Physical Distancing

Everyone should maintain a distance of at least six feet from others in any public space — indoor or outdoor — wherever possible.

Classroom, office and common spaces on Ohio State’s campuses will allocate approximately 30 square feet of usable space per person.

The number or density of people permitted in buildings and residence halls on Ohio State’s campuses will be reduced to maintain appropriate physical distancing. Those who are able are advised to use stairs instead of elevators to support physical distancing.

Classes that bring together 100 or more people, including students, faculty and instructional assistants, will be conducted virtually or in a blended model that includes virtual instruction with in-person labs, studio sessions, recitation sections and other arrangements for smaller groups. (Find more on classroom protocols and layouts.)

Employees will continue to telework whenever possible, and organizers will be expected to conduct most meetings virtually.

Employees also will be advised to use alternative staffing model options, such as remote work, alternating days/weeks or staggered arrivals and departures, to promote physical distancing.

Signage, furniture and cleaning

In coordination with colleges, departments and building facilities contacts, signage will be placed in high-density spaces, as appropriate, to guide foot traffic flow, remind people of safety practices and visually mark wait line spaces.

Furniture in classrooms and common areas is being marked, arranged or removed to support safety practices, including physical distancing.

These graphics show the ways that people will be reminded to physically distance or take part in safety practices around campus.
Look for these types of signs and decals around Ohio State campuses for guidance in safety practices and physical distancing. To order signage for your building, visit UniPrint.

At least twice a day, the university is cleaning bathrooms and disinfecting high touch-point areas, including door handles, faucets, handrails and other commonly touched surfaces in high-traffic areas.

Information about cleaning protocols and responsibilities for classrooms and conference rooms will be shared prior to the beginning of the academic year. 

Accountability measures

Accountability measures will be 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. They are available here.


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.