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Student Life FAQs: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated on January 4, 2021. 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.

Spring Semester Updates

Ohio State is taking action as we plan for spring semester to prioritize the health and safety of the university community, and we want you to be prepared to do your part. We successfully completed autumn semester by acting Together As Buckeyes, and those requirements, including face masks, physical distancing and other personal behavior, will continue in 2021.

In addition, please be aware of changes and requirements for spring semester, including pre-travel testing, self-sequestering and move-in testing. Learn more

COVID-19 Testing

University Housing Contract 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 for Off-Campus Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional Students

A surveillance testing program means that off-campus undergraduate, graduate and professional students will be tested for COVID-19, regardless of whether they have a known exposure or are showing symptoms of COVID-19. Testing will be done via saliva and is located at the Jesse Owens North recreational sports facility at 2151 Neil Avenue. Learn more

Quarantine, Isolation and Contact Tracing

Not sure how long quarantine or isolation lasts? Have questions about contact tracing and confidentiality? Be sure to check out the Safe and Healthy video series breaking down everything you need to know about the processes around contact tracing, quarantining and isolation. Watch the video series.


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


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

Getting Involved

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

Student Life Event Calendar


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. FAQs have been updated with information for the Spring semester move-in process and housing options.

Housing FAQs

Quarantine and Isolation FAQs

Off-Campus 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. 

Rec Sports FAQs

Return-to-Campus Phone Line

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. The phone line is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.