As we gradually return to our campuses, every Buckeye plays an important part in taking care of each other. Because when Buckeyes are safe and healthy, we can stay focused on our endeavors — and on improving lives.
Learn what Ohio State is doing and how you can help keep yourself, and your family and friends, safe and healthy — whether you’re returning to a campus or continuing to work and study from home.
Our commitment to each other
The safety of our Ohio State community is the university’s top priority. During this extraordinary time for our campuses and the world, your continued flexibility, cooperation and commitment are vital to our ability to return to campus and remain Together As Buckeyes.
The guidelines and requirements on this website have been created for our university community on all Ohio State campuses by the COVID-19 Transition Task Force based on the recommendations of the Safe Campus and Scientific Advisory subgroup. The guidelines are based on the latest data and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and other authorities.
Every individual has a role in keeping the community safe, and the university expects faculty, staff and students to model healthy behaviors.
A pledge will be required for members of the campus community, including students, faculty, staff, administrators and visitors, to affirm their understanding of what is needed to help fight the spread of the virus and their intention to do their part. Accountability measures will be in place for those who refuse to abide by required health and safety guidelines.
- July 10: In-person events at Ohio State may be held at a limited number of venues, provided the events comply with building reopening requirements and all rules mandated by the university, and state and local governments. Virtual events should continue to be conducted when feasible as the health and safety of our community remains our top priority. If an event must take place in person, appropriate measures, such as physical distancing, much be observed. Additional guidelines are available on the Events page.
- July 9: Student Life Recreational Sports is preparing to offer recreational spaces for use in autumn semester. In addition to all available federal, state, local and university guidelines, Student Life Recreational Sports will also follow the guidance of national sports governing bodies to ensure physical distancing practices and other safety protocols are in place. Additional information is available on the Recreation page.
- July 2: Face masks must be worn in indoor settings, including, but not limited to, classrooms, common areas, conference rooms, shared office spaces, hallways, buses and shared vehicles on all Ohio State campuses. Masks must also be worn in outdoor spaces where individuals cannot maintain appropriate physical distancing. This aligns with a face mask requirement enacted last week by the City of Columbus.
This website was last updated on Friday, July 10, 2020. Please reference this website for the most up-to-date guidelines. The university’s COVID-19 Transition Task Force’s Safe Campus and Scientific Advisory Subgroup will continue monitoring changing conditions and consult with local and state health authorities. Recommendations and requirements will be refined as needed.