Student Life FAQs: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
August 2, 2021
Updated on August 24, 2021. Please check back regularly for updates as information is subject to change.
Until further notice, students, faculty, staff and visitors to all Ohio State campuses and medical facilities are required to wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. Masks continue to be required outdoors for unvaccinated individuals when they cannot maintain physical distancing. Vaccinated people are not required to mask outdoors. Face masks are required in all residence hall common areas, such as lobbies, study spaces, laundry facilities, etc. Face masks are also required if students are gathering or socializing in residence hall rooms.
More information is available on the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website.
To enhance the health and safety of the university community, Ohio State is requiring every student, faculty and staff member to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The deadline for all Ohio State students, faculty and staff to have at least a first dose is Friday, October 15, 2021. For people receiving a two-dose vaccine, the second dose must be received by November 15, 2021. For details and timeline for the Wexner Medical Center’s employee requirement, visit the Wexner Medical Center site. Read more on the COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Page.
Testing will continue to be an integral part of our safety protocols as students return to campus this fall. By identifying COVID-19 cases early, we can take action to limit the spread of the virus.
- Weekly surveillance testing: Currently, unvaccinated students — including all students on the Columbus campus or and regional campus students who live in university housing — will be required to test weekly as the academic year begins. Students who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and reported their status to the university will not have to test. We will continue to monitor the impacts of variants of concern and may need to adjust the testing requirements for vaccinated students as new information is available. Once House Bill 244 goes into effect on October 14, we will test vaccinated and unvaccinated students with the same protocols.
- Quarantine and Isolation Housing: Given that broad access is available to vaccines, on-campus quarantine and isolation housing will be limited this year and cannot be guaranteed at any time. All students should have individual plans for isolation and quarantine housing in the event they are exposed or have a positive COVID-19 test.
Anyone who has symptoms, tests positive or is assigned to quarantine due to exposure must not navigate campus or participate in any campus activity, including attending class or taking part in co-curricular experiences, on- or off-campus.
For more information, visit the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website.
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.
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.
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.
Ohio State will increase population density in residence halls for the 2021-22 academic year. To ensure a safe and healthy return, changes have been made to on-campus living expectations. FAQs have been updated with information for the Autumn semester move-in process and housing options.
In addition to all available federal, state, local and university guidelines, Student Life Recreational Sports will also follow the guidance of national sports governing bodies to ensure physical distancing practices and other safety protocols are in place.