The university remains under a state of emergency given the impacts of COVID-19.

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  • Jan. 19: The university will continue to offer flexible work arrangements, including remote work options where appropriate, to faculty, staff and student employees through the end of the Spring 2021 semester. This practice will support employees balancing home and work responsibilities and help minimize the spread of COVID-19. Leaders and managers are encouraged to provide flexibility and remote work options to the fullest extent while ensuring that operational and educational needs are met. Continue following the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes protocols and wear masks, maintain physical distancing and adhere to other guidelines to stay safe at work and at home. Read more on the Office of Human Resources website.
  • Jan. 5: Based on guidance from the Ohio Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccine administration continues to prioritize Wexner Medical Center front-line clinical staff as well as those most vulnerable to the virus. As of December 30, more than 7,200 medical center front-line health care workers have either been vaccinated or are scheduled to receive the vaccine. The university is actively planning for expanded vaccine distribution as allowed by the State of Ohio and will work in coordination with Governor Mike DeWine as well as state and local health experts. Details will be shared when they are available. Additional information about vaccine distribution is available on the Ohio Department of Health website.
  • Dec. 31: The health advisory for the City of Columbus and Franklin County has been extended through Jan. 23, 2021. Governor DeWine has also extended the statewide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through January 23. Read more information about impacts to students, faculty and staff.
  • Dec. 21: Ohio State is planning for spring semester to prioritize the health and safety of the university community, and testing is an important component of that. Visit the Spring Semester COVID-19 Testing page to learn more about changes and requirements for spring semester.
  • Dec. 1: The university will expand instructional breaks during the spring semester. The first of these two-day breaks from classes will take place Feb. 23-24. The second will be March 31-April 1. These will replace the previously announced single-day instructional breaks. Several other adjustments will be made to the academic calendar related to adding these instructional breaks for wellness. On April 2, Wednesday classes will meet instead of Friday classes. April 23 will now be the final day of spring classes and final exams will take place from April 26-30. The full academic calendar is posted on the University Registrar website


Messages from leadership

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January 12, 2021

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Last night, a remarkable football season came to an end in the national championship game. I couldn’t be more proud of our team. Their accomplishments and perseverance throughout this most-challenging season are inspiring. Buckeye Nation is nothing if not resilient. We thank...

January 5, 2021

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

I hope you and your families had a safe and joyous holiday break. As we look ahead to 2021, our gratitude goes to those who led and persevered in the past challenging year. Buckeyes everywhere came together to protect and...

December 22, 2020

COVID-19 vaccine administration at Ohio State will continue to focus on Wexner Medical Center front-line clinical staff and those most vulnerable to the virus as a national rollout continues. We will continue to protect ourselves and others in 2021 by following the same safe and healthy requirements...