Campus visitors, fans and friends

Whether you’ve visited Ohio State before or it’s your first time, we want to make sure that you feel confident in our commitment to your well-being. We are taking steps to keep our visitors safe and healthy — and we can all make a difference for each other. The information and resources below will not only help keep you safe, but will also help you ensure the health and safety of others.

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Future undergraduate student visits

Find out more about campus visits and how you can experience Ohio State while we take measures to keep our communities safe.

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OSU Extension Visitors (including 4-H)

Find out about closures, programs and events at OSU Extension offices throughout Ohio. This includes information on 4-H, certification programs and events.

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Updates

Frequently asked questions

Athletics

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Will fall sports resume?

Final plans for all sports will be subject to decisions made by the Big Ten Conference and NCAA, and directives of federal, state and local health authorities.

Building Closures

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When will the RPAC and other rec sports facilities reopen?

Student Life’s Recreational Sports is preparing to offer recreational spaces for use in for autumn semester. Additional information can be found on the Recreation page.

When will libraries reopen?

We are preparing University Libraries facilities to reopen — adhering to physical distancing and other safety guidelines — for the start of autumn semester. Contact-free book returns and pickups will resume the week of July 13. Libraries’ extensive collection of digital materials remains available, and the majority of library services are accessible remotely. Service updates, helpful resources and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on Libraries’ website.

Health and Safety

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Are masks required?

Face masks must be worn on Ohio State’s campuses. Masks must be put on before entering indoor or enclosed spaces including, but not limited to: classrooms, common areas, conference rooms, shared office spaces, hallways and buses. Masks must also be worn in outdoor spaces where individuals gather and cannot maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet between each person. Signage will designate appropriate face mask removal zones for physically distanced dining, athletics, performances and other activities.

A thorough review of the evidence indicates that face masks protect others from spread of infection by intercepting large aerosol droplets that are released when exhaling, speaking, singing, coughing or sneezing.

What kind of safety measures is the university taking?

The resumption of full operations on Ohio State campuses will include a combination of the use of appropriate face masks, physical distancing, hand hygiene, limited density in indoor spaces, control of the flow of traffic into and around select high-traffic buildings, continued employee teleworking when possible, testing, symptoms tracking and contact tracing. The university will distribute a free return-to-campus package to students, faculty and staff that includes face masks, hand sanitizer and a body thermometer. 

Ohio State has published guidelines and requirements on the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes site that detail the measures to be taken by the university and the requirements for all individuals to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of the community. 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 complete the training or abide by required health and safety guidelines.

The university also will launch a sustained public information initiative. These efforts will be based on guidance from federal, state and local health authorities and recommendations of the safe campus and scientific advisory subgroup of the university’s COVID-19 transition task force.

Transportation

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Will CABS buses resume operations?

A campus-wide CABS service plan will be updated prior to the resumption of autumn semester, and additional planning is underway.  

CABS is helping protect the safety of passengers through operational changes, including: 

  • Cleaning and disinfecting all buses and high-touch surfaces at least twice per day, including handrails and poles 
  • Taping off CABS seats to promote physical distancing and limited occupancy 
  • Checking driver health before they start their shift 
  • Ensuring all CABS drivers wear face masks 
  • Requiring all riders to wear face masks 
  • Requiring all riders to board and exit from the rear door 

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.