Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Student Life FAQs: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated on 9/9/2020. Please check back regularly for updates as information is subject to change.

The Ohio State University is doing everything possible to keep our Buckeye community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are updates and links to FAQs for the different areas of Student Life.


Ohio State has reduced population density in residence halls for the 2020-21 academic year. To ensure a safe and healthy return, changes have been made to on-campus living expectations.

Housing FAQs

Move-In FAQs

Quarantine Due to Travel FAQs

Blackwell Housing FAQs

Off-Campus FAQs


Student Life Dining Services will follow federal, state and local guidance regarding health and safety while continuing to provide students with food diversity and balanced nutrition across the university. Options for students with food restrictions will continue to be provided across all locations. Students with specific dietary need are welcome to reach out to us for additional assistance. 

Dining FAQs

Disability Services

The university is committed to supporting students and program participants with COVID-19 based risk factors. Student Life Disability Services (SLDS), in conjunction with the Office of Institutional Equity, works with students who are most vulnerable to complications from COVID-19 to ensure that they have the necessary resources to participate in university life as safely as possible.

Disability Services FAQs

Recreational Sports

Student Life Recreational Sports plans to reopen the RPAC on August 10. Facility hours will gradually increase as we get closer to the start of classes on August 25. The first week we plan to be open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. These hours are subject to change.

Rec Sports FAQs


The Office of Student Life is dedicated to maintaining clean and safe environments throughout Student Life facilities and has implemented new cleaning measures, protocols and processes.

Facilities FAQs

Phased Reopening Plan

Getting Involved

Even though there are limitations on how we can get together, you still have many ways to get involved during your first weeks on campus.

Student Life Event Calendar

COVID-19 Testing

University-Managed Housing Testing

To promote a safe and healthy campus environment, all students who live in residence halls or university-managed housing are required to have a weekly COVID-19 saliva test. Testing will take place on all Ohio State campuses for those in university-managed housing. Learn more

Surveillance Testing Program

A surveillance testing program means that samples of students will be selected and tested for COVID-19, regardless of whether they have a known exposure or are showing symptoms of COVID-19. The COVID-19 surveillance testing program for undergraduate, graduate and professional students who are taking courses (online, hybrid or in-person) on the Columbus campus.  Learn more

Still looking for answers?

You can call the return-to-campus phone line for information about on-campus living, off-campus living, health and safety guidelines, COVID testing and academics. Call us at 614-292-7587. Hours of operation are:

  • Monday-Wednesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday-Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. to midnight