Dining and Living on Campus

Dining On-campus: Autumn 2021

Student Life Dining Services will follow federal, state and local guidance regarding health and safety, while continuing to provide students with food diversity and balanced nutrition across the university. Options for students with food restrictions will continue to be provided at all locations. Students with specific dietary needs are welcome to reach out to Student Life Dining Services for additional assistance.


Under all circumstances, to continue to provide the highest level of service while facilitating physical distancing, the following changes will be made to operations: 

  • While mobile ordering and pick-up will continue to be the preferred and most encouraged option, there will be the availability of other ordering methods, including ordering at kiosks and in-person
  • Traditional All-You-Care-To-Eat operations will offer self-serve and attendant-served stations. Some mobile and kiosk ordering opportunities will be available.
  • Self-serve salad bars will be available where appropriate
  • Reusable containers and cups will be permitted to be utilized
  • Tables and chairs will continue to be cleaned and disinfected after each use
  • Arrangements and capacity will be adjusted over time based on guidance from the appropriate health and facility experts

Full-service restaurant (Sloopy’s) 

  • Will operate as a typical full-service restaurant while following any specific guidance required
  • Full-service and mobile ordering for pick-up will be available

 Space Use Expectations 

  • Face masks are required in all common areas, such as lobbies, dining spaces, pick up areas, etc. unless consuming food

Additional Information and Commitments 

  • All staff in prepared food production areas and delivery will wear masks
  • All student meetings to discuss special dietary needs will be conducted in-person or virtually. Dietitians will maintain in-person and virtual office hours
  • Dining Services will maintain an in-person and virtual front desk to respond to questions, comments and concerns
  • All leadership team members will routinely collaborate with the Columbus Department of Public Health and Ohio Department of Agriculture to ensure that all updated compliance requirements are maintained
  • Staff will follow all federal, state and local health and safety requirements
  • All operations will continue to follow cleaning and disinfection processes.

Frequently asked questions

Visit the Student Life website for FAQs and additional information about how the university will work to ensure the health and safety of campus communities while providing food diversity and balanced nutrition.

Living On-campus - Autumn 2021

The university is looking forward to welcoming students back to a reactivated campus, including in the residence halls.

Expectations for those in residence halls

In addition to the protective practices required for everyone on campus, residents will follow additional expectations and guidelines for housing outlined by the university.

  • Given that broad access is available to vaccines, on-campus quarantine and isolation housing will be limited this year and cannot be guaranteed at any time. All students should have individual plans for isolation and quarantine housing in the event they are exposed or have a positive COVID-19 test.
  • Anyone who has symptoms, tests positive or is assigned to quarantine due to exposure must not navigate campus or participate in any campus activity, including attending class or taking part in co-curricular experiences, on- or off-campus.
  • Face masks are required in all common areas, such as lobbies, study spaces, laundry facilities, etc. Face masks are also required if students are gathering or socializing in rooms.
  • Students are encouraged to maintain good hygiene, including washing their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after visiting a public place, using the restroom, blowing their nose, coughing, sneezing or touching their face. If soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol should be used.
  • Student access to residence halls via BuckID will be limited to their own residence communities. Residents will be allowed to have visitors and should follow all visitation guidelines outlined in the Residential Living Handbook.
  • Programming will continue to be provided to residents as a hallmark of the residential experience.

Additional details are available on housing.osu.edu.

Frequently asked questions

As Ohio State works to ensure a safe and healthy return to our campuses, additional information and FAQs related to student housing, move-in, disability services, facilities and more can be found on the Student Life website.

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.