The Latest

The Latest

The latest information about university operations during COVID-19

  • Ohio State is under a state of emergency, effective Sunday, March 22. Campuses remain open, but with restrictions and limitations already announced.
  • Classes have transitioned to virtual learning for the remainder of the semester. Read more at Academic Work.
  • The university requires all employees who can do so to work from home. Only critical services are maintained physically on site. Read more at Information for Faculty and Staff.
  • No university events will be scheduled until at least May 9. Read more at Events.
  • Until further notice, Ohio State is closing the following facilities: all recreational sports indoor facilities, the Ohio Union, the Younkin Success Center and university bookstores. Read more at Facility Closings.
 

Guidance for students

Academic work

  • Ohio State has suspended face-to-face classes and transitioned to virtual learning for the remainder of the semester and for the summer 2020 term. Further resources are available at the Ohio State Keep Learning website.
  • Ohio State has adjusted a number of practices to advance our academic mission and support our students, faculty and staff despite disruptions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Visit the Office of Academic Affairs website to view a summary of decisions and resources specific to the academic process.
  • Undergraduate students will have the option of taking general education and elective courses either for a letter grade or pass/no pass this spring, and many colleges have extended similar flexibility to their required undergraduate courses. The Graduate School and colleges are weighing options to provide similar flexibility for graduate and professional students. Students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisors about these options and to visit the Grading Policy Changes website for more information.
  • To ensure that students and faculty do not lose time for teaching and learning because of the extension of spring break, Ohio State is adjusting the end of the academic calendar for spring semester so that there are nearly the same number of days for education. Therefore:
    • The final day of classes will be Friday, April 24.
    • Finals will conducted from Monday, April 27, through Friday, May 1.
  • The deadline for withdrawals and grade forgiveness for spring semester has been changed from March 20 to April 3. Undergraduate advisors and advising units are available to help students remotely. More information is available at advising.osu.edu
  • The university will deliver all courses through virtual modes of teaching and learning for the summer 2020 term. The summer term will start and end one week later than originally published. Classes will start on May 13 and end on July 31. Finals will take place Aug. 3– 5, and summer commencement will be Aug. 9.

University housing

  • All undergraduate students living in university housing will be required to return for the remainder of the semester to their permanent home residences, or a non-campus or alternative housing arrangement. The university will provide an appropriate prorated refund of housing and dining to students departing the residence halls by Sunday, March 22. Details will be communicated directly to residents.
  • University housing residents who are away on spring break should not report directly back to their on-campus residence. 
  • Students can schedule their departure day and time between Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 22 by accessing the Check-Out Scheduler: http://go.osu.edu/move_out_scheduler. Time slots will be strictly enforced to limit the number of people on campus at any one time to ensure appropriate and safe social distancing while allowing students to collect their belongings. Additional information is available on the Office of Student Life website.   
  • Ohio State understands that some students may have specific circumstances which require special attention. The university is committed to working with students to achieve the most satisfactory outcome possible. Students who are unable to return to their permanent residence or an alternative housing arrangement by Sunday, March 22 — or are in need of a general exemption — can access the Housing Exception Request here: https://housingportal.osu.edu/myhousing

Additional questions

  • We understand that there are many questions about details surrounding the transition to virtual instruction, moving out of university housing, financial implications, commencement and other topics. Our first priority is the health and well-being of the Ohio State community, and we are immediately focused on ensuring our students are safe and in a position to successfully continue their academic careers. We are working through these important questions and will share information as we have it. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this time.

Returning from travel

  • Based on the new level 3 travel warning for Europe from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ohio State is requiring that students, faculty and staff currently traveling in one of those countries self-quarantine for 14 days upon their return to the United States.
  • If extenuating circumstances prohibit any student currently living in university housing from observing self-quarantine off campus, please contact University Housing for support and guidance at housing@osu.edu.

Guidance for faculty regarding classroom teaching and academic work

  • Ohio State has suspended face-to-face classes and transitioning to virtual learning for the remainder of the semester. Resources are available at the Ohio State Keep Teaching website.
  • Only critical research that needs to be done in the lab should be being conducted on campus at this time. Faculty can prepare for potential impacts on research programs by reviewing information from the Office of Research.
  • Ohio State has adjusted a number of practices to advance our academic mission and support our students, faculty and staff despite disruptions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Visit the Office of Academic Affairs website to view a summary of decisions and resources specific to the academic process. 

Information for faculty and staff 

  • The university and medical center remain open for business.
  • On March 22, 2020, President Drake declared a university state of emergency that allows flexibility for employees to continue to telework and maintains only critical services and research. This designation applies to Columbus campus, regional campuses and Wexner Medical Center.
  • During the state of emergency for COVID-19, only critical services are maintained physically on site. Senior leadership and the deans make determinations of who may work on campus to maintain these critical services. Information about state of emergency and disaster leave is available on https://hr.osu.edu/coronavirus/.
  • An eight week online series entitled, "Staying Calm and Well in the Midst of the COVID-19 Storm," is available to help members of the Ohio State community to build important knowledge and skills to sustain well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Registration details and other information is available here.

 

Human Resources guidance for managers / supervisors

  • During the state of emergency for COVID-19, only critical services are maintained physically on site. Managers are expected to be flexible in allowing those employees who are able to do so to work from home. Information about state of emergency and disaster leave is available on https://hr.osu.edu/coronavirus. Please review the supervisor checklist for supporting teleworking employees.
  • Information about COVID-19 reporting, employee leave management and associated workplace issues is available on the Human Resources website.
  • Managers can share well-being resources that are available for employees and their families who may need support during this time. 

Events

Ohio State continues to follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about events and gatherings. On March 15, the CDC recommended that that no large events be scheduled over the next eight weeks (through May 9). The university will continue to evaluate events and will share plans to either end the restrictions early or, if needed, extend them.

Following the CDC's recommendation, Ohio State has postponed spring commencement. The preference is to reschedule for later this spring, but it is premature to select a new date at this time. The university will continue to evaluate information and communicate a decision as soon as possible.

As stated previously, no new non-essential events, gatherings or in-person meetings should be scheduled at this time. 

Facility Closings

The university is closing the following facilities until further notice:

  • All recreational sports indoor facilities
  • The Ohio Union
  • The Younkin Success Center
  • University bookstores (Gateway, Ohio Union and Tuttle)

Thompson, 18th Avenue and all departmental libraries on the Columbus campus are closed. All library services will be provided virtually, and processes for materials access and delivering materials will be shared.

For information about dining services on campus, visit https://dining.osu.edu/.

All Columbus campus academic and administrative buildings have closed to public access. Anyone with questions regarding work arrangements should contact their dean, academic advisor, senior leader or manager.

All Ohio State Extension offices will be closed to the public until further notice, and employees will be working remotely.

Travel Restrictions

Travel Restrictions

Resources for Admitted and Prospective Students

The university is canceling all undergraduate admissions visits and recruitment events scheduled through early June. More information is available on the Undergraduate Admissions page.

Resources, including live admissions events and virtual visits, are available for admitted students.

Questions

General questions can be addressed to coronavirus@osumc.edu
Travel Risk and Alerts

Travel Risk and Alerts