Faculty and Staff

Whether you’re working on campus or off-site, you are critical to Ohio State’s purpose: championing people and their potential. The information and resources below lay out what you need to know if you have returned to campus, the university’s plans for keeping you safe and how you can do your part to keep your family, colleagues and friends well.

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OSU Extension Faculty and Staff

Find out about closures, programs and events at OSU Extension offices throughout Ohio. This includes remote work guidelines, information about grant funding and safe meeting guidelines.

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COVID-19 HR Resources

Find additional employment-related information and guidance specific to COVID-19 from the Office of Human Resources, including FAQs, COVID-19 related work accomodations, leave options, benefits changes and more

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Updates

  • For fully vaccinated people, masks are no longer required on Ohio State’s campuses except for in Wexner Medical Center facilities, Student Health facilities and on public transportation – in accordance with public health guidelines. Fully vaccinated individuals are also no longer required to physically distance. Individuals who are not vaccinated are required to continue wearing masks indoors and physically distancing at all times. Read more on the Personal Safety Practices page.
  • July 28: The university shared FAQs to address topics related to classroom instruction and how faculty and other instructors are expected to engage with the community. Read more on the Teaching page.

  • July 27: To make informed decisions related to COVID-19 and further enable contact tracing, Ohio State is requiring students, faculty and staff to report whether or not they have been vaccinated by Thursday, August 5. Personal health information will not be shared publicly or directly with instructors, managers or leaders. Read more about how to report your vaccine information.
  • July 9: To further encourage the Ohio State community to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the university will be distributing $50,000 in prizes to students, faculty and staff who have received their shots and report it to the university. Throughout August, the university will conduct weekly drawings for prizes that include gift cards, football season tickets and annual parking permits.  Read more on the Ohio State vaccine incentives page.
  • June 30: Effective immediately, Ohio State students, faculty and staff are no longer required to complete the daily health check when they are well. All employees should stay home instead of coming to work if they are experiencing symptoms of illness. Please note that Wexner Medical Center faculty and staff, as well as students with clinical responsibilities in hospital facilities, are required to use the Ohio State app or compass.osu.edu to report if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms prior to their scheduled workday. 
  • April 9: In a message to the university community, President Johnson shared plans for a reactivated campus Autumn semester. Read more on the Autumn Campus Reactivation page
  • April 1: President Johnson announced that the university has been given the opportunity by the state of Ohio to dedicate 25% of the Wexner Medical Center’s first-dose vaccine allocation to any Ohio State student, faculty or staff member. This is possible because of the increasing number of doses available to the Wexner Medical Center and the Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s work to secure additional vaccines for college and university students in Ohio. Appointments under this new opportunity will be displayed in MyChart(link is external) beginning April 9, with the first available appointments beginning Wednesday, April 14, and running through April 20. Each week, additional appointments will be released after the university receives information about the brand and the number of doses for our next weekly allocation of vaccine. Read more on the COVID-19 vaccine information page.
  • March 17: President Johnson announced plans to host a modified in-person spring commencement for 2021 graduates on May 9, 2021, in Ohio Stadium. The university will make adjustments to provide a memorable celebration that is safe and healthy. Ohio State will also celebrate Ohio State’s spring, summer and autumn 2020 graduates later this year as part of the Aug. 8, 2021 commencement. Typically held at the Schottenstein Center, this commencement will be moved to Ohio Stadium. More information on logistics, ticketing and other parameters for 2021 and 2020 graduates will be shared with the community as commencement nears. Read more in President Johnson’s message to students.

  • March 3: University leaders held a town hall on March 1 which covered information on university planning efforts related to the summer term and fall semester as well as updates on vaccination distribution efforts. You can watch it and read answers to questions that were submitted on the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes COVID-19 Vaccination Information page. 

  • Feb. 25: Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson announced that planning is underway for a reactivation of its campuses this fall to offer safe and robust in-person experiences significantly expanded from current restrictions. The university will continue to follow all appropriate measures to promote the health and well-being of the community with the partnership and approval of local, state and federal health authorities. Details of the university’s reactivation plan will be announced in the coming months as leaders continue to study the latest data related to COVID-19 and public health. More information is on the Planning for 2021-22 academic year webpage.
  • Feb. 11: The university will begin allowing limited in-person gatherings for students at the Columbus campus. Student organizations may resume in-person events of 10 or fewer people on and off campus beginning Friday, February 12. Following all safe and healthy protocols is required. Student organizations are encouraged to continue holding virtual and hybrid activities to ensure broad access to activities. The university will monitor positivity rates to determine if additional changes are necessary. The student organization exception is limited.Read more on the Events and Gatherings page.
  • Feb. 11: All other in-person events and gatherings – including those of 10 people or fewer – are prohibited for the safety of our community. Public events will resume using a phased-in approach as conditions allow. Read more on the Events and Gatherings page.

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Accountability

What will happen if someone doesn’t comply with required health and safety guidelines?

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.

Classroom Safety Measures

Where will personal protective equipment be available? 

Hand sanitizing stations are available in every building. In addition, free face masks are available in most university libraries for students, faculty and staff who arrive to campus without one. These should be reserved for those in need. Masks can be picked up during business hours at circulation desks in the university libraries listed below. Hours can be found on the University Libraries website.

 

    Contact Tracing, Isolation and Quarantine

    What are my responsibilities as a supervisor if an employee notifies me of possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection?

    • Instruct the employee to not come to work or campus except to receive health care and to follow the steps outlined in the appropriate scenario described on the Contact Tracing, Isolation and Quarantine page.
    • Make arrangements for the employee to telework or for the employee’s duties to be covered as needed.
    • Ensure the employee is aware of their leave options and has submitted the appropriate leave request.
    • Do not notify other team members or others in your college or unit. Maintain the employee’s medical privacy. Assessing possible exposures and notifying those who are at potential risk is the responsibility of the public health contact tracing team.
    • Notify your college or unit HR business partner.

    What happens if you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19?

    If you have close contact (as determined by your health care provider or a contact tracer) with an individual with COVID-19, you will quarantine for 10 days after your last exposure to the positive individual regardless of whether you have symptoms.

    • During this 10-day period, you will be asked to stay home, not participate in on-campus activities, separate yourself from others and monitor your health. You will be excluded from on-site work, school or other on-campus activities.
    • A negative COVID test during this 10-day quarantine does not “clear you” from the risk of becoming sick with COVID-19 based on the virus’s incubation period. 
    • You should continue to monitor your symptoms for 14 days after the day of your exposure.

     
    If you have close contact and have symptoms of COVID-19, please follow the guidance for What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed.

    If you have close contact as determined by a contact tracer, whether or not you have symptoms, you complete a COVID-19 test, which you will arrange by calling The Ohio State University COVID Call Center (for faculty and staff) or Student Health Services (for students).

    If you have questions or concerns about an interaction with a known COVID-19 positive individual and you are unsure if it was a close contact, please contact your health care provider to assess your risk.

    What information will the contact tracing team be able to access?

    Contact tracers are permitted to access information only for use in the university’s pandemic response. The contact tracing team will use individuals’ general location information to contact individuals to schedule testing, learn whether others may have been infected and monitor the spread of COVID-19.  

    Some examples of general location information include:

    • Student and instructor class roster, residence hall address and office address
    • System logs, like door swipes with an individual's BuckID and OSU Wireless access

     
    The Responsible Use of Computing and Network Resources Policy explains the collection, use and sharing of data from information systems. Members of the university community consent to this policy when setting up their name.# and when they use Ohio State information systems, like OSU Wireless or university laptops or PCs.

    Visit the web privacy statement to learn more or email privacy@osu.edu with questions about privacy at Ohio State.

    What is considered an exposure to COVID-19?

    An exposure is when you have come in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. A contact tracer will advise you on whether you have been exposed and next steps. Close contact exposure with an individual with COVID-19 includes:

    • Contact for at least 15 minutes at a distance of less than 6 feet from a person with COVID-19
    • Providing care at home to a person with COVID-19 without personal protective gear
    • Direct physical/intimate contact with a person with COVID-19 (touching, hugging, kissing)
    • Sharing of eating or drinking cups and utensils with a person with COVID-19

     
    To count as close contact, the exposure must occur in either the 48 hours prior to or the 10 days after the other person has developed COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19.

    Types of contact NOT currently considered an “exposure” to an individual with COVID-19 include:

    • Sitting for 30-60 minutes in the same classroom, lecture hall or dining area as a COVID-19 positive individual at a distance of 6 feet or more 
    • Standing in line to order coffee behind an individual with COVID-19 for three minutes at a distance of 6 feet or more 
    • Studying on the same floor in the library with an individual with COVID-19 at a distance of 6 feet or more 
    • Walking past an individual with COVID-19 in the hallway of your residence hall or on the Oval

    What kind of cleaning will take place if someone gets COVID-19?

    The university’s approach to keeping shared spaces clean during the pandemic is based on scientific guidance to reduce the risks of exposure. Those measures will typically be adequate when someone tests positive. For example, classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected nightly. In some cases, such as those where an infected individual has an office with a door, it will make the most sense to not enter the space and suspend cleaning for an appropriate amount of time.

    In residence halls where students share a room, someone with COVID-19 would be moved to isolation and the other student would be moved to quarantine for 14 days.

    Who should I tell if I learn that someone has contracted COVID-19?

    • If you have or suspect you have COVID-19 and are a member of the faculty or staff, you should tell your supervisor and follow appropriate protocol.
    • If you are a supervisor and an employee reports an infection to you, you should contact your Human Resources business partner. Do not notify any other employees, maintaining the individual’s medical privacy.
    • If you have or suspect you have COVID-19 and are a student, you should immediately contact Student Health Services at sl-covid19.shs@osu.edu.
    • Students are not required to report the specific reason for their illness, including COVID-19 infection, to their instructors.
    • Faculty, staff and students who are made aware of or suspect that someone else has COVID-19 should not share that information with others, with the exception of supervisors reporting to Human Resources.
    • If you have or suspect you have COVID-19 and are a member of the faculty or staff, you should tell your supervisor and follow appropriate protocol.
    • If you are a supervisor and an employee reports an infection to you, you should contact your Human Resources business partner. Do not notify any other employees, maintaining the individual’s medical privacy.
    • If you have or suspect you have COVID-19 and are a student, you should immediately contact Student Health Services at sl-covid19.shs@osu.edu.
    • Students are not required to report the specific reason for their illness, including COVID-19 infection, to their instructors.
    • Faculty, staff and students who are made aware of or suspect that someone else has COVID-19 should not share that information with others, with the exception of supervisors reporting to Human Resources.

    Who will be informed about COVID-19 cases?

    Contact tracers will quickly notify students, staff and faculty who have potentially been exposed to COVID-19 based on scientific guidelines defining risk of exposure. However, the university will not send general notifications to colleges, classes or the general public about individual cases, and we will not release names of individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19. (The Wexner Medical Center does notify departments as part of its clinical operations.)

    Will I be informed if my co-worker gets sick?

    Not necessarily. Co-workers will be notified only if they have been identified as someone at risk based on scientific standards for determining potential exposure. Close, prolonged contact without proper public health precautions (physical distancing, wearing of face masks) increases the risk of infection. Working in the same building with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive does not, in and of itself, put an individual at risk.

    Will my residence hall close down if someone gets COVID-19?

    One case in a building will not mean that the residence hall closes. Those with symptoms and known infections will be immediately separated from others to reduce the risk of the spread of illness. If hotspots emerge, the university has a variety of options to reduce the spread of COVID-19 before closing the entire building.

    Daily Health Check

    Should I use the Ohio State app or Compass?

    • Use whichever tool you’re most comfortable with - both the Ohio State app and Compass display and allow you to update your health reporting details. Information updates across tools so you can use both options interchangeably. 
    • The Ohio State app is free to download in the Apple App or Google Play store for devices running iOS 13/Android 7 or higher. 
    • Compass can be accessed through any web browser by visiting compass.osu.edu.

     

    What steps should be taken if an employee becomes sick with COVID-19 symptoms?

    The university requires all employees who can do so to work from home. For those physically working on-site in critical areas, employees who are sick should remain out of the workplace until:

    • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
    • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
    • Symptoms have improved

     

    Who is required to complete the daily health check?

    Ohio State students, faculty and staff are no longer required to complete the daily health check when they are well. All employees should stay home instead of coming to work if they are experiencing symptoms.

    Note: Wexner Medical Center faculty and staff, , as well as students with clinical responsibilities in hospital facilities, are required to use the Ohio State app or compass.osu.edu to report if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms prior to their scheduled workday. Daily reporting is not required when they are well or on days where they are not scheduled to work.

    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.

    Graduate Studies

    What is Ohio State’s COVID-19 testing program?

    Ohio State has implemented a comprehensive testing program that will continue to be an integral part of our safety protocols as students return to campus this fall. By identifying COVID-19 cases early, we can take action to limit the spread of the virus. Below are the plans for Autumn 2021:

    • Pre-arrival testing: All students living in university-managed housing on the Columbus campus and regional campuses as well as sorority and fraternity members on the Columbus campus will need to complete an at-home COVID-19 test within seven days before they return to Ohio State. Additional details about this process will be shared directly from the Office of Student Life.
    • Move-in testing: All Columbus campus students who will be on campus for any reason and all residential students on the regional campuses will be required to test for COVID-19 when they arrive. We recommend that students wear a mask until they receive results of a negative COVID-19 test.
    • Weekly surveillance testing: Currently, unvaccinated students — including all students on the Columbus campus or and regional campus students who live in university housing — will be required to test weekly as the academic year begins. Students who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and reported their status to the university will not have to test. We will continue to monitor the impacts of variants of concern and may need to adjust the testing requirements for vaccinated students as new information is available. Once House Bill 244 goes into effect on October 14, we will test vaccinated and unvaccinated students with the same protocols.

    Ohio State has implemented a comprehensive testing program that will continue to be an integral part of our safety protocols as students return to campus this fall. By identifying COVID-19 cases early, we can take action to limit the spread of the virus. Below are the plans for Autumn 2021:

    • Pre-arrival testing: All students living in university-managed housing on the Columbus campus and regional campuses as well as sorority and fraternity members on the Columbus campus will need to complete an at-home COVID-19 test within seven days before they return to Ohio State. Additional details about this process will be shared directly from the Office of Student Life.
    • Move-in testing: All Columbus campus students who will be on campus for any reason and all residential students on the regional campuses will be required to test for COVID-19 when they arrive. We recommend that students wear a mask until they receive results of a negative COVID-19 test.
    • Weekly surveillance testing: Currently, unvaccinated students — including all students on the Columbus campus or and regional campus students who live in university housing — will be required to test weekly as the academic year begins. Students who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and reported their status to the university will not have to test. We will continue to monitor the impacts of variants of concern and may need to adjust the testing requirements for vaccinated students as new information is available. Once House Bill 244 goes into effect on October 14, we will test vaccinated and unvaccinated students with the same protocols.
    Health and Safety

    Are masks required?

    For fully vaccinated people, masks are no longer required on Ohio State’s campuses except for in Wexner Medical Center clinical facilities, Student Health facilities, colleges and units with public facing clinical operations,  and on public transportation – in accordance with public health guidelines. Fully vaccinated individuals are also no longer required to physically distance. Individuals who are not vaccinated are required to continue wearing masks indoors and physically distancing at all times. At the Wexner Medical Center, there are additional safety measures and masking guidance in place.

    For fully vaccinated people, masks are no longer required on Ohio State’s campuses except for in Wexner Medical Center clinical facilities, Student Health facilities, colleges and units with public facing clinical operations,  and on public transportation – in accordance with public health guidelines. Fully vaccinated individuals are also no longer required to physically distance. Individuals who are not vaccinated are required to continue wearing masks indoors and physically distancing at all times. At the Wexner Medical Center, there are additional safety measures and masking guidance in place.

    For fully vaccinated people, masks are no longer required on Ohio State’s campuses except for in Wexner Medical Center clinical facilities, Student Health facilities, colleges and units with public facing clinical operations,  and on public transportation – in accordance with public health guidelines. Fully vaccinated individuals are also no longer required to physically distance. Individuals who are not vaccinated are required to continue wearing masks indoors and physically distancing at all times. At the Wexner Medical Center, there are additional safety measures and masking guidance in place.

    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. 

    What will happen if someone doesn’t comply with required health and safety guidelines?

    Accountability measures are in place for those who 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.

    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.

    What mental health and wellness resources are available on campus?

    The safety of the Ohio State community is and always will be the university’s first priority. There are a variety of resources available for students, faculty and staff. The university has also compiled a wide range of research-based intervention strategies and information that can help build resiliency and enhance mental, emotional and physical health and well-being. Comprehensive information is available on the Mental Health and Wellness page and key resources are listed below.

    If you or someone you know is an imminent danger to themselves or someone else, go to the nearest ER or call 911. If you are thinking of harming yourself or if you are worried about someone else and need advice about what to do, call the suicide prevention lifeline at 614-221-5445 or 800-273-8255 (TALK) or reach the Crisis Text Line by texting 4HOPE to 741741.

    The safety of the Ohio State community is and always will be the university’s first priority. There are a variety of resources available for students, faculty and staff. The university has also compiled a wide range of research-based intervention strategies and information that can help build resiliency and enhance mental, emotional and physical health and well-being. Comprehensive information is available on the Mental Health and Wellness page and key resources are listed below.

    If you or someone you know is an imminent danger to themselves or someone else, go to the nearest ER or call 911. If you are thinking of harming yourself or if you are worried about someone else and need advice about what to do, call the suicide prevention lifeline at 614-221-5445 or 800-273-8255 (TALK) or reach the Crisis Text Line by texting 4HOPE to 741741.

    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.

    What preparations is the university making in case in-person operations must be suspended again?

    The university recognizes the need for contingency plans, and we are preparing for a variety of situations. Both prior to COVID-19 and as a response to it, Ohio State has developed a strong capacity for online operations that includes websites and resources devoted to supporting learning, teaching, work, research and more. We continue to build on those capacities.

    Research

    How do I report concerns if safety protocols are not being followed in a research lab?

    The Office of Research has developed a web-based tool (http://go.osu.edu/report-a-concern) to report research-related concerns around non-compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols. While the most direct route for addressing concerns is to contact a supervisor, department chair or college office, we recognize that is not always feasible. Any concerns reported through this tool will be sent directly to the Office of Research for review.

    Where can I find information on the staged return to campus for research?

    The Office of Research has details about the return to campus plan.

    Support for Teaching

    What support resources are available to instructors?

    Tools, strategies, workshops and other resources are available for instructors through these websites:

    Will microphones be provided in all classrooms?

    Podium microphones, which are flat mics that are mounted on the podium, are in most rooms to improve sound quality for remote and recorded viewing. These do not amplify someone’s voice in the space itself, so these are primarily provided in smaller rooms.

    For larger rooms, both wired and wireless audio solutions have been installed. These both amplify the speaker’s voice in the room and aid in recorded and remote viewing. The wired and wireless microphones that connect to these systems are available for faculty to borrow for the term at the ODEE Learning Environments’ office suite (030 Enarson). Instructors just need to relay in which room(s) they are teaching and they will be providethe appropriate mic solution. Faculty using mics for their classroom are to bring them to each class session.

    Testing

    Can the university use my COVID-19 test results for research?

    Contact tracers are only permitted to use your information for the university’s pandemic response. COVID-19 or pandemic research must go through a separate review and approval process, which is governed by the university’s Human Research Protection Program.

    How can faculty and staff take a COVID-19 test?

    If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you should contact your primary care physician (PCP) for a health assessment and direction. If you do not have a local PCP, contact The Ohio State University COVID Call Center at 614-293-4000 to assess the need for testing and to arrange a COVID-19 test if indicated.

    Asymptomatic faculty and staff may volunteer for a COVID-19 test by contacting the university’s COVID Call Center at 614-293-4000 to arrange the scheduling of a test at an Ohio State swabbing station.

    After your specimen is collected, you are required to self-quarantine and may not return to campus for work, school or other community activities until your test result is available. This time frame may vary, but most results should be available between 48 and 72 hours after the specimen is collected. This brief self-quarantine is required out of an abundance of caution because it is possible to be infected with COVID-19 and have no symptoms. Self-quarantine should be coordinated with a supervisor, instructor or Human Resources Business Partner, and those who are able to telework or complete coursework online should do so. Those unable to work off-site must take personal or unpaid leave or vacation, as applicable, during the self-quarantine period. If the test is positive, continue to isolate yourself from others, and follow university guidance for contact tracing and isolation. If the test is negative, you may return to work, school and other community activities.

    Should there ever be a shortage of testing supplies, symptomatic individuals and members of at-risk or vulnerable populations will remain the highest priority for testing.

    Transition Task Force

    What is the role of the safe campus and scientific advisory subgroup?

    The safe campus and scientific advisory subgroup uses a data-driven approach to recommend to the transition task force robust safety protocols and other measures to protect the health of the Buckeye community and prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

    Workplace

    Are workplace accommodations available for employees at higher-risk?

    The Office of Human Resources will work with employees who are most vulnerable to complications from COVID-19, and their supervisors, to attempt to find workplace modifications that address the employee’s concerns. Through a COVID-19 accommodation request, which is a secure intake process, individuals will be asked to:

    • Identify and attest that their health or other factor place them at greater risk of serious illness if they contract the COVID-19 virus.
    • Provide details about their work environment concerns.
    • Indicate what needs and resources they feel are necessary to perform their job safely.


    For more information and directions for how to request a COVID-19 related accommodation, please visit: https://hr.osu.edu/coronavirus/accommodations/

    How do I manage shared equipment, like printers and fax machines that are used by multiple people?

    Please remind faculty and staff to wipe down shared equipment such as printers, copiers, fax machines, phones or other shared office equipment and supplies following use. Appropriate physical distancing should be followed if multiple individuals are using shared equipment at the same time. However, this may also be a good time to assess if there are ways to reduce the use of shared office equipment.

    When will employees return to campus?

    The university is preparing to welcome more faculty, staff members, and graduate teaching and research assistants back to our campuses to foster the intersection of people and ideas. Ohio State prizes the residential experience, because it enables and empowers the university community to learn from one another in cross-disciplinary, innovative and intersectional ways.

    At the same time, the university will take advantage of the opportunities where employees can work differently — through remote, hybrid or other work arrangements. With the lessons of the pandemic, the university is more equipped than ever to support flexible work arrangements and employees who require accommodations. This will require a balance of approaches, and the Office of Human Resources is working with leaders across campus to develop more specific guidance that allows managers to finalize decisions with their teams.


    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.