Training and Pledge
We are all in this Together As Buckeyes, and we all must play our part in fighting COVID-19. Taking online training and the Together As Buckeyes Pledge as a community represents our shared commitment that we are united in our efforts to stay safe and healthy. All students, faculty and staff are required to complete the training and the pledge.
The 10-minute training was assigned to BuckeyeLearn transcripts in the fall and has been assigned to incoming students who are starting spring semester. The pledge is signed electronically upon completion of the course.
The training course covers expectations for daily health checks, personal protection such as face masks, hygiene, physical distancing, staying informed and more. The pledge acknowledges an understanding of and commitment to the behaviors described in the training. It is an acknowledgement that participating in on-campus activities entails risk.
Adjustments to the pledge
On Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, the university adjusted the pledge to clarify that while the pledge states that Ohio State’s values are fundamental guiding principles of the institution, there is no requirement for individual affirmation of those values in the pledge. No changes have been made to the health and safety expectations outlined in the pledge. By signing the pledge, an individual is agreeing to comply with these health and safety expectations. This change does not require those who have already completed the training and signed the pledge to take any further action. The pledge was updated in the BuckeyeLearn transcripts of those who had not yet completed it by Monday, Aug. 10.
Accountability measures are 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.