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/.
- The Office of Human Resources offers information about leave programs available to faculty and staff during the COVID-19 state of emergency. Ohio State offers several leave options, including regular accrued time and university disaster leave. In addition, information is available on how to use the expanded leave options through the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Leave options for Wexner Medical Center faculty and staff information is available on OneSource (Internal Access).
- For those employees who are reporting as usual to work, the university is taking preventive measures to ensure the well-being of our faculty, staff and students. All critical faculty and staff coming to campus must check their temperature and assess any symptoms before reporting to work. The health of our workforce is imperative during this time to keep everyone healthy and to control the spread of COVID-19. More information is available at https://hr.osu.edu/coronavirus/working/
- 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, 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.
The university has a comprehensive plan for limiting population density across all campuses. To help keep Buckeyes safe and healthy, all Ohio State autumn 2020 events and gatherings — whether on or off campus — will be virtual, with 10 or fewer in-person participants.
An event is defined as a planned activity, other than academic classes scheduled as part of the university curriculum, that is held in a university building or outdoor space on a university campus or with a community partner. A gathering is defined as a formal or informal assembly of people that is either planned or spontaneous.
These restrictions do not prohibit gatherings for the purpose of the expression of First Amendment protected speech.