Campus Readiness

HVAC Project Enhances Safety

Facilities Operations and Development (FOD) is making COVID safety a top priority before students, faculty and staff return to campus this fall. Crews have evaluated the operation of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems to maintain proper indoor air requirements inside classroom spaces. The $5 million project includes evaluation of 1,100 classrooms in more than 115 buildings on the Columbus and regional campuses.


In coordination with colleges, departments and building-facilities contacts, signage has been placed in high-density spaces, as appropriate, to guide foot traffic flow, remind people of safety practices and visually mark wait-line spaces. Use only approved signage available through UniPrint.

Facilities Operations and Development (FOD) has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by adjusting its cleaning protocols and identifying additional ways to promote health and safety throughout university facilities and shared outdoor spaces. More information is available on the FOD website.

Cleaning schedules and supplies

The university is cleaning restrooms and disinfecting high touch-point areas at least once a day, including door handles, faucets, handrails and other commonly touched surfaces in high-traffic areas.

Cleaning supplies will be provided for individuals by their college or unit. Individuals will continue to be responsible for cleaning and disinfecting their own workstations. Employees will empty their own office desk-side trash and recycling bins into centrally located containers in order to limit foot traffic.

Employee resources

Ohio State faculty and staff can find more information on the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes Faculty and Staff page. For more specific human resources FAQs concerning COVID-19, including COVID-19 related work accommodations and flexible work information, please visit Human Resources.

Accountability measures

Accountability measures are in place for those who choose not to abide by required health and safety guidelines. These accountability measures may range from additional training and informal coaching to formal disciplinary action based on existing structures for students, faculty and staff.

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.