Returning to Campus - Spring 2022

The nation and state are experiencing a dramatic increase in COVID-19 infections due in large part to the omicron variant. As Ohio State prepares to start the spring semester and welcome students back to campus for in-person instruction, the university continues to adjust health measures based on the latest data as well as evolving guidance from national, state and local agencies.  

Throughout the pandemic, Ohio State has successfully engaged our entire community to share responsibility for minimizing the spread of COVID-19. For spring semester, all health protocols below will be in place, including guidelines to wear well-fitted masks indoors, frequently wash your hands and stay home if you feel sick. The university will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves and will update protocols as information becomes available.

Details about our measures are listed below.

We are looking forward to a great spring semester. Thank you for taking an active part in safeguarding the Ohio State community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Students

What do I have to do to move into my residence hall?

  • If you live in a university residence hall on any campus, you must complete a rapid antigen test before going to your residence hall.  
  • This will take place in Columbus at French Field House (460 Woody Hayes Drive) on Saturday (Jan. 8) from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday (Jan. 9) from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Regional campus residents received an email with instructions on January 5, 2022. 
  • If you test positive, you will not be able to move in and instead will need to isolate for five days, either in university-provide isolation space, while supplies last, at home or in a local hotel.  
  • After five days of isolation, you will be able to attend classes in person if you are symptom-free, receive negative antigen test results, and you must wear a well-fitted mask both indoors and outside for the next five days. 

I have documentation that I had COVID in the last 90 days. How do I obtain an exemption from testing? 

  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 at a non-university location, please report your positive result to Ohio State by uploading your information and positive result to go.osu.edu/SelfReportTest.  
  • Those with verified results will receive a temporary exemption from testing. Antigen and PCR test results will be accepted.

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19 during the move-in testing the weekend of January 8? (Columbus campus students living in on-campus residence halls) 

  • You will need to complete an isolation period of at least five days. Isolation is required regardless of your vaccination status.
  • When a student receives a positive test at the French Field House, they will be referred to our on-site support team from the Office of Student Life who will talk with them about options and next steps. This will include determining the best place for the student to isolate based on a variety of factors:
  • If the student was brought to campus by friends or family and is able to return home to isolate, particularly if they are within the state of Ohio, this is the first, and strongly recommended, option that will be discussed.
  • We are continually consulting with public health partners on and off-campus, and students living in single rooms with private bathrooms are able to isolate in their own room at their residence hall, as necessary. They will only be allowed to leave their room, wearing a well-fitted mask, to pick up food at a designated location during specified times.
  • The university has reserved one entire residence hall as well as rooms in nearby hotels for alternative university managed isolation spaces. This space is being prioritized for out of state and international students.
    • Food will be delivered to the door of student rooms in these accommodations during designated times. 
  • In-state students can choose to go to their permanent home residence in Ohio or isolate at a Columbus area hotel. Recommended spaces in the Columbus area are available on this website.
  • Regardless of where a student goes to isolate, they will receive a list of resources to use throughout their time.
  • Students who will be isolating in Ohio State managed housing will be transported (if transportation is needed), along with their belongings, to their isolation housing. These students can email if they need additional essential belongings from their residence hall on campus.

During the 5-day isolation period

  • Students can email the Student Life Support Team with questions or with requests for support. For students in on-campus isolation housing, there is also a text feature that helps students get more immediate assistance.
  • During their isolation, students will receive an email from the university’s public health Case Investigation and Contract Tracing Team with instructions, guidance and additional resources. You may need to provide responses to the contract tracing team as well during this time.
  • Toward the end of their isolation period, students will receive another email outlining the process for release from confined isolation to a period of strict masking using a well-fitted mask, and information about next steps.
  • On day 5, if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, you will take a rapid antigen test and upload your results to: go.osu.edu/selfreporttest
    • You will either be provided with this antigen test at the time you test positive, or at some point during your isolation period, pending availability of tests.
  • If you are positive, you must complete the full 10-day isolation.
  • If you are negative, you will receive a letter releasing you from confined isolation after the contact tracing team has verified your results.
  • Upon leaving confined isolation, you will be required to strictly mask, using a well-fitted mask, in every environment, including at home if you live in a shared living space, for an additional 5 days. For activities like brushing your teeth, showering or eating, put your mask back on as soon as possible.
  • At the end of your isolation period, if students in university managed isolation housing need transportation back to their permanent residence hall, Ohio State will provide you with a shuttle or a Lyft voucher to travel to your residence hall with all of your belongings.
  • The Office of Student Life will work with each student to address additional needs for individual circumstances, as needed. 

What if I am notified that I have been exposed to COVID-19? (Students living on Columbus campus in residence halls)  

  • After receiving a quarantine order from the Case Investigation and Contact Tracing Team, you will need to complete a quarantine period of at least 5 days in your residence.    

  • We are continually consulting with public health partners on and off-campus and, as necessary, students may be able to quarantine in place, including in shared living spaces 

  • You may leave your room only to pick up meals or use restroom facilities on your floor if you have none in your room. Whenever you are out of your room for these brief periods or in your room with another individual, even one on quarantine, you should wear a well-fitted mask. You are strongly encouraged to immediately return to your room to eat your meal and, if you live with others, immediately put your mask back on after eating.  

  • You should also maintain six feet of distance from others at all times, including when using elevators.  

  • Note: if you are identified as a roommate of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you will get a quarantine notice regardless of your vaccination status. If you received your booster shot 14 or more days ago, or if you are not yet booster eligible, but are otherwise fully vaccinated (e.g., it is too soon for you to receive your booster) you do not need to quarantine. You must, nonetheless, observe strict masking with a well-fitting mask for a 10- day period.   

 Quarantine testing  

  • You must test at Jesse Owens North, following all safety precautions at that site, at the earliest available appointment after receiving your quarantine notification. 

  • If you test positive, you will need to complete an isolation period of at least five days.  

  • If you test negative and remain symptom-free, you will be released after day 5. You will be required to wear a well-fitting mask in every environment, including at home in a shared living space for an additional 5 days after that. For activities like brushing your teeth, showering or eating, put your mask back on as soon as possible. 

  • You should schedule your next Jesse Owens North test 7 days after your first quarantine test.  

  • If you feel symptomatic at any time during the 10-day period, you should consider yourself infected and immediately seek out COVID-19 testing at Student Health Services, scheduled through My BuckMD 

  • Thereafter, you should return to your regular required testing. 

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19 (Students living off-campus – any campus)  

  • You will need to complete an isolation period of at least five days. Isolation is required regardless of your vaccination status.  

  • During their isolation, students will receive an email from the university’s public health Case Investigation and Contract Tracing Team with instructions, guidance and additional resources. You may need to provide responses to the contract tracing team as well during this time. 

  • Toward the end of their isolation period, students will receive another email outlining the process for release from confined isolation to a period of strict masking, and information about next steps. 

  • After day 5, if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, you will be released from confined isolation.  

  • Upon leaving confined isolation, you will be required to strictly wear a well-fitting mask in every environment, including at home if you live in a shared living space, for an additional 5 days. For activities like brushing your teeth, showering or eating, put your mask back on as soon as possible.  

  • If you continue to have a fever, you must complete the full 10-day isolation. 

What if I am notified that I have been exposed to COVID-19? (Columbus campus students living off campus) 

  • You will need to complete a quarantine period of at least 5 days.  

  • You may leave your residence only to pick up meals, continually wearing a well-fitted mask whenever you leave for these brief periods. You are strongly encouraged to immediately return to your residence to eat your meal and, if you live with others, immediately put your mask back on after eating.  

  • You should also maintain six feet of distance from others at all times 

  • Note: if you are identified as close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you will get a quarantine notice regardless of your vaccination status. If you received your booster shot 14 or more days ago, or if you are not yet booster eligible (e.g., it is too soon for you to receive your booster), you do not need to quarantine. You must, nonetheless, observe strict masking with a well-fitting mask for a 10- day period.   
     

Quarantine testing  

  • You must test at Jesse Owens North, following all safety precautions at that site, at the earliest available appointment after receiving your quarantine notification. 

  • If you test positive, you will need to complete an isolation period of at least five days.  

  • If you test negative and remain symptom-free, you will be released after day 5. You will be required to wear a well-fitting mask in every environment, including at home in a shared living space for an additional 5 days after that. For activities like brushing your teeth, showering or eating, put your mask back on as soon as possible. 

  • You should schedule your next Jesse Owens North test 7 days after your first quarantine test.  

  • If you feel symptomatic at any time during the 10-day period, you should consider yourself infected and immediately seek out COVID-19 testing at Student Health Services, scheduled through My BuckMD or your Primary Care Provider 

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19 during the move-in testing the weekend of January 8? (Regional campuses – students living in on-campus housing)

  • You will need to complete an isolation period of at least five days. Isolation is required regardless of your vaccination status.  

  • When a student receives a positive test, they will be referred to our on-site support team from the Office of Student Life who will talk with them about options and next steps. This will include determining the best place for the student to isolate based on a variety of factors: 

  • If the student was brought to campus by friends or family and is able to return home to isolate, we will strongly recommend that.  

  • We are continually consulting with public health partners on and off-campus, and students living in single rooms with private bathrooms are able to isolate in their own room at their residence hall, as necessary. They will only be allowed to leave their room, wearing a well-fitted mask, to pick up food at a designated location during specified times. 

  • The university has reserved residence hall spaces for university managed isolation spaces.  

  • Food will be delivered to the door of student rooms in these accommodations during designated times.   

  • Regardless of where a student goes to isolate, they will receive a list of resources to use throughout their time. 

 During the 5-day isolation period 

  • Students can email the Student Life Support Team with questions or with requests for support. For students in on-campus isolation housing, there is also a text feature that helps students get more immediate assistance. 

  • During their isolation, students will receive an email from the university’s public health Case Investigation and Contract Tracing Team with instructions, guidance and additional resources. You may need to provide responses to the contract tracing team as well during this time.  

  • Toward the end of their isolation period, students will receive another email outlining the process for release from confined isolation to a period of strict masking, and information about next steps. 

  • On day 5, if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, you will take a rapid antigen test and upload your results to the Contact Tracing Team at go.osu.edu/selfreporttest 

  • You will either be provided with this antigen test at the time you test positive, or at some point during your isolation period, pending availability of tests.  

  • If you are positive, you must complete the full 10-day isolation. 

  • If you are negative, you will receive a letter releasing you from confined isolation after the contact tracing team has verified your results.  

  • Upon leaving confined isolation, you will be required to strictly mask, wearing a well-fitting mask, in every environment, including at home if you live in a shared living space, for an additional 5 days. For activities like brushing your teeth, showering or eating, put your mask back on as soon as possible.  

  • The Office of Student Life will work with each student to address additional needs for individual circumstances, as needed.  

What if I am notified that I have been exposed to COVID-19? (Students living in university housing on regional campuses)  

  • You will need to complete a quarantine period of at least 5 days.  

  • We are continually consulting with public health partners on and off-campus and, as necessary, students may be able to quarantine in place, including in shared living spaces 

  • You may leave your room only to pick up meals, strictly wearing a well-fitting mask. You are strongly encouraged to immediately return to your room to eat your meal and, if you live with others, immediately put your mask back on after eating.  

  • You should also maintain six feet of distance from others at all times, including when using elevators.  

  • Note: if you are identified as close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you will get a quarantine notice regardless of your vaccination status. If you received your booster shot 14 days ago or more or if you are not yet booster eligible (e.g., it is too soon for you to receive your booster), you do not need to quarantine. You must, nonetheless, observe strict masking with a well-fitting mask for a 10- day period.   

Quarantine testing  

  • You must schedule a COVID-19 test for the earliest available appointment after receiving your quarantine notification. 

  • If you test positive, you will need to complete an isolation period of at least five days. 

  • If you feel symptomatic at any time during the 10-day period, you should consider yourself infected and immediately seek out COVID-19 testing.   

  • If you test negative and remain symptom-free, you will be released after day 5. You will be required to wear a well-fitting mask in every environment, including at home in a shared living space for an additional 5 days after that. For activities like brushing your teeth, showering or eating, put your mask back on as soon as possible. 

  • You should schedule your next COVID-19 test at the earliest available appointment the week after your first quarantine test.  

  • Thereafter, you should return to your regular required testing. 

Is there assistance available for students who need to find quarantine and isolation housing off campus?

Every student should have an individual plan for isolation housing if they have a positive COVID-19 test and for quarantine housing if they have been exposed to someone with the virus.  Students in university housing should know that on-campus isolation and quarantine housing continues to be limited and space is not guaranteed.  A list of hotels can be found at on the Quarantine & Isolation Hotels page.  Students may be eligible for emergency funding to help offset hotel costs.  Application can be found on the Student Advocacy Center website.

How and where can I get a booster shot on campus? 

  • Booster shots are available now at Jesse Owens North on the Columbus campus. Vaccine appointments are scheduled through MyChart.  
  • Individuals on regional campuses should use the Ohio Department of Health vaccine locator
  • You are eligible to get a booster shot based on when you completed your primary vaccination (five months after completing a Pfizer-BioNTech series; six months after completing a Moderna series or two months after completing a Johnson & Johnson dose), according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.

What should I do if I’m feeling sick?

  • Stay home and wear a well-fitted mask if you will be around others. 
  • Do not go to class or other public settings. Let your instructor know that you are not feeling well. 
  • If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, schedule a test at Student Health Services using My BuckMD or through your primary care provider, depending on your insurance plan. Do not test at Jesse Owens North or a regional asymptomatic location. 
  • Act as if you are positive until you receive a negative test. 

What plan should I prepare in case I get COVID-19 or am exposed to it? 

  • The university has a range of support services and resources available to students who need to isolate and quarantine. To prepare for Spring semester, every student should review available assistance and have a plan to be prepared if they need to isolate or quarantine.
  • Identify a place where you can go to isolate or quarantine.  If possible to isolate at home, the university strongly recommends that. Students in university housing should know that on-campus isolation and quarantine housing continues to be limited and space is not guaranteed.  A list of hotels can be found at on the Quarantine & Isolation Hotels page
  • Ensure you have plenty of well-fitting masks. Free multilayer surgical masks are available for students, faculty and staff at a variety of campus locations including: all recreation facilities, most university libraries and the Ohio Union information desk.  Masks can be picked up at residence halls, recreation facilities and libraries during business hours.
  • Make sure you can log into My BuckMD and know how to contact Student Health Services or your primary care provider.
  • Understand your insurance plan to know the best place to test if you are symptomatic, which may be Student Health Services.
  • Familiarize yourself with the resources available through Student Life Disability Services. Students who test positive should acquire a statement of support from SLDS that they can share with their instructors.
  • Students may be eligible for emergency funding to help offset hotel costs.  Application can be found on the Student Advocacy Center website.

Am I required to do regular COVID-19 surveillance testing? 

You are required to test weekly if you are a student who: 

  • Is living in university housing on all campuses, regardless of vaccination status. 
  • A member of social sororities and fraternities, regardless of vaccination status. 
  • Has received an exemption from or are still completing the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. 

Testing hours and locations are available on the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes testing page.

All students, regardless of vaccination status or where you live, can schedule a COVID-19 test.

  • If you experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you can be tested with an order from a Student Health Services’ medical provider or a referral from the contact tracing team. Schedule a test through My BuckMD. Testing is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except for the 2nd Friday of each month, opening at 9:30 a.m.). Making an appointment is required to help maintain physical distancing and reduce student wait times. 
  • If you are not feeling ill and do not have symptoms of COVID-19, schedule a test at Jesse Owens North or the regional testing locations on MyChart. Visit the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes voluntary testing page for details.

Where can I find face masks? Do I need to have something different than a cloth mask?

Masks are still required in all indoor spaces on all campuses, regardless of vaccination status. This requirement applies to CABS and other public transportation. The university strongly recommends surgical or medical-grade disposable masks. Double-masking is recommended for those using cloth masks. Free multilayer surgical masks are available for students, faculty and staff at a variety of campus locations including: all recreation facilities, most university libraries and the Ohio Union information desk.  Masks can be picked up at residence halls, recreation facilities and libraries during business hoursMasks are also available at primary entrances of academic, administrative and research facilities on the Columbus campus.

Do I have to wait to hear from contact tracing to return to campus on day 6 if my test on day 5 of isolation is negative?

You must receive confirmation from the CICTT before returning to your residence hall. To receive a release from isolation letter, you must upload your negative antigen test results to go.osu.edu/selfreporttest and complete a wellness check. Students should complete both on the morning of day 5 so their release can be assessed for suitability to return to their room on day 6.

Employees

What should I do if I’m feeling sick?

  • Stay home and wear a well-fitted mask if you will be around others. 
  • Do not go to work. Let your supervisor know or follow your typical call off procedures.  
  • If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, schedule a test at a symptomatic testing location such as the Wexner Medical Center drive-through location in the CAS (Chemical Abstracts) parking garage, 2540 Olentangy River Road. Appointments can be scheduled through MyChart
  • Act as if you are positive until you receive a negative test.   

Where should I go for a COVID test?

  • Feeling sick? a test at the Wexner Medical Center drive-through location in the CAS (Chemical Abstracts) parking garage, 2540 Olentangy River Road, located just north of the Fawcett Center. Schedule through MyChart by selecting, "COVID-19 Testing." Call the COVID-19 Call Center at 614-293-4000 or contact your primary care provider if you don’t have a MyChart account. 
  • Feeling fine? If you are not feeling ill, schedule a test at Jesse Owens North or the regional testing locations on MyChart

Do I need to take a COVID test to return to work if I am out of work sick?

  • If you are feeling sick with COVID-like symptoms, stay home and contact your primary care provider. It is strongly recommended that you get a COVID-19 test before returning to campus.  
  • If you are scheduled to teach, evaluate your plans for if you are unable to teach – whether that means identifying a colleague to fill in or using an alternative means of teaching the class if possible.

If my position permits it, am I able to work remotely? 

  • Ohio State remains committed to a full in-person experience for students and to meet the needs of patients and the community.
  • Many employees who do not have these direct roles are already working remotely, and Ohio State encourages others who can do so to coordinate with their supervisors to enhance safety for those who must be on our campuses.  
  • The university has an established flexible work policy allowing employees to work onsite or remotely with permission from their supervisor. 
  • Given the differences in campus operations across the university, supervisors should determine their specific workforce needs which may vary by area. Employees and supervisors should work together to determine where remote work is possible. 
  • Employees with questions should check with their supervisor or human resources business partner

Am I required to test weekly?

You are required to test weekly if you are an employee who has received an exemption from or are still completing the university’s vaccination requirement. Read more about the testing available to all employees. 

How and where can I get a booster shot on campus? 

  • Booster shots are available now at Jesse Owens North on the Columbus campus. Vaccine appointments are scheduled through MyChart.  
  • Individuals on regional campuses should use the Ohio Department of Health vaccine locator
  • You are eligible to get a booster shot based on when you completed your primary vaccination (five months after a Pfizer-BioNTech series; six months after a Moderna series or two months after a Johnson & Johnson dose), according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. 

Return to campus for students

Test-in Requirements 

For students in university housing on all campuses:

  • A rapid antigen test for COVID-19 will be required when you first arrive this weekend. For students living in residence halls on the Columbus campus, this testing will occur at French Field House, 460 Woody Hayes Drive, Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Students do not need to schedule a testing appointment for the antigen test. Students will know their results within 15 minutes. Those who test negative can move into their residence halls during their scheduled time. Detailed instructions were shared by email on Jan. 5. 
  • Students living on regional campuses will receive the BinaxNOW antigen test kit at check-in and must complete the test within the hour. Detailed instructions were shared by email on Jan. 5. 
  • Students who have extenuating circumstances that make it necessary to move in outside the testing times must go to Drackett Tower front desk (191 W Lane Ave, Columbus, OH 43210), Morrill Tower (1900 Cannon Drive, Columbus, OH 43210) or Park Stradley (120 W 11th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210) to receive an antigen test that they will be expected to complete before going to their room.
  • Those who test positive will not be able to move in and instead will need to isolate for five days, either at home or in a local hotel (see the Quarantine and Isolation Hotels page for recommended spaces in the Columbus area). Limited beds in the on-campus isolation residence hall will be prioritized for out-of-state students on a first-come, first-served basis, and space is not guaranteed. After five days of isolation, students will be able to attend classes in person as long as all symptoms are resolving, and they wear a well-fitted mask for an additional five days indoors and outdoors.

For fraternity and sorority students who live in their off-campus ​chapter houses:

  • Rapid antigen tests will be delivered early in the week of Jan. 10 to your chapter house. Each resident of the chapter house must complete the test.
  • Individuals who test positive will need to isolate for five days and then wear a well-fitted mask both indoors and outdoors for the next five days.

Required Weekly Testing

  • The following groups will be required to complete weekly PCR testing at this time, with the first test to be completed by the end of Friday, January 14. See the Testing page for information about scheduling:
    • All students living in university housing on all campuses, regardless of vaccination status.
    • All student members of social sororities and fraternities, regardless of vaccination status.
    • All students and employees who have an approved exemption for the university’s vaccination requirement.
    • All students and employees who have taken no action on the university’s vaccination requirement.
  • If you are a part of one of these groups and tested positive for COVID-19 at a non-university location over winter break, please report your positive result to Ohio State by uploading your information and positive result to go.osu.edu/SelfReportTest. Those with verified results will receive a temporary exemption from testing.

Quarantine and isolation

  • Every student should have an individual plan for isolation housing if you have a positive COVID-19 test and quarantine housing if you are exposed to someone with the virus.
  • Students in university housing should know that on-campus isolation and quarantine housing continues to be limited. Space is not guaranteed. (See Quarantine and Isolation Hotels page for recommended spaces in the Columbus area)

Campus Dining

  • Seating capacity in dining locations will be adjusted as needed in response to physical distancing, operational and service needs. Thank you for your patience and willingness to identify alternative seating as needed.
  • When dining on campus, community members and visitors are asked to replace their masks between bites and sips.
  • Mobile ordering is encouraged; grab-and-go options will be expanded for ease of picking up meals to go.
 

Guidance for faculty

  • Ohio State will continue to offer in-person classes, and faculty are encouraged to offer flexible arrangements for students who are sick, in isolation or quarantine.
  • Since the pandemic started, the university has upgraded the HVAC systems in campus buildings and expanded instructional technology and other resources. For more information, see the Teaching and Learning Resource Center.
  • Classes are expected to be taught in the original mode as posted at registration unless there is prior approval from the Office of Academic Affairs.
  • The university is prioritizing in-person teaching and learning. When possible, other in-person events, gatherings or meetings should be transitioned to virtual formats.

Work arrangements for staff

  • Ohio State remains committed to a full in-person experience for students and to meet the needs of patients and the community.
  • Given the differences in campus operations across the university, we are expecting each supervisor to determine their specific operational needs, which may vary by area. The university’s established flexible work policy enables employees to work onsite or remotely with permission from their supervisor.
  • We encourage employees and supervisors to work together to determine work arrangements, including where remote work is appropriate. Employees with questions should check with their supervisor or human resources business partner.
  • The university is prioritizing in-person teaching and learning. When possible, other in-person events, gatherings or meetings should be transitioned to virtual formats.

Guidance for all students, faculty and staff

Getting Your Booster Shot

  • The university continues to strongly encourage all students, faculty and staff to receive a COVID-19 booster before the start of spring semester or as soon as they are eligible. Boosters will enhance your protection from serious illness and reduce the chance that a COVID-19 exposure disrupts your semester.
  • Booster shots are available at Jesse Owens North in the Columbus campus. For details, see the Get Vaccinated page. Individuals on regional campuses should use the Ohio Department of Health vaccine locator.
  • You are eligible to get a booster shot based on when you completed your primary vaccination (five months after a Pfizer-BioNTech series; five months after a Moderna series or two months after a Johnson & Johnson dose), according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.

Reporting Your Booster

  • While boosters are currently voluntary, Ohio State asks individuals to report booster information to help the university continue to plan our COVID-19 response.
  • Students may report booster information to Student Health Services through My BuckMD.
  • Employees will be able to report their information in coming weeks. The university is currently working to expand the employee vaccination reporting system and will update faculty and staff when this capability is available. 

What To Do If You're Sick

  • If you are feeling sick in any way, stay home and get a COVID-19 test before returning to campus. If you are an employee, report your illness through your normal process.
  • You may obtain a PCR test from a location that tests symptomatic people, or you may use an antigen test at home if you have access to one. Do not go to an asymptomatic testing location.
  • The Wexner Medical Center established a community testing site for symptomatic individuals in the parking garage at CAS (Chemical Abstracts), 2540 Olentangy River Road. Appointments are required. For hours and other information, see the Symptomatic Testing page.

De-densification of common spaces

  • In all Student Life facilities that feature publicly available common spaces, seating density will be decreased by primarily reconfiguring furniture layout. For areas that are too small for reconfiguration, furniture will be “wrapped” or positioned in a way to make it unusable to support distancing.
  • Unit-specific details:
    • Dining facilities
      • In progress to decrease to 40% capacity- has moved to complete pick up and go due to expanded Q/I spaces
    • Recreational centers
      • Equipment is already/still largely de-densified
      • Existing non-recreation common spaces will be de-densified
      • Temporarily halting indoor basketball and indoor soccer
      • Delaying the start of intramural and Sport Club programming
      • Temporarily halting or limiting the capacity of the Kids Zone
      • Decreasing group fitness classes to 60%
    • Ohio Union
      • Common spaces will be de-densified by 20%
      • Further reconfiguration of furniture will be implemented to provide additional de-densification opportunities
    • Residence halls
      • Common spaces in process of de-densification
      • Will be available for individual study spaces, but not group use
    • Younkin Success Center
      • Common spaces in process of de-densification
    • Non-campus spaces
      • Student Life will recommend to sorority/fraternity chapter houses to de-densify commons spaces.

University-Related Meetings, Events and Gatherings

  • The university is prioritizing in-person teaching and learning.
  • Due to the Omicron-related case numbers, when possible, other in-person events, gatherings or meetings should be transitioned to virtual formats. The university will closely monitor this so that it can be updated as needed.
  • Food and drinks should not be served at any in-person event, gathering or meeting. Exceptions can be made for third-party space rentals that have already been confirmed, although masking should be strictly enforced. Third-party renters are defined as organizations that are not affiliated with the university. A university department renting event space from another university unit/facility does not qualify as a third-party rental.
  • Concessions will be closed at all university-related athletic events. Water will be available.

Masking and Other Health Measures

  • Masks are still required in all indoor spaces on all campuses, regardless of vaccination status. This requirement applies to CABS and other public transportation.
  • Photo of a surgical/procedural maskGuidance on the best type and fit of masks continues to evolve. The university strongly recommends surgical or medical-grade disposable masks. Double-masking is recommended for those using cloth masks. University community members are encouraged to regularly check the CDC guidance on masks and other health and safety measures. See the personal safety page for information about locations on our campuses where masks are available.
  • The university is prioritizing in-person teaching and learning and will be putting de-densification practices in place in other social and non-classroom settings.