  Details regarding how to access this virtual environment will be forthcoming.  If the software used in your specific course is not presented in either of these virtual environments, faculty should submit an IT Service Request.  In addition, many application vendors are offering their software for free through the end of May/June.  See these free vendor offerings.  We would ask faculty to check this list before requesting virtual applications.

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