Events and Gatherings

Limiting population density across all campuses is designed to help keep Buckeyes safe and healthy. Effective Nov. 12, all in-person student organization gatherings, events and tabling activities, even those of 10 people or fewer, will be prohibited. This limitation applies both to on-campus and off-campus events and gatherings of any kind. The restriction will be in place at least through the end of the calendar year, and we will provide more information as it becomes available regarding the potential to resume in-person programs in the spring semester.

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 go.osu.edu/WeCanDoThis 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.