In order to maintain physical distancing when students are welcomed back to campus in the fall, the university will reduce population density in residence halls. Updates have been provided to first-year students and returning students who have expressed interest in living on campus. Assignments will be provided at a later date. Living on campus contributes to student success and persistence, and the university will continue to house students of all ranks.
Ohio State has temporarily expanded the housing exemption criteria for returning second-year students for the 2020-21 academic year. Second-year students had the option to exercise the special exemption by notifying University Housing via housing.osu.edu. Housing options are being provided to second-year students who still choose to live in university housing. Information is posted on housing.osu.edu.
The university has outlined the details of the plan to promote physical distancing in on-campus housing and dining locations. For example, move-in will occur in a staggered approach over the course of up to two weeks, and dining options will feature mobile ordering and grab-and-go options. For additional information, visit housing.osu.edu.
In accordance with guidance from the safe campus and scientific advisory subgroup, the university will provide isolation and quarantine housing for on-campus residents. The residential experience is a core part of the Ohio State student experience, and university leaders are committed to promoting a safe and healthy on-campus experience in partnership with students.