Courses will be offered in several formats, including in-person, online or blended.

As part of the effort to reduce crowded spaces and maintain physical distancing, some in-person instruction will occur in non-traditional spaces in non-academic buildings. For example, arrangements are being made for some classes to be held in auditoriums and performance halls.

Classes that bring together 100 or more people, including students, faculty and instructional assistants, will be conducted virtually or in a blended model that includes virtual instruction with in-person labs, studio sessions, recitation sections and other arrangements for smaller groups.

Classroom layouts

Physical distancing measures in classrooms are part of our commitment to safety. These guidelines are provided to help departments and campuses configure their classrooms consistently with 30 square feet per student and 6 feet of distance between.

These layouts allow for 6 feet from the front of the room for the instructor area and maintain enough space for accessibility turnaround in entryways.

Tablet Arm Seating

Hexagons should interlock to create honeycomb grid in space. Only instructor table and podium will be drawn in classroom configurations.

Diagram of tablet arm seating

Table and Chair Seating

Every other seat should be marked, alternating starting seat per row. Student tables (standard 24” x 60”) will be drawn to aid in room resets, as well as instructor table/podium.

Diagram of table and chair seating

Fixed Lecture Hall Seating

Three open seats between marked seats, skipping rows in between.

Diagram of lecture hall seating

Computer Lab Seating

Minimum of two open computers between safe seats, depending on density.

Diagram of computer lab seating

Public Computing Areas

Minimum of two open computers between safe seats, depending on density.

Diagram of computing area seating


Signage, furniture and cleaning

In coordination with colleges, departments and building facilities contacts, signage will be placed in high-density spaces, as appropriate, to guide foot traffic flow, remind people of safety practices and visually mark wait line spaces.

Furniture in classrooms and common areas is being marked, arranged or removed to support safety practices, including physical distancing.

These graphics show the ways that people will be reminded to physically distance or take part in safety practices around campus.
Look for these types of signs and decals around Ohio State campuses for guidance in safety practices and physical distancing. To order signage for your building, visit UniPrint.

At least twice a day, the university is cleaning bathrooms and disinfecting high touch-point areas, including door handles, faucets, handrails and other commonly touched surfaces in high-traffic areas.

Information about cleaning protocols and responsibilities for classrooms and conference rooms will be shared prior to the beginning of the academic year. 

Accountability measures

Accountability measures will be in place for those who do not complete the training and sign the pledge, or 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. They are available here.

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.