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 Summer 2020 term. 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 in-person university events will be scheduled until at least July 6. 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.
  • The university is providing virtual campus visits as all in-person undergraduate admissions visits and recruitment events are cancelled through July. For admitted students, there are additional resources. canceling all undergraduate admissions visits and recruitment events scheduled through early June.
 

Guidance for students

Academic work

  • Ohio State has suspended face-to-face classes and transitioned to virtual 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. 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. Graduate students will have the opportunity to take any courses pass/no pass. 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.
  • Undergraduate advisors and advising units are available to help students remotely. More information is available at advising.osu.edu

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.

Resources for Admitted and Prospective Students

The university has canceled all admissions visits and recruitment events scheduled through July. 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

  • 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/.
  • 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, 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 has extended the date for cancellations of all in-person university events to Monday, July 6. Any non-virtual university event scheduled between now and July 6 will be canceled, and no new university events will be scheduled until that time. We will continue to reevaluate based on evolving conditions. 

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

Questions

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

Travel Risk and Alerts