Kristina M. Johnson, PhD, President | October 19, 2020
Because you are wearing masks, staying 6 feet apart and practicing good hygiene, Ohio State continues to be a leader in fighting COVID-19, and we are able to continue to be on campus together living, working, researching, teaching and learning.
This month, the university expanded testing to include selected asymptomatic faculty and staff whose job responsibilities require them to have consistent or sustained in-person contact with other members of our university community. Employees eligible for this program will receive an email from the university explaining the process.
We continue to build on our existing protocols,...
Melissa S. Shivers, PhD and Morley O. Stone, PhD | October 15, 2020
Dear Student, To most efficiently and effectively serve our campus community and support our COVID- 19 testing needs, the university will transition the student surveillance testing to an oncampus lab and scheduling/results delivery tool. This change will allow the university to test and process results more quickly and affordably, and your on-site experience at the Jesse Owens North testing facility will be more efficient because less saliva will be required. This transition will change how you schedule your testing appointment(s) and where you receive your results. For the testing process, students will begin using the Ohio State MyChart patient portal...
Bruce A. McPheron, PhD, Executive VP and Provost; Harold L. Paz, MD, Executive VP and Chancellor for Health Affairs, CEO, Wexner Medical Center; Susan Basso, Senior VP, Talent, Culture and Human Resources; Melissa Shivers, PhD, VP, Student Life | October 7, 2020
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
This year, the flu and COVID-19 will be circulating at the same time, increasing the risk of being exposed to both viruses. The combination of the two viruses could be life-threatening.
This is why it is important — now more than ever — to get your flu shot to help keep you and your family, friends and peers healthy and safe.
All students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to get a flu shot as soon as possible, whether you have returned to a campus or are at...
Kristina M. Johnson, PhD, President | September 25, 2020
Your commitment to safety is evident in the results of our testing program, which show that the seven-day average positivity rate for all students is 1.7% and has decreased nearly every day for 14 days.
Dear student leaders: You’ve heard the term ‘Together As Buckeyes’ a lot over the past few weeks, and I want to thank you for considering this an action statement and commitment, as well as a rallying cry. As you know, we have been closely monitoring positive COVID-19 cases among students and I am pleased to share that we continue to see stabilized results and a continued decrease in rates. With this in mind, effective tomorrow (Wednesday, September 23), we will resume the opportunity for student organizations to hold gatherings of ten or fewer people; as a reminder, a gathering is...
We are writing to share with you that Ohio State’s testing program will be expanded to include regular surveillance testing of asymptomatic graduate and professional students. This is part of the university’s multi-pronged strategy to inform our decision-making and mitigate and monitor the spread of COVID-19.
A surveillance testing program means that samples of students will be selected and tested for COVID-19; such testing is not in response to a known exposure or because someone is showing symptoms and does not require a self-quarantine period while awaiting test results. This allows the university to draw conclusions about the level...
Bruce A. McPheron, PhD, Executive Vice President and Provost | September 11, 2020
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
While we are less than a month into autumn semester, I am writing to provide clarity about spring semester 2021 so that you can begin to make plans.
Ohio State campuses will continue to be open in the new year, and classes will take place through a mix of in-person, online and blended teaching that supports our Safe and Healthy Buckeyes plan. Classes will begin on our published start date (Jan. 11), but we have made several other adjustments to the academic calendar:
Dear Student Leaders: I hope you had a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend.
As you know, in response to an increase of positive COVID-19 cases among students, we put a hold on all in-person student organization events and gatherings through tomorrow (September 9). While we monitor testing trends after the holiday weekend, we will extend the hold through Sunday, September 13, with the intent of resuming activities on Monday, September 14. As a reminder, in-person events and gatherings will be limited to no more than ten people.
Likewise, to further expand your opportunities to engage with each...