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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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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Frequently asked questions

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Events

What are the plans for an in-person commencement for the classes of 2020 who have been impacted?

Ohio State will recognize Ohio State’s spring, summer and autumn 2020 graduates later this year as part of the Aug. 8 commencement. Typically held at the Schottenstein Center, this commencement will be moved to Ohio Stadium to help ensure a safe and healthy experience. Health and safety guidelines will be announced in the coming months, after consultation with government partners and public health experts.

What are the plans for spring 2021 commencement?

Ohio State plans to host a modified in-person spring commencement for graduates on May 9, 2021. While the university is working to maintain many of Ohio State’s proud traditions, health and safety guidelines mean that certain elements will need to change. The university will make adjustments to provide a memorable celebration that is safe and healthy, including no more than 13,500 attendees in each of two commencement ceremonies to allow for physical distancing.

  • Graduates will be required to display a green Daily Health Passport after completing their daily health check and university testing requirements.
  • Two guests can accompany each graduate, and a livestream will be available for those who can’t watch in person. Each pod of three, including the masked graduate, family and/or friends, will be separated by 6 feet from others.
  • All ticketing will be digital to minimize close interaction, and seating and timed gate entry will be designated ahead of time.
  • Six-feet distance dots will be placed outside of each Ohio Stadium gate, and graduates and guests must enter together.
  • Graduates will receive diplomas on their way into the stadium via assigned times.
  • Spacing limitations mean a small number of graduates and their guests will be seated on the field along with college leaders.
Health and Safety

Are masks required for campus visitors?

Face masks must be worn on Ohio State’s campuses. Face masks must be worn in indoor settings, including, but not limited to: classrooms, residence halls, conference rooms, shared office spaces, hallways, buses, shared vehicles and common areas such as lobbies, study spaces and laundry facilities on all Ohio State campuses. The number of individuals in any indoor space should be limited to facilitate physical distancing. Masks must also be worn in outdoor settings, even when individuals can maintain appropriate physical distancing.

Indoors or outdoors, exceptions are made for those dining, participating in strenuous exercise or taking part in performance-based classes. As an added safety measure, open-air tents are being set up on campus for use by arts, dance and music classes as well as certain courses with extended outdoor activities in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Masks will not be required for classes in these open-air tents. Additionally, there is an exception for university staff working outdoors for long periods of time who are able to maintain appropriate physical distancing and have a mask available if needed.

Do contractors and vendors need to wear masks?

The university continues to refine its policies and continues to focus on making this fall the best environment possible for our students, faculty, staff and visitors — including our contractors. Contractors working on our campuses, as with all members of our community, are expected to meet the behavioral and safety expectations under the Safe Campus Requirements when they physically participate in any university activity, on or off campus. Masks are required to be worn in all indoor settings on our campuses, including enclosed spaces under construction. Masks must also now be worn outdoors in settings on campus, even when individuals can maintain appropriate physical distancing. 

Indoors or outdoors, exceptions are made for those dining, participating in strenuous exercise or taking part in performance-based classes as long as physical distancing can be maintained. Additionally, there is an exception for university staff and contractors working outdoors for long periods of time who are able to maintain appropriate physical distancing and have a mask available, if needed.

What kind of safety measures is the university taking?

The resumption of full operations on Ohio State campuses includes 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 has distributed free return-to-campus kits to students, faculty and staff that include 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 help limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of the community. Members of the campus community, including students, faculty, staff, administrators and visitors, signed a pledge 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 are in place for those who refuse to complete the training or abide by required health and safety guidelines. The university has also launched a sustained public information initiative. These efforts are 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. 

The resumption of full operations on Ohio State campuses includes 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 has distributed free return-to-campus kits to students, faculty and staff that include 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 help limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of the community. Members of the campus community, including students, faculty, staff, administrators and visitors, signed a pledge 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 are in place for those who refuse to complete the training or abide by required health and safety guidelines. The university has also launched a sustained public information initiative. These efforts are 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. 

Mental Health and Wellness

I am worried about a student, what can I do?

If the concern is life threatening, please contact 911, the Ohio State Police Department, at 614-292-2121, or the Wexner Medical Center, at 614-293-8333. If the situation is not life threatening, being supportive and encouraging the student to contact Student Life's Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) is often the best first step. CCS does not contact students who do not contact us first out of respect for their privacy and independence. You can also recommend some of the available mental health support options available on campus.

If the concern is life threatening, please contact 911, the Ohio State Police Department, at 614-292-2121, or the Wexner Medical Center, at 614-293-8333. If the situation is not life threatening, being supportive and encouraging the student to contact Student Life's Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) is often the best first step. CCS does not contact students who do not contact us first out of respect for their privacy and independence. You can also recommend some of the available mental health support options available on campus.

What do I need to know as a parent or family member if I have a student in need of mental health support?

If you have concerns and would like to discuss helpful options with your student, please visit Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service website to review service options. Contact Student Life's Counseling and Consultation Service to request a call back from a counselor at 614-292-5766.

Miscellaneous

Is the Wexner Medical Center open?

Yes. Health plan members and others seeking care should read more about patient safety and new policies before their next visit.

Transportation

What are the details of CABS service during autumn semester?

CABS is limiting occupancy to support safety and physical distancing guidelines related to COVID-19 and has reallocated more buses to move people in smaller quantities. The university is offering two routes during daytime hours. The Med Center Express and a new Buckeye Loop prioritize transporting individuals parking in the Buckeye Lot or West Campus Carmack Lots. Academic core service is not be provided during the daytime but resumes after 7 p.m. via the East Residential and West Campus routes.

Please visit Transportation for additional information and updates.

What steps is CABS taking to ensure the health and safety of riders?

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
Vaccine

When will the vaccine be available to students, faculty and staff?

At this time, the COVID-19 vaccine is available in very limited quantities and the first phases of distribution are to high-risk individuals, including frontline health care workers and first responders, followed by individuals living in nursing facilities. Prioritization of who receives the vaccine first is guided by federal and state governments. Guidelines for immunization of the general population are currently under development.

The university is actively planning for expanded vaccine distribution as allowed by the State of Ohio and will work in coordination with Governor Mike DeWine as well as state and local health experts. Details will be shared when they are available.


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.