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

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.

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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.

Latest updates

  • Aug. 7:  Ohio State is developing a method to implement a pool testing program, which will enable the university to significantly expand surveillance testing while continuing to preserve adequate testing capacity for symptomatic individuals at the university and in the broader community. Additional information is on the Testing, Tracing and Quarantine page.
  • Aug. 7:  The university has adjusted the Together As Buckeyes Pledge to clarify that while the pledge states that Ohio State’s values are fundamental guiding principles of the institution, there is no requirement for individual affirmation of those values in the pledge. No changes have been made to the health and safety expectations outlined in the pledge. By signing the pledge, an individual is agreeing to comply with these health and safety expectations. This change does not require those who have already completed the training and signed the pledge to take any further action. Further information can be found on the Training and Pledge page.
  • Aug. 7:  Return-to-campus kits are being provided to students, faculty and staff at no cost before classes resume. The kits include one disposable mask, two reusable masks, a thermometer, disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer. Students living in residence halls will receive their kits when they move in. Regional campuses are also receiving thousands of kits for students, faculty and staff. For faculty and staff, return-to-campus kits are available through the university’s eStores program. Departments can procure the kits for faculty and staff before they return to campus. Please see Campus Readiness for additional information.
  • Aug. 7:  The size of in-person classes will be further limited to no more than 50 students. Sections with more than 50 students will be making adjustments in course delivery among in-person, online and blended learning opportunities. This is part of the university’s comprehensive effort to limit population density across all campuses and protect our communities. More information is available on the Classrooms page.
  • Aug. 6: ​Ohio State has implemented a broad range of health and safety measures to support instructors and enable successful teaching and learning this semester. Please see the Teaching page for information, resources and FAQs for instructors.
  • Aug. 5:  The university launched a COVID-19 surveillance testing program for undergraduate students on the Columbus campus. This is part of the university’s multi-pronged strategy to mitigate and monitor the spread of COVID-19. The purpose of this testing program is to allow the university to monitor and address real-time trends and prevalence, and make timely decisions on intervention and response. Participation in the program is voluntary Aug. 6 -24 and required beginning Aug. 25. More information is available on the Testing, Tracing and Quarantine page.
  • Aug. 5:  A base signage package focused on physical distancing, masking and hand hygiene has been deployed inside campus buildings. Additional signage, including wayfinding, directional or line queuing is the responsibility of colleges and departments and is available on the UniPrint website(link is external). Please utilize only the approved university signage to ensure a uniform message and recognizable look. Signage not adhering to university standards may be removed.

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This website was last updated on Monday, August 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.

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