Student Life Facilities - FAQs

July 26, 2021

Updated on August 2, 2021. Please check back regularly for updates as information is subject to change.

Have there been modifications to the ventilation systems in the residence halls in order to prevent virus transmission? 

In order to maintain clean and safe environments throughout Student Life facilities, we have implemented the following processes for our HVAC systems and air exchanges: 

  • All HVAC systems are all designed to meet building code requirements. In addition, Student Life follows the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) position document on infectious aerosols. 
  • All HVAC systems have been cleaned and maintained throughout the summer 
  • Buildings with centralized HVAC systems will have new high efficient (MERV 13 wherever possible) filters installed, which allows for better trapping of specific types of particles in the air.
  • All residence hall rooms will receive HEPA air cleaners. Students will receive instructions during move-in to acknowledge that their air cleaner is installed. 

What precautionary measures are being taken to prevent spread through communal bathrooms in residence halls? 

In order to maintain clean and safe environments throughout Student Life facilities, our staff is following these protocols and processes:

  • Public spaces (including restrooms) will be cleaned daily with additional cleaning and disinfection of high touch point areas 
  • Supplies for handwashing, including soap and materials for drying hands, will be fully stocked every time a restroom is cleaned.
  • Carpeting will be swept once daily using vacuums with HEPA filters 
  • Staff who clean and disinfect facilities will be provided with appropriate training and personal protective equipment (PPE) 

What are you doing to make sure the air is safe in the residence halls? 

In order to maintain clean and safe environments throughout Student Life facilities, we have implemented the following processes for our HVAC systems and air exchanges: 

  • All HVAC systems are all designed to meet building code requirements. In addition, Student Life follows the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) position document on infectious aerosols. 
  •  All HVAC systems have been cleaned and maintained throughout the summer 
  • Buildings with centralized HVAC systems will have new highly efficient (MERV 13 wherever possible) filters installed, which allows for better trapping of specific types of particles in the air 
  • All residence hall rooms will receive HEPA air cleaners. Students will receive instructions during move-in to acknowledge that their air cleaner is installed. 

What are the cleaning protocols?  

In order to maintain clean and safe environments throughout Student Life facilities, our staff is following these protocols and processes:

  • Public spaces (including restrooms) will be cleaned daily with additional cleaning and disinfection of high touch point areas  
  • Supplies for handwashing, including soap and materials for drying hands, will be fully stocked every time a restroom is cleaned 
  • Carpeting will be swept once daily using vacuums with HEPA filters 
  • Staff who clean and disinfect facilities will be provided with appropriate training and personal protective equipment (PPE) 

Will air purifiers be provided to students living on campus? 

Yes, all residence hall rooms will be provided a HEPA air cleaner. We have purchased the Germ Guardian Air Purifier with HEPA filter and UVC. Students will receive instructions during move-in to acknowledge that their air cleaner is installed. 

Will students be able to get cleaning supplies at the hall desks?  

We plan to stock all of the residence hall front desk with cleaning supplies and disinfectant, including paper towers, disposable towels. The product we are providing has a one-minute kill time on the virus, which is the amount of time the disinfectant needs to dwell (sit) on a surface to achieve viricidal activity against COVID-19. The product we are supplying requires no additional personal protective equipment (PPE) for use. 

Who is responsible for cleaning the bathroom in my residence hall room? 

The student(s) residing in the residence hall room with a private bathroom are responsible for cleaning their bathroom. We plan to stock all of the residence hall front desk with cleaning supplies and disinfectant, including paper towers, disposable towels and a product that has a one-minute kill time on the virus. The product we are supplying requires no additional personal protective equipment (PPE) for use. 

Will plexiglass be installed in reception areas in Student Life facilities (residence halls, etc.)?

As part of Ohio State’s return to campus planning, a Safe Campus & Scientific Advisory subgroup developed recommendations for how to keep our students, faculty and staff safe. Part of their research and recommendations did include reviewing the effectiveness of plexiglass. At this time there is no research that indicates plexiglass provides increased effectiveness over equipping employees with reusable face-shields and disinfectant cleaning supplies, but the committee noted they are recommended by federal agencies. Student staff working in positions that require them to work within six feet of others will be provided face-shields for use during their shifts. In addition to these face-shields and disinfectant supplies, there will be markings on the floor to reinforce 6-foot physical distancing in reception areas.