Events and Gatherings

Limiting population density across all campuses is designed to help keep Buckeyes safe and healthy.  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, and student organization leaders must submit space reservation requests that include details of planned safety measures. 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.

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.

An event is defined as a planned activity, other than academic classes scheduled as part of the university curriculum, that is held in a university building or outdoor space on a university campus or with a community partner. A gathering is defined as a formal or informal assembly of people that is either planned or spontaneous.

These restrictions do not prohibit gatherings for the purpose of the expression of First Amendment-protected speech.

We can do this!

Even with limitations to keep our Buckeye community healthy and safe, there are many ways to experience being a Buckeye. Visit for ideas of things to do on campus and around Columbus while still doing your part to protect others.

Accountability measures

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.

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.