Events and Gatherings

As of July 2021, university organizations may offer in-person programming and Ohio State venues may consider third-party events that want to use university spaces under these guidelines.

  • All events and gatherings must follow state, local and university protocols to protect all involved. Note that all guidance is subject to change based on health guidance.
  • Daily activities are permitted. Overnight activities are not at this time.
  • Organizers may work directly with the appropriate contact at the desired venue (whether at a university-run venue or a third-party location).
  • Events planned for academic spaces may be approved through the normal college, department or academic program level review. Events do not need to be submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs for review.

Current Guidance

Mask requirements

Effective Aug. 2, students, faculty, staff and visitors to all Ohio State campuses and medical facilities are required to wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. Masks continue to be required outdoors for unvaccinated individuals when they cannot maintain physical distancing. Vaccinated people are not required to mask outdoors.


As of June 2nd, indoor venues may operate at full capacity. 

Education of staff

All staff must be educated on proper masking requirements, sanitation, and cleaning. Summer programs that involve minor participants must follow all university policies related to staffing, education, and background checks. 

Cleaning and sanitation expectations

All spaces are to be cleaned and disinfected nightly. Leaders of summer programs that are taking place on The Ohio State University property must work with Facilities Operations and Development to determine who will be cleaning spaces and any associated costs. Programs should appoint one staff member who is responsible for the ongoing monitoring of safety protocols.

PPE (personal protective equipment) – including hand cleaning stations

Hands should be washed frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after touching common surfaces. If soap and water are not available, 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer should be used. Programs should allow for regular hand washing.

COVID19 Testing

University staff and faculty are encouraged to continue to participate in weekly testing if they are coming to campus. Ohio State students will be subject to mandatory testing under the Student Testing Program. The university does not plan to test participants.

Contact tracing

All programs must maintain accurate participation and attendance logs for use with potential contact tracing.  When grouping participants in cohorts (10 or fewer), programs must maintain logs of the members of each cohort group.


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.