Critical moment in the battle against COVID-19
- Effective immediately, all in-person student organization gatherings, events and tabling activities — even those of 10 people or fewer — will once again be prohibited. This limitation applies both to on-campus and off-campus events and gatherings of any kind.
- Students living on campus are asked not to leave campus unless it is absolutely necessary. Students living off campus should only come to campus for class and other necessary activities including: to work, take a COVID-19 test or fulfill a medical appointment or address other in-person responsibilities. Because exercise is important for maintaining our physical and mental health, recreational facilities will remain open and will continue to follow strict safety protocols. All students should gather only with their roommates or housemates if at all possible.
- Faculty and staff who can work remotely are urged to do so. Many employees are already working from home; we encourage others who can do so to coordinate with their supervisors and work remotely to enhance the safety of our campuses for those who must come in. De-densification of our campus populations remains critical as we fight the virus.
- All students who plan to travel home for the Thanksgiving holiday and winter break should be tested before leaving their residence halls or off-campus housing. The university recommends that you test twice before heading home for break. You should wait for a negative result from your second test before leaving. Testing hours and instructions are available on the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website.
- Even after students return home, they should continue to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols, including wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart, avoiding gatherings and washing your hands and using hand sanitizer routinely.
- Faculty and staff should consider canceling or postponing travel over the holiday and winter break and avoid gatherings with those outside of their immediate household. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to take advantage of the university’s voluntary testing program to help keep yourself and the members of your household safe.
Just as critically, take the time to attend to your physical and mental health during this unusually challenging time. I encourage you to access the resources available through the university. You can’t protect yourself or others and contribute to the fight against COVID-19 if you are not well.