Student Life FAQs: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

January 6, 2022

Updated on January 13, 2022. Please check back regularly for updates as information is subject to change.

Masking

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.

COVID-19 Vaccine

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.

Get Boosted

Ohio State urges all students, faculty and staff to take action to ensure they have the strongest protection possible through vaccination. Anyone who is not fully vaccinated should do so, and all students, faculty and staff should receive a booster shot as soon as they are eligible. COVID-19 boosters available at Jesse Owens North. Schedule an appointment through MyChart today. More information

COVID-19 Testing

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 Testing: All students living in university housing on all campuses, all student members of social sororities and fraternities, regardless of vaccination status, all students and employees who have an approved exemption for the university’s vaccination requirement and all students and employees who have taken no action on the university’s vaccination requirement are required to complete weekly testing.
  • 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.

Dining

Because of the enhanced transmissibility of the Omicron variant, particularly when eating, we have had to significantly – and temporarily – reduce density in our dining facilities. We made this decision for reasons similar to the Department of Athletics’ decision to close concessions at all athletic events. Seating in some locations has been further impacted just this week in response to a staffing shortage due to COVID-19 illnesses. To ensure we have enough staff to meet food demand, we have had to redeploy some of our staff members who would otherwise focus on facility upkeep. At the same time, we are working to make it even more convenient and fast for you to order ahead and receive delivery, thus alleviating some seating demand. We will continue to make operational shifts to return as much capacity as possible, as quickly as possible. To be clear, dining facilities are not closed, and all locations are open and offering just as much variety of food as last semester, and in some cases more. 

Beginning Wednesday, January 12, 2022 Retail Locations will begin 40% seat capacity, and we will provide additional updates as we open additional seating in the coming days.

Retail locations include:

  • Courtside Cafe
  • Curl Market 
  • Juice2
  • Marketplace on Neil
  • Mirror Lake Eatery 
  • Oxley's by the Numbers 
  • Union Market 

For more information about Dining Services, please visit the Spring Dining Updates page.

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

Facilities

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 

Housing

To ensure a safe and healthy return, changes have been made to on-campus living expectations. FAQs have been updated with information for the spring semester.

Move-In FAQs

Recreational Sports

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. 

January 9, 2022 Update