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.
  • The university plans to resume in-person classes for the autumn 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.
  • Per state guidance, gatherings of more than 10 people remain restricted on our campuses at this time with limited exemptions. Read more at Events.
 

Guidance for students

Academic work

  • Ohio State plans to resume in-person classes for the autumn semester. Information based on guidance from state and local health authorities and recommendations from the university's COVID-19 transition task force are available on the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes site.
  • 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 advisors and advising units are available to help students remotely. More information is available at advising.osu.edu

Resources for Admitted and Prospective Students

The university has canceled all admissions visits and recruitment events. Online resources are available for newly admitted undergraduates and future undergraduates, including live admissions events and virtual visits. Admitted and prospective graduate and professional students should reach out to their program for information and resources.

For additional updates, please review Undergraduate Admissions response to COVID-19

Orientation for summer and autumn terms will be delivered online. The Office of Student Academic Success has launched orientation.osu.edu, a new website for first-year and transfer students. More information will be updated in the coming weeks. 

Guidance for faculty regarding classroom teaching and academic work

  • Beginning in June, Ohio State transitioned to a new stage of the research recovery plan for reopening on-campus research labs, studio and field activities. College leadership has been asked to complete and approve a staged planning template for each department detailing how each stage will be implemented. 
  • 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/.
  • 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. 

Events

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.

Travel Restrictions

Travel Restrictions

Questions

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

Travel Risk and Alerts