Today's Update: Thursday, August 27

August 27, 2020

Dear Student Life Team, The university’s Board of Trustees has been meeting this week, and I had the opportunity to offer two presentations on Student Life activities.  

The Board’s Academic Affairs, Student Life and Research Committee met on Tuesday afternoon. I gave the members an update on the return to campus, talking about things like Move-In, how we are handling quarantine and isolation housing, dining and recreation. Most of the information I shared with them you’ve already seen in my daily updates or in the FAQ’s that are on the Student Life and Safe and Healthy Buckeyes websites, but it was good to give the Board members a first-hand account of everything that has been going on.    

The title of my presentation was “A Multi-Model Student Experience on a De-Densified Campus,” fancy words that really mean “A Scarlet and Great Job Getting the Semester Started.” Take a bow (and a High Five), Student Life team. You did it!  

This morning I presented to the Board’s Advancement Committee. I discussed emergency funding for students. As you know, Student Life Student Advocacy team administers several funds that cover unexpected expenses that might force students to choose between paying the bills or continuing their education.  

We received a total of $452,365 from 1,300 donors from March 28 to the end of June. Since May we have been utilizing funding primarily from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  

It was especially important to bring all this to the attention of the Advancement Committee because when the CARES Act money runs out, we will need to go back to the community and our generous donors in order to prevent more students from having to choose between a financial emergency and their education. It’s another example of the strength of supporting our students Together as Buckeyes. 

Also, we announced today that we are expanding our student COVID-19 surveillance testing program. Beginning next week, we will conduct diagnostic testing on 8,000 randomly assigned undergraduate students on a weekly basis at Jesse Owens North Recreation Center.  Selected students will be notified tomorrow by university email and will be provided with instructions on how to schedule a test and next steps. Participation in this program is required.  

More information is online. shs.osu.edu/covid-19/covid-19-surveillance-testing-program  

Melissa