Events and Gatherings

Limiting population density across all campuses is designed to help keep Buckeyes safe and healthy. All Ohio State autumn 2020 events and gatherings with more than 10 people — whether on or off campus — will be virtual. Gatherings with fewer than 10 in-person participants must adhere to guidelines regarding physical distancing and the use of face masks

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 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.