Classrooms

Courses are being offered in several formats, including in-person, online and blended.

As part of the effort to reduce crowded spaces and maintain physical distancing, some in-person instruction is occurring in non-traditional spaces in non-academic buildings such as auditoriums and performance halls. Additionally, open-air tents have been installed 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.

Regardless of where in-person teaching and learning takes place on campus, classrooms look and feel very different this year. Watch the video below to learn more about changes made to these spaces to meet the health and safety guidelines set forth by the university's COVID-19 Transition Task Force and the Ohio Department of Health.

In Person Classrooms Fall 2020

Class sizes

The university has limited the size of in-person classes to no more than 50 students to reduce density on campus and maintain physical distancing.

Classroom layouts

Classroom Services and partner units have worked dilligently to prepare for a safe and healthy return to campus this autumn. This includes the reconfiguration of more than 450 classroom spaces to account for physical distancing and installation of technology for recording in-class proceedings. The addition of updated floor plans, seating counts and photos of every supported space is an ongoing process, but most spaces have this information on the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE) website.

All furniture should be left in the position marked by physical distancing stickers. There should never be more people allowed in these spaces than the capacaties posted.

Signage, furniture and cleaning

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.

Furniture in classrooms and common areas has been 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.

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.

Accountability measures

Accountability measures are 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.


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.