Training and Pledge

All students, faculty and staff must complete an online training course and the Together As Buckeyes Pledge.

We are all in this Together As Buckeyes, and we all must play our part in fighting COVID-19. Taking the training and pledge as a community represents our shared commitment that we are united in our efforts to stay safe and healthy.

The 10-minute training has been assigned to BuckeyeLearn transcripts, and the pledge will be signed electronically upon completion of the course.

Completing the training and signing the pledge are mandatory for all students, faculty and staff before returning to Ohio State’s campuses. Those who have already been working on a campus, including faculty and staff of the Wexner Medical Center and other health care operations, are required to take the online training and sign the pledge as soon as possible, but no later than August 25. For those not physically returning to a campus, the training and pledge need to be completed by the start of autumn semester on Tuesday, August 25.

The training course will cover expectations for daily health checks, personal protection such as face masks, hygiene, physical distancing, staying informed and more. The pledge acknowledges and an understanding of and commitment to the behaviors described in the training. 

Accommodations will be made for those without access to a computer to complete the training and sign the pledge.

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 range from additional training and informal coaching to formal disciplinary action based on existing structures for students, faculty and staff. They are available here.

Frequently asked questions

For student FAQs related to the mandatory online training and Together As Buckeyes Pledge, please visit the Current Students page. For employee FAQs, please visit the Faculty and Staff page.


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.