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

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Latest updates

  • Feb. 25: Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson announced that planning is underway for a reactivation of its campuses this fall to offer safe and robust in-person experiences significantly expanded from current restrictions. The university will continue to follow all appropriate measures to promote the health and well-being of the community with the partnership and approval of local, state and federal health authorities. Details of the university’s reactivation plan will be announced in the coming months as leaders continue to study the latest data related to COVID-19 and public health. More information is on the Planning for 2021-22 academic year webpage.

  • Feb. 22: The next university-wide COVID-19 virtual town hall is scheduled for March 1 at 5:30 p.m. The discussion will include information on university planning efforts related to the summer term and fall semester as well as updates on vaccinations and other topics. Find the registration link and read more on the COVID-19 Vaccine Information page.

  • Feb. 11: The university will begin allowing limited in-person gatherings for students at the Columbus campus. Student organizations may resume in-person events of 10 or fewer people on and off campus beginning Friday, February 12. Following all safe and healthy protocols is required, and student organization leaders must submit space reservation requests that include details of planned safety measures. Student organizations are encouraged to continue holding virtual and hybrid activities to ensure broad access to activities. The university will monitor positivity rates to determine if additional changes are necessary. The student organization exception is limited. Read more on the Events and Gatherings page.

  • Feb. 11: All other in-person events and gatherings – including those of 10 people or fewer – are prohibited for the safety of our community. Public events will resume using a phased-in approach as conditions allow. Read more on the Events and Gatherings page.

  • Feb. 8: The university’s COVID-19 dashboard, which provides a regularly updated status on the virus across Ohio and within the campus community, has been enhanced to make it more user friendly while offering a complete picture of cases and positivity rates dating back to the beginning of the university’s testing program. With this new version of the dashboard, users will be able to view the data going back to the 2020 fall semester as well as the most up-to-date numbers for the 2021 spring semester. 

  • Jan. 28: Everyone is invited to join a virtual town hall about the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, February 1, at 5:30 p.m. The first in a series, the town hall will provide an opportunity for the community to ask questions about COVID-19 generally and the vaccine specifically. Participants should register using their university email address and are encouraged to submit questions in advance. More details are on the COVID-19 Vaccine Information page
  • Jan. 22: In a message to the university community, President Johnson shared an overview of the current available information about how the COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed under the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state of Ohio. The university is working in close coordination with Governor Mike DeWine as well as state and local health experts. Current plans for vaccine distribution by the Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, along with general information and links for further vaccine information and guidelines from the state of Ohio are available on the COVID-19 Vaccine Information page.


Messages from leadership

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February 25, 2021

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Together, we have worked as a university community throughout the pandemic to lift up one another. We have connected through masks and screens, fought the spread of COVID-19 and continued to innovate, create, research, teach and learn. We have demonstrated...

February 22, 2021

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

During my first six months as a member of our Buckeye family, I have been inspired and motivated by the connections I’ve made both on our campuses and in the communities we serve. Even when faced with the challenges of a global pandemic, unprecedented...

February 11, 2021
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff: Your efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus continue to pay off. I am proud to be part of such a caring and conscientious Buckeye community. As this challenge continues, you are succeeding every day in advancing our overall mission and building a...